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Harris, Maurice (1833–1922)

from Auckland Star

Mr. Maurice Harris, an old resident of Christchurch, died this morning in his ninetieth year. He was born in Liverpool and came to the Dominion in 1856, settling in Nelson. One of his daughters was one of the first white children born here. In those early days he traded as far as Western Australia, and was one of the first traders to the west-coast of the South Island. He came to Christchurch about 1860, and subsequently bought the fancy goods and importing business of L. E. Nathan and Co in Hereford Street. He carried on this business for a number of years. Mr. Harris was one of the founders of the Canterbury Jewish Congregation, of which he was president for several years, and in connection with which he held various offices. He was for some years one of the Christchurch directors of the South British Insurance Company. Mr. Harris was twice married, his first wife having predeceased him about 30 years ago. He leaves a widow and 11 children. His eldest son, Henry, is in business in Christchurch. A daughter is Mrs. Louisson, wife of the Hon. C. Louissort, M.L.C. Other members of the family are in London, New York. South Africa, Victoria and the Waikato.

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Liverpool, Merseyside, England


6 December, 1922 (aged ~ 89)
Christchurch, New Zealand

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