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Henry Albert (Harry) Keesing (1856–1919)

Mr. Harry Keesing, who died at Napier on Sunday night, was formerly a wellknown resident of Auckland. It is understood that he caught a chill while motoring from Wellington to Napier, and sucumbed after an illness lasting about two weeks. Mr. Keesing, who was 63 years of age, was born in Auckland, and was the second son of the late Mr. Ralph Keesing. He spent many years in Cambridge, and on returning to Auckland entered the firm of A. H. Nathan Limited, as accountant, but later left to join the National Trading Company, of which he became a director. At the time of his death he was a member of the firm of Lowe and Keesing, motor importers, of Napier.

As a young man Mr. Keesing was a noted amateur athlete, figuring prominently as a swimmer, runner, boxer, and gymnast. He was the holder of many trophies, including a cup presented to him by Jim Mace, the famous boxer, for his showing in a match with the latter. Mr. Keesing was a member of the Auckland, Remuera, and Devonport Bowling Clubs. He was a past president of the Auckland Savage Club, and of the Grammar School Old Boys' Association, an orchestral member of the Auckland Choral Society, and for many years conductor of the Jewish Synagogue Choir. He was also a justice of the peace.

The deceased is survived by Mrs Keesing and their son, Captain Gordon Keesing, who is attached to the Gallipoli Graves Commission as architect, and has designed some of the memorials already erected. Prior to going to the front with the Australian Engineers, Captain Keesing practised in Sydney as an architect. A daughter of the late Mr. Harry Keesing, Mrs. Jack Parker, of Napier, died about three years ago.

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'Keesing, Henry Albert (Harry) (1856–1919)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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23 June, 1856
Auckland, New Zealand


19 September, 1919 (aged 63)
Napier, New Zealand

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