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William Hannibal Lane (1828–1903)

The many friends of Mr W. H. [William Hannibal] Lane will regret to learn that he died suddenly on Tuesday. Although Mr Lane had been ill for three weeks, the result of a severe chill caught on the bowling green, he was making good progress towards recovery when death occurred suddenly from heart failure. Mr Lane was the third son of the late Mr William Lane, J.P., of Orton Park, Bathurst, New South Wales, and was born at Bathurst in 1828. He followed pastoral pursuits in connection with his father's estate in New South Wales, and held a commission as Justice of the Peace under Governor Fitzroy for the whole territory of Australia. In 1863 he removed with his family to Christchurch, having previous purchased the City Mills from the late Mr Inwood. Mr Lane was a member of the Christchureh City Council in its early days, and a director, and for some time chairman, of the Christchurch Gas Company. He was on the Board of the first Investment and Loan Association from its commencement until its expiration, and held a similar position in the present Permanent Investment Association. He was also one of the first directors of the Christchurch 'Press' Company, and sometime Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, a life member of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and a director of the Christchurch Tramway Company. For many years after he came to Christchurch he took a keen interest in Church work, and was a member of Synod, and on the Standing Committee. He was largely instrumental in promoting the building of the churches at Merivale and Sumner. He married, in 1852, a daughter of Mr Lancelot Iredale, of Sydney, and on December 11th, 1902, celebrated his golden wedding, in the midst of a large gathering of children and grandchildren.

The funeral will leave his late residence, Kilrea, Fendalton, at 2.15 p.m. to-day, for the Papanui Churchyard.

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'Lane, William Hannibal (1828–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


23 January, 1828
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia


3 February, 1903 (aged 75)
Canterbury, New Zealand

Cause of Death

heart disease

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