Finglas, St. Albans, Christchurch

Finglas, St. Albans, Christchurch

Finglas, St. Albans, Christchurch
Webb, Steffano Francis, 1880?-1967.
William Thomson (1818?-1866) was an accountant, runholder and auditor to the Canterbury Provincial Government. He bought a 50-acre block in Papanui and, because he was a Scotsman, called the property Scotstown. On his death, an Irish solicitor, Thomas Ingham Joynt (1830-1907) bought the house and part of the land. Before emigrating to New Zealand in 1856, Joynt had worked in a lawyer's office in Dublin and called the house Finglas after a Dublin suburb. In 1885 Joynt sold the house to a Manxman, Henry (Harry) Quane (1856-1930). Quane, the founder of a successful indent and agency business, H. Quane and Co., was active in campaigns to complete the Christchurch-West Coast and construct the Arthur's Pass Tunnel. In 1886 Quane married Matilda Stringer, who became a well-known hostess in the early years of the twentieth century and died, aged 91, in 1953. The land around Finglas was subdivided about 1900 and Paparoa Street was created.

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