Samuel & Mary Sparks

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Samuel & Mary Sparks .


Samuel (1845-1921) & Mary(1850-1907) Sparks arrived in New Zealand in 1879 with 7 children. A further 7 were born in Christchurch.

Samuel became a sheep farmer and dairyman with properties near Lake Ellesmere and in Halswell.  The large dairy business, which supplied Christchurch Hospital and Sunnyside Hospital for many years, was supervised by Mary Sparks.  Samuel was recognised as one of the best judges of cattle in the Dominion of New Zealand.  Samuel & Mary are buried in the Halswell Church Cemetery. 

Sparks Road, which runs between Halswell Road and Hendersons Road, is named after the Sparks family. 

Photo and information supplied by Kathleen Burford

Information on the Sparks family can be found in the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies, Canterbury Museum and The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, v.3:  Canterbury Provincial District, 1903: p. 666-667.


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Samuel & Mary Sparks

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