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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]

Mr. Edmund Onion

Mr. Edmund Onion , who died in Blenheim on the 14th of March, 1905, was for many years a farmer in the Wairau Valley. He was born in Staffordshire, England, in the year 1833, and came to New Zealand in the ship “Edward Thornhill,” in 1862. Mr. Onion first settled at Stoke, Nelson, but afterwards found his way to the Wairau Valley, where he secured the freehold of 100 acres of rich level land. This property Mr. Onion turned to the best account, devoting himself chiefly to sheep grazing and grain growing; in the year 1902, he let his farm, and for the remaining years of his life resided in Blenheim. For many years he was a member of the Wairau school committee. Mr. Onion was married, and had a family of five sons and five daughters.