SAMUEL JOHN EDMONDS ,
edmondsallan- good morning all . Some of you have a copy of the " Edmonds " book from the Edmonds Family Reunion. Their was 1/2 a dozen pages on Samuel , eldest son of our original Ancester John . Many, many others are only interested in the - Maori descent . May I respectfully suggest to them & all who are following the Edmonds ancestry. Study " Samuel ". He was a key player to all his family , brothers & sisters . He lent & gave them all at different times ,large sums of monies to keep them & their families in business & with so many children, could not surport themselves in hard times . Their was no social welfare in those days As one of his direct decendants, their is much more to " Samuel John Edmonds " also known in Auckland & Northland Maori tribes as " Tane Mahuta" a God among men & forest ( english translation ) Let us take a. look at this person & see why he was so respected by all.Most of the next imfo comes from his personal documents handed down. Samuel was 6 ft 6 in' tall . he weighed in at just over 16 stone ( in Hard gum digging physical condition ) He was 58 inches across the chest .The palms of his hands. were 6 inches across . When he shook peoples hand they indeed felt they were shaking hands with a Giant . He was indeed " A giant among his fellow men in physical statue ". No wonder he was called by the Maori people " Tane Mahuta " just like his brothers " Arthur , Alfred & John Tucker he could speak fluent Maori.In buying land near the seashore of both coasts of NZ to make wharves etc for his coastal shipping . He dealt personally with the different maori Chiefs & received many gifts of friendship from them .Many may know of his shipping interests of some 25 coastal cargo vessels. Here are more of his private investments . He was also financial director of the first Maori Newspaper to be published in Maori in 1883 , The " Korimako " He was a major shareholder in the following Gold mines in Coromandel, " Marquis of Hastings "- " Full Moon "- " Silver Crown " - The Colleen Bawn " & the " Junction Gold mine " He owned Land & buildings in Queen street Auckland & remember the harbour came up to nearly their at that time ( It was where -246 - is built today ) He was a partner in the Auckland Flour mill , up by symonds & karangehape Rds , Not only was he Customs Licensed .Agent appointed by the Crown . he also was an exporter & importer from overseas. He asisted to finance schools for Maori & pakeha in the north And sometimes had the 2 room small schools built & paid for, from his financial empire that he built .He regularly assisted his bothers to survive Financially . Other times it was for food - stores when they had nothing or were in bad shape . Many of the " maori Edmonds families would not be here today without the assistance he gave . He was a religious man & St Mathews in Auckland owe much to him in those olden days . He & his wife were Known thro out Nz for their Musical & invitation parties . the Govenor of Nz attended , many times as well as many of the many financial Gentry . In fact , I can see he used these parties to gain for his business he was developing He owned a 2 storey house in Nelson st / Victoria st . Today it is the Post office Sorting OfFice. Land value today is over 2 million . Yes he became a wealthy man. He was also very humble . He never forgot his upbringing , his sister & brothers , his many maori & pakeha friends . when he died he left some of his wealth to his children . He bequeathed the greater part of his fortune to assist many uneducated children & people of both races in Auckland & northland His great love of northland , & how he missed it, how the maori people surported his father , mother & family , when they had little food or monies . He always remembered how much he owed & his family to their generosity in hard times . He endeavoured to repay those who he remembered and indeed he did ,which is not well known among the
" Greater Edmonds Family " When we look at this man - At 16 years he was gum digging and building his fathers mission house ., long hard physical work .within 16 years he had built a substantial strong financial business empire. By age 45 he was assisting his fellow man in many ways ". where ever he made contact - Maori & pakeha .This why I respectfully suggest , when you are remembering your " Edmonds Family Tree " Maori or Pakeha - don't forget " Samuel John Edmonds" who assisted our ancestral family tree to survive many times .He was indeed a " Tane Mahuta " a giant kauri --.among his fellow man .