Thomas William Downes

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T. W. Downes

Thomas William Downes (18 February 1868 6 August 1938) was a New Zealand historian, ethnologist and river works supervisor.

Downes was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on 18 February 1868. [1] His family moved to Bulls in the 1870s and he went to school there. He married Margaret Thomson there in May 1890. They moved to Wanganui in 1898. [1] He died in Wanganui on 6 August 1938, survived by Margaret and their married daughter. [2]

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  1. 1 2 Bates, Arthur P. "Thomas William Downes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. "Mr. T. W. Downes". Evening Post: 11. 8 August 1938.