CYCLOPEDIA OF NZ 1897
Mr. Thomas Bastin, Inspector of Works and Waterworks for the Palmerston North Borough, was born in 1860 in Devonshire, England, where he was educated. Arriving in Lyttelton, per ship Cardigan Castle, in 1875, he was for a number of years engaged in surveying in Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, and Wellington provincial districts, and in 1895 he was appointed to the position he now holds. Mr. Bastin was married in 1886 to a daughter of the late Mr. T. Smith, of Wellington, farmer, and has one son and two daughters.
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