Wellington Province


CUMMINS, Thomas Dick

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Councillor Thomas Dick Cummins, who has served two terms in the Wanganui Borough Council, was born in 1846 at Port Macquarrie, New South Wales, and came to New Zealand in 1859. As a business man he was one of the pioneers of the flax-dressing industry, was sometime engaged in the business of soap-manufacturing, and now conducts a large and successful grocery and provision trade, under the name of Cummins and Co. During the native troubles of 1868-9, Mr. Cummins served on the West Coast with the Wanganui Cavalry Volunteers as a sergeant, and subsequently as troop sergeant major. As a prominent rifle-shot he held the Carbine Championship of the Colony in 1872. For thirty years Mr. Cummins has been associated with the Wanganui Volunteer Fire Brigade, being captain for most of the time. He was one of the founders of the Fire Brigades' Association of New Zealand, and has filled the offices of president and vice-president. It is not surprising that he was the prime mover in furthering the Council's building regulations in the matter of brick-dividing and party-walls.



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CUMMINS AND CO. [Thomas Dick Cummins], Wholesale and Retail Grocers and Provision Merchants, corner of Ridgway and Wicksteed Streets, Wanganui. Telephone 58; P.O. Box 84. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. This is one of the oldest established businesses of its kind in Wanganui, and was known for many years under the style of Cummins, Sharp and Co., the business being now carried on by the present proprietor, in the new, large, and commodious premises situate as above. Mr. Cummins' career is referred to under the heading of `Borough of Wanganui.'

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