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William Melbourne and a brother came to NZ in ? aboard the ship ?

What I do know is my grandfather William Melbourne, who married 3 times, was a ships engineer and started a business called "Sinclair Melbourne" in Lyttleton, the port of Christchurch. His second wife, May, bore 2 sons, the eldest was Bill Vivian Melbourne, my uncle, and my Dad, Desmond James Melbourne.


A history of Lyttelton Engineering Ltd and its forerunners, 
particularly Sinclair, Melbourne from 1853 to 2003. 
Covers the ship repair and boiler making activities of the companies, 
and well illustrated

Historic Lyttelton Buildings 5 Brittan Terrace This private house is an attractive bay villa made of timber with an iron roof; it was built c1896 by local builder Thomas Mutton. It is a local landmark due to the very large fan palm tree in the front garden.

In 1901 the house at 5, Brittan Terrace was sold for the first time to Mr H Smith, a Lyttelton engineer who also owned a workshop, store, yard and dwelling at Norwich Quay/Dublin St corner (later to become the site of Sinclair and Melbourne).


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