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Friday, 26 June, 2020
MR. ROBERT F. SANDES KING'S EMPIRE VETERAN The death of Mr. Robert Fitzmaurice Sandes, one of the oldest members of the King's Empire Veterans in Auckland, occurred yesterday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J. G. Palairet, Takarunga Road, Devonport, at the ago of 95. Born in Corfu, of Irish parentage, Mr. Sandes was educated at Queen's College, Cork, and Queen's University, Dublin, and qualified as a chemist. He came to New Zealand in the ship Gertrude in 1803, The passengers were mostly what wero known as "40-acre settlers," the Government at that time making grants to encourage immigration. Mr. Sandes started in business as a chemist in Auckland, but went to Thames at the time of the gold rush. He remained there until 1870, when he moved to Hamilton, where he carried on business for ajoout 40 years. During the Maori War he served as a colour sergeant in tho 3rd Waikato Regiment. Four daughters of Mr. Sandes are living. They are Mrs. Palairet, Mrs. Frank Power, of Brisbane, Mrs. E. Drury, of Christchurch, and Mrs. Henry Upton, of East Tamaki.