About the scribe


AAE2008Web100FinAnthony is seventy-six, having been married to his wife, Adrienne, for fifty-three years. They have five married children— Carolyn & Hugo, Alan & Anne, Marie & Richard, Emma & Dirk, and Sarah & Paul— and thirteen grandchildren: Matthew and Ella; Philippa and Jonathan; Jeremy, Ngaire, and Trevor; Jake, Finn, and Crystal; Bjorn, Greta, and Minka.

Anthony was raised on a dairy farm in Springston, Canterbury, New Zealand, in the 1940s. His forbears William Henry and Margaret Jane, emmigrated to New Zealand from Gulval, Cornwall, England in 1878 on a sailing ship, with a very slow passage time of 79 days, and with their 3 month old Infant child, Margaret Anne, dying "21st October 1878 from ‘Congestion of the brain’ on board the 'Marlborough' while en route to NZ".
The 'Marlborough' sailed London 19 Sep 1878, via Plymouth 26 Sep 1878, and arrived Lyttelton 14 Dec 1878 with 336 assisted immigrants. His grandfather, Alfred Charles, then but 3 years old, together with an older brother aged 4, obviously survived the trials of the sea voyage to become a part of a family with a further eleven New Zealand born siblings all living to maturity.

He graduated from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand, with a BSc in chemistry and mathematics in 1962. He was initially employed as an industrial chemist in flour milling and linear programming applications. These used the first IBM 360 at the university for determining least-cost stock food formulations and production parameters. Later he was involved in similar applications on the refining side of the oil industry in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. This was followed by sales and managerial experience in the chemical industry.

The family moved to the town of Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, in 1976 when Anthony took up funeral directing, as a principal, expanding an initial sibling partnership until the close of the century. Anthony acquired practical experience in accounting, business management, and computer usage (early Apples—including the Lisa).

Upon retiring from active funeral directing in 2000 and selling his interests. He then commenced the promotion and the writing of funeral management software for the New Zealand funeral environment. Rewarded with national success, he has now also retired, in 2007, from the active management of that interest, living near some of his family in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Anthony was brought up in the Methodist faith of his father until his midteens; his mother’s side was Open Brethren. He is Christian in belief within an Apostolic Pentecostal Charismatic framework of choice (since the 1990s), having been earlier in the Mormon church for several years. Thereafter, he was in the Baptist denomination, followed by finding a home within the Acts (Apostolic) church movement born of the Welsh Revival in the early 1900s.

He and his wife, who has visited a number of Asian countries, have been to India in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016 on the Lord’s tasks.

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