Frank Guinness: entrepreneur, activist, magistrate

Ashburton’s magistrate in 1879, Frank Guinness, a grandson of the famous brewer, was not afraid of controversy and had a strong, even extreme, sense of his own authority. When he wanted something, he usually got it. Sometimes, however, he was on the receiving end – especially when he met the Ashburton Wizard, who may have... Continue Reading →

As demonstrated by some of our previous articles, crime in late nineteenth century Ashburton could often seem quite ridiculous. Accounts of court cases from old issues of the Ashburton Guardian can range from solemn to hilarious, depending on the circumstances. With that said, I have thought it appropriate to share what I consider to be... Continue Reading →

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