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George Finch was born 12 Mar 1855 in Howick and  died 23 May 1933 in Paterangi; Bur: 25 May 1933 Paterangi Cemetery. He married 21 Oct 1889 in St. Saviour's Church, Alexandra Laura Marion Wills who was born 1871 (Her father James Wills and mother Anna Morey). Laura died 1943 . Buried with George at Paterangi Cemetery, Row 5 Block 66 Lot C. 
Waikato Times Tues 27 Oct 1889: Finch - Wills;
On Wednesday last at Saviour's Church, (Alexandra) was attended by a larger congregation than has been for many a day, the attraction being the wedding of Mr Geo Finch to Miss Laura Marion Wills, the Rev Mr Bolar being the officiation minister. The bridegroom being a universal favourite here and throughout the district, his many friends assembled to witness the interesting ceremony and sent him off with his best wishes. The bride and familly although not so generally well known have during their residence here, made many friends. The wedding morning was a beautiful one and at the conclusion of the ceremony, flowers were plentifully strewn in the path of the happy couple. The wedding breakfast at Glenburn the residence of the bride's parents was generously attended by their friends and at it's conclusion the newly married couple drove off to Hamilton en route for Te Aroha for their honeymoon.
On George's farm at Ngaroto, Paterangi near the Lake Road Station, were tree-covered remains of a fort named Tauranga-mirimiri, occupied for a time during the war period 186364.

Councillor George Finch represented Paterangi riding on the Waipa County Council and was also a member of the Ngaroto Drainage Board. Below, the children of George and Laura Finch:

a. Jennie Rose Finch (b: 03 Aug 1890 in Paterangi d: 21 Mar 1953 in Putaruru.  Mar: 30 Jul 1913 to Francis Mortimer Dodd, (b: 1883; d: 29 Sep 1945 Putaruru) Occ. A farmer at Tokoroa. Bur Putaruru / Tirau St. Cemetery C05.13

b. Annie Marion (May) Finch (b: 11 Feb 1892 in Paterangi; d: 16 Nov 1960 in Hamilton. Married 21 Jul 1915 to James Sing (b: 02 Sep 1883 Father: Frederick Sing, Mother: Margaret) A retired farmer he d: 07 Oct 1955 in Hamilton Both bur. Hamilton East Cemetery Location  H-D-14

c. Alice Muriel Finch (b: 16 Nov 1894 in Paterangi, d: 02 Oct 1980 in Hamilton Crem.  04 Oct 1980  Hamilton. Her sshes are interred with her parents at Paterangi Cemetery)

d. Amy Finch (b: 02 Apr 1897 in Paterangi, d: 21 Mar 1981 in Christchurch) Mar: 5 Nov 1919 to Septimus James Edgar Closey (b: 13 Oct 1892 in Bury, Lancashire, England, UK, d: 3 Nov 1981 in Christchurch; Retired Farmer) Family:

i Beryl Closey

ii Faye Closey

iii Kinson Russell Closey (b: 11 May 1922 d: 1977 in Christchurch Married: 1944 to Cordelia Constance Crocker (b: 08 Nov 1923, d: 2001 in Christchurch)

iv Donald Finch Closey (b: 04 Jan 1921 d: 23 Jan 2011 in Bishop Selwyn Lifecare, Christchurch) Mar: 1947 to Phyllis Crocker

e Ida Lily Finch (b: 24 Jan 1899 in Paterangi d: 31 Aug 1899 in Paterangi)

f George Creighton Finch (b: 19 Apr 1903 in Paterangi, d: 04 Dec 1971 buried at Paterangi bur Cemetery Paterangi, Section Row 5 Block 66 Lot C) Married in 1934 to Jessie Isabel Ellis (b: 26 May 1908 Father: George Ellis Mother: Isabel Jean Finch; d: 15 Sep 2000 in Te Awamutu) Their family -

i Ellis George Finch

ii Margaret Isobel Finch

iii Jeanette Marion Finch

iv Audrey Muriel Finch

g Grace Laura Finch (b: 01 Dec 1904 in Paterangi, d: 28 Jul 1988 in Hamilton)
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