William Fancourt was born in Lower Hutt Wellington in 1879 and came from a long line of Anglican clergy. William took his BA and MA degrees at Cambridge University in England after schooling at Whanganui Collegiate.

Her served the Church in the United Kingdom before reappearing in New Zealand in 1907 as Assistant Curate at St Thomas’ Church in Wellington. He was the first Dean of St Mary’s pro-cathedral in Auckland. His Father was the Reverend Thomas Fancourt who was the Archdeacon of Wellington. Fancourt Street in Meadowbank which borders Purewa Cemetery was named after him.

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