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Involving four generations of the Hope family, Hope & Sons Ltd was founded in 1887 when John Hope entered a partnership with Alfred Wynn. In 1911 John Hope relinquished his interest in the partnership to begin his own business in St Andrew St in Dunedin. He married Fanny Gibson Inglis, and was involved with the Union Rugby Club, Otago Cricket, and was Highland Pipe Band Patron.
William J Kinaston of Roxburgh joined Hope in 1915, remaining a partner until 1928.
The company, however, continued trading as Hope & Kinaston Ltd until 1960 when it changed to Hope & Sons Ltd, reflecting the Hope family association with the firm. In 1950 John Hope passed away, three of his sons were associated with the firm:
- A.N. (Bert) Hope from 1922‑1938
- J.I (Jack) Hope from 1938‑1957
- E.L (Les) Hope from 1924‑1967
In 1970 the company moved from St Andrew Street to its present site in Andersons Bay Rd where it provides every facility for funerals, including a chapel, catering lounge, bereavement support services and continuing education programmes for the community.
E. L (Les) Hope (1904-1984). Les married Jean Kennedy, they lived in Grendon St, Maori Hill, where they raised a daughter and four sons. Les was a noted sportsman and administrator with the Otago Football Association, and the Lawn Tennis Union. He had a close involvement with the Maori Hill School Committee, MUIOOF Lodge, Friendly Society Medical Benefits Association, Otago Early Settlers Assn, Dunedin Rotary Club, the Masonic Order, Dunedin Horticultural Society, and the Dunedin Rose Society. He retired after 43 years as Managing Director in 1967.
Four of Les Hope’s sons have long associations as Funeral Directors with the firm:
- Peter K Hope 1955‑1996
- Derek I Hope 1960‑2002
- Ian A Hope 1962‑2000
- Brian S Hope from 1967‑2005
The fourth generation is represented by Ian’s son Michael J Hope and Brian’s son Lyndon S Hope.
The company has had a long involvement with the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, with four members of the company serving terms as president and three as president of the New Zealand Embalmers Association.
FDANZ Presidents: Les (1942), Peter (1980), Brian (1996), Michael (2006)
NZEA President: Derek (1979‑81), Michael (1995‑96), Johanna Kinvig (2002)