Adeline ABSOLON married Thomas RENWICK in Nelson, New Zealand
Thomas RENWICK was born 26 September 1818 in Kirkpatrick Juxta, Dumfries, Scotland
- the 2nd son of Herbert RENWICK (1770-1848) & Elizabeth BROWN (1770-1852)
The Hon. Thomas Renwick, M.D., sometime a Member of the Legislative Council, was one of Nelson's earliest colonists. He came to New Zealand in 1842, in the ship “Thomas Harrison,” which brought out under his charge, as medical officer, the wives and families of the first pioneers, who had previously arrived in the Colony, and had begun the work of forming the Nelson settlement. Dr. Renwick was a native of Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the second son of Mr. Herbert Renwick, of the Parks of Dumgree. He graduated in the Edinburgh University, and after practising for a short time in Kent, and going a voyage to India as surgeon of a large passenger ship, he sailed for Nelson, where he quickly became a most popular doctor and good citizen. He was one of the first members of the Provincial Council of Nelson, and was called to the Legislative Council in 1863. In 1848 the estate of “Dumgree,” in Marlborough, was taken up for Dr. Renwick by Mr. George McRAE, and the property is still in the possession of the family. Dr. Renwick died on the 28th of November, 1879, at his residence “Newstead,” Nelson.
Thomas RENWICK married Adeline ABSOLON in 1846
- she is mentioned as having a relationship with Francis Dillon BELL (in about 1844/45). She died in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1937, 40 years after Thomas
Thomas next married Anne SMITH in 1872
- at time of marriage Anne owned, freehold, sections 499, 503 and 505 in Nelson
he did not have any children
another bio Thomas Renwick says ... Not content simply to practise medicine, Renwick acquired land for the purpose of farming. Initially he leased land his from the New Zealand Land Company, naming the property "Dumgree" after place of birth. Later he was able to buy the land outright. In 1855 he purchased the 12,000 acres of Delta Station in the Wairau.
a photo of a teak sea-chest currently displayed in the Museum's Port Nelson Haven Ahoy exhibition, thought to have been brought to Nelson on board the Thomas Harrison by the ship's surgeon Dr Thomas Renwick
MENTIONED IN MURDER at the BAY VIEW HOTEL
do you know the early life of Adeline Absolon ??
and her releationship with Francis Dillon Bell??
Pencil sketch of Adeline Absolon
Domett, Alfred 1811-1887 : Album. Ref: qMS-0613-096
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand