PECK of TAITA
Thank you for this interesting and informative journal. Elizabeth Terrill was my Great Aunt and I am trying to find out information on her mother Phillipa Terrill who was at the Napier Hotel for some years. Elizabeth and her mother signed the Suffragette petition. Thanks again. Fran Crocker
thank you to cassan for her message:
Subject: RE: Terrill's and Cantrill's
Date: 2014-04-01 04:37:09
I have located some information on Phillipa Jane Terrill (born Austin). She was born in 1842 in Breage, Cornwall the daughter of William and Ann Austin. William was a Mine Manager, according to the 1851 Census which has them living in St Pinnock in Cornwall. Phillipa married John Richard Willoughby Terrill in the third quarter of 1862 in Truo in Cornwall before she, John and John's mother Jane Terrill (born Willoughby) left on-board the Chrysolite in August of 1865.They landed in Lyttelton in November of 1862. At some stage they worked in the mines in both South Australia and in Victoria as Florence Elizabeth (Ivy's mother) was born in Kapunda, South Australia and I have located a death record for another daughter who died in Victoria. They were resident in Christchurch when Florence Elizabeth married Alfred William Cantrill on 25th January 1887 - as the marriage took place in their home on Madras Street. John Terrill lists his occupation as musician and Papers Past has several references to a bandmaster in Christchurch at the time who is named as being John Terrill - I have yet to prove they are one and the same but I think they will be. By 7th March of 1890 Phillipa Jane is living in Napier and running a successful and profitable Boarding House on Hastings Street, Napier. We know this because Phillipa Jane set legal precedent in New Zealand when she successfully retained her property after her husband John, abandoned her and went to live in Ashburton. This was one of first successful defences under legislation brought in under the married womans property act. this link details the story and shows the document Protecting married women's property.
Sadly, she died not too many years later on 2nd January 1893 of peritonitis.
added here for interest
from the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 30 March 1861
Married Women's Property Protection Act, 1860
see comment #2 re your query: John Richard Willoughby Terril, Phillipa's husband (did they divorce?)
... By 7th March of 1890 Phillipa Jane is living in Napier and running a successful and profitable Boarding House on Hastings Street, Napier. We know this because Phillipa Jane set legal precedent in New Zealand when she successfully retained her property after her husband John, abandoned her and went to live in Ashburton ...
As you know in the Shortland Cemetery in Thames the two young Cantrill children John Phillip (d.1898) and Annie (d. 1906) are buried in Public Lawn Division, Plot 258 - also buried in the same plot are their GGrandmother Jane Terrill (d. 11.1.1899) and their Grandfather John Richard Terrill (d. 2.10.1907).
I visited there a couple of years ago, but it is quite overgrown, and was told that headstones weren't put on public plots. This plot seems to have been first used for baby Fanny Glendinning in 1870, and then bought by the family 18 yrs later.
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