Mariner Tucker HOLM & Grace Eileen THOMPSON - buried Taita New Zealand
In PLOT 57 at Christ Church Taita Cemetery New Zealand is Captain Mariner Tucker HOLM (1894-1972) & his wife Grace Eileen (nee THOMPSON) (1903-1973)
Mariner and Grace married 26 February 1929
Mariner was a son of Pehr Ferdinand Holm, master mariner from Sweden, who was also a son of a master mariner, Johan HOLM and Brita Christina JANSDOTTER
Ferdinand and his wife, Mary Alexander CALLAN were married at St Paul's Cathedral in Wellington in 1870
Mariner Tucker was one of their 4 sons & 5 daughters
- He was named after his fahter's barque the Genevie M. Tucker in which he traded as far afield as Madagascar and Mauritius.
Ferdinand's interesting biography can be read here
Pehr Ferdinand Holm
From the EVENING POST, 11 August 1916
... Mr Marine Holm, son of Captain F. Holm, of Wellington, who went to England some months ago to offer his services to the Admiralty, has been gazetted a first lieutenant of H.M.S. Ascot, one of the big Admiralty minesweepers
From the EVENING POST, 31 March 1917
DEATH OF WELL-KNOWN SEAFARER - CAPTAIN F. HOLM
... One of the best-known and most popular shipping men in the Dominion, Captain Ferdinand Holm, died at Wellington last night; aged 73 years. Deceased, who had been confined to his bed for the last three weeks, had a relapse yesterday.
Captain Holm was born at Stockholm. He took up the seafaring life when he was fourteen years of age, and was afterwards placed in charge of a small schooner belonging to his father and trading on the Swedish lakes.
He came out to Australia before the mast in a sailing ship called 'Queen of the North'. This was about the year 1865, and the gold rush was then on in Victoria. He left the sea temporarily to try his luck on the goldfields. Later however, he again took up the seafaring life, and as a seaman joined the 'Annie Melhuish', a barque owned by the late Captain W. Williams, of Wellington. Afterwards, he joined the New Zealand Government steamer 'Sturt', under Captain FAIRCHILD. The Sturt was then running during the excitement of the Maori War.
He acted as pilot at Wellington later, an his first command was the barque 'Ladybird'. He was also in charge of the 'Gleaner', and the intercolonial ships 'Sea Ripple', 'Malay', 'Neptune', 'Kentish Lass', 'G. M. Tucker' and 'Frowning Beauty'.
Then he became owner of the well-known barque 'Helen Denny', after which he commanded the 'Holmdale', and later went Home and brought out the steamer 'Ennerdale' for the Maoriland Steamship Company.
Following on this he took charge of the same company's largest stearer, 'Lauderdale' (now the Union Company's 'Kokiri').
On severing his connection with this company, he went to England and brought out the steamer 'John' for himself and his sons. Later he assumed command of the sailing ship 'Titania', but that vessel was accidentally wrecked at New Caledonia owing to the lights being extinguished there. This meant a serious loss to Captain Holm, as he was the principal owner.
The late Captain Holm leaves a widow and a grown-up family.
* Captain Sydney Holm, his eldest son, resides at Wanganui, where he has acted as agent of the 'John'.
* Another son, who has been chief engineer of the 'John', recently went into camp
* and the third son, Mariner Holm, proceeded to England some months ago and joined the British Navy
From the FEILDING STAR, 10 May 1917
... Lieut. Mariner Holm, whose name appears in the ballot list, left Wellington 18 months ago to join the Royal Navy. He was appointed to one of his Majesty's ships, and has been on active service ever since
From the EVENING POST, 11 June 1917
... Advice has been receive in Wellington that Lieut. Mariner Holm, of Wellington, son of the late Captain F. Holm, has received his full lieutenancy in the Navy. He is only 24 years of age
a big thank you to annesfam, daughter of Mariner & Grace, for her message
Subject: Grace Holm (nee Thompson)
Date: 2012-01-16 00:27:08
... Grace Holm is the direct descendant of Mary Jane Mabey and James Harris the first couple married at Christ Church. It is because of her and not my father as to why they are buried there. My father wished to be buried with my mother and, although he died first he wanted to be where she wished to be buried.
I don't really think the information about my grandfather Ferdinand Holm (he was never referred to as Pehr) is really relevant to Christ Church.
It should be about my mother and father's contribution to NZ - which was major.
I also note in another place my father is called Tucker Holm. Tucker was his middle name - Mariner was his first Christian name.
Mariner travelled the world many, many times not just to Madagascar. He was one of only eight Cape Horners alive in the world when he died and in WW1 was a commander for the British Navy in charge of one of the largest flotilla of mine sweepers in the North Sea.
the totara to build the chuch was supplied by John Ings Daysh - taken by bullock trail to the sawmill of Abraham Harris' farm (where the Taita railway station now is) who pitsawed it in his sawmill for free. The totara was given free also.
Looking forward to hearing from annesfam again and that she contributes more information about her parents.
Will be added as soon as received
the photo of CHRIST CHURCH TAITA - taken 1971
from the original newspaper cutting in my possession