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Charles BLACKBEE - Canterbury New Zealand

Journal by ngairedith

Charles Blackbee arrived into Lyttelton on the LABUAN which left London 8 April 1851, arriving 11 August 1851

Charles was listed as aged 44 (1807-1873)
with him was his wife Sarah aged 48 (born 1803-1881) and 4 children:

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... 1
Charles Blackbee aged 19 (1832-1895)
- Charles married Sarah Ann HARRINGTON (1842-1901) in 1860
their known children:
1 1861 - Flora Blackbee
- Flora married George Bloomfield WILSON in 1879

2 1863 - Clara Blackbee
- Clara had 3 base born children:
1 1882 - 1883 Flora Adams Blackbee
- Flora died aged 4 months
2 1884 - Hector Brown Blackbee
- Hector married Ivy Eveline EDEN in 1915
3 1888 - 1890 Elsie Blackbee
- Elsie died aged 19 months
Clara once worked for Mr Firth in Havelock South
She married Charles Mercer in 1891
- their known children were:
1892 - 1959 Mabel Bertha Ellen Mercer
- Mabel married Harry HARE in 1911
1894 - Gladys Ruby Mercer
- Gladys married Eugene Nattrass GROVE in 1921
1896 - Cyril Charles Noel Mercer
- Cyril married Olive May WILLIAMS in 1921
1897 - 1918 Basil Ernest Mercer
- basil served in WWI as Private 10/2236 with the Samoan Advance Party in 1914 and the 4th Reinforcements in 1915. His enlistment address was 106 Adelaide Rd, Wellington. His Next Of Kin was his cousin, Norman Mercer of Moxham Ave, Haitaitai, Wellington (his parents, Clara & Charles also lived in Wellington at this stage). He was Killed in Action 8 Aug 1915 in Gallipoli

31866 - Ellen Blackbee
- Ellen married William Henry BIGNAL in 1884

4 1868 - 1948 Charles Arthur Blackbee
- Charles married Annie WATSON in 1890
their known children were:
1892 - Arthur Raymond Blackbee
1895 - Percy Ernest Blackbee
1898 - Ivy Marguerite Blackbee
1899 - Bernard Blackbee
1904 - Zita Winnifred Annie Blackbee
1910 ? - Clifford Robin Valentine Blackbee

5 1869 - Alice Amelia Blackbee
- Alice married Chester Pike MORRELL in 1895

6 1871 - Sarah Ann Blackbee

7 1873 - Blanche Blackbee
- Blanche marred Johannes Christian Ferdinand Friedrich WIESE in 1903

8 1875 - 1908 ? Percy William Blackbee

91878 - Maude Blackbee
- Maude married William BLACK in 1903

10 1883 - Caroline Emma Grey Blackbee

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... 2
Susannah 'Susan' Blackbee aged 16 (1834-1927)
- Susannah was born 18 Dec 1834 in Hackney, London
- she died 5 Sep 1928 in Christchurch
- Susan married Charles Alfred GREEN (1835-1929) 11 August 1857 in St Peters, Akaroa
- Charles was born 1 Sep 1835 in London
- he arrived into Canterbury on the MONARCH on 2 April 1850
- he died 14 Oct 1929 in Christchurch aged 94
- they lived at Upper Riccarton for a time and both are buried Waimairi Cemetery
they had 10 children:
1 1857 - Susan Blackbee Green
- nothing known
2 1858 - 1945 Edward Charles Green
- lived in Palmerston North in 1917
3 1861 - Emily Sarah Green
- married Samuel Henry Richfield in 1883
- lived in Robinsons Bay in 1917
4 1862 - Matilda Sarah Green
- married Peter BROWN in 1878
- lived in Akaroa in 1917
5 1864 - 1954 Lily Maria Green
- Lily married Godfrey Hall ALDRICH in 1883
- lived in Linton, Palmerston North in 1917
6 1862 - 1941 Arthur Augustus Green
- lived in Greymouth in 1917
7 1868 - 1947 Alfred Frederick Green
- lived in Taihape in 1917
8 1869 - 1910 Minnie Eliza Green
- married John ROBERTSON in 1888
9 1870 - 1870 George Henry Green
- lived Burnside Road, Fendalton in 1917
10 1870 - William Green
- lived in North Brighton in 1917

DIAMOND WEDDING - 11 August 1857
Too few couples, indeed, is it given to spend 60 long years together - 60 years of the chequered pattern of life as wife and husband says the "Christchurch Sun". Yet such has been the lot of Mr and Mrs Charles Alfred Green, of Dudley Street, Lower Riccarton, who were married in a lttle unpretentious church about 20ft by 12ft in Akaroa on August 11, 1857, the Rev. Wm. Alymer officiating, "No fussing those days, no bridesmaids, no tripping and travelling about", the old husband told the writer. "We were just married quietly and then went to our home in Akaroa and I went every day pit sawing, while she kept the house and made butter and cheese. She was the first cheesemaker in Canterbury. Afterwards I took to building and carpentering, and so 40 years of our life passed in Akaroa.
The little church of those early days is no more; no more is the hardy pioneer clergyman who came out to the young, crude land so that the people of his faith might not lack spiritual ministraion. But the old people remain, very frail it is true, both suffering from the racking effects of influenza, but in full possession of their faculties, and able to tell absorbing stories of the great spirit of change that they have watched creeping over the land in the years that have passed since they came to New Zealand. Mr Green, who was born in Kengsinton, but brought up mostly in Cork Street, Burlington Gardens, West End, came to New Zealand in 1850, in the ship Monarch, and Mrs Green, then Miss Susannah Blackbee, came out the following year. He was a stripling of 18 when he put foot on New ealand soil; she was about a year younger when her ship anchored the next year. Mrs Green was born in Hackney. She and Mr Green met at Akaroa, and there, as previously told they were married.
After they left Akaroa they spent some five years in the North Island, coming to Christchurch 15 years ago, and remaining here ever since.
Their diamond wedding was to have been celebrated with a monster gathering of their descendants, who number well over 100, but on account of their illness the plan had to be abandoned.
Of their 10 children, eight survive.
There are no fewer than 50 grand-children and 44 great grandchildren scattered about in various parts of the country.
When Mr Green landed here Christchurch was not; the house of the Deans brothers at Riccarton was about the only forerunner of the capital of Canterbury. Akaroa was mostly a French settlement, and a small one at that. Prices of household commodities were inconceivably high. Matches were practically unprocurable. When the fire went out, as sometimes happened through an accidnet, a burning brand had to be fetched from the nearest neighbour. Many changes have occurred since then, and all Mr and Mrs Green's friends will hope that they may be spared to see at least one more - the change of a world in arms to one in which peace and unity reign.

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... 3
Eliza Blackbee aged 14 (1837-1910)
- married John DIXON in September 1878
they had a daughter:
1881 - ? Emma Maud Dixon
- Emma married Alfred John READ in 1904

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... 4
Sarah Maria Blackbee aged 9 (19 March 1842-12 July 1924)
- born Lying-in-Hospital, Islington, London, Middlesex
- Sarah married John BUNNEY (1838-1878) 28 May 1863
- John was born in Leicestershire, England
- they both died in Akaroa

their known children:
1 1864 - Eliza Ellen Bunney
- Ellen married John McKEOWN in 1886

2 9 March 1865 - 25 July 1937 Jane Isabella Bunney
- Jane married John Thomas SHEPPARD (1855-1929) in 1928
- John & Jane died in Woodend, Canterbury
their known children were:
1885 - John Rooney Sheppard
1892 - Grace Sheppard
1895 - Ellen Maud Sheppard
1897 - Frank Sheppard
1900 - Alice Vera Sheppard
1902 - Evelyn Sheppard

3 8 April 1867 - Herbert William Bunney

4 1869 - Sarah Elizabeth Bunney

5 29 Oct 1870 - 3 March 1932 John Charles Bunney
- John married Josephine Adelaide de MALMANACHE (1878-1963) 1 Aug 1901
their known chilren were:
1904 - 1979 - Olive Adelaide Bunney
- Olive married George Saxton HODGKINSON in 1944
1909 - 1979 Leslie John Bunney
- Leslie married Mary Rose CURTIS (1904-1952) in 1938

6 3 Dec 1872 - Susannah Edith Bunney
- Susannah married George HEMINGWAY

7 2 March 1875 - Elenor Kate Bunney
- Eleanor married Samuel SCOTT in 1894

8 14 April 1877 - Mary/Maria Louisa Bunney
- Maria married John NICHOLS in 1897
Sarah's husband John died in 1878 aged 40
Sarah next married Charles Ross SCHUBERT on 27 Dec 1879 in Akaroa
- Charles was born 6 Sep 1835 in Parish of St. Michael's, Bristol. He died in 1915
their known children (born in Akaroa) were:
1880 - 1899 William Schubert
- William died of pneumonia aged 19
1883 - 1947 Charles Robert Schubert
- Charles married Josephine VISCOE (1889-1981) in Auckland 1915
- Charles died in Auckland Hospital aged 64
1885 - 1975 Elizabeth Schubert
- Elizabeth married Lytton Alphonse DITELY (1878-1934) in 1906

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