Charles CHITTY + Mary Susan BRIGHT - Cambridge, Waikato
At the age of 29, Charles Chitty joined the Loyal Duke of Cambridge Lodge on 21 March 1874. *Charles and 'Minnie' were married in 1874 at Alexandra after Charles had joined the Commissariat Transport Corps at Auckland in 1863. As a Sergeant, he was placed on the strength of the 3rd Waikato Militia and served through the Waikato and Taranaki Wars of 1865/66 under Generals Cameron and Chute. At the end of the war he returned to his regiment at Cambridge and in 1868 joined the Armed Constabulary as a sergeant of the mounted troopers. He served as First Class Mounted Sergeant till 1881 and was a Sergeant Major during the Parihaka Maori disturbance in Taranaki in 1882. On his return to the Waikato he was transferred to the Justice Department, eventually leaving the Government service having completed nearly 21 years.
Minnie, who was born in Birmingham, arrived in Auckland in 1864 and came to Cambridge as a young bride in 1874.
Charles and Minnie lived on the rise above the Waikato River in Shakespeare Street and they took up farming, flax milling and raised two children. Minnie also taught the piano and played the organ at the Anglican church while Charles was a long standing lay reader.
Charles died in 1915, and Minnie in 1936
* Charles married Mary Susan 'Minnie' BRIGHT in 1874 as above
their children were:
(have found 3 at this time, may have been others)
1875 - 1876 Florence Mary Chitty
- Florence died aged 7 months
1877 - 1954 Charles Horace Thompson Chitty
- married Adelaide Maud SMITH (1884-1962) on 31 December 1909
1 July 1888 - 1978 Edith Eileen Boness Chitty
- married Frederick James ROBB (1889-1917) in 1913
- Frederick died aged 28
- Edith remarried in 1922 to Thomas HOUNSLOW
Charles died in 1915 aged 70
Minnie died in 1936 aged 82