Edward John "Jack" LOFLEY 1839-1889 died Star Hotel Woodville, New Zealand :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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Edward John "Jack" LOFLEY 1839-1889 died Star Hotel Woodville, New Zealand

Journal by ngairedith

Edward "JACK" Lofley was born between 1838 and 1840 in England

He was an ex-Navy man, a survivor from the crew of HMS Orpheus wrecked on the Manukau bar in 1863
- he fought in the Waikato war as a member of the Naval Brigade (The Naval Brigade lost 13 killed (including virtually all of its officers) and 26 wounded during the )BATTLE OF GATE PA
- he later joined the New Zealand Armed Constabulary
- From 1879 to 1886 he was the Taupo correspondent for the Hawke's Bay Weekly Courier
- he also performed a similar function for several other North Island newspapers

Being a very outspoken person, Edward was often in trouble (mostly with the constabulary)
- he had his bath-houses burned down (twice in the same year) - he rebuilt
- he was very badly injured when set upon by 4 men in 1884

From the late 1860s he was the proprietor of 'The GLen' - Hot Baths & Sanatorium at Tapuaeharuru (place of echoing footsteps), Taupo
- he was the "well known & jovial" guide for the Rotomahana Terraces better known as the Pink & White Terraces (destroyed in the 1886 volcanic eruption of Mount Tarawera) via Orakeikoraka, Alum Cave and Paeroa boiling Mud Cauldrons for over 20 years
He was also responsible for sending samples of hot springs water to the Government Laboratory in Wellington for analysis

In 1876 he had a Maori wife but she may have been common-law as on 4th May 1880 he married Rosanna Boyle (1852-1917) at Tauranga
- they had at least 4 children

the 3 known children at this time are:

7th April 1881 a son Charles Edward Lofley

17th September 1882 a daughter Mary Lofley
- Mary was adopted in 1886 by Joanne and David Gray of Napier

21st April 1884 a son Louis George Lofley

- there was another (unknown) son

By 1885 he and his wife Roseanna (Rosine) had seperated
He was eventually found and remanded in Auckland
He was charged with having deserted her in Auckland
He countered she left of her own free will

By 1886 he had left Taupo and his spa - it was taken over by John Joshua

He became the proprietor of a temperance hotel at Napier and later kept a boarding house there

In January 1889 his wife was living in Woodville where she was a housekeeper for Mr & Mrs Snadden, a railway employee.
She was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for throwing tin at 10 year old John Snadden, cutting his hand

19th Oct 1890 a son, Arthur James, was born to Roseanna, father not recorded (he was registered as 'Lofley' but was born 19 months after Jack's death) - Arthur died in 1986 aged 95

At the time of his death Edward's 3 known children would have been aged 8, 7 and 5. NOTES: these children, being left alone when their father died, (at that time their mother was in prison) were either adopted or fostered out and may have changed their names as any further info is hard to find

Edward died aged about 49-51
- he died after a brief illness at the Star Hotel, Woodville

his details were provided by
- Robert Eldon Grinlinton on 21-3-1889
- Robert recorded him as "about 40 years old"
He is buried in Plot 30, Block 13 of the Old Gorge Cemetery in Woodville

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on 2010-02-13 22:21:31

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