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Henry & Martha DUCK of Drybread, Otago

Journal by ngairedith

data found since journal was written ..
Henry's father Henry DUCK was born in 1815 in Calne, Wiltshire, England. (His father was also Henry Duck (1789-?)
- Henry married Elizabeth SCOTT (1805-?) in 1834 in England
they had 9 children:
(I believe some birth & death dates are approx.)

Charles DUCK
birth: 1836 in England

Henry DUCK
birth: 1838 in England

William DUCK
birth: 1841 in England
death: 1904 in Wandin Yallock, Victoria, Australia

birth: 1844 in England
death: 1904 Aug 19

Thomas DUCK
birth: 1849 May 27 in Calne, Wiltshire, England
death: 1928 Jul 19 in Seville, Victoria, Australia
burial: 1928 Jul 21 in Victoria, Australia

Sarah Ann DUCK
birth: 1850 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Edith DUCK
birth: 1855 <

George DUCK
birth: 1854 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia
death: 1860 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Elizabeth DUCK
birth: 1857 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia
death: before 1899


To answer a request from 'Huddly' on 10-4-2011 can you help with any information on Henry (1841-1904) & Martha (1846-1906) DUCK ?

where were they born
where did they marry - Australia?
what was Martha's maiden name
when did they arrive in New Zealand
did they have other children before coming to NZ

I have made a Timelne which gives us info on their whereabouts but how long were they here before 1872 ??
Their son Thomas Henry Duck was born in Dunedin which is 185km SE of Drybread. Their daughter was born 2 years 9 months previously in New Zealand, but where ?
ALSO, Augusta Mary Duck, born in 1872 was probably a daughter (see below)


1872 birth of Augusta Mary Duck

On 11 January 1875 the birth of a daughter, Phyllis Maud Florence Duck

On 1 October 1877 BIRTH at Howe street, Dunedin, the wife of Mr Henry Duck, of Drybread, of a son

In May 1882 I, HENRY DUCK, of Drybread, in Vincent County, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting to be holden at the School house, Matakanui, on the sixth day of June, 1882, apply for a Certificate authorisig the ISSUE of a Publican's License for a House situate at Drybread aforesaid, to be known as "The Matakanui Hotel" containing thirteen rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 6th day of May, 1882. HENRY DUCK

In April 1895 Henry Duck and other gold miners of Matakanui, were defendants in a special case BARRON and ANOTHER V GREENBANK and OTHERS (scroll to half way down)

In November 1895 at the weekly meeting of the Land Board, re Run 223, the board were requested to reduce the area and rental of the run 223 on account of area of 40 acres granted to Henry Duck under occupation license - Occupation license having been granted over the area, pastoral license was thereby determined over same; rental of run reduced by 11s 4d per annum

On 15 November 1899 (from the Otago Daily Times) at his son's residence, Myrtle Farm, Seville, Victoria, Henry Duck, father of Charles Duck of England; Henry Duck of New Zealad; William and Thomas Duck, of Seville; Mrs Macintyre of Yering and Mrs Grey, of Mooroolbark; aged 84 years and nine months. A colonist of 50 years. Influenza .. this was Henry's father (1815-1899), he arrived in Australia (a Colonist of 50 years in Victoria) in about 1849 which means 'our' Henry was born in England ..

On 8th February 1904 Mr Henry Duck, one of the oldest residents of Drybread, Central Otago, died at his residence after a long and painful illness, aged 65. The deceased, who was proprietor of the Drybread Hotel, was very well known throughout the district and Otago Central generally

In November 1904 Thomas Henry Duck (son) applied for an occupation lease under "The Mining Districts Land Occupation Act, 1894" over an area of 40 acres in block VII, Lauder district - Lease granted at a rental of 9d per acre (about $180 in 2010)

In January 1905 Henry's deceased estate was valued for stamp duty at 1175 (a value in Jan 2011 of about $188,500)

In June 1905 Martha Duck was granted a publican's license for the Drybread Hotel

In June 1906 Martha Duck was granted the license for the Matakanui Welcome Hotel, Drybread

On 8 October 1906 at Nurse Thomson's Private Hospital, Stafford street, Martha, wife of the late Mr Henry Duck, of Drybread, Central Otago; in her sixtieth year. "At rest"

In December 1906 the Mount Ida Licensing Committee's quarterly meeting was held in the Courthouse at Naseby
On the agenda concernig local hotels in the area was one giving authority (not know who to) for the carrying on until the next qarterly meeting, of the business of the Matakanui Welcome Hotel in Drybread, in the estate of the deceased Martha Duck

In June 1907 the adminstrator of the estate of Martha Duck (deceased) transfered the publican's license of the Matakanui Welcome Hotel in Drybread to Augusta Mary MINEHAN (1872-1933)
- Augusta Mary Minehan was probably a daughter, now married, as Augusta Mary Duck was born in New Zealand in 1872, parents not recorded, married Thomas Henry Minehan in 1900

In June 1908 at Patearoa, before Mr McEnnis, S.M., Thomas Henry Duck (son), licensee of the Sowburn Hotel, Patearoa, was charged that on the 16th May he kept his licensed premises open for the sale of liquor util 10.35pm and, further, that on the date named he exposed liquor for sale after hours on his licensed premises. He pleaded Not Guilty


NZ born children of Henry (1841-1904) & Martha (1846-1906) DUCK

1872 - 1938 Augusta Mary Duck
- married Thomas Henry MINEHAN (1871-1913) in 1900

1875 - 1938 Phyllis Maud Florance Duck
- Phyllis married George James HARBOUR (1868-1952) in 1901

1877 - 1961 Thomas Henry 'Harry' Duck
- Thomas married Clara Jane HARTLEY (1884-1967) in 1905

because the name Duck is unusual I will list the names of the children born in NZ prior to the known birth of Phyllis and making Martha about 18 (born in 1864):
1864 - Anna Jane Duck
1866 - Frederick William Duck
1872 - 1933 Augusta Mary Duck
1874 - Marjory Urquhart Duck

were any of them (aside from Augusta Mary) also children of Henry & Martha

Henry & Martha are buried at Drybread Cemetery

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on 2011-04-10 05:45:18

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by Huddly on 2011-04-10 18:19:03

That is fantastic research. I will need a bit of time to digest it all. I am trying to see if there is a link in to the family of Edwin Duck (d.1857) in the UK. A possible son of his came out to NZ but he used the name Edmund Wallington (1857-1934). Edwin died whilst his wife was about 3 months pregnant with Edmund and then she married the guy whose middle name she gave him!!!???
As you say Duck is an unusual name and I find it a coincidence that 2 (possible) Ducks ended up in this wee village.

Thanks for your help so far.

by Gemini11 on 2016-02-17 00:47:15

Hi there,

I am from New Zealand and married to a Brown.
My husband's father Geoffrey Brown has just passed peacefully in his sleep in Leith Valley, Dunedin.

His mum was Florence Minehan and she grew up with Gladys, her sister by her Aunty Phyllis Maud Florence Harbour and uncle George James Harbour in Dunedin in a house that George built in Leith Valley to where my father in law resided

I have a photo of Florence's mum Augusta with her 8 daughters to which my father in law could not correctly identify his mum or Aunty Gladys.
Does anyone have information on Augusta and Thomas Minehan's children apart from Florence which is my husband's grandmother.

Her name is Florence Rita Minehan
Born 12 May 1907, Patearoa
Died 21 December 1972, Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

She married Benjamin Henry Brown, 16 May 1934
He was Born 30 May 1910
Died 16 May 1996 in Dunedin

Any help will be appreciated
I'm hoping that we can continue to grow this family tree.

My contacts: Cindy Brown
email: [email protected]

I will also be interested to meet any extended family

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