I am looking for information on Martin Sydney Smith, b. 24.3.1857 Clearwell Meend, West Dean Gloucestershire. He came out to NZ with his family on the Matoaka, berthed in Lyttelton on 2.12.1860. He died 1925?? Married a Annie Eliza Charleston (no date kno :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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I am looking for information on Martin Sydney Smith, b. 24.3.1857 Clearwell Meend, West Dean Gloucestershire. He came out to NZ with his family on the Matoaka, berthed in Lyttelton on 2.12.1860. He died 1925?? Married a Annie Eliza Charleston (no date kno

Question by Biscuits1

Annie Eliza Charleston was b. approx. 1859??
died in NZ in the 1920's, 1930's??
Any children. I have been told they lived in North Canterbury on a farm but I don't know where or anything about them.

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by Crawford on 2017-01-04 04:44:21

Hi there, they married on 26 March 1895. BDM Ref 1895/3076

also,

SMITH-CHARLESTON—On March 26th, at the Church of England. Rangiora, by the Rev. F. P. Fendall. Martin Smith, Greta Vale, to Annie Charleston, Southbrook.
Press, Volume LII, Issue 9078, 15 April 1895.

Martin Sydney smith died 22 June 1925. BDM Ref 1925/4363.

Also,

SMITH. —On June 22nd, at Rangiora, Martin Smith, aged 68 years.
Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18415, 23 June 1925.

Obituary
OBITUARY.

MR MARTIN SMITH. Mr Martin Smith, who died at Rangiora on Sunday, had spent over 60 years in the North Canterbury district. He came to New Zealand with his parents, when four years of age, in the ship Matoaka, which arrived in Lyttelton on December 4th, 1860. Shortly after their arrival the family settled at Flaxton, where the deceased was brought up to farming pursuits. For a long period he was employed on farms and stations in North Canterbury. The last sixteen years before his retirement to Rangiora, he spent on the farm of the late Mr T. S. Mannering, in the Omihi Valley, of which he eventually became manager. During the last eleven years he was a resident of Rangiora, and owing to indifferent health he lived quietly will his sister, Mrs J. McKenzie. For quite a number of years he took an interest in the Bowling, Tennis, and Croquet Club. He always interested himself in swimming, and three years ago he was induced to become custodian of the Municipal Baths, principally to look; after the children, and over 400 learned to swim under his supervision. His kindly disposition won many young hearts and endeared him to them. Mrs Smith predeceased her husband about ten years ago. The funeral, which took place yesterday afternoon, was very largely attendcl bv relatives and friends. The senior scholars of the borough school, under their headmaster, Mr B. A. McKeown, were also present. Deceased was hurried in the Church of England Cemetery. the funeral rites being conducted bv the Rev. J. F. Feron. Amongst the wreaths sent, was a very beautiful one from the pupils and staff of the Rangiora Borough School.


Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18416, 24 June 1925

by Biscuits1 on 2017-01-04 05:11:17

Awesome! This is fantastic, I also tried Papers Past and was glad you found the Obituary! I'm assuming the couple had no children??
It would be nice to find out who his sister was this Mrs J. McKenzie??
Christine

by Crawford on 2017-01-04 07:38:07

Hello again,
Here's Annie.

SMITH. —On May 14, at Southbrook, Annie Eliza, dearly beloved wife of Martin Smith; • aged 61 years. Deeply regretted.
Sun, Volume II, Issue 394, 15 May 1915.
From the date of the marriage and the death dates, it looks like they may have been too old to have children? There is probate for Martin's will.

SMITH Martin Sydney - Rangiora - Retired ORDER DETAILS »
1925 1925 Christchurch High Court

I've had a look at BDM for Martin's sister. The most likely candidate is Mary Smith and John McKenzie? Married 7 September 1882. BDM Ref 1882/1725. You may need to buy the cert to confirm these are the right people.

Also, here's a link to the passenger list for the Matoaka.
The most likely Smith family seems to be 'John Smith, mechanic, wife and 5 children. (pity there are no names!)

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IMMIGRANTS, PER MATOAKA.
Lyttelton Times, Volume XIV, Issue 842, 5 December 1860.

Cheers, R.

by Biscuits1 on 2017-01-16 02:15:29

Hi,
I got the BDm For the Mckenzie's unfortunately Mary's parents names we not correct.
Chris

by Biscuits1 on 2017-01-20 01:06:31

Hi R,
I found an entry in my family tree referring to this Mrs J McKenzie, she was Minnie Ellen McKenzie, wife of John Melville McKenzie, they lived in Southbrook and Martin must have lived with them, Mr McKenzie died in 1932, and Minnie died in 1953. I have an old photo of Minnie with hair in a tight bun. So that solves that mystery! Chris

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