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Looking for Davis family information Palmerston Nth ,Fielding 1912 to 1922 New Zealand

Journal by rossco12

My Grand parents lived in this area around 1911 thr to 1923 a house at Feilding,No 20 Grey street is of interest to me. It may have been a railway House. As George Charles Davis was a Bridge builder for the NZ Raiways he may have been renting a or allacated a Railway house.

Can anyone tell me if there were records kept of NZ railway employees?

Cheers
Ross Davis

Surnames: DAVIES DAVIS INCH
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by rossco12 Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2012-09-09 17:38:50

Looking for George Charles Davis b 1870 Essex England maybe, was in New Zealand from 1903 to about 1923 give or take 10 years He was a carpenter and worked for the NZ rail bridge building around Feilding; I am a 4th generation New Zealander now living in Australia, Tweed Heads, for the last 30+ years

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by ngairedith on 2012-09-09 18:14:23

hi rossco,
if you go look at the house on google it is not a railways house. The land may have been cleared and this one erected in its place.

this from the 'Feilding Star' in June 1920:
WANTED KNOWN - Carpenter's Work taken on, Buildings erected. Town or Country. Labour only. G. C. Davis, Grey street, near Clifton Terrace may be of help in trying to locate it
Then in another ad that month it reads: Grey street, near Clifton House

by rossco12 on 2012-09-09 19:33:03

WOW: thanks: thats getting to prove "G.C". Davis did exist. Exist:
He seemed to disapear off the face of the earth after about 1922/23
and this is the last time I have eveidence he was alive and using the first names of "George Charles" Davis. This picture of the house was treassured by my uncle Jim (James W Davis) the youngest child born in Feilding 24 Jul 1918 He told me he could only just remember him G>C>. My guess is that you start to remember at age 5/6 years of age: 1918+5= 1923

any ideas how I can build on this june 1920 advert.?

I have no photos to go by other than this house (which is still there) I can only assume that taking all the male children, there should be a common likness of "HIM" GC.

Thanks Ross Davis www.davisfamilytree.org

by ngairedith on 2012-09-09 22:07:03

Im at work right now. I will work on it tonight. Can you upload the photo to the bottom of your posting???

by rossco12 on 2012-09-10 01:10:04

Here is a photo of the "house" at 20 grey street Feilding: I have family still living at New Plymouth and they tell me the house is still there and in good shape.


There are other tings that I need to tell you: GC disapeared from feilding about 1922 and was said by most of the family,
That he went to sydney to get his eye fixed.Not sure which eye. that all we know about GC.
But James William Davis was "PUT into an orphanage at Masterton, New Zealand because the family was not being looked after. My dad had to sign him out of that orphanage as his guardian about 1938,1939. 1940. So GC was not in NZ then.

by rossco12 on 2012-09-10 01:52:20

I cannot load the picture of 20 grey street . But Google will show you its a blue painted house with timber weather boards

I have also up dated my profile to include the history I can remember for the early day od looking for GC Davis. My Dad Christopher Valintine Kenneth Davis said he was a "good carpenter" My dad started looking for him about 1940 , My aunty Eva Winnie Davis went to sydney to find him. She was a very poor looking worman with no crisma and I am sure if a girl like that started asking question she would have been given negetive answers.But the report I heard were Eva find him in Sydney,But was that beliveable? I am not sure. I have looked in LDS records for NSW and could not find any likley recordes on the fish plates then. Cheers Ross.

by ngairedith on 2012-09-10 04:58:30

what was his wife's name, Amy ? (your grandmother) what happened to her?
how many children did they have prior to coming to NZ?
there were 7 born to them in NZ from 1905

that orphange would have been Whatman Home :(

by ngairedith on 2012-09-10 05:03:21

it's ok, I have it. Amy Hanham

by ngairedith on 2012-09-10 05:15:31

yes, that is definately a Railways House but no longer blue

by ngairedith on 2012-09-10 05:40:43

ok, got this out of the way. It was annoying me what Clifton House was

... 29 October 1908

CLIFTON HOUSE
corner MANCHESTER and GREY street, FEILDING


Three minutes walk from G.P.O.

THE above Private Hotel has just undergone extensive alterations and additions
Visitors to Feilding will find all the comforts of a home at Clifton House

Private dining and sitting rooms
Terms moderate
MRS PRITCHARD, Proprietress
(Late of Argyle House, Wanganui)

One of George Charles Davis's ads said he was "3 doors from Clifton House" but I have found the house so doesn't matter now :)
The hotel is no longer there

by rossco12 on 2012-09-10 18:22:33

Thanks.
I have sent an Email off to the sallies re whatman house to see if there is archived info I can establish a time line as ti when GC disapeared to Australia.
Aunty Eva b21 june 1912 said he was called "Chas" maybe shortened from "Charles"

Once I can establish a time line I can shearch Sydney for Geo. Davis; Chas Davis; G.C. Davis; George Davis

Do you think there would be a tenants list of the Railway Houses? at Feilding

cheers
Ross Davis rossco

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