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looking for family of sonny gudgeon n.z. army ww2

Query by tassietales

want to know about families of walter edward gudgeon and soony gudgeon (new zealand).

have family tree for walter augustine wayth gudgeon.

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on 2012-11-26 22:29:43

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by Crawford on 2012-11-27 02:30:20

Hi there,
If you have a look at the NZ BDM site you will find info about the Gudgeon family

by Crawford on 2012-11-27 02:42:32

Found this on Papers Past - is this the Gudgeon family you are looking for?



With the passing at Otaki recently, at the age of 90 years, of Miss Madeline Best, another link is severed with the early days of Wellington. Born at Porirua in August, 1854, Miss Best was a daughter of William and Hannah Best, who had arrived in New Zealand from London in 1851 with their three eldest children. Three more children, besides Madeline, were born at Porirua, two dying young, the other being Elsdon Best, the famous Maori scholar and ethnologist, who died in 1931. Her father, Wm. Best, became chief clerk to the Treasury in the young colony and resided in Tinakori Road in the early eighteen-sixties Miss Best's other brother, Walter, died many years ago. One sister married Colonel Walter Gudgeon, C.M.G., who was Resident Commissioner of the Cook Islands early in the present century, whilst the other sister, Isabel, who died as recently as 1938, married Robert McDougall and resided in South America.

Well known in Otaki for many years past, Miss Best was highly respected, and leaves many friends, even if, as she herself wrote, "I am the last of our branch of the family; my great grandfather had only two sons, one of whom died in India, and my father was the only son of the other, whilst my brothers had no families." Though the family may have died out, however, the name of Best will ever be remembered through the work of her brother, Elsdon, New Zealand's preeminent Maori scholar
Evening Post, Volume CXXXVIII, Issue 108, 3 November 1944, Page 6

by tassietales on 2012-11-27 03:07:16

Thank you for your information Crawford.

This is the family I have been looking for.

I know that colonel Gudgeon's son Walter A.W. Gudgeon went to Chile in his early years,
but not too much is known about that. Walter A.W. worked for the Bank of South Australia Kalgoorlie branch before ww1.

My particular area of interest is the families of sonny gudgeon, son of Herman Wayth Gudgeon.
Thanking you, tassietales

by tapgudge on 2013-08-19 18:42:53

Kia ora,

I am a grandson of Sonny Gudgeon, Son of Herman Wayth Gudgeon. Sonny had 10 children of which my father was the eldest. I look forward to hearing from you as I am sure my father would be as well.

by tassietales on 2013-08-20 23:28:00

Thank you to Scott J. for alerting me to comments from Tapgudge regarding the Gudgeon family. I now have a photo of Walter A. Gudgeon taken at Buckingham Palace Dec. 1917 at the time he received the Military Cross for galantry. Walter Gudgeon was close friends with Herbert Hoover (who became President of U.S.A.) at the time he as a mine manager on the Kalgoorlie Goldfields. Family members have letters from Hoover to Walter. He is listed on the Australian A.I.F. Project site as he served with the Western Australian Forces during World war One. Unfortunately his brother was killed on the beach at Galipoli.

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