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Looking for info on Hellyer family in New Zealand, specifically Alice and Muritai.

Query by Fayne

Alice is my grandmother on my mother's side, she married Arthur Stephen Ede, I am waiting for their marriage certificate to arrive. I know lots about my father's side of the family, Drummond, but little about Mum's. Supposedly Peter Ustinov is a relation through the Ede side, previously Edenstein. Anything will be helpful - this is all new to me.
Many thanks.

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on 2011-02-02 03:35:51

Fayne has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2011. is researching the following names: HELLYER, EDE.

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by ngairedith on 2011-02-02 06:33:11

Hello Fayne,

I have written a journal on your Hellyer so that any information can be added or amended as required the HELLYERs of Dunedin

Hoping you and others will send through info they have so I can add it to the journal and build a bigger picture going back as many generations as possible

This is what I have found as at 2 Feb 2011:

b]George Charles HELLYER (1861-1924)
- was born in Jersey and emigrated when he was about 13
- he married Mary Ann McDONALD (1861-1902) on 27 April 1893 in Andersons Bay Dunedin
- in 1924 they were living at 1 Queen's Drive, Dunedin
- Mary Ann died aged 41 and is buried in Block 10. Plot 12 at Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin with husband George and son Sydney, also (her possible mother) Isabella McDonald (1841-1921)

the known children of George & Mary Hellyer were:

1894 - 1920 Ruby Isabella Hellyer
- married Charles Young ESPLIN (1893-1966) in 1913
- Ruby died aged 26
- Charles remarried in 1924 to Ruby Amelia COX (1901-1965)

1895 - 1958 Ronald McDonald Hellyer
- married Nellie Isabella FARQUHAR (1898-1934) in 1922

1898 - 1975 Muritai Flora Hellyer
- married Arthur James SPENCER (1895-1989) in 1923

1899 - 1990 Rachel Ogilvie Hellyer
- married Keith MENZIES (1902-1970) in 1925

1902 - 1927 Sydney George Hellyer
- Sydney was a railway Cleaner & lived at Waikari, Dunedin
- Sydney died aged 25

.. I believe George Charles & William Robert Hellyer were brothers

William Robert HELLYER (1866-1940)
- was born in the Channel Islands, emigrated when he was about 10
- he married Margaret Ellen GARRICK (1872-1957) on 18 October 1893 in Anderson Bay Dunedin
- William was a driver and was living at 10 Rugby St Dunedin in 1963. He died aged 63 and is buried with wife Margaret and daughter Christina

the known children of Robert & Margaret Hellye were:

1893 - 1975 Philip William Hellyer
- married Mabel Edith KING (1896-1969) in 1921

1895 - 1969 Alice Mary Hellyer
- married Arthur Stephen EDE (1885-1966) in 1910
- Arthur was the 3rd of 12 children of Edward EDE & Clara Elizabeth ALSOP who married in 1878 (I will write a journal about them soon)
- (Edward Ede was a son of Benjamn & Amy Ede)
- possible Arthur & Alice went farming in Ashburton

1896 - 1970 Joseph John Hellyer
- married Margaret Law GARDNER(1897-1965) in 1924
- both buried Dunedin

1897 - 1990 Christina Clements Hellyer
- married ? OSMAND
- Christina died at her home, 31 Cranston St, Dunedin, aged 92. Her ashes are buried Block 6. Plot 41 at Andersons Bay Cemetery with parents William & Margaret Hellyer

1900 - 1980 Douglas Hunter Hellyer
- married Emma Louisa Hawkes INGRAM (1902-1992) in 1924
- both buried Dunedin

by Fayne on 2011-02-05 04:18:11

That is wonderful. I received my grandparents, Alice Hellyer and Arthur Ede's marriage certificate today. They were married on 1 June 1910 in Oxford at the Registry office at the Railway Station.

Were William and George brothers? I am curious about Muritai and how she came by her name. My mother was named Betty Ngaroma and we've always wondered how that came about - my daughter Kirsty has Ngaroma as her second name as I think it is such a pretty name.

While searching for info on Grandad I came across this at the National Library: http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=75350&l=en
It is a cartoon/water colour of an Edge fainting and due to be married and it seems it can only be him or one other person. Rather interesting.

Regards Jenny

by ngairedith on 2011-02-05 05:19:26

Hi Fayne,
Yes, William and George wre brothers

Read my journal the HELLYERs Channel Islands to Dunedin which can be added to or amended as we find more ...

by ngairedith on 2011-02-05 06:35:10

Hi again Fayne,
The name Muritai means 'Sea Breeze' in maori, could be how she got her name

Muritai is also a suburb of Eastbourne, 12km south of Petone, Wellington, but this seems an unlikely source of her name

by ngairedith on 2011-02-05 09:39:15

To show William and George Hellyer as brothers:

the 18 children of Philippe Samuel HELLYER

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