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NEW ZEALAND: Miscellaneous data on HARRIS, LOMAX, NATHAN families

Journal by allycat

Dear Readers, In my general research of the HARRIS families, their ancestors and descendants, I have come across the following information, not sure where it all fits in yet though.

Miscellaneous data on HARRIS, LOMAX and NATHAN families in New Zealand.

Research from index card in a Research Room - card Yeoman page 2 April 23 1886:-

HARRIS Samuel Wanganui resident of Wanganui met with a nasty accident on the Porewa Contract by which his foot was crushed to pieces. He was brought in by train on Saturday and yesterday Dr EARLE hospital surgeon assisted by Drs TRIPE and CONNOLLY took off the foot. Today the young fellow was in fair spirit and there us every indication the operation is a success.

NATHAN Mr. Henry October 1 1881 page 8 The Yeoman new house just completed Glasgow street. Writeup on house down to pots and pans.

LOMAX Mr. James, Segebrook, The Yeoman page 3 July 16 1881 son has case of lockjaw. Writeup LOMAX William (Boys) Wanganui High School exam results.

LOMAX Henry Dec 1880 Std 11 Boys Wanganui High School Excelled in arithmetic.

LOMAX H.A. Mr selected for common jury service 16th Sept. September 12 1884 The Yeoman.

LOMAX James ratepayer Wanganui Supporting Henry NATHAN in Mayoralty election (copy of advert available).

LOMAX Mr and Mrs. Wanganui The Yeoman July 24 1885 page 2 At fancy dress ball dressed in red white and blue (more info available).

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on 2007-05-31 20:33:32

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by peternathan on 2007-06-10 19:32:01


Are you related to Henry Nathan ?


Peter Nathan
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by allycat on 2007-06-11 02:59:18

Dear Peter, Hi there. I'm not related to Henry NATHAN, but I do happen to have quite a bit of NATHAN family history at my family tree website at I'm researching emigrants to New Zealand from Plymouth, England on behalf of my mother-in-law. And I have in my possession the most marvellous book (which we purchased) called "Faith, Hope & Courage - The Story of Edwrd & Mary Moyle and their Descendants" E.Lynch & K.Fincham. I haven't gone through the book in its entirety yet but no doubt it may have NATHANs in it.

Extract from my family tree:-

Sarah Ann HARRIS 1844-1878 Wellington NZ daughter of Samuel Gregory HARRIS* 1816-1902 and Mary Jane BROWN* 1823-1898 married 1867 to Anthony NATHAN 1843-1932 and had five children:-

*This couple were my mother-in-law's gg grandparents.

1.Alice Maude NATHAN 1869-1952
married John Joseph CORRY, children Alison, John & Anthony;
2.Frances Anthony NATHAN 1873-1875;
3.Ada Winifred NATHAN 1874;
4.Jane Francis Antoinette NATHAN
married Trayton George WICKENS, children Trayton Lyall and John Nimrod WICKENS;
5.Anthony Carroll NATHAN 1892-1966
married Ngaere Isobel BAYLEY, children Carroll, Peter & David.

QLD Australia.
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by peternathan on 2007-06-11 03:54:13

by allycat on 2007-06-11 04:00:45


by kiwicaroline on 2008-05-06 23:46:01

I just stumbled upon this site and all this great info. Alice Maude Nathan was my Great Grand Mother, her daughter Alison was my grandmother. I didnt have any info beyond her. Fantastic stuff Thank you

by allycat on 2008-05-07 04:19:16

Dear kiwicaroline, Hi. See my personal message to you.

by phop004 on 2009-01-25 10:16:09

Kia Ora koutou, I am looking for some links or information about my ancestor Hubert Nathan. I know that he was German-Jewish and that he married a Maori woman called Waiawhiawhi from Whakatohea (iwi). Any info would be much appreciated as I am just beginning in my search

by karmicnz on 2009-02-01 23:30:43

Hello all, what a lot of interesting information. Walter George Coker and Susan Hearn are my Great-great-great grandparents, they had a son Charles William Coker (if this is all correct) who was married to Sophia McQueen, they had a son Arthur Walter Rex Coker who was my grandfather, my mothers father. We didn't really know him and I have been trying to research any information about him and his family that I can. Very difficult to find anything and this is more than I could hope for in one sitting. Thanks so much. Karen

by harakeke on 2009-02-22 21:25:25

hi, i'm researching my family of Nathan, Wilson. i live in Wanganui and would like to share pics and info. regards lynn

by malbundy on 2009-05-21 21:08:57

Peter, have found info on 2 Irene jane lousie nathans!?
1 born dannevirke 1905
2 born london arrived NZ 1903
Both apperantly to george and mary(connery)
have you also found similar ??

by stephenwickens on 2010-01-10 17:17:05

Jane Francis Antionette Nathan (granddaughter of Henry) whose father Anthony Nathan became in 1906 first Mayor of Taihape was my great grandmother. She was daughter in law of Frederick Nimrod Wickens (the picure framer) of Cuba St Wellington.
Her husband, Trayton George Wickens, a photographer, died in May 1900 from typhoid at age 26. Nettie was left a widow with two young sons, Trayton Lyall, and John Nimrod (my grandfather). After Trayton Georges death, Nettie moved to Blenheim to live with Alice Maude Corry, nee Nathan, her older sister. A year later, June 1901, Nettie married David Pirani, a newspaper publisher. David must have been a family friend, as he was a guest at Alice Maude's wedding in Blenheim in 1895. What happed to Nettie after that is a bit vague, but she died on 29 March 1906. I understand she was in South Africa, but it is unlikely David Pirani was there. She may have had another child. After her death Anthony Nathan went to South Africa to bring back his two young grandsons. If you have anything to add to my limited knowledge about what happened to Nettie, the circumstances of her journey to South Africa, of other children and of her death, I would be very interested.
Stephen Wickens

by rip1944 on 2010-07-03 06:42:15

Stephen: David Pirani committed suicide 6th March 1913, as a result of drinking Jeyes Fluid while depressed from diabetes. He was very well-known, and several newspapers carried obits, inquest and estate information. It says that he and his wife had travelled from Napier. At inquest, someone suggested that Jeyes Fluid should be labelled "Poisonous" not "Non-poisonous", but Coroner said it was not poisonous if diluted as directed. No OSH in 1913!

Papers Past has these:

Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8506, 8 March 1913, Page 3.
Evening Post, Volume LXXXV, Issue 56, 7 March 1913, Page 7
Inquest: Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXX, Issue 13003, 11 March 1913, Page 5.
Estate Stamp Duty (on over L3,000): Evening Post, Volume LXXXV, Issue 132, 5 June 1913, Page 4.

Archway Probate lists him as a Farmer, Mauku (near Glenbrook).

As a result of your information about Jane Frances Antoinette having died, I checked and found that he married again in 1908: Emily Margaret MILLAR <NZBDM Marriage 1908/6512>, (c. 1873-1934) and he died at her father's home. Kids lost father at 1 & 3, mother at 7 & 9.

Interesting question: was David with her when she died?

by rip1944 on 2010-07-03 06:48:13

Just found this photo of David Pirani, plus bio and of his father:

by rip1944 on 2010-07-03 23:23:24

Peter: Anthony Carroll NATHAN was born 3 June 1891 to Anthony's second wife, named in NZBDM as Sarah Ann GRAUFIELD, but more probably GRANFIELD [sister to Ada Winifred's husband Edwin GRANFIELD???]. The first Sarah Ann HARRIS died Wanganui 1 April 1878 and is buried (3 Apr 1878) in Heads Rd (Old Wanganui). Marriage to the second Sarah Ann was <1889/1967> which extrapolates as 7th July 1889.

In his NZETC biography as Mayor of Taihape (they paid about 2 pounds to be included - so wrote their own script) he had "1 son and 1 daughter", these being the only surviving children: Alice Maude (by Sarah Ann #1, and Anthony Carroll by Sarah Ann #2.

Sarah Ann G was born abt 1866, died 1941, buried Taita Cemetery.

Can't find anything about these Granfield family origins to check names, but cannot find the name GRAUIELD anywhere at all (globally), and doubt it exists.

Carroll perhaps resurrects the historical "O'Carroll" name? This was not the only child given this name in the Nathan families.

FYI: I'm tracking the HARRIS family for my grandson's tree. Samuel Gregory HARRIS (1816) is his gggg-grandfather.


by stephenwickens on 2010-07-25 19:09:30

Hi Robert, Thanks for your updates. They are appreciated. I am still trying to track down the circumstances of Nettie Pirani (formerly Wickens) nee Nathan's trip to South Africa with her two young Wickens sons. I spent half a day in Marton looking through the old minute books for the Taihape Borough (Rangitiki District Council has all the archives from the old boroughs in Marton) hoping to find some reference to Anthony Nathan's trip to South Africa to rescue his grandsons. I stopped about the end of 1907 - perhaps I didn't persist long enough.

by rip1944 on 2011-02-04 01:11:58

Peter: According to my calculations Henry Anthony NATHAN died 3rd November 1893 (3/11/1893) not 11th March 1893 (11/3/1893).

I have checked by extrapolating the NZBDM death date; do you have a certificate, as they may be wrong.

by Karly on 2012-04-24 05:18:31

I am Trayton Lyall Wickens grandaughter. Thank you for all this information which I have saved and intend putting together for my children & grandchildren.

by Robinmarienathan on 2016-01-18 20:40:40

I dont't know if you are still researching, but my husband, Bernard, is the grandson of William, great grandson of Henry. We have a photo of Anthony and William as Forest Rangers during the Maori wars. They were both foundation students at Wanganui Collegiate.
We live in Napier and have bits of family history.

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