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original pupils OPOURIAO SCHOOL 1897

Journal by ngairedith

taken from Bay of Plenty Beacon, 29 October 1943

NOTES
* first-day pupils are shown with *
* pupils who started later that month are also in this list
* some birth dates may be approximate, based on age at death

OPOURIAO SCHOOL opened 46 years ago
the ORIGINAL PUPILS

... Last week in the Beacon we published a list of **original settlers in the Opouriao Valley. It may interest readers to know that the Opouriao School was opened on May 10, 1897. At that time the school was called Opourian South, to avoid confusion with Opouriao North School, now Taneatua

Edward ADDISON
Joseph ADDISON
John ADDISON

* David ERNEST (1891-1918)
- son of Thomas & Anne ERNEST
- David served in WWI as Private 52398 with the NZEF, 27th Reinforcements E Company, embarking from Wellington 12 June 1917. He enlisted from Taneatua, Whakatane, his next of kin was his mother Annie Ernest of Campbell Road, Onehunga, Auckland. David was Killed in Action 3 April 1918 in Somme, France. His brother, Thomas Ernest, Private 21235 Died of Wounds in France 10 months prior.
* Elizabeth Marian ERNEST (1885-1962)
- Elizabeth wasn't married
Henry ERNEST (1882-1958)
- Henry married Kathleen Hazel Arnot MAHONEY (1893-1936) in 1923
* Susanna Winifred ERNEST (1886-1983)
- Susanna married Ronald Lane McDONALD in 1920

Francis FLOWERDAY
Nessie FLOWERDAY
- Nessie married Walter Henry RICHARDSON in 1914

William GARLICK

* Isabella May PEEBLES
- Alexander Peebles

* Alice RUST
- Alice married Thomas Bernard GREIG in 1912
* Lena RUST
- Lena married George JENNINGS in 1911
* Mabel RUST
- Mabel married Edward Randall CUBITT (1884-1968) in 1911

Kate Lottie SECCOMBE (1883-1960)
- Kate married Fred Arthur WHARFE (1888-1978) in 1915
Thomas Thorne SECCOMBE (1888-1978)
- Thomas married Mary McKenzie MILLER in 1915

* Arthur Bernard SEMMENS (?-1918)
- Arthur married Muriel SYMONS in 1908
- their known children:
1910 - Venice Eve Semmens
1911 - Thelma May Semmens
- Arthur served in WWI as Lance Corporal 12485 with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 6th Reinforcements 2nd Battalion, F Company. He embarked from Wellington 6 May 1916, his next of kin was his wife Muriel at Whatatutu, Gisborne. Arthur was killed in action 30 Aug 1918 in Bapaume, France
18 Sep 1918 The news of the death of Corporal Arthur Bernard Semmens, who was killed on August 30th while fighting in France, was received in Gisborne with general regret. Corporal Semmens left Gisborne with the 12th Reinforcements. He was well known in Whatatutu and is a brother of Mr E. Semmens, Wharekopae. He leaves a widow and two children
* Daisy May SEMMENS
* Sydney Martin SEMMENS

Louise SMITH
Marion SMITH
Ruby SMITH

* Herbert Lionel THOM
* Janet Ellen THOM
* John Henry THOM
parents (originally from Scotland):
David Meikle THOM (1862-1938) & Margaret Phoebe PEEBLES (1865-1935)
- their known children:
1888 - Janet Ellen Thom
1891 - John Henry Thom
1893 - George Peebles Thom
1897 - Margaret Emily Thom
1898 - David Meikle Thom
1900 - Walter Thom

* Dorothy WILSON
* Olive WILSON
* Raymond WILSON


** - the ORIGINAL SETTLERS of OPOURIAO
... it is interesting to recall the fact that the district was settled by no less than sixty-one settlers whose names were:-

William ADAIR

G. D. BALL
B. BIDDLE
R. W. BLANCHARD
Ernest BRODRICK (1859-1946)
Miss Amy A. BUNTING
Eli BUTTERWORTH (1837-1914)

Alfred Metcalfe CAPPER (1870-1916)
- born in Opotiki, Alfred married Rose MERRIMAN (1872-1945) in 1889 & had 2 daughters:
1891- Caroline Ada Capper
1893 - Maud Capper
- Alfred served as Private 3266 with the Australian 53rd Battalion, enlisting from Sydney 2 Nov 1915. His next of kin was his wife Rose at Taneauta. Alfred died of wounds 20 July 1916. In 1919 Rose remarried, to John Peebles
Sidney Cecil CRAPP (1844-1907)

David DAVIES
Thomas DAVIES
John DILLICAR (1868-1941)

Thomas ERNEST

V. W. FLOWERDAY

Alfred GILL
W. T. GILMOUR

James HAMILTON
Alice HAYLOCK
Mrs Jane HOWELL

C. A. JACKSON
J. JOHNSON

Henry KEEGAN
P. KEEGAN

Olivia Maria LAMONT (1867-1951) (transferred to Alfred John Sisam 29/6/97)
G. C. LORD

John Henry MARPLE (1851-1912)
Alfred MASON
James McCREADY
Mrs M. J. McCREADY
A. F. McCOUGAN
Mrs E. McGOUGAN
Miss B. MITCHELL
Alfred MOODY
John MOORCOCK
Mrs MOORCOCK
Miss J. E. MORRISON
W. MORRISON (transferred to W. Reid 23/3/97)
A. B. MORTON
R. D. MORTON
Thomas MURRAY

Olsen OLDEN

E. H. J. PEEBLES
W. PHILLIPS
Henry Henderson PITCHER (1871-1915)

E. H. RAWSON
Don ROSS
A. E. RUST
J. F. RUST

Eliza SEMMENS
N. J. SEMMENS
Miss Rose SEMMENS
W. SHEPHERD
Alfred L. SMITH
George A. SYKES

David Meikle THOM (1863-1938)

John WALKER
W. WARDLAW
George WILSON
J. R. B. WILSON
Robert G. WILKIN


PHOTO
David ERNEST, Private 52398
(1891-1918)

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