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patrick francis SMYTH (E) OF NEW ZEALAND -

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on 2012-02-03 23:24:21

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by ngairedith on 2012-02-04 00:31:14

hello saram,

are you looking for the Patrick Francis SMYTH who was born at Pungaere, Bay of Islands, on 21 October 1893, the 8th of 11 (at least) children of Irish-born Patrick Francis Smyth, a farmer, and his wife, Katherine Mangu WHEOKI (1850-1939).
His mother was from Waihou, Hokianga, and was of chiefly rank in Nga Puhi.
Although she was a full Maori, only English was spoken in the family home

On 5 February 1916, in Auckland, Patrick Smyth married Marion COOPER (1894-1990)
- they had 3 sons and 2 daughters

In 1930 he published a textbook, "Pronunciation and the Evolution of Written Maori", and gave a public lecture at the university college on the preservation of Maori language and the need to pronounce placenames correctly. The following year St Stephen's School was moved to Bombay, south of Auckland, where it had a school farm. This was later leased by Smyth who, although admitting he was no farmer, set up a horticulture course.

By 1936 he had become senior assistant master, commander of the cadet company, gymnastic instructor and sports master. In 1939 he wrote a second book, Te reo Maori, and served on the committee that organised the Young Maori Conference in Auckland. St Stephen's closed in 1942 and was used by the Auckland Hospital Board as an auxiliary hospital. Most of the boys went to Te Aute College and Smyth joined the army. He was too old to go overseas and served as commandant of the Home Guard Maori Training Camp at Kamo.

In 1950 he fell ill from overwork. Although advised to have complete rest, he continued working after leaving hospital. He was forced to retire by the school's trust board in January 1954, and died in Auckland on 29 May that year. He was survived by his wife and children.
... more at the link at his name above

by sarum on 2012-10-30 22:14:08


by debs73 on 2012-12-12 21:08:49

Hi Patrick Francis Smyth is my great great grand father. He was married to Catherine Wheoki. Or Kirimangu Wheoki as she was known before she married. Sarum is your grand fathers name Joesph Smyth?

by sarum on 2014-01-18 21:38:32

Debs73 - My Grand Father was Daniel Smyth-e- and I am guessing you are my niece - who is Joesph

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