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RANSOM GARBUTT - Captain Salvation Army 1865-1943 New Zealand & Australia

Journal by ngairedith

PLEASE NOTE, this journal was orignally written in Dec '09 but because of a comment attached it has been rewritten

Ransom Garbutt was born about 1865 - unknown where

The earliest record I can find for him is in 1885 (at above link) when he was already a Captain in the Salvation Army in Hawke's Bay

He was living in Wanaganui in at least 1889

15th January 1890
... We understand that Captain Garbutt and Cadet TARRANT of the Salvation Army will have a farewell service next Sunday and a farewell supper is to be given them on Wednesday evening when they will be bidden good bye on their journey to Wellington

They then went to Blenheim

9th August 1890
... The local corps of the Salvation Army shortly loses Cadet LINKHORN, an energetic and able "lassie" and the charge of the Gisborne station will be taken by Captain and Mrs Garbutt of Blenheim Marlboough

He married Susan Saywell TARRABT on 27th January 1890 and they moved to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisborne,_New_Zealand]Gisborne[/url

They were in Gisborne in 1891 when they had to move
16th April 1891
... Captain Garbutt is likely to leave Gisborne soon on account of the bad state of Mrs Garbutt`s health

In November 1891 they/he moved to New Plymouth
7th November 1891
The War Cry publishes amongst others these appointments
..Captain Arthur STEVENS to Gisborne
..Captain Ransom Garbutt to New Plymouth
..Lieutenant Egerton Ward to Palmerston North
..Captain Minnie Linkhorn to Sydenham (Corps)

In September 1893 he was in Milton Otago - no mention of Susan
*In trouble for a procession in the borough of Milton without having previously obtained permission from the Borough Council

By May 1924 he was living in Melbourne, Victoria Australia
19th May 1924
... Ransom Garbutt, Tirigadier of 75 Haines street, Glenferrie was a Minister of Religion registered to celebrate marriages in Victoria under the Marriage Act of 1915

He died in Bethesda Hospital on 26th February 1943 as Brigadier Ransom Garbutt and was buried in the Box Hill Cemetery, (395 Middleborough Rd) Victoria
*From the ARGUS (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - which means he/they moved to Australia at some stage and he remarried

26th February 1943
... GARBUTT - On February 24 at *Bethesda Hospital ? Brigadier Ransom Garbutt (Salvation Army) of 59 Rowell avenue, Camberwell, loving husband of Lily, - Until the day breaks
GARBUTT - On February 24, Brigadier Ransom Garbutt - beloved guardian of Amy (Mrs Brigadier Dusting) - In God`s care

From the ARGUS - Melbourne, Victoria
Friday 2th February 1943
... GARBUTT - Officers and soldiers of the Salvation Army and friends of the late Brigadier RANSOM GARBUTT are informed that the Funeral will leave the Camberwell Citadel, Burke road, THIS DAY, at the conclusion of service conduted by Commissioner HAY, commencing 2.30pm, arriving Box Hill Cemetery 3.45pm
J. FERGUSON & SON, Funeral Directors, 712 High str pt. Thornby. Tel JW3037

His obit says he was the loving husband of Lily ..

So I would like to know
# - where was Ransom born and who were his parents and siblings
# - what happened to Susan Saywell Tarrant - when did she die, where is she buried
# - when did he move to Melbourne
# - what was his 2nd wife Lily's other name, who was she
# - were there any children of either marriage
# - his plot number etc at Box Hill Cemetery

While researching Ransom Garbutt a name kept appearing.
That of Ransom Garbutt Ward - this is the connection:

Ransom Wards father was Edward William WARD
1835 Suffolk, England - 1902 Christchurch, New Zealand.
He was a brickmaker in 1872 and a market gardener of Norman`s Lane Papanui, in 1876.
He spent some time in the King Country before moving South.
He was very friendly with the Maori there and they may have given him some land. A story tells of him drinking it away.
These stories also tell of him jumping ship, or deserting, and fighting on the Maori side during the Maori Wars.
He was friendly with the Maori in Christchurch and would give them vegetables.
He married Sarah Maria Agnes LARKMAN on 9 Jan 1872 at Mr Stewart`s house in Madras Street.
Mr Stewart was a publican of the hotel which became the Grenadier Hotel in later life on Oxford Terrace.
Sarah was a servant, probably to the Stewarts.
It appears that Edward William was a hard drinking, man of the world.
He married and then found religion with the Salvation Army.
He was also a bandsman.

They had 9 children

Albert Edward William WARD
Charles Arthur WARD
George Frederick WARD
William Joseph WARD
Mary Rebecca WARD
Beatrice Louisa WARD
Eva Martha WARD
Ransom Garbutt WARD
Herbert te Rangi WARD


* Named for Captain Ransom GARBUTT of the Salvation Army. Corp Officer
* Lived on the West Coast and may have died in Wellington.
* Known as Bob.
* Enrolled at Victoria University for BA Music in 1953.(provisional admission)
* Did not return in 1954.
* Three times NZ Champion bandsman. Played the cornet.
* Admitted Normal School Christchurch 31 Jan 1893.
* Member Salvation Army Christchurch 1905-1911.
* Member of numerous Wellington area bands

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on 2011-05-27 06:38:32

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by ngairedith on 2011-05-27 06:44:42

a big thank you to Paula for her message on 27 May 2011:

... I saw your notes on Ransom Garbutt and wondered if there is some connection with one of 'my' Garbutts here in England?

Lately I've been perplexed by a lack of documentation for a Ramsom Garbutt b.1863 in Malton, Yorkshire, England. He appears in the 1881 census as living in York as a young apprentice joiner but then disappears, no marriages or deaths can be found.

I wonder if he is your man?

I also came across an obituary in the The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania 1860-1954) for Friday 26 February 1943 which makes reference to him entering SA training in 'Walton' England (possibly Malton?) in 1884, the very year that the Salvation Army was inaugurated in Malton, 'my' Ransom's home town.

This is a long shot of course but this could be the same person. I'm willing to share what I have on the family if you think it worthwhile

Thank you VERY MUCH Paula. Yes, we would like the info you have - it is ALWAYS worthwhile ...

Please add what you want to share in the comment box below so that eveyone researching Ransom Garbutt will have all this info in one place

by sunshinegirl on 2011-05-30 13:56:52

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