Rev James Martin returned to Australia from New Zealand after 1883
As a descendant of the Rev James MARTIN (born in 1821 in Magheraknock, County Down, Ireland) and his wife Elizabeth (nee MAITLAND) (born in 1834 in Ballycreen, County Down,Ireland), I am interested to find out what happened to them after they left New Zealand to return to Australia some time after 1883 along with eight of their ten children. The children were: Robert, Elizabeth, Matilda, Mary, John, Frank and Jane.
They married in Ballynahinch, County Down, Ireland on 30 October 1850 and lived for a short time in Ballynahinch where their first child was born, Charles Alexander MARTIN, in 1853. They left for Australia in 1854 and went first to Tasmania. In 1868 they arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand with seven children, started the Opotiki School in the Bay of Plenty along with looking after the religious interests of the community. James's last teaching appointment in New Zealand was to the Grafton High School as Headmaster in 1873 where he remained for ten years.
Their eldest son Charles Alexander MARTIN (1853 - 1911) and another son James MARTIN (1858 - 1932) remained in New Zealand, married and raised their families. I am descended from James MARTIN who farmed in Purua, in the Whangarei District of Northland, New Zealand. Charles Alexander MARTIN was mostly in the publican business from Opotiki and Te Puke through to Kaeo in the north followed by running a grocery in Mt Eden, Auckland until his retirement due to ill-health.
What happened to James and Elizabeth MARTIN and their other eight children back in Australia from 1883 onwards?