REVEREND RICHARD TAYLOR -- 1850 ----------- 1873
edmondsallan - Good morning - I haven't had my first cuppa yet . Honourable son wanted to talk about few things. He was " consulting his father " gosh -that lad of mine must be starting to mature. It could be a sign , that his drinking , crashed cars, spend everything -- are over . Yes this young lady he is with now, for quite a while , has him hooked and she can really really cook .Keep your fingers crossed !!! OK , let me flick thro the working file - " Taylor " & we are up to ???????? - 1850 . right & away we go .
In 1860 - "Rev Richard Taylor" handed over the running of the mission to His son , the " Reverend Basil Taylor ". I think and so do several of my other fellow genealogy historians that Rev Richard Taylor, who's missionary work in NZ was one of the greatest in the history of " Kiwi Land " At one stage their was talk of him being made a Bishop , but he cannot have endeared himself to the higher Clergy when in April 1859 at the general Synod in Wellington , he questioned , whether in NZ it was appropiate for bishops to be called " Lord " ( ** > That's our man alright !!! get rid of the " B ~#~`*`~`T " ) .
Throughout his career Taylor ( snr ) retained his interests in Ethnography ( ' H-E-L-P ------- WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ? I can just sense you have never heard of it ) EE- Ha - as I thump my chest , now I'm coughing -- Ok Just this once - " it means the ' Science of studying Human Races " onward --- > > He also studied , Botany , Zoology and Geology. Richard was a fellow of the " Royal Geological Society " In 1865 in Dunedin , he was awarded a silver medal for his work . He was also a founding member of the same society .He provided the Naturalist , " Richard Owen " with Moa bones , for his studies .
" Joseph Dalton Hooker " Director of the Royal Gardens at Kew , England . also used Richards - extensive knowlege of NZ Flora . Richard was also a collector of many rare " Maori Artefacts " He also wrote & published quite a selection of books , which today are among the " Great Book collections of NZ ".
Reverend Richard Taylor made two visits to England . The first was in 1855 - 56 and 1867-71. On his first visit he took the son of " Hori Kingi ( George King ) a chief called " Hoani Wiremu Hipango" of Wanganui . Her Majesty " Queen Victoria and Prince Albert " granted them an audience at " Windsor Castle " Richard Taylor acting as the Interrupter. The Maori chief gave a demo to the " Queen & Prince " of how he executed any of his rebellious followers with the
" Mere " It is told that " Queen Victoria " got such a fright she nearly pushed her chair over backwards , only her man " Prince Albert " saving her . They say this was the reasons she never got to close to any " maori's " from NZ again . Taylor was certainly not granted any " Royal " visit in 1867 on his second visit . Most of that visit was to see his publishers of his Books . Shortly after his return to NZ ," Reverend Richard Taylor's " health started to fail , and he died in 1873 at Wanganui .NZ His death certifcate No - 1873/ 3254 -or- 1873/ 3255. Not clear on my notes
He is buried in the " Heads Road Cemetery " Wanganui . He was aged 68. His widow survived him many years and die at the age of 83. She was held in great respect by the " Maori Tribes " A great "Tangi " was held at her grave , with over 400 Maori chiefs , maoris , eruopean officials & friends attending . My last notation in this marathon entry to look at , one day , is about two ( 2 ) of their children . A son and a daughter ( Doesn't say Who )in 1901 were living in the suburbs of Auckland .ln 1901
" Reverend Richard Taylor " what a man !! How he crowded so much into his life , I'll never Know . And -- wait for it -- He is part of the extended " Edmonds Family Tree " - Till we meet again - regards -edmondsallan