SMITH - MARIANNE - 1912 ---- 1938 - AUCKLAND .NZ .
edmondsallan - Hello - I have always wondered how " Smith & Caughey " established that name .No wonder I researched this family . I have more on them but this will do for now . The company is still privately owned and a credit to the family owners . This company has served the public , mainly Auckland for many years . They are known for their quality inthe goods sold . Caughey and was often referred to as Mrs Caughey Smith. As a woman of Christian conviction as well as considerable means she was able to continue making charitable gifts, as she and William had done when he was alive. In 1907 they had given the Alexandra Home for Convalescent Women and Children for the benefit of working-class families to the Auckland Hospital and Charitable Aid Board.
In 1916 Marianne gave the couple's former home, The Grange, in Herne Bay, to the Auckland Division of the Salvation Army to become an orphanage for girls. Another orphanage, the Wesley Home in Mt Albert, had been given to the Methodist Church jointly with her brother Andrew in 1913. Andrew was on the board of Wesley College, a school for boys in South Auckland, and in 1927 Marianne gave the college money for a hospital. Two years later she donated a substantial chapel, to be called the W. H. Smith Memorial Chapel. In 1929 Marianne also gave two parks to the people of Auckland. The first, named Quinton Park after Quinton Castle in Portaferry, was located on a clifftop on the North Shore. The second, in Green Bay, also commemorated her Irish birthplace as it was named after Viscount Craigavon, prime minister of Northern Ireland, who visited Auckland in 1929. In June 1935 the significance of Marianne Smith's gifts was recognised when she was made an MBE.
Mariannes adopted son Reggie participated in the religious life of the household in his boyhood, leading prayers and accompanying his mother when she presented bequests. As he grew older, however, he developed more worldly interests and his relationship with his mother became strained. He wanted to become a doctor, but she removed him from school before he had completed his education. Eventually he drifted away from the Methodist church and his family.
Mariannes controlling attitude towards Reggie gives one insight into her rather elusive character. She was regarded as a frugal woman who was shrewd with money. She was very devout and somewhat reclusive, although this withdrawal may have occurred quite late in her life. Some, indeed, described her as very talkative and strong-willed. She always wore black, as was the custom for widows.
On 12 September 1932, not long after the breach with Reggie, Marianne married the Reverend Raymond Preston, a retired Methodist minister from Sydney. He was 71, she was 81; the ceremony took place at St Johns Church, Ponsonby. Six years later, on 1 September 1938, Marianne Preston died at her Princes Street home; she was survived by her second husband.
She left a huge estate worth around £325,000, but left Reggie only £100. He challenged this and because he was not formally adopted, legislation was needed to enable him to receive a larger legacy. However, most of the estate went to set up homes for aged, infirm, or impecunious women. The trust she established holds nearly half the shares in Smith and Caughey Limited and administers the Caughey-Preston Rest Homes and Geriatric Hospital in Remuera, Auckland.
Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan