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St Joseph's Convent School - WANGANUI 1916

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St Joseph's Convent School was constructed near St Josephs Church to house the Sisters of Compassion and to serve as the base for their work. The convent was originally a rectangular building, with gable roof. The building is two-storeyed and distinctive features include the rows of small windows on the first floor, and matai flooring.

The Sisters moved into the new convent building in 1892 along with seven children in their care. From the Convent, the Sisters ran a local day school until 1969, and a home for orphaned children from 1892 to 1907. The convent was extended in 1897 to include a childrens wing to accommodate the growing numbers of orphanage children.

During her time at Jerusalem, Mother Aubert became widely known throughout New Zealand as a result of her work with poor and destitute children and for her medicines, which were made at Jerusalem and distributed commercially. She left Jerusalem in 1899 to extend the work of the Sisters of Compassion among the poor of Wellington, but the Maori mission continued. Since 1990, the Sisters have been seeking the lengthy process of canonisation for Mother Aubert

from the WANGANU CHRONICLE, 21 December 1916
St JOSEPH'S CONVENT SCHOOL The prize-giving ceremony was held yesterday morning, when the following awards were made:-

CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE:-
Gold Medal presented by Very Rev. Dean HOLLEY

SENIOR DIVISION
Eileen BROWN
Mollie O'MEARA

JUNIOR DIVISON
Veronica SHALE
Jean BURR

FULL ATTENDANCE AT CATECHISM:- Sundays
Pearl AUSTIN
Eileen BROWN
Lorna BROOME

GOOD CONDUCT:-
STANDARD VII
Lizzie O'LEARY

STANDARD VI
Nellie McWILLIAMS

STANDARD V
Maud McKENZIE

STANDARD IV
Ethel SLATTER

STANDARD III
Teresa CONDER

STANDARD II
Connie FORBES

STANDARD I
Irene CONDER

DUX OF SCHOOL:-
Rita CROTTY

ATTENDANCE:-
Violet EMENY
Pearl AUSTIN
Marie Foy Jean DUNCAN
Phillis EMENY
Eileen CARMODY
Bernie KENNEDY

SINGING:-
Gold Medal presented by A. FRIEND
Mary KOOREY
Ray DUNCAN

MUSIC:-
Veronica SHALE
Rita CROTTY
Nora POWELL

THEORY OF MUSIC:-
Muriel CRAIG

POLITENESS:-
Maisie BURR
Kitty CHELLEY
Evelyn O'REILLY
Lizzie MARSH

PHYSICAL DRILL-
Eileen HOWARD
Margaret PINSENT
Alexander DONALD

ESSAY:-
Special Prize, gift of Rev. Mother
Iola REED

NEEDLEORK:-
Florrie EMENY
Muriel BENEFIELD
Maudie EMENY
Mollie HARTSHORN
Vera VERNON
Mary BARRY

DILIGENCE:-
Phyllis WALKER
Clare KRUSE

IMTERMEDIATE CLASS
Mary KOOREY

BOOK KEEPING
ADVANCED
Mary KOOREY

JUNIOR
Nellie CRONIN
Joan O'LEARY
Rary DUNCAN

SHORTHAND
Maggie DONALD
Muriel CRAIG
Ray DUNCAN

TYPEWRITING:-
Muriel CRAIG
Maggie MELODY
Nellie CRONIN

DRAWING:-
CRAYON
Ray DUNCAN
Maggie DONALD

MOUNTMELLICK WORK
Nellie CRONIN

COOERY
Clare KRUSE

ARITHMETIC:-
Nellie CRONIN
Joan O'LEARY
Murial CRAIG

ENGLISH:-
Maggie DONALD
Nellie CRONIN
Muriel CRAIG


HISTORY:-
Joan O'LEARY
Lizzie O'LEARY

GEOGRAPHY:-
Muriel CRAIG
Nellie CRONIN

HYGIENE:-
Ray DUNCAN

WRITING:-
Muriel CRAIG

STANDARD VI
PROFICIENCY:
Maisie BURR
Rita CROTTY
Iola REED
Volet EENY
Florrie EMENY
Eileen HOWARD
Maggie O'LEARY
Cecilia LAWSON
Nellie McWILLIAMS
Eileen BROWN
Bessie BOYLE

COMPETENCY
Marie LUXFORD
Lorna BROOME
Maggie MELODY
Ada WHYTE

STANDARD V
Mollie O'MEARA
Maud McKENZIE
Foreen MADGWICK
Dorothy BRADY
Nora POWELL
Clarried CORNEY
Rita MARSHALL
Florrie MEACHEN
Elvene BURCHELL
Daisy McGUIRE
Elsie BRIGGS
Queenie CONDER

STANDARD IV
Veronice SHALE
Monica WELSHE
Bessie DWYER
Dorothy SMITHICS
Tui HERD
Jean BURR
Muriel BENEFIELD
Mona GROGAN
Clarrie BROWN
Kittie CHELLEY
Jean DUNCAN
Ethel SLATTER
Zita WHITE
Isla BROOME
Maura WALDEN
Bessie COOPER

STANDARD III
Agnes DURRAN
Zoie GREENING
Phyllis EMENY
Eileen COURTNEY
Irene CAMPBELL
Rita ANTHONY
Joyce FRASER
Mollie TUKA
Teresa CONDER
Lily LAWSON
Doris GIBSON

STANDARD II
Maudie EMENY
Nora O'MEARA
Clorine McALISTER
Melville PINSENT
Vera VERNON
Eileen CARMODY
Connie FORBES
Annie BUISSON
Evelyn O'REILLY

STANDARD 1
Joe CRONIN
Mollie HARTSHORN
Brigie CAHILL
Irene CONDER
Alf KEARSLEY
Arthur CRONIN
May TUFFIN
Bernie KENNEDY
Jack STOWERS
Tom HIPANGO
Zita DURRA
Mary BARRY
Fred COURTNEY
Jack WINDELBURN
Joe HITCHCOCK
Dick STANAWAY
George McMASTER
Alexander DONALD
Josephine NOLAN
Cyril CARMODY
George HARRISON

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on 2011-07-20 14:03:28

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by djs on 2014-05-06 23:32:12

Hi, Ngairedith. I am interested in one of the names in the above St josephs School Prize giving 21-12-1915 Mollie Tuka. My grandmother was Mollie Marie Tuka. She was taken in by a Maori family in the early 1900s in Whanganui. She had no birth cert, which was a problem when she married and when she had to apply for a pension. There was no record of her. Know body knows where she came from or who her real parents were.I was wondering if the St Josephs Convent school hold any records from back then or where i might look for any records that may have had to have been held anywhere. I'm not sure if this is even the same Mollie Tuka, but the dates seem to fit as to her age when she died.I think it may be impossible as she wasn't legally adopted and would be no paper work, we don;t even know what age she was taken in. any help in pointing me in the direction of where i could try and look would be much appreciated.

by ngairedith on 2014-05-07 06:50:46

well djs,
doing a bit of internet search reveals that Mollie (1902-1976) was a daughter (whangai though) of Rahapa WAREA (Koha) (Marae, Te Ao Hou Wanganui) & Tema TUKA
.. you probably knew that but by adding it here it may help others to 'recall'


in 1936 Koha was 1 of 36 owners of the reinvested land known as Ohotu No. 1C No.1 (Ohotu 1C1) situated in Block XI Tauakira Survey District containing 25 acres 2 roods 35 perches

OF INTEREST, the names of the owners were:
Te Ata Tuhi ARIKI aka Te Atarangi Tuhiariki
Wi HAAMI
Ngaone HARIHONA
Hariata Te HIRAKA (aka Hariata Miriama)
Erina Te HUNA
Henare Te HUNA
Kerehoma Te HUNA
Rangiorua Te HUNA
Te Iwirere Te HUNA
Pirihina KINGI
Peneta Tari KOPEKA
Rangihikitia MAITI
Heeni MATENE
Teko MERETIANA (aka Wharepouri Kiore)
Ramari MOETU
Ani NERI
Te Ma PANITUA
Puke (Te Noo) PIRITA
Te Rei PIRITIA (aka Te Rei Reneti) (aka Te Karami Pirita)
Wiwi PUOHOTAUA (aka Wiwi Mere)
Mura RANGINUI
Pokairangi RANGINUI
Raina RANGINUI
Te Kehu RANGINUI (aka Te Kehu Pani Ranginui)
Rakei TAITUA
Hipera TAMEHANA
Tanginoa TAPA
Pepe Te TURE
Kimi Te TURE
Waipara Te TURE
Ngapera Te UA
Te Hirata Te UA
Te Ua Te UAMAIRANGI (aka Hatana Te Ua)
Koha WAREA (aka Rahapa Warea)
Parete WERTA
Te Rauma WINIATA

I don't think it is possible that, 112 years later, you could ever find out who her birth mother was. I'm pretty sure that any old records at St Joseph's (if there are any) will have Rahapa as her father anyway. Any info coming forward now could not be verified and would probably just be 'family legends' - 'chinese whispers'

but, good luck with your search, it's all part of the fun :)

by djs on 2014-07-13 05:07:01

by djs on 2014-07-13 05:14:39

Hi, thank you for that. I do realise the possibility is pretty slim. I have done a lot of asking. My dad did to and went to the Aramoho Marae in Wanganui. They had a picture of Rahapa and Tema Tuka Matairangi with my Grandmother, but when he went back to get a copy the picture had mysteriously disappeared off the wall.I guess its a bit of suspicion and mistrust. I think people know something,but i guess our family will never know where we came from on that side. At least i have tried, thank you for your help, much appreciated.

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