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the family of DOROTHEA MAE JAMES WYCHERLEY

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DOROTHEA MAE JAMES WYCHERLEY
- Dorothea was born 11 Dec 1899 (although have seen 1901). But, she was apparently 3 years older than her husband Ian Nairn and he was born in January 1903. She was a daughter of Charles Joseph WYCHERLEY & Mary Agnes nee SCHONBOHM, formerly FUNNELL

see:
- the story of her father CHARLES JOSEPH WYCHERLEY (died 7 Jan 1907)
- the story of her mother MARY AGNES SCHONBOHM (died 11 Sep 1916)


Dorothea's middle name 'James' came from her step great grandmother, Mary JAMES, wife of JOHN LASKEY, parents of Phillis James Laskey who married John CARTER, in laws of Margaretha Catharina Schonbohm who married William Edward Laskey Carter, who was Dorothea's mother & step father
... (journal on that family in progress)

Dorothea had just turned 7 when her father Charles Wycherley died
She was 2 months from 17 when her mother Mary Agnes died

- she was apparently sent to live with maiden aunts, from the Wycherley side, in Wellington after her mother's death.

Dorothea married Ian Mathewson NAIRN on 22 March 1923 in Wellington when she was 23
- Ian later owned a service station near Auckland
- Ian was 1 of 4 sons of his father's 2nd marriage. His father was Dr. David Mathewson NAIRN (1863-1924) who was born in Angus, Dundee, Scotland and who was a son of William NAIRN & Elizabeth MATTHEWSON. Ian's mother was Hannah Maria FARMAR (1869-191949). Hannah Farmar was born in Blenheim, New Zealand to Frederick Thomas FARMAR (1833-1913) & Ellen CHANT (1841-1934)

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the 4 sons of David NAIRN & Hannah FARMAR:

... I 1894 - 1968 Norman Nairn OBE 1929, CBE 1945
- Norman joined the British Army in 1914 serving with Allenby in Palestine.
THE STORY
- he married Elsie MacDonald BARCLAY (1897-1990) 1923 in England and had 2 children
- he next married Varina STONE in 1945
- he next married Muriel ? in 1960. They lived in Beirut, Lebanon
- with his brother Gerald they formed the Nairn Transport Company's Beirtu to Baghdad passenger, mail and freight service from 1923 - 1946.
- Norman died 30 Sep 1968 at at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Guildford, Surrey

... II 1897 - 1980 Gerald Nairn
- Gerald, with Norman, founded the Nairn Transport Company in 1923
- he served in WWI as 58135
- he married Rea Catherine FOLEY (1900-1967) in Sydney in 1925.
- They had 2 sons, Gerald Nairn who lived in Australia & Philip Nairn who lived in Auckland
- Rea died suddenly on 9 Dec 1967 at her residence, 1 Nobs Line, New Plymouth aged 67
- he next married Nellie Violet COKER. Nellie was born in Blenheim. She died in 1990. Her Probate is held in Wellington. Nothing else known
- Gerald died in Nelson, New Zealand on 28 July 1980 aged 83. HIs Probate was in Blenheim

... III 1900 - 1959 William Mathewson Nairn
- William was born 21 May 1900
- he married Hazel Lesley MANN (1901-1993). A daughter of Charles Burgess MANN (1861-1943) & Minnie Ursula COLE (1863-1937). She had a brother Leo Durham Hardbattle Mann born in 1896-?
- at various times William was a Bank Manager & the manager of the Criterion Hotel in New Plymouth. He was also a Hotelkeeper in Hamilton where he died in 1959 aged 59. His ashes were scattered in Purewa, Auckland. His Probate was in Hamilton & the file held in Auckland

... IV 1903 - 1980 Ian Mathewson Nairn
- born 10 January 1903
- Ian married Dorothea Wycherley as above
- (his father's 1st wife was Margaret Hood MENZIE (1860-1893) & they had 4 daughters.

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Dorothea & Ian Nairn had 5 children in 5 years:
(the 1st born when she was 23, the last when she was 28)

... 1
21 Nov 1923 - 1983 Dennis Ian Mathewson Nairn

... 2
1924 - ? Greta Margaret Nairn
- she married Albert STEWART
- Greta died in Napier

... 3
23 Oct 1926 - 2011 Ronald Mathewson Nairn
- Ronald added Kusabs to his name
- he died 13 February 2011 aged 84 1 MONTH after brother Kenrick

... 4
1 Sept 1928 - 2011 Kenrick Mathewson Nairn
- twin with Selwyn, he added Kusabs to his name
- Kenrick died on 12 January 2011 aged 82 1 MONTH before brother RONALD

... 5
1 Sept 1928 - Selwyn Nairn
- twin with Kenrick

- Dorothea & Ian divorced in 1931
- Ian remarried in 1931 to Mary Agnes FLYNN. They divorced in 1943
- Ian owned a Garage in Auckland

Dorothea remarried to Charles Edmund KUSABS (1871-1948)
(year of wedding yet to be found)
Charles Edmund Kusabs was born in Ohaupo, Waikato, a son of Henry KUSABS & Emily PRENTICE
- he and his brother, Andrew Ernest Kusabs (1868-1928) were Timber Merchants, Sawmillers, Builders and Contractors up in the Mamakus near Rotorua (started about 1898)

Their father, Henry Kusabs (1832-1914), was from the Baltic Port of Memel, Lithuania

- from the Cyclopedia of New Zealand on Ohaupo written about 1902
... Kusabs, Henry, Farmer, Ohaupo. Mr Kusabs, who served for some time as a Member of the Waipa County Council, and was for six years on the Waikato Hospital Board, was born in Prussia, in 1832. He was brought up to country life, but went to sea at the age of twenty, and served before the mast for eight years. Mr Kusabs visited Auckland in 1858 for the first time, and, after trading for a year or two on the coast, left the sea. For two years he engaged in building at the Thames, and bought the first portion of his holding in Ohaupo in 1872. Mr Kusabs has 400 acres of land, and milks from fifty to sixty cows. He took an active part in connection with the foundation of the Anglican Church at Ohaupo, and has been a clergyman's warden for twenty-seven years. Mr Kusabs was married, in 1865, to a daughter of the late Mr Prentice, of London, and has three sons
- from the bio of Geroge Frederick Mellars who died at Taupiri in 1904
... George Frederick Mellars, who died at Taupiri a few days ago, was a typical pioneer colonist. He was one of the best known figures in the central part of this province for a period of thirty-five years, and did more hard work than most men. When he was running the timber industry at Ohaupo in the early days, his neighbour and afterwards competitior, was Henry KUSABS. Henry is a Prussian from the Baltic port of Memel and George Mellars was a Nottin'am man, with the most pronounced version of the difficult dialect of his native country. When these two got into an argument, therefore, the rest of the company had all the fun they wanted by simply listening. Two good, honest old fellows they were, and the colony would be all the better if it had more of their sort
- from the OBSERVER, 1 July 1905
... Henry Kusabs is a native of Memel, in the extreme north-east of the Prussian Kingdom, on a tongue of land that Russia somehow forgot to annex. But Mr Kusabs, while he retains kindly memories of his birthplace, has no time for the Kaiser and Prussian institutions in general. He is one of the sturdiest Britons in New Zealand, and the King has no more loyal or enthusiastic subject. Mr Kusabs has played an important part in the development of the Waikato, as farner, sawmiller and member of local governing bodies, and, until laid aside by a serious accident about three years ago, whereby he lost his leg and very nearly his life, he was one of the most active and hardworking men in the district. His enterprising qualities have been inherited by his sons, who are well-known in the timber business in the Rotorua district

in 1895 (at least) the Kusabs brothers operated a mill in the Mamaku area and had a steam re-cutting mill at their yard in central Rotorua
in 1898 (at least) Charles Kusabs was the Manager of the Mountain Rimu Timber Company Ltd in Mamaku
in 1899 he was gazetted a Justice of the Peace in November
in 1902 he bought 2 sections in Rotorua (at the same time as L.D. Nathan who also purchased 2 sections)
in 1912 he was 1 of 15 candidates (for the 5 seats) to serve on the Tauranga Licensing Committee
- he was a enthusiastic sportsman, playing Championship Golf, a member of the Rotorua Gun Club of which he was one of the founders, played croquet and cricket

Charles Edmund Kusabs died of a heart attack on 25 March 1948 aged 76
Dorothea Mae died in Rotorua on 1 June 1992 aged 90


NOTES
the KUSABS BUILDING 1924
Architects - Edgecumbe & White
Specifications at Hamilton Library

(photos of) The Landmark at 1 Meade Street, was constructed from Kauri around 1900, by Charles Kusabs, a saw miller, as a home of a local doctor.

from Rotorua Historic Buildings ... In the ensuing years the Landmark has served a number of functions ranging from its first as a family home to being a private hotel, flats, motel, restaurant and finally back to a family home. Steve and Wendy Fraser purchased the property in 2000 and, in conjunction with the Historic Places Trust, set about lovingly restoring the Category II wooden building back to pristine condition.

Still a most attractive building, the Landmark is approximately 260m and boasts some of the best fittings available at the time of construction including decorative plaster ceilings imported from England and a number of stained glass windows. Perhaps the most strikingly attractive interior feature is the newel post carved from heart rimu. Viewed from the outside, the most noticeable feature is the turret. Ornamental wooden shingles are a focal point of the gables.

Rotorua Historian DON STAFFORD (1927-2010)
Donald Murray 'Don' Stafford MBE, CBE regarded as Rotorua's Pakeha kaumatua

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by ru4real on 2012-12-25 21:27:59

Charles Edmund Kusabs has a well documented life with writing by Don Stafford Rotorua local Historian. While Don Stafford not make mention of the fact that Mr Kusabs married Dorothea Mae Nairn nee WYCHERLEY he has provided some interesting facts about the Kusabs family and the acheivements and respect the man earned during his life time. He was a shrewd business man and had an eye for investments owning land in Kaitia, Tauranga Wharf 2 farms in Rotorua, ownded a huge portion of the inner city . He also built the Historial Rotorua 'Land Mark ' Building for his first wife his second wife would have nothing to do with it,refused to live in it saying it was haunted. He had a beach property in Ohope near Whakatane. He was not a man who believed in insurance and it did have it setbacks, to the best of my knowlede his hughly sucessful Local Bus services business was sold to the city Council. His land and assets mainly went to his natural children from his first mariage and Dorothea Kusabs divided and sub sectioned the summer stock farm now known as Kusabs Road, Edmund Road, Nairn Road, and Kenrick Road the names of Charles and Selwyn Roads had already been established in the township. Mr Charles Kusabs died on the Golf Course from a massive heart attack. Mr Selwyn Nairn sold his home in Auckland and died on the 11 May 1996 in Surfers Paradise Austraila of Lung Cancer . Margaret Greta Nairn was born 3rd or 4th May 1928.
The head of the Nairn/Kusabs family is now Gerald Nairn first born son of Dennis Nairn.

by ru4real on 2012-12-27 15:08:52

Dorothea was not born in Palmerton North she was born in Wellington in 1903 possible 1901 On all her natural children Birth Certificates she was 3 years older than Ian Nairn. She also lived with an Aunt and Uncle after her Mother died until she married not some furlong spinster Aunts
In her own words she was not adopted because nobody in their right mind would have adopted her. She was born to a particularly beautiful Mother and was a source of shame due to the fact she was born with Cleft Palate this was surgically corrected when it was the right time to do so. Elaine was not a child when her mother died in fact she was 49 years old- all this woe is me is a little hard to take when having fisrt hand knowledge of the full history. Nana was an extremely well educated woman a great cook, did amazing needlework and was also an accomplished Pianist- Everyone in her hometown called her Mum or Nana she was much loved but suffered from Lupus which has come down in the following generations.
Mr Kusabs birthplace is also wrong but I am sure we can verify that shortly.
Thank you for putting the NOTES into place after my last post much appreciated!
Selwyn is the 4th child Kendrick is the 5th Sel always reminded Ken who was the oldest by that whole hour respect was sought but mostly denied!
I went to some of Nanas family Dos. They were tea total in Nanas words but good people some of Nanas relations were Plymouth Brethren but in actually fact she was Church of England. One thing is for sure I am definately going to do a Journal the facts need to be righted.

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