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Thomas Charles D'ARCY - Durham Engand to Masterton New Zealand 1855

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Thomas Charles D'ARCY was born in 1828 in Lambton Ward, Durham, England a son of Ambrose D'Arcy

He arrived in New Zealand in about 1855 and became a prominent pioneer/settler at "Airlie" Masterton

would REALLY like to know the ship he arrived on, can you help his great graddaughter with info? - please leave a comment at the bottom of this journal

Thomas was a partner with Job Vile in the carrying business and later in the produce business.
He was the Secretary to several local institutaions

His wife and a grown up family survived him

He died in Wellington Hospital on 17 September 1897
- he is buried at Karori Cemetery (see notes below)


About 1860 .. research has revealed that he married a Margaret Mary ?, year not yet found

In May 1873 Thomas was the Agent of the Wellington & Wairarapa Carrying Company which commenced business on the 1 June 1873

In July 1876 he was in the Carrying business in Wellington

On 9 February 1893 his 11 roomed house was destroyed by fire that was caused by sparks alighting on a shingle roof. They managed to save all their furniture

On 24 April 1893 his eldest daughter Minnie May (1868-1962) married Charles Blackburn(e), youngest son of Alfred Blacburne of Rakaia. Two of her sisters, Edith and Ethel, were bridesmaids and A. D'Arcy was Charle's groomsman. They moved to Timaru wher Charles held an appointment under the NZ Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. He was formerly a resident of Masterton

On 19 March 1895 his 4th son Edgar, (Archibald Edgar 1870-1919) married Amy Pratt in Cathedral, Nelson

On 17 September 1897 Thomas died in Wellington Hospital
- he is buried in PLOT 82 J - SECTION: CH ENG at Karori Cemetery
- it says he was an 'accountant'

THE CHILDREN of Thomas & Margaret (not all verified):

1864 - 1940 Charles Thomas D'Arcy
- possible he had a sawmill at Waituna West, Feilding with Thomas FOOT. They dissolved their partnership in 1898
1866 - 1948 Herbert Henry D'Arcy (was he a son of theirs ?)
- married Margaret Anne WHISKER (1866-?) in 1891
- some children found to date:
1893 - 1893 Marguerite Jennie Aileen D'Arcy
- died aged 9 months
1897 - 1980 Claire Victoria D'Arcy
- Claire didn't marry
1901 - Ambrose D'Arcy
- nothing known
- Herbert married Margherita Paulina De CORTANDO (1877-1957) in 1928
1868 - 1962 Minnie May D'Arcy
- married Charles BLACKBURN (1870-1949 ?) in 1893
- their children were:
1894 - unknown Blackburn
- died aged 7 hours
6 March 1896 - 1979 Trevor D'Arcy Blackburn
8 May 1899 - 1984 Charles Archie D'Arey Blackburn
- married Eileen Mary BINDON in 1923
1901 - Bernice D'Arcy Blakcburn
- nothing known
1906 - 1965 Vivian D'Arcy Blackburn
- nothing known
1870 - 1919 Archibald Edgar "Archie" D'Arcy
- married Amy Georgina PRATT (1868-1940) of Nelson on 19 March 1895 His best man was J. MOWLEM a fellow NZ football rep
- he was a representative of the Mutual Life Association of Australia in Masterton and was a prominent footballer & athlete (he retied from athletics after his marriage).
- he was a back in the rugby team that won 9 of their 10 games in Australia in the 1890s
- He moved to Auckland in 1897 - he was a member of the Auckland Golf Club and was involved with the Parnell Senior Rugby Club
- he moved to NSW, Australia and lived for a time next door toPremier Charles Gregory WADE atWahroonga in North Sydney
- in 1903 he won the Cadogan Golf Cup at Botany, Sydney.
- In 1910 he was the joint manager (with J. A. MINNETT from Auckland) in Sydney of the NZ Insurance Company when he and a number of his NZ countrymen were members of the New Zealand Association which, among other things, looked after visiting NZ sports teams that passed through Sydney
- In July 1911 his wife Amy gave a tea party at the Hotel Australia in Sydney for a number of her NZ friends. Among the guests were Mrs J. ANDERSON, & Miss ANDERSON & Mrs Willie D'ARCY
- In 1914 J. A. MINNETT retired from the position agfter 40 years service and Archibald took charge of the whole of the company's business in NSW
- In 1916 he was on holiday in NZ and returned to Sydney from Auckland in March that year on the "Makura"
- He returned into Auckland fro Sydney in April 1919 on the R.M.S. Niagara
- He died 3 months later at the age of 49. Read his Obituary (scroll to 3/4 way down) ... Old-time followers of Rugby will note with regret the passing ...
1871 - Ellen D'Arcy (a daughter of theirs ?)
1873 - ???? Ernest Ambrose D'Arcy
1874 - ???? Edith Janet D'Arcy
1876 - ???? Thomas Lambton D'Arcy
- served in the South African War, 1899-1902 Serial #5204 with the 8th Contingent, North Island Regiment, B Squadron, embarking on 1 February 1902 on the SS SURREY arriving in Durban on 15 March with 45 Officers & 951 men. His Next of Kin was listed as his mohter, M. M. D'Arcy of Masterton
1878 - ???? Percy Frank D'Arcy
1880 - Ethel Gertrude D'Arcy
- married John David SMITH in 1904
- only 2 children found to date:
1906 - D'Arcy Newman Smith
1908 - Eric Newman Smith
- scroll to nearly the end of John's link (has a photo) for a bio written in early 1900s. He was the Manager of Messrs. Booth and Company's Sawmills in Carterton at that time. He had originally started as a timber merchant in Masterton but a year later sold to George GARDNER & Sons
1883 - ???? Frederick George D'Arcy
1885 - Florence Mary D'Arcy
- married Charles Fraser ANDERSON in 1923

what happened to his wife Margaret ??


George Frederick D'Arcy Lambton, 2nd Earl of Durham (September 5, 1828 November 27, 1879), known as Viscount Lambton from 1831 to 1845, was a British peer

the other D'Arcy burials or cremations at Karori are:
- birth years are approx. based on age at death -

23 May 1894, Mary Ann D'Arcy aged 44
- born 1850
- parents/husband unknown at this time
- buried PLOT 120 - SECTION ROM CATH

16 September 1902, Agnes Mary D'Arcy aged 28
- born 1874
- parents/husband unknown at this time

27 April 1940, Patricia Noleen D'Arcy aged 3
- born 1937
- buried PLOT 303 G - SECTION CH ENG2

12 April 1945, Frank Hedworth D'Arcy aged 38
- born 1906
- son of William Alexander D'ARCY & Amy Beatrice GOULD
- cremated Karori

24 Februay 1964, Marcia Millicent D'Arcy aged 52
- born 1912
- ashes buried PLOT 303 G - SECTION CH ENG2

the D'Arcy buried in Masterton are:

11 November 1932, Sydney D'Arcy aged 48
- born 1884
- parents not known at this time
- buried PLOT SD - ROW 17 - AREA Plan I

2 June 1950, Adelaide Christina D'Arcy aged 63
- born 1887
- probably wife of Sydney above
- buried PLOT ACD - ROW 17 - AREA: Plan I

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by viviennec on 2011-04-30 01:37:27

My grandfather was Vivian D'Arcy Blackburn. He was the youngest son of Minnie May D'Arcy who married Charles Blackburn. Vivian qualified as a doctor in 1934 and became a Lieutenant Colnel in the Indian Army, serving in Europe in the Medical Corps in WWII. He wrote a book about his experiences. My mother was Jennifer May Crawshaw DOB 29.01.1935, nee Blackburn, she and died in February 2009. She married Clive Gilbert Crawshaw DOB 23.10.1929. She worked as a librarian (senior cataloguer) for Auckland Public Library. She graduated BA in 1954. Mum and Dad had three chidlren: Vivienne Anne Crawshaw DOB 28.06.1965, Michael Garth Crawshaw DOB 29.01.1967, Katherine Jane Crawshaw 29.12.1969

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