Thomas WILSON master baker of Christchurch, NZ
I am researching Thomas Wilson who immigrated to Christchurch, NZ in 1855 with his wife Helen McHarg and young son Thomas jnr. Thomas was born in Kelton, Kirkcudbright, Scotland and his parents were William and Jean(Jane)Thompson who were both born in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. One of Thomas's brothers William Wilson, was the first mayor of Christchurch (1868)and who also was a very successful nurseryman in Christchurch and owned and operated "The Bricks". Thomas Wilson's occupation was a master baker and he owned and operated the "Caledonian Bakery" in Gloucester St, Christchurch and was also in partnership with his brother-in-law John McHarg as fell mongers and tanners. In 1864 his bakery business consisted of a dwelling house, bake-house, a six-stalled stable, out-house, gardens, etc. In 1882 Thomas sold his tannery business as well as a large amount of land that was subdivided into 21 building sites from 11/2 acres to 20 perches. The land was classed as prime land and the River Heathcote flowed in front. All of the information about what Thomas Wilson owned came from Papers Past and I am wondering if anyone has any information about Thomas Wilson and his businesses (for example photos of old Christchurch, books to recommend on the history and making of Christchurch) whilst residing in Christchurch up till his death. His marriage to Helen McHarg produced two sons Thomas jnr and Allan McNeal and five daughters Jane, Margaret, Helen (Ellen), Jessie Brown and Mary. Thomas died on the 21st June 1900 at Regent St, Woolston, and Helen died on the 5th August 1915 at Jubilee Home, Woolston. Thanking you in advance for any help, information, etc, etc that you may be able to share.
Kind Regards, Judy