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Elizabeth Annie HOWIE nee UNWIN 1865 - 1927

***This is a Post from Facebook that I have written for my cousins.

I wanted to share this photo with You all, I just found it today. This is the Final Resting Place of Our Great Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Annie HOWIE 1865 - 1927. I think it is the most beautiful thing I've seen lately; a simple inscription on her headstone that says "OUR DEAR MOTHER".

I like that. This woman is dear to my heart, because she is the first "Forebear" that I found by myself; over and above what Grandad Howie had told me. She was born Unwin, Her Father was Thomas Zair Unwin; an ex-Royal Canadian Rifle; and her mother was Anne Read who born in Island Cove, Newfoundland. After they had 3 daughters they returned to Birmingham. They immigrated to New Zealand on board the Castle Carisbrooke in 1874. They settled in Kaiapoi, 14 miles north of Christchurch.

In 1885, Elizabeth married William HOWIE, a Sailor who was originally born in Victoria, AUSTRALIA; He and his Parents, Captain James HOWIE and Rachel had all emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Greymouth, He was an only child. William & Elizabeth lived first in Salt Water Creek, and their First Son, Francis James HOWIE was born there in 1886. He was our Great Grandfather. Their next son Cyril William HOWIE was born in 1889 in Mount Grey; a little further North. Frederick Hubert was next in 1890. This son died as an infant, later when the Family moved to Palmerston North, in the North Is. NZ., Elizabeth had children also in Fielding, Olive Bobby 1892 HOWIE, and Evelyn Colyton HOWIE 1894. The next daughter, Dorothy HOWIE 1899 was born in Bulls, NZ. I would assume the Family was in Palmerston North next by the time Tommy HOWIE the youngest was born in 1904. William HOWIE was employed as the Station Master at the Palmerston North Railway Station.

Elizabeth HOWIE was a School Teacher, and She was a working Mother; based at the Taikorea School. The History of Taikorea School documented that Mrs E.A.Howie often suffered bouts of Poor Health. However, she continued as a Teacher for most of her Life; and her last position was as the Head-Mistress of Roseneath School, in Wellington, NZ. She was a Pidgeon enthusiast, and kept other birds as well; and was quite a pillar of the community; and a participant in Local events.

William Howie died before Elizabeth, and Im looking for his grave in Palmerston North. Subsequently, Elizabeth died as a Widow in 1927. She was buried at the Karori Cemetery; and of course, a picture of her Headstone is featured below.

1 comment(s), latest 5 years, 3 months ago

Elizabeth Annie UNWIN - Pupil Teacher at Kaiapoi Borough School

Extract from Press, Volume XXXI, Issue 4226, 13 February 1879, Page 3.

The monthly meeting of the members of this committee was held on Monday evening. Present - Messrs Johnston (chairman), Pashby, Coup, Parnham, Young and Matthews.
Letters were read - From the Board of Education, calling attention to the irregularity of the employment of Miss Unwin as a pupil teacher, and pointing out that pupil teachers, being apprentices, had to be appointed under agreemnts with the Board. After some search had been made, it was found that no record had been kept by the committee of Miss Unwin's engagement, and it was decided that the secretary say that it was an omission on his part that a letter recommending this appointment had not been made....
From the Board, forwarding salaries for the month, but declining to pay for instruction of Messrs Veysey and Todd as pupil teachers, the former being out of his engagement and the latter only on half-pay, conditional on passing next examination; also that Miss Unwin's salary was withheld till the Board was advised of her appointment.
From Mr E.Rayner, head master .... claimed to be entitled to the fees for teaching Veysey and Todd, especially the latter, as having to give him extra instruction for an hour and a half each day. The Chairman advocated the reasonableness of the head master's claim for the instruction of the pupil teachers. Mr Pashby said the committee ought to recommend the Board to pay, otherwise it was taking advantage of Mr Todd's services.

Evelyn Colyton HOWIE

Sister of Francis James HOWIE (My Great-Grandfather)
Daughter of William and Elizabeth HOWIE.
Grandaughter of Captain James HOWIE, MERCANTILE MARINES

Newspaper Clipping attached.

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Francis James HOWIE and his wife Maud Beatrice INGPEN and Family

Francis and Beatrice HOWIE were my Great Grandparents.
I am presently collecting Biographical Information about them, and any or all of their children,
and their descendants in Whangarei, NZ. I have here a Family Portrait, and also the details of their Marriage Entry. I'd love to hear from Any Relatives, or Anyone researching the same surnames.
Details from the ***COPY OF REGISTER OF MARRIAGE***
1911. Marriages in the District of Waipawa.

No.33 : Dec 30th 1911, In St Peters Church, Waipawa.

Francis James HOWIE,25, Labourer,Bachelor, Birthplace Canterbury NZ, Usual Place of Residence: Palmerston North
Parents : William HOWIE, Station Manager and Elizabeth Annie HOWIE nee UNWIN
Maud Beatrice Ingpen,21, Spinster, Birthplace Waipawa NZ,
Parents : Ernest Henry INGPEN, School Master and Emily Beatrice INGPEN nee MERTON

Their Children in the Photo are :
Backrow Left to Right (standing)
Nancy HOWIE, her husband * MCGREGOR, Mrs William HOWIE (1st wife) William HOWIE, Douglas HOWIE and his wife Phyllis.
Seated Left to Right
"Betty" Ethel HOWIE nee CAVANAGH, Francis HOWIE Jr, Francis James HOWIE holding Bruce HOWIE flanked by Dennis HOWIE, Beatrice HOWIE holding Peter HOWIE, Vivienne HOWIE next to her father Alan HOWIE.

Children; Francis Jr, Bruce, Peter and Vivienne are the children of Alan and his wife Betty HOWIE. Dennis is the child of William HOWIE.



My Great Great Grandmother's Younger brother, He was one of the proprietors of the newspaper OTAKI MAIL, Im attempting to find if there are any articles written by him, or anything to do with the UNWIN Family generally.

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HOWIE - House fire in Saltwater Creek, Canterbury, NZ (1891)

Extract from the STAR - reference is on the image.

I would imagine that the 3 children referred to in the article would be Francis James, Cyril William and Frederick Hubert.

Fire at Saltwater Creek - Between twelve and one o'clock this morning a four-roomed house at Saltwater Creek owned by Mr R.Leggett, and occupied by Mrs Howie and her three children, was totally destroyed by fire, together with all the contents. At twenty minutes to one, Mrs Howie was awakened by smoke in her bedroom, and had barely time to escape through the window with her children. The origin of the fire cannot be accounted for. Mr Leggett had the building insured with the Union Company for 100 pounds, but his loss is fully 50 pounds above that amount. It is understood that Mrs Howie has an insurance on her furniture, but the amount and office have not transpired.

HOWIE Deaths in the Wellington District

Details here for Karori.
Names marked with an asterisk * are ancestors or their immediate relatives.

HOWIE Details from Ngaire Edith.

Many thanks to the Family Circle Username : Ngaire Edith and her Journal Post featuring the HOWIE Deaths in Wellington, NZ.

Here is a screen shot of the 4 HOWIE's on that list, that come from our branch of this Great Family ! Ha ! Yes Sir.

There are details for

**CYRIL WILLIAM HOWIE (Brother of Francis James HOWIE)
**ELIZABETH ANNIE HOWIE (My Great Great Grandmother)
**ETHEL HOWIE (My Grandmother)

If you are looking for other Howies, please check the full Journal entry of Ngaire Edith.

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JOHN REID and his wife SARAH PHILLIPS, Island Cove, Newfoundland 1840s

Im looking for any information about
Who were living in Island Cove, NEWFOUNDLAND
in 1845 when their daughter ANN REID was born.

JOHN REID and his wife SARAH PHILLIPS, Island Cove, Newfoundland 1840s

Who were living in Island Cove, NEWFOUNDLAND
in 1845 when their daughter ANN REID was born.