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FINDLATER marriages New Zealand

the known FINDLATER marriages 1855 - 1936

Albert Walter Findlater
son of of James and Annie (Winter) Findlater, of Owaka, Otago
married Robina Sutherland in 1915
Albert served in WWI as Rifleman 47016 with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He was Killed In Action 26 Oct 1918 at Le Cateau, France and buried I.E.28, Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, Nord, France, His next of kin was his wife Robina at 100 Clyde St., Invercargill & Rose Bank, Balclutha

Alexander Findlater (1835-1890)
married Ann Robertson Brown (1829-1890) in 1871
Alexander died 28 June 1890 in Dunedin
Ann died 18 July 1890 in Dunedin
Evening Star, 18 July 1890
FINDLATER - At her residence, Forth street, Dunedin, on the 18th July, Ann Robertson, relict of the late Alexander Findlater

Alexander Findlater (1810-1876)
* son of Alexander Findlater & Mary Hewan of Scotland
** grandson of Alexander Findlater & Susanna Forrester
*** paternal great grandson of James FINLATER & Eleonar Bannatine
*** maternal great grandson of John Forrester & Unk Napier
Alexander married Elizabeth Turnbull (1814-1866) in Edinburgh, Scotland 1834
known children
1835 - 1890 Alexander Findlater
1837 - 1845 Margaret Johnston Findlater
1839 - 1909 Elizabeth Leslie Findlater
1841 - 1912 James Turnbull Findlater
1843 - 1921 Mary Hewan Findlater
1846 - 1924 Susan Forrester Findlater (+ Albert Walter Geddes)
Alexander next married Elizabeth Currie (nee Alexander) in Dunedin, NZ in 1872
Otago Daily, Times 5 Jan 1872
* On the 3rd January, Mr A. Findlater, to Mrs Curry, both of Dunedin. Home papers please copy
* At Dunedin Otago, New Zealand, Mr Alexander Findlater, late of the Otago Provincial Government Service, to Elizabeth Alexander, widow of Mr Thomas D. Currie, of Edinburgh, Emigration Agent and daughter of the late Mr John Alexander, of Bormie, Linlithgowshire
* Elizabeth first married Thomas Duncan Currie (1827-1865).
Bruce Herald, 2 Nov 1865
Mr Thomas Duncan Currie, who was for 14 years Secretary to the Otago Emigration Agency, in Edinburgh, died in Dunedin last week. Mr Currie had only been in this Colony for about 15 months, although he has been intimately connected with it from its first settlement. The deceased has left a widow and four children who are but ill provided for

Alexander Findlater
married Mary Ann Harrington in 1877
known children
1877 - 1965 Elizabeth Howard Findlater
1879 - 1913 Hannah Amelia Findlater
1880 - 1881 James Archibald Findlater (Palmerston, Otago)
1884 - 1978 May Ethel Findlater
1885 - 1967 Mary Ann Findlater
1889 - 1970 Walter Ernest Findlater
1892 - 1977 John Stanley Findlater
1894 - 1981 Norah Vera Findlater
1896 - 1931 Sydney Harrington Findlater

Alexander Findlater
married Christina Proctor in 1901
known children
1904 - 1992 Alexander Napier Findlater
1906 - 1987 John Winter Findlater
1908 - 1981 Edward Francis Findlater
1912 - 1991 Robert Proctor Findlater
1914 - 2007 Catherine Frances Findlater
1917 - 2001 Christina Lindores Findlater

Alexander Findlater
married Susan 'Susie' Nightingale in 1902
known children
1902 - 1983 Adelaide Findlater
1904 - 1985 Edmond Findlater
1908 - Georgina Ellios/Ellis Findlater
1910 - 1972 Thomas Charles Findlater

Alexander Napier Findlater
married Rosella Gwendoline Cartwright in 1927

Edward Frances Findlater
married Lucy Annie McKay in 1934

Gabriel Napier Forrester Findlater (1877-1943)
married Helen Agnes Ogilvie (1879-1918) in 1906
known children
1909 - 1985 Gabriel Napier Forrester Findlater
1910 - 1909 Susan Helen Forrester Findlater
1912 - 1998 Mabel Isabel Findlater
1914 - Margaret Catherine Findlater
Gabriel Napier Forrester Findlater next married Alice Hannah Walker (1889-1944) in 1921
* Gabriel & Alice are buried together Anderson Bay, Dunedin

Gabriel Napier 'Forrie' Forrester Findlater (1909-1985)
married Mary Anderson (1910-1980) in 1932

James Chalmers Findlater
married May Winifred Bell in 1915
known children
1917 - Verena Grant Findlater

James Turnbull Findlater (1840-1912)
married Ann 'Annie' Winter in Hokitika 1866
known children
1867 - 1955 Margaret Crawford Findlater
1869 - 1873 Mary Hewan Findlater
1870 - 1870 Alexander Findlater
1871 - 1946 Alexander Findlater
1873 - 1935 James Turnbull Findlater
1874 - 1949 Annie Elizabeth Findlater
1876 - 1948 Bethia Turnbull 'Bessie' Findlater
1877 - 1843 Gabriel Napier Findlater
1879 - 1929 Susan Forrester Findlater (+ Alan Ross Callender)
1881 - 1971 Isabella Cornwall Findlater
1882 - 1953 John Winter Findlater
1883 - 1948 Robert Bruce Findlater
1885 - 1959 Lily Leslie Lindores Findlater
1887 - 1918 Albert Walter Findlater
1889 - 1977 Helen Napier Forrester Findlater
1891 - Mary Hewan Frazer Findlater
Northern Advocate, 27 May 1912
The body of James Findlater, aged 71, a farmer, was found on Saturday in Catlins Lake
Otago Daily Times, 17 Sep 1912
OLDHAM - FINDLATER On August 30, at the residence of the bride's mother, Craigannot, Catlin's River, b the Rev W. L. Woodhouse, M.A., Daniel, son of O.W. Oldham, Patea, to Helen Napier Forrester, daughter of the late James T. Findlater

James Turnbull Findlater
married Agnes Hanna Allan (1875-1905) in 1899
known children
1902 - 1959 Agnes Hanna Findlater
1904 - 1947 James Turnbull Findlater
1905 - Jane Allen Findlater
James Turnbull Findlater next married Sarah Ellen Yern (nee Tidyman) in 1913
* Sarah first married Johannes Yern (1863-1913) in 1903 and had 3 sons

James Turnbull Findlater
married Mary Blyth in 1928

James Turnbull Findlater
married Gwendoline Somervell in 1936

John Leslie Lindores Findlater
married Janet Margaret Walls in 1935

John Stanley Findlater
married Aileen Alberta Drake in 1918
* daughter of Thomas Johnson Drake & Elizabeth Rowntree

John Winter Findlater
married Mary Connel McKechnie in 1908
known children
1911 - 1994 John Leslie Lindores Findlater
1912 - 2007 Mary Connel Findlater
1914 - 2013 Margaret Jean Findlater
1916 - 2003 George Bruce James Findlater

Kenneth Alexander Grant Findlater
married Grace Margaret Cobb in 1923

Robert Bruce Findlater
married Alice Louisa Wild in 1918

Robert Forester Findlater
married Nellie Hilton in 1936

Sydney Harrington Findlater
married Mary Jane McKay in 1924

Thomas Yorston Findlater
married Mary Mathers in 1926

Walter Ernest Findlater
married Ruth Evelyn Appleby in 1924

Agnes Hannah Findlater
married George Edward Thompson in 1924

Anna McLennan Findlater
married Keith Clarence Bigham in 1934

Annie Elizabeth Findlater
married Robert Landreth McKay in 1900
known children
1907 - Ernest McKay Harrison McKay
1909 - Louise McKay

Bethia Turnbull 'Bessie' Findlater (1876-1948)
married Duncan Campbell in 1916

Christina Grant Findlater
married Henry Bigham in 1933

Eliza Leslie Findlater
married James Auchenleck Cheyne in 1855

Elsie Findlater
married George Mitchell Wilson in 1888
known children
1889 - George William Wilson
1891 - John Wilson
1893 - Mary Ellen Wilson
1895 - Ernest Wilson
1897 - Elsie Wilson
1899 - Dolly Wilson
1902 - Albert Wilson
1904 - Bessie Wilson
1908 - 1963 Newton Findlater Wilson

Helen Napier Forrester Findlater
married Daniel Oldham in 1912
known children
1913 - Orlando Winter Oldham
1914 - 1990 Daniel Millward Oldham
1917 - 1999 Cecil Charles Leamoth Oldham

Helen Susan Forrester Findlater
married Francis Stuart Scott in 1933

Isabella Cornwall Findlater
married Thomas Alexander Jacobson in 1909
known children
1909 - 1997 Thomas Alexander Jacobson
1912 - 1971 Frank Jacobson

Jane Allen Findlater
married Harry Purchase in 1928

Lily Leslie Lindores Findlater
married Robert Jenkins Kilgour in 1907
known children
1908 - Annie Winter Kilgour
1910 - 2006 Euphemia Peat Kilgour

Mabel Isobel Findlater
married David Alan Kirk in 1933

Margaret Catherine Findlater
married Alexander Cuthbert Miller in 1934

Margaret Jean Findlater
married William Lyall Lee in 1935

Mary Ann Findlater
married William John Blackie in 1903
known children
1903 - 1998 William John Blackie
1904 - 1972 Walter Douglas Blackie
1906 - 1990 Ethel Isabella/Isobel Blackie
1907 - 1908 Andrew Jacques Blackie
1908 - 1908 Reginald Harrington Blackie (aged 10 weeks)
1911 - 1998 Carl Joseph Blackie
1912 - 2001 Sydney Simon Blackie
1914 - 2001 Mark Stanley Findlater Blackie

Mary Connel Findlater
married Andrew Allan in 1933

Mary Hewan Findlater
married John Fraser in 1859

Mary Hewan Frazer Findlater
married John Walkinshaw Boyd Carson in 1925

Mary Jane Findlater
married Alexander Will Hay in 1932

May Ethel Findlater
married George William Leader in 1906
known children
1906 - 1907 May Winifred Leader (aged 5 months)
1908 - 1995 John Vernon Leader

Nora Vera Findlater
married William Daniel Bacon in 1918

Sarah Winter Findlater
married James Henry Smith in 1931

Susan Forrester Findlater (1846-1924)
married Albert Walter Geddes in 1874
Otago Daily Times, 19 Dec 1874
On the 17th December, at All Saints Church, Dunedin, by the Rev R. L. Stanford, Albert Walter, youngest son of Mr Walter G. Geddes, to Susan Forrester, youngest daughter of Alexander Findlater
known children
1877 - 1881 Walter George Geddes
1878 - 1884 Albert John Geddes
1882 - 1921 George Winford Geddes

Susan Forrester Findlater (1879-1929)
married Alan Ross Callender in 1909
known children
1910 - 1999 Annie Elizabeth Callender
1914 - Susan Forrester Findlater Callender (twin)
1914 - 2008 Bethia Findlater Callender (twin)

There are 59 Findlater buried in Dunedin

HEADSTONE of Gabriel & Alice at Andersons Bay

the 17 children of William Villers, Petane, Hawkes Bay

William Villers (1808-1862) of Ireland, married Mary Jane Lutton (1809-1847) in Sydney in 1830
the children of William & Mary Jane
(first 4 born in Sydney, first 1 in NZ in 1841)

..1 1832 - 1887 William Villers
Hawke's Bay Herald, 18 May 1887
VILLERS - At Petane, on the 17th May, aged 55 years. - The funeral will leave the Petane Hotel at 2pm, tomorrow (Wednesday)
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 May 1882
Notices of applications for new licenses are inserted by W. Villers for the Petane Hotel and John Villers for the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit .. I, William Villers, of Petane, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at Petane and known by the sign of the Petane Hotel, containing 27 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May 1882. W. VILLERS
* more on William at notes below

..2 1833 - 1885 John Villers
John was a farmer in Patene by 1858
He married Emily Jane Hurrey in 1873 & had 5 children
1874 - Maud Louise Villers
1875 - William Charles Villers
1878 - John Sydney Charles Villers
1880 - William John Charles Sydney Villers
1882 - Blanche Emily Villers
Hawke's Bay Herald, 27 Feb 1877
Fencing Notice - To James Tod and John Villers, owners of Town sections Nos 501 and 502, Township of Clyde and owners of section 605-186. Take notice that I, William Lambert, Clerk in Holy Orders, intend erecting dividing fences between the section and my land. I hereby require you to assist in erecting the said dividing fence, otherwise I shall proceed to erect the same and call on you for payment of one-half the cost
Poverty Bay Herald, 4 Aug 1879
The resignation of Mr John Villers, poundkeeper, Ormond, was accepted. Mr John Maynard, Ormond, was appointed poundkeeper
Poverty Bay Herald, 12 Aug 1879
Letter To The Editor ... Now that Mr John Villers, of Ormond, is becoming such a prominent man in public affairs, I really think it behoves him to provide himself with a secretary or amanuensis, who could keep some slight check on his glowing imagination ...
Poverty Bay Herald, 26 June 1880
NOTICE - In The Estate Of John Villers, late of Chandos Hotel, Ormond. The undersigned hereby notify that on and after the 1st of July next, proceedings will be taken for the recovery of the amounts due to the above estate
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 May 1882
Notices of applications for new licenses are inserted by W. Villers for the Petane Hotel and John Villers for the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit ..
I, John Villers, of Western Spit, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane, on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at the Western Spit, Napier and known by the sign of the Ferry Hotel, containing 11 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th May 1882. JOHN VILLERS
HOUSEHOLDERS CERTIFICATE - We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above John Villers is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Boyd, William Morris sen., G. McRae, W. Denholm, W. Waite, John Northe, Thomas Torrr, J. H. Sims, Anders Neilson and G. Plested
Hawke's Bay Herald, 9 March 1885
VILLERS - At the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit, March 8th, John Villers; aged 52 years. The funeral will leave his late residence this day (Monday) at 3 o'clock, for the Petane cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Poverty Bay Herald, 25 March 1885
NOTICE - It is supposed that John Villers, formerly of Gisborne but late of Napier, made a Will some years ago. Anyone having the custody of such a document will oblige by communication with Mrs John Villers, of Gisborne, or Sainsbury and Logan, Solicitors, Napier.
Hawke's Bay Herald, 2 Oct 1886 The estate of the late John Villers, of Hawkes Bay, has been finally certified at 397 11s 9d (2013 equivalent of $76,300)

..3 1835 - 1917 Harriet Ann Villers. Harriet married Isaac Septimus McKain (1830-1899) in NZ in 1860 & had 12 children.

..4 1838 - 1904 Charles Villers. Charles married Robina Agnes McKain (1854-1944) in 1877 *daughter of James Buchanan McKain & Sarah Hannah Barben. Robina next married Frederick Francis Roe in 1917

..5 1841 - 1921 Maria Villers. Maria married James Stephen Grindell in 1859 & had 9 children

..6 1845 - 1930 Sarah Jane Villers. Sarah married William Jenkin Elwin (1839-1919) in 1862 & had 6 children
Poverty Bay Herald, 24 Dec 1919
WAIROA, Another of the fast-diminishing band of Wairoa pioneer settlers, Mr W. J. Elwin, died peacefully at 8.30 on Monday Night, in his 81st year. He was the son of the late Dr J. Elwin, London and came to New Zealand in 1859 in the Wild Duck, after a passage lasting 3 months. He took up clerical work at Bowler's, Wellington and subsequently he was engaged at Petane surveying and later in school teaching. He formed one of the relieving force at the time of the Ohaka massacre. He married the third daughter of William Villers, Petane and leaves one son and four daughters

Mary Jane Villers died aged 37
Wellington Independent, 30 Jan 1847

On the 28th instant, regretted by all who knew her, Mrs Mary Jane Villers, wife of Mr William Villers, of Lutton Place, Wellington, late of Sydney, New South Wales, leaving six young children to lament the loss of a good and affectionate mother

* After the death of Mary Jane, William married Robina McKain (1821-1874) & had 11 children
the children of William & Robina
..7 1848 - 1849 James McKain Villers
James died in Wellington aged 9 months

..8 1849 - 1931 Douglas Mary 'Dullo' Villers.
Douglas married George Cross (1849-1933) in 1865 in Napier & had 8 children in Napier & Clive
1867 - 1911 William Francis Cross
1868 - 1881 John Henry Villers
1870 - 1946 Francis Ernest Cross
1872 - 1954 Agnes Matilda Cross
1877 - Frances Emily Cross
1878 - 1961 Alfred Cross
1892 - Helen Elizabeth Cross
1893 - 1962 George Henry Cross

..9 1850 - 1927 Lucinda Agatha Villers. Lucinda married Joseph Andrew Torr (1846-1915) in 1868 & had 11 children (brother of James who married her sister Robina). Joseph was a son of Joseph Andrew Torr & Julia Catherine McKain - see NOTES

..10 1851 - 1934 Mary Jane Villers. Born in Napier, Mary married Isaac Jeffares (1847-1934) in 1869 & had 9 children

..11 1852 - 1854 Selina Villers. Selina died aged 22 months

..12 1854 - 1856 Julia Villers. Julia died aged 2 in Petane, Hawkes Bay

..13 1855 - 1873 Frances Emily 'Fanny' Viller. Fanny married Lambton William Frederick Carter (1847-1922) in 1872. Fanny died aged 18. Lambton next married Mary Catherine Sullivan in 1874 & had 10 children

..14 1857 - 1920 Robina Agnes Villers. Robina married James Harrison Torr (1846-1932) in 1883 (brother of Joseph who married her sister Lucinda) - see NOTES
* William snr, was in Petane, Hawkes Bay by 1858

..15 1859 - Thomas Isaac Villers

..16 1860 - 1861 Ada Amelia Villers. Ada died aged 4 months in Petane

..17 1862 - 1876 Clarence Francis Villers. Clarence died 13 Dec 1876 in Napier aged 14

Early Settlers of Napier(Ahuriri) & Districts 1850
ANKETELL, (Mr), Trader, arrived 3rd April
McKAIN, James Buchanan, arrived (early in year) with wife and 2 children to Ahuriri with brother in law William Villers & family
McKAIN, Sarah, wife of James, her maiden name Barben. She arrived Wellington with her two sisters and parents in 1840 aboard the 'London'. Her father's name was Thomas, he died while visiting them and was the first man to be buried in the Napier Cemetery. Along with Robina Villers was the first white woman to live at The Spit (Westshore), Ahuriri
McLEAN, Donald, went to Hawkes Bay area as Land Purchase Commissioner
VILLERS, William, arrived with wife and 2 children to Ahuriri with McKains
VILLERS, Robina Agnes, wife of William and sister of J.B. McKain. She arrived NZ with her two brothers and widowed mother in 1841 on the 'Olympus' to Wellington. Along with Sarah McKain was the first white woman to live at The Spit (Westshore), Ahuriri

James Buchanan McKain (1823-1853), the father of Robina Agnes McKain who married Charles Villers, was a brother of Isaac Septimus McKain who married Charles's sister Harriet Ann Villers and they were brothers of Robina Agnes McKain (1821-1874) who married widower William Villers (father of Charles & Harriet), as his second wife, and they were siblings of Julia Catherine McKain (1812-1883) whose sons, Joseph Andrew Torr & James Harrison Torr, married daughters of William & Robina - see above
* The mother of these 'children' was Douglas Mary McKain (nee Dunsmore) (1879-1873), was an independent, capable and courageous woman. She was born at Glasgow and met her husband, William McKain, native of Guernesy, Channel Island, at the Tower of London where her family lived. Douglas Dunsmore and William McKain were married on 26 April 1808, at Castel (Catel), Guernsey. They were to have eight sons and five daughters. Husband William died in a riding accident in 1837 and Douglas emigrated to NZ, Dec 1840, on the 'Olympus' with her four remaining sons and a daughter, They arrived in Wellington 20 April 1841 and Douglas established herself as a midwife and general nurse in Wellington. In her later years Douglas McKain lived among her family in Hawke's Bay. The extended McKain family were prominent members of the early Napier community. Two of Douglas McKain's married daughters, Mary Ann McCarthy and Julia Torr, had followed her to New Zealand with their husbands in 1842, and both eventually settled in Hawke's Bay. Her daughter Robina, who had travelled with her to New Zealand, settled with her husband, William Villers, at The Spit (Westshore) in 1853. Joseph Torr and William Villers ran a schooner between Napier and Wellington, trading in pork, wheat and dressed flax. James Buchanan McKain and his wife, Susannah McKain, also settled at The Spit, where they ran the first accommodation house and licensed premises in Napier, and operated a postal service. By 1860 Douglas McKain, Julia and Joseph Torr, and Mary Ann and John McCarthy were all established in Eskdale, north of Napier, where the Torrs' home, Petane Grange, became a showplace. Robina and William Villers settled over the hill, at Petane (Bay View). Douglas McKain, now in her 70s, lived with each of her children in turn, paying £10 per annum board and lodging.

Hawke's Bay Herald,7 April 1860
The Council meets ... Captain Carter presented a petition form Mr William Villers(snr), Petane, setting forth that he had purchased from the government 50 acres, which he believed to be a section which would give him the road frontage in accordance with clause 10 of the regulations; that on the land being laid off, he found that his section was placed differently in the plan ... more
Wellington Independent, 5 April 1862
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by a deed dated the eighth day of March, one thousand wight hundred and sixty two and made between William Villers, of Petane, in the province of Hawke's Bay, Licensed Victualler, of the first part, John Villers, Farmer, in the Province aforesaid, of the second part, and the several persons whose names and seals are thereunto subscribed, being creditors of the said William Villers, of the third part - the said William Villers did convey, assure and assign all his real and personal estate of whatsoever nature or description (subject to the mortgages affecting the same) to the said John Villers, upon trust for the equal benefit of all the creditors of the said William Villers who should execute the said deed within a period of 3 months from the date thereof: The said deed was executed by the said William Villers and John Villers on the eighth day of March instant and was attested by J. B. McKain and John Steven junr, Farmers, Petane. WILLIAM VILLERS, JOHN VILLERS, Petane
Wellington Independent, 27 Nov 1862
At Petane, Ahuriri, on the 5th November, Mr William Villers, senior, aged 54
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 June 1867
INQUEST - An emergency inquest was held on the 9th inst., before T. Hitchings, Esq., coroner and a jury, at the Petane Hotel, upon a body that had been washed down the Petane river by the late floods. The evidence disclosed the painful fact that this was the body of one of Rangihiroa's party, killed in action on the 12th October last - the grave in which the dead were interred having been so acted upon by the water during the late freshes as to be now part of the bed of the river. The following was the evidence adduced:-
Frederick Torr, being sworn, deposed:- I am the son of Mr Joseph Torr, residing at Light Willows, Petane. On Friday last, the 7th inst., about 3 o'clock pm., I saw the body of a man lying on the banks of the river amongst the rubbish and covered with mud. I then went home and told my father who went to see it. I though it one of the Maori who were buried near Capt. Carr's after the fight last October.
Joseph Torr, sworn, deposed:- I am a settler residing at Petane. In consequence of information received from my son, I went to the banks of the river and saw a body of what I consider to be a maori. The body was in a very advanced state of decomposition and presenting the appearance of having been buried some months. I have no doubt that it was one of the native Hau Haus who were buried last October, near Capt. Carr's/ Upon examination of the body there appears a bullet wound on the left side of the spine, in the loins and another in the front of the stomach.
William Villers(jnr) sworn, deposed:- I keep the Petane Hotel. On Wednesday last I visited the spot where the dead Hau Haus were buried. I saw that the spot where they were buried was covered with water, forming a part of the bed of the river. The river was very high from the recent rain and bringing down large logs of timber. It is my opinion the whole of the bodies were washed away.
The jury returned the following as their verdict:- "We are of opinion that deceased, an aboriginal native, died from gun shot wounds received in action on the 12th October last and that his body has been washed away from the burial place in consequence of the recent flood"
With reference to this painful affair, we learn that the coroner has given authority for the immediate re-interment of any other bodies that may be found - bearing evidence, upon a competent survey by three or four householders, of having been buried under similar circumstances to the one found

Daily Telegraph, 30 Jan 1884
A dinner was given last evening at Mr William Villers Petane Hotel by Mr Boyd, who, having sold out, is about visiting the old country. About twenty-five settlers put in an appearance. After dinner speeches, songs and occasional dancing were indulged in. Altogether a very enjoyable evening was spent. The table was everything that could be desired and was tastefully laid out, the large vases, with enormous bouquets of beautifully arranged flowers, being particularly noticeable. It certainly reflects great credit on Mr Villers for the manner in which he succeeded in placing such a magnificent spread before those assembled

Daily Telegraph, 17 May 1887
A very large number of our readers will learn with much regret that Mr William Villers,(jnr) who had been dangerously ill for some weeks past, died at 7am this morning. Although taking no active part in public matters, Mr Villers was certainly a public man, not only from the keen interest he took in politics, but from his sympathy with all movements having for their object the social well-being and happiness of the people. The news will be read with very great regret, the deceased having been in life a sterling and generous-hearted man, ever ready to do a good turn to anyone in difficulty of any kind and willing to do all in his power to promote the happiness of all around him. His private benevolence was large and his liberality was only bounded by his power to give. Mr Villers was a native of New Zealand, being born in Wellington and he has died at the comparatively early age of 55 years. By his death Petane sustains a loss that can never be filled as he filled it. "Old Bill Villers" as his friends always called him, was one of Hawkes's Bay's identities and he will be much missed. The funeral will take place in the Petane cemetery ... The body of the late Mr William Villers was interred yesterday in the Petane cemetery, in the presence of a numerous assemblage of friends of the deceased, many of whom journeyed from Napier to pay the last tribute of respect to a highly respected settler and warm friend. The funeral service was conducted by the Bishop of Waiapu and the Rev. W. Welsh

Daily Telegraph, 10 Dec 1888
Important Sale Of Suburban Lands. Banner and Liddle, in conjunction with Messrs Baker and Tabuteau, have been instructed by the Executor in the Estate of the late William Villers(jnr) to sell by auction the land immediately adjoining the Hotel and Store, subdivided into 167 suitable Building Allotments varying from 1/4 acre to 26 acres each. Many of these sections have frontages to the river where good boating and bathing are obtainable and others are on the rise of the hill, giving magnificent views of the surrounding country, while all are eminently suitable for suburban residences and being within easy reach of Napier by coach, offer exceptional inducements to purchasers, as Petane is sure in a little time to become the principal suburb of Napier. The land has a long frontage to the main road from Napier to Taupo and the Hot Lake district.
Title - Land Transfer Act. Terms are 10% cash, 10% in 3 months, 10% in 6 months and the balance in 3 years, bearing interest at 7% per annum NOTE.. this ad was still running in Aug 1889

Daily Telegraph, 4 Sep 1889
By order of The registrar of the Supreme Court at Napier and at the request of the mortgagees. Mr H. P. Cohen has received instructions to sell by Public Auction at the Peoples' Auction Mart, Hastings street, Napier, on Monday 16th September, 1889. at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
1. All that piece of land containing 317 acres 3 roods and 17 perches, comprising Sections 48, 49, part of 50 and Blocks 61A and 84, western side of harbor, in Puketapu Survey District, excepting thereout Lot 132 on plan, sold to Thos. Newland and also excepting Lots 23 to 30 both inclusive.
2. All that Parcel of Land containing 44 acres, being part of Suburban Section 63 on Government plan of western side of harbour
3. All that parcel of land containing 40 acres, being Suburban Section 71 on Government plan of western side of the Harbour
The above comprises the Petane Hotel and property, as occupied by the late William Villers(jnr), deceased(jnr)

overlooking The Spit
1883 (zoom at that link)

William James Ward starved to death, Wellington 1886

William James Ward was from (not necessarily born in) Charleston, an old goldmining town on the West Coast of the South Island, 30km south of Westport.
His death notice in the papers said he was 49. BDM has 48. The inquest into his death notes that he was an elderly man probably about 60 with grey hair, whiskers and moustache ... a hard life will do that to a person and assuming his wife put the death notice in the paper we will go with that age.

William married Sarah Ann Aldridge
WARD - ALDRIDGE 2 Oct 1875, William James Ward, Charleston, to Sarah Ann (1850-1911?), daughter of Job Aldridge of Nelson. Sarah was a daughter of Job Aldridge (1816-1890), from Berkshire, died Nelson and Hannah Belcher (1820-1897)

At his death in Wellington, James had eight young children to feed ..
Evening Post, 24 Sep 1886
WARD - On 21st September, William James Ward, aged 49 years. Home, Charleston and Nelson papers please copy

* The body which was found yesterday amongst the rocks at Island Bay was brought to the Morgue by Constable Stewart in the afternoon to await identification. It is that of an elderly man, apparently about 60 years of age and belonging to the labouring class, with grey hair, whishers, and moustache, about 5ft 6in in height and of medium build. The clothing consists of a brown tweed coat, clean white moleskin trousers, dark tweed vest, soft felt hat and lace-up boots. Deceased was seen at 11am passing the Island Bay Hotel, when he asked for matches, which were supplied by the trainer Mr J. Lunn. He then walked away in the direction of the beach and nothing further was seen or heard of him until about 1 o'clock. when the body was found by two men named Harry Townsend and George Morley about midway between the hotel and the cave of the celebrated hermit. It was some distance above high-water mark and the flesh was still warm. In one of the pockets a slip of paper was found, which bore the words, "Tired and worn out with anxiety" and the signature of "William Ward" Beyond this fact, there does not appear to be anything to suggest the suspicion that the unfortunate man committed suicide. An inquest will be held at the Morgue tomorrow morning and in the meantime Dr Hutchinson will make a post moriem examination of the body.
The remains have been identified during the day as those of a labouring man named William Ward, who has lived at 26 Cambridge-road. For some time past he had been out of employment and had consequently been very despondent. yesterday morning he left his home and did not return, but was seen at Newtown during the forenoon by his sister-in-law, Mrs Skelly. Deceased leaves a widow and wight children to mourn his demise. The post mortem examination was made by Dr Hutchison this morning and we understand that no symptoms of poisoning were detected, though there was evidence of a condition of body bordering upon starvation. The stomach has been deposited with Dr Skey, Colonial Analyst, for analysis.

* Seldom has a sadder case come under our notice than that of the unfortunate man William Ward, upon whose remains an inquest was held yesterday and who is declared to have died from starvation. Penniless and unable to obtain employment, he deliberately denied himself the necessaries of like in order that there might be some food for his children. The whole family appear to have been reduced to the sorest straits, yet to have resigned themselves to death by slow starvation, rather than ask for help from anyone. While it is impossible to help admiring the father's martyr-like heroism and respecting the reluctance on the part of both parents to become objects of charity, one cannot help feeling that the sentiment was a morbid one and that to this morbid sentiment a valuable life has been sacrificed. The unfortunate man had only to let his sad circumstances be known to receive prompt help from private and public sources. The warm-hearted generosity of the people of Wellington in such cases of destitution is so well-known that we are certain the merest intimation of so sore a case of need would have elicited instant and ample aid. While we deeply deplore the melancholy sacrifice of poor William Ward's life, we may point out that his widow and children for whom he died have still to be relieved and we do not doubt that they will be most generously cared for.

* A pitiful story of evil fortunes, suffering, semi-starvation and death, comes from Wellington. William Ward, a man with a wife and family of eight young children, lived in Cambridge Road. Ward had been out of employment and his family were suffering from want of food. Ward, in a half famished state, walked out to Island Bay, got to some distance from the hotel and then lay down on the rocks and died, leaving a written paper saying "I am worn out by anxiety and privation" Now that the man is dead, Wellington society is shocked and efforts are being made to help the starving children. But the hard, ugly fact remains, that a sober, decent and industrious man, with a wife and eight young children to support, may struggle vainly to make a living in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand and having utterly failed, may lie down and die of starvation without a single hand being held out to his aid

* An inquest on the body of William James Ward, who was found dead at Island Bay on Monday, was held at the morgue yesterday morning. Mr George Tabor was chosen foreman of the jury. Dr Hutchinson stated that the body was free from all traces of external injury and was in perfect preservation. On examining the stomach and the intestines he had found them quite empty, excepting of a small quantity of liquid. The organs of the body were quite healthy. From the appearance of the body he believed that had been caused by continual starvation and mental distress. The contents of deceased's stomach had been analysed by Mr Skey, who found no poison whatever in it. Henry Townsend gave evidence as to finding the body. Deceased's wife stated that her husband went out shortly after 8 o'clock on Monday morning without saying where he was going. Before starting he had a small piece of scone and a cup of tea. Being in indigent circumstances they were unable to procure other food. Deceased had been our of work for over two months, although he had repeatedly tried to get employment, but without success. Witness did not know till yesterday (Monday) that they would have received assistance if they had applied to the Benevolent Society. The Coroner (Dr Johnston) said it was one of the most painful cases that had ever come before him. Apparently, the deceased was one of those honest, sober men who were too proud to beg. The jury returned a verdict of death caused by want of sufficient nourishment.

* The widow and family of the late William James Ward, who was found dead on the Island Bay beach on Monday afternoon last, have been left utterly destitute. In fact they had been destitute for two months before the head of the family dropped down and died from sheer exhaustion, caused by want of nourishment. "I cannot steal; to beg I am ashamed" might be written as a truthful epitaph over the grave of Ward. His high-strung sensitiveness led him to starve to death rather than ask for bread; and what little he could obtain he deprived himself of in order that his wife and children might keep body and soul together. The evidence taken at the inquest, is a melancholy record of how a man may starve while food could have been procured by the mere asking. However, the eight children - the eldest not eleven years of age, the youngest but four months - and the widow had even commenced to break up her bedstead a few days ago for firing, being without the means of purchasing any. Her parents reside in Nelson and we are informed that if she could get there with her family she would find assistance and might be enabled to earn a living for herself and children.

* It has been hinted that there is a possibility that the relatives of the man named Ward, who died of starvation at Wellington recently, may have some legal interest in the Town Acre and Masterton Small Farm Block, section 29, containing 40 acres, which was originally purchased by a man of the same name. The crown grant in the name of Ward has been lying unclaimed at the land office, Wellington, between twenty and thirty years.

* Sir, I notice a great deal is being written about the "shame and the disgrace" of a man being allowed to die in this prosperous city of ours of sheer starvation. I would like people to take into consideration these few items. Charitable aid is given by the Benevolent Institute, which is supported by voluntary contributions, subsidised £ for £ by the Government. Now, every man has to pay duty to Government indirectly, in the food he takes or the clothes he wears so that he is really entitled to aid in the event of sickness or lack of work. Again, a writer cries shame on the Relieving Officer for not finding out that poor Ward was so utterly destitute. The only way I can see in which this could have been discovered would have been for the Relieving Officer to have made a house to house visit, asking if the occupants were in need of "benevolent aid;" rather a thankless task, I fancy. If a man has that wrong-headed pride which forbids him to seek relief from that source to which he is fairly entitled to look for it, and thereby starves himself to death (to say nothing of the misery of his family), I contend that he is more to be blamed than pitied

* A concert and dance in aid of the Ward family is to be held in the Drillshed on Friday night. It is to be under the patronage of the officers and members of the Wellington garrison and will, no doubt, seeing that it is for such a deserving object, be well attended.

* The Evening Post collected subscriptions in aid of the family. By the end of the month (Sep 1886) they already had £34 18s (Sep 2017 equivalent of around $6,750)

William James Ward and Sarah Ann Aldridge had 8 children. These are the children I have to date. Your help verifying them and any other info on William would be appreciated
* 1876 - Caroline Anne Ward
* 1877 - 1939 William James Ward
* 1878 - George Henry Ward
* 1880 - Job Ward
* 1881 - Hannah Frances Ward
* 1883 - Lillian Ward
* 1884 - Daisy Ward
* 1886 - 1957 Leslie Albert Ward
- Leslie was born 10 April, 4 months before his father's death.

* Leslie was in Wellington in 1902 appearing in court for theft
* George & James were in Wellington in 1910 appearing in court for stealing 13 cabbages from Nan Kinn

* Was Sarah able to keep her children. Did Sarah remarry. She apparently died 29 Sep 1911 in Hokitika

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Hotel Publicans, HAWKES BAY - 1882


I, WILLIAM VILLERS, (1832-1887) of Petane, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Piblican's License for a house situate at Petane and known by the sign of the Petane Hotel, containing 27 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May 1882. W. VILLERS

I, JOHN VILLERS, (1833-1885) of Western Spit (Petane Beach), Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane, on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at the Western Spit, Napier and known by the sign of the Ferry Hotel, containing 11 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th May 1882. JOHN VILLERS
We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above John Villers is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Boyd, William Morris sen., G. McRae, W. Denholm, W. Waite, John Northe, Thomas Torrr, J. H. Sims, Anders Neilson and G. Plested

I, JAMES BRIGGS, of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the 7th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Port Ahuriri, and known by the sign of the London Hotel containing 14 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May, 1882. JAMES BRIGGS
We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above James Briggs is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Denholm, J. J. Smith, Mark Rolls, W. Boyd, C. Cranby, John Mabbett, Edward Cook, William Riddell, Charles Stewart, Daniel Cotton

I, THOMAS PARKER, of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the seventh day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Port Ahuriri, containing 18 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 9th day of May, 1882. THOMAS PARKER

I, CHARLES HELANDER, () of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the 9th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Carlyle-street, Napier, containing 12 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. CHARLES HELANDER
HOUSEHOLDERS' CERTIFICATE We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above Charles Heland is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 9th May, 1882:- Alfred J. B. Howe, Michael Hebden, George Spratt, Peter Eddy, Michael Connoll, Chas. Porton, Thomas Kingswell, George Earney, John A. Moyers, Donald Fraser

I, FREDERICK HENRY STEVENS, (1857-1928) of Makatoku, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Ormondville on the 8th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Makatoku, containing 13 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. FREDERICK HENRY STEVENS
HOUSEHOLDERS' CERTIFICATE We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above Frederick Henry Stevens is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 6th May, 1882:- C. Friberg, C. Schmit, H. Hansen, Gotlieb Schmit, William Abel, Joseph Mosen, Thomas Irwin, Edward Plank, William Pike, Henrick Beuick, Jacob Schaare, A. Thoresen

I, ALEXANDER MacDONALD, of Kuripapanga, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Havelock on the 6th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house called the Junction Hotel, at Kuripapanga, containing 21 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. ALEXANDER MACDONALD.

I, JEREMIAH LINEHAN, (1848-1920) of Ormondville, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Ormondville on the eighth day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Ormondville, containning 12 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 4th day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two. JEREMIAH LINEHAN

overlooking the Spit, Port Aruhiri 1883

zoom available at that link, may make out one of the hotels

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Death of Lieut-Colonel Butts, Wellington NZ 1891

New Zealand Times, 8 Dec 1891
BUTTS - On the 5th December 1891, at his residence, Gordon-street, Newtown, Wellington, John George Butts, retired major 18th Royal Irish Regiment, aged 51 years

New Zealand Times, 7 Dec 1891
DEATH of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts

It is with much regret that we have to chronicle the death of Lieut-Colonel Butts, which occurred about 6.30 on Saturday evening from a paralytic stroke. The deceased, John Geo. Butts, was 51 years of age and was born at Hartest, Suffolk, England, where his father, the Rev Edward Drury Butts, was incumbent. He left there when quite young, on account of his father going to a place called Melplash, near Bridport (Dorset), where he lived until he entered the army, in in 1861, as ensign in the 2nd Battalion 18th Royal Irish. He was stationed first at Jersey and then in the Isle of Wight and in 1863 formed one of the Prince of Wales' Guard of Honour on the occasion of his marriage. Shortly afterwards he came out with his regiment to this Colony on the occasion of the Maori rising and served through the Waikato and Wanganui campaigns.
The Regiment was the last to leave New Zealand in 1869. It was afterwards stationed for some time at Hobart, and after being located at several military centres in the Old Country, Lieutenant Butts received his company, being at the same time transferred from the 2nd to the 1st battalion of the regiment. Subsequently the regiment was ordered to Malta and thence in 1874 to India, where he was stationed at Bareilly for some time and then to Firozpur. During the chief part of his residence there he was paymaster of the regiment.
In 1880 the regiment went to Afghanistan and after remaining with it there for six months he was invalided home on account of a severe fever he had contracted and was, in 1881, compulsorily retired from the service, under the new regulations, at the age of 40. It was then that he came back to New Zealand and after having been in the Colony about four months the War Office did him the high honour, of offering him by telegraph, reinstatement as Major in his old regiment. However, as the acceptance of this offer would have necessitated his going to India, which he was warned against by his physician, he was obliged to refuse, besides which his family affairs rendered any such acceptance almost impossible.
In 1887 he was gazetted to the Adjutancy of Volunteers in Wellington, a position he retained until the present Government retrenched him in March last.
In July 1890 be sustained a paralytic stroke, consequent on overwork, which was followed by a second stroke about two months since. He had been in fairly good health up till Friday night last, when about 10 o'clock the third stroke came and, despite the efforts of Dr Henry, who was immediately called in, he died on Saturday evening without having regained consciousness.
He married in (NZ) 1869 to Lucy Anne, daughter of the late Major Nixon, of Wanganui, by whom he had issue four children - two sons and two daughters - all of whom are now living.
The deceased was a member of an ancient family and was able to trace back his ancestry to very early times in English history. That it has numbered among its members men of prominence may be gathered from the fact that a Sir William Butts was Court physician to Bluff King Hal (King Henry VIII 1509-1547).
A brother of the deceased, Mr E. D. Butts, was formerly Postmaster in this city and is now occupying a similar position at Dunedin.
The late Lieutenant-Colonel Butts was a gentleman highly respected and esteemed by all with whom he came in contact and his death will be regretted by a large circle of friends and relatives. He will be buried with full military honours to-morrow afternoon, the funeral procession leaving his late residence in Gordon-street, Newtown, at 4p.m.

Evening Post, 7 Dec 1891
OBITUARY of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts

The brief announcement made in our last issue will have prepared our readers for the news of Lieut-Colonel Butts death, which occurred at his residence, Newtown, at 6.30 on Saturday evening. Deceased was the son of the Rev Edward Drury Butts, incumbent of Hartest, Suffolk and was born in that parish in the year 1840. His family was one of some note in early English history and one of its members, Sir Wm. Butts, was a Court physician to Henry VIII. The deceased gentleman entered the army in 1861, holding an ensign's commission in the 18th Royal Irish. He was in the guard of honour of the Prince of Wales on the occasion of His Royal Highness' marriage in 1863.
The outbreak of the Maori was brought the gallant 18th out to New Zealand, and with it the officer now deceased, who served throughout the fighting in the Waikato and on the West Coast. After leaving New Zealand in 1869 the Royal Irish did service at Hobart, in various parts of the Old Country (where Lieut Butts was given his company), Malta, India and Afghanistan. It was in the last-named country that the subject of this notice was seized with the fever that necessitated his retirement from the service in 1881. Immediately afterwards he settled in New Zealand.
The War Office cabled out an offer to reinstate him in his old regiment with promotion to the rank of Major, but he was unable to accept the honour, as the state of his health forbade his going to India, whither the regiment was ordered and family affairs also stood in the way.
The Adjuntancy of the Wellington Volunteers with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, was conferred upon him in 1883 and he held it until March last.
Paralysis told upon his health for the last year or two and the third stroke has now had the usual fatal consequence. Colonel Butts was married in 1869 to a daughter of the late Major Nixon, of Wanganui, who survives him with four children, two sons and two daughters.
Deceased was one of those men whom to know was to esteem and he leaves behind a very wide circle of mourning friends. St Mark's Parish loses in him an active worker. He was formerly a member of the parish vestry and acted for some time as lay-reader at the Newtown Church-room services. The Rev R. Coffey made allusion last night to the melancholy fact of Colonel Butts' death, bracketing together his name and that of Mr Joseph Holgate as two useful parishioners who had just passed away.
At the close of the service the Dead March in 'Saul" was played on the organ by Mr A. J. Hamerston, in memory of the departed officer. Military honours are to be paid by the Wellington Volunteers to the remains of their late commanding officer. The District Orders in reference to the funeral will be found elsewhere.

Evening Post, 9 Dec 1891
FUNERAL of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts

The late Lieut-Colonel Butts was interred in the Church of England Cemetery, Thorndon, yesterday afternoon, with all the military honours befitting an officer of his rank. The funeral cortege, which was a large one before it reached the cemetery, left the late residence of the deceased in Gordon-street, Newtown, at 4 o'clock. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack and surmounted with the accoutrements of the officer, together with a number of beautiful wreaths of white flowers sent by friends and relatives, was carried on a gun carriage belonging to the D Battery of Artillery. A detachment of 30 of the Permanent Artillery, under Major Messenger, which subsequently formed the firing party at the grave, marched in front with arms reversed and immediately behind the gun carriage and led by two members of the Artillery, came the deceased officer's charger, with trapping, the regimental boots being reversed in the stirrups. Next came a detachment of the Torpedo Corps and then several closed carriages containing the chief mourners - namely, Mr H. P. Butts, son of the deceased, Messrs T. Butts and H. Radcliffe, nephews, Mr Arthur Nixon, brother-in-law of the deceased and also a number of friends. At the Mount Cook Barracks the cortege was joined by the garrison officers, detachments from the various Volunteer corps and also the Garrison Band, under Bandmaster Herd. The officers present included the following:- Major Newall, Major McCredie, Adjutant Quick, Captain Coleman and Quartermaster Anderson (Permanent Artillery), Capt. Collins, Lieut. Wilson (City Rifles), Capt. Paterson and Lieut. Porritt (Wellington Guards), Lieut.-Commander Duncan, Lieuts. Hislop and Hume (Wellington Navals), Lieut-Commander Davy and Lieut Kirk (Petone Navals), Capt Loveday and Lieut Purdy (Heretaunga Mounted Infantry), Col. Pearce (Unattached) and Staff-Sergt-Major Finn were also present, whilst Inspector Thomson attended in uniform to represent the Police Department and Mr P.S. Garvey, Governor of the Wellington Gaol, on behalf of the Prisons Department, the deceased officer having been a visiting Justice of the Peace up to the time of his death. Liuet-Colonel Hume, Inspector of Volunteers, being absent in Auckland was represented by Sub-Lieut R. Hume of the Wellington Navals. The Volunteer Companies represented by detachments were the Wellington Rifles, Wellington Guards, City Rifles, Petone and Wellington Navals and Heretaunga, Mounted Infantry.
The parade was under command of Major Newall. A large number of civilians, including many prominent citizens, joined in the procession as it proceeded through the streets of the city. On the way to the cemetery the Garrison Band played the "Dead March from Saul" and Beethoven's beautiful "Funeral March"
The gun carriage was relinquished at the foot of Bolton-street and the coffin being placed on the shoulders of several officers was carried to the Mortuary Chapel in the cemetery, the following officers acting as pall-bearers:- Major McCredie, Adjutant Quick, Captains Coleman and Collins, Lieutenant-Commander Duncan, Captains Barclay and Beamish (representing the Imperial Army) and Mr Cole, late Captain of the Newtown Rifles.
After a short service in the chapel by the Rev. R. Coffey, curate of St Mark's Church, assisted by the Rev A. M. Bradbury of the same parish, the coffin was removed to the grave, which is situated in a sunny little spot on the western slope, where the last sad rites of the Church having been performed by the officiating clergyman, the firing party delivered three volleys over the grave and the assembly, which had been a most orderly one throughout, the dispersed.
A posse of police constables, under Sergeant-Major Ramsay, kept order at the entrance gate and at the grave, where there was a large assembly of people, but their duties were merely nominal.

John George Butts (1840-1891)
married in Wanganui 20 July 1869 to
Lucy Anna Nixon (1851-1931)
Lucy was born in Stoke, Nelson, 1 of 7 children of John Nixon & Eliza Julia Peterson from Nottingham (buried Wanganui)
Wellington Independent, 24 July 1869
BUTTS-NIXON - On July 20, at Sedgebrook Grange, the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev C. H. T. Nicholes, John George Butts, Lieutenant 18th Royal Irish, youngest son of the late Rev. Edward Drury Butts, Incumbent of Meipleish, Dorset, to Lucy Anna, youngest daughter of John Nixon, Esq., J.P. Wanganui
* marriage of Anna's sister
On the 9th July 1863, at Sydney, Theodore Henry Dickens, Esq., barrister, Calcutta, to Matilda Julia, eldest daughter of John Nixon, Esq., J.P., Sedgebrook Grange, Wanganui, New Zealand, and niece to A.T.T. Peterson, Esq., barrister, Calcutta
* Sedgebrook Grange was a large family estate on the left bank of the Wanganui River. Anna's brother John Henry Nixon, Manager of the BNZ in Wanganui lived on the estate and breed thoroughbred horses and pedigree Jersey cattle

the children of John & Lucy
* 1871 - 1960 Harry Paulet Butts
born in Devonport, England, he married Edith Mary Templar in 1900 & died in Tauranga
* 1875 - 1961 Eva Mary Butts
born in Bareilly, India, never married. Eva was a school-mistress, she taught elocution, arithmetic and geography at the Terrace School, Fitzherbert Terrace, Wellington to the Beauchamps (Katherine Mansfield), among others. Katherine wrote that she tolerated, even sometimes liked, Miss Butts, who didn't attempt to make her conform, like Mrs. Henry Smith. Eva died in Christchurch and was cremated and buried at Bolton street with her family
* 1878 - 1926 Muriel St Clair Butts
born in Karauli, India, never married, Muriel died in Wellington, was cremated and buried at Bolton street with her family
* 1883 - 1960 George Aubrey Pitt Butts
born in New Zealand
* 1885 - 1885 Emily Butts
born in Wellington, Emily lived for 2 hours and was buried at Bolton Street cemetery

John George Butts died 5 Dec 1891
Lucy Anna Butts died 30 Oct 1931 aged 80
The family were buried Plot 7904 at Bolton Street cemetery

Butts headstone at Plot 7904

INSCRIPTION READS: In loving memory of Lieut Colonel J.G. BUTTS, late The Royal Irish Regiment, born 2 April 1840, died 5 December 1891. Lucy Anna BUTTS beloved wife of above, born 1851, died 1931. Eva Mary BUTTS, born India, died at Christchurch 31 May 1961, aged 86. Muriel St Clair BUTTS, born at Kasauli, died at Wellington 6 March 1926, aged 47
Erected by the Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and men of the Volunteer Force, Wellington District, 1892.

Train Wreck at Ongarue 6 July 1923

The Train Wreck at Ongarue
On 6 July 1923, at 05:52, 17 people died in a train crash at Ōngarue near Taumarunui. This stands today as the country’s third most deadly rail disaster. The worst in terms of loss of life was the 1953 Tangiwai Disaster which killed 151 people. Ten years before 21 people died in a crash at Hyde.

Eleven passengers were killed outright, and another two died either en route to Taumarunui Hospital or shortly after arrival there. Four others subsequently died.

The southbound Auckland to Wellington train, containing approx 200 passengers, was actually travelling very slowly when it ploughed into a slip on a blind corner one early morning at Ōngarue. The impact was such that some passengers didn’t even get a fright. Those in three wooden carriages which telescoped into one another were not so fortunate. Detective John Walsh who was travelling in one of the unharmed carriages did not think there was a problem until a call went out for doctors, and even then he alighted expecting to find people with minor wounds. Instead he found a scene of carnage with some carriages completely derailed, and gas seeping into those that had telescoped.

The rescuers later found themselves under attack for irreverent treatment of the dead. There were also reports of civilians roaming round freely searching the bodies. Police and doctors hotly denied these charges. They said their immediate focus was on the living not the dead, so some bodies weren’t attended to immediately. They categorically denied the charge regarding civilians.

The story can be read in these links:
A TRAGIC STORY what daylight revealed




Manawatu Times, 7 July 1923
* Thomas John BILLING[/color], aged 75, retired farmer living in Hine St., New Plymouth. Left one dependent daughter. Identified by his son Francis Henry Billings, who last saw him at Christmas. Thomas married Emma Jane McKay (1861-1914) in 1880 and had 7 children (6 sons)
* James Joseph BRADY, Woodville aged 27. Born 1896 at Oroua Downs, 1 of 8 children of Patrick Brady & Catherine Tonner. He served for 4 years, twice wounded at Messines and returned to the front with the 17th. He was on his way to Woodville to visit his sister and parents. His sister, not knowing of the disaster waited at Palmerston North station for him
* Maurice John CONNOR, aged 37, well-known footballer, store-keeper of Rakaumui, from Pahiatua. Originally thought to be named Cameron, he was identified by a cheque book on his body. He was a married man. He had been visiting his relatives in Rotorua and told his wife he would be back on Friday. His wife identified the body
* Laurence Watson 'Poll' CURRIE, aged 17, Union Street, Auckland, died on rescue train. Well known amateur boxer and brass finisher by occupation. He and Tommy Collins (on injured list) were on there way to take part in a boxing bout at Taumarunui. Identified by his brother Herbert Garfield Currie (1890-1961). They were 2 of 13 children of Edward Currie & Mary Elizabeth Pratt
* Andrew McGregor GRANT, Police Constable & Maori linguist aged 56. Owned a store at Te Whaiti, Rotorua, both legs broken. He was the only white man at Te Whaiti and was well known by visitors because it was at his place that anyone there for trout fishing would stay. He was a son of Donald Grant & Helen McGregor. He married Te Wehi Paerangi Hikanui in 1900. He was highly esteemed by many high Government officials from the time of Mr Seddon on, who had gladly accepted his service as guide and philosopher on matters pertaining to the 'wild country' between Te Whaiti and Waikaremoana. He had considerable 'mana' among the Maori of the Urewera. Andrew was on his way south to visit his dying father, Donald (1837-1923) in Wakouaiti, near Dunedin, who, unknowns to Andrew had died a few hours previously
* Horace Greenwood HUNT, Te Kauwhata, aged 37, died on the rescue train from a fractured skull
* William LEAR, married man aged 27. He was a recent arrival in New Zealand and was staying at Northcote with his brother-in-law, Mr J. White, Waimana Ave., Northcote, Auckland. William was a ship's cook and during the war he was torpedoed three times. He was a cook on the Richardson steamer Putiki. He was on his way to Wellington to meet his wife who was returning at daybreak the next day by the Athenic from England. He had a week's leave from his ship for that reason. He married Bertha Harriet Jones in 1900
* Charles Campbell MAYNE, aged 21, a farmer employed by Mr W. G. Stead of Morrinsville. He was 1 of 3 sons of Thomas Mayne (1854-1951) of Riccarton, a retired police constable, well known in all parts of NZ and of Catherine 'Kate' Rabbett (1870-1946)
* David McCOMBS, had been in business as a tailor in Rotorua. He was about 52, a married man with a family of six aged 10 to 25
* Ursula May McDONALD, aged 39, of 25 Arcadia Road, Epsom, Auckland. She was born in Auckland, 1 of 13 children of Antonio Francis O'Buglien (1838-1898, from Croatia) & Mary Dore (1850-1932) who at the time lived at Commercial road, Archhill. She married William Alexander Samuel George Donald (1879-1950) in 1920, tramway conductor of Arcadia road, Epsom. She was on her way to Taumarunui to see her brother-in-law, who was seriously ill. She had no children
* Benjamin MEARS, Mahirakau, badly burned by the flames from the gas-container under the carriage he was in, died in the hospital. He was a married man with a family and a was sawmiller living at Mahirakau, on the Ohura branch railway line
* George MORGAN, saddler, aged 36 of Palmerston North. Born in Gisborne, the 7th of 9 children of the late Hon. William Morgan & Louisa Rhoda Brown. He was a single man returning from a business trip in Auckland and had been living in Palmerston North with his sister Mrs Kathleen Henry at Carow street for many years. He was well-known in Shannon having been in charge of Mr Wallace John Bruce Jolly's saddlery business in Ballance street. He had 4 sisters, Kathleen (Mrs James Norman Henry, Palmerston North), Elizabeth, (Mrs Thomas Alexander Nicoll, Napier), Misses Louisa and Norah Morgan (Wellington) and 2 brothers, Andrew Morgan (Tokomaru) and Henry Morgan (Wanganui). He is buried Plot 19, Block 34 at Terrace End Cemetery
* Charles Howard PAYNTER, aged 56. Originally a carpenter, he had been farming at Waihou, near Te Aroha and had been working on the electrical extension scheme at Horahora. He was on his way to New Plymouth where he was to start work with the New Plymouth Harbour Board. He was 1 of 10 children of William Paynter (1840-1924), a Maori war veteran and a retired farmer living in Courtenay Street, New Plymouth & of Elizabeth Ann Matthews (1843-1926). Charles married Margaret Moolehouse (1872-1937) in 1893 and had 2 sons and a daughter
* William George PETSCHUKET, a native of Auckland, aged 22, an orphan, single, no relatives. Educated at the Dilworth Institute. He was a son of Henry George Petschuket (1853-1914) & Elizabeth Rudd (1871-1910). He had a sister who lived for only 4 hours in 1910, his mother dying 3 months later. He was a young man of great promise and was held in high esteem by his employer and many friends. He was identified by Arthur William Hall who worked with him on the farm, at Papatoetoe, of Mr William Arthur Hall. He was on his way south for a holiday with Norman Waters, another victim
* Allan Gordon SAXBY, surveyor of Clyde Road, aged 47, Napier. Born in Hawkes Bay, 1 of 6 sons of Gordon Harding Saxby (), manager of the St Laurence station at Patangata and of Katherine Greenwood, he was educated at Napier Boys High and at Wanganui College. He was employed for some time at Williams and Kettle, leaving that firm to learn surveying with Kennedy Bros. He then entered into partnership with Mr W. E. Griffin as land and estate agents and surveyors. On Mr Griffins death he continued the business on his own account as a surveyor. He was keenly interested in football, rowing and all sport. He married Agnes Christina MacFarlane in 1908 and had 4 children
* Henry Thomas WARD, well-known accountant of Christchurch, was in the employ of the Union Steam Ship Company for several years in Dunedin. Later he held the position of secretary to Messrs McClatchie and Co., coal merchants of Christchurch. He had just relinquished that position and was contemplating going into business for himself in Christchurch. He had just been on a holiday to Australia and returned by the 'Manuka; that week. He stayed for a couple of days with friends at Lawrence St., Ponsonby and left to return to Christchurch by this train. Married man, aged 44, with 4 children aged 5 to 17. Body identified by Thomas Burtenshaw. Henry married Isabella Rutherford Lean (1883-1965) in 1905 and had 1 son & 3 daughters
* Norman Leslie WATERS, aged 24, returned soldier, No.77946. A single man, worked on his father's farm at Papatoetoe. Identified by Frederick Burnside. Norman was the only son, of 4 children, of Frank McIntyre Waters & Emily Teresa Hewetson. He was on his way south for a holiday with William Petschuket, another victim

The injured in Taumarunui Hospital are:-
* L. Brownlee, Te Puke, contusions and abrasions to face and right eye
* W. Campbell, fireman on the locomotive, East Tamaki, Auckland, extensive burns. Condition serious
* W. 'Tommy' Collins, Beresford Street, Newton Auckland, injuries to back and chest and fractured ribs
* Charles Dignan, Pokapo, fractured ribs and haemorrhage
* Miss Christina Gordon, Ohakune, scalded left arm, injuries to both legs
* Mrs Doris Henderson, Te Kuiti, fractured ankle. Described as the most painfully injured
* Sam Hughes, seaman, contusion to right leg and lacerated wound on forehead
* Miss Blanche Kelly, Spotswodd, Cheviot, North Canterbury, injuries to head and legs
* Harry Loake, Huntly, slight abrasions to head and hand
* G. McFarlane, Milford, Takapuna, fractured forearm and collapse
* John Morgan, fractured upper and lower jaw, contusions to face and both eyes
* John Neil, Manawaru, Te Aroha, abrasions and contusion to face and scalp and compound fracture of the left leg
* Mrs Myra Smith, Toko, Stratford, injuries to head
* A. Tyler, Martinborough, crushed hips
* William George Walker, Dannevirke, cut in head and broken ribs
* Sydney Wheeler, Palmerston North, abrasions to face, head and thighs
* A boy named ACE, fractured leg

Others injured:-
* Lawrence Billing, Rahotu, New Plymouth
* Harry Fley, Te Aroha
* Harold Shepherd, Wellington

Minor injuries were suffered by the following:-
* Howard Ashmore, Palmerston North
* G. George, Willis street, Wellington
* A. Kennedy, Palmerston North
Herbert Leach, Matiere. Was travelling with his wife in carriage C, the carriage which was telescoped at both ends. The pressman was surprised that Mr Kennedy had been classified as 'minor injuries'. He was taken to Taumarunui Hospital but gave up his bed to make room for others
* J. Macauley, Palmerston North
* P. Newdick, Palmerston North
* Niate Nizich, Thames

NOTE Louis Wilfred Hollis Hill (1869-1923), a Railwayman Fitter in charge of the gang, from the Newmarket workshops, Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland, dropped dead at the scene. The cause of death was due to a cerebral haemorrhage. His body was taken to Taumarunui

Ōngarue Rail Disaster (1923)

Archives New Zealand

Also see The wrecked engine, still steaming embedded in the slip

VELVIN marriages NZ - 1885-1927

The VELVIN marriages
* Cyril David Velvin (1903-1986)
married Phyllis Muriel NOBLE in 1927
Auckland Star, 15 June 1942 - CYRIL in court
WELLINGTON, Saturday. Leave to defend has been granted by Mr A. M. Gouldin, S.M., in Wellington, in a case in which Albert Comfort, an accountant is seeking from Lieutenant C. D. Velvin damages alleged to be due as a result of a motor accident involving a car driven by Velvin in the course of his military duties. Velvin's notice of intention to degend was filed late. Counsel for Comfort, Mr Rollings, criticised the Army Department, which, he said, was using laws as a shelter against claims by the public for damage done by army vehicles, and was leaving the public to sue the individual soldier concerned. The magistrate thought the plaintiff himself anticipated that the Crown would not shelter behind the provisions of the Crown Suits Amendment Act, but in that he was mistaken. So also was the defendant who seemed to have acted on the assumption that the army would recognise responsibility for his actions. He acted in the usual way on receipt of the summons by forwarding it to the adjutant of his unit. It was not until May 18 that the army authorities informed the defendant that they were taking no responsibility for his action and it was then too late for the defendant to file notice of his intention to defend
* Cyril served in WWI 600733. He enlisted from 84 South St., Feilding
Auckland Star, 21 May 1943 - Wedding of Phyllis's sister
MILNE-NOBLE - A pretty Air Force wedding was solemnised at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Feilding recently when Norma Joan, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs J. J. Noble, Bailey Street, Feilding, was married to Leslie John, A/CI., R.N.Z.A.F., younger son of Mrs R. Milne, of Roslyn Terrace, Devonpost, Auckland ... in attendance were Mrs C. D. Velvin, matron of honour, sister of the bride ... little Mary Velvin, niece of the bride, was flower girl in a ground length frock of pale green taffeta fashioned on the same lines as the older maids more here ...

* Ernest Sturrock Velvin (1894-1964)
married Kathleen Mary HAYDON (1895-1980) in 1919
Ernest Sturrock Velvin, was always involved in many sports in Christchurch over the years. Motorcyling (he had an Ariel), Surf Life saving (Club Captain), Rowing (Officer of the Union Rowing Club). He was a Freemason at the St. Augustine Lodge No. 4, Christchurch. He was a motor agent and engineer. He lived with his mother at 31 Gresford Street, St Albans on enlistment as Trooper 5775, 33rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade, NZEF

* George Richard Velvin (1865-1933)
married Ellen Emily Eliza 'Nellie' CHARTERIS in 1891
their known children
* 1892 - 1951 George Roy Velvin
* 1894 - 1915 Errol John Velvin
* 1903 - 1986 Cyril David Velvin
Temuka Leader, 15 Feb 1892 - George at sale
Glasson & Co - sell G. R. Velvin's stock-in-trade at Temuka on Monday next
Press, 26 June 1915 - DEATH of Errol
VELVIN, Errol John, Private 10-773 (Richard George Velvin, Eltham) (see notes below)
Hawera & Normanby, Star 25 July 1919 - at ELTHAM
Mr Geo. Velvin, who has been a resident of Eltham for over 20 years, was appointed custodian of the Town Hall and Municipal Chambers at a meeting of the Borough Council on Tuesday night. There were twenty-three applicants. (he resigned in Sep)

* John William Velvin (1886-1972)
married Grace PATTERS (1890-1965) in 1912
their known children
* 1914 - 1997 Ernest John Velvin
* 1917 - 1997 Norman Douglas Velvin (served in WWII twice. Lance Corporal, 25th Wellington Battalion, 2nd NZEF, Third Echelon. Lived at 5 Collins St., Hawera)
Press, 24 Oct 1917 BIRTH of Norman
VELVIN - At 42 Flockton street, St Albans, to Mr and Mrs J. W. Velvin - a son
Hawera & Normanby Star, 26 Sep 1923 GEORGE's job
Mr Velvin, money-order clerk, who has been transferred to Hawera from the Money Order Office, Christchurch, arrived in Hawera on Friday and has taken up his new duties
John William Velvin was the Acting-Postmaster in Hawera in 1924. He lived at 28 Union St., Palmerston North when son Norman served in 1940s

* John William Velvin (1859-1915)
John was born to John Vilven & Margaret Tyner who was from County Cork, Ireland
married Annie Jane SMITH (1856-1932) in 1885
Annie was from Arbroath, Scotland
their known children
* 1886 - 1972 John William Velvin
* 1888 - 1891 Cecil James Velvin
* 1890 - 1973 Percy Malcolm Velvin
* 1894 - 1964 Ernest Sturrock Velvin
* 1896 - Lena Elizabeth Margaret Velvin
Temuka Leader, 18 April 1891 - DEATH of Cecil
VELVIN - On April 16th, at Temuka, Cecil James, second dearly beloved son of John Wm. and Annie Jane Velvin - deeply regretted
Mataura Ensign, 19 June 1902 - Golden Wedding of John William's in-laws
GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION AT GORE - Two old and much respected residents of Gore - Mr and Mrs Jas. Smith - celebrated their golden wedding yesterday, they having been married by the Rev Mr Leslie, at Arbroath, Scotland, on June 18, 1852. They arrived in the colony by the ship 'Mary Ann' in 1859 and settled for a time at Christchurch where Mr Smith, being a carpenter by trade, assisted in building the first hospital in that town. The couple removed to Temuka, South Canterbury some years later and came to Southland about 20 years ago. There are living, four sons, one daughter, 38 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The sons are Messrs Jas. Smith (late of Otama and now of Timaru), W. Smith (Gore), W. S. Smith (late of Otama and now of Windsor, Oamaru) and D. G. Smith (Riversdale.) The daughter is Mrs J. W. Velvin, of Gore.
The event was celebrated right royally at the Temperance Hall, Gore, yesterday, when Mr and Mrs Velvin and the Messrs Smith entertained a large number of guests who had come from far and near to congratulate the old couple. A number of apologies for absence were received. among these being congratulatory messages from the Hon J. M. Twomey, Dr Hayes and Mr and Mrs Coira of Temuka. The only sister of Mrs Smith sen., Mrs Jas. Phip, also sent word that she had been unavoidably kept away owing to the serious illness of her son,
At the afternoon reception the Mayor (Mr D McFarlane) made a brief speech suitable to the occasion, congratulating Mr and Mrs Smith upon the completion of such a long period of wedded life. The Rev A. Gray also addressed those present, felicitating the old couple and expressing to them the heart-felt good wishes of all their friends. Mr R. Whittingham mad a brief speech. At this juncture Mrs C. Hagen (who had borne a leading part in promoting the gifts), presented Mr and Mrs Smith with a purse of sovereigns and several other tokens of the goodwill of their friends.
Mr Jas. Smith made suitable response on behalf of his parents the health of the old couple was toasted and a vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Velvin and the Messrs Smith for the lavish hospitality they had dispensed carried on the motion of Mr A. Martin and Dr Donaldson.
In the evening a further celebration of the event took place, when a large number of guests were admirably entertained with music and games of all kinds, dainty refreshments being served at frequent intervals. Among those contributing to the harmony of the evening were Mesdames Boyne and Jas. Smith, Waikaka Valley (who was encored for her song), Miss Lena and Isa Velvin, Masters Ernest Velvin and Lennie Smith, Messrs Jas. Smith, Cunningham, Christie and others, Mr Cunningham providing the accompanying music. Dr Dickson (Otama) played a number of bagpipe selections and the enjoyable gathering closed with the singing of the National Anthem
Ensign, 11 Aug 1915 - DEATH of John William
VELVIN - At his residence, 31 Gresford Street, Christchurch, on August 11 1915, John W. Velvin; aged 56 years formerly of Gore. A dearly loved husband and father
Sun, 2 Nov 1918 - ERNEST at war
Mrs J. W. Velvin, Gresford Street, St Albans, has received cable advice that her son, Trooper E. S. Velvin, has been suffering from malaria, but is now recovering in hospital at Cairo

* Percy Malcolm Velvin (1890-1973)
married Ella May WILSON (1893-1975) in 1915
Kaipara and Waitemata Echo, 25 Oct 1917 - PERCY in Cairo
Friends who have been assisting the Y.M.C.A. in Palestine in it work for our soldiers in Egypt and palestine will be pleased to learn that the work of the Association's representative with the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade, Mr Percy M. Velvin, is very keenly appreciated by the G.O.C. more here ...
Star, 7 Aug 1919 - Ella's parents
The friends of Mrs P. M. Velvin will be pleased to hear that her parents, Mr and Mrs J. Wilson, "Devonia: Papanui Road, late of Gloucester Street, have received advice that she and her husband, Mr P. M. Velvin, Secretary, Y.M.C.A., are returning from Egypt by the Ellenga. Mrs Velvin joined her husband last January and since had an enjoyable holiday touring Egypt and Palestine
Press, 13 Sep 1921 - PERCY's farewell
Mr P. M. Velvin was farewelled by the staff of the Y.M.C.A. yesterday, prior to relinquishing the position of director of the Boys Gordon Hall, which he has held since 1914, except for a period of four years on active service. Mr Velvin is proceeding to Wellington as a member of the national staff and will be visiting various centres in the North Island in connexion with the boys work carried on by the Y.M.C.A. more here ...
* Percy was living at 464 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch when son Raymond served in WWII - notes below

* Roy George Velvin (1892-1951)
married Murielle Iris ANDERSON (1899-1994) in 1919
they were in Hawera by 1919 when Muriel won a prize for her Sultana cake and in 1923 in the 'Preserved Fruit' collection at the Hawera A & P show
Hawera & Normanby, Star 25 Oct 1919 - CARETAKER
TOWN HALL CARETAKER - Fourteen applications were received and Mr Roy Velvin, a returned soldier, was appointed
* Roy served in WWI 3/3377, Hospital Ship. No. 1, 8th Voyage from NZ. He served in WWII 5/8/179

* Elizabeth Velvin
married David Gordon SMITH (1859-1941) in 1885
their known children
1886 - 1966 Leonard Gordon Smith
1887 - Ethel Margaret Smith
1890 - 1961 Flora Alice Smith
1892 - Elsie Elizabeth Smith
1894 - 1967 Cecil Eric Smith
1896 - 1872 Herbert Stanley Smith
1897 - 1967 David Gordon Sturrock Smith
1899 - Annie Kelvin Smith
1905 - Percy Edward William Smith

* Lena Elizabeth Margaret (1896-) Velvin
married Henry Fredrick Joseph HEBLEY (1893-1973) in 1919
Star, 22 Nov 1910 - LENA at school
The pupils of the Richmond School who have received instruction in life-saving from Mr G. E. Billson have expressed their appreciation of his efforts in a very happy manner. They crowded round him at the city baths this morning and accompanying the present with a pretty speech. Miss Lena Velvin, on their behalf, handed to Mr Billson a silver inkstand. Mr Billson expressed his thanks for their kindly thoughtfulness and the children cheered him enthusiastically
Star, 30 Oct 1919 - WEDDING of Lena
HEBLEY - VELVIN - A very pretty wedding was solemnised at the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church yesterday afternoon, when Miss Lena Velvin, younger daughter of Mrs J. W. Velvin, Gresford Street, St Albans, was married to Mr Henry F. J. Hebley, Spreydon. The church was beautifully decorated by girl friends of the bride. The Rev. J. J. North was the officiating minister. Mr A. Lilley, who presided at the organ played the Bridal march from "Lohengrin" as the bride entered the church on the arm of her brother, Mr W. Velvin. She looked charming in a frock of white crepe de chine and Georgette. The bodice was made in cross-over style with a vest of Brussels lace, which also edged the Georgette skirt panels. An embroidered veil was also worn, held in place by a circlet of pearls. The bridesmaid was Miss Minnie Lee, who wore a becoming frock of pale grey crepe de chine, with hand embroideries in pastel shades of blue and pink. Her grey hat was lined with vieux rose and trimmed with a wreath of tiny flowers. There were also two little flower girls, the Misses Olive and Ngaire Brown (nieces of the bridegroom) who looked very sweet in white embroidered silk frocks, carrying baskets of flowers. The bridegroom was attended by Mr W. Turnpenny as best man. The wedding breakfast was held in the schoolroom adjoining the church, to which about sixty guests sat down. Mrs J. W. Velvin (mother of the bride) wore a black costume with smart black hat and carried a bouquet of purple flowers. Others present were Miss Velvin, Mrs W. Velvin and Mrs Lawson Brown (sister of the bridegroom). Mr and Mrs Hebley left for Auckland en route to theri future home in America
Henry Frederick Hebley was born in Christchurch. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was remarried by 1935. Lena moved to Canada and also remarried, to a Mr Crowley

Timaru Herald, 17 Dec 1875 - death of a daughter

VELVIN - November 23, at Temuka, Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr John Velvin, aged 15 years (birth about 1860)

* Errol John Velvin (1894-1915), son of George and Nellie Velvin, of Eltham, served as Private 10/773, Wellington Infantry Battalion. He died of his wounds 13 June 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 20

* Errol Gordon Velvin (1919-1999), a butcher, son of Roy George Velvin & Murielle Iris Anderson, served in WWII Private 5276, 19 Infantry Battalion, 2NZEF: 1st Echelon. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs M. Velvin, Graves Street, Eltham, Taranaki

* Raymond Malcolm 'Ray' Velvin (1921-2008), son of Percy Malcolm Velvin & Ella May Wilson, served in WWII Warrant Officer Class 2, NZ Medical Corps, Casualty Clearing Station 085098

GILKISON marriages NZ 1868-1935

GILKISON marriages 1868 - 1935
* Andrew Scoular Gilkison
married Euphemia Walker BAIN in 1907

* Archibald Gilkison
married Jessie Maclachlan PENNICUICK in 1934

* James Lindsay Gilkison
married Martha Jane FLEMING in 1904

* John Gilkison
married Maggie THOMSON in 1901

* John Thomson Gilkison
married Bessie Turner MANUEL in 1930

* Joseph Gilkison
married Gladys Lydia KAY in 1929

* Lindsay Scoular Gilkison
married Margaret Eleanor HARDY in 1928

* Peter Lindsay Gilkison
married Agnes Maud THOMSON in 1903

* Richard Sidney Gilkison
married Ethel Elizabeth THOMPSON in 1898

* Robert Gilkison
married Kathleen Jane THOMPSON in 1892

* Robert Gilkison
married Colleen RAYWARD in 1923

* Rickman William Gilkison
married Emma Sarah RICKMAN in 1868

* William Donald Gilkison
married Edith Isabelle CUFF in 1935

*Alison Grace Gilkison
married John Howard Marcus SMITH in 1934

* Annie Ramsay Gilkison
married Clifford Aubrey ALSOP in 1937

* Catherine Gilkison
married William DUNCAN in 1922

* Eleanora Gilkison
married Thomas Liddan PARR in 1923

* Eleanora Brown Gilkison
married James Greig SAWELL in 1886

* Ethel Winnifred Gilkison
married Walter Thomas PATTERSON in 1923

* Harriet Gilkison
married George William GREENWOOD in 1888

* Isabella Hay Gilkison
married Lincoln Albert EASTWOOD in 1926

* Jane Wilhelmina Gilkison
married Edward Carvel HERBERT in 1937

* Janetta Welb Gilkison
married William Alexander DONALD in 1894

* Jenny Christie Gilkison
married William Allan ROXBURGH in 1926

* Margaret Hutchinson Gilkison
married Bernard Sefton PARKES in 1932

* Mary Burnside Gilkison
married John MORRIOSN in 1929

* Mary Lindsay Gilkison
married Charles Frederick Adams JONES in 1911

Old Soldiers entertained at Government House - NZ 1900

Sebastopol Day celebrates the end of the main battle of the Crimean War - the 11 month siege of the Russian city of Sevastopol on the Black Sea, 17 Oct 1854 – 9 Sep 1855
* The A.C. FIELD FORCE, story of NZ's soldier police
* PHOTO of a group of veterans at the Government House fête in 1900

Evening Post, 10 Sep 1900
It was a happy thought which led His Excellency the Governor to invite the veterans of the Imperial Army and navy to dine at Government House, and the day chosen for the reception - the anniversary of the Battle of Sebastopol - was an appropriate occasion. It was a remarkable coincidence that about one third of the number of the soldiers who on Saturday responded to the call to fall-in on the lawn should have been veterans of the Crimea.
Punctually at 2 o'clock all sorts and conditions of men, but all wearing decorations on their breasts, met at the rendezvous, and were in due course ushered into the corridor. Some apologised to the orderly for having omitted to bring their invitation cards, whispering into his private ear - "As a matter of fact, you know, the missus kept it as a great memento!" The "That's quite right!" of the orderly came as a great relief to the nervous, who had feared that there was no admittance without a ticket. But they found that the silver badge of courage worn on the breast carried them throughout the afternoon.
The next ordeal for the nervous old warriors was hearing their names loudly called by the receiving Aide-de-Camp (Hon. C. Hill-Trevor) on their entry into the reception room, where Lady Ranfurly shook hands with all the guests and passed them along to Lord Ranfurly, who expressed his pleasure at having them with him that day and then introduced each soldier and sailor to his two daughters. The young ladies in turn greatly delighted the time-worn members of the party by helping them to their seats. The Hon. Mr Butler (Hon. Aide-de-Camp) also assisted in receiving and placing the guests.
Looking down the table from the Governor's left hand, the only two New Zealand Cross and their wearers in the assembly were conspicuous. The decoration is handsome and the men caught the eye also. Sergt. Sam Austin (of Wanganui) ... (more at link) and Private Tom Adamson ... (more at link)
There were quite a number of men at the gathering who had taken part in the disastrous engagement at Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu ('the beak of the bird') in which Von Tempsky and several other brace officers, as well as many of the rank and file, lost their lives ... more at top links
Excellent music was provided throughout the afternoon. Minifie's Orchestra contributed a programme of martial airs ...
During an interval in the proceedings the whole party adjourned to the lawn, where the Colonial, the Crimean, the China, the Kaffir and the Indian Mutiny veterans were photographed in separate groups. The afternoon was bright and sunshine, the Government House party made the hearts of the veterans glad with the warm welcome extended to them and the hands of the host and hostess were shaken in farewell, the soldiers of the Queen assured their sovereign's representative that Sebastopol Day would remain a red-letter day so long as memory lasted

Of the 200 invitations issued by Lord Ranfurly, 136 were accepted. A number of the guests came into Wellington by last night's and this morning's trains from all parts of the Island - from New Plymouth on the west and Napier on the east coast.
In the list of invitations given here-under, some of the records of the old soldiers have not been obtained and the initials "NZ" after the names mean that the veteran wears the New Zealand medal. There are no less that fifty Crimean veterans on the list, which will be found to include a few names of men who do not wear medals.
The following is the list:-
(my additions will be obvious)

... A
* Samuel ATKINS, Wellington, Sergt 78th Regiment, Persia and the Indian Mutiny medals
* Henry Mount Langton ATCHERLEY (1836-1904), Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ. Born 22 Jan 1836, Canterbury Kent, England, died Auckland 11 Nov 1904. A NZ soldier in the 1860s, Henry later took up watercolour painting. From 1877 he exhibited throughout NZ and travelled to Australia. His paintings were usually of Maori subjects, but sometimes of military operations
* Robert ALEXANDER , Kilbirnie, 65th NZ
* Samuel AUSTIN (1828-1903), Wanganui, Sergt 78th, NZ Cross and medal. Born Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, died 25 Jan 1903, Wanganui. Enlisted aged 16 with the 65th (2nd North Yorkshire Riding) Regiment of Foot at Banbridge in Aug 1844. His father had also been a career soldier. Trained at the 65th's principal Irish Depot at Mullingar. One year later the regiment was ordered to the Chathams and then as escorts on convict ships to NSW, Australia. He was in a detachment of 35 men sent to Norfolk Island in Dec 1845. In 1846 he was sent with his regiment from Sydney to Wellington to assist quell Maori disturbances in that area. Went to the Maori war with the 78th Regiment, won the Cross three times
* F. APPLEYARD, New Plymouth, Crimea (got his medal in 1866)
(possibly?) Frederick Ernest APPLEYARD (1829-1911). Born 6 June 1829 in Surrey, England. British Army commander, served in numerous Victorian Era military campaigns including the Crimean and the Second Anglo-Afghan wars. He rose to the rank of major-general. But cannot find he came to NZ. More research
* Thomas ADAMSON, Taihape, Wanganui, NZ Cross. Was to General Whitmore what Burnham was to Lord Roberts in South Africa - the eye of the army, the chief of scouts. It is said that no man was under fire so often or saw so many engagements in the Maori wars as Tom. He was under fire 24 times in Taranaki and the Urewera. On his 25th engagement he received four bullets in his body yet brought out the badly wounded. He saw Von Tempsey killed. He avenged the murder of Broughton, the interpreter by lying in wait seven days for, and ultimately capturing, single-handed, the chief who ordered Broughton's death.
* Henry ARDEN, Wellington, MZ medal

... B
* John BRACE, Wellington, 52nd, Mutiny
* W. BUCK, Wellington, Colonial Defence Force, NZ
* E. H. BEERE, Wellington, Engineer Volunteers, NZ
* J. H. BROWN , Wellington, Hawkes Bay Volunteer, NZ
* Edwin BEZAR (1839-1936), Wellington, 57th NZ. At the funeral of Sergeant Sandbrook in July 1933, Edwin wrote ... "Seventy-seven years ago on, the 28th of last May Sergeant Sandbrook and I sailed from the Crimea in the steamship Etna. The whole of the 57th 'Diehards' and two Companies of the 14th Regiment were on board. We reached Constantinople next day, took in coal, and resumed the voyage, reaching Malta on Sunday night, June 1. Three years later a 2nd Battalion was formed to the 14th, and many, members 'of the 1st were transferred to the new battalion, the late Sergeant Sandbrook being one. That battalion came to New Zealand in 1860"
* W. H. BROOKS, Mangaweka, NZ
* James BROWN, Wellington, 18th NZ
* Hon. William Douglas Hall BAILLIE (1827-1922), M.L.C., Hon Capt 24th Regiment, Punjab etc. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Arrived NZ after 1857, first elected to the Marlborough Provincial Council in 1860. He represented the Wairau electorate. He was the second Superintendent of Marlborough Province (1861-1863) and the longest-serving member of the NZ Legislative Council; 61 years, from 8 March 1861 to his death 24 Feb 1922. He was the second Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council. From 1890, his vision deteriorated and later was totally blind. His wife would bring him into the Legislative Council chamber and put him into his seat. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street. Captain Baillie died aged 95 at his daughter's residence in Maoribank, Upper Hutt
* Capt BARCLAY, Wellington, 24th Regiment. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* G. J. N. BEAMISH, Wellington, Capt late H.M. 14th Foot Regiment, NZ.
22 Oct 1862 The ceremony at Wellington of laying the first stone of the buildings intended for the use of the Supreme Court and Resident magistrate was performed by his Excellency the Governor. A guard of honor, consisting of a company of the 14th Regt., under the command of Capt. Beamish, was drawn up on Lambton-quay.
15 Aug 1867 House Of Representatives PETITIONS - Mr Travers presented a petition from Messrs H. W. S. Beamish and G. J. N. Beamish, of the Chatham Islands, praying that an inquiry may be made into the manner in which the government of those Islands is administered, with a view to the better administration of justice there and the redress of other grievances.
5 July 1889 Dr Newman presented yesterday the petitions of G. J. N. Beamish and William Duffy of Wellington, praying for grants of land for military services
Napier, 9 Dec 1889 Ernest Reginald Beamish, aged 17, only son of Capt Beamish, of the Chatham Islands, was accidentally drowned yesterday while bathing at Koniui, Hawkes Bay.
Nov 1898, he was the President at the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street.
In 1901 he was the senior captain of the Wellington branch of the Veterans' Association
* David BELL, Wellington, 65th NZ
* Charles Thomas BENZONI (1838-1814), Wellington, Army Hospital Corps, China and NZ
* Capt BOWER, Town Clerk, Napier
* Robert BRIGHT, Waverley, 57th Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Samuel BERRY, Napier, 70th, Crimea
* Thomas BROADFIELD, Hastings, 70th, Crimea, TUrkish, NZ
* Thomas BOSWORTH, New Plymouth, S.D.F., four medals including Crimea
* Major BRASSEY, Wanganui, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Charles BROWN, Wellington, 2nd Armed Constabulary, NZ
* A. BURTON, Wellington, Royal Marines, China
* W. BLICK, Wanganui, R.A., Crimea and Sebastapol
* Thomas Freeman BRENCHLEY (1830-), Mauriceville, R.N., South African (1853). Joined the Navy in 1844, became a first-class petty officer on H.M.S. Cator and took his part in chasing slavers. Had the Challenge Lime Kiln, in Mauriceville East (established 1887). Written 1897:- This lime kiln, which is situated close to the railway station, has an output of fifty tons monthly. There is a field of limestone ten chains long by three chains wide, and about 200 feet deep. Mr. Brenchley employs four men. Crushed burnt lime for agricultural purposes and Brenchley's Patent Insecticide are manufactured at the works. Mr. Brenchley is an old man-of-war's man and holds the South African war medal. Thomas married Mrs Mary Ann Legate (1833-1878) in Dunedin in 1870. He married Jessie Hope Russell in 1878 and had 4 children, George Freeman, Harriett Bertha, Thomas Freeman & Henry Freeman Brenchley

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* M. CASSHEN, Wellington, 14th, NZ
* R. T. CURTIS, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* W. CHRISTIE, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ
* James CAPPER, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* George Collyer (1831-1905), Wellington, Crimea. One of the storming party at Sebastopol, passed away at his residence, Wellington on the anniversary of his arrival in NZ, thirty-one years before.
Wairarpa Daily Times, 19 July 1905 The deceased Mr George Collyer, was one of Newtown's early settlers. He was for seventeen years employed at the Government Insurance Office, but retired a little over two years ago. He leaves a widow and family of four.
* Capt CUMMINS, Wanganui, NZ
* Patrick CAREY, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* Charles CATTON, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* George CLAMPITT (1830-1912), Napier, 19th, Mutiny, Burmah, NZ
* Hon. J. CARROLL, Native Minister, NZ
* James CONNOR, Wanganui, 74th Highlanders, Crimea and Turkish, three clasps
* Edward CLUTTERBUCK, Hawera
* W. CULLEN, Hawera, R.N.

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* John De LANEY, Wellington, 57th, India, Crimea, NZ
* Charles DUNFOY (1835-1907), Wellington, 70th, Indian Mutiny, NZ
* John DANDERSON (1833-1917), Ohiro Home, C.D.F., NZ
* Walter DELANEY, Wellington, NZ
* 'Seaman' DAVIS, Makara, R.N., Crimea and China
* Joseph DONOVAN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* William DELANEY, Eketahuna, NZ
* J. DUFFIN (1832-1911), New Plymouth, 57th, Crimea and Turkish
* Sergt. J. DONAGHY, Hunterville
* Fred. De LISLE, Napier
* Selwyn DAVIS, Woolston, Scottish Fusiliers, Crimea
* J. O'D. DINGLEY, Inglewood, Sergt 89th, Crimea
* C. DIXON, Masterton, R..N.

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* Richard EVANS, Wellington, C.T.C., NZ
* Com. EDWIN, Wellington, R.N., Crimea
* W. G. ENTWHISTLE, Wellington, 24th, India
* Thomas ENNIS, Mangaweka, 18th, NZ
* George ELGA, Wellington, Sergeant, 76th

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* John FULTON, Wellington, R.E., Crimea and Turkish
* Captain John FALCONER, Torpedo Corps, Wellington, R.E., long service medal
* Colonel W. FRASER, Wellington
* Joseph FOWLER, Karori, L.T.C., served in Crimea, no medal
* James FARR, Waverley, 57th, Crimea
* T. FURLOING, New Plymouth, Crimea
* William Francis FOGDEN (1828-1909), Wellington, R.N., Kaffir

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* Anhtony GREEN, Taitville, 65th, NZ
* Hon Dr Morgan Stanislaus GRACE (1837-1903), M.L.C., Staff Assistant Surgeon, C.M.G., NZ. OBITUARY of Dr Grace, New Zealand Tablet, 23 April 1903 The death of the Hon, Dr, Grace, M.L.C., C.M.G., which occurred at his residence, Wellington, on Sunday morning, was not wholly unexpected, as it had been well known that he had been seriously ill for a considerable time, little hope being entertained for his recovery for some weeks . Nevertheless the enws of the sad event came as a shock to the public not alone for Wellington, but of the whole Colony, for the genial doctor had been so long identified with the public life of New Zealand that his name was held to be synonymous with purity of motives and independence of action ... The late Dr Grace was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, on February 28, 1837, his father being Mr James Grace, of Sheffield House, Queens County ... He arrived in Auckland in 1860 as surgeon to the 65th Regiment ... He was appointed principal medical officer to the New Zealand forces in 1865 ... In recognition of his services to the Catholic Church, of which he was a devoted member, Dr Grace was, in 1890, mad a Count of the Holy Roman Empire ... For many years he was almost the sole owner of the Wellington Tramways, which he disposed of to the City Council a year or two ago ... He was also a forceful writer, having at one time or another done some good journalistic work ... Had his professional duties permitted, he would have undoubtedly, at one time or another, attained the rank of Minister of the Crown but it is doubtful if he would have been a success, as he was too candid and sincere to please either Government or Oppositoin ... (abridged from link)
* F. B. GROVER, Kilbirnie, Bengal, H.A., India
* P. GARBES, Wellington, Wellington Rifles, NZ
* Michael GILL, Napier, 57th Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* N. GELDING, New Plymouth, Crimea and Mutiny
* Lieut-Colonel GORTON, Bulls, NZ

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* A. HOOD, New Plymouth, Crimea
* William HEDGES, Wellington, 55th
* Jesse HUETT/HEWITT, Wellington, 58th, NZ. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* J. E. HOPKINS, Mount Cook Barracks, Middlesex, South Africa
* C. HASLAM, Wellington, 3rd Waikatos, NZ
* E. HUTCHINGS, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ
* J. HEARFIELD, Mitchelltown, Forest Rangers, NZ
* G. HALLIWELL, Wellington, 65th, NZ
* J. A. HAMILTON, 1st Waikatos
* Joseph HICKS, Wellington, 19th, Crimean and Turkish
* Richard HINGSTONE, Ohiro Home, C.D.F., entitled to NZ
* Hon Major HARRIS, M.J.C., NZ
* John HALLORAN, Christchurch, 58th Foot, 1st NZ war (1846)
* James HOLBROOK, Wanganui, 57th Foot, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* J. HANDLEY, Wanganui, NZ
* James HART, New Plymouth, Crimea
* P. HOULAGHAN, New Plymouth, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* T. R. HACKETT, Wellington, Sergt., Middlesex Regiment, Crimea, Maori war

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* Charles JEFFCOTT, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ Wanganui Herald, 24 Oct 1904 CRIMEAN VETERANS TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- I am very sorry to say, sir, that there are only a few old veterans left to take part in the re-union of the soldiers and sailors who served in the Crimean War. Fifty years have passed since those memorable days, and we have never yet had a re-union. A few of the old Diehards have responded, and I am looking forward to having a good time on the 5th of November-Inkerman Day. The few old veterans who have passed both bullets are going to have a dinner and a talk over old times and such memorable events as the charge of the Light Brigade, the Battle of Inkerman; the Storming of Sebastopol, and the hardships of the first winter in the Crimea, when thousands perished for the want of food and clothing, or were frozen to death. Memorable is the charge of the Light and. Heavy Brigades at Balaclava. I was on outlying picquet duty on the River Chernaya, with James McCauley. We gave the alarm that the Cossacks were on us, and when daylight came on the morning of the 25th Sir Colin Campbell, with his Highland Brigade, was waiting for them. We were engaged half an hour before the cavalry came from Lord Raglan. Trusting all the veterans that can possibly come will communicate with me without further delay - I am, etc., CHARLES JEFFCOTT, Late 57th.

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* John KIEFFE, Wellington, 7th Foot, Crimea
* Hon. Courtenay William Aylsun Thomas KENNY, (1837-1905) M.L.C., Crimea
* Hon, T. KELLY, M.L.C., NZ
* Hoani KAIHI, Mount Cook Barracks, Bombardier Permanent Militia, NZ
* Arthur KINCAIDE, Wanganui, 68th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* James KEILY, Napier, 57th, Crimea, Turkish

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* Usher LUCAS, Wellington, R.E., (A.P.), 2nd Quartermaster-Sergeant, long service
* W. LINGARD, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ, Cross and Medal
* M. LANDERS, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* LUDLAM, Wellington, 11th Foot, NZ
* R. LUNN, Wellington, 14th Foot, NZ
* J. LOVE, Wellington, Bengal Fusiliers, India Medal, Delhibar
* James LAWTON[/color], Wellington, NZ
* Major LIDDLE[/color], Feilding, Crimea, three medals
* J. LAMBERT[/color], Inglewood, 44th, Crimea

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* J. MURRAY, Hutt, NZ
* E. McKENNA, Wanganui, Ensign, 65th, V.C.
* Robert MOWATT, Wellington, R.A., Sergeatn-Major, Crimea and Turkish
* J. M. MAY, Wellington, Wanganui Rifles, NZ
* J. C. MOGINE, Hutt, Auckland Rifles, NZ
* T. MACAULEY, Wellington, NZ
* C. McINTYRE, Wellington, Taranaki Militia, NZ
* Charles MILLWOOD, Wellington, Land Transport Corps, Crimea, Turkish
* Lieut-Col, Mc..GER, Wellington, NZ
* William McNIVEN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Timothy McCARTHY, Inglewood, Sergeant, 18th, 1st China, 1st Burmah and Crimea
* F. McGRUER, M.H.R., Hawera, NZ
* Capt Arthur McKELLAR-WIX (1846-1918), Wellington, 5th Fusiliers, Africa. He married Emma Dodson (1850-1915) in Nelson, he played first-class cricket for, and was Vice President & coach of, the cricket club in Nelson, his children were born there. In Nov 1898, he was the Vice President at the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street, Wellington. Arthur and his family later moved back to England. In the 1911 census Ashleigh, Ringers Road, High Street, Bromley, Kent. Head Arthur McKellar Wix, age 64, late Army Officer, born Balham, Surrey. Wife Emma Wix, age 61, married 38 years, 9 children born alive, 5 still living, born Nova Scotia. Daughter Kathleen Isabel Wix, age 27, single, born New Zealand. Son Gordon Farleton Wix, age 26, single, no occupation, born New Zealand. 1 servant. Arthur died in Egham Surrey, 26 March 1918 aged 71
* Alex McNEIL, Aramoho, Lieut. East India Company Mutiny, Delhi, Lucknow
* Charles MONAHAM, Wellington, late 40th NZ
* ... MOORE, New Plymouth, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* R. M. MILLER, Napier, 23rd Abyssinian

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* George NASH, Wellington, Sergeant 12th Foot, Crimea, Turkish, NZ

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* M. O'CONNOR, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* John OWENS, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* .. O'DONNELL, New Plymouth, 55th, Crimea, Turkish, two bars and cross
* Major OWEN

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* R. PEGLEY, Wellington, A.C. Force, NZ
* J. G. PRICE, Hutt, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* Coleman PHILIPS, Featherston, 2nd Waikatos, NZ
* George PURDY, Wellington, Taranaki Militia, NZ
* G. A. PREECE, Palmerston North, Capt. A. C. Forse, NZ Cross and Medal
* Col. PATONE, R.E.
* Inspector Peter PENDER, Wellington, Crimea
* .. PRICE, Wellington, Royal Marines, Ashanti. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* Lieut-Col PORTER, Wellington, NZ
* .. PYCROFT, New Plymouth, R.N., Crimea

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* John QUIGLEY, Eketahuna, 87th, Indian Mutiny

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* J. J. RUSSELL, Hutt, 18th Foot, NZ
* J. ROBINSON, Wellington, NZ
* Captain RUSSELL, M.H.R., 14th Regiment
* A. E. ROWDEN, Wellington, R.N., Crimea and Turkish
* M. REDMOND, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea and Turkish
* S. RYAN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Patrick READY, Meanee, 43rd Mutiny and NZ
* Denis REARDON, Wellington, 65th, NZ
* W. J. RAVEN, Wellington, Forest Rangers, NZ

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* F. STEVENS, Wellington, Taranaki Volunteers, NZ
* J. STEVENS, M.H.R., Bulls, NZ
* A. C. F. STIDOLPH, Wellington, A.C. Force, NZ
* James SANDBROOK (1834-1933), Wellington, Sergt, 14th Crimea, Turkish, NZ. Evening Post, 6 July 1933 MILITARY FUNERAL ... After the Crimean War, Mr Sandbrook was stationed at Malta and at Gibraltar and he married in Ireland before coming to Australia and later to New Zealand, where he arrived in September 1860. He joined the Armed Constabulary and during the later Maori Wars travelled much about the country on the staff of Sir Donald McLean, Native Minister. He obtained his discharge in 1870 and was in the service of successive politicians at Parliament House, Wellington, until his retirement over twenty years ago. Mr. Sandbrook was an excellent rifle shot in his prime, and served as an assistant musketry instructor. He was among the oldest Foresters in New Zealand, having first joined a lodge of that body in Wellington in 1870. He was presented to the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York on the occasion of their visits to New Zealand. For a time he was president of the Veterans' Association in Wellington. He was a very well-known figure in Wellington during his long residence here ... (more at link)
* Cornelius SHEEHAN, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* M. SHEEHY, Wellington, Quarter-Master Sergt., Army Service Corps, Crimean and Turkish
* J. SHANAGHAN, Wellington, NZ
* J. STARK, Wellington, Wellington Rifles, NZ
* A. STOTT, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* William STANYON, Wellington, Royal Marines, South Africa, Egypt, Kheldive's Star
* Right Honourable Richard John SEDDON (1845-1906), the British-born New Zealand statesman who served as the 15th Premier (Prime Minister) of NZ from 1893 until his death in office in 1906.
* W. H. SKINNER, Wellington, Crimea and NZ
* Patrick SHERIDAN, Wellington, 14th Foot, N.Z.
* C. STACEY, Dreyerton, 65th
* Frederick SILVER (1850-1925), Wellington, Sergt. Permanent Militia, Ashanti and NZ
* Henry 'Harry' STEEVENS (1834-1915), Taradale, 70th, Crimea and Turkish
* Hon. W. C. SMITH, M.L.C., NZ
* H. SMITH, Wellington, 12th Lancers, Crimea, Turkish, Central India
* J. W. STRUDWICK, Masterton, C.R.D.G., Mutiny. Attended the meeting of the General Committee of the Edward VII Coronation Celebrations, held in the Masterton Borough Council Chambers in Masterton 27 Nov 1902. The Mayor, Philip Hollings, presided and the discussion was the building of the Band Rotunda in the Masterton Park. Mr Hollings explained that if the work could be completed by the end of January, or at any rate, before the North Island Brass Band Contest in Feb 1903 (not completed until June 1903, contest was held at the showgrounds). He also mentioned that the base of the rotunda would be straight and steps only to be erected at the entrance, it being found that steps right around the base would be too costly

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* Edward Robert TREGEAR (1846-1931), Wellington, Native Contingent, NZ
* R. TINGEY, Wellington, Wanganui Rifles, NZ
* A. C. TURNER, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* J. TURNER, Wellington, 50th, NZ
* Hon TOMOANA (1820s/30s-1904), M.L.C., NZ. He was probably born in the Heretaunga Plains, near present day Hastings. He was the third son of Te Rotohenga (also called Winipere) from her second marriage to Hira Te Ota. Through his mother's first marriage, Tomoana was a younger half-brother of Karaitiana Takamoana and Te Meihana Takihi. His whakapapa links him to Ngāti Hawea as his principal hapu, however he was also connected to Ngāti Hinetahu, Ngāti Te Rehunga, and Ngāti Hori ... In 1866, he and other Māori leaders joined forces with the Hawke's Bay Division of the Colonial Defence Force to repel an attack by the Pai Mārire at the Battle of Ōmarunui. Then in 1868 he took command of a contingent of Māori troops from the Heretaunga-Tamatea region and supported the government's pursuit of Te Kooti up the Ruakituri River toward Wairoa. In Dec 1868 he fought at the Battle of Makaretu, helping to repel Te Kooti's incursion into the Poverty Bay area. In 1869, he again led troops in pursuit of Te Kooti, who was now being pursued in the area around Taupō ... For his campaigns against Te Kooti, Tomoana (who had been commissioned as a captain of militia) received a sword of honour
* Capt Thomas Errington TANNER (1868-1951), late of Fifth Contingent in South Africa, Matabele. Served with the No 13 Company (Wellington, Nelson and West Coast, South Island sections). One of 10 children of Thomas Tanner (1830-1918) & Julia Denton from Wiltshire who arrived in NZ 1849, taking up a large run 'Milbourne', on the Ruataniwha Plains, Hawkes Bay. Capt Tanner was attacked with dysentery and fever at Beira and was invalided home on the 'Gothic' in Aug - a month before he attended this event. There was a party given by a large number of members of both branches of the Legislature, held at Ballamy's, Wellington, to meet the invalided members of the Contingent. Capt Tanner, in replying for the party, referred to the enthusiasm with which they had been received and said he did not know what more the people could have done if they had brought Kruger back with them. As for himself, he felt like an imposter, for he had been invalided at Beira, while the others of the party have been in the fighting ranks. He is named on the South African War Memorial at Napier

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* Thomas URWIN, Wellington, R.N., Baltic

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* Kieran WHELAN (1832-1908), Wellington, Sergt 14th, NZ
* J. WALDEN, Wellington, NZ
* J. WILSON, Wellington, Corpl., 14th, NZ
* General Sir George WHITMORE, M.L.C., Staff, K.C.M.G., Crimea, Cape, NZ., etc
* Sergt WEBBE, Wellingotn, P.M., NZ
* Henry WALTON, Waikanae, R.N., Baltic and Crimea
* Joseph WRIGHT, Wanganui
* Capt. WEBSTER, New Plymouth, Crimea
* Hon. J. G. WARD
* J. P. WARD, Blenheim, Forest Rangers
* Frank WATSON, Blenheim, Forest Rangers
* .. WOODS, Masterton 19th
* Capt Arthur McKellar WIX (1846-1918), Wellington, 5th Fusiliers, Africa. - see McKELLAR-WIX above

there were also representatives of ...
6th Dragoons, 5th & 7th Foot, 11th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 33rd, 40th, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 50th, 53rd, 55th, 68th, 74th, 76th and 89th, 12th Lancers, 78th Regiment. The Royal Engineers had four representatives, the Navy seven, the 14th Regiment eight, the 18th three and the 'good old Diehards" (the 57th) made the champion muster with nos less than twenty

Towns or Districts the soldiers lived 1900
Blenheim 2, Bulls 2, Christchurch 2, Dreyerton 1, Eketahuna 2, Featherston 1, Feilding 1, Hawera 3, Hunterville 1, Hutt 4, Inglewood 3, Karori 1, Kilbirnie 2, Makara 1, Mangaweka 2, Masterton 3, Mauriceville 1, Mitcheltown 1, Napier 12, New Plymouth 12, Taihape 1, Taitville (Mitcheltown, Wellington) 1, Taradale 1, Waikanae 1, Wanganui 18, Waverley 2, Wellington 87, Woolston 1