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William Henry Nelson - Managing Director WOODVILLE Bacon Company

William Henry Nelson was born in about 1867

In 1914 he was the Managing Director of the
The company was formed in 1909 and established the "Morepork" brand of hams and bacons.

- Mr J.H. Cronin was the works manager with a staff of 30.
- Mr J.M. Calder was the secretary to the company

"Mr W.H. Nelson took a real live interest in the business affairs.
His pretty home, surrounded by patches of native bush was adjacent to the factory and consequently he was invariably within easy call should any knotty problem puzzle the mind of this popular and efficient manager, Mr Cronin"

A very interesting read on how the machinery was operated - by steam and gas, with photos, is at the above link.
An engine room and extensive machinery plant was under the charge of Mr H.D. Cronin, a competent engineer

William died aged 88 on 2nd May 955

His wife was Mary Violet (maiden name unknown at this time)
- Mary was born in 1872 - she died in 1953 aged 81 and is buried beside him in the Old Gorge Cemetery, Woodville

William Henry NEWENHAM + Florence Mortimer BOUGHTON - buried Bolton Street

William Henry NEWENHAM (1842-1912)
married Florence Mortimer BOUGHTON (1854-1944) in Wellington 1885

their 4 known children:

1886 - 1969 Florence Grace 'Gracie' Newenham
- born 3 April 1886
- she attended Mount Cook Girls

- Gracie married Thomas Henry Charles BEDFORD in 1912
- they lived in Seatoun, Wellington for a time

Evening Post, 7 December 1912 On Friday afternoon, Miss Gracie Newenham was presented by the firm of Messrs. Joseph Nathan and Co., Ltd., with a solid silver tea service and a silver-mounted crystal salad bowl, on the occasion of her approaching marriage

THOMAS HENRY CHARLES died 26 November 1946 aged 61
- he was cremated at Karori
FLORENCE GRACE died 17 November 1969 aged 83
- her burial not yet found


1888 - Emily Jane Kathleen 'Kathy' Newenham
- born 30 May 1888
Evening Post, 31 May 1888 NEWENHAM - On 30th May 1888, the wife of W. H. Newenham, Hopper-street, Wellington, N.Z., of a daughter
EMILY died 10 March 1889 aged 9 months

Evening Post, 12 March 1889 NEWENHAM - On Sunday morning, 10th March, 1889, at Hopper-street, Wellington, N.Z., Emily Jane Kathleen, the much beloved and youngest daughter of Wm. H. and Florence Newenham, aged 9 months and 9 days
- she is buried Plot 2309, C of E at Bolton street Cemetery with her father


1890 - Jessie Mary Newenham
- born 9 April 1890
- she attended Mount Cook Girls
Evening Post, 4 April 1923
... A pleasant little ceremony took place at Messrs Sargood, Son, and Ewen's when Miss Jessie Newenham, who is leaving the staff on account of her approaching marriage, was presented with a handsome silver tea service and silver-mounted oak tray, suitably engraved. The manager, Mr C. G. Wilson, made the presentation, and expressed the good wishes of the donors of the gift

Evening Post, 6 March 1923 A pleasant party was given by Mrs T. Bedford, of Seatoun, in honour of her sister, Miss Jessie Newenham, whose marriage takes place shortly. Many pretty gifts of china were offered to the bride-elect

Evening Post, 14 April 1923
... The wedding was solemnised at St Mark's Church, Wellington, on 7th April, of Miss Jessie Mary Newenham, third daughter of Mrs and the late Mr W. H. Newenham (and grand-daughter of the late Commander Newenham, R.N.), and Mr John Morris Calcinai (1892-1964) - both of Wellington. The Ven Archdeacon Johnson officiated.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W. E. A. Newenham, Britannia Heights, Nelson, wore a charming gown of white satin grenadine, with touches of apricot pink orange blossoms, and a beautiful veil lent by Mrs Rupert Meates, Melbourne.
The chief bridesmaid, Miss Zeta Blackmore, wore a pretty gold satin frock and net hat, wreathed with autumn leaves, and bouquet in keeping. Little Miss Joyce Bedford, niece of the bride, who was train-bearer, wore a dainty frock of sky blue net. Miss Edna Gigger, niece of the bridegroom, was in shell pink crepe-de-chine, and carried a posy of flowers.
Mr H. W. Morris was best man. Mr L. Watkins was at the organ.
The reception was held at 'Rostellan', Broadway, Seatoun, the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs T. H.C. Bedford.
Later Mr and Mrs Calcinai left by motor, the bride travelling in a nigger brown coat frock and hat of Iriental satin and brown feathers

Evening Post, 7 December 1929
... Mrs W. H. Newenham, Wellington, is visiting her daughter, Mrs J. M. Calcinai, Christchurch

JOHN died 27 November 1964 aged 72
JESSIE died 11 August 1979 aged 89
- they were cremated at Karori


1892 - 1968 William Edward Adino Newenham
- born 30 Dec 1892
- in 1904 William was orderly-room clerk at the Artillery Barracks at mount Cook
- William married Elizabeth Ellen DEVANNY (1896-1927) in 1914
Evening Post, 9 May 1914 NEWENHAM-DEVANNY - On the 17th April, at St Michael's Church, Christchurch, by the Rev Hordon, William Edward Adino, only son of Mrs and the late W. H. Newenham Esq., Wellington, and grandson of the late Commander Newenham, R.N., to Elizabeth Ellen, second daughter of the late WIlliam Devanny, Esq., Nelson

William served in WWI twice as Sergeant 43618 with the NZEF. He embarked 20 Aug 1917 & 19 March 1918. His next of kin was his wife Elizabeth at 72 Oriental Bay, Wellington

Evening Post, 12 October 1920 NEWENHAM - On the 10th October, 1920, to Mr and Mrs W. E. Newenham, Britannia Heights, Nelson - a son

ELIZABETH died 24 Jan 1927 aged 31
- she is buried Plot 030, Block 11 at Wakapuaka cemetery, Nelson

William remarried in July
Evening Post, 2 August 1927
... NEWENHAM-JOHNSTONE - On the 29th July, 1927, at All Saints Church, Nelson, by Rev Canon Dart, William Edward Adino, only son of Mrs W. H. Newenham, Wellington, to Dulcie May, second daughter of Mr and Mrs J. E. (John Eric) Johnstone, of Stoke, Nelson
NOTE (this was DULCIE MAY BERGSTROM! 1906-1993)
... Dulcie May was born 16 May 1906 to John Eric (1870-1955) & Elizabeth Emma (1883-1972) BERGSTON (she had a sister, Nita Lillian Bergstrom (1901-2005) who married Murdo Alexander McRae (1894-1963) in 1920), did her parents change their name to Johnstone??.
There was a John Erick Bergstrom who died in Grey Lynn, Auckland 8 Nov 1918 aged 86

in 1931 Dulcie May Newenham remarried to Archibald Lyall Gilbert Coulter in Napier
- they had a daughter:
1934 - Jill Elizabeth Coulter

Evening Post, 4 February 1944 Mr W. E. Newenham of Nelson, has been advised that his son, William A. Newenham, D.F.C., has been promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant. Mr Newenham's three sons are in the forces overseas and he is on home service with the R.N.Z.A.F.

WILLIAM EDWARD died 20 December 1967 aged 74
- he is buried Plot 006, Block 02D at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson


William Henry Newenham died 9 June 1912 aged 70
Dominion, 10 June 1912 NEWENHAM On the 9th June 1912, at the Wellington Hospital, William Henry Newenham, late of Defence Department, Wellington, N.Z., elder son of the late Commander Newenham, R.N., aged seventy years
... The death occurred at the Hospital yesterday of Mr William Henry Newenham, elder son of the late Commander Newenham, R.N., at the age of seventy. Deceased joined the Armed Constablulary in September, 1881, and after some years he was transferred to the Permanent Force, with the rank of gunner, where he remained until December, 1905. During the time he spent in the Permanent Artillery, his servies were availed of in the clerical branch. He held the Imperial and New Zealand long service and good conduct medals
- William is buried Plot 2309, C of E at Bolton street

Florence Mortimer Newenham died 1944 aged 90
Evening Post, 22 August 1944 NEWENHAM The Friends of the late Florence Mortimer Newenham are invited to attend her Funeral, which will leave our Chapel, 25 Kent Tce., Tomorrow (Wednesday). August 23, 1944, at the conclusion of the Service, which commences at 10.30 a.m., for the Crematorium, Karori
- Florence was cremated at Karori 23 Aug 1944 & possibly buried with William

plot 2309, Bolton Street Cemetery

last resting place of:
... William Henry Newenham in 1912
* his daughter Emily Jane Kathleen 'Kathy' Newenham in 1889
photographed 1960s by City Sexton, Percival James Edward Shotter, (1912-1989), prior to its being dismantled to make way for the Wellington motorway

William Henry Reynolds DALE + Julia Mary Ann Seldon BUCK - Christchurch, New Zealand

William Henry Reynolds DALE was born 1854 in London
- emigrated to New Zealand with his father aboard the EGMONT which left England on 10th September 1856, arriving in Lyttelton on 23rd December 1856 .. at this time there is no mention of a mother

Julia Mary Ann Seldon BUCK (1856-1945) was born in Taita, Lower Hutt
- a daughter of George Green BUCK & Mary Ann Seldon SALMON

William and Julia were married in 1876, probably in Christchurch

their 7 sons were:

1877 - 1959 Arthur George Seldon Dale

1879 - Percy Heathcote Seldon Dale

1880 - Leonard Douglas Sheldon Dale

1882 - 1955 Garnet William Seldon Dale

1886 - 1908 William Alfred Seldon Dale

1890 - 1976 Ernest Reynolds Seldon Dale

1892 - 1969 Frederick Everard Seldon Dale

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William Henry TOBIN + Laura BROWN - Tauranga

William Henry 'Bill' TOBIN (1851-1914)
married on 1 June 1878 to:
Laura BROWN (1854-1930)
... William was a teacher at Waitara in the 1870s. Laura was the daughter of Major Charles Brown. She was a keen horsewoman. She met Bill at a hunt at Inglewood. After spending many years teaching at native schools in Northland they returned to Taranaki where Bill taught at Inglewood and New Plymouth
He retired to Tauranga and died there in 1914

WILLIAM & LAURA had 9 known children:

... 1
1879 - 1921 Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin
* born in New Plymouth
* Charles married Mary Edith 'Sissie' WALSH, a Queen Alexandras nurse, on 23 Jan 1918 at Birkdale, Lancashire.
The Times (London) 26 Jan 1918 & Bay Of Plenty Times 18 March 1918 - TOBIN - WALSH On the 23rd January 1918 at St Peter's Parish Church of St Peter, Birkdale, Lancashire by the Rev E. C. Collier M.A., Vicar, the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin C.F.N.Z.E.F, eldest son of the late William Henry John Tobin of 'Nevis' Tauranga, NZ to Mary Edith (Sissie), eldest daughter of the late James Gordon Walsh M.D., of Ormskirk, Lancashire and granddaughter of the late William Carter of Willow Hill, Manchester.
* they had a son in England in 1919, John O'Hara Tobin (see at end)
* Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin served in WWI as Chaplain Captain 18/4 (Reverend) with the Chaplain Corps, 2nd Reinforcements
* He died 20 March 1921 in Masterton Hospital
* Wairarapa Daily News 21 March 1921 TOBIN - On March 20th, after three days' illness, the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin, Principal of Hikurangi College, Clareville, aged 42 years. Funeral on Tuesday, 22nd inst., at 1.30 p.m., at St Matthew's Church, Masterton. Friends please accept this intimation. No flowers.
* his OBITUARY - The death took place in the Masterton Hospital yesterday shortly after his admission the same day of the Rev. Charles Edward O'Hara Tobin, princiPAL of the Hikurangi Maori College, Carterton, at the age of 42 years. The deceased gentleman had only been ailing for the past week, and his ailment, while recoginised as very dangerous, was not expected to be so suddenly fatal.
Mr Tobin was trained at St John's College, Auckland, and ordained deacon in 1909 by the Right Rev. Dr. Wallis, Bishop of Wellington. The same year he was appointed curate of St. Mark's, Wellington, and in 1910 was ordained to the priesthood. Later, he was appointed vicar of Pongaroa, where he performed good service. On August 4, 1914, when war was declared, the late Mr Tobin volunteered for active service as a chaplain, and was probably the first minister in the Dominion, and certainly in the Wellington diocese, to do so. He served throughout the war with the N.Z.E.F., first in Egypt, Callipoli, and Malta, and later in France and England, where he was married. Mrs Tobin was a member of the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R., and saw service in the Mediterranea, Italy, and England. Upon his return to the Domionion, Mr Tobin was appointed principal of the Maori College at Clareville, which position he filled with marked success. His death will be regretted throught New Zealand. He was a splendid type of young clergyman, and his demise will be a distinct loss to the Church. To his sorrowing widow and infant son will be extended the sympathy of the whole district. Mr Tobin's parents reside at Tauranga. The funeral will leave St. Matthew's Church, Masterton, at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday
* Charles was accorded a Military Funeral at Masterton and is buried Plot CET, Row 14, Area Plan II at Archer Street Cemetery
* Evening Post 7 July 1921 A motion was carried by the Diocesan Synod yesterday, placing on record the deep sense of loss sustained by the Anglican Church in the death of the Rev. C. E. O'Hara Tobin, and high appreciation of his work as assistant-curate at St Mark's , Wellington, Vicar of Rangiora, Chaplain to the N.Z.E.F., and Headmaster of Hikurangi College
NOTE his wife Mary and son John returned to Britain.
From the Royal College of Physicians ...
John O'Hara Tobin (1919-2007), BM BCh Oxon(1942), Dip Bact(1948), MRCPath(1963), FRCPath(1970), MRCP(1971), FRCP(1979), DM(1991)

... 2
1880 - 1961 Laura Louisa Margaret Tobin
- Laura married William Thompson McCALLUM (1866-1937) in 1927

... 3
1882 - 1960 Frederica Mary Cecil Tobin
- Frederica married Henry HARTLEY in 1911

... 4
1885 - 1918 George Henry Webbe Tobin
* George served in WWI as Private 12/3846 with the NZEF, 10th Reinforcements Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company, embarking from Wellington 4 March 1916. His next of kin was his mother Mrs Laura TOBIN, 'Nevis' 11th Avenue, Tauranga
* George was KILLED IN ACTION in Somme, France on 15 September 1916 aged 31. He is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
* 2 October 1916 TOBIN - On 15th September, 1916, killed in action in France, Private George Henry Webbe Tobin, second son of Mrs Wm. Henry J. Tobin, "Nevis", Tauranga
* 26 October 1920 MEMORIALS TO FALLEN SOLDIERS Impressive Service at Trinity Church - A solemn and impressive service was held in Holy Trinity Church on Sunday evening, when two memorials to fallen soldiers were unveiled. One was a handsome brass eagle lectern presented to the Church by the parents (Colonel and Mrs Ward) and brother in memory of the late Sidney Lancelot Ward, and the other a brass tablet in memory of the late George Tobin, second son of Mrs Tobin and the late Mr W. H. J. Tobin, who died at Flers while in the act of cutting through wire entanglements ... (more at this link)
So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those Angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since,
and lost awhile
... The tablet was unveiled by Colonel Porritt, of Waihi (in absence of Mr C. E. MacMillan, who as an old friend of the family was to have unveiled it, but was unfortunately indisposed) and on it is engraved "In loving memory of George Henry Webbe, 6th Hauraki Regiment, N.Z.E.F. second son of William Henry John and Laura Tobin. Killed in action at the capture of Flers, September 15th. 1916, aged 31 years"

... 5
1887 - ? Constance Harriet Georgina Tobin
* on the 1911-1935 NZ Electoral Rolls, unmarried at Tauranga

... 6
1890 - ? William Frederick Henry Tobin
- nothing known

... 7
1892 - 1955 Eleanor Henrietta Elizabeth 'Nell' Tobin
- Eleanor married Claude Alan JORDAN (1891-1978) in 1926
- in 1909 Claude (aged 18 of Wellington), passed his Civil Service and Free Places examination
* Nell trained as a nurse at Wellington Hospital in 1915 and worked at Rotorua Hospital and Pukeora Sanatorium, Waipukurau. She married Alan Jordan, farmer and later orchardist of Tauranga. They had one daughter, Diana Elizabeth Jordan (1928-2002)

... 8
1894 - 1983 Blanche Kathleen Lydia Tobin
* in 1912 (aged 18), Blanche (of Auckland) passed with credit the Civil Serrvice Junior Examination
- Blanche was not married.

... 9
1898 - 1978 John Francis Villiers Tobin
* in 1913 John qualified for a senior free place at District High Schools in the Pupil Teacher Examinations
* in 1917 he passed in 4 subjects in the Civil Service Senior Examinations
* John served in WWI as Private 71359 with the NZEF, 36th Reinforcements B Company, embarking from Wellington 23 April 1918. His next of kin was his mother Laura Tobin at 11th Avenue, Tauranga
- John married Annie Dallimore WORTH (1899-1983) in 1923

Private 12/3846 George Henry Webbe TOBIN

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William Henry WACKROW, Mayor of Taumarunui

I have come across a number of references of a Mr Wackrow being the Mayor of Taumarunui, King Country New Zealand in 1911
- "the Mayoress, Mrs Wackrow, of Taumarunui 1913" was Annie Jane nee Ruddell (1865-1918), from Portasown, Ireland.
They married in 1889 and had the following children:
* 1889 - Margaret Sophia Wackrow
- nothing known
* 1891 - 1962 August Henry Wackrow
- August married Pauline Annie CARROLL (1897-1966) in 1916
* 1892 - 1972 Mabel Wackrow
- Mabel married Edward Alfred JACOBSON (1887-1941) in 1913
* 1894 - 1929 Etty Wackrow
- Etty married Leslie Duncan Douglas FAIRLEY (1891-1962) in 1919
* 1897 - 1975 Allan Wackrow
- Allan married Susan Ethel TUCK in 1918

ANNIE JANE WACKROW died in Taumarunui 9 Aug 1918 aged 53
William next married Fanny McDONALD (1879-1953) in 1920

Can anyone please help

TAUMARUNUI is a town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. The name Taumarunui is reported to be the dying words of the Maori chief Pehi Turoa - taumaru meaning screen and nui big, literally translated as Big Screen, being built to shelter him from the sun. There are also references to Taumarunui being known as large sheltered location for growing kumara.

Taumarunui MAYORS Timeline
1910 - George Henry THOMPSON defeated Rev John E. WARD & was first borough council mayor
1913 - Mr. WACKROW
1915-1917 - G. S. STEADMAN
1917-1919 - A. S. LAIRD
1919-1923 - G. S. STEADMAN
1923-1925 - C. C. MARSACK
1925-1929 - G. E. MANSON
1929-1944 - Crawford BOLES
1947-1953 - D. H. HALL
1953-1956 - David C. SEATH (later Member of Parliament for the King Country)
1956 - Frank D. HOUSE (later Taumarunui High School governor)

Town Mayors immediately prior to 1988 include:

William Henry Wackrow (1869-1948)

1 comment(s), latest 3 years ago

William Henry WENSOR + Louisa Pauline La COVAY Devonshire England to New Zealand

William Henry 'Harry' WENSOR b.1868
- died 20th July 1948 aged 86
- buried with his wife Louisa in Area 14, Block A, Lot No 285 at Hillsborough Cemetery Auckland
- inscription reads "In loving memory of Louisa beloved wife of Harry Wensor died 21 Oct 1947 (same plot) Also our dear father Harry died 20 July 1948 agee 86."

Louisa Pauline La COVAY b.1870
- died 23rd October 1946 aged 76
- buried with her husband Harry in Area 14, Block A, Lot No 285 at Hillsborough Cemetery Auckland

Harry & Louisa married in New Zealand on 15h November 1888
They had 9 sons:

1889 Francis 'Frank' Thomas Wensor
- he married Agnes MUNRO in 1911
- he died in 1961 aged 71

1890 William Henry Wensor
- Henry was a 'gasfitter'
- he died 13th Febraury 1968 aged 77
- he is buried PLOT 119, ROW 5, PROTESTANT LAWN C at Waikumete Cemetery Auckland

29 November 1891 Richard Alfred Wensor
- Richard married Elizabeth ROBERTS in 1920
- he died in 1977 aged 85

13 June 1893 George Ernest Albert Lacovay Wensor
- he married Edith FOSTER in 1914
- he died in 1976 aged 83

22 December 1895 Henry George Wensor
- Henry married Ethel Stella FALKINER in 1920
- he died in 1978 aged 82

24 August 1897 Alfred Edward Lacovay 'Alf' Wensor
- Alfred married Ellen Annie PUMPHRY in 1924
- he died in 1989 aged 92

20 February 1900 Walter Redvers Buller Wensor
- Walter married Florence Annie Maria ROSE in 1925
- he died in 1985 aged 84

6 December 1902 Harold Clement Ernest Wensor
- he died in 1977 aged 74

1905 Stanley Livingstone Leander Lacovay Wensor
- Stanley was a 'rabbiter'
- he died 17th January 1969 aged 63
- he is buried in PLOT 50, ROW 3, ROMAN CATHOLIC DIVISION F at Waikumete Cemetery Auckland

If you have any further info that can be added to this family for the benefit of other researches please leave a comment below

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William HOLTER + Nellie HAUGHTON - Gisborne

* HENRY HOLTER (1830-1869) was born in Sussex
- he married in Melbourne in 1859 to Sarah SAWYER (1834-1915)
- Sarah was born in Kent, England and died in St Kilda, Sydney as Sarah KNOTT, remarrying in 1870
- Henry died in Nunawading, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia in 1869
- Sarah next married in 1870 to James KNOTT/NOTT
- they had at least 3 children:
1871 ? Henry Knott
1873 - 1927 Martha Knott
1877 - ? James Knott

HENRY & SARAH HOLTER had 5 known children:
... 1861 - 1862 JOHN HOLTER

- born in Collingwood, Melbourne
- died in Collingwood aged 17 months


... ** 1862 - 1942 WILLIAM HENRY HOLTER

- William was born in Nunawading, Melbourne
- he married in 1891 in Victoria, Australia to Mary CARTWRIGHT
- Mary was born in Stawell, Victoria, the 2nd of 6 children of Thomas CARTWRIGHT of Staffordshire & Annie McDONALD of Aberdeen who married in Victoria, Australia in 1869. No children found for William & Mary
- Mary died in 1945 aged 73 in Flemington, Victoria under the name Mary DOWNEY (not verified), also been told she died in Lilydale, Victoria (research continuing)
- William moved to NZ at some time prior to 1912 and married Nellie HAUGHTON
- he married Nellie HAUGHTON (1881-1932) in 1912 in New Zealand
- he died on 26th December 1942 aged 80
- he is buried in PLOT 57, BLOCK 15 at Taruheru Cemetery Gisborne

- was born about 1881
- she died on 29th January 1932 aged 50
- she is buried PLOT 4, BLOCK ORM2 at Ormond Cemetery Gisborne
- burial records list her as 42

William & Nellie have unmarked graves and the cemetary has sadly been left to fall apart over the years

WILLIAM & NELLIE had 4 known children:
I ... 1913 - 1992 *** William Henry Holter
- born in Gisborne on 12 November 1913
- William married Lloma Mary GAMBAZZI/GAMRAZZI/GAMBERAZZI (1923-2005)
PLEASE HELP with Lloma's name
- they had 3 children:
1943 - 1943 Tony Holter
- born 21 November in Gisborne
- Tony died 30 Nov aged 10 days
- he is buried PLOT 57,BLOCK 15 at Taruheru cemetery (no headstone)
1948 Edward Holter
- born in Gisborne
1960 Philip Holter
- born 19 January 1960 in Gisborne

II ... 1915 - 1995 Constance Sarah Holter
- born in Gisborne 16 September 1915
- Constance married ? MANSON

III ... 1920 - Florence May Holter
- born in Ohakune on 18 May 1920
- nothing known at this time

IV ... 1921 - 1939 Edward John Thomas Holter
- born in Raupo 23 November 1921
- Edward died aged 17


... 1864 - 1865 MARY ANNE HOLTER

- born in Nunwading, Melbourne
- Mary died aged 1 in Nunawading


... 1866 - 1886 GEORGE HOLTER

- born in Nunawading, Melbourne
- George died aged 20 in Box Hill, Nunawading


... 1868 - 1929 THOMAS HOLTER

- born in Wandin Yalloak, Lillydale Shire, Yarra Valley, Victoria
- Thomas married Ellen JACKSON in 1888 in Victoria
- they had at least 6 children
1885 - 1951 Lucy Francis May Holter
- Lucy married William Henry HAWKEY in Victoria, 1920
1889 - 1928 Sarah Holter
- born in Lilydale, Victoria
- Sarah had a base born son in Lilydale in 1914, Douglas Talbot Holter
- her marriage to be added
- Sarah dued aged 39 in Caulfield, Victoria
1891 - ? Thomas James Holter
- born in Lilydale
- married Ethel JORDON in Victoria in 1919
1893 - 1955 William Henry Holter
- born in Lilydale,Victoria
- died in 1955 aged 62 in Footscray, Victoria
1895 - 1895 Catherine Elise Holter
- born in Lilydale, Victoria
- Catherine died aged 3 days
1896 - 1966 Catherine Elise Holter
- born in Lilydale, Victoria
- Catherine had a base born daughter in 1915, Phyllis Holter
- she married Charles Robert MAY in Victoria in 1916
- Catherine died in Hawthorn, Victoria aged 69

Thomas Holter died in Brunswick, Victoria aged 61


Henry Holter died in 1869 in Victoria aged 39
- his widow Sarah remarried in 1870 in Victoria, to James KNOTT of Hyde

- they had at least 3 children:
1871 - ? Henry Knott
- born in Lilydale, Victoria

1873 - 1927 Martha Knott
- born in Sexton?, Sexton St? Victoria
- married Edward James BUCKLAND 1892 in Victoria
- they had 5 known children:
1896 - Keith James Buckland
- born in St Kilda,Victoria
1898 - William Roy Buckland
- born in St Kilda, Victoria
1902 - 1972 Rupert Sydenham Buckland
- born in St Kilda, Victoria
- died in Heidelberg, Victoria
1910 - ? Trevor Buckland
- born in St Kilda, Victoria
- Martha died in St Kilda aged 54

1877 - ? James Knott
- born in Wandin, Walloak, Victoria
- possibly married Mary Matilda SIMPER 1901 in Victoria

There are 2 other Holter buried in the Gisborne area:
Edward John Holter
- born in Raupo 23 November 1921
- 4th of 4 children of William HOLTER & Nellie HAUGHTON
- died 30th June 1939 aged 17
- buried PLOT 15, BLOCK ORM2 at Ormond Cemetery Ormond

Tony Holter
- born 20 November 1943
- son of *** William Henry (1913-1992) & Lloma Mary ? (1923-2005)
- died 30 November 1943 aged 10 days
- buried PLOT 57, BLOCK 15 at Taruheru Cemetery Gisborne

- 'Nod' Holter has no headstone just a holly tree growing
- there is no other information on date of death, age or burial details
- can you help if you recognise the grave at photo

photo of the grave of Nod Holter
- from the site Norsewood Cemetery Project

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William HOVERD + Elizabeth CLARK - married in Wellington in 1890

William James HOVERD was born in 1864 and lived in Hawkes Bay for a time

He married Elizabeth CLARK in 1890 and they had 7 known children:

1891 - Elsie Maud Hoverd
- she married William Harvey HARVEY in 1911
- she died in 1953 aged 62

1892 - Ernest William James Hoverd
- he died aged 11 months

1894 - William Roy Hoved
- he married Alice Hane HUGHES in 1915
- he died in 1953 aged 59

1895 - James Arthur Hoved
- he marrid Florence Lilian DAVIES in 1918
- he died in 1966 aged 70

1897 - Doris Mary Hoverd
- she married Arthur APLIN in 1927
- he was a son of Charlie Aplin & Eliza Ann Flintoff WILLARD
- she died in 1985 aged 87 and is buried at Karori

1899 - Ruby Evelyn Hoverd
- she died aged 4 weeks

1908 - Violet Melva Hoverd
- she married Albert ROBERTS in 1929

William James Hoerd died in 1938 aged 74
his wife Elizabeth died in 1937 aged 66

William HOWITT + Isabella MacKAY - Patea

William HOWITT (1840-1920)
born in New Pitsligo, a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near Peterhead
- arrived 1861 on the Sir Ralph Abercrombie
he married 1 April 1865 to
Isabella 'Belle' MacKAY (1840-1911)
born 28 Nov 1840 in Inverness, Scottish Highlands
- arrived on the 'Pegasus' into Auckland 29 March 1865

WILLIAM & ISABELLA are buried:
New Plot 4051 & 4050 (Old Plots 5 & 6) Block 12 at Patea General

WILLIAM & ISABELLA had 10 children:

... 1
1866 - 1881 George Sutherland Mackay Howitt
- born 28 January 1866 in Okato, buried 11 September 1881 in Patea
On the 9th September 1881, at Patea, George, son of William Howitt, late of Okato, aged 16 years
Taranaki Herald, 12 September 1881 The late George S. M. Howitt was a lieutenant in the cadets, and a military funeral was accorded him yesterday by the Cadets and Rifle Volunteers, accompanied by the Band. The Rifles fired the salute and the Good Templar body attended in regalia and performed their funeral service, and intend erecting a memorial. The concourse was a very large one


... 2
1867 - 1917 Isabella Alphina Howitt
- born in Okato
- Isabella married Charles Robert George CHARTERIS (1872-1954) in 1897
Wanganui Chronicle, 13 August 1897 A glorious summer day favoured the wedding of Mr Robert Charteris, son of Mr David Charteris, of Temuka, and nephew of the Rev Dr Charteris, the Queen's senior chaplain in Scotland, to Miss Isabella Howitt, daughter of one of our most respected fellow townsmen. The ceremony was performed on Wednesday (11th) at the residence of the bride's father, only the relatives of the young couple being present. Mr Charteris was attended as best man by Mr George K. Kells. The bride was given away by her father and attended by her sisters, Misses Ada and Nelly, and Misses Isa Paterson, Lois Oldham and Helen Charteris. The bride wore a dress of fancy tweed blue colour, trimmed with cream coloured corded silk and carried a bouquet of hyacinth, snowdrops and maiden hair fern. The bridesmaids were dressed in cream silk lustre, trimmed with green velvet ribbon and wore gold ornaments, the present of the bridegroom. The mother of the bride wore a becoming dress of fancy tweed trimmed with jet. The presents which could be numbered by the score, were of the most varied description and were sent from all parts of New Zealand. The young couple carry with them into their new home the good wishes of a large circle of friends, the bride especially being esteemed on account of the many womanly qualities she possesses
- their known children:
1899 - 1977 Gordon Howitt Charteris
1901 - 1979 Oswald Mackay Charteris
1907 - 1907 Charles Robert Charteris (aged 7 weeks)
Isabella Alphina died 29 March 1917 & buried Plot 4, Block 14 Patea General


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1869 - 1956 William King Howitt
- born 16 January 1869 in Okato
- he married Jessie Skinner SOUTER in 1897
Taranaki Herald, 11 December 1897 Mr W. K. Howitt, eldest son of Mr William Howitt, formerly of Okato, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Jessie S. Souter, late of Aberdeen, Scotland, last week in the Waverley Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was performed by the Rev C. MacDonald. The wedding was a charmingly pretty one, four nridesmaids being in attendance on the bride, while a large party of the young couple's relations were present; the ladies being exquisitely dressed. The lovely bouquets which were quite a feature were all the gifts of Mrs E. Derrett, of Pine HIll. The bride, who was given away by Mr J. B. Taylor, chairman of the Waverley Town Board, was attired in an electric grey costume, trimmed with Merveilleaux and white Bengaline silk, white straw hat trimmed with chiffon and violets, and wore a massive gold bangle, the present of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids - Misses Ada and Nelly Howitt and the MissES Moir - were attired in cream silk lustre with picture hats trimmed with chiffon and lilies of the valley, and all wore gold brooches, the gift of the bridegroom. The bride's travelling dress was fawn tweed with hat to match. The honeymoon is being spent at Stony River. Mr Howitt, who is known to a good many old Taranakites as a writer, and as one who has travelled about the world a good deal, has now finally settled down with his charming wife for good and all. Good wishes from people all along the coast follow the young couple into their new home
- in 1917 he was made a Justice of the Peace at Devonport, Auckland
Hawera & Normanby Star, 6 December 1900 Owing to ill-health, Mr W. K. Howitt, of Patea, is leaving the colony. Mr Howitt was a borough councillor, and took a generally intelligent interest in the welfare of Patea
Evening Post, 4 April 1902
...Mr W. K. Howitt, who was for thirty years a settler in the Taranaki District, and who was for some years a member of the Patea Borough Council, has taken up his abode at Tarland, in Aberdeenshire, where he holds the position of postmaster. A few evenings ago Mr Howitt delivered a lecture on New Zealand, under the auspices of the Town Council
Evening Post, 1 October 1903 from London - Mr William Clark SOUTER, M.B., Ch.B., has been selected by the Admiralty to act as surgeon on board the Antarctic relief ship Terra Nova, which has been fitted out at Dundee for the expedition, and which will leave this country almost immediately. Dr Souter, who recently graduated with honours at Aberdeen University, is a nephew of Mrs W. K. Howitt, lately of Patea, New Zealand
Patea 1908 Mr William King Howitt, who was elected to the Patea Borough Council in January, 1897, and again in September of the same year, is a son of Mr William Howitt, of Patea, an early military settler. He was born at Okato, Stony River, near New Plymouth, in the year 1869, and was partly educated in the blockhouse then in use as a private school. His education was continued at Patea after the removal of his parents to that town, and there, too, he learned the trade of a baker with his father. Then he took a trip to the Old Country, where he found employment in the office of the Northern Trawling Company, Aberdeen, Scotland, and attended evening classes at the Gordon College. Mr Howitt travelled nearly all over England and Scotland, and on his return to New Zealand wrote and published an account of his travels, of which 4000 copies were printed by Messrs Mills, Dick, and Co., of Dunedin, and the whole issue was promptly sold. While at Home he made known the many advantages of colonial life, and was in this way successful in inducing about thirty emigrants to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by Mr Courtney, the well-known immigration agent for Taranaki. Mr Howitt bought his father's business in 1897, but subsequently disposed of it to his brother. In 1897 he married the daughter of the late Mr. George Souter, farmer, of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Mr Howitt is further referred to as a general storekeeper at Awatuna East.
- in 1939 the Marquis of Aberdeen, wrote to William's wife, Jessie, from Haddo House, Aberdeen, in regard to the passing of his mother Isabel, marchioness of Aberdeen, who devoted the greater part of her life to Women's causes
- in March 1941, Jessie, of Stanley Bay, left with her niece, Miss Maud Henty, for Tapuhi north Auckland
Auckland Star, 17 April 1944 On April 17, 1944, at the Green Lane Hospital, Jessie S., dearly loved wife of W. K. Howitt, of 49 Glen Road, Stanley Bay. A service will be held at the residence of G. M. Howitt, 3 Ngaroma Road, Greenwood's Corner at 10.30a.m. Private cremation. No flowers
- William King Howitt wrote the books:
A Pioneer Looks Back, Auckland, 1945
A Pioneer Looks Back Again, Auckland, 1947


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1871 - 1954 Adam 'Ad' Howitt
- born in Okato
Hawera & Normanby Star, 1 August 1899 The illuminated address which was presented to Mr Lowe, late chief engineer of New Zealand railways, who is leaving Wellington to take up mission work in India, was the work of Mr Ad Howitt, formerly of Patea. Mr Howitt, who is now one of the foremost artists in New Zealand, has made rapid strides in his profession; this lates work is described by a Wellington paper to be really a work of genius. A leading idea in the design is sunset in New Zealand and sunrise in India, typifying the close of Mr Lowe's career her and his entry upon a new one abroad. This is suggested by the artist in a couple of scenes, thus described in the New Zealand Times: "The first represents 'Evening in New Zealand' and shows Egmont's magnificent proportions, outlined against a sunset sky, and contrasted with it is 'Morning in India' the rising sun casting a warm glow over a tropical sky and throwing into relief the form of 'that dream in marble', the Taj Mahal, whose beauties are mirrored in the placid depths of the river which stretches in a broad stream to the foreground of the picture".
The material used by this young man when he was quite a lad to draw his crude sketches on was the paper bags in his father's shop that were used for putting confectionery in, and one lady whose sense of propriety was of the strictest kind complained rather severely that a bag her little girl had got had the picture of a horse race on it, the horses coming in to the post neck and neck. There is something of the irony of fate in the fact that the same lady has had cause to congratulate him on some of his later day work
Evening Post, 22 October 1889 Mr Allan Smith, the well-known "Highland Laddie" of Manners-street, has just had built to his order by Mr George Luke, of Taranaki-street, a very handsome grocer's delivery cart with somewhat novel decorations. The side panels are painted in a tartan pattern, with the words "Highland Laddie" in large striking letters running along, and in the centre a shield. on which has been painted by Mr Adam Howitt and excellent picture of a Highlander in full costume. The vehicle altogether us well constructed and cannot fail to excite attention in the streets
Wanganui Chronicle, 10 April 1894 A most interesting event took place at the Borough Chambers to-day in the shape of a gathering of the friends of Mr Webster, Manager of the Bank of Australasia, who is leaving for the Palmerston North branch. His Worship the Mayor, Mr R. A. Adams, read an address which was excellently illuminated by Mr Adam Howitt, and was quite a work of art and the admiration of all ...
- Adam married Clara Louisa MORTON (1871-1948) in 1899. Daughter of Mr Thomas Morton, City Engineer of Wellington & Clara WINSLADE
Wanganui Chronicle, 11 May 1899 A very pretty wedding took place at the residence of Mrs Hurley, St Hill-street, on Wednesday, the 3rd inst., when Mr Adam Howitt, well and favourably known in Patea and surrounding districts (late artist for Christchurch Engraving Company) and second surviving son of Mr W. Howitt, of Patea, and Miss Clara Morton were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The Rev H. Peters officiated. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W. Morton, was attired becomingly in white, with the orthodox veul and orange blossoms, and was attended by Miss Blythe and the Misses Ada and Nellie Howitt. Bride and bridemaids wore gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr A. M. Howitt acted as best man. The ceremony over, the company was entertained at afternoon tea, at which some 40 friends of the bridal pair were present, after which the happy couple took their departure, amid showers of rice and good wishes, for Palmerston North, en route for Wellington, their future residence
- their known children:
* 1900 - 1959 Donald Mackay Howitt
- March 1925, the engagement is announced of Miss Beatrice May, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs J. Shirtcliffe, of Remuera, Auckland, to Mr Donald Mackay, only son of Mr and Mrs Ad. Howitt, of Lyall Bay, Wellington
* 1905 - Isabel Adaline Howitt
Evening Post, 12 June 1901 The New RAILWAY OFFICES now being built for the accommodation of the Railway Department in Featherston-street, opposite the Telephone Exchange, will be a distinct addition to the architecture of Wellington ... according to the designs the trowel which is to be presented to the Duke of Cornwall on the occasion of laying the foundation stone will be an exceedingly handsome memorial. It is designed by Mr Ad Howitt, of the Railway Department. The principal feature of the design is the border work, representing Maori carvings and rata blooms. The handle is of greenstone, surmounted by a solid Imperial Crown in gold. The inscription is as follows:- Royal Arms. Presented to his Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York to commemorate the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the New Zealand Railway Departmental Offices, Wellington, June 1901. Here follow the names of the Governor and Ministers and builder. The trowel will be enclosed in a wooden casket ornamented by maori carving, the casket being the work of Mr Heberley of Petone. The trowel is being manufactured by Messrs Littlejohn and Son, and the engraving is the handiwork of Mr W. R. Bock
- in 1928 Ad was described as the 'Chief Draughstman of the Railway Department' in Wellington


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1873 - 1873 Margaret Howitt
- On the 19th April 1873, at Sunnyside, Okato, Margaret, infant daughter of William and Isabella Howitt, aged 9 days


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1874 - 1937 Alexander Mackay Howitt
- On the 1st September, at Sunnyside, Okato, Mrs William Howitt of a son
- Alexander married Isa PATERSON (1879-1915) in 1900
Taranaki Herald, 3 October 1900 The first wedding celebrated in the Patea Presbyterian Church took place last week, when Mr A. M. Howitt, fourth son of Mr W. Howitt, was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Isie Paterson, second daughter of Mr John Paterson, of Patea. The wedding was one of the prettiest yet seen in Patea. The church had been tastefully decorated by the young friends of the young couple, and when the ceremony began the church was simply packed with people, many being quite unable to gain admission., thereby testifying to the popularity of both parties, who had been brought up from childhood in the town, and who were now to enter upon a new sphere and important page in their life's history. The bride, who was led to the altar by her father, was dressed in a white silk lustre, trimmed with chiffon and lace, and with the customary veil and orange blossoms. She carried a beautiful bouquet and was attended by four diminutive bridesmaids. who were daintily dressed in white and buttercups, two of which carried flower baskets and two shepherd's crooks. All of the little dots wore gold brooches, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridegroom was attended by Mr Gordon Howitt and Mr Gordon as groomsman, The choir, of which both the bride and bridegroom had been prominent members for some time past, assisted by friends, with Mrs J. K. Mitchell as organist, sang a hymn appropriate to the occasion. The Rev A. M. Beattie conducted the ceremony and at the close, following a good old Scotch custom, presented the young couple with a family bible, theirs being the first wedding celebrated in the church. After the ceremony the bride's parents entertained a large party at afternoon tea, the whole being photographed by Mr Ad Howitt. The honeymoon is to be spent in Wellington. As the couple left the station in the afternoon, three hearty cheers were raised in their honour by the large crowd that lined the station platform. Over a hundred presents were received from well-wished and friends, one especially noticeable present being from the Patea band, of which Mr Howitt has been a prominent member for many years
Evening Post, 8 October 1915 On the 4th October 1915, at Mantel-street, Seatoun, Wellington Isa, beloved wife of Alexander Mackay Howitt, late of Patea, aged 36 years. Interred at Karori Cemetery 6th October
- Alexander next married Christina BROWN in 1917
Patea 1908 Alexander Mackay Howitt, General Storekeeper and Tea Merchant. Baker and Confectioner, corner of Egmont and Bedford Streets, Patea. Bankers, Bank of Australasia. Mr Howitt's general store was established in the year 1895 by Mr W. K. Howitt and himself, but two years later, when the success of the undertaking was assured, the senior partner withdrew from the firm, and Mr A. M. Howitt became sole proprietor. Mr Howitt subsequently purchased from his brother, Mr W. K. Howitt, the bakery business which had been founded by their father. The bakehouse is well equipped, the oven being one of the largest on the coast, and lined top and bottom with fire bricks. An improvement, by no means common in the colony, is a patent pyrometer, an instrument for measuring the degrees of heat above those indicated by a mercurial thermometer. The advantages of this kind of oven become apparent, when it is explained that the baking occupies only about half the time required by the old style of oven. As a result, there is a great improvement in the quality of the bread, as well as in the speed with which it can be turned out in large quantities. Mr Howitt's carts traverse the country round for a radius of about ten miles, with prompt delivery in all weathers; and his wedding cakes, and other fancy confections, frequently find their way into Hawera, Waverley and other neighbouring towns. The business is conducted in a fine shop, which is stocked with all the varied goods usually found in a country store. Mr Howitt is a direct importer of crockery and other manufactures, and is agent for the Tiger and Golden Heart teas. He also deals largely in flour from the best mills in the colony. Mr. Howitt was born at Stoney river, Taranaki, in 1875, educated at Pahia, and after gaining two years' experience with the late Mr. R. A. Adams, several five years with Mr John Gibson, the well known storekeeper of Patea. After that he went into business with his brother as a general storekeeper, and subsequently acquired the business on his own account.
- he was on the 1930 Census in East Sydney, New South Wales
Evening Post, 23 March 1937 On March 17 1937, AT Sydney (suddenly), Alexander Mackay Howitt, well-loved brother of W. K. and G. M. Howitt, Auckland and Ad. Howitt, Mrs A. J. Roberts and Miss H. G. Howitt, Wellington; aged 62 years


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1877 - 1960 Ada Howitt
- born in Okato
- Ada married Alban Joseph ROBERTS in 1903
- Alban was born in Wellington to William Henry ROBERTS & Kate Clara BOWERN. He was the inventor, in 1920, of 'The Kaiser' (an electrically powered automaton suited in sheet metal i.e. a 'TIN-MAN ROBOT') SEE ** BELOW
Taranaki Herald, 9 January 1904 One of the prettiest and most popular weddings that have ever taken place in Patea was that which was celebrated in the Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon, November 27th, between Mr Alban J. Roberts, electrical engineer and Miss Ada, second daughter of Mr William Howitt, one of our oldest and most esteemed residents. The truth of the old saying 'happy is the bride the sun shines on' was fully exemplified, as not only did the bride look charming, but the weather was as delightful as any bride could wish it to be. The church, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion by the girlfriends of the bride, was filled to overflowing by the friends of the contracting parties, three white bells of artistic design, the work of the Misses Darling, being hung immediately over the spot where the wedding ceremony took place. The bride was attired in a dress of cream corded silk prettily tucked and trimmed with embroidered silk, chiffon and cream satin ribbon, wore the orthodox veil and orange blossoms and a gold bracelet set with pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. She carried a beautiful shower bouquet of white flowers, the gift of Mrs E. Derritt, of Pine Hill. She was given away by her father. The bridesmaids were Miss Helen Gordon Hewitt (sister of the bride), and two pretty little dots namely, Misses Maudie Mitchell and Lynn Edwards. The chief bridesmaid was attired in cream, black hat trimmed with long chiffon strings. She wore a diamond and ruby ring, the gift of the bridegroom. The two little girls mentioned wore pretty quaint, long cream chiffon gowns, cream silk Dutch bonnets with long chiffon ends, also gold pins with heart pendants, the gifts of the bridegroom, and carried baskets of rose leaves, which were strewn as the happy pair left the church. Master Gordon Howitt Charteris, nephew of the bride, was attired as "Little Lord Fauntleroy". Mr Gordon Mackay Howitt, brother of the bride, was best man. The orchestra consisted of Mesdames Mitchell and Edwards, and Misses Jacomb and Dixon, who played the Wedding march with excellent effect as the bridal party entered and left the church. The bride was presented with an artistic horse shoe by Bertha Edwards, a pretty little dot of three summers, as an additional souvenir of the happy occasion. The bride's gift to the bridegroom were gold studs and sleeve links. The wedding party were then driven to the residence of the bride's parents, the coach occupied by the newly wedded couple being artistically decorated. The health of the bride and bridegroom was proposed by the Rev Mr Lewis in a felicitous speech, the bridegroom responding. The health of the bridegroom, and responded to on their behalf by Mr G. Mackay Howitt, The toast "The bride's parents", was proposed by the Rev Mr Lewis, Mr W. H. Howitt responding. Mr W. H. Howitt proposed the toast of "The Press". The bride's travelling dress was grey flaked voile trimmed with satin to match, and white silk, black chiffon hat with pink roses and long chiffon strings. The wedding presents were numerous, costly and useful. There were many pretty dresses worn amongst the guests at the ceremony, but they are too munerous to particularise. The honeymoon will be spent in Wellington


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1878 - 1878 Donald Howitt
- born 11 November 1878 in Patea, Donald died 16 November 1878 aged 5 days
- he is buried Plot 4048, (Old Plot 2), Block 12 at Patea General Presbyterian


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1879 - 1963 Helen 'Nellie' Gordon Howitt
- born in Patea, Helen didn't married
Taranaki Herald, 14 January 1890 About three years ago you published an item as to Nellie Howitt, the deaf and dumb daughter of Mr and Mrs Howitt, who were formerly settled at Okato. Nellie had been then two years at the Government Deaf and Dumb Institution at Christchurch, of which Mr Van Asch is principal. She is now ten years old, and has been five years at the Institution. Every year has shown a marked improvement in apprehension and intelligence, as in growth. Her appearance now speaks well for the motherly attention of Mr Van Asch who superintends the domestic arrangements, and the girl's readiness to return, and the hearty goodwill she expresses towards the teachers, as well as the principals of the Institution, is good testimony as to kindly treatment. She has, however, her partialities, and readily says whom she likes best. Little dreaming I should be intelligently answered, I put all sorts of odd questions, and was surprised at the accuracy and comparatively wide range of her knowledge. Finally I asked if she could sum, and right away came the answer, "Up to long division". I enclose samples which she worked out just as fast as she could make the figures, and she writes - and, in fact, is quick in all her movements. She speaks with a foreign accent, but distinctly, and very readily sees the point of any simple joke. What is now chiefly noticeable is the expansion of ideas, showing that the training is not mere rote, but a thorough explanation of the faculties. She brought home samples of school work, including drawing and needlework. The latter was excellent, and embraced on a square of calico, hemming, patching, gusseting and other useful forms. Of this work she is rather proud, being better in her own opinion that the work of an elder sister. She now fully realises the handicap which the deafness imposes as against those who can hear, and on her present holiday visit proved inquisitive as to how and when it was first found out that she could not hear
Hawera & Normanby Star, 16 April 1907 Helen, of Patea and her brother William King Howitt of Awatuna East, were staying at the Falls Mountain House, Stratford


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1881 - Gordon Mackay Howitt
- born in Patea
- Gordon married Clara Maud PALMER (1885-1983) in 1909. Daughter of Alfred & May Elizabeth PALMER
- they had:
1910 - 1998 Nancy Marjorie Howitt
- in 1911 he was Stationmaster at Mataroa
Auckland Star, 9 February 1927 For sixteen years a private tennis club at One Tree Hill have gratuitously used the tennis court belonging to Mr and Mrs A. J. Palmer, who celebrated their golden wedding on Sunday. Mr Palmer has all these years, supervised the preparation of the court for the Saturday players and, on Saturday last, taking time by the forelock, the members of the club were the first to congratulate the happly couple and a bright little function took place. A large wedding veil had been erected over the seat where Mr and Mrs Palmer invariably sat and watch the play, and the "bride and bridegroom" were smothered with confetti as they made their way to the seat. At an interval, the bride's cake was cut by Mr Gordon Mackay Howitt who proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom. A handsome bouquet of everlasting flowers was presented to Mrs Palmer by Miss Nancy Howitt and a buttonhole by Miss Irene Clark to Mr Palmer. Mr Will Martin then presented the couple on behalf of the club with a Doulton gold and blue fruit bowl. Happy responses being made by Mr Palmer, who was completely taken by surprise. The ladies were toasted at the call of Mr Gormack, and responded to by Miss Winnie Clark
Auckland Star, 8 February 1938 Gordon Mackay Howitt, credit manager of the Farmers' Trading Company, gave evidence ...

Taranaki Herald, 17 May 1873 OKATO SCHOOL GRANT
... Mrs Catherine Hogarth, Teacher, who received 4 6s 3d (2012 equivalent of $605) from the Education Board for the quarter ending 31st December 1872, for 9 children to whom the capitation allowance is given. The following are the names of the children receiving such grant:-
* Andrew Gray
* William Gray
* Kate Syme
* Margaret Syme
* Nuna Syme
* Stanley Syme

Taranaki Herald, 14 June 1878 William's NEW SHOP
... The Patea Mail of Saturday last announces that the new baker, Mr William Howitt (late of Okato), is ready for business, and solicits a share of the Patea patronage. Mr Howitt has erected a costly baking oven and fitted up premises on the Taranaki Road, opposite Mr Taplin's store, in a manner which indicates confidence in the progressiveness of Carlyle, and intention to make a home there. The shop was opened on Monday, and the first batch of bread is spoken of as being excellent

Wanganui Chronicle, 5 June 1906 ACCIDENT
... On Thursday morning at Patea rather a serious accident happened to Mr William Howitt, one of the oldest and most respected settlers there, He was walking in the back yard of his residence when he slipped on a piece of clay and falling heavily to the ground broke three ribs. It was some time before he was discovered in his helpless condition, and at first it was thought that the accident was worse than it afterwards proved to be. Mr Howitt who is getting well up in years, is progressing as well as can be expected, but lies in a rather serious condition. His many friends up and down the coast hope that the injury may soon heal and that he will soon be about again.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 July 1910 William's 70th BIRTHDAY
... Mr William Howitt, of Patea, who celebrates his 70th birthday this week, has spent 47 years in the Taranaki province. As a young man of 23 he joined the military setters in New Plymouth and for three years was engaged at garrison and outpost duty between that town and Opunake, and in 1865 at Warea, fighting under Colonel Warre, he did some hard fighting when that gallant officer was clearing the coast of hostile natives. For 12 years after this at Okato, he farmed a piece of land right on the outskirts of civilisation, and with his wife and young family had some very narrow escapes. In 1898 Mr Howitt shifted to Patea, and has resided there ever since. His one recreation is bowling and he is a well-known figure on the Patea green, the members of which lately did him the honour of making him a life member. He did some very hard pioneering work in the early days, and is well nigh the last of the old hands who, fearing nothing, settled on the borders of Stony River. These men were courageous, resourceful and hopeful above all things. They were one and all pioneers, and to-day others are reaping a fruitful harvest, the result of the early work that was done so well.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 4 May 1911 DEATH of ISABELLA Howitt
... At "Glentui" Patea, on the 3rd May, Isabella, dearly beloved wife of William Howitt; aged 70 years. Funeral on Saturday at 2.30p.m.

Dominion, 6 May 1911 Isabella's OBITUARY
... On Wednesday, at Patea, the death took place of Mrs Isabella Howitt, wife of Mr W. Howitt, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Patea. The deceased lady was born in Inverness in 1840, and arrived in Auckland in the Pegasus in April, 1865 (sic, 28 March). Three days later she was married to Mr Howitt, who had come up from New Plymouth to meet her, having been in the colony three years before. For thirteen years they lived at Stoney River, Okato, right on the borders of civilisation, and there she went through experiences that would have daunted many people. Since 1878 they have lived with their family at Patea, where Mrs Howitt has been noted for her charity and great kindness to those who needed help. She is survived by a family of seven - Mrs R. Charteris, William King Howitt, Adam Howitt, Wellington, Alexander Mackay Howitt, Mrs Alban Roberts, London, Miss Helen Gordon Howitt and Mr Gordon Mackay Howitt, of Mataroa

Hawera & Normanby Star, 20 July 1920 DEATH of William Howitt
... At "Glentui" Bedford Street, Patea, on Monday, July 19th, 1920, William Howitt, in his 81st year; a colonist of sixty years' standing and a Maori War veteran. Funeral on Wednesday, July 21st, 1920, at 2p.m.

Auckland Star, 21 July 1920 William's OBITUARY
... Mr William Howitt, who died at Patea on Monday, was a very old resident of New Zealand, having come to the Dominion 60 years ago, 58 years of that time being spent in the Taranaki province and for 12 years was a pioneer farmer at Okato (Stony River) but for 42 years he had lived at Patea. He was a member of the first Borough Council in Patea, and had previously been a member of the old Carlyle Town board. He came through the Taranaki Maori wars of the "sixties" and was present at the battle of Kaitake, when Major Atkinson was in command, and it was at this battle that he won his Maori war medal. He also served under Colonel Warre when that officer was engaged clearing the coast between Opunake and New Plymouth of hostile natives. He was a noted athlete in his younger days, an excellent rifle shot and a man of untiring vigour. He was a life member of the Patea Bowling Club, and a well-known horticulturist, being judge at the local shows in the early days. He was a pioneer in the finest sense of the word, being sincere and high minded in all his actions - a man whose word was his bond. He was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in Patea and for many years was an office-bearer. He farmed for many years right on the outskirts of civilisation in the Okato district, being subject to the attacks of unfriendly natives, who often raided his farm and carried off his stock. For three years he had to leave his homestead at nights and sleep in the blockhouse for safety. He was 81 at the time of his death, his wife having predeceased him by nine years, He leaves a family of four sons and two daughters - Mr William King Howitt and Gordon Mackay Howitt, of Auckland; Mr Adam Howitt of Wellington; Mr Alexander Mackay Howitt of Sydney; and Mrs Roberts and Miss Howitt at present in Patea.
Mr Howitt was born at New Pitsligo, in the North of Scotland

Auckland Star, 9 August 1926 Mr NEWSHAM CURTIS
... Mr George Newsham Curtis, who passed away at New Plymouth last week, was one of the best types of colonial pioneer. He arrived in New Zealand in 1850, and spent most of his life in Taranaki. He fought at the famous Battle of Waireka in 1860, when only sixteen years of age, and was amongst the last of those who fought in that conflict. In the later 'sixties' he established a home for himself on the outskirts of civilisation near Okato, where for some time he was in partnership with the late Mr William Howitt, another pioneer settler, and they did much to develop the country where they lived. Mr George Curtis used to drive a bullock team along the rough, unformed roads and sea beach through hostile Maori country, with produce to New Plymouth and came through the ordeal unscathed, although he had many narrow escapes. Curtis's two-roomed whare, which stood near the main track into New Plymouth was a place where the utmost hospitality was ectended to the wayfarer, never mind to what class he belonged, or what was his social position. He was a man of innate culture, and he was often urged to stand for Parliament, but nothing would induce him to enter the hurly-burly of political strife. He was an exceedingly handsome man, but never married

** a timeline for Alban Joseph Roberts from the site
a history of cybernetic animals and early robots
* 1904 Running Municipal Electric Lighting Works Patea, N.Z.
* 1905 Christchurch, Patented Meat marker. Instructor in Electricity at Kaiapoi
* 1908 Early experiments in wireless in 1908 in Sydney, Australia.
* 1909 registered new member for Aero Club of the UK
* 1910 Wireless motor-launch at Dagenham Lake, Essex, England
* 1913 Demononstration of Wireless Dirigible back in New Zealand
* 1914 AJR on his way to London via Australia
* 1915 April 16, "wireless Dirigible" at the Hippodrome, London
* 1916 "Flight" "distant control of aircraft by whistling"
* 1918 - WWI Alban Joseph Roberts. RNAS Officers Service
* 1920 Automaton walks by sound control, 12 Feb date for "Kaiser" the robot
* 1921 (1 August to 13 September) St George's Hall appearance.
* 1921 Capt Alban J. Roberts performed for Maskelyne at St George's Hall
* 1923 (2 to 14th July) Capt Alban J. Roberts performed at St George's Hall
* 1924 Dutch/German Circus poster showing female automaton on skates.
* 1925 "Argus" Newspaper Aerial Torpedo 12 Aug 1925
* 1928 (10 September) Roberts returns to St George's Hall for a five week engagement with "The Robot". Most press available is of this event. Robot looks like a shiek maybe "Lawrence of Arabia". Probably booked by Noel Maskelyne.
* 1930 patents advertising device 1,769,311
* 1938 Director of Visular Directions Ltd, a new company in London
* 1950 Died in England, U.K. aged 70.

View of Mount Taranaki behind Awatuna East

The premises of William King Howitt, storekeeper, baker and post office are visible centre left. See his link above. The store was first opened in June 1878 by his father, William Howitt (featured here)

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William James SHANNON married Jean BRUCE 1912

written for Athol who is looking for William Shannon

the grandparents of William James Shannon (1867-1939):
Graham SHANNON (1816-1892) & Elizabeth 'Eliza' VANCE (1814-1902)

Graham Shannon & Eliza Vance had 7 children
4 of their sons emigrated to New Zealand
they were:
* George Vance Shannon (1843-1920)
...(possibly a brother of Athol's great great grandfather)
* William Shannon (1845-1880)
* Ezekiel Shannon (1847-1923)
* Graham Shannon (1857-1935)

A SON of George Vance Shannon (1843-1920) was also a William James Shannon
* this William James Shannon married Jean Bruce in 1912

available to read from your library: a book written by Marianne Davis in 2000
A Shannon family: from Antrim, Ireland to New Zealand
also available to buy: The Shannon Family Reunion and Book Committee, 2000

Feilding Star, 28 March 1912 WEDDING of William James Shannon
A wedding possessing all the elements of interest, fashion and beauty was celebrated at St John's Church this afternoon, when two of the oldest and best known families of the district were connected by the marrimonial alliance of two respective members of the younger generation.

The bridegroom was Mr William James Shannon, second son of Mr G. V. Shannon, of "The Totaras," Waituna, and on this the day of his great happiness he was surrounded by a host of relatives and friends to wish him the best of good luck as he passed from the loneliness of bachelordom and took unto himself a wife.
The bride, Miss Jean Bruce, youngest daughter of Mrs A. Bruce, of Denbigh street, Feilding, has resided for the past five or six years in Feilding, having come here with her mother from the Halcombe district, and she is one of Feilding's most beautiful and most popular young ladies. Like the groom, therefore, she also entered her married life amidst an assemblage of relatives, friends, and well-wishers who were all eager to give her as happy a wedding as lay in their power.

The ceremony was performed at St John's Church, which was thronged with a deeply interested congregation. The Rev G. F. Mayo, vicar of the Kiwitea Parchial District, assisted by the Rev A. S. Innes Jones, conducted the sacred rite.

The bride, who looked surpassingly beautiful, was adorned in a dress of soft white liberty satin, veiled with marquisette, and tunic edged with Limerick lace, and caught up at the side with a large satin rose; square train daintily embroidered with pearls in true lovers' knots. The bodice was trimmed with a fichu of Limerick lace and pearls, and finished with a spray of orange blossoms. A glorious veil of Limerick lace was surmounted with a dainty mob cap of tulle edged with orange blossoms. The bride carried a lovely shower bouwuet, and wore the bridegroom's present - a ruby, diamond and sapphire butterfly - in the corsage.

Miss Elsie Bruce (cousin of the bride) was the maid of honour, and the other bridesmaids were, Miss Vera McBeth (niece of the groom) and Miss Irene Prior. All three were quaintly dressed in pale grey satin veiled with pale grey ninon. The tunics were trimmed with three rows of ruching caught at each row with grey and pink ninon roses. and finished with dainty bead trimming. The bodices were finished with ninon fichus edged with ruching and caught with a large pink rose.

She wore large black pom hats, the crown swathed with ostrich feather, and caught with a single pink rose. Each maid had a black velvet neck band and pearl and turquoise neck slide, the gift of the groom, and carried little posies of pink roses and grey tulle.

Mr Arnold Shannon (cousin) supported the groom as best man, and the groomsmen were Messrs Cyril Blundell (Wellington) and Keith Smith (Marton).

The bride was given away her her uncle, Mr J. Bruce (Cheltenham).

This is the eighth marriage of Mr and Mrs G. V. Shannon's sons and daughters.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the residence of the bride's mother, where the customary expressions of goodwill were extended to mr and Mrs Shannon. The happy couple were to leave later by motor car for Wanganui, en route to Auckland and Sydney, where they will spend the honeymoon.

The bride's travelling dress was a saxe blue costume, with tagel straw hat of a lighter shade with grey and blue wings. A set of black fox furs complete a most becoming toilette.

Included in the very large collection of wedding presents were several from relatives in England and Ireland

The father of the groom, G. V. Shannon was:
Major George Vance SHANNON (1842-1920) from Ulster, Ireland
who helped found Shannon, Horowhenua
The parents of George Vance Shannon were:
Graham SHANNON & Elizabeth 'Eliza' VANCE
There is a headstone at Townland, Atrim for Grahan Shannon which reads:
Erected by George V Shannon, Wellington New Zealand, in memory of his father, Graham Shannon, who died 16th December 1892, age 76 years, his mother Elizabeth Shannon who died 7th February 1902 aged 88 years, and their children William Shannon who died at Nelson New Zealand 27th July 1880 aged 35 years, Mary Ann and Robert who died in infancy, Mary Jane Shannon who died 17th January 1930, Blessed are the dead who die in the lord, REV VXIV 13 eight generations of Shannons the last of the Antrim family rest here in 1907, Graham and Elizabeth Shannon had 4 sons, 26 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren residing in New Zealand, George Vance Shannon their eldest son, being the first to arrive in that Dominica in 1865

George Vance Shannon emigrated to New Zealand about 1865 and was in business in Nelson for 9 years. In 1874, he and Mr J.S.M. Thompson established a drapery business in Wellington with branches in Christchurch, Napier and Auckland. When he retired from this business in 1887, he moved with his family to the Totaras Estate at Waituna West, Rangitikei district.
He always took an active part in public matters. He was Captain of the Wellington Rifles and was made a Major in the N.Z. Militia, commanding the First Battalion in 1887. He was a member of the Wellington Education Board; Commander of the Wellington Fire Salvage Board; and a customs expert.
But perhaps his most important work was with the Wellington-Manawatu railway. He was a member of the first committee appointed to report on the practicability of the railway; and was vice-president of the London Board; and a director, during his seven years service to the company.
He became one of the best known settlers in the Rangitikei district and died at his Totara's home on June 4th, 1920, leaving six daughters and two sons

George & Emily Jane HEWITT arrived together early 1865 and married in Nelson, 23 Nov 1865
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 24 November 1865 SHANNON-HEWITT - November 23, at Christ Church, by the Rev G. H. Johnston, Mr G. V. Shannon, to Emily, eldest daughter of the late Lieutenant J. T. Hewitt, R.N., of Sydney Lodge, County Wicklow
* 1866, 23 Aug at her residence, Manuka-st Nelson, a daughter
- Georgina Emily Shannon married Steven Williamson 17 Aug 1885 in Wellington
* 1867 - 1954 a daughter
- Florence Elizabeth Shannon married Robert McBeth in July 1887
* 1868, 22 Dec at her residence, Mount Graham, a daughter
- Margaret Vance Shannon married Dr John Carmichael Smith in `896
* 1870 - 1928, 1 Nov, at her residence Bronti-street, a son
- Graham Hugh Shannon married Evelyn Mary Lodder in 1911. He was accidentally shot
* 1871 - 1953 at Nelson, a son
- William James Shannon married Jean Bruce in 1912
* 1873, 29 June at Bronti-street, a daughter
- Minnie Shannon married Harold Redmmayne in 1902
* 1875 - 1876 Aug a daughter
- Mary Eva Shannon died Wellington aged 6 months
* 1877, 2 Jan at Wellington, a daughter
- Eileen Shannon
* 1879 - 1880 a son
- George Vance Hewitt Shannon died aged 9 months
* 1881, 31 March at Wellington, a daughter
- Kathleen Shannon married Herbert Thornton Richardson in 1907
* 1885, 19 Nov, at Wellington, a son
- Trevor Shannon married Evelyn Mary Lodder 1911. Trevor died 1928 aged 43
EMILY JANE died 25 Feb 1914 at 'The Totaras" Feilding aged 73
GEORGE died 4 June 1920 in Feilding aged 77
- they are buried Plot 59/63, Public section at Bolton street cemetery Wellington

Major George Vance Shannon from NZETC

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