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Children of Eliza KING & George HOOPER - Taita, New Zealand

Eliza Jane King was born at sea on board the GLEANOR as her parents
Reuben King and his wife Mary Hannah 'Ellen' (Wensley) were making the voyage to New Zealand in 1857.

Eliza Jane married George Hooper in the Wellington Registry Office in 1877
- George was born in Taita, Lower Hutt, in 1857 (he was 5 months older than Eliza) a son of John Hooper and his second wife Caroline Wadman of Horsington, Templecomber, Somerset.
- His father had a total of 18 children over a period of 33 years

Eliza and George had 15 children over 24 years
- all born in Taita, Lower Hutt

1877 - 1965 John Reuben Hooper
- he married Jane Whitford Hooper in 1902
- her parents were from Silverwell, Cornwall, England
- John & Jane had 5 (known) children
- they lived in the Waikato and are buried in Hamilton

1879 - 1913 Mary Caroline Hooper
- she married George Alfred Ridyard in 1900
- they had 3 (known) children

1881 - 1959 Ellen Matilda Hooper
- she married unknown Pointen in 1902
- no known children
- she married Alfred Larkin in 1908 in Wellington
- they had 3 children and seperated
- he died in Tokomaru in 1914 aged 36
- Ellen died 45 years later and is buried in Taita

1882 - 1963 Mabel Emma Hooper
- she married George Cooley in 1911
- he was a son of Henry Cooley and
- they lived on a farm in Hamilton
- she died 2 years before him

1884 - 1946 Kate Elizabeth Sara Hooper
- she married Thomas Langley Smith in Lower Hutt in 1903

1886 - 1886 Emily Hooper
- Emily died aged 20 minutes

1887 - 1971 Myrtle Wensley Hooper
- she married James Howard Ridyard in 1911

1889 - 1889 Elsie Wadman Hooper
- Elsie died aged 10 weeks

1892 - 1892 William Raymond Wadman Hooper
- William died aged 5 months

1894 - 1975 George Henry Hooper
- he married Mabel Edith Bogun in 1916
- Mabel was a widow
- she had been married to George William Bowater in 1905
- she & George Bowater had 3 children, he died in 1910

1895 - 1967 Ethel Hooper
- she married William Henry Hagen in 1916
- she married Timothy Joseph Driscoll in 1923

1896 - 1984 Percival Robert Hooper
- he was a farmer in 1915 wen he was 'called to arms'
- he married Iris Maxwell McGregor in 1921

1898 - 1958 Rita Annie Wadman Hooper
- she married Claude McGregor in 1941

1899 - 1976 James Smith Hooper
- he married Emily Maude Bell
- she was a daughter of John & Jane Bell

1902 - 1977 Alexandra Wensley 'Queenie' Hooper
- she married John Leonard Couchman in 1928
- he was the son of Violet Lily Couchman
- she died 2 years after him
- they are buried in Hawera

TAUPIRI MOUNTAIN - Waikato, New Zealand

In my possession since the 1960s is a recipe book that belonged to
Dorothy Rutherfurd - (RutherfUrd is the correct spelling but nearly all documents for this family have it spelt as RutherfOrd).
I print it as I find it ...

The recipe book was given to me by Dorothy`s sister Marjorie.
It is called
Collected & Edited
HODDER AND STOUGHTON LTD - London - New York - Toronto

1st edition 1914 .. 5th edition Jan 1922
Inside it has hand written:
Dot from John Feb. 1943 - also,
D. Rutherfurd, c/o 19 Waltons Ave Masterton, Wairarapa N.I.N.Z (presumably North Island New Zealand) 1943

* May Byron (May Clarissa Gillington 1861-1936) was the eldest of 4 children to John Maurice Gillington, a cleric, and Sarah Dumville Thorpe.
She wrote many books and was also an artist, illustrating books of others
Her sister Alice Elizabeth Gillington was also a writer and was a pioneer collector of songs from English Gypsies

Inside the cook book is a poem, cut out of a newspaper and taped on. It was written by Dorothy Black, Taupiri. (the date has been cut off).
I wrote to Dorothy Black in 1989 and asked her if she knew Dorothy and Marjory Rutherford but she did not. She said she had not written poetry for many years and that they must have just cut it from a newspaper/magazine.
She wrote this poem (date unknown) about the Taupiri Mountain while she was living in Taupiri, Waikato. She mentions in her letter a number of the 'old identies' of Taupiri like, Kath O'Hearn, the Lovells, Litts, Wallace Moore and Dorothy Button
- When I worte to her she was living in Remuera, Auckland.
Dorothy Rutherfurd's brother-in-law, Len Price, had a half sister, Olive Shaw who married Claude BUTTON... (research continuing whether there is a relationship between him and Dorothy Button of Taupiri)

The poem:
I have seen her in the morning
With the sunlight in her eyes
Bathing in the gathered waters
Where her form reflected lies
Like a veil of eastern lightness
Early mist wreaths slowly rise
Till, revealed in all her beauty
Stands my lady of the skies

I have seen her in the evening
Richer than a pirate`s prize
High, remote, her summit riding
In the ever-changing skies
Slowly fades the gold of sunset
To a deeper amethyst
Till at last she sinks in slumber
In the rising evening mist

I have seen her in the moonlight
Stately, old and very wise
Dreaming, dreaming, in the moonlight
Black against the darkened skies
Gone the ribboned road around her
Gone the quarry river deep
Once again she guards the places
Where the honoured chieftans sleep

At her feet the whares cluster
Where the fires burn and glow
Once again she stirs to listen
To the chants of long ago
Phantom craft are on the river
In the cortege wailing high
Eerie voices laughing, singing
Ghostly shadows slipping by
- Dorothy Black - Taupiri

Dorothy Rutherfurd (past owner of the cook book) was born in Masterton in 1901
- her parents were:
Thomas Henry Rutherfurd (no birth or death dates) and
Edith Kathleen Dagg (1881-1875)
- Edith was a daughter of Henry John Dagg & Elizabeth Sarah Wilton of Masterton
- no spouse or death date for Dorothy

Dorothy's siblings were:
Lionel Cyril Rutherfurd
- born 1903 in Masterton
- he married Eva Louisa Jones (1906-1971) in 1926
- Eva was a daughter of James Robert Jones & Eva Jane Foster of Masterton

Norman Douglas Rutherfurd
- born in Masterton 1905
- he married Monica Eileen Jones in 1935
- he died in Carterton 2002

Marjorie Florence Rutherfurd
- born in Masterton 1907
- she married Leonard Charles Evelyn Price (1898-1972) in 1929
- Marjorie died in Masterton in 1969

If you know this family I would appreciate it if you could help me fill in the blanks ...

Dorothy's 1943 Cook Book

MEULI family buried in Taranaki, New Zealand

the MEULI family members buied in the Taranaki regions:

Alan Cecil 1926 - 1983 New Plymouth (ashes taken)
Alice Margaret 1905 - 1984 Awanui
- nee Fitzsimons, married kingsley Milton
Andrew 1876 - 1932 Hawera General Presbyterian
- married Ellen Flora Rockstrow in 1919
Audrey Jean 1931 - 2008 Hawera Burial Lawn 3

Barbara 1826 - 2003 New Plymouth (ashes taken)

Caroline Mary 1869 - 1959 Te Henui
- nee Young, married Christian
Cecil George 1900 - 1948 Te Henui
- married Edna Russell White in 1924
Christian 1874 - 1930 Te Henui
- married Caroline Mary Young in 1897

Desmond Oscar 1930 - 1953 Patea General Wesleyan
Dulcie 1911 - 1922 Manaia Burial Old Lawn

Edgar Henry 1903 - 1963 New Plymouth Garden of Remembrance
- married Genevieve Patricia Smith in 1925
Edna Russell 1899 - 1976 Te Henui
- nee White, married Cecil George
Edward 1882 - 1943 Hawera General Presbyterian
- married Jessie Lindsay Craig in 1914
Ellen Flora 1876 - 1946 Te Henui
- nee Rockstrow, married Andrew
Esther 1917 - 1988 Hawera (ashes taken)

George 1848 - 1918 Okaiawa General Old Lawn
- married Jessie Maine Liddell Watt (1880-1936) in 1903
George Herbert 1885 - 1963 Manaia Burial Old Lawn
- married Jessie Clara Pinkerton in 1914

Jacob 1854 - 1942 Okaiawa General Old Lawn
Jacob 1874 - 1945 Waihi Burial Old Lawn
- married Nina Kilvington in 1920
Jacob Emil 1888 - 1940 Okaiawa General Old Lawn
- married Jessie Gross in 1915
Jeffrey Robert 1924 - 2003 New Plymouth (ashes taken)
Jessie 1887 - 1935 Hawera General Old Lawn
- nee Gross, married Jacob Emil
Jessie Clara 1884 - 1976 Manaia Burial Old Lawn
- nee Pinkerton, married George Herbert
Jessie Lindsay 1879 - 1959 Hawera General Presbyterian
- nee Craig, married Edward in 1914

Katharina 1861 - 1945 Okaiawa General Old Lawn
Kingsley Milton 1905 - 1962 Awanui
- married Alice Margaret Fitzsimons in 1927

Madge Nina 1921 - 2001 New Plymouth (ashes taken)
Maurice Emil 1917 - 1990 Hawera Burial RSA

Nicholas Romeo 1891 - 1964 Hawera General Presbyterian
- married Rita Maude Evans in 1917
Nina 1877 - 1959 Waihi Burial Old Lawn
- nee Kilvington, married Jacob

Olga Joyce 1919 - 1997 Hawera General Presbyterian
Otto Jacob 1879 - 1951 Patea General Wesleyan
- married Vera Alice Locker in 1925

Rita Maude 1896 - 1971 Hawera General Presbyterian
- nee Evans, married Nicholas Romeo

Stillborn of John & Helen 1979-1979 Patea General

Thomas Steven 1930 - 2001 Hawera Garden of Remembrance

Vera Alice 1896 - 1974 Patea General Wesleyan
- nee Locker, married Otto

William SPEARINK 1823-1903 (died in Featherston New Zealand)

William Spearnik was born in 1823
- do not know where he was from, can you help?
He was in Wellington by 1860:
17th April 1860

William was on the List Of Names Drawn For the Militia as a labourer in the River Hutt (Hutt Valley, Wellington area)

16th February 1872

The annual meeting of the ratepayers of the Featherston Road District was held at the Court-house, Featherston on the 10th inst.
There was a very good attendance, which is usual when question affecting the breeches-pocket are disicussed.
Mr Pharazyn was voted to the chair and the accounts for the past year were duly audited and passed
The state ment showed that ?157 8s 7d had been received from the Provincial Government and ?87 13s 8d collected in rates; and that there was a balance in hand of ?60 10s 7d, which, it was estimated, with the amount due from the Government, would pay for the works now under construction
The following were elected the Board of Wardens, viz, Messrs
Two or three of the members of the old board were proposed buth they declined to serve on the ground that it was hardly worth while to elect a new board for the short time it would have to act


Christmas Cheer
The customary Christmas show of meat by the butchers (in Wellington) took place last evening and as usual attracted a large number of sight-seers
In Mr Luxford`s shop, Manners-street was to be seen the largest beef in town. One large ox, bred by Isaiah Pureto, weighed 1,760lbs (800kg).
The display in Messrs Barbers` shops was considered by many to be the finest of the night
... in sheep the finest specimans were three Romney marsh breed, averaging 140lbs
... 5 Leicesters, bred by Mr Spearnik of Featherston, averaged 110lbs (50kg)

3rd May 1899

- WAIRARAPA NEWS - Featherston This Day
In the election yesterday for a Commissioner for the vacancy on the Town Board, Mr W. Spearnik was returned by 29 votes to Mr C Burt`s 16. Very little interest was manifested in the election, only 45 votes recorded out of 160
- OF NOTE William`s son in law was a Burt ..

18th October 1899

160 ACRES of FIRST CLASS LAND, with an eight-roomed house, dairy, barn and stables, situate at South Featherston and two miles from the Featherston Railway Staion. Cheese Factory adjoining the property. For full particulars, apply to
Mr M. J. H. JACKSON - South Feathersotn
or to Mr W. SPEARINK - Featherston

7th January 1903

The Friends of the late Mr William Spearnik are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral which will leave the residence of Mr Murray J. H. Jackson, Featherson, on Thursday 8th January 1903; at 1.30pm
- A. DONALD - Undertaker
NOTE Mr Murray James Hamilton Jackson 1849-1935

In April 1903 William`s (deceased) estate was valued at ?1483 - equivalent to April 2009 to $226,910.

William married Harriett Dobson in 1852, in Berkshire, England
- he was aged 29

He married Ellen Jane Dillon in Featherston 1878
- he was aged 55
- he was her 3rd husband
- her 1st was Edward Mathews, married Auckland 1866
- her 2nd was William McNassar, married Auckland 1870
(I would like info on William McNassar)
- Ellen was a daughter of Thomas Dillon and Eleanor Nowell of Bath, Somerset who emigrated to New Zealand

He married Maria Ewart (OR Hewitt) in 1884
- he was aged 61

From correspondence from Peter Dillon it is possible that William was married a 4th time ...
Of his marriages only one child has been found so far - that of Wilhelmina Mary Helena "Polly Spearnik (1881-1917)
- Polly married Kenneth Earl Burt (1876-1943) in 1902
- Kenneth was a son of WIlliam Burt and Rebecca Copelane
- after Wilhelmina's death in 1917, Kenneth remarried to Emma Charlotte Newman in 1919

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local industries of Palmerston North in 1883

From the WANGANUI HERALD on 14th May 1883
Palmerston North Industries

Palmerston (North) embraces quite a large variety of local industries, some of them on an extensive scale and given the outlet, for their manufacturers there is no place on the Coast that could surpass the promoters of these industries in the way of enterprise.

One of the most enterprising firms is that of Messrs RICHSTER, NANSTEAD and Co ... 2 saw mills, Terrace End

Mr STRATFORD has erected one of the best carriage factories since his arrival from Marton

Mr William COOK, of Main street is gradually developing an increasing cooperage business

A large woodware factory carried on by Mr VENN

Mr WOODROOFE's cabinet warehouse is one of the besk known

new Justices of the Peace 1904 New Zealand

On Christmas Eve 1904 the new Justices of the Peace were:

Solomon ABRAHAMS - Palmerston North
Edward BOULTON - Pahautanui
W. G. CARRUTHERS - Kimbolton
Philip DAVIS - Upper Hutt
John GLOVER - Rongotea
John HARRIS - Woodville
Robert LEE - Lower Hutt
William Wilson McCARDLE - Pahiatua
A, McCORMICK - Woodville
James PROUSE - Levin
A QUINLAN - Mangatainoka
Leopold SIMMONS - Palmerston North
James SMITH - Taihape
George WATSON - Homebush, Masterton
James D. WILSON - Pahiatua
James WOOD - Wainuiomata
George WOODROOFE - Palmerston North

Arthur John BENSON 1876-1931 - Woodville New Zealand

Arthur John Benson was a son of:
George & Mary Ann Benson
- they married in NZ in 1876
- their known children were:
1876 - 1931 Arthur John Benson

1881 - 1957 Edward James Benson
- married Helen Naomi Warner (1882-1954) in 1908

1883 - 1953 Edward Charles Benson
- married Jane Thamzine Reardon (1884-1973) in 1906

1885 - 1948 Walter Venus Benson
- married Lena Mary Crawshaw in 1910

1888 - 1966 Albert Frank Benson
- married Ethel Dorothy Tasker (1896-1989) in 1917 in Wanganui
- Ethel remarried to Eric Keith Sargeant in 1933

Arthur married Anna Sophie Margaretha Evers in 1899
(daughter of Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Johann Evers and Sophia Maria ? (1842-1915)
- Arthur & Anna's known children were:
1900 - 1960 Ernest John Benson

1904 - 1980 Percy Walter Benson

1909 - 1909 Alfred Edward Benson
- died aged 6 months

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Gavin William Wardrop at Woodville New Zealand 1932

Gavin was in the NEW ZEALAND RIFLE BRIGADE from 1st October 1915 as Captain Gavin William Wardrop, 17th (Ruahine) Regiment
- the 17th (Ruahine) Regiment was formed on the 27th March 1914. It saw action at Gallipoli France & Egypt as part of the Auckland Regiment. It was absorbed into the Hawke's Bay Regiment in 1923. It was reformed from 2nd Battalion Hawke's Bay Regiment to help form the 3rd NZ Division and saw service in the Pacific.

Gavin was the son of
- William Wardrop and
- Margaret Edwards

His siblings were:
1880 - 1892 David John
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 11
- buried with Albert, Percy & Isabella at Dunedin

1882 - 1881 Albert Edwards
- died aged 1 month
- born in Dunedin
- buried with David, Percy & Isabella at Dunedin

1884 - 1899 Isabella Margaret
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 15
- buried with Albert, Percy & Albert at Dunedin

1888 - Herbert Wilson

1889 - 1892 Percy James
- born in Dunedin
- died aged 2
- buried with David, Albert & Isabella at Dunedin

1893 - Vera Rose Ann

1896 - Hilda Miriam Maud

Gavin married Annie Elizabeth Newman in 1905

He died on 17th October 1932
his details were provided by
- Ernest Roden Grinlinton on 17-10-1932

Funeral Officiator: Rev Stephenson

he is buried in the Old Gorge Cemetery in Woodville
- plot 12 - block 18

Can you add any further details to this family

I believe his father may have een a dentist/chemist in Dunedin