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who was Catherine ROGUSKY - New Zealand

Adolphus Arthur LYFORD (1879-1972) was born in Kaikoura in 1879
- a son of George LYFORD (1852-1938) & Eleanor Phoebie LYFORD (1854-1935)
- (their fathers were brothers, sons of Lawrence LYFORD & Margaret Helena MAYNE)

Adolphus Arthur Lyford married Catherine ROGUSKY (1877-1963) on 14 June 1900

they had at least 5 children in Waikato & Taranaki

who was Catherine Rogusky??
her parents etc

5 comment(s), latest 6 years, 5 months ago

Who was Emily Mary Ann Poole Phelps Roberts - NZ

Who was Emily Mary Ann Poole Phelps Roberts?
She was born between 1848 and 1851
I have her as Emily Mary Ann Poole Phelps

the name Poole is unusual and may be a good hint of her mother

I cannot find the Phelps emigrating to New Zealand, maybe you could help
There was a Edgar Phelps from Carterton killed in WW1 whose parents were Charles and Rose Phelps - he was born 1892

But Carterton is a VERY good place for our Emily to be as she married Eli Strawbridge about 1873 and they had 3 children in Carterton from 1872

Emily had a son, Alfred Roberts prior to her marriage to Eli - don't know if she was married to a Mr Roberts or not, but he is reported to have died in 1871

You can find Emily on a couple of sites but nobody mentions anything about her birth place or parents or where she is buried
Most have her written as though Roberts was her maiden name - I don't believe this is true . . as the name Phelps, or even Pool is more likely and that she was using the married name of Roberts when she married Eli Strawbridge

2 comment(s), latest 4 years, 9 months ago

Who was Emma May Trezise ? - married Charles Bould 1915, Wellington NZ

Charles William Hensman BOULD was born in 1873.
He was a son of Thomas Bould and Georgina Saunders.

He served in the Boer War and in WWI.

He had been married for just 3 months when he was killed in action on the Somme, France

He married Emma May Trezise 28th December 1915 in St Marks Church Wellington.

Emma remarried to William Russell

Who was Emma Trezise?

Who was James Andrew HUXTON ? married Maria Greathead in Greytown New Zealand 1883

James Andrew Huxton was born in 1827 in Deal, Kent.

When did he emigrate to New Zealand?
Who were his parents?
Did he and Maria have any children?
Where is he buried?

He apparetnly married Jane Anderson - unknown when. She died in September 1867.
He remarried to Maria "POLLY" Greathead who was born in Nelson, Marlborough in January 1847.
Maria's parents were George Greathead and Dorothy Turnball who had emigrated on the MARTHA RIDGWAY arriving in Wellington 1841 - they both died in 1885 in the Wairarapa, buried in Greytown.

1 comment(s), latest 1 year, 2 months ago

Who was Julia La Prue - died Bayswater, Auckland 1953

Julia Maud La Prue was born about 1878 - whereabouts unknown.
- She married Charles Herbert AVERY in 1898

Do you know who her parents and children were?

I have 5 of her children but not verified at this time...
One of them, Violet Matilda Avery (b.1898) married a Walter Chaplin.

1 comment(s), latest 7 months ago

Who was Mary Elizabeth QUILTY - born 1851 Adelaide, South Australia *UPDATE

Who was Mary Elizabeth QUILTY?? born in Adelaide, South Australia on 27th June 1851 - died in Welington, New Zealand on 25th Oct 1933.

She married John Mathew Goldfinch in Wellington New Zealand in June 1875.

John was born in Wellington 28th February 1852, the first of 15 children to George Lynch Darby Goldfinch and Mary Futter.

John and Mary had 7 children:

Alice Theresa Goldfinch b.1876 Wellington - d.1960 Lower Hutt
Arthur Lunch Goldfield b.1877 Wellington - d.1969 Lower Hutt
Olive Goldfinch b.1879 Wellington - d.1896 Island Bay
Percy John Goldfinch b.1881 Wellington d.1969 Epsom, Auckland
Eva Goldfinch b.1884 Wellington - d.1963 Wellington
Leslie (Bob) Goldfinch b.1882 Wellington - d.1882 Wellington
Nellie Goldfinch b.1886 Wellington - d.1886 Wellington

John Mathew Goldfinch died 1895 aged 42 and is buried in Bolton St Cemetery.
Mary Elizabeth Quilty died 1933 aged 82 and is buried with John

Quilty possibly originated in Ireland - Mary was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1851.
Do you know who her parents were?
When they emigrated to Australia?
Her siblings?
How she got to New Zealand?

*Found a passenger list of the JOSEPH ROWAN which left Liverool 21st March 1854, arriving in Port Adelaide, South Australia 16th June 1854.
Amongst the passengers was a Robert Quilty with wife Biddy, 3 year old Mary and infant daughter Anty.
This Mary's birth year matches 'our' Mary - is it her?

Who was Seagreet, Elizabeth Berg b.1877 in Greytown, New Zealand

Seagreet Elizabeth Berg was born in Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1877 - she died in Pahiatua in 1955 and is buried in Mangatainoka Cemetery.
She married Roland Henry Russell in 1905 - he was born in 1883 in Taita, New Zealand son of Robert Russell, second husband of Esher Daysh - Ester's first husband was David Mabeyb who died in 1878

I would like to know more about Seagreet - her parents, where they were from and any siblings and how she got that name

who was the wife of Alfred Stephen KILSBY - Masterton, Wairarapa

Alfred Stephen KILSBY was born in 1903 in New Zealand
- son of James KILSBY (1867-1942) & Eleanor Mary WOODMAN (1865-1935)

his known siblings were:

1891 - 1951 Albert James Kilsby
1892 - 1966 George William Kilsby
- married Ruth LAURENCE 1918
1896 - 1928 Elsie Eleanor Kilsby
- married Bert LAURENCE 1920
1898 - 1999 Winnifred Emma Kilsby
- married Philip George KETTLEWELL 1921
1901 - 1937 Sarah Elizabeth Kilsby
- didn't marry
1908 - 1948 Sidney Thomas Kilsby
1909 - 1987 Maurice David Kilsby

- Alfred graduated from Victoria University NZ with a B.A. in 1927
- he was a teacher

- he married Ruby 'Grace' LAKE (see comments)
- he died 4th May 1992 aged 89
- he is buried in Row J, Lawn A-X at Archer St Cemetery Masterton

his wife Ruby Grace (1898-1977) died 5th May 1977 aged 79
- she is buried with him in Masterton

1 comment(s), latest 7 years ago


taken from the site: First peoples in Maori tradition

Who was Toi?

Toitehuatahi (Toi the lone born) is an important early ancestor of Maori people. In some traditions he comes from Hawaiki, while in others he is indigenous to New Zealand. All, however, speak of his authority and prestige. A tribe known as Te Tini o Toi (Toi?s multitudes) are said to have inhabited the land prior to the arrival of canoes such as Te Arawa, Tainui and Mataatua. Early peoples such as this are often referred to as the tangata whenua ? the people of the land. Their tenure and prestige is recognised in the traditions of the later Polynesian peoples.

Stories of Toi
As with many important early ancestors, there are various stories about Toi. Particularly well known is the tale in which Toi, of Hawaiki, eats the dog of Uenuku. Another version has Toi as the consumer of trees or forest food, which is the meaning of his name Toikairakau. Some tribes place Toi on the North Island?s East Coast, while Hauraki peoples say he lived at Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Whakatane place names
Perhaps the greatest number of traditions about Toi can be found with the Mataatua peoples, particularly Ngati Awa of the Whakatane district. Here there are numerous place names and places associated with Toi, the most famous being the pa called Kaputerangi, the home of Toitehuatahi. Located above the present-day Whakatane township, the pa affords a magnificent view of Te Moana-a-Toitehuatahi (the sea of Toitehuatahi) in the Bay of Plenty. Another place name is Te Puku-o-te-wheke (the centre of the octopus), just west of Whakatane. The tentacles of the octopus symbolise the sphere of Toi?s influence, and its centre indicates his home.

Toi and Ngai Tuhoe
The stories of Toi are used in later traditions about the celebrated Tuhoe, ancestor of the Ngai Tuhoe people. Tuhoe enjoys mana through being a descendant of Toi and Potiki (another early ancestor) and later ancestors of the Mataatua peoples. This is commemorated in the Ngai Tuhoe saying:

Na Toi raua ko Potiki te whenua,
na Tuhoe te mana me te rangatiratanga.

The land belongs to Toi and Potiki,
the prestige and chieftainship belongs to Tuhoe

who was WILLIAM VENEY (1831-1907) - 50th Regiment

Riverton, (38km west of Invercargill) was established by Captain John Howell (1809-1874) as a whaling station about 1837, when it was called Jacob's River. He took a Maori woman of high rank as his wife and thereby acquired a lot of land. Today, a large memorial beside the Aparima River estuary commemorates Howell. His house, (Howell's Cottage) which survives, was built about that time and is the oldest surviving building in the South Island

William Venery died on Christmas Day 1907 in Riverton aged 76
his OBITUARY appeared in the Otago Witness, 8 January 1908
... A typically colonial adventurous life closed when William Veney, aged 76, died at Riverton on Christmas Day. Veney first came to New Zealand while a soldier in the 50th Regiment, and fought under General (Duncan Alexander) Cameron after Gate Pa. He did not leave with the regiment, and made for the West Coast diggings, coming south to work on the construction of the early railways; he then went to *Orepuki and Longwood. He went south again, and afterwards worked about the Orepuki district. He was part owner of a water race, and sold his share for ?1000, which he invested - and lost - in a coasting vessel. Then he unwillingly fell back on the old-age pension, and though bent double with rheumatism contrived to find for himself till almost the last

*Orepuki, is a settlement on the cliffs overlooking the ocean at Tewaewae Bay. It is connected with Invercargill, via Riverton, and Thornbury and Makarewa Junctions, and is 43 miles from the capital of Southland.
Gold was discovered at Orepuki, in 1865

William Veney's burial not found in Orepuki or Southland District
can you help?

taken from Officers of the 50th Regiment

(William Veney not included. Added here to show the uniform etc)