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William Villers (1808-1862) of Ireland, married Mary Jane Lutton (1809-1847) in Sydney in 1830
the children of William & Mary Jane
(first 4 born in Sydney, first 1 in NZ in 1841)
..1 1832 - 1887 William Villers
Hawke's Bay Herald, 18 May 1887
VILLERS - At Petane, on the 17th May, aged 55 years. - The funeral will leave the Petane Hotel at 2pm, tomorrow (Wednesday)
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 May 1882
Notices of applications for new licenses are inserted by W. Villers for the Petane Hotel and John Villers for the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit .. I, William Villers, of Petane, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at Petane and known by the sign of the Petane Hotel, containing 27 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May 1882. W. VILLERS
* more on William at notes below
..2 1833 - 1885 John Villers
John was a farmer in Patene by 1858
He married Emily Jane Hurrey in 1873 & had 5 children
1874 - Maud Louise Villers
1875 - William Charles Villers
1878 - John Sydney Charles Villers
1880 - William John Charles Sydney Villers
1882 - Blanche Emily Villers
Hawke's Bay Herald, 27 Feb 1877
Fencing Notice - To James Tod and John Villers, owners of Town sections Nos 501 and 502, Township of Clyde and owners of section 605-186. Take notice that I, William Lambert, Clerk in Holy Orders, intend erecting dividing fences between the section and my land. I hereby require you to assist in erecting the said dividing fence, otherwise I shall proceed to erect the same and call on you for payment of one-half the cost
Poverty Bay Herald, 4 Aug 1879
The resignation of Mr John Villers, poundkeeper, Ormond, was accepted. Mr John Maynard, Ormond, was appointed poundkeeper
Poverty Bay Herald, 12 Aug 1879
Letter To The Editor ... Now that Mr John Villers, of Ormond, is becoming such a prominent man in public affairs, I really think it behoves him to provide himself with a secretary or amanuensis, who could keep some slight check on his glowing imagination ...
Poverty Bay Herald, 26 June 1880
NOTICE - In The Estate Of John Villers, late of Chandos Hotel, Ormond. The undersigned hereby notify that on and after the 1st of July next, proceedings will be taken for the recovery of the amounts due to the above estate
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 May 1882
Notices of applications for new licenses are inserted by W. Villers for the Petane Hotel and John Villers for the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit ..
I, John Villers, of Western Spit, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane, on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at the Western Spit, Napier and known by the sign of the Ferry Hotel, containing 11 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th May 1882. JOHN VILLERS
HOUSEHOLDERS CERTIFICATE - We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above John Villers is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Boyd, William Morris sen., G. McRae, W. Denholm, W. Waite, John Northe, Thomas Torrr, J. H. Sims, Anders Neilson and G. Plested
Hawke's Bay Herald, 9 March 1885
VILLERS - At the Ferry Hotel, Western Spit, March 8th, John Villers; aged 52 years. The funeral will leave his late residence this day (Monday) at 3 o'clock, for the Petane cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Poverty Bay Herald, 25 March 1885
NOTICE - It is supposed that John Villers, formerly of Gisborne but late of Napier, made a Will some years ago. Anyone having the custody of such a document will oblige by communication with Mrs John Villers, of Gisborne, or Sainsbury and Logan, Solicitors, Napier.
Hawke's Bay Herald, 2 Oct 1886 The estate of the late John Villers, of Hawkes Bay, has been finally certified at 397 11s 9d (2013 equivalent of $76,300)
..3 1835 - 1917 Harriet Ann Villers. Harriet married Isaac Septimus McKain (1830-1899) in NZ in 1860 & had 12 children.
..4 1838 - 1904 Charles Villers. Charles married Robina Agnes McKain (1854-1944) in 1877 *daughter of James Buchanan McKain & Sarah Hannah Barben. Robina next married Frederick Francis Roe in 1917
..5 1841 - 1921 Maria Villers. Maria married James Stephen Grindell in 1859 & had 9 children
..6 1845 - 1930 Sarah Jane Villers. Sarah married William Jenkin Elwin (1839-1919) in 1862 & had 6 children
Poverty Bay Herald, 24 Dec 1919
WAIROA, Another of the fast-diminishing band of Wairoa pioneer settlers, Mr W. J. Elwin, died peacefully at 8.30 on Monday Night, in his 81st year. He was the son of the late Dr J. Elwin, London and came to New Zealand in 1859 in the Wild Duck, after a passage lasting 3 months. He took up clerical work at Bowler's, Wellington and subsequently he was engaged at Petane surveying and later in school teaching. He formed one of the relieving force at the time of the Ohaka massacre. He married the third daughter of William Villers, Petane and leaves one son and four daughters
Mary Jane Villers died aged 37
Wellington Independent, 30 Jan 1847
On the 28th instant, regretted by all who knew her, Mrs Mary Jane Villers, wife of Mr William Villers, of Lutton Place, Wellington, late of Sydney, New South Wales, leaving six young children to lament the loss of a good and affectionate mother
* After the death of Mary Jane, William married Robina McKain (1821-1874) & had 11 children
the children of William & Robina
..7 1848 - 1849 James McKain Villers
James died in Wellington aged 9 months
..8 1849 - 1931 Douglas Mary 'Dullo' Villers.
Douglas married George Cross (1849-1933) in 1865 in Napier & had 8 children in Napier & Clive
1867 - 1911 William Francis Cross
1868 - 1881 John Henry Villers
1870 - 1946 Francis Ernest Cross
1872 - 1954 Agnes Matilda Cross
1877 - Frances Emily Cross
1878 - 1961 Alfred Cross
1892 - Helen Elizabeth Cross
1893 - 1962 George Henry Cross
..9 1850 - 1927 Lucinda Agatha Villers. Lucinda married Joseph Andrew Torr (1846-1915) in 1868 & had 11 children (brother of James who married her sister Robina). Joseph was a son of Joseph Andrew Torr & Julia Catherine McKain - see NOTES
..10 1851 - 1934 Mary Jane Villers. Born in Napier, Mary married Isaac Jeffares (1847-1934) in 1869 & had 9 children
..11 1852 - 1854 Selina Villers. Selina died aged 22 months
..12 1854 - 1856 Julia Villers. Julia died aged 2 in Petane, Hawkes Bay
..13 1855 - 1873 Frances Emily 'Fanny' Viller. Fanny married Lambton William Frederick Carter (1847-1922) in 1872. Fanny died aged 18. Lambton next married Mary Catherine Sullivan in 1874 & had 10 children
..14 1857 - 1920 Robina Agnes Villers. Robina married James Harrison Torr (1846-1932) in 1883 (brother of Joseph who married her sister Lucinda) - see NOTES
* William snr, was in Petane, Hawkes Bay by 1858
..15 1859 - Thomas Isaac Villers
..16 1860 - 1861 Ada Amelia Villers. Ada died aged 4 months in Petane
..17 1862 - 1876 Clarence Francis Villers. Clarence died 13 Dec 1876 in Napier aged 14
Early Settlers of Napier(Ahuriri) & Districts 1850
ANKETELL, (Mr), Trader, arrived 3rd April
McKAIN, James Buchanan, arrived (early in year) with wife and 2 children to Ahuriri with brother in law William Villers & family
McKAIN, Sarah, wife of James, her maiden name Barben. She arrived Wellington with her two sisters and parents in 1840 aboard the 'London'. Her father's name was Thomas, he died while visiting them and was the first man to be buried in the Napier Cemetery. Along with Robina Villers was the first white woman to live at The Spit (Westshore), Ahuriri
McLEAN, Donald, went to Hawkes Bay area as Land Purchase Commissioner
VILLERS, William, arrived with wife and 2 children to Ahuriri with McKains
VILLERS, Robina Agnes, wife of William and sister of J.B. McKain. She arrived NZ with her two brothers and widowed mother in 1841 on the 'Olympus' to Wellington. Along with Sarah McKain was the first white woman to live at The Spit (Westshore), Ahuriri
James Buchanan McKain (1823-1853), the father of Robina Agnes McKain who married Charles Villers, was a brother of Isaac Septimus McKain who married Charles's sister Harriet Ann Villers and they were brothers of Robina Agnes McKain (1821-1874) who married widower William Villers (father of Charles & Harriet), as his second wife, and they were siblings of Julia Catherine McKain (1812-1883) whose sons, Joseph Andrew Torr & James Harrison Torr, married daughters of William & Robina - see above
* The mother of these 'children' was Douglas Mary McKain (nee Dunsmore) (1879-1873), was an independent, capable and courageous woman. She was born at Glasgow and met her husband, William McKain, native of Guernesy, Channel Island, at the Tower of London where her family lived. Douglas Dunsmore and William McKain were married on 26 April 1808, at Castel (Catel), Guernsey. They were to have eight sons and five daughters. Husband William died in a riding accident in 1837 and Douglas emigrated to NZ, Dec 1840, on the 'Olympus' with her four remaining sons and a daughter, They arrived in Wellington 20 April 1841 and Douglas established herself as a midwife and general nurse in Wellington. In her later years Douglas McKain lived among her family in Hawke's Bay. The extended McKain family were prominent members of the early Napier community. Two of Douglas McKain's married daughters, Mary Ann McCarthy and Julia Torr, had followed her to New Zealand with their husbands in 1842, and both eventually settled in Hawke's Bay. Her daughter Robina, who had travelled with her to New Zealand, settled with her husband, William Villers, at The Spit (Westshore) in 1853. Joseph Torr and William Villers ran a schooner between Napier and Wellington, trading in pork, wheat and dressed flax. James Buchanan McKain and his wife, Susannah McKain, also settled at The Spit, where they ran the first accommodation house and licensed premises in Napier, and operated a postal service. By 1860 Douglas McKain, Julia and Joseph Torr, and Mary Ann and John McCarthy were all established in Eskdale, north of Napier, where the Torrs' home, Petane Grange, became a showplace. Robina and William Villers settled over the hill, at Petane (Bay View). Douglas McKain, now in her 70s, lived with each of her children in turn, paying £10 per annum board and lodging.
Hawke's Bay Herald,7 April 1860
The Council meets ... Captain Carter presented a petition form Mr William Villers(snr), Petane, setting forth that he had purchased from the government 50 acres, which he believed to be a section which would give him the road frontage in accordance with clause 10 of the regulations; that on the land being laid off, he found that his section was placed differently in the plan ... more
Wellington Independent, 5 April 1862
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that by a deed dated the eighth day of March, one thousand wight hundred and sixty two and made between William Villers, of Petane, in the province of Hawke's Bay, Licensed Victualler, of the first part, John Villers, Farmer, in the Province aforesaid, of the second part, and the several persons whose names and seals are thereunto subscribed, being creditors of the said William Villers, of the third part - the said William Villers did convey, assure and assign all his real and personal estate of whatsoever nature or description (subject to the mortgages affecting the same) to the said John Villers, upon trust for the equal benefit of all the creditors of the said William Villers who should execute the said deed within a period of 3 months from the date thereof: The said deed was executed by the said William Villers and John Villers on the eighth day of March instant and was attested by J. B. McKain and John Steven junr, Farmers, Petane. WILLIAM VILLERS, JOHN VILLERS, Petane
Wellington Independent, 27 Nov 1862
At Petane, Ahuriri, on the 5th November, Mr William Villers, senior, aged 54
Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 June 1867
INQUEST - An emergency inquest was held on the 9th inst., before T. Hitchings, Esq., coroner and a jury, at the Petane Hotel, upon a body that had been washed down the Petane river by the late floods. The evidence disclosed the painful fact that this was the body of one of Rangihiroa's party, killed in action on the 12th October last - the grave in which the dead were interred having been so acted upon by the water during the late freshes as to be now part of the bed of the river. The following was the evidence adduced:-
Frederick Torr, being sworn, deposed:- I am the son of Mr Joseph Torr, residing at Light Willows, Petane. On Friday last, the 7th inst., about 3 o'clock pm., I saw the body of a man lying on the banks of the river amongst the rubbish and covered with mud. I then went home and told my father who went to see it. I though it one of the Maori who were buried near Capt. Carr's after the fight last October.
Joseph Torr, sworn, deposed:- I am a settler residing at Petane. In consequence of information received from my son, I went to the banks of the river and saw a body of what I consider to be a maori. The body was in a very advanced state of decomposition and presenting the appearance of having been buried some months. I have no doubt that it was one of the native Hau Haus who were buried last October, near Capt. Carr's/ Upon examination of the body there appears a bullet wound on the left side of the spine, in the loins and another in the front of the stomach.
William Villers(jnr) sworn, deposed:- I keep the Petane Hotel. On Wednesday last I visited the spot where the dead Hau Haus were buried. I saw that the spot where they were buried was covered with water, forming a part of the bed of the river. The river was very high from the recent rain and bringing down large logs of timber. It is my opinion the whole of the bodies were washed away.
The jury returned the following as their verdict:- "We are of opinion that deceased, an aboriginal native, died from gun shot wounds received in action on the 12th October last and that his body has been washed away from the burial place in consequence of the recent flood"
With reference to this painful affair, we learn that the coroner has given authority for the immediate re-interment of any other bodies that may be found - bearing evidence, upon a competent survey by three or four householders, of having been buried under similar circumstances to the one found
Daily Telegraph, 30 Jan 1884
A dinner was given last evening at Mr William Villers Petane Hotel by Mr Boyd, who, having sold out, is about visiting the old country. About twenty-five settlers put in an appearance. After dinner speeches, songs and occasional dancing were indulged in. Altogether a very enjoyable evening was spent. The table was everything that could be desired and was tastefully laid out, the large vases, with enormous bouquets of beautifully arranged flowers, being particularly noticeable. It certainly reflects great credit on Mr Villers for the manner in which he succeeded in placing such a magnificent spread before those assembled
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 1887
A very large number of our readers will learn with much regret that Mr William Villers,(jnr) who had been dangerously ill for some weeks past, died at 7am this morning. Although taking no active part in public matters, Mr Villers was certainly a public man, not only from the keen interest he took in politics, but from his sympathy with all movements having for their object the social well-being and happiness of the people. The news will be read with very great regret, the deceased having been in life a sterling and generous-hearted man, ever ready to do a good turn to anyone in difficulty of any kind and willing to do all in his power to promote the happiness of all around him. His private benevolence was large and his liberality was only bounded by his power to give. Mr Villers was a native of New Zealand, being born in Wellington and he has died at the comparatively early age of 55 years. By his death Petane sustains a loss that can never be filled as he filled it. "Old Bill Villers" as his friends always called him, was one of Hawkes's Bay's identities and he will be much missed. The funeral will take place in the Petane cemetery ... The body of the late Mr William Villers was interred yesterday in the Petane cemetery, in the presence of a numerous assemblage of friends of the deceased, many of whom journeyed from Napier to pay the last tribute of respect to a highly respected settler and warm friend. The funeral service was conducted by the Bishop of Waiapu and the Rev. W. Welsh
Daily Telegraph, 10 Dec 1888
Important Sale Of Suburban Lands. Banner and Liddle, in conjunction with Messrs Baker and Tabuteau, have been instructed by the Executor in the Estate of the late William Villers(jnr) to sell by auction the land immediately adjoining the Hotel and Store, subdivided into 167 suitable Building Allotments varying from 1/4 acre to 26 acres each. Many of these sections have frontages to the river where good boating and bathing are obtainable and others are on the rise of the hill, giving magnificent views of the surrounding country, while all are eminently suitable for suburban residences and being within easy reach of Napier by coach, offer exceptional inducements to purchasers, as Petane is sure in a little time to become the principal suburb of Napier. The land has a long frontage to the main road from Napier to Taupo and the Hot Lake district.
Title - Land Transfer Act. Terms are 10% cash, 10% in 3 months, 10% in 6 months and the balance in 3 years, bearing interest at 7% per annum NOTE.. this ad was still running in Aug 1889
Daily Telegraph, 4 Sep 1889
By order of The registrar of the Supreme Court at Napier and at the request of the mortgagees. Mr H. P. Cohen has received instructions to sell by Public Auction at the Peoples' Auction Mart, Hastings street, Napier, on Monday 16th September, 1889. at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
1. All that piece of land containing 317 acres 3 roods and 17 perches, comprising Sections 48, 49, part of 50 and Blocks 61A and 84, western side of harbor, in Puketapu Survey District, excepting thereout Lot 132 on plan, sold to Thos. Newland and also excepting Lots 23 to 30 both inclusive.
2. All that Parcel of Land containing 44 acres, being part of Suburban Section 63 on Government plan of western side of harbour
3. All that parcel of land containing 40 acres, being Suburban Section 71 on Government plan of western side of the Harbour
The above comprises the Petane Hotel and property, as occupied by the late William Villers(jnr), deceased(jnr)
overlooking The Spit 1883 (zoom at that link)
William James Ward was from (not necessarily born in) Charleston, an old goldmining town on the West Coast of the South Island, 30km south of Westport.
His death notice in the papers said he was 49. BDM has 48. The inquest into his death notes that he was an elderly man probably about 60 with grey hair, whiskers and moustache ... a hard life will do that to a person and assuming his wife put the death notice in the paper we will go with that age.
William married Sarah Ann Aldridge
WARD - ALDRIDGE 2 Oct 1875, William James Ward, Charleston, to Sarah Ann (1850-1911?), daughter of Job Aldridge of Nelson. Sarah was a daughter of Job Aldridge (1816-1890), from Berkshire, died Nelson and Hannah Belcher (1820-1897)
At his death in Wellington, James had eight young children to feed ..
Evening Post, 24 Sep 1886
WARD - On 21st September, William James Ward, aged 49 years. Home, Charleston and Nelson papers please copy
* The body which was found yesterday amongst the rocks at Island Bay was brought to the Morgue by Constable Stewart in the afternoon to await identification. It is that of an elderly man, apparently about 60 years of age and belonging to the labouring class, with grey hair, whishers, and moustache, about 5ft 6in in height and of medium build. The clothing consists of a brown tweed coat, clean white moleskin trousers, dark tweed vest, soft felt hat and lace-up boots. Deceased was seen at 11am passing the Island Bay Hotel, when he asked for matches, which were supplied by the trainer Mr J. Lunn. He then walked away in the direction of the beach and nothing further was seen or heard of him until about 1 o'clock. when the body was found by two men named Harry Townsend and George Morley about midway between the hotel and the cave of the celebrated hermit. It was some distance above high-water mark and the flesh was still warm. In one of the pockets a slip of paper was found, which bore the words, "Tired and worn out with anxiety" and the signature of "William Ward" Beyond this fact, there does not appear to be anything to suggest the suspicion that the unfortunate man committed suicide. An inquest will be held at the Morgue tomorrow morning and in the meantime Dr Hutchinson will make a post moriem examination of the body.
The remains have been identified during the day as those of a labouring man named William Ward, who has lived at 26 Cambridge-road. For some time past he had been out of employment and had consequently been very despondent. yesterday morning he left his home and did not return, but was seen at Newtown during the forenoon by his sister-in-law, Mrs Skelly. Deceased leaves a widow and wight children to mourn his demise. The post mortem examination was made by Dr Hutchison this morning and we understand that no symptoms of poisoning were detected, though there was evidence of a condition of body bordering upon starvation. The stomach has been deposited with Dr Skey, Colonial Analyst, for analysis.
* Seldom has a sadder case come under our notice than that of the unfortunate man William Ward, upon whose remains an inquest was held yesterday and who is declared to have died from starvation. Penniless and unable to obtain employment, he deliberately denied himself the necessaries of like in order that there might be some food for his children. The whole family appear to have been reduced to the sorest straits, yet to have resigned themselves to death by slow starvation, rather than ask for help from anyone. While it is impossible to help admiring the father's martyr-like heroism and respecting the reluctance on the part of both parents to become objects of charity, one cannot help feeling that the sentiment was a morbid one and that to this morbid sentiment a valuable life has been sacrificed. The unfortunate man had only to let his sad circumstances be known to receive prompt help from private and public sources. The warm-hearted generosity of the people of Wellington in such cases of destitution is so well-known that we are certain the merest intimation of so sore a case of need would have elicited instant and ample aid. While we deeply deplore the melancholy sacrifice of poor William Ward's life, we may point out that his widow and children for whom he died have still to be relieved and we do not doubt that they will be most generously cared for.
* A pitiful story of evil fortunes, suffering, semi-starvation and death, comes from Wellington. William Ward, a man with a wife and family of eight young children, lived in Cambridge Road. Ward had been out of employment and his family were suffering from want of food. Ward, in a half famished state, walked out to Island Bay, got to some distance from the hotel and then lay down on the rocks and died, leaving a written paper saying "I am worn out by anxiety and privation" Now that the man is dead, Wellington society is shocked and efforts are being made to help the starving children. But the hard, ugly fact remains, that a sober, decent and industrious man, with a wife and eight young children to support, may struggle vainly to make a living in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand and having utterly failed, may lie down and die of starvation without a single hand being held out to his aid
* An inquest on the body of William James Ward, who was found dead at Island Bay on Monday, was held at the morgue yesterday morning. Mr George Tabor was chosen foreman of the jury. Dr Hutchinson stated that the body was free from all traces of external injury and was in perfect preservation. On examining the stomach and the intestines he had found them quite empty, excepting of a small quantity of liquid. The organs of the body were quite healthy. From the appearance of the body he believed that had been caused by continual starvation and mental distress. The contents of deceased's stomach had been analysed by Mr Skey, who found no poison whatever in it. Henry Townsend gave evidence as to finding the body. Deceased's wife stated that her husband went out shortly after 8 o'clock on Monday morning without saying where he was going. Before starting he had a small piece of scone and a cup of tea. Being in indigent circumstances they were unable to procure other food. Deceased had been our of work for over two months, although he had repeatedly tried to get employment, but without success. Witness did not know till yesterday (Monday) that they would have received assistance if they had applied to the Benevolent Society. The Coroner (Dr Johnston) said it was one of the most painful cases that had ever come before him. Apparently, the deceased was one of those honest, sober men who were too proud to beg. The jury returned a verdict of death caused by want of sufficient nourishment.
* The widow and family of the late William James Ward, who was found dead on the Island Bay beach on Monday afternoon last, have been left utterly destitute. In fact they had been destitute for two months before the head of the family dropped down and died from sheer exhaustion, caused by want of nourishment. "I cannot steal; to beg I am ashamed" might be written as a truthful epitaph over the grave of Ward. His high-strung sensitiveness led him to starve to death rather than ask for bread; and what little he could obtain he deprived himself of in order that his wife and children might keep body and soul together. The evidence taken at the inquest, is a melancholy record of how a man may starve while food could have been procured by the mere asking. However, the eight children - the eldest not eleven years of age, the youngest but four months - and the widow had even commenced to break up her bedstead a few days ago for firing, being without the means of purchasing any. Her parents reside in Nelson and we are informed that if she could get there with her family she would find assistance and might be enabled to earn a living for herself and children.
* It has been hinted that there is a possibility that the relatives of the man named Ward, who died of starvation at Wellington recently, may have some legal interest in the Town Acre and Masterton Small Farm Block, section 29, containing 40 acres, which was originally purchased by a man of the same name. The crown grant in the name of Ward has been lying unclaimed at the land office, Wellington, between twenty and thirty years.
* Sir, I notice a great deal is being written about the "shame and the disgrace" of a man being allowed to die in this prosperous city of ours of sheer starvation. I would like people to take into consideration these few items. Charitable aid is given by the Benevolent Institute, which is supported by voluntary contributions, subsidised £ for £ by the Government. Now, every man has to pay duty to Government indirectly, in the food he takes or the clothes he wears so that he is really entitled to aid in the event of sickness or lack of work. Again, a writer cries shame on the Relieving Officer for not finding out that poor Ward was so utterly destitute. The only way I can see in which this could have been discovered would have been for the Relieving Officer to have made a house to house visit, asking if the occupants were in need of "benevolent aid;" rather a thankless task, I fancy. If a man has that wrong-headed pride which forbids him to seek relief from that source to which he is fairly entitled to look for it, and thereby starves himself to death (to say nothing of the misery of his family), I contend that he is more to be blamed than pitied
* A concert and dance in aid of the Ward family is to be held in the Drillshed on Friday night. It is to be under the patronage of the officers and members of the Wellington garrison and will, no doubt, seeing that it is for such a deserving object, be well attended.
* The Evening Post collected subscriptions in aid of the family. By the end of the month (Sep 1886) they already had £34 18s (Sep 2017 equivalent of around $6,750)
William James Ward and Sarah Ann Aldridge had 8 children. These are the children I have to date. Your help verifying them and any other info on William would be appreciated
* 1876 - Caroline Anne Ward
* 1877 - 1939 William James Ward
* 1878 - George Henry Ward
* 1880 - Job Ward
* 1881 - Hannah Frances Ward
* 1883 - Lillian Ward
* 1884 - Daisy Ward
* 1886 - 1957 Leslie Albert Ward
- Leslie was born 10 April, 4 months before his father's death.
* Leslie was in Wellington in 1902 appearing in court for theft
* George & James were in Wellington in 1910 appearing in court for stealing 13 cabbages from Nan Kinn
* Was Sarah able to keep her children. Did Sarah remarry. She apparently died 29 Sep 1911 in Hokitika
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLICAN'S LICENSE 11 May 1882
I, WILLIAM VILLERS, (1832-1887) of Petane, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Piblican's License for a house situate at Petane and known by the sign of the Petane Hotel, containing 27 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May 1882. W. VILLERS
I, JOHN VILLERS, (1833-1885) of Western Spit (Petane Beach), Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Petane, on the 2nd day of June 1882, apply for a Certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License for a house situate at the Western Spit, Napier and known by the sign of the Ferry Hotel, containing 11 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th May 1882. JOHN VILLERS
We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above John Villers is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Boyd, William Morris sen., G. McRae, W. Denholm, W. Waite, John Northe, Thomas Torrr, J. H. Sims, Anders Neilson and G. Plested
I, JAMES BRIGGS, of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the 7th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Port Ahuriri, and known by the sign of the London Hotel containing 14 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 10th day of May, 1882. JAMES BRIGGS
We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above James Briggs is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 10th May, 1882:- W. Denholm, J. J. Smith, Mark Rolls, W. Boyd, C. Cranby, John Mabbett, Edward Cook, William Riddell, Charles Stewart, Daniel Cotton
I, THOMAS PARKER, of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the seventh day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Port Ahuriri, containing 18 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 9th day of May, 1882. THOMAS PARKER
I, CHARLES HELANDER, () of Napier, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Napier on the 9th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Carlyle-street, Napier, containing 12 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. CHARLES HELANDER
HOUSEHOLDERS' CERTIFICATE We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above Charles Heland is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 9th May, 1882:- Alfred J. B. Howe, Michael Hebden, George Spratt, Peter Eddy, Michael Connoll, Chas. Porton, Thomas Kingswell, George Earney, John A. Moyers, Donald Fraser
I, FREDERICK HENRY STEVENS, (1857-1928) of Makatoku, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Ormondville on the 8th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Makatoku, containing 13 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. FREDERICK HENRY STEVENS
HOUSEHOLDERS' CERTIFICATE We, the undersigned, ten householders residing in the immediate neighbourhood of the above-mentioned house, do hereby certify that the above Frederick Henry Stevens is a person of good fame and reputation and fit and proper to have granted to him a Publican's License. Witness our hands the 6th May, 1882:- C. Friberg, C. Schmit, H. Hansen, Gotlieb Schmit, William Abel, Joseph Mosen, Thomas Irwin, Edward Plank, William Pike, Henrick Beuick, Jacob Schaare, A. Thoresen
I, ALEXANDER MacDONALD, of Kuripapanga, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Havelock on the 6th day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house called the Junction Hotel, at Kuripapanga, containing 21 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 8th day of May, 1882. ALEXANDER MACDONALD.
I, JEREMIAH LINEHAN, (1848-1920) of Ormondville, Publican, do hereby give notice that I desire to obtain, and will, at the next Licensing Meeting, to be holden at Ormondville on the eighth day of June 1882, apply for a certificate authorising the issue of a Publican's License of a house situate at Ormondville, containning 12 rooms, exclusive of those required for the use of the family. Dated the 4th day of May, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two. JEREMIAH LINEHAN
overlooking the Spit, Port Aruhiri 1883
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New Zealand Times, 8 Dec 1891
BUTTS - On the 5th December 1891, at his residence, Gordon-street, Newtown, Wellington, John George Butts, retired major 18th Royal Irish Regiment, aged 51 years
New Zealand Times, 7 Dec 1891
DEATH of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts
It is with much regret that we have to chronicle the death of Lieut-Colonel Butts, which occurred about 6.30 on Saturday evening from a paralytic stroke. The deceased, John Geo. Butts, was 51 years of age and was born at Hartest, Suffolk, England, where his father, the Rev Edward Drury Butts, was incumbent. He left there when quite young, on account of his father going to a place called Melplash, near Bridport (Dorset), where he lived until he entered the army, in in 1861, as ensign in the 2nd Battalion 18th Royal Irish. He was stationed first at Jersey and then in the Isle of Wight and in 1863 formed one of the Prince of Wales' Guard of Honour on the occasion of his marriage. Shortly afterwards he came out with his regiment to this Colony on the occasion of the Maori rising and served through the Waikato and Wanganui campaigns.
The Regiment was the last to leave New Zealand in 1869. It was afterwards stationed for some time at Hobart, and after being located at several military centres in the Old Country, Lieutenant Butts received his company, being at the same time transferred from the 2nd to the 1st battalion of the regiment. Subsequently the regiment was ordered to Malta and thence in 1874 to India, where he was stationed at Bareilly for some time and then to Firozpur. During the chief part of his residence there he was paymaster of the regiment.
In 1880 the regiment went to Afghanistan and after remaining with it there for six months he was invalided home on account of a severe fever he had contracted and was, in 1881, compulsorily retired from the service, under the new regulations, at the age of 40. It was then that he came back to New Zealand and after having been in the Colony about four months the War Office did him the high honour, of offering him by telegraph, reinstatement as Major in his old regiment. However, as the acceptance of this offer would have necessitated his going to India, which he was warned against by his physician, he was obliged to refuse, besides which his family affairs rendered any such acceptance almost impossible.
In 1887 he was gazetted to the Adjutancy of Volunteers in Wellington, a position he retained until the present Government retrenched him in March last.
In July 1890 be sustained a paralytic stroke, consequent on overwork, which was followed by a second stroke about two months since. He had been in fairly good health up till Friday night last, when about 10 o'clock the third stroke came and, despite the efforts of Dr Henry, who was immediately called in, he died on Saturday evening without having regained consciousness.
He married in (NZ) 1869 to Lucy Anne, daughter of the late Major Nixon, of Wanganui, by whom he had issue four children - two sons and two daughters - all of whom are now living.
The deceased was a member of an ancient family and was able to trace back his ancestry to very early times in English history. That it has numbered among its members men of prominence may be gathered from the fact that a Sir William Butts was Court physician to Bluff King Hal (King Henry VIII 1509-1547).
A brother of the deceased, Mr E. D. Butts, was formerly Postmaster in this city and is now occupying a similar position at Dunedin.
The late Lieutenant-Colonel Butts was a gentleman highly respected and esteemed by all with whom he came in contact and his death will be regretted by a large circle of friends and relatives. He will be buried with full military honours to-morrow afternoon, the funeral procession leaving his late residence in Gordon-street, Newtown, at 4p.m.
Evening Post, 7 Dec 1891
OBITUARY of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts
The brief announcement made in our last issue will have prepared our readers for the news of Lieut-Colonel Butts death, which occurred at his residence, Newtown, at 6.30 on Saturday evening. Deceased was the son of the Rev Edward Drury Butts, incumbent of Hartest, Suffolk and was born in that parish in the year 1840. His family was one of some note in early English history and one of its members, Sir Wm. Butts, was a Court physician to Henry VIII. The deceased gentleman entered the army in 1861, holding an ensign's commission in the 18th Royal Irish. He was in the guard of honour of the Prince of Wales on the occasion of His Royal Highness' marriage in 1863.
The outbreak of the Maori was brought the gallant 18th out to New Zealand, and with it the officer now deceased, who served throughout the fighting in the Waikato and on the West Coast. After leaving New Zealand in 1869 the Royal Irish did service at Hobart, in various parts of the Old Country (where Lieut Butts was given his company), Malta, India and Afghanistan. It was in the last-named country that the subject of this notice was seized with the fever that necessitated his retirement from the service in 1881. Immediately afterwards he settled in New Zealand.
The War Office cabled out an offer to reinstate him in his old regiment with promotion to the rank of Major, but he was unable to accept the honour, as the state of his health forbade his going to India, whither the regiment was ordered and family affairs also stood in the way.
The Adjuntancy of the Wellington Volunteers with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, was conferred upon him in 1883 and he held it until March last.
Paralysis told upon his health for the last year or two and the third stroke has now had the usual fatal consequence. Colonel Butts was married in 1869 to a daughter of the late Major Nixon, of Wanganui, who survives him with four children, two sons and two daughters.
Deceased was one of those men whom to know was to esteem and he leaves behind a very wide circle of mourning friends. St Mark's Parish loses in him an active worker. He was formerly a member of the parish vestry and acted for some time as lay-reader at the Newtown Church-room services. The Rev R. Coffey made allusion last night to the melancholy fact of Colonel Butts' death, bracketing together his name and that of Mr Joseph Holgate as two useful parishioners who had just passed away.
At the close of the service the Dead March in 'Saul" was played on the organ by Mr A. J. Hamerston, in memory of the departed officer. Military honours are to be paid by the Wellington Volunteers to the remains of their late commanding officer. The District Orders in reference to the funeral will be found elsewhere.
Evening Post, 9 Dec 1891
FUNERAL of Lieutenant-Colonel Butts
The late Lieut-Colonel Butts was interred in the Church of England Cemetery, Thorndon, yesterday afternoon, with all the military honours befitting an officer of his rank. The funeral cortege, which was a large one before it reached the cemetery, left the late residence of the deceased in Gordon-street, Newtown, at 4 o'clock. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack and surmounted with the accoutrements of the officer, together with a number of beautiful wreaths of white flowers sent by friends and relatives, was carried on a gun carriage belonging to the D Battery of Artillery. A detachment of 30 of the Permanent Artillery, under Major Messenger, which subsequently formed the firing party at the grave, marched in front with arms reversed and immediately behind the gun carriage and led by two members of the Artillery, came the deceased officer's charger, with trapping, the regimental boots being reversed in the stirrups. Next came a detachment of the Torpedo Corps and then several closed carriages containing the chief mourners - namely, Mr H. P. Butts, son of the deceased, Messrs T. Butts and H. Radcliffe, nephews, Mr Arthur Nixon, brother-in-law of the deceased and also a number of friends. At the Mount Cook Barracks the cortege was joined by the garrison officers, detachments from the various Volunteer corps and also the Garrison Band, under Bandmaster Herd. The officers present included the following:- Major Newall, Major McCredie, Adjutant Quick, Captain Coleman and Quartermaster Anderson (Permanent Artillery), Capt. Collins, Lieut. Wilson (City Rifles), Capt. Paterson and Lieut. Porritt (Wellington Guards), Lieut.-Commander Duncan, Lieuts. Hislop and Hume (Wellington Navals), Lieut-Commander Davy and Lieut Kirk (Petone Navals), Capt Loveday and Lieut Purdy (Heretaunga Mounted Infantry), Col. Pearce (Unattached) and Staff-Sergt-Major Finn were also present, whilst Inspector Thomson attended in uniform to represent the Police Department and Mr P.S. Garvey, Governor of the Wellington Gaol, on behalf of the Prisons Department, the deceased officer having been a visiting Justice of the Peace up to the time of his death. Liuet-Colonel Hume, Inspector of Volunteers, being absent in Auckland was represented by Sub-Lieut R. Hume of the Wellington Navals. The Volunteer Companies represented by detachments were the Wellington Rifles, Wellington Guards, City Rifles, Petone and Wellington Navals and Heretaunga, Mounted Infantry.
The parade was under command of Major Newall. A large number of civilians, including many prominent citizens, joined in the procession as it proceeded through the streets of the city. On the way to the cemetery the Garrison Band played the "Dead March from Saul" and Beethoven's beautiful "Funeral March"
The gun carriage was relinquished at the foot of Bolton-street and the coffin being placed on the shoulders of several officers was carried to the Mortuary Chapel in the cemetery, the following officers acting as pall-bearers:- Major McCredie, Adjutant Quick, Captains Coleman and Collins, Lieutenant-Commander Duncan, Captains Barclay and Beamish (representing the Imperial Army) and Mr Cole, late Captain of the Newtown Rifles.
After a short service in the chapel by the Rev. R. Coffey, curate of St Mark's Church, assisted by the Rev A. M. Bradbury of the same parish, the coffin was removed to the grave, which is situated in a sunny little spot on the western slope, where the last sad rites of the Church having been performed by the officiating clergyman, the firing party delivered three volleys over the grave and the assembly, which had been a most orderly one throughout, the dispersed.
A posse of police constables, under Sergeant-Major Ramsay, kept order at the entrance gate and at the grave, where there was a large assembly of people, but their duties were merely nominal.
John George Butts (1840-1891)
married in Wanganui 20 July 1869 to
Lucy Anna Nixon (1851-1931)
Lucy was born in Stoke, Nelson, 1 of 7 children of John Nixon & Eliza Julia Peterson from Nottingham (buried Wanganui)
Wellington Independent, 24 July 1869
BUTTS-NIXON - On July 20, at Sedgebrook Grange, the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev C. H. T. Nicholes, John George Butts, Lieutenant 18th Royal Irish, youngest son of the late Rev. Edward Drury Butts, Incumbent of Meipleish, Dorset, to Lucy Anna, youngest daughter of John Nixon, Esq., J.P. Wanganui
* marriage of Anna's sister On the 9th July 1863, at Sydney, Theodore Henry Dickens, Esq., barrister, Calcutta, to Matilda Julia, eldest daughter of John Nixon, Esq., J.P., Sedgebrook Grange, Wanganui, New Zealand, and niece to A.T.T. Peterson, Esq., barrister, Calcutta
* Sedgebrook Grange was a large family estate on the left bank of the Wanganui River. Anna's brother John Henry Nixon, Manager of the BNZ in Wanganui lived on the estate and breed thoroughbred horses and pedigree Jersey cattle
the children of John & Lucy
* 1871 - 1960 Harry Paulet Butts
born in Devonport, England, he married Edith Mary Templar in 1900 & died in Tauranga
* 1875 - 1961 Eva Mary Butts
born in Bareilly, India, never married. Eva was a school-mistress, she taught elocution, arithmetic and geography at the Terrace School, Fitzherbert Terrace, Wellington to the Beauchamps (Katherine Mansfield), among others. Katherine wrote that she tolerated, even sometimes liked, Miss Butts, who didn't attempt to make her conform, like Mrs. Henry Smith. Eva died in Christchurch and was cremated and buried at Bolton street with her family
* 1878 - 1926 Muriel St Clair Butts
born in Karauli, India, never married, Muriel died in Wellington, was cremated and buried at Bolton street with her family
* 1883 - 1960 George Aubrey Pitt Butts
born in New Zealand
* 1885 - 1885 Emily Butts
born in Wellington, Emily lived for 2 hours and was buried at Bolton Street cemetery
John George Butts died 5 Dec 1891
Lucy Anna Butts died 30 Oct 1931 aged 80
The family were buried Plot 7904 at Bolton Street cemetery
Butts headstone at Plot 7904
INSCRIPTION READS: In loving memory of Lieut Colonel J.G. BUTTS, late The Royal Irish Regiment, born 2 April 1840, died 5 December 1891. Lucy Anna BUTTS beloved wife of above, born 1851, died 1931. Eva Mary BUTTS, born India, died at Christchurch 31 May 1961, aged 86. Muriel St Clair BUTTS, born at Kasauli, died at Wellington 6 March 1926, aged 47
Erected by the Officers, Noncommissioned Officers and men of the Volunteer Force, Wellington District, 1892.
The VELVIN marriages
* Cyril David Velvin (1903-1986)
married Phyllis Muriel NOBLE in 1927
Auckland Star, 15 June 1942 - CYRIL in court
WELLINGTON, Saturday. Leave to defend has been granted by Mr A. M. Gouldin, S.M., in Wellington, in a case in which Albert Comfort, an accountant is seeking from Lieutenant C. D. Velvin damages alleged to be due as a result of a motor accident involving a car driven by Velvin in the course of his military duties. Velvin's notice of intention to degend was filed late. Counsel for Comfort, Mr Rollings, criticised the Army Department, which, he said, was using laws as a shelter against claims by the public for damage done by army vehicles, and was leaving the public to sue the individual soldier concerned. The magistrate thought the plaintiff himself anticipated that the Crown would not shelter behind the provisions of the Crown Suits Amendment Act, but in that he was mistaken. So also was the defendant who seemed to have acted on the assumption that the army would recognise responsibility for his actions. He acted in the usual way on receipt of the summons by forwarding it to the adjutant of his unit. It was not until May 18 that the army authorities informed the defendant that they were taking no responsibility for his action and it was then too late for the defendant to file notice of his intention to defend
* Cyril served in WWI 600733. He enlisted from 84 South St., Feilding
Auckland Star, 21 May 1943 - Wedding of Phyllis's sister
MILNE-NOBLE - A pretty Air Force wedding was solemnised at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Feilding recently when Norma Joan, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs J. J. Noble, Bailey Street, Feilding, was married to Leslie John, A/CI., R.N.Z.A.F., younger son of Mrs R. Milne, of Roslyn Terrace, Devonpost, Auckland ... in attendance were Mrs C. D. Velvin, matron of honour, sister of the bride ... little Mary Velvin, niece of the bride, was flower girl in a ground length frock of pale green taffeta fashioned on the same lines as the older maids more here ...
* Ernest Sturrock Velvin (1894-1964)
married Kathleen Mary HAYDON (1895-1980) in 1919
Ernest Sturrock Velvin, was always involved in many sports in Christchurch over the years. Motorcyling (he had an Ariel), Surf Life saving (Club Captain), Rowing (Officer of the Union Rowing Club). He was a Freemason at the St. Augustine Lodge No. 4, Christchurch. He was a motor agent and engineer. He lived with his mother at 31 Gresford Street, St Albans on enlistment as Trooper 5775, 33rd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade, NZEF
* George Richard Velvin (1865-1933)
married Ellen Emily Eliza 'Nellie' CHARTERIS in 1891
their known children
* 1892 - 1951 George Roy Velvin
* 1894 - 1915 Errol John Velvin
* 1903 - 1986 Cyril David Velvin
Temuka Leader, 15 Feb 1892 - George at sale
Glasson & Co - sell G. R. Velvin's stock-in-trade at Temuka on Monday next
Press, 26 June 1915 - DEATH of Errol
VELVIN, Errol John, Private 10-773 (Richard George Velvin, Eltham) (see notes below)
Hawera & Normanby, Star 25 July 1919 - at ELTHAM
Mr Geo. Velvin, who has been a resident of Eltham for over 20 years, was appointed custodian of the Town Hall and Municipal Chambers at a meeting of the Borough Council on Tuesday night. There were twenty-three applicants. (he resigned in Sep)
* John William Velvin (1886-1972)
married Grace PATTERS (1890-1965) in 1912
their known children
* 1914 - 1997 Ernest John Velvin
* 1917 - 1997 Norman Douglas Velvin (served in WWII twice. Lance Corporal, 25th Wellington Battalion, 2nd NZEF, Third Echelon. Lived at 5 Collins St., Hawera)
Press, 24 Oct 1917 BIRTH of Norman
VELVIN - At 42 Flockton street, St Albans, to Mr and Mrs J. W. Velvin - a son
Hawera & Normanby Star, 26 Sep 1923 GEORGE's job
Mr Velvin, money-order clerk, who has been transferred to Hawera from the Money Order Office, Christchurch, arrived in Hawera on Friday and has taken up his new duties
John William Velvin was the Acting-Postmaster in Hawera in 1924. He lived at 28 Union St., Palmerston North when son Norman served in 1940s
* John William Velvin (1859-1915)
John was born to John Vilven & Margaret Tyner who was from County Cork, Ireland
married Annie Jane SMITH (1856-1932) in 1885
Annie was from Arbroath, Scotland
their known children
* 1886 - 1972 John William Velvin
* 1888 - 1891 Cecil James Velvin
* 1890 - 1973 Percy Malcolm Velvin
* 1894 - 1964 Ernest Sturrock Velvin
* 1896 - Lena Elizabeth Margaret Velvin
Temuka Leader, 18 April 1891 - DEATH of Cecil
VELVIN - On April 16th, at Temuka, Cecil James, second dearly beloved son of John Wm. and Annie Jane Velvin - deeply regretted
Mataura Ensign, 19 June 1902 - Golden Wedding of John William's in-laws
GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION AT GORE - Two old and much respected residents of Gore - Mr and Mrs Jas. Smith - celebrated their golden wedding yesterday, they having been married by the Rev Mr Leslie, at Arbroath, Scotland, on June 18, 1852. They arrived in the colony by the ship 'Mary Ann' in 1859 and settled for a time at Christchurch where Mr Smith, being a carpenter by trade, assisted in building the first hospital in that town. The couple removed to Temuka, South Canterbury some years later and came to Southland about 20 years ago. There are living, four sons, one daughter, 38 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The sons are Messrs Jas. Smith (late of Otama and now of Timaru), W. Smith (Gore), W. S. Smith (late of Otama and now of Windsor, Oamaru) and D. G. Smith (Riversdale.) The daughter is Mrs J. W. Velvin, of Gore.
The event was celebrated right royally at the Temperance Hall, Gore, yesterday, when Mr and Mrs Velvin and the Messrs Smith entertained a large number of guests who had come from far and near to congratulate the old couple. A number of apologies for absence were received. among these being congratulatory messages from the Hon J. M. Twomey, Dr Hayes and Mr and Mrs Coira of Temuka. The only sister of Mrs Smith sen., Mrs Jas. Phip, also sent word that she had been unavoidably kept away owing to the serious illness of her son,
At the afternoon reception the Mayor (Mr D McFarlane) made a brief speech suitable to the occasion, congratulating Mr and Mrs Smith upon the completion of such a long period of wedded life. The Rev A. Gray also addressed those present, felicitating the old couple and expressing to them the heart-felt good wishes of all their friends. Mr R. Whittingham mad a brief speech. At this juncture Mrs C. Hagen (who had borne a leading part in promoting the gifts), presented Mr and Mrs Smith with a purse of sovereigns and several other tokens of the goodwill of their friends.
Mr Jas. Smith made suitable response on behalf of his parents the health of the old couple was toasted and a vote of thanks to Mr and Mrs Velvin and the Messrs Smith for the lavish hospitality they had dispensed carried on the motion of Mr A. Martin and Dr Donaldson.
In the evening a further celebration of the event took place, when a large number of guests were admirably entertained with music and games of all kinds, dainty refreshments being served at frequent intervals. Among those contributing to the harmony of the evening were Mesdames Boyne and Jas. Smith, Waikaka Valley (who was encored for her song), Miss Lena and Isa Velvin, Masters Ernest Velvin and Lennie Smith, Messrs Jas. Smith, Cunningham, Christie and others, Mr Cunningham providing the accompanying music. Dr Dickson (Otama) played a number of bagpipe selections and the enjoyable gathering closed with the singing of the National Anthem
Ensign, 11 Aug 1915 - DEATH of John William
VELVIN - At his residence, 31 Gresford Street, Christchurch, on August 11 1915, John W. Velvin; aged 56 years formerly of Gore. A dearly loved husband and father
Sun, 2 Nov 1918 - ERNEST at war
Mrs J. W. Velvin, Gresford Street, St Albans, has received cable advice that her son, Trooper E. S. Velvin, has been suffering from malaria, but is now recovering in hospital at Cairo
* Percy Malcolm Velvin (1890-1973)
married Ella May WILSON (1893-1975) in 1915
Kaipara and Waitemata Echo, 25 Oct 1917 - PERCY in Cairo
Friends who have been assisting the Y.M.C.A. in Palestine in it work for our soldiers in Egypt and palestine will be pleased to learn that the work of the Association's representative with the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade, Mr Percy M. Velvin, is very keenly appreciated by the G.O.C. more here ...
Star, 7 Aug 1919 - Ella's parents
The friends of Mrs P. M. Velvin will be pleased to hear that her parents, Mr and Mrs J. Wilson, "Devonia: Papanui Road, late of Gloucester Street, have received advice that she and her husband, Mr P. M. Velvin, Secretary, Y.M.C.A., are returning from Egypt by the Ellenga. Mrs Velvin joined her husband last January and since had an enjoyable holiday touring Egypt and Palestine
Press, 13 Sep 1921 - PERCY's farewell
Mr P. M. Velvin was farewelled by the staff of the Y.M.C.A. yesterday, prior to relinquishing the position of director of the Boys Gordon Hall, which he has held since 1914, except for a period of four years on active service. Mr Velvin is proceeding to Wellington as a member of the national staff and will be visiting various centres in the North Island in connexion with the boys work carried on by the Y.M.C.A. more here ...
* Percy was living at 464 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch when son Raymond served in WWII - notes below
* Roy George Velvin (1892-1951)
married Murielle Iris ANDERSON (1899-1994) in 1919
they were in Hawera by 1919 when Muriel won a prize for her Sultana cake and in 1923 in the 'Preserved Fruit' collection at the Hawera A & P show
Hawera & Normanby, Star 25 Oct 1919 - CARETAKER
TOWN HALL CARETAKER - Fourteen applications were received and Mr Roy Velvin, a returned soldier, was appointed
* Roy served in WWI 3/3377, Hospital Ship. No. 1, 8th Voyage from NZ. He served in WWII 5/8/179
* Elizabeth Velvin
married David Gordon SMITH (1859-1941) in 1885
their known children
1886 - 1966 Leonard Gordon Smith
1887 - Ethel Margaret Smith
1890 - 1961 Flora Alice Smith
1892 - Elsie Elizabeth Smith
1894 - 1967 Cecil Eric Smith
1896 - 1872 Herbert Stanley Smith
1897 - 1967 David Gordon Sturrock Smith
1899 - Annie Kelvin Smith
1905 - Percy Edward William Smith
* Lena Elizabeth Margaret (1896-) Velvin
married Henry Fredrick Joseph HEBLEY (1893-1973) in 1919
Star, 22 Nov 1910 - LENA at school
The pupils of the Richmond School who have received instruction in life-saving from Mr G. E. Billson have expressed their appreciation of his efforts in a very happy manner. They crowded round him at the city baths this morning and accompanying the present with a pretty speech. Miss Lena Velvin, on their behalf, handed to Mr Billson a silver inkstand. Mr Billson expressed his thanks for their kindly thoughtfulness and the children cheered him enthusiastically
Star, 30 Oct 1919 - WEDDING of Lena
HEBLEY - VELVIN - A very pretty wedding was solemnised at the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church yesterday afternoon, when Miss Lena Velvin, younger daughter of Mrs J. W. Velvin, Gresford Street, St Albans, was married to Mr Henry F. J. Hebley, Spreydon. The church was beautifully decorated by girl friends of the bride. The Rev. J. J. North was the officiating minister. Mr A. Lilley, who presided at the organ played the Bridal march from "Lohengrin" as the bride entered the church on the arm of her brother, Mr W. Velvin. She looked charming in a frock of white crepe de chine and Georgette. The bodice was made in cross-over style with a vest of Brussels lace, which also edged the Georgette skirt panels. An embroidered veil was also worn, held in place by a circlet of pearls. The bridesmaid was Miss Minnie Lee, who wore a becoming frock of pale grey crepe de chine, with hand embroideries in pastel shades of blue and pink. Her grey hat was lined with vieux rose and trimmed with a wreath of tiny flowers. There were also two little flower girls, the Misses Olive and Ngaire Brown (nieces of the bridegroom) who looked very sweet in white embroidered silk frocks, carrying baskets of flowers. The bridegroom was attended by Mr W. Turnpenny as best man. The wedding breakfast was held in the schoolroom adjoining the church, to which about sixty guests sat down. Mrs J. W. Velvin (mother of the bride) wore a black costume with smart black hat and carried a bouquet of purple flowers. Others present were Miss Velvin, Mrs W. Velvin and Mrs Lawson Brown (sister of the bridegroom). Mr and Mrs Hebley left for Auckland en route to theri future home in America
Henry Frederick Hebley was born in Christchurch. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was remarried by 1935. Lena moved to Canada and also remarried, to a Mr Crowley
Timaru Herald, 17 Dec 1875 - death of a daughter
VELVIN - November 23, at Temuka, Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr John Velvin, aged 15 years (birth about 1860)
* Errol John Velvin (1894-1915), son of George and Nellie Velvin, of Eltham, served as Private 10/773, Wellington Infantry Battalion. He died of his wounds 13 June 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 20
* Errol Gordon Velvin (1919-1999), a butcher, son of Roy George Velvin & Murielle Iris Anderson, served in WWII Private 5276, 19 Infantry Battalion, 2NZEF: 1st Echelon. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs M. Velvin, Graves Street, Eltham, Taranaki
* Raymond Malcolm 'Ray' Velvin (1921-2008), son of Percy Malcolm Velvin & Ella May Wilson, served in WWII Warrant Officer Class 2, NZ Medical Corps, Casualty Clearing Station 085098
GILKISON marriages 1868 - 1935
* Andrew Scoular Gilkison
married Euphemia Walker BAIN in 1907
* Archibald Gilkison
married Jessie Maclachlan PENNICUICK in 1934
* James Lindsay Gilkison
married Martha Jane FLEMING in 1904
* John Gilkison
married Maggie THOMSON in 1901
* John Thomson Gilkison
married Bessie Turner MANUEL in 1930
* Joseph Gilkison
married Gladys Lydia KAY in 1929
* Lindsay Scoular Gilkison
married Margaret Eleanor HARDY in 1928
* Peter Lindsay Gilkison
married Agnes Maud THOMSON in 1903
* Richard Sidney Gilkison
married Ethel Elizabeth THOMPSON in 1898
* Robert Gilkison
married Kathleen Jane THOMPSON in 1892
* Robert Gilkison
married Colleen RAYWARD in 1923
* Rickman William Gilkison
married Emma Sarah RICKMAN in 1868
* William Donald Gilkison
married Edith Isabelle CUFF in 1935
*Alison Grace Gilkison
married John Howard Marcus SMITH in 1934
* Annie Ramsay Gilkison
married Clifford Aubrey ALSOP in 1937
* Catherine Gilkison
married William DUNCAN in 1922
* Eleanora Gilkison
married Thomas Liddan PARR in 1923
* Eleanora Brown Gilkison
married James Greig SAWELL in 1886
* Ethel Winnifred Gilkison
married Walter Thomas PATTERSON in 1923
* Harriet Gilkison
married George William GREENWOOD in 1888
* Isabella Hay Gilkison
married Lincoln Albert EASTWOOD in 1926
* Jane Wilhelmina Gilkison
married Edward Carvel HERBERT in 1937
* Janetta Welb Gilkison
married William Alexander DONALD in 1894
* Jenny Christie Gilkison
married William Allan ROXBURGH in 1926
* Margaret Hutchinson Gilkison
married Bernard Sefton PARKES in 1932
* Mary Burnside Gilkison
married John MORRIOSN in 1929
* Mary Lindsay Gilkison
married Charles Frederick Adams JONES in 1911
* VETERANS AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
* SEBASTOPOL DAY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
* Sebastopol Day celebrates the end of the main battle of the Crimean War - the 11 month siege of the Russian city of Sevastopol on the Black Sea, 17 Oct 1854 – 9 Sep 1855
* The A.C. FIELD FORCE, story of NZ's soldier police
* PHOTO of a group of veterans at the Government House fête in 1900
Evening Post, 10 Sep 1900
It was a happy thought which led His Excellency the Governor to invite the veterans of the Imperial Army and navy to dine at Government House, and the day chosen for the reception - the anniversary of the Battle of Sebastopol - was an appropriate occasion. It was a remarkable coincidence that about one third of the number of the soldiers who on Saturday responded to the call to fall-in on the lawn should have been veterans of the Crimea.
Punctually at 2 o'clock all sorts and conditions of men, but all wearing decorations on their breasts, met at the rendezvous, and were in due course ushered into the corridor. Some apologised to the orderly for having omitted to bring their invitation cards, whispering into his private ear - "As a matter of fact, you know, the missus kept it as a great memento!" The "That's quite right!" of the orderly came as a great relief to the nervous, who had feared that there was no admittance without a ticket. But they found that the silver badge of courage worn on the breast carried them throughout the afternoon.
The next ordeal for the nervous old warriors was hearing their names loudly called by the receiving Aide-de-Camp (Hon. C. Hill-Trevor) on their entry into the reception room, where Lady Ranfurly shook hands with all the guests and passed them along to Lord Ranfurly, who expressed his pleasure at having them with him that day and then introduced each soldier and sailor to his two daughters. The young ladies in turn greatly delighted the time-worn members of the party by helping them to their seats. The Hon. Mr Butler (Hon. Aide-de-Camp) also assisted in receiving and placing the guests.
Looking down the table from the Governor's left hand, the only two New Zealand Cross and their wearers in the assembly were conspicuous. The decoration is handsome and the men caught the eye also. Sergt. Sam Austin (of Wanganui) ... (more at link) and Private Tom Adamson ... (more at link)
There were quite a number of men at the gathering who had taken part in the disastrous engagement at Te Ngutu-o-te-Manu ('the beak of the bird') in which Von Tempsky and several other brace officers, as well as many of the rank and file, lost their lives ... more at top links
Excellent music was provided throughout the afternoon. Minifie's Orchestra contributed a programme of martial airs ...
During an interval in the proceedings the whole party adjourned to the lawn, where the Colonial, the Crimean, the China, the Kaffir and the Indian Mutiny veterans were photographed in separate groups. The afternoon was bright and sunshine, the Government House party made the hearts of the veterans glad with the warm welcome extended to them and the hands of the host and hostess were shaken in farewell, the soldiers of the Queen assured their sovereign's representative that Sebastopol Day would remain a red-letter day so long as memory lasted
Of the 200 invitations issued by Lord Ranfurly, 136 were accepted. A number of the guests came into Wellington by last night's and this morning's trains from all parts of the Island - from New Plymouth on the west and Napier on the east coast.
In the list of invitations given here-under, some of the records of the old soldiers have not been obtained and the initials "NZ" after the names mean that the veteran wears the New Zealand medal. There are no less that fifty Crimean veterans on the list, which will be found to include a few names of men who do not wear medals.
The following is the list:-
(my additions will be obvious)
* Samuel ATKINS, Wellington, Sergt 78th Regiment, Persia and the Indian Mutiny medals
* Henry Mount Langton ATCHERLEY (1836-1904), Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ. Born 22 Jan 1836, Canterbury Kent, England, died Auckland 11 Nov 1904. A NZ soldier in the 1860s, Henry later took up watercolour painting. From 1877 he exhibited throughout NZ and travelled to Australia. His paintings were usually of Maori subjects, but sometimes of military operations
* Robert ALEXANDER , Kilbirnie, 65th NZ
* Samuel AUSTIN (1828-1903), Wanganui, Sergt 78th, NZ Cross and medal. Born Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, died 25 Jan 1903, Wanganui. Enlisted aged 16 with the 65th (2nd North Yorkshire Riding) Regiment of Foot at Banbridge in Aug 1844. His father had also been a career soldier. Trained at the 65th's principal Irish Depot at Mullingar. One year later the regiment was ordered to the Chathams and then as escorts on convict ships to NSW, Australia. He was in a detachment of 35 men sent to Norfolk Island in Dec 1845. In 1846 he was sent with his regiment from Sydney to Wellington to assist quell Maori disturbances in that area. Went to the Maori war with the 78th Regiment, won the Cross three times
* F. APPLEYARD, New Plymouth, Crimea (got his medal in 1866)
(possibly?) Frederick Ernest APPLEYARD (1829-1911). Born 6 June 1829 in Surrey, England. British Army commander, served in numerous Victorian Era military campaigns including the Crimean and the Second Anglo-Afghan wars. He rose to the rank of major-general. But cannot find he came to NZ. More research
* Thomas ADAMSON, Taihape, Wanganui, NZ Cross. Was to General Whitmore what Burnham was to Lord Roberts in South Africa - the eye of the army, the chief of scouts. It is said that no man was under fire so often or saw so many engagements in the Maori wars as Tom. He was under fire 24 times in Taranaki and the Urewera. On his 25th engagement he received four bullets in his body yet brought out the badly wounded. He saw Von Tempsey killed. He avenged the murder of Broughton, the interpreter by lying in wait seven days for, and ultimately capturing, single-handed, the chief who ordered Broughton's death.
* Henry ARDEN, Wellington, MZ medal
* John BRACE, Wellington, 52nd, Mutiny
* W. BUCK, Wellington, Colonial Defence Force, NZ
* E. H. BEERE, Wellington, Engineer Volunteers, NZ
* J. H. BROWN , Wellington, Hawkes Bay Volunteer, NZ
* Edwin BEZAR (1839-1936), Wellington, 57th NZ. At the funeral of Sergeant Sandbrook in July 1933, Edwin wrote ... "Seventy-seven years ago on, the 28th of last May Sergeant Sandbrook and I sailed from the Crimea in the steamship Etna. The whole of the 57th 'Diehards' and two Companies of the 14th Regiment were on board. We reached Constantinople next day, took in coal, and resumed the voyage, reaching Malta on Sunday night, June 1. Three years later a 2nd Battalion was formed to the 14th, and many, members 'of the 1st were transferred to the new battalion, the late Sergeant Sandbrook being one. That battalion came to New Zealand in 1860"
* W. H. BROOKS, Mangaweka, NZ
* James BROWN, Wellington, 18th NZ
* Hon. William Douglas Hall BAILLIE (1827-1922), M.L.C., Hon Capt 24th Regiment, Punjab etc. Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Arrived NZ after 1857, first elected to the Marlborough Provincial Council in 1860. He represented the Wairau electorate. He was the second Superintendent of Marlborough Province (1861-1863) and the longest-serving member of the NZ Legislative Council; 61 years, from 8 March 1861 to his death 24 Feb 1922. He was the second Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council. From 1890, his vision deteriorated and later was totally blind. His wife would bring him into the Legislative Council chamber and put him into his seat. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street. Captain Baillie died aged 95 at his daughter's residence in Maoribank, Upper Hutt
* Capt BARCLAY, Wellington, 24th Regiment. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* G. J. N. BEAMISH, Wellington, Capt late H.M. 14th Foot Regiment, NZ.
22 Oct 1862 The ceremony at Wellington of laying the first stone of the buildings intended for the use of the Supreme Court and Resident magistrate was performed by his Excellency the Governor. A guard of honor, consisting of a company of the 14th Regt., under the command of Capt. Beamish, was drawn up on Lambton-quay.
15 Aug 1867 House Of Representatives PETITIONS - Mr Travers presented a petition from Messrs H. W. S. Beamish and G. J. N. Beamish, of the Chatham Islands, praying that an inquiry may be made into the manner in which the government of those Islands is administered, with a view to the better administration of justice there and the redress of other grievances.
5 July 1889 Dr Newman presented yesterday the petitions of G. J. N. Beamish and William Duffy of Wellington, praying for grants of land for military services
Napier, 9 Dec 1889 Ernest Reginald Beamish, aged 17, only son of Capt Beamish, of the Chatham Islands, was accidentally drowned yesterday while bathing at Koniui, Hawkes Bay.
Nov 1898, he was the President at the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street.
In 1901 he was the senior captain of the Wellington branch of the Veterans' Association
* David BELL, Wellington, 65th NZ
* Charles Thomas BENZONI (1838-1814), Wellington, Army Hospital Corps, China and NZ
* Capt BOWER, Town Clerk, Napier
* Robert BRIGHT, Waverley, 57th Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Samuel BERRY, Napier, 70th, Crimea
* Thomas BROADFIELD, Hastings, 70th, Crimea, TUrkish, NZ
* Thomas BOSWORTH, New Plymouth, S.D.F., four medals including Crimea
* Major BRASSEY, Wanganui, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Charles BROWN, Wellington, 2nd Armed Constabulary, NZ
* A. BURTON, Wellington, Royal Marines, China
* W. BLICK, Wanganui, R.A., Crimea and Sebastapol
* Thomas Freeman BRENCHLEY (1830-), Mauriceville, R.N., South African (1853). Joined the Navy in 1844, became a first-class petty officer on H.M.S. Cator and took his part in chasing slavers. Had the Challenge Lime Kiln, in Mauriceville East (established 1887). Written 1897:- This lime kiln, which is situated close to the railway station, has an output of fifty tons monthly. There is a field of limestone ten chains long by three chains wide, and about 200 feet deep. Mr. Brenchley employs four men. Crushed burnt lime for agricultural purposes and Brenchley's Patent Insecticide are manufactured at the works. Mr. Brenchley is an old man-of-war's man and holds the South African war medal. Thomas married Mrs Mary Ann Legate (1833-1878) in Dunedin in 1870. He married Jessie Hope Russell in 1878 and had 4 children, George Freeman, Harriett Bertha, Thomas Freeman & Henry Freeman Brenchley
* M. CASSHEN, Wellington, 14th, NZ
* R. T. CURTIS, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* W. CHRISTIE, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ
* James CAPPER, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* George Collyer (1831-1905), Wellington, Crimea. One of the storming party at Sebastopol, passed away at his residence, Wellington on the anniversary of his arrival in NZ, thirty-one years before.
Wairarpa Daily Times, 19 July 1905 The deceased Mr George Collyer, was one of Newtown's early settlers. He was for seventeen years employed at the Government Insurance Office, but retired a little over two years ago. He leaves a widow and family of four.
* Capt CUMMINS, Wanganui, NZ
* Patrick CAREY, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* Charles CATTON, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* George CLAMPITT (1830-1912), Napier, 19th, Mutiny, Burmah, NZ
* Hon. J. CARROLL, Native Minister, NZ
* James CONNOR, Wanganui, 74th Highlanders, Crimea and Turkish, three clasps
* Edward CLUTTERBUCK, Hawera
* W. CULLEN, Hawera, R.N.
* John De LANEY, Wellington, 57th, India, Crimea, NZ
* Charles DUNFOY (1835-1907), Wellington, 70th, Indian Mutiny, NZ
* John DANDERSON (1833-1917), Ohiro Home, C.D.F., NZ
* Walter DELANEY, Wellington, NZ
* 'Seaman' DAVIS, Makara, R.N., Crimea and China
* Joseph DONOVAN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* William DELANEY, Eketahuna, NZ
* J. DUFFIN (1832-1911), New Plymouth, 57th, Crimea and Turkish
* Sergt. J. DONAGHY, Hunterville
* Fred. De LISLE, Napier
* Selwyn DAVIS, Woolston, Scottish Fusiliers, Crimea
* Sir ARTHUR DOUGLAS, R.N.
* J. O'D. DINGLEY, Inglewood, Sergt 89th, Crimea
* C. DIXON, Masterton, R..N.
* Richard EVANS, Wellington, C.T.C., NZ
* Com. EDWIN, Wellington, R.N., Crimea
* W. G. ENTWHISTLE, Wellington, 24th, India
* Thomas ENNIS, Mangaweka, 18th, NZ
* George ELGA, Wellington, Sergeant, 76th
* John FULTON, Wellington, R.E., Crimea and Turkish
* Captain John FALCONER, Torpedo Corps, Wellington, R.E., long service medal
* Colonel W. FRASER, Wellington
* Joseph FOWLER, Karori, L.T.C., served in Crimea, no medal
* James FARR, Waverley, 57th, Crimea
* T. FURLOING, New Plymouth, Crimea
* William Francis FOGDEN (1828-1909), Wellington, R.N., Kaffir
* Anhtony GREEN, Taitville, 65th, NZ
* Hon Dr Morgan Stanislaus GRACE (1837-1903), M.L.C., Staff Assistant Surgeon, C.M.G., NZ. OBITUARY of Dr Grace, New Zealand Tablet, 23 April 1903 The death of the Hon, Dr, Grace, M.L.C., C.M.G., which occurred at his residence, Wellington, on Sunday morning, was not wholly unexpected, as it had been well known that he had been seriously ill for a considerable time, little hope being entertained for his recovery for some weeks . Nevertheless the enws of the sad event came as a shock to the public not alone for Wellington, but of the whole Colony, for the genial doctor had been so long identified with the public life of New Zealand that his name was held to be synonymous with purity of motives and independence of action ... The late Dr Grace was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary, on February 28, 1837, his father being Mr James Grace, of Sheffield House, Queens County ... He arrived in Auckland in 1860 as surgeon to the 65th Regiment ... He was appointed principal medical officer to the New Zealand forces in 1865 ... In recognition of his services to the Catholic Church, of which he was a devoted member, Dr Grace was, in 1890, mad a Count of the Holy Roman Empire ... For many years he was almost the sole owner of the Wellington Tramways, which he disposed of to the City Council a year or two ago ... He was also a forceful writer, having at one time or another done some good journalistic work ... Had his professional duties permitted, he would have undoubtedly, at one time or another, attained the rank of Minister of the Crown but it is doubtful if he would have been a success, as he was too candid and sincere to please either Government or Oppositoin ... (abridged from link)
* F. B. GROVER, Kilbirnie, Bengal, H.A., India
* P. GARBES, Wellington, Wellington Rifles, NZ
* Michael GILL, Napier, 57th Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* N. GELDING, New Plymouth, Crimea and Mutiny
* Lieut-Colonel GORTON, Bulls, NZ
* A. HOOD, New Plymouth, Crimea
* William HEDGES, Wellington, 55th
* Jesse HUETT/HEWITT, Wellington, 58th, NZ. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* J. E. HOPKINS, Mount Cook Barracks, Middlesex, South Africa
* C. HASLAM, Wellington, 3rd Waikatos, NZ
* E. HUTCHINGS, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ
* J. HEARFIELD, Mitchelltown, Forest Rangers, NZ
* G. HALLIWELL, Wellington, 65th, NZ
* J. A. HAMILTON, 1st Waikatos
* Joseph HICKS, Wellington, 19th, Crimean and Turkish
* Richard HINGSTONE, Ohiro Home, C.D.F., entitled to NZ
* Hon Major HARRIS, M.J.C., NZ
* John HALLORAN, Christchurch, 58th Foot, 1st NZ war (1846)
* James HOLBROOK, Wanganui, 57th Foot, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* J. HANDLEY, Wanganui, NZ
* James HART, New Plymouth, Crimea
* P. HOULAGHAN, New Plymouth, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* T. R. HACKETT, Wellington, Sergt., Middlesex Regiment, Crimea, Maori war
* Charles JEFFCOTT, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ Wanganui Herald, 24 Oct 1904 CRIMEAN VETERANS TO THE EDITOR. Sir,- I am very sorry to say, sir, that there are only a few old veterans left to take part in the re-union of the soldiers and sailors who served in the Crimean War. Fifty years have passed since those memorable days, and we have never yet had a re-union. A few of the old Diehards have responded, and I am looking forward to having a good time on the 5th of November-Inkerman Day. The few old veterans who have passed both bullets are going to have a dinner and a talk over old times and such memorable events as the charge of the Light Brigade, the Battle of Inkerman; the Storming of Sebastopol, and the hardships of the first winter in the Crimea, when thousands perished for the want of food and clothing, or were frozen to death. Memorable is the charge of the Light and. Heavy Brigades at Balaclava. I was on outlying picquet duty on the River Chernaya, with James McCauley. We gave the alarm that the Cossacks were on us, and when daylight came on the morning of the 25th Sir Colin Campbell, with his Highland Brigade, was waiting for them. We were engaged half an hour before the cavalry came from Lord Raglan. Trusting all the veterans that can possibly come will communicate with me without further delay - I am, etc., CHARLES JEFFCOTT, Late 57th.
* John KIEFFE, Wellington, 7th Foot, Crimea
* Hon. Courtenay William Aylsun Thomas KENNY, (1837-1905) M.L.C., Crimea
* Hon, T. KELLY, M.L.C., NZ
* Hoani KAIHI, Mount Cook Barracks, Bombardier Permanent Militia, NZ
* Arthur KINCAIDE, Wanganui, 68th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* James KEILY, Napier, 57th, Crimea, Turkish
* Usher LUCAS, Wellington, R.E., (A.P.), 2nd Quartermaster-Sergeant, long service
* W. LINGARD, Wellington, C.D.F., NZ, Cross and Medal
* M. LANDERS, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* LUDLAM, Wellington, 11th Foot, NZ
* R. LUNN, Wellington, 14th Foot, NZ
* J. LOVE, Wellington, Bengal Fusiliers, India Medal, Delhibar
* James LAWTON[/color], Wellington, NZ
* Major LIDDLE[/color], Feilding, Crimea, three medals
* J. LAMBERT[/color], Inglewood, 44th, Crimea
* J. MURRAY, Hutt, NZ
* E. McKENNA, Wanganui, Ensign, 65th, V.C.
* Robert MOWATT, Wellington, R.A., Sergeatn-Major, Crimea and Turkish
* J. M. MAY, Wellington, Wanganui Rifles, NZ
* J. C. MOGINE, Hutt, Auckland Rifles, NZ
* T. MACAULEY, Wellington, NZ
* C. McINTYRE, Wellington, Taranaki Militia, NZ
* Charles MILLWOOD, Wellington, Land Transport Corps, Crimea, Turkish
* Lieut-Col, Mc..GER, Wellington, NZ
* William McNIVEN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Timothy McCARTHY, Inglewood, Sergeant, 18th, 1st China, 1st Burmah and Crimea
* F. McGRUER, M.H.R., Hawera, NZ
* Capt Arthur McKELLAR-WIX (1846-1918), Wellington, 5th Fusiliers, Africa. He married Emma Dodson (1850-1915) in Nelson, he played first-class cricket for, and was Vice President & coach of, the cricket club in Nelson, his children were born there. In Nov 1898, he was the Vice President at the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street, Wellington. Arthur and his family later moved back to England. In the 1911 census Ashleigh, Ringers Road, High Street, Bromley, Kent. Head Arthur McKellar Wix, age 64, late Army Officer, born Balham, Surrey. Wife Emma Wix, age 61, married 38 years, 9 children born alive, 5 still living, born Nova Scotia. Daughter Kathleen Isabel Wix, age 27, single, born New Zealand. Son Gordon Farleton Wix, age 26, single, no occupation, born New Zealand. 1 servant. Arthur died in Egham Surrey, 26 March 1918 aged 71
* Alex McNEIL, Aramoho, Lieut. East India Company Mutiny, Delhi, Lucknow
* Charles MONAHAM, Wellington, late 40th NZ
* ... MOORE, New Plymouth, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* R. M. MILLER, Napier, 23rd Abyssinian
* George NASH, Wellington, Sergeant 12th Foot, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* M. O'CONNOR, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* John OWENS, Napier, 70th, Mutiny and NZ
* .. O'DONNELL, New Plymouth, 55th, Crimea, Turkish, two bars and cross
* Major OWEN
* R. PEGLEY, Wellington, A.C. Force, NZ
* J. G. PRICE, Hutt, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* Coleman PHILIPS, Featherston, 2nd Waikatos, NZ
* George PURDY, Wellington, Taranaki Militia, NZ
* G. A. PREECE, Palmerston North, Capt. A. C. Forse, NZ Cross and Medal
* Col. PATONE, R.E.
* Inspector Peter PENDER, Wellington, Crimea
* .. PRICE, Wellington, Royal Marines, Ashanti. In Nov 1898, he attended the first reunion of past and present officers in the Imperial Service which took place at Godber's rooms on Cuba street
* Lieut-Col PORTER, Wellington, NZ
* .. PYCROFT, New Plymouth, R.N., Crimea
* John QUIGLEY, Eketahuna, 87th, Indian Mutiny
* J. J. RUSSELL, Hutt, 18th Foot, NZ
* J. ROBINSON, Wellington, NZ
* Captain RUSSELL, M.H.R., 14th Regiment
* A. E. ROWDEN, Wellington, R.N., Crimea and Turkish
* M. REDMOND, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea and Turkish
* S. RYAN, Wanganui, 57th, Crimea, Turkish, NZ
* Patrick READY, Meanee, 43rd Mutiny and NZ
* Denis REARDON, Wellington, 65th, NZ
* W. J. RAVEN, Wellington, Forest Rangers, NZ
* F. STEVENS, Wellington, Taranaki Volunteers, NZ
* J. STEVENS, M.H.R., Bulls, NZ
* A. C. F. STIDOLPH, Wellington, A.C. Force, NZ
* James SANDBROOK (1834-1933), Wellington, Sergt, 14th Crimea, Turkish, NZ. Evening Post, 6 July 1933 MILITARY FUNERAL ... After the Crimean War, Mr Sandbrook was stationed at Malta and at Gibraltar and he married in Ireland before coming to Australia and later to New Zealand, where he arrived in September 1860. He joined the Armed Constabulary and during the later Maori Wars travelled much about the country on the staff of Sir Donald McLean, Native Minister. He obtained his discharge in 1870 and was in the service of successive politicians at Parliament House, Wellington, until his retirement over twenty years ago. Mr. Sandbrook was an excellent rifle shot in his prime, and served as an assistant musketry instructor. He was among the oldest Foresters in New Zealand, having first joined a lodge of that body in Wellington in 1870. He was presented to the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York on the occasion of their visits to New Zealand. For a time he was president of the Veterans' Association in Wellington. He was a very well-known figure in Wellington during his long residence here ... (more at link)
* Cornelius SHEEHAN, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* M. SHEEHY, Wellington, Quarter-Master Sergt., Army Service Corps, Crimean and Turkish
* J. SHANAGHAN, Wellington, NZ
* J. STARK, Wellington, Wellington Rifles, NZ
* A. STOTT, Wellington, 57th, NZ
* William STANYON, Wellington, Royal Marines, South Africa, Egypt, Kheldive's Star
* Right Honourable Richard John SEDDON (1845-1906), the British-born New Zealand statesman who served as the 15th Premier (Prime Minister) of NZ from 1893 until his death in office in 1906.
* W. H. SKINNER, Wellington, Crimea and NZ
* Patrick SHERIDAN, Wellington, 14th Foot, N.Z.
* C. STACEY, Dreyerton, 65th
* Frederick SILVER (1850-1925), Wellington, Sergt. Permanent Militia, Ashanti and NZ
* Henry 'Harry' STEEVENS (1834-1915), Taradale, 70th, Crimea and Turkish
* Hon. W. C. SMITH, M.L.C., NZ
* H. SMITH, Wellington, 12th Lancers, Crimea, Turkish, Central India
* J. W. STRUDWICK, Masterton, C.R.D.G., Mutiny. Attended the meeting of the General Committee of the Edward VII Coronation Celebrations, held in the Masterton Borough Council Chambers in Masterton 27 Nov 1902. The Mayor, Philip Hollings, presided and the discussion was the building of the Band Rotunda in the Masterton Park. Mr Hollings explained that if the work could be completed by the end of January, or at any rate, before the North Island Brass Band Contest in Feb 1903 (not completed until June 1903, contest was held at the showgrounds). He also mentioned that the base of the rotunda would be straight and steps only to be erected at the entrance, it being found that steps right around the base would be too costly
* Edward Robert TREGEAR (1846-1931), Wellington, Native Contingent, NZ
* R. TINGEY, Wellington, Wanganui Rifles, NZ
* A. C. TURNER, Wellington, 1st Waikatos, NZ
* J. TURNER, Wellington, 50th, NZ
* Hon TOMOANA (1820s/30s-1904), M.L.C., NZ. He was probably born in the Heretaunga Plains, near present day Hastings. He was the third son of Te Rotohenga (also called Winipere) from her second marriage to Hira Te Ota. Through his mother's first marriage, Tomoana was a younger half-brother of Karaitiana Takamoana and Te Meihana Takihi. His whakapapa links him to Ngāti Hawea as his principal hapu, however he was also connected to Ngāti Hinetahu, Ngāti Te Rehunga, and Ngāti Hori ... In 1866, he and other Māori leaders joined forces with the Hawke's Bay Division of the Colonial Defence Force to repel an attack by the Pai Mārire at the Battle of Ōmarunui. Then in 1868 he took command of a contingent of Māori troops from the Heretaunga-Tamatea region and supported the government's pursuit of Te Kooti up the Ruakituri River toward Wairoa. In Dec 1868 he fought at the Battle of Makaretu, helping to repel Te Kooti's incursion into the Poverty Bay area. In 1869, he again led troops in pursuit of Te Kooti, who was now being pursued in the area around Taupō ... For his campaigns against Te Kooti, Tomoana (who had been commissioned as a captain of militia) received a sword of honour
* Capt Thomas Errington TANNER (1868-1951), late of Fifth Contingent in South Africa, Matabele. Served with the No 13 Company (Wellington, Nelson and West Coast, South Island sections). One of 10 children of Thomas Tanner (1830-1918) & Julia Denton from Wiltshire who arrived in NZ 1849, taking up a large run 'Milbourne', on the Ruataniwha Plains, Hawkes Bay. Capt Tanner was attacked with dysentery and fever at Beira and was invalided home on the 'Gothic' in Aug - a month before he attended this event. There was a party given by a large number of members of both branches of the Legislature, held at Ballamy's, Wellington, to meet the invalided members of the Contingent. Capt Tanner, in replying for the party, referred to the enthusiasm with which they had been received and said he did not know what more the people could have done if they had brought Kruger back with them. As for himself, he felt like an imposter, for he had been invalided at Beira, while the others of the party have been in the fighting ranks. He is named on the South African War Memorial at Napier
* Thomas URWIN, Wellington, R.N., Baltic
* Kieran WHELAN (1832-1908), Wellington, Sergt 14th, NZ
* J. WALDEN, Wellington, NZ
* J. WILSON, Wellington, Corpl., 14th, NZ
* General Sir George WHITMORE, M.L.C., Staff, K.C.M.G., Crimea, Cape, NZ., etc
* Sergt WEBBE, Wellingotn, P.M., NZ
* Henry WALTON, Waikanae, R.N., Baltic and Crimea
* Joseph WRIGHT, Wanganui
* Capt. WEBSTER, New Plymouth, Crimea
* Hon. J. G. WARD
* J. P. WARD, Blenheim, Forest Rangers
* Frank WATSON, Blenheim, Forest Rangers
* .. WOODS, Masterton 19th
* Capt Arthur McKellar WIX (1846-1918), Wellington, 5th Fusiliers, Africa. - see McKELLAR-WIX above
there were also representatives of ...
6th Dragoons, 5th & 7th Foot, 11th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 33rd, 40th, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 50th, 53rd, 55th, 68th, 74th, 76th and 89th, 12th Lancers, 78th Regiment. The Royal Engineers had four representatives, the Navy seven, the 14th Regiment eight, the 18th three and the 'good old Diehards" (the 57th) made the champion muster with nos less than twenty
Towns or Districts the soldiers lived 1900
Blenheim 2, Bulls 2, Christchurch 2, Dreyerton 1, Eketahuna 2, Featherston 1, Feilding 1, Hawera 3, Hunterville 1, Hutt 4, Inglewood 3, Karori 1, Kilbirnie 2, Makara 1, Mangaweka 2, Masterton 3, Mauriceville 1, Mitcheltown 1, Napier 12, New Plymouth 12, Taihape 1, Taitville (Mitcheltown, Wellington) 1, Taradale 1, Waikanae 1, Wanganui 18, Waverley 2, Wellington 87, Woolston 1
The AXUP family in New Zealand
James Axup (1808-1887) was born in Yorkshire, England. He married Mary Cooke (1813-1881) in Yorkshire on 26 Jan 1836. They both died in Yorkshire.
There were a number of children but their oldest, Aaron 'Henry' Axup is the only one found to date to have emigrated to NZ...
1836 - 1895 Aaron 'Henry' Axup
born in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire
married Fanny Dyer (1833-1919) in Preston, Lancashire in 1857
the known children of Henry & Fanny
* 1857 - 1857 Anne Margaret Axup
..1 1858 - Katherine Emma 'Kate' Axup (+ Wastney NZ)
..2 1859 - 1934 Walter Eustace Axup (+ Ross NZ)
* 1861 - 1867 Frederick Bowling Axup (aged 6 in Buckinghamshire)
..3 1862 - 1941 Ellen Axup (+ Hurley NZ)
Henry arrived into Lyttelton 26 Sep 1862 on the barque 'Mersey'. However, the passenger report suggests he came on his own. Read obituary of his son Walter below which says he (Walter) arrived on the 'Ben Ledi' in 1877. Did Fanny and the children arrive later?
* longer research has me thinking he may have originally come over as one of the Imperial Soldiers sent to fight during the NZ land wars. Troops were sent at various times between 1845-1847 and between 1860-1866. His timeline seems to agree with this
..1 1858 - 1942 KATHERINE EMMA 'Kate' Axup
..2 1859 - 1934 WALTER EUSTACE Axup
..3 1862 - 1941 ELLEN Axup
TIMELINE of HENRY AXUP
Lyttelton Times, 4 Feb 1864 - TAKING OVER BUSINESS
Miss Skillicorn, in retiring from business, desires to thank her friends and the public for the liberal patronage and support she has received for so many years at their hands and begs to solicit a continuance of the same for her successors, Messrs Axup, Steward and Bell, whom, as men of experience and business connections, she can confidently recommend to their favour... Colombo street, Jan 23, 1864
... Messrs Axup, Steward and Bell, in re-opening the business lately carried on by Miss Skillicorn beg to announce that they are making alterations with a view of rendering the premises more convenient and spacious and desire, by keeping a well-assorted stock, by sell at fair prices, by strict attention to business, and courtesy to customers, to merit a continuance of the support which has so long been given to this establishment. They have made arrangements for a regular supply of the newest ad best goods from the London and other English markets ... Silks, fancy dresses, shawls, parasols, calicoes, prints, sheetings, linens, hosiery, gloves, crinolines &c. Colombo street, Jan 23 1864
.. after a fire destroyed a block of shops along Colombo street in June 1864, they moved their business to a building in Cathedral Square. Tenders were called to build their new store on the corner of Colombo & Hereford streets in July 1864 and they were up and running by Oct in large timber warehouse fitted with plate-glass windows of a considerable size. Attached to the warehouse was a spacious showroom (the largest in the province), fitted with every convenience and every device to attract the notice of the ladies. There was also three large rooms, suitable for offices, that they rented out
Press, 13 May 1865 - DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP
The partnership hitherto existing between the undersigned, trading under the style and title of Axup, Steward and Bell, having been this day dissolved by mutual consent, in so far as the said Henry Axup is concerned. The business will in future be carried on under the firm of Steward and Bell.
All persons indebted to the late firm are requested to pay the same on or before the 1st June next, to Messrs. Steward and Bell, who are empowered to give receipts for the same; and all persons having claims against the same are requested to furnish particulars of the same to Messrs. Steward and Bell, on or before the 1st June next, by whom they will be discharged. Signed, Henry Axup, Charles Stewart Bell, William Jukes Steward. Witness - W. P. Cowishaw, Solicitor
Sep 1866 Henry has unclaimed mail on the West Coast. It had arrived in May and had not been claimed to date of ad. From late 1866 and throughout the years into the 1880s Mr Axup (sometimes written Sergt. Axup) was continuously and regularly travelling on the steamers between Wellington, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, Lyttelton and Wanganui. He always travelled Cabin or Saloon Class as a travelling salesman for Levin & Co of Wellington.
May 1868 Henry Axup, a leaseholder of Colombo Street, Christchurch was taken off the list of names of those entitled to vote because he no longer lived there
Jan 1869 a new boat, over forty feet long, three foot wide, with place for six oars, arrived into Wanganui for Mr Axup and was entered into the upcoming regatta
July 1869 It was shown that Henry Axup of Wellington, owned 1 x £10 share in the 'Auld Reckie Gold Mining Company'
March 1872 he sailed out of Wanganui with Capt Goring, Sergts Carhill & Churchhouse and 18 Armed Constabulary
May 1872 he sailed out of Wellington on the 'Carey' which was for Napier, Poverty Bay, Tauranga and Auckland. He travelled with Capt Thomas, Sergeant and Mrs Shirley, Miss South and eight originals
Nov 1872 there was a Royal Commission enquiry over 400 acre blocks of native land, cut from a 3,200 acre block, being sold in Wanganui, of which Henry had a block
June 1873 Henry's land between the Wairoa and Waiau streams, which was cut up and sold by the Government to the 'natives' was a subject of cattle stealing
Nov 1873 at the Wanganui A & P Show, held in a paddock, formerly a brick-field, kindly placed at the disposal of the Committee by Mr P. Buckthough, a bull calf imported from Napier by Mr Axup, secured a first prize
Feb 1874 on her voyage to Wellington, after her recent repairs in Napier, the 'Rangatira' had a rather peculiar crew. Her machinery not having been inspected by Mr Nancarrow, the Customs authorities would not allow her to carry passengers. This was annoying to say the least. The authorities were inflexible and the case appeared desperate. After some cognition however, it was suggested that by going through the process of signing article and shipping in various capacities, the problem would be solved. No objection was offered and the Rev Mr Sidey was shipped as chaplain, Mr Axup as assistant cook, Mr Mackune, of Good Templar fame and two other gentlemen as extra stewards, a most ingenious solution. On arrival in Wellington they were regularly discharged ..
Nov 1874 at a dinner put on by a number of commercial travellers in a Christchurch hotel, the Chair was occupied by Mr Riddell and the vice chair by Mr Axup
Jan 1875 the Wanganui Herald related that Wairoa would soon be able to enjoy the luxury of listening to the sweet notes of the English skylark, Mr H. Axup having conferred that boon upon the district by importing 11 of the little songsters from Nelson. These small birds were far more welcome to the farmer than the pheasant, which was beginning to muster pretty strongly about Wairoa
June 1875 the Timaru Herald noted that "it is interesting to notice the progress of the infant politicians of the colony. Mr Steward, the new Minister for North Otago, in the Provincial Executive, was formerly a partner in the firm of Axup, Steward and Bell, linen drapers of Christchurch, but he is better known as editor and proprietor of the North Otago Times and M.H.R. for Waitangi. Best of all he is known, among the denizens of Wellington during several successive sessions of Parliament"
April 1876 the screw steamer, ssEgmont, so well known as a regular trader between Wellington, Wanganui, Rangitike and other places on the West Coast, was totally wrecked in the Patea River. It appears she left Wellington on Monday and arrived at Wanganui next day, sailing again the same evening for Patea, where she arrived shortly after noon on Wednesday. She loaded a cargo of wool and grass seed at Patea, consigned partly to Messrs Levin & Co and partly to Mr Axup (which was, unfortunately, uninsured), taking her final departure on Thursday morning at ebb tide. In going out she struck on the end of the Boulder Bank and unshipped her rudder. She then drove right ashore and completely stove in her bottom, smashing the plates of the engine compartment ...
May 1876 Mr H. Axup took out a shooting license in Wanganui for the season
June 1876 a horse belonging to Henry had his leg broken on the Okehu road and had to be destroyed
Also that month the Wellington Education Board took Henry Axup to court in Patea claiming £10 5s 1½d (not found why)
OF NOTE there was at that time in Patea, a road named Axup road
Jan 1877 Henry Axup advertised to purchase 350 sacks of Cocksfoot Seed, must be good, clean seed and free from other grasses. Anyone was to contact him at the Commercial Hotel.
Also for the year ending Jan 1876, the Annual Return of the Sheep in the Wanganui District, showed Henry Axup at Wairoa, had 900 clean sheep, with the Amount of Assessment at ½d per head
26 April 1877 a Mr Axup sailed from Auckland on the 4pm Wanaka, which was heading to Wellington via Tauranga and Poverty Bay. Auckland was not in the normal regular route for Henry. He got off in Hawkesbay 30 April
15 May 1877 Henry's son Walter Eustace Axup arrived into Wellington on the 'Ben Ledi'. He arrived as a Saloon passenger along with Mr W. Clelland, Mr John H. Slator, Mr W. O. Trood, Mr W. W. Taylor, and Mr Henry George. in Second Cabin was Mr J. H. Whitelaw, Mr & Mrs William Hall with two children, Mr Edward Philpot and Mr William Hy. Lockwood. Henry arrived in Wellington 3 days before on the 'Stormbird'. Not long after that Henry returned to regularly sailing up and down the Island.
13 Dec 1877 Henry's daughter Kate arrived (Saloon Class) into Wellington on the Shaw Savill & Co's barque 'Rialto'. It had departed from London on 4th Oct. She then sailed up to New Plymouth, in Saloon Class, on the 'ss Kennedy'. The Shooting License for Henry Axup in May 1878 shows he was now based in Waverley - he still continued as a Commercial Traveller backwards & forwards between Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Patea, Wellington
June 1878 Mr H. Axup applied to erect a gate near the Wairoa Stream on the road going through his property from D. McDonald's. Permission was granted in July
2 Aug 1878 Miss Axup - Kate? Ellen?(not yet found Ellen's arrival in NZ) - sailed from Wanganui to Wellington on the 'Manawatu'. Two weeks later, on 16 August, Henry sailed from Hawkes Bay to Wellington and the next day a Mr and Miss Axup sailed from Wellington to Sydney via the East Coast, on the ss Rotorua. If this was Henry he was back mid September, tripping around as usual. It is possible that Walter accompanied his sister Kate to Sydney
Nov 1878 Henry Axup was showing an American made, double buggy, farm carriage at the annual Wanganui A & P Show for which he won first prize
Dec 1878 Miss Axup arrived back in Wanganui on the 'Manawatu'. She left Wellington on Saturday night, arrived at the bar at 9am on Sunday, anchored for three hours and crossed the bar at noon, arriving at Corporation Wharf at 12:15pm. She experienced calm weather and smooth seas throughout the passage. She also carried 50 tons of general cargo and a few passengers
3 Feb 1879 someone stole Henry's portmanteau from his bedroom, #17 at the Commercial Hotel in Wanganui. It had the initials H. Axup marked on it
14 Feb 1879 he was arriving in Hawkes Bay from Poverty Bay
22 Oct 1879 Henry Axup of Waverley was a defendant in the Supreme Court at New Plymouth when Richard Cook, the Plaintiff, was claiming £158 13s 11d (the equivalent in Oct 2017 of $822). Richard had caused the Bailiff to seize 80 or more head of superior cattle, 3 draught mares in foal and 1 thoroughbred mare in foal and was threatening to sell them by public auction in 5 days time unless Henry paid the money. Two days before the Sheriff's sale the animals were withdrawn from auction, the matter having been otherwise settled.
Nov 1879 Henry Axup Esq., at the Oatea A & P Show, had the Champion cow for his Purebred, in-calf, cow 'Fragrance' and the Champion 3 years and over bull 'King Henry I'. He also won a 1st for his Short Horn Bulls
Dec 1879 This Public Bill (pdf) originated in the House of Representatives and having this day passed as now priated in transmitted to the Legislative Council for its concurrence ... To authorize the Governor to execute a lease to William Wilson, William Newland, Henry Axup, James Nicholson, and Arthur Drake, settlers of the Provincial District of Taranaki, for a period of fifteen years, of the following portion of the Pilot Reserve at Patea-namely, all that parcel of land situate in the Whenuakura District, in the Provincial District of Taranaki, containing by admeasurement 9 acres and 3 roods, more or less, being part of Section No. 130 on the plan of the said district, Bounded on the North by Section numbered 84, 295 links; towards the East by other part of Section numbered 130, 2398 links; towards the South by a road line, 875 links; and towards the West by the Patea River, 2080 links: excepting therein the strip of land 1 chain wide along tile frontage to the Patea River, if required for public purposes, but allowing present access to the river to the leasees. The lease to contain a clause that if the land is not at any time during a period of twelve consecutive months listed for the purposes of boiling down stock, the Governor to have power to enter into possession of the land and cancel the lease. Also a further clause providing that, if the land is required for pilot or harbour purposes during the currency of the lease, the Governor shall have power to cancel it over such portions of the land as shall not have been actually built upon by the leasees.
Dec 1879 Mr Axup (Henry or Walter?) sailed for Wellington from Sydney. Miss Axup also sailed on Xmas Eve from Wellington on the Wakatu which was going to Nelson and Wanganui
Patea Mail, 28 Jan 1880 - LAND LEASES
Cause II of the Schedule to "The Special Powers and Contracts Act, 1879" amongst other things, "authorises the Governor to execute a lease to William Wilson, William Newland, Henry Axup, James Nicholson and Arthur Drake, settlers of the Provincial District of Taranaki, for a period of fifteen years, of the following portion of the Pilot Reserve at Patea - namely, all that parcel of land situate in the Whennakura District, in the Provincial District of Taranaki, containing by admeasuremnt 9 acres and 3 roods, more or less, being part of section No 130 on the plan of the said district. Bounded on the north by sections numbered 84, 285 links; towards the east by other part of section numbered 130, 2598 links; and towards the west by the Patea River, 2080 links, excepting therein the strip of land 1 chain wide along the frontage to the Patea River, if required for public purposes, but allowing present access to the river to the lessees. The lease to contain a clause that if the land is not at any time during a period of twelve consecutive months used for the purpose of boiling down stock, the Governor to have power to enter into possession of the land and cancel the lease. Also a further clause providing that, if the land is required for pilot or barbor purposes during the currency of the lease, the Governor shall have power to cancel it over such portions of the lease as shall not have been actually built upon by the lessees." ... much more
3 March 1880 A largely-attended meeting of the creditors of Messrs Newton, Irvine and Co, Napier and Messrs Newton and Johnson, Waipawa, was held in the Supreme Court-house yesterday afternoon to consider a deed of assignment by which the debtors proposed to vest their estates in trustees for the benfit of the creditors ... The Chairman, at the request of several creditors, read over the list of liabilities and assets. The creditors for over 100 in the estate of Messrs Newton, Irvine and Co., were as follows:- .. H. Axup Wanganui £145
30 April 1880 at the Carlyle R.M. Court, G. C. Ross (George Campbell Ross 1853-1925) claimed from Henry Axup 11 6s on a dishonored cheque. Judgement for the plaintiff
May 1880 Shooting Season license granted to Mr Henry Axup of Waverley
20 May 1880 W. Turnbull v H. Asxup. a claim of £244 5s 0d and costs. Sheriff's Sale - I hereby give notice that by virtue of a warrant on Writ of Fieri facias issued by the Sheriff of the Patea District, I have seized the whole of the household effects of the defendant (or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to cover the above claim and costs) as beneath specified and that the same will be sold by public aution at the residence of the defendant (Henry) Rawcliffe Farm, near Waverley, at the hour of 12 noon on Saturday, the 22nd May 1880s, unless previously satisfied: .. Parlor furnishings of superior quality, with Piano, Cheffonier, Sofa, table, chairs, &c, &c. 3 bed-room furnishings, with 2 chests of drawers, &c &c. Kitchen utensils, crockery and glassware &c. 1 chaff-cutter and horse gear. 1 dray and 1 double-furrow plough. William Connolly, Sheriff's Bailiff
Wanganui Herald, 5 June 1880 At the Waverley Sale Yards, Freeman R. Jackson will sell by public auction on Friday 11th June, at one o'clock, by order of the mortgagee, without any reserve, the following stock bred by H. Axup, Esq - 350 head of cattle & 20 horses. The Cattle are well-known in the District as being of superior quality, they having been carefully bred up from pure-bred bulls, well selected and pure-bred Cows
16 June 1880 Mr Axup returns into Wanganui from Wellington on the Ranatira
18 June 1880 at the Wellington District Court, Levin v Axup - £110, claim for interest upon a mortgage. Judgment was given for plaintiff
2 July 1880 at 1 o'clock on Friday, Freeman R. Jackson will sell at the Waverley Sale Yards, by order of the mortgagee, without any reserve, the following Stock, bred by H. Axup, Esq., - 100 well-bred Cows in calf. 42, 3 & 4 year old Bullocks. 78 x 19 months and year-old Steers. 10 Heifers. 1 pure-bred imported Cow. 1 pure-bred Calf from imported cow, by Duke of Edinburgh/ 1 pure-bred Bull, King Henry 1st, by Crown Prince out of Lady Rose. 80 Calves. 6 superior Draught Mares and Geldings. 2 Yearlings. 9 young Horses by Gladiator Sator and Dead Shot. Terms - Approved endorsed acceptances at three and six months, with Bank interest added
14 July 1880 Mr Freeman R. Jackson's fortnightly stock report.. I held a large sale at Waverley on Friday consisting of stock bred by Mr H. Axup, the animals were of the best description and in good condition. The attendance was very large and bidding exceedingly brisk, prices in all cases being in the vendors' favour
28 July 1880 Henry Axup was present at the Agricultural and Pastoral Association annual meeting held at its offices on Ridgway-street on Wednesday 28th. Two days later, on Friday 29th a Mr Axup arrived into Wanganui on the Manawatu which means this must have been Walter
Sep 1880 at the R.M. Court, Patea, the Clerk of the County Council summoned the following defaulters for County rates ... H. Axup, lately at Waverly, £17 17s 5d
Jan 1881 at the Wairoa Highway Board meeting it was proposed by Mr Fisher, seconded by Mr Ion, that notices be sent to Messrs, Axup, Morgan, Hodge, Eyre, Hill, Hynes and the trustees of Southcomb's and Williamson's estates, to pay rates by next meeting. Carried
Feb 1881 Freeman R. Jackson received instructions from Mr H. Axup to sell by auction at the St Hill-street yards, the goodwill of the leases of Sections Nos 417, 418 and 419, Okutuku, containing 1300 acres. The leases had over 20 years to run at a low rental. The land was well grassed, nearly all fences and would carry a large number of cattle. Terms - one-half cash balance at 3 and 6 months with interest at 8% added. The bidding was spirited and were sold to Percival Wilson for £1350
Next day Mr Axup sailed to Wellington on the 'Manawatu', Ge arrived back into Wanganui on 4 March
14 April 1881 in the District Court of Wanganui, James Taylor, a middle-aged man was charged with stealing a saddle, 12 months previously, the property of Cyril Dasent, from the woolshed of Mr Axup at Waverley
31 May 1881 at the R.M. Court at Wanganui, an action was tried between Henry Axup, the plaintiff, and the Bank of Australasia, the defendants. The action was to recover £38 4s 9d, an alleged overcharge for bailiff's wages etc, when in possession of Henry's cattle and sheep at Waverley, under a bill of sale given to the defendants. In the end judgment was given for Henry for £12 15s 6d with £2 13s costs and £1 1s solicitor's fee
10 Feb 1881 There were three cases set down for hearing at the Hawkes Bay District Court, including Newton and Johnson Henry Axup. The plaintiff was claiming £146 on a judgment summons. Their lawyer said that £48 2s had been paid since the judgment but an order should be made for the payment of the balance of £98 18s. The order was made that it be paid by 10th March or Henry would be imprisoned for a month
* And so it went on through 1881. Henry didn't travel as much but he continued to sell some purebred stock, to win prizes at the A & P Shows and in late April Mr Axup's party of 3 had great success in their late duck shooting expedition, killing no less than 60 in one day. Another party of three did still greater havoc by killing 63
June 1882 Henry Axup was issued with a shooting license for that year
Oct 1882 Henry was a judge at the Dogs Section of A & P Show
Dec 1882 At the Auckland Resident Magistrate's Court, Judgment was for the Plaintiff in the undefended case, Edward Lewis v Henry Axup for £7 12s 10d
14 March 1883 there was a meeting of the committee of the Wairoa Light Horse when it was decided to divide the troop into three classes for prize firing; prizes to be given for each class, Mr Axup was put into the 2nd camp. It was decided to fire four competitions for Ballam's medal, the highest aggregate in the four matches to take the medal. There were about 35 members giving their names to attend so the troop was well represented
18 May 1883 in the civil cases in the Resident Magistrate's Court in Wellington, Chappell v H. Axup was a claim for city rates and judgment was given for 6s and 8s cost
Aug 1883 at the Patea R.M. Court, in the civil case Horner v Axup, the plaintiff failed to appear. Also that month it was advertised in the "Patea Mail" that Walter Axup was the Broker for the Wellington Meat Preserving and Refrigerating Company (Ltd). Their capital was 5000 share of £10 each. In a later issue it said the the Authorised Brokers were: Wellington, Deacon & Bushell, Arthur Warburton & Co and Axup, H.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 Aug 1883 "We understand that shares in the Wellington Meat Preserving and Refrigerating Company are being freely subscribed. The provisional directors have taken up about 1000 £10 shares, Messrs Barber and Co propose to take up 1000 shares and (thanks to the active canvass now being made by Mr Axup, the company's agent for the coast), many of the larger owners are applying freely for shares. Seeing that it was proposed to start the business if only 2500 shares were subscribed, there can be no reasonable doubt but that the undertaking will float"
On 29 Aug 1883 the Hawera & Normanby Star advised that Henry Axup was the Authorised Broker for the Coast
4 Sep 1883 In the Wanganui Court, the case of Borlase and another v Henry Axup, claim for £9 14s 3d for work done, the case was struck out as no affidavit of jurisdiction had been signed.
Also noted that Walter Axup was the Interim Secretary of the Wellington Meat Preserving and Refrigerating Company (Ltd)
11 Sep 1883 in the Wanganui Court, Peter Bell v Henry Axup, claimed for £29 9s 3d. Judgment was given for £13 10s 3d and costs. Henry didn't make an appearance
9 Oct 1883 at the annual troop meeting of the Wairoa Light Horse, the principal business was to elect a Sergt-Major, vice Sergt-Major Howie having resigned, also three Sergeants and a corporal. For the three sergeants there were eight nominations and Corporal Axup, Sim and Bremer were elected
9 Nov 1883 in the Taranaki District Court, Henry Axup, commercial traveller, stated that previous to the 31st August last the defendant had asked him to make enquiries about a billiard table ... the case
4 Jan 1884 R. S. Waterhouse obtained judgment against H. Axup for £32 8s and costs of £3 8s
8 Jan 1884 H. Axup v J. Gallagher, the defendant did not appear. This was a claim for £31 2s 8d being amount due by defendant in reference to the purchase of a billiard table. After hearing the evidence judgment was given to Henry
16 Jan 1884 Nolan, Tonks and Co v Axup - a claim for money lent, £23 odd - judgment for plaintiff by default
2 Feb 1884 the rehearing of the case Axup v Gallagher occupied the whole day. On the conclusion of the evidence, Mr Hutchison, on behalf of the defendant, applied for a nonsuit. His Honor, after hearing the arguments of counsel, reserved judgment. A week later, on 11 Feb, Mr Henry Axup, well known commercial traveller for Messrs Levin and Co., of Wellington, received a verdict in his favour concerning the billiard table
14 March 1884 W. H. Clapham v H. Axup, judgment summons for £2 14s 10d. There being no appearance of either parties, the case was struck out
21 April 1884 Albert Barns, Auctioneer in Wanganui received instructions from Mr Henry Axup, who, having disposed of his farm was leaving the district and he was to auction, on Mr Axup's farm at Waverley, the Valuable Furniture, Farm Implements, Water Tanks, consisting of Handsome Pianoforte, Spring Seat Couches and Chairs, Loo Tables, Carpets, Rugs, Choice Pictures, Gully's and Barraud's Albums of New Zealand Scenery, Thackeray's and Scott's Works, Curtain Poles, Rings &c.. Farm Dray, Samuelson's Reaper and Mower, Single and Double-furrow Ploughs by Reid and Gray and Hornsby, Harness, Harrows, Portable Boiler, Wheelbarrow &c
Star, 29 July 1884 The name of William Jukes Steward should be well known to old residents in Christchurch, for it was here that his start in the Colony was made, in conjunction with Messrs Axup and Bell, as a draper. The pen, we all know, is mightier than the sword, and Mr Steward apparently considers it also superior to the yard-measure for he has long since given up the latter for it. He was editor of the North Otago Times, but has now taken up journalism in Waimate, the home of his constituents ...
In April 1885 Henry Axup is still in Wanganui where he obtained a shooting license for the season. He then sails up and down the North Island as before
In Aug 1885 either Henry or Walter Axup, in the employ of Messrs Carlile and Saxby. was fortunately coming through the Manawatu Gorge when he saw a dog barking. He called out and Mr Partridge of Palmerston North answered from over the bank that that he had a broken leg. His horse, dray and all had gone over the gorge. The horse and Mr Partridge had a miraculous escape but the dray was smashed to pieces
21 Oct 1884 at the Annual Drill at Waverley, the Wairoa Light Horse were doing their week's drill. The troop paraded each day at 11am and at 2pm. It is worthy of notice that all those engaged acquitted themselves in a highly creditable manner; the jumps were taken without a mistake and the shooting was excellent... In the First Class the 3rd prizes went to Trooper Howie with 60, Troopers Wall and Vincent with 52 and Troopers Leary, Axup and Sim with 41. In the second contest of the First Class, Axup, Sim, Vincent and Wall got 1st prize
13 Nov 1885 at a Nautical Enguiry Henry Axup of Palmerston North, stated that he was a passenger of the Jane Douglas. The Jane Douglas did not wait for the Tui but went full speed ahead after leaving the wharf. The Tui caught up to her because she had been assisted by the sails. There was plenty of seaway for the Tui. Henry's opinion was that the Tui was trying to put the Jane Douglas on shore. He was so convinced on this point that he walked across the bridge and asked Captain Pope to keep away. Henry then told Captain Pope that he was in the wrong and id he did not look out would get himself into trouble. He also told Captain Pope that if he could not steer a straight course he had better put another man at the wheel. He thought the Jane Douglas would go on the rocks if she continued her course and he told Captain Fraser that if he did not stop his vessel he (Henry) would go to the engine-room telegraph and stop the machinery ... more at above link
16 Feb 1886 In Feilding the transfer of the business of the Denbigh Hotel was made yesterday from Mr Rose to his successor, Mr Watts. Mr Axup acted as valuer for Mr Roe and Mr Bowern for Mr Watts in stock taking
4 March 1886 Mr H. Axup personally applied to lease about 5000 acres of Crown lands in the Ruahine Ranges. In April he wrote complaining of the delay. Later that month it was decided to offer it for lease as a small run
6 April 1886 Henry obtains a shooting license in Feilding for the Game Season for imported and native game (hen pheasants and tuis excepted)
4 June 1886 The Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, has changed hands, Mr Ligh, the well-known publican, of Wellington, being the purchaser. Mr Henry Axup was valuator for the new proprietor and Mr Anderson represented Mr W. T. Watts, the present occupant
16 Sep 1866 The following is the result of the sale of Crown lands which took place in the Land Office, Wellington district, last week:- Pastoral Leases, Wairarapa ... H. Axup 2740 acres £68 10s
1 Oct 1886 an application was received from Mr H. Axup for 300 acres of crown land on the Pohangina River near his present small run. He forwarded a lithograph showing the piece of Crown land he wishes to lease
12 Oct 1886 We hear that Mr Lowes has disposed of the Gorge Hotel, Ashurst, to Mr Watts, late of the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding. The transaction was negotiated by Mr H. Axup
10 Nov 1886 Tenders are requested for cutting 20 cords of Rata or Matai Firewood at per cord. For particulars apply to Mr Carlile or Mr Axup, Broomfields, Woodville
2 Dec 1886 A letter from Mr Bray of Feilding, was read in which he stated that he would accept the terms of the Board for surveying the Endowment Block, his report to be in not later than the 10th of December. Mr Axup applied for the post of valuer to the Board, but the position having been already filled, the letter was ordered to lie on the table
18 Jan 1887 A lad named McFarlane, nephew of Mr W. W. Carlile, met with a serious accident yesterday morning at Broomfields. He was walking by the side of Mr Axup who was leading a draught horse. The horse stepped into a hole and fell and in its struggle to get up again it kicked the lads leg, breaking both bones very badly. Mr Carlile obtained the assistance of Dr Branting and under his care the lad is progressing favourably
12 May 1887 Mr Axup, as agent for the owner, disposed of 520 acres of land at Trondjem this week, to Captain Campbell of Napier
11 Nov 1887 Mr H. Axup wrote with reference to the survey of his small run in the Umutoi and Pohangina distrct, stating that it is not in the position it was supposed to be and offer to take the same area on the on the west side of the Pohangina Stream in exchange. It was resolved on Mr Bunny's motion, seconded by Mr Fitzherbert
30 Jan 1888 Tenders are requested for the erection of about 35 chains of Swing Fence, to close on Saturday next, the 21st inst. For particulars apply to Mr Axup or Mr Carlile, Broomfields
27 Feb 1888 at the Wanganui R.M. Court the civil case, Peat and Ross v H. Axup, claim of £38 6s. Judgment was given with cost 30s and counsel's fee £2 2s
3 May 1888 Feilding, Manchester Road Board - ... & H. Axup applying for their names to be placed on the rate roll as occupiers at Ashhurst in place of the E. and C.A. Corporation
16 April 1888 AXUP-ROSS - by the Rev R. Stewart, at the residence of the parents of the bride, Palmerston Road, Woodville, Walter Eustace, only son of Henry Axup, Esq., to Maria Amelia, eldest daughter of Hugh Alexander George Ross
8 Aug 1888 Palmerston North, In the case of Grant v Manawatu Road Board. It is stated that in consequence of the inability of the Manawatu Road Board to pay Mr Grant his damages and costs, the Supreme Supreme Court has appointed Mr H. Axup as a receiver, on behalf of Mr Grant, of all moneys, rates, &c., payable to the Board, in accordance with the Road Boards Act 1882. Mr Axup will thus be vested with all the powers of the Board itself until it can devise means to get out of the difficulty. What next? This report will be a severe blow to Palmerston. (Henry commenced his duties as Receiver for the Manawatu Road Board on 21 Aug)
27 Feb 1890 It was decided to allow Mr H. Axup until June to complete improvements on small run 46, block 3, Pohangina
13 March 1890 WASTNEY-AXUP at All Saints Church, Nelson, by the Rev F. W. Chatterton, Harry, youngest son of Mr W. Wastney of Wakapuaka, to Kate, daughter of Mr H. Axup, of Palmerston North
March 1890 death of son Walter's mother in law
2 June 1890 In Wanagnui R.M. Court, W. H. Flyger v Henry Axup, claim £5 for suit of clothes. Judgment for plaintiff
31 July 1890 at the monthly meeting of the Wanganui Waste Land Board it was decided that the selection of H. Axup should be cancelled if the selector does not reside on the land withing a month and pays the amount in arrears
11 Dec 1890 at the Land Board meeting it was decided to give H. Axup, of small run No 46, Blocks III and VII., Pohangina, until the end of the year to complete the improvements
28 Feb 1891 Transfer was granted from H. Axup to F. Richards for sections in Pohangina. In March 1891 at the Feilding R.M. Court, Charles Patterson v H. Axup, claim £12 5s for felling 20 acres of bush in 1889. Patterson said he had felled certain bush on Axup's small run at Pohangina; 20 acres had been felled in Dec 1889; the bush had been since burned by Mr Richards. He said he frequently asked for payment and had been paid £12, including £5 paid by Mr x; on the 3rd instant Axup had promised to pay "tomorrow" but had not done so. Mr Richards said he was a storekeeper, residing in Feilding (he had a small store near Diggers' creek)
21 April 1891 ASHURST NOTES .. It is rumoured that Mr Richards intends to build on Axup's run and throw down a large area of bush at once. That block is the pick of the country and has a quantity of open light bush fronting both Coal Creek and the Pohangina
12 May 1891 Henry Axup received a shooting license from the Feilding Postmaster
20 Feb 1892 ASHURST NOTES Coal Creek is rightly named - there is some there and would be in the course of nature, for there is quite a thick seam of lignite on Mr Richard's Pohangina property (Axup's run). It has caught fire and is still burning
18 Dec 1894 In the Estate of T. M. Jackson, butcher, at a meeting of creditors in his bankrupt estate, on the list of liabilities .. H. Axup 16s
8 Feb 1895 in the Feilding Magistrate's Court, John R. Davis was charged that he did, on January 9th 1895, strike Henry Axup on the head with his clenched fist while under the influence of drink. He was fined £5, half to Henry and in default, one months imprisonment. On the application of the police a prohibition order was issued against Mr Davis to take effect in Feilding, Halcombe, Cheltenham, Birgmingahm, Palmerston North, Apiti, Awahuri and Colyton
1 March 1895 Henry was on the Committee of the Feilding Bowling Club which met to select a section of land for a bowling green
8 May 1895 Henry Axup negotiated the lease of Mrs Oliver's Empire Hotel to Mr Corby of Australia, who was to arrive in Feilding. To be taken over in June
20 June 1895 FOR SALE - Freehold of the Endymion Hotel, Awahuri. Stables, garden (¾ or an acre), £1300; together with 9 or 10 acres £200. Apply Henry Axup of Charles Carr, Auctioneer (the ad was still running a week after Henry's death)
* Aaron 'HENRY' AXUP died 31 Aug 1895 in Greytown Hospital aged 58
Wairarapa Daily Times, 2 Sep 1895 - GREYTOWN NEWS
Mr Axup, father of Mr Walter Axup, manager of Cotter's estate, died at the Greytown Hospital on Saturday last, and was buried yesterday. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev J. Hewson. The late Mr Axup was on a visit to his son but has been in ill-health for some time
Taranaki Herald, 4 Sep 1895 AXUP - At Greytown, on August 31st
Taranaki Herald, 4 Sep 1895 Mr Henry Axup, well-known in this district several years ago, died at Greytown on Saturday last, at the age of 58 years
Feilding Star, 4 Sep 1895 - DEATH
It was reported in town to-day that Mr Henry Axup, well-known all over the colony, had died in the Greytown Hospital. Mr Axup had been an invalid for some months
Feilding Star, 10 Sep 1895 The rumour that Mr Henry Axup, late of Feilding, died at Greytown, is confirmed
* FANNY AXUP died 29 Nov 1919 in Papatoetoe, Auckland aged 86, at the home of her daughter Mrs H. Wastney
OPENING OF ROE'S DENBIGH HOTEL, Feilding - 12 May 1876
On the last Court day held at Palmerston North a license was granted to our friend Mr G. F. Roe (1859-1944, son of Charles Roe & Cecilia Sarah Carter) for his magnificent Hotel, the Denbigh, at Feilding. The hotel presents an imposing elevation, having a noble balcony over the verandah on the hall-door side towards Manchester Street, and a grand facade on the side facing Fergusson Street. One great improvement effected by Mr Roe in hotel architecture is, that the bar is entirely separate from the hotel proper, so that the guests are free from the usual noise attendant on such places of resort. The Commercial and smoking rooms are large in area, lofty, and well ventilated, the lower story being 12 feet in height. The private sitting-rooms are good, the dining sitting-rooms are good, the dining saloon quite a banqueting hall, and the bar is one of the best fitted we have seen for some time. The bed-chambers are very numerous, well ventilated, and furnished in the best style. The entrance hall and that leading to the staircase are what we would wish to see imitated, eight feet in width. The building was designed by Mr G. F. Roe, and erected under his immediate superintendence.
The Denbigh Hotel was opened on the evening of Friday, the 12th instant, with a ball and supper, at which the elite of Feilding were present, and enjoyed themselves to their heart's content until daybreak on Saturday warned the gentlemen that the stern business of life was about to be resumed. Not content with the ball alone, Mr Roe again invited his gentlemen friends to a dinner on the evening of Wednesday, 24th May, to which a numerous company responded and certainly it was worthy of the Denbigh.
Mr A. F. Halcombe presided, having Mr G. F. Roe on his right and Dr Johnston on his left hand.
After the cloth had been removed the Chairman gave "The Queen," which was, as usual, loyally received. Mr McArthur, the V.C., proposed "The Prince of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family" which was duly honored. Mr Gillett then sung "The Fine Ould Irish Gentleman."
Mr Maysmore gave "The Health of His Excellency the Governor," which toast was well received with musical honors.
* Song by T. Slade, "The Village Blacksmith."
Mr E. H. Wright, C.E., proposed "The land we live in."
* Song by Mr Corrigan of the Wanganui Herald, "Lannigan's Ball."
Mr Halcombe on rising said he was happy to again ask for bumpers in which to drink the health of his worthy friend Mr Roe and success to the Denbigh Hotel, as he could assure the company that under the proprietorship of Mr Roe the Hotel in which then were enjoying themselves so happily, would be conducted in such a manner that it would be a Hotel in reality and not what he regretted to say many hotels in this Colony were mere grog shops. Of Mr Roe, he could not speak in too flattering a manner, the more so as he was the first man who had assisted him in the Feilding settlement. Mr Roe place his workmen and materials on the ground and built the first houses occupied by the immigrants in Feilding; and prior to that , he had erected the spacious depot at Palmerston. He then erected the late Accommodation house, which had been a great boon to the public, and he (Mr Halcombe) regretted that the Denbigh Hotel was not built in the first instance. Mr Roe also built one of the first shops in Feilding, which he carried on for eighteen months. The toast was drunk with "He's a joy good fellow."
* Song by Messrs Slade and Lockwood "The Starboard Watch."
Mr G. F. Roe then rose and said: My Halcombe and gentlemen, let me offer you my best thanks, first for the honor you have done me in coming here this evening, and next for the warm manner in which you have received my health. It is the more gratifying to my feelings, after the many difficulties I have had to overcome before the Denbigh Hotel was opened. Now, however, that it has passed your scrutiny, I take your cheers as your approval. Nothing remains for me, or my brother, who is to be my successor, but by strict attention to the wants of our guests to merit a continuation of their patronage.
* Song by Harold Pearce, "The Watch on the Rhine."
"The Ladies" was proposed by Mr Wade in an appropriate speech.
* Song by Mr Lindsay Caldwell, "The Minute Gun at Sea."
"The Press" was next proposed by the Chairman, to which Mr E. H. Wright, of the Wanganui Herald, responded, and returned thanks on the part of Mr Corrigan and himself.
* Song by Mr Wright, "Are we fairly represented."
* Song by Mr Lash, "Old Simon the Cellerer."
Mr Gillett favored the company with a recitation from the play of Julius Caesar, which called forth loud applause. Mr McArthur and Dr Johnson sang some Scotch sons, and the company separated at midnight, after a very delightful evening
SHORT TIMELINE of the DENBIGH
(main purpose is to list owners / proprietors)
Feilding Star, 1 June 1886 - LICENSE TRANSFER
A transfer was granted from Chas. Roe to W. Watts, of the Denbigh hotel
Wanganui Herald, 4 June 1886 - NEW OWNER
The Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, has changed hands, Mr William Light, the well-known publican, of Wellington, being the purchaser. Mr Henry Axup was valuator for the new proprietor and Mr Anderson represented Mr W. T. Watts, the present occupant
Feilding Star, 4 Dec 1886 - Mr WATTS
The transfer of the license of the Manawatu Gorge Hotel was granted from Mr Lowes to Mr W. T. Watts, late of the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding
Feilding Star, 4 June 1887 - LICENSE RENEWAL
A new license was granted to Mr Light of the Denbigh Hotel
Feilding Star, 4 June 1889 - LICENSE RENEWAL
William Light, Denbigh Hotel, Mr Sandilands, solicitor, applied for renewal - Granted
Feilding Star, 10 Dec 1891 - BEST IN THE COLONY
The Denbigh Hotel is one of the best conducted in the colony, and the reputation of the popular proprietor, Mr William Light, as a host is so well known that no comment on that point is needed. As a buyer of wine Mr light excels, there being few better judges in the colony, therefore whatever he vends is sure to be the best in the market. In our advertising columns Mr Light invites his old friends, whether as visitors from other parts or local residents, to come and see him during the Christmas holidays to exchange Christmas greetings
Manawatu Herald, 18 April 1893 - STRANGE LAWS
To all persons engaged in the selling of spirituous liquor we call attention to the case heard before Mr Brabant of Thursday. The facts are simply these. In January the Foxton Racing Club sold the right to sell spirituous liquors in the Grand Stand Booth for their meeting on the 23rd of January to Mr Light, hotel keeper of Feilding. Mr Light permitted Mr Joseph Smith to act as his representative, though it appears he was on the ground himself. On the Grand Stand the bar is at the back of the building and displayed along it was the legend, in very large letter "Denligh hotel" and in small letters over the above "W. Light." That was all that was on the banner that had floated for many a year over booths on race-courses/ By evidence it will be seen that the name "W. Light" was not conspicuous owing to its having been doubled up in the fixing. The complaint urged against Mr Light fixed on his (temporary) premises with the addition after the name of the word "licensed" and of words sufficient to express the business for which his license has been granted. As it was evident that these words were wanting his Worship fined Mr Light five shilling and cost, though the maximum fine for a first offence is £5.
It was not made clear in Court why the action was taken and we do not care to seek why accepting that it was done in the exercise of duty. As the law stand, it appears to be lawful for any publican to practically lend his license to another person to trade with, provided he is prepared to accept all the commissions and omissions of his representative. Whether it is quite fair to the local publicans is another matter. To all who run booths at racecourses and elsewhere we earnestly recommend a study of clause 123 of The Licensing Act 1881 and to be quite sure that the name of the owner is in letters of sufficient size and that the sign contains the word "licensed" as well as words sufficient to express the business for which his license has been granted and that such sign is place on the front of the building in which such business is carried on
Feilding Star, 6 June 1894 - LICENSE RENEWAL
All the applications, which were for renewals or transfers for old houses, were granted, namely:
W. A. Floyd, Royal Hotel, Ohingaiti
P. McIlroy, Pelberton Hotel, Rangiwahia
J. Curran, Club Hotel, Ohingaiti
D. Sullivan, Hunterville Hotel, Hunterville
W. Meehan, Commercial Hotel, Ohingaiti
T. Lowes, Family and Commercial Hotel, Birmingham
T. Ryan, Cheltenham Hotel, Cheltenham
J. Mitchell, Argyle Hotel, Hunterville
Mrs Mary Tuck, Halcombe Hotel
Wm Light, Denbigh Hotel, Feilding
Mrs Martha Hastie, Feilding Hotel
H. Bastings, Manchester Hotel, Feilding
Mrs Maria Oliver, Empire Hotel, Feilding
J. Coyle, Clifton Hotel, Bulls
J. O'Halloran, Rangitikei Hotel, Bulls
S. Gibbons, White Hart Hotel, Marton
J. Mayo, Club Hotel, Bulls
R. Hunt, Marton Hotel
E. South, Railway Hotel, Marton
Feilding Star, 23 Nov 1894 - NEW ROOM
Mr Light of the Denbigh Hotel, has just had erected by Mr Fred Pope, the well-known builder, a large and commodious sample room, well supplied with suitable shelving and other necessary appurtenances. The building is 30ft 10in x 19ft and has been completed in a thoroughly workmanlike manner
Feilding Star, 11 June 1896 - LICENSE RENEWAL
Mr W. Light, Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, Mr Cathro for applicant - application granted
Feilding Star, 3 June 1897 - LICENSE RENEWAL
Wm. Light applied for a renewal of license for the Denbigh Hotel, Fielding. Mr Sandilands for applicant - granted
Feilding Star, 11 Feb 1899 - NEW PROPRIETOR
Mr W. T. Hook took possession of the Denbigh Hotel yesterday. Mr W. Evensen (of Cheltenham) acted as valuator of the stock and furniture on behalf of Mr Light and Mr J. R. Montague acted in a similar capacity for Mr Hook
Feilding Star, 6 June 1899 - Mr HOOK
In our advertising columns to-day Mr W. T. Hook, who recently took over the popular Denbigh Hotel, notifies that he is determined to maintain the reputation of that well-known commercial hostelry. First-class accommodation with the necessary facilities for comfort is provided, while the wines, ales and spirits kept in stock are of the choicest brands
Feilding Star, 17 July 1899 - NEW SAMPLE ROOM
Mr W. Hook, of the Denbigh Hotel invites tenders for the erection of sample rooms
Feilding Star, 1 Aug 1899 - NEW DRINK
Beef tea may be obtained at the Denbigh Hotel at hours advertised in wanted column
Feilding Star, 18 Jan 1900 - Mr LIGHT
Mr William Light, formerly of the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, has taken the Provincial Hotel, Wanganui
Manawatu Standard, 3 Aug 1900 - STABLES
Tenders are invited by the architect, Mr L. G. West, for alterations and additions to the stables at the Denbigh Hotel
Feilding Star, 22 July 1901OBITUARY of CHARLES ROE
Feilding Star, 27 March 1902 - SEPTIC TANK
Mr Hook, of the Denbigh Hotel, has put an up to date septic tank in the rear of his premises
Feilding Star, 10 April 1902 - NEW PROPRIETOR
The proprietor of the Denbigh Hotel, Mr Hook, has leased the property to Mr P. Meehan, formerly of Wanganui, Ohingaiti and Bulls, for a term of years. Mr Meehan has an excellent record and will make an able successor to Mr Hook. Mr Meehan will take [possession on May 8th
Wanganui Herald, 18 Dec 1902 - IN COURT
The case in which William T. Hood sued William Meehan, to compel him to complete his purchase of the Denbigh Hotel, Marton, was mentioned before the Chief Justice at Wellington on Tuesday. After a short adjournment, it was intimated that the case had been settled on defendant paying certain damages which had been agreed upon
Feilding Star, 24 Oct 1903 - SENSATIONAL ARREST
Yesterday Constable Whitehouse and Lyons arrested, on a charge of robbery, a young man named Leslie Rolfe, a native of Sydney, about 23 years of age, who has been employed for the past two years as porter at Mr Hook's Denbigh Hotel. The police have in their possession a miscellaneous assortment of jewellery, silk ties, tobacco, clothing, etc., to the value of £20. Constable Whitehouse on making an examination of the accused's bedroom, discovered an iron trunk, which contained a number of the articles mentioned. He afterwards found a box, which was planted behind a wood heap in the yard of the Denbigh Hotel. Judging from the description of some of the articles, it would appear that the robbery is closely connected with the disappearance of a traveller's samples from Hastie's Sample Rooms, which took place on the night of Oct the 12th or early in the morning of the 14th. Mr Steele, Mr Carthew and Mr Young arrived by the 5:45 train last evening and identified various articles as having been abstracted from their samples
Feilding Star, 9 June 1904 - LICENSE RENEWAL
W. T. Hook, Denbigh Hotel, renewal granted
Wanganui Herald, 1 Sep 1904 - HOTEL DESTROYED
Hook's Denbigh Hotel and sample rooms were totally destroyed by fire at 2 o'clock this morning, the occupants barely escaping. The hotel contained 33 rooms and was built of wood. In less than three-quarters of an hour, the hotel and sample rooms ere reduced to ashes.
The Bank of New Zealand building on the opposite corner was for some time in danger, but the collapse of the hotel saved it. The insurances on the hotel and sample rooms are:- £775 on the stock, and £500 on the furniture in the Phoenix; on the building £875 (2017 equivalent of $153,451) in the London, Liverpool and Globe and on the stock and furniture £350 in the Commercial Union ...
The fire at the Denbigh Hotel was discovered a few minutes before two o'clock this morning by Constable Whitehouse, who had visited the locality half an hour previously but there was then no sign of an outbreak. The Constable, when interviewed, said the fire started in the kitchen, the door of which was locked. When the fire was discovered, flames were bursting through the window. In his opinion, the outbreak was purely accidental.
The hotel was erected about 29 years ago for Mr Chas. Roe
On the alarm being given, Mr Hook, owner and licensee, called up the occupants of the hotel and proceeded to the scene of the outbreak. Mr Hook says he found the fire broke out near the store-room. The flames spread so quickly that he was unable to return to his room for his clothes, and he had to escape in his night attire. In his opinion the fire was the work of an incendiary. Mr Hook estimates his loss at fully £3,000 ($526,121 in 2017)above the insurance.
It is stated that Mr Hook intends to erect a substantial, up-to-date hotel in brick on the site of the building destroyed. The Fire Police and Fire Brigade justified their existence by the good work which they did in the protection of property and in preventing the spread of the fire ...
About an hour prior to the fire at the Denbigh Hotel an outbreak was discovered in a loosebox at Marston's stables attached to the Feilding Hotel. Some straw had been heaped up under a feed box and lighted and the door, which was off the hinges, placed against the doorway to hide the flames until they had obtained a firm hold. Fortunately one of the attendants at the stables who was on duty very late owing to the Feilding Bowling Club's ball being in progress at the Assembly rooms adjoining, saw the fire and extinguished it before much damage was done. There were racehorses in the adjoining loose-boxes so that had the stables been destroyed valuable horseflesh would probably have been lost.
Sergt. Stagpoole received a telegram to-day stating that a man named John Robinson had been arrested on suspicion of having set fire to the stables
Manawatu Times, 16 Dec 1904 - NEW HOTEL
Mr W. Wilkinson, the successful tenderer for the new two-storeyed Denbigh Hotel, Feilding (£6440 worth) commenced operations yesterday. The building will be completed in six months
Manawatu Standard, 13 May 1905 - ELECTRIC LIGHT
Mr B. F. Graham, of Palmerston North, has secured the contract fo installing electric light in the new Denbigh Hotel at Feilding. Mr Hook has decided to instal a Hornsby-Akroyd oil engine for the electric lighting purposes, Messrs Reid and Gray are the sole New Zealand agents for this engine
Feilding Star, 22 July 1905 - DESTRUCTION
Some person or persons of a destructive turn of mind have disfigured the paper in nearly 50 bedrooms of the new Denbigh Hotel, thus spoiling the work
Feilding Star, 14 Aug 1905 - NEARLY THERE
The contractor, Mr W. Wilkinson, has now nearly completed the new Denbigh Hotel, which is being erected for Mr Hook. A considerable quantity of furniture has also arrived and is being put in position. The installation of the electric light plant is also well under way. The opening of the new hotel, which takes place next month, will probably relieve the congestion of the other hotels, which at the present time are taxed to the utmost for the accommodation of the general public and trabellers
Feilding Star, 10 June 1909 - LICENSE RENEWAL
W. T. Hook, Denbigh Hotel, Feilding
Manawatu Times, 27 Sep 1909 - NEW DYNAMO
Mr W. T. Hook, whose Denbigh Hotel is lit throughout with electric light, is having installed a new direct circuit compound dynamo of 160 ampheres-capable of registering 100 volts
Manawatu Standard, 22 Jan 1910 - NEW PROPRIETOR
Mr W. TL Hook, proprietor of the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, who has held the freehold of, and conducted the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, for some years, has disposed of his hotel to Mr A. J. Hurn, late of the Grand Hotel, Wellington and Taihape
Feilding Star, 23 Feb 1911 - FEILDING COURT
Mr A. D. Thomson, S.M., was occupied for two days at the last sitting of the Court in Feilding hearing a counter claim made by William Thomas Hook against Charles Natusche for £80 for alleged faulty supervision in the construction of the Denbigh Hotel building ... (more at above link)
Feilding Star, 8 June 1911 - LICENSE RENEWAL
A. J. Hurn, Denbigh Hotel, Feilding
Wanganui Chronicle, 28 Sep 1914 - GOOD IDEA
Mr Hurn, of the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding, has hit upon a good scheme for helping Belgian families who will be sufferers by the war. He has organised a series of rabbit drives for the purpose of securing a thousand rabbits. These will be frozen free of charge at the Feilding bacon factory and sent on to their destination through the Wellington Central Committee. The drives will be per motor cars and any owners of such cars who are prepared to carry shootists for the drives should communicate with Mr J. R. Perry
Feilding Star, 9 Aug 1917 - FURTHER CHARGES
ANTI-SHOUTING. Yesterday afternoon the Magistrate Mr G. W. K. Kenrick, S.M. continued the hearing of charges against local hotel employees for allowing breaches of the anti-shouting regulations. The charge against McLelland, barman at the Denbigh Hotel, was concluded. The Magisrtate said he was not satisfied the evidence of the police was strong enough for a conviction and the charge was dismissed ... Mary Anne Falconer, wife of the licensee was charged on two counts with permitting shouting
Feilding Star, 16 Sep 1919 - DEATH OF CAPTAIN FALCONER
Captain John Falconer, who death at Feilding was reported on Saturday had been, for the last dew years, the lessee of the Denbigh Hotel at Feilding
Feilding Star, 2 Oct 1919 - NEW PROPRIETOR
Mr Harry R. Wallace, who takes over the Denbigh Hotel to-day from the trustees of the late Captain Falconer, is an Anzac. A native of Christchurch - where his father was one of Canterbury's oldest licensed victuallers and his brother is a licensee - he was in the N.S.W. Civil, went to Egypt with the Main Body of Service when the war broke out. He was with the A.I.F. (1st Battalion of the 1st Brigade) and took part in the landing and subsequent fighting on Gallipoli. He was wounded shortly afterwards, but quickly returned, winning a stripe as corporal and was on the Peninsula until the evacuation when he went with the Australians to France and saw much fighting there. Corporal Wallace was in the fight on Lone Pine Ridge when his comrade, the late Captain Shout (another New Zealander) won his Victoria Cross
Wanganui Chronicle, 24 Nov 1919 - SERIOUS DAMAGE
The Denbigh Hotel building was seriously damaged by fire to-day. A little after 2pm flames were discovered in the staff's quarters upstairs at the end of one wing. The fire spread along the wing and the brigade had to fight for an hour to get control. One side of the building was practically gutted on the upstairs portion and the ground floor. The furnishings etc., were ruined by water. The damage is hard to estimate at present, but it is possibly £3000. Both building and stock were insured but particulars are not available. The proprietor is W. T. Hook and the licensee H. R. Wallace. The latter had been here about two months and the fire was very unfortunate for him. He had every room booked for the racing season next week.
The Hon. D. Guthrie's secretary was a guest at the hotel and was using a room for Lands Department work but though he lost his private belongings, like many others, no State documents were destroyed
Manawatu Standard, 16 Aug 1921 - LEASE DISPUTE
... the further defence was raised that if it was proved that the plaintiffs did introduce the said Mary Cramp as the purchaser of the hotel and that an agreement of sale and purchase was executed, the defendant claimed that prior to the agreement being entered into, plaintiff falsely represented to the defendant that the said Mary Cramp had made all necessary financial arrangements and had available the cash necessary to complete the contract ... (more at link)
Manawatu Times, 2 March 1927 - NEW PROPRIETOR
Mr H. Dooley, for a number of years the proprietor of the Denbigh Hotel in Feilding, retired yesterday and with Mrs Dooley will go into private residence in Denbigh Street, pending their departure on a visit to Ireland. Mr McPherson the new proprietor took over yesterday
Manawatu Times, 9 June 1927 - DENBIGH FIRE
The seventy-roomed structure known as the Denbigh Hotel, situated at the corner of Manchester and Fergusson Streets was imperilled by an outbreak of fire which occurred yesterday at 3:50pm. Smoke was seen issuing from an upstairs room in the servants quarter occupied by the second cook, Mr Seager, and while at first considered an incipient outbreak an investigation proved it to be a serious nature and the brigade was promptly summoned and no less promptly arrived on the scene.
Volumes of thick black smoke issued from the rear of the building and the whole structure was soon saturated with the smoke charged atmosphere. The brigade got quickly to work and were able to confine the flames to the seat of the outbreak. Water, however, found its way to the ground floor which was thoroughly soaked. The kitchen, dining room and front of the premises suffered extensively from the effect of the water and smoke and as the electric light wires had been cut, the premises were closed as it was impossible to see,
The new motor fire pump proved an acquisition. There was no doubt as to the water pressure once the pump got going and a copious supply helped the brigadesmen to get the outbreak under control.
The Denbigh Hotel was the scene of a severe fire in 1919 when practically the whole of one wing was destroyed. It is a substantial concrete and brick building of two storeys, owned by Mr W. Hook of Auckland, and occupied by Mr D. D. McPherson who recently took over the license from Mr H. Dooly.
The origin of the outbreak is a mystery, The occupier of the room was absent and nothing is known as to the cause.
The insurances were:- £4,700 on the Hotel premises in the Commercial Union Office and £4,850 in the Ocean Accident Office
Manawatu Times, 8 June 1928 - LICENSE RENEWAL
Harry Burrows, Denbigh Hotel, Feilding
About the DENBIGH HOTEL
.. taken from Manawatu District, Heritage Inventory (pdf)
- anything in italics is my addition -
The Hotel is situated at 50 Manchester Street, FEILDING
The first accommodation house on the site was constructed in 1874 by Charles Roe (1833-1901) who arrived at Petone in 1840. Following his emigration to Wellington, he moved to the Australian gold fields before returning to Wellington where he had an interest in Wellington’s first hotel, Dickie Barretts’. He then followed a career in journalism with the New Zealand Advertiser and Parliament’s Hansard until 1874. Mr Roe ran the Denbigh hotel for 14 years until his retirement. He named the hotel after the Earl of Denbigh who was a director of the Emigrant’s and Colonists’ Aid Corporation, a significant organisation in the settlement of Feilding. As with the Feilding Hotel, the Denbigh has been damaged by fire and rebuilt over the years.
The hotel was constructed by William Wilkinson. Perhaps, even if the town and District were searched in every direction, it would be found impossible to find one who has made a greater contribution to the progress of Feilding, in the material sense, than the sturdy pioneer and artisan to whom we pay public recognition this week - Mr William Wilkinson, master builder of Feilding... Feilding Star, 5th December 1936.
William Wilkinson was born in Preston, Lancashire and immigrated to New Zealand in 1879. After first working in Feilding he then moved to Auckland and the Waikato before commencing business on his own account in 1896. He established the first joinery shop in Feilding and among the many buildings he constructed includes: the Denbigh Hotel, Feilding Technical School, the Bank of New Zealand, Sandilands Buildings, the Manchester Street block from Carthews to Haybittle and Sons, the Fergusson Street block from Tingey’s corner to Bramwell’s, the Feilding Library, the Rangitikei Club and the Masonic Hall.
The building is designed in the Italianate Palazzo style. This Italianate commercial style was a part of the classical revival of the nineteenth century, which was championed by Sir Charles Barry from the 1840’s in his design of clubs and smaller office buildings. His preferred style was the sixteenth century Italian Palazzo and he was also influential in using this style for large country houses for the wealthy. Commercial buildings, particularly banks, preferred the use of classical architecture, and the design of C. R. Cockerell’s Sun Fire and Life Assurance building of 1839-42 in Threadneedle Street confirmed the Italianate Palazzo style. The design of larger structures using classical language was easily solved using the Palazzo style and quickly saw warehouses and multi-storey offices and other buildings adopt the Italianate Palazzo style. Architects such as Edward Walters, J. E. Gregan, Edward I’Anson, and John Gibson, popularised the style in England while Scottish architects also took up the style with gusto. The High Victorian period saw additional classical styles such as the French renaissance become a significant style, however the popularity of the Italianate Palazzo style for commercial buildings was maintained until the Edwardian period, when the style evolved into the Inter-war Commercial Palazzo style. This was developed by American architects McKim, Mead and White initially for Chicago high-rise commercial buildings, and this style became popular throughout the ‘New World’.
A rusticated base with arched window openings, triple arched colonnade to the upper front elevation and heavy cornices over upper windows and keystones are consistent with the style. As with most buildings of the town and period, the building is constructed of painted cement render over brickwork with painted timber joinery. Cast iron balustrading to the upper balcony is possibly an original element, however research on the original form and appearance of the building is lacking to form a definite conclusion. The interior largely retains its original planning; however relining the interior in the latter part of this century has obscured any original material to the ground and most of the upper floors. Small glimpses of the original lining material can be seen in the staff quarters where bedrooms have painted timber match lining on walls and ceiling and a bathroom has pressed metal on walls and ceiling. The substantial building addresses Manchester Street, with an obvious, and long, side elevation to Fergusson Street.
SUMMARY OF HERITAGE VALUES
The building has regional significance for historical and architectural heritage values.
As the first public accommodation house in Feilding, the building has had an historical association with Feilding since its first settlement. Having been built by William Wilkinson, the building retains historical associations with the most prolific and successful builder in Feilding of the Edwardian period.
The building has architectural values as a good representative example of the Edwardian Italianate style, which was popular for hotels and office buildings in the early 20th century. The front elevation contributes to the streetscape of Fergusson Street and is a primary building in the town’s historic Edwardian precinct. It has moderate levels of authenticity of exterior design.
The DENBIGH HOTEL 1920s
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