Amelia Mathews Garrick & Robert McDonald Suddens, Wellington NZ
Amelia Mathews Garrick (1865-1909) was born 21 Dec 1865 in Wellington, New Zealand, a daughter of Peter Garrick (1814-1899) & Charlotte Rudman (1837-1870)
Amelia had a daughter
6 March 1887, Elizabeth Jane Garrick. Elizabeth married Walter Brazier Brattle (1886-1977) in 1911. Elizabeth died 3 Oct 1939 in Wellington Hospital aged 52
Robert McDonald Suddens (1857-1908) in Wellington 12 May 1887. Robert was a son of Thomas McDonald Suddens (1834-1917) from Scotland & Jane Martha Woodland (1837-1893) from Durham. They are both buried in Lyttelton.
Amelia & Robert had a son
1900 - 1972 Thomas Edward Suddens
Evening Post, 5 Dec 1904
A prohibited person named Robert Suddens was convicted and discharged with a caution for having been found in the Caledonian Hotel.
NZ Times, 31 July 1906
Robert Suddens, a wharf labourer, was charged with assaulting his wife, Amelia Suddens (a cripple). Mr Dunn, for complainant, said that the husband went home on Monday last, drunk. He struck his wife twice, "knocking her silly." This sort of thing, he said, had happened very frequently indeed. Defendant admitted the offence, but said he could get no peace at home. He wanted a separation and was willing to support his wife. The case was adjourned for a week, his Worship advising the parties to come to some arrangement in the meantime as to separation and maintenance.
NZ Times, 19 June 1907
A MAINTENANCE CASE. Robert Suddens, alias Sutton, was sentenced to fourteen days imprisonment for failing to comply with an order for the maintenance of his wife, the warrant to be suspended if arrears amounting to £2 8s be paid within fourteen days.
Evening Post, 23 March 1908
PETONE POLICE COURT The fact that he had just pleaded guilty to a charge of insobriety detracted from the excuse of Robert Suddens made to Mr Riddell, S.M., this morning, when accused of disobeying an order to maintain his wife. The woman appeared in the Court in a weak, crippled condition, bearing the imprint of severe illness and in pitiful contrast to the unkempt appearance of the husband. The amount of the arrears was said to be £10. The accused stated he did not see how he could pay his board and maintain his wife. He admitted having had drinks. "That is the whole trouble" said the Magistrate. "If you didn't drink so much you would be able to do it. A man who could afford to get drunk could afford to maintain his wife" was the opinion of his Worship, who sentenced Suddens to one month's imprisonment, the warrant to be suspended so long as the sum of 10s a week was paid off the arrears. The first payment was ordered to be made on the 30th instant.
Dominion, 8 Sep 1908
MAINTENANCE. Robert Suddens failed to appear in answer to a charge of disobeying an order to support his son. Defendant was convicted and sentenced to fourteen days imprisonment, warrant to be suspended if the amount due under the order is paid before September 10.
Dominion, 20 Oct 1908
At the Mount Cook Police Court yesterday morning, before Mr J. Collins, J.P., Robert Suddens, for drunkenness, was convicted and discharged.
Evening Post, 3 Dec 1908
SUDDENS - On the 2nd December 1908, at the Wellington Hospital, Robert Suddens, aged 51 years
Evening Post, 20 Feb 1909
SUDDENS - On the 18th February 1909, at the Wellington Hospital, Amelia M., relict of the late Robert McDonald Suddens, aged 41 years (sic 43)