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Charles HARMER - London to Wairoa NZ

Journal by ngairedith

In reply to novice's query:
Charles Harmer

and to bron4's query:
looking for harmer/lewis/day family of wairoa

... I have just touched the surface of this family, it needs a lot more info and we would like your help in building it. Please leave a comment with what you know of this line and it will be added here ...

WAIROA as it was written in about 1900. Although 'our' Harmer are not mentioned it is none the less a great read.
It mentions the Wairoa Hotel as being established by Arthur Poyzer .. Wairoa Hotel (Arthur Poyzer, proprietor), Wairoa. This fine hotel was established by the present proprietor in 1877. Situated close to the wharf, it is convenient for travellers and visitors to Wairoa, and Mr. Poyzer has a good connection with the travelling public and settlers in the district. The Wairoa Hotel, which is beautifully furnished, contains twenty-five rooms, including a large dining-room, a sitting-room, billiard-room, etc. From the balcony a fine view of the surrounding country is obtained, and as the house is directly opposite the river, shooting and boating are within easy reach of those seeking pleasure in that direction ...

Charles Harmer (1834-1894) was born in London, England
- his father was Charles Harmer, mother not known at this time

- he married Alice SMITH in 1865

the children of Charles & Alice were:-

1867 - unknown female Harmer
- born still at the Wairoa Hotel on 5th March

1868 - Charles Ernest Harmer
- born at the Wairoa Hotel on the 25th February

1869 - Albert Montague Harmer
- born at the Wairoa Hotel, Clyde on the 4th November
- he married Ernestine Elizabeth JOLLEY (1884-1970) in 1905
the children of Albert & Ernestine were:
1905 - Laurance Marion Harmer
1907 - Philip Charles Harmer
1909 - Airini Helen Harmer
(possibly others)
- Albert died in 1956

1871 - Louisa Maria Harmer
- married William SEARLE in 1893
the children of William & Louisa were:
1895 - Esther Evelyn Searle
- died aged 7 months
1896 - Emily Bernice Searle
- died aged 3 months
1898 - Francis William Searle
- nothing known
1900 - Cecelia Josephine Searle
- died aged 7
1902 - Mary Louisa Searle
- married Roy Hewitt HALSE in 1928
1905 - Myrtle Amelia Searle
- married Horace Frederick TRIPP in 1922
1906 - possible still birth Searle
1908 - Arthur Lewis Searle
- married Mabel Ellen ADAMS in 1930
- Louisa died in 1929

Charles's wife Alice died in 1874 (childbirth?) but her age is not recorded

Charles next married Mary LEWIS on 1 May 1875 at Maru Maru Wairoa
- Mary was a daughter of William LEWIS & Koko POROHIWI

- the children of Charles & Mary were:
1876 - Edwin James Harmer
- Edwin married Ellen Lilly McKENZIE in 1898
Edwin & Ellen had possibly 5 children:
(I have 2 so far)
1900 - 1972 Alma Rawhiti Harmer
- Alma married Hoki/Joe/Teo HURA in 1919
- they had 12 children
1902 - Edith Aroha Harmer
- married Harold Norman DAY in 1922
Edwin's wife Ellen died in 1909 aged 35
Edwin remarried to Jane KRETSCHMAR in 1910
- Jane ran a boarding house
- on the 21 Sept 1912, Edwin was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for breaking, entering and thefft at Wairoa
- on 14 August 1915 Edwin went to war as Private #10/2613 with Wellington Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements. He put his next of kin as his daughter Miss A. R. Harmer (Alma Rawhiti was about 15 at that time) c/o Mrs C. Harmer of Wairoa
Edwin remarried to Matuakore (Wini Ratama) PAKAI in 1920
they had a son Edwin James Harmer (1925-2005)
- this Edwin married Frances Kararaina DENNIS (1926-2003), a daughter of Tom DENNIS & Te Aroha Urunga HAPI. She had been married to Desmond Kemp RATIMA (1928-1998). Possible Edwin may have also married Annie Te Apa CLAYTON
- had a motel in Wairoa
- Edwin died in 1951

1877 - Percival Harmer
- born at the Wairoa Hotel, Clyde on 29th March
- nothing else known

1878 - Alice Harmer
- nothing known

1880 - Arthur James Harmer
- born 27 November 1880
- married Nonori TAMEHANA
- Arthur died in 1957
- cjildren not known at this time

1883 - Florence Harmer
- in 1907 Florence was a room mate of Mary Ann VOCASIWICH at the Albert Hotel in Napier
- POSSIBLY married William Frederick SMITH in 1911

1884 - Grace Josephine Harmer
- on 8 Dec 1895, aged 11, Grace was partaking of her first Communion at the St Peter's Church at Wairoa. She became faint and fell against a candle which she held in her hand which ignited her veil and the side of her face was burnt a good deal, but not seriously
- married William Francis BROWN in 1901
the children of William & Grace were:
1902 - 1986 Charles William Brown
1903 - 1989 Clarence Huntly Brown
1910 - James Reginald Brown
(possibly others)
Grace married Walter Harding MARTIN (1896-1976) in 1927
- Grace died in 1938

1886 - Ivy Beatrice Harmer
- Ivy had a daughter, Mary Ethel Harmer, 1907. Father not recorded
- Ivy had a son, John Harmer in 1909. Father was not recorded
- married William SPEER in 1910
- Ivy died in 1982

1888 - Rosabel Harmer
- married Albert Victor ARNOTT in 1908
- Rosabel died in 1970

1891 - Madge Harmer
- married Charles Laudseer PAINTER in 1910
- Madge died in 1960


1878 - August 1st, an entertainment night was held in Wairoa in aid of the fund for the erection of an English church. It appears most the town got involved in singing items ... Mr Harmer sang "Come birdie come" in his usual style and was loudly applauded for his song "My fader keeps the brewery"

1878 - December, In the Christmas examinations for the pupils of Napier Commercial Academy, Charles Harmer came 3rd for Vocal and also received a prize for Geography

1880 - November, Charles Harmer was in Wairoa and was a Country Sub-Agent for The United Insurance Company

1887 - November, Charles Harmer, a Storekeeper of Wairoa, applied for a discharge of Bankruptcy

1889 - February, Charles Harmer was a Storekeeper in Clyde when he applied for a release from Bankruptcy (he was 1 of a 100 that day)

1889 - 25 Oct, According the the 'Feilding Star' C. E. Harmer was nominated to run the 100 yards, the quarter mile, the half-mile and the Hurdle race at the Taonui Athletic Sports (if the above Charles Ernest he would have been about 21)

1893 - Charles Ernest Harmer took out a Game Shooting License in Hawkes Bay

1894 - 4th August, Charles Obituray from the Poverty Bay Herald and Wairoa Guardian:
... Last Sunday, shortly after noon, there passed away, after a long and painful illness, one of Wairoa's oldest settlers, in the person of Mr Charles Harmer, who had been identified with this town during the past 29 years. Mr Harmer, who was a native of London, was in his young days in the British Navy. On coming to New Zealand, he joined the Defence Force, in the turbulent times of the East Coast in 1864, when the natives were most troublesome, and was for some time stationed at Paku Paku. On leaving the Defence Force in 1865, Mr Harmer came to Wairoa, and entered into business and was at one time proprietor of the Wairoa Hotel (now in the occupation of Mr A. Poyzer). Relinquishing hotelkeeping, Mr Harmer subsequently opened a general store, and continued in that line till shortly before his death

1895 - 8 July, Charles Harmer, a fireman from the 'Ionic', whose arrest on Lambton Quay (Wellington) on Saturday night was effected by Constable Armstrong only after a severe struggle, was this morning brought up in the Magistrate's Court before Mr Martin, S.M., and Mr Duncan, J.P. of Christchurch. For having been drunk and disorderly, used obscene anguage and assaulted the constable, he was fined 40s or one months imprisonment on the first charge and one months imprisonment on each of the other charges, all the sentences to be concurrent. Mr A. G. Johnson went to the assistance of Constable Armstrong while that officer was struggling with the fireman and received a nasty fall before the man was secured

1897 - August, Miss Alice Mary Harmer prepares to marry Thomas Alexander Pearce in Wairoa (have yet to verify that this was the daughter of Charles)

1909 - March 23, A strongly-built man named Herbert Charles Harmer, pleaded not guilty this morning, before Mr W. G. Riddell, S.M., to a charge of behaving in a disorderly manner while drunk in Cuba street (Wellington) at 10.45 last night. Accused pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting the arresting constable. After hearing the police evidence and the accused, his Worship said he must convict. On the first charge accused would be convicted and fined 20s, with the option of seven days in gaol; for resisting the constable, to which he had pleaded guily, he was fined ?3 (about $450 in 2010) or in default 14 days imprisonment

1942 - March 6h, A John Frederick Harmer in Wellington (his wife was Ivy Ellen SNOW, they married in 1941)
- further research shows that this John Frederick was a son of Mrs M. Harmer of Bexleyheath, Kent, England

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by allycat on 2011-01-12 09:38:44

Brilliant as always ngairedith.

by novice on 2011-01-12 16:59:16

What a great breakthrough for us as a family! Amazing reading and so much more to add to our "insignificant" knowledge that we have so far. Thank you so much. I can't wait to share what you have written with my aunt and cousins.
I am able to give you a little oinformation re Arthur James. He did marry Nonori harmer of Tuhoe descent and they had 6 children 2 boys , 4 girls.
Paul Harmer married Dolly Lewis both deceased, Minnie (Mihiroa) married Luke Russell who died of TB and she later married Arthur Walford both deceased, Jack Noema (my father) married Josephine Reremoana Russell but they divorced and he married Doreen Birch, Dad passed away in 1996, Doreen is also deceased, Sarah (Hera) who married Aubrey Walford (Arthur's brother) they divorced and she married Robert Webby, Charlotte (Bubba) married Bernard Sandilands (who died) and Amy Findlay (Donnie) married Ru Sciascia died (2001). My father and two of his sisters all died in 1996, Minnie and Charlotte. Sarah passed away in 2009. I am the only child of Jack and Josephine. I have an adopted sister. Thanks again.

by ngairedith on 2011-01-12 18:40:25

by HarmerJohn on 2012-04-09 01:03:46

Kia ora novice. Wharehuia Milroy and Timoti Karetu know about Nonori Harmer. Ngati Koura hapu - same as Wharehuia. I remember meeting Koro, Arthur James, when I was quite young. Arthur was a younger brother of my Koro, Edwin James Harmer, who married wife 2, Matuakore Pakai from Te Hauke. Arthur lived at the top of the long straight, right hand side, going towards Te Hauke. There's still an orchard there now. Uncle Paul and Aunty Dolly lived just a little further down the straight on the left side where their late mokopuna Shayne was living until his death last month (March 2012). One of Aunty Dollies sisters, Nancy also died recently. Nancy was married to Nicholas (Nick) Sciascia from Porangahau. Nick was a brother of Ru, Aunty Donnie's late husband.

by rawhitijnr on 2015-12-19 21:15:59

Hello, I am a descendant of Edwin James Harmer and Ellen Lily McKinnie. Their daughter Alma Harmer married Teo (Joe) Hura, who had a daughter Edith Aroha Hura. Her daughter is Alma Rawhiti Wilson (nee Kaukau) and then there is me Alma Rawhiti Hume (nee Wilson). We are still in Wairoa and will be having a reunion this Christmas for Edith's Hura line. This is awesome information and I am happy to contacted by any relative that may wish to contact my family. Mum is still alive and knows more information than me. Ka kite.

by KMMarty129 on 2018-01-09 01:19:42

Hello, I am a descendant of Grace Josephine HARMER. Edwin's younger sister. Grace was married twice, 1st to William Francis Brown in 1901. Having four children (confirmed-maybe more) 2nd Husband, Walter Harding Martin (Scotty) having three sons, Mervin, Leo and David. David is my Father, Dad passed away August 2014 in his 87th year. Always nice to catch up with extended family. I have three older brothers. Auckland, Ohakune, Gold Coast and I'm in Whangarei. Having been working on this, off and on over the years. Back into it again. Will look forward to hearing from you. Regards Karen.

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