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Henry HIRST (3 Aug 1838-16 Dec 1911)

Journal by MikeWimpenny

Henry was my mother's mother' mother's father's brother's son (whatever that makes me!). He was born in Huddersfield in Yorkshire, England and most of his family and relations were in the wool business, primarily as merchants.

The only substantial info I have on Henry in NZ comes from "The Cyclopedia of NZ (Otago and Southland)" published in 1905. According to that publication he arrived at Dunedin in the fifties on board the "Agra". He then went to Te Anau and Manapouri as one of the first settlers where he was engaged in "pastoral pursuits". He soon sold his interests and joined Captain Watts RUSSELL of Canterbury in exploring the area between the Waiau River and Breeksea Sound for 7 weeks looking for open country but had no success. He moved to Riverton and started as a butcher but later sold this business. In August 1861 he took the first drove of cattle to Gabriel's Gully. A few years later he bought a run at Orepuki, but when payable gold was found in the area in 1866, the land was taken back by the Government and he used the compensation to buy another run of 620 acres near Orepuki where he remained for the rest of his life. He was elected a member of Wallace County Council in 1877 and was still representing it in 1905. In 1879 he was elected MP for the Wallace Constituency but at the next election lost it by one vote, only to be re-elected in 1884 before losing it again at the next election. In 1860 he married a daughter of the late William DALLAS of Riverton and had 2 sons and 6 daughters.

Any information on these children (and their offspring) would be much appreciated. I have plenty of information on Henry's ancestors back 4 generations and also his 7 siblings and families and will post another journal shortly.

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by fionaingill on 2011-06-19 05:09:43

Henry Hirst married Margaret Dallas (kaumatua 1196), daughter of William Dallas and Mo-toi-toi (kaumatua 1212), a Ngai Tahu Maori listed in the 1848 census records available on line here http://www.ngaitahu.iwi.nz/Whakapapa-Registration/NgaiTahu1848Census.pdf Look for Southland region Ngai Tahu list number 345 for other siblings.
Henry and Margaret's daughter Amy Hirst married a man with the surname of Bell. I can't remember his first name. They had several children but can't remember exactly how many. Their daughter Margaret Ophir Bell married Charles Duncan Drain about 1928 and had three sons and one daughter. After Duncan died Ophir married Eric Moloney and had two daughters. My father James Henry Drain is one of the three sons of Duncan and Ophir.

by ngairedith on 2011-06-19 05:32:45

Amy Hirst married Joseph Henry BELL on 1 March 1899

their children were:
1899 - 1963 Joseph Raymond Bell
- Joseph married Stella Morgan PATTON (1901-1998) in 1927
1901 - 1974 Roland Godfrey Bell
1902 - 1993 Margaret Ophir Hirst Bell
- Margaret married Charles Duncan DRAIN (1903-1942) in 1928
1908 - Leslie Islay Bell

... there may have been others

by ngairedith on 2011-06-19 05:36:06

sorry, Leslie Islay Bell (1909-1977) married Leslie Alexander SMITH (1906-1978) in 1931

by MikeWimpenny on 2011-06-28 23:01:17

Considerable progress has been made on Henry Hirst's Tree. Below are all the details I know for Henry's children and grandchildren. I do also have a limited amount of info on great grandchildren (and offspring) where there is a number after the grandchildrens' names - however most info is hidden as they are still alive. Anybody got any further info?

I searched for Henry's house (Yorke House)when I went to Orepuki a few months ago and, using a photo of Henry in front of his house (from Riverton Museum)found the now very dilapidated building (now used as a hay store)at Grid Ref 942585.

(1). Henry Hirst and Margaret Dallas:

i. Charles Turner Hirst. b 26 Sep 1861 Riverton, d 16 Feb 1874 Orepuki (kicked to death when bringing a horse in).

ii. Ann Hirst (2). b 01 Apr 1863 Riverton, d 31 Oct 1934 Orepuki, m an unknown spouse and then m 31 Dec 1889 Invercargill John Nugent Wood (son of John Nugent Wood and Susan Lapham) b 09 Dec 1863 Kingston, Queenstown, d 06 May 1959 Invercargill.

iii. William Herbert Hirst (3). b 12 Feb 1865 Orepuki, d 28 Aug 1952 Orepuki, m 17 Nov 1892 Invercargill (St Pauls Parish Church) Margaret Ellen Forbes (daughter of John Forbes and Catherine McDonald Macdonald) b 12 Feb 1869 Riverton, d 14 Sep 1933 Riverton.

iv. Elizabeth Hirst (4). b 19 Mar 1867 Orepuki, d 06 Sep 1934 Waikaia, m 29 Oct 1901 Orepuki, Francis Mathew Lee (son of John William Lee and Jane Dallas) b 1870, d 23 Sep 1944 Clinton, Clutha, Otago.

v. Mary Hirst (5). b 19 Sep 1868 Orepuki, d 07 Jul 1966 Orepuki, m 25 Aug 1894 Orepuki, John Tremlett Simpson b 1868, d 06 Mar 1951 Orepuki.

vi. Amy Hirst (6). b 03 Oct 1870 Orepuki, d 16 Dec 1917 Orepuki, m 01 Mar 1899 Riverton (St Mary's Parish)Joseph Henry Bell b 14 Nov 1868 Riverton, Southland, NZ, d 29 Jun 1941 Invercargill.

vii. Bertha Hirst (7). b 03 Feb 1872 Orepuki, d 20 Jun 1948 Edendale, m c1911 Thomas Matthew Hickey d 20 Jan 1961 Edendale.

viii. Sydney Charles Walter Hirst. b 07 Jul 1874 Riverton, d 16 Jun 1944 Orepuki.

ix. Grace Hirst (8). b 26 Aug 1876 Orepuki, d 17 Nov 1932 Orepuki, m 27 Apr 1903 Orepuki (St Faiths Anglican Church) George Frisken Martin b 1876, d 1932 Invercargill.

x. Catherine May Hirst (9). b 17 May 1880 Orepuki, d 05 Jul 1947 Invercargill, m 20 Jan 1904 Orepuki (St Faiths Anglican Church) Edward Purdue b c1878, d 16 Jul 1939 Invercargill.

(2). Ann Hirst and unknown spouse:

i. Ernest Manly Hirst (10). b 15 Jul 1886 Dunedin, d 11 Jan 1948 Dunedin, m 10 Mar 1911 Dunedin Emily Jane Bullock.

Ann Hirst and John Nugent Wood:

i. Lylla Sidney Nugent Wood (11). b 08 Jan 1895 Wendonside, Southland, d c1972 Invercargill m 1917 George Skerrett (son of George Henry Skerrett and Hannah West) b 17 Sep 1892 Bluff, Invercargill, d 22 Jul 1993 Christchurch.

(3). William Herbert Hirst and Margaret Ellen Forbes:

i. Ethel May Hirst (12). b 30 Nov 1892 Invercargill, d 08 Jan 1967 Wellington, m 06 Mar 1912 Dunedin Caversham Parish) Alexander Cable Dickson (son of Gavin Lindsay Dickson and Mary Cable) b 13 Oct 1889 Chatton, Gore, d 01 Oct 1978 Palmerston North, Manawatu.

ii. Henry Herbert Macdonald Hirst. b 09 Jun 1895 Invercargill, d 09 Apr 1966 Imperial Beach, San Diego, California USA, m 30 Oct 1917 Brentford, Middlesex (Anglican Church), Marjorie Bowen.

iii. Charles Edgar Dallas Hirst. b 11 Jun 1896 Invercargill, d 05 Oct 1915 in Canakkale, Turkey (Gallipoli).

iv. Euna Elizabeth Hirst (13). b 10 Nov 1897 Invercargill, d 27 Feb 1972 Lower Hutt, Wellington, m 04 Aug 1919 Wellington (St Andrew's Church) Tasman Victor Farr (son of Thomas Farr and Sarah Matthews) b May 1886 Oamaru, d 10 Jan 1952 Greenwich, New South Wales, Australia (but they had no children), m Feb 1929 Adelaide, South Australia Cecil Thorwald Eriksen (son of William Theodor Eriksen and Rose Catherine Jones) b 02 May 1894 Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, d 12 Feb 1977 Mylor, South Australia.

v. John Gregory Arnold Hirst (14). b 12 Jul 1899 Invercargill, d 20 Aug 1957 Wellington, m 11 Apr 1928 Remuera, Auckland Flora Isabel Wallace b 1896 Auckland, d 27 Sep 1977 Auckland.

(4). Elizabeth Hirst and Francis Mathew Lee:

i. Aubry Douglas Lee (15). b 30 Aug 1901 Invercargill, d 30 Mar 1966 married Eileen Jessie Fleming.

ii. Reginald Francis Lee (16). b 28 Jun 1904 Invercargill, d 07 Dec 1971 Riverton, married Elizabeth Alison Butler b 09 Jan 1906, d 05 Dec 1985.

iii. Living Lee (17). Married Mary Louisa Mutton b 04 Nov 1911 Gore, d 27 May 1998 Gore.

(5). Mary and John Tremlett Simpson:

i. Bertha Ellen Simpson (18). b 04 Sep 1896 Orepuki, d 14 Jan 1978 Tauranga, married Living Wilson.

ii. Charles Henry Turner Simpson (19). b 08 Jun 1899 Orepuki, d 29 Apr 1971 Timaru, married Living Caskie.

iii. Moana Tremlett Simpson (20). b Feb 1901 Orepuki, d 1998 Christchurch, married Robert Williamson McKillop.

iv. Marjory Alice Simpson. b 26 Feb 1902 Orepuki, d 19 Sep 1923 Orepuki.

(6). Amy Hirst and Joseph Henry Bell

i. Raymond Joseph Bell (21). b 15 Sep 1900 Orepuki, d 07 May 1963 Invercargill, m 30 Nov 1927 Invercargill Stella Morgan Patton b 13 Jan 1901, d 09 Nov 1998 Invercargill.

ii. Roland Godfrey Bell. b 06 Mar 1901 Orepuki, m 04 Apr 1936 Invercargill Beatrice Drake

iii. Margaret Ophir Hirst Bell (22). b 10 Oct 1902 Thornbury, Southland, d 10 Aug 1993 Invercargill, m 1928 Charles Duncan Drain b 10 Dec 1902, d 21 Jun 1942, and after his death married Living Maloney.

iv. Leslie Islay Bell (23). b 10 Nov 1908 Otautau, Southland, d 14 Feb 1977 Invercargill, m 18 Mar 1931 Invercargill Leslie Alexander Smith b 01 Jul 1906 Invercargill, d 21 Mar 1978 Invercargill.

(7). Bertha Hirst and Unknown MacGregor:

i. William Gordon Macgregor (24). b 30 Apr 1900 Waikaia, Southland, d cJun 1985 Edendale, Southland, married Celelia Lovelly b c1904, d cFeb 1996 Edendale, Southland.

ii. Gerald Davidson Macgregor. b 19 Jan 1902 Waikaia, Southland, d 1934 Dunstan, Central Otago.

iii. Bertha Alice Macgregor. b 27 Apr 1903 Waikaia, Southland, d 12 Jun 1990 Auckland.

iv. Alexander Davidson Macgregor. b 24 Aug 1905 Waikaia, Southland, d 27 Jun 1942 Al "Alamayn, Matruh, Egypt (known as El Alamein).

Bertha Hirst and Thomas Matthew Hickey:

i. Margaret Mary Hickey (25). b 07 Jun 1912 Gore, d 01 Feb 2005, married William Irvine.

ii. Henry Hirst Hickey (26). b Jul-Sep 1915 Waikaia, Southland, d 21 Apr 1972 Wellington (Wellington Hospital) married Living Carter.

(8). Grace Hirst and George Frisken Martin:

i. Elizabeth May Martin. b 16 Oct 1903 Orepuki, d 18 Jul 1972 Orepuki.

ii. Margaret Dallas Martin (27). b 04 Jan 1905 Orepuki, d 23 Sep 2001 Invercargill, m Gore, Southland, Edgar Francis Wallis b 02 Apr 1908 Gore, d 12 Aug 1975 Wellington

iii. Gertrude Frisker Martin (28). b 13 Feb 1907 Orepuki, d 24 Apr 1983 Invercargill, married Cecil Edgar Beer (b 19 Sep 1901 Limehills, Southland, d 21 Jan 1970 Riverton.

iv. Nancy Grace Martin. b 12 Mar 1908 Orepuki, d 11 Dec 2005 Dunedin.

(9). Catherine May Hirst and Edward Purdue:

i. Gertrude Anita Purdue (29). b 23 Mar 1905 Orepuki, m 06 Jul 1926 George Robert Freaver b 29 Jul 1900, d 02 May 1981.

ii. George Bambery Purdue b 04 May 1912, d 10 May 1981, married Elinor Elsie Humpheries b 05 Apr 1912, d cMay 1984.

iii. Sydney Edward Purdue (30). b 05 Nov 1918 Invercargill, d 23 Sep 1987, married Jessie Williamina McLachlan b 24 Apr 1921, d 17 Jun 1970.

by maryjan2 on 2014-08-10 04:49:02

I am a descendant of Henry Hirst Hickey married Marjorie Voilet Carter.
Looking for children/other family members.

by yworry on 2014-09-19 20:57:06

Hi maryjan2. I am a son of the above.
If you want me to get in contact please
provide some means.
I will keep checking this post.

by maryjan2 on 2014-09-25 00:35:55

Hi yworry
Your father is my husband's (Pat) cousin 1 x removed.
Your Grandfather Thomas Mathew Hickey is brother of Pat's Grandfather Michael Hickey.
We have just recently found that Bertha and Thomas had 2 children, Margaret and Henry.
As I said we did not know of any descendants and are excited to have found you.
We would appreciate if you would like to share information with us.
My email address is:- janhickey2@bigpond.com
Look forward to hearing from you

Pat & Jan

by Wildoh on 2023-03-06 21:08:52

Old post now but my grandmother was 5i Bertha Simpson ( Wilson) daughter of Mary Hurst

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