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some New Zealand FYFE on PECK of Taita

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the New Zealand FYFEs on the tree as at 12th September 2010

Arthur Henry Fyfe (1908 - 2001)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- he marred Celia Bernadette CONNELLY
- he married Masie WINTERS
- he died aged 92 in Whangarei

Cecil Edward Fyfe(1912 - 1913)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PESTON
- he drowned aged 15 months
10 Sep 1913 ... An inquest was held at the residence of Thomas Fyfe, Parahaki, yesterday, by Mr J. M. Killen, coroner, into the circumstances surrounding the death of Cecil Edward Fyfe, the child drowned on Monday, the details of which appeared in yesterday's "Advocate". Constable Condon represented the police
After evidence had been given by Mrs Fyfe as to the child beng missed on Monday after being placed on the verandah, Constable Condon gave particulars of the search for the body, which was found yesterday under a boulder in the creek running out of the dam. There was a bruise on the right cheek-bone of deceased, caused in witness's opinion, by falling from the plank leading over the dam, to the boulers below. There was sufficient water in the creek on Monday to drown the child. The place was very dangerous for children. There was as much as fifteen feet of water in the dam on the upper side of the plank which the child must have fallen off.
The Coroner said it was one of those cases in which people can be wise after the event. He pointed out the danger of the creek and dam and advised the parents to have the place fenced off imediately to prevent another like happening. He found that the child came to its death by accidentally falling into the creek and being drowned

Charles William Fyfe (1899 - 1979)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Eileen Jane STEELE in 1926

Charlotte Maggie Fyfe (1881-)
- daughter of John FYFE & Charlotte HARRIS

Clara Ellen Fyfe (1903 - 1987)
- born in Whangarei to THomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married James William MILLS (1897-1952) in 1921

Edmond Harold Fyfe(1914-2009)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Ruby May DENYER
- remarried ?

Eliza Jane Fyfe (1879-)
- daughter of John FYFE & Charlotte HARRIS

George Thomas Fyfe (1901 - 1913)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- accidentally shot aged 12 in Whangarei
10 April 1913
... George Fyfe, aged 12, the victim of the pea rifle shooting case on Sunday, died at the hospital last night.
Edward Sheehan, aged 15 years, was before the Police Court this morning charged with wilful murder of Fyfe, and was remanded in custody until Friday
17 April 1913
... In the Magistrate's Court to-day, E. A. Sheehan, a boy of fourteen years, was charged, on remand, before Mr Frazer, S.M., with the murder of George Thos. Fyfe, aged 14 years (sic). The evidence, which is proceeding, is to the effect that on April 6, accused fired a pea rifle at Fyfe, and the bullet went into the boy's side, travelling twelve inches in the body. Fyfe had previously thrown a piece of manure at Sheehan. Fyfe died as a result of the bullet wound on April 8

Jeannie Adeline Alice Fyfe(1897 - 1975)
- born in Coromandel to THomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Harold James NICHOL (1889-1972) in 1915 in Kiripaka
- Harold was born in Manly, Sydney - died in Auckland

John Fyfe (1836 - 1907)
- born in Scotland
- John married Charlotte HARRIS 2 Jan 1879 in Wanganui
- Charlotte was the 7th of 12 known children of Samuel Gregory HARRIS (1816-1902) & Mary Jane BROWN (1823-1898)
19 Dec 1907
... Mr John Fyfe, an old resident of Palmerston, died suddenly in that town on Tuesday night, in his 71st year

Kenneth Fyfe (1901-)
- married Ivy Zenobia MARTIN

John Francis Henry Fyfe (1883-1959)
- son of John FYFE & Charlotte HARRIS
- married Ivy Ruth JOHNSTON (1889-1949) in 1912

Kenneth David Fyfe (1910 - 1981)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Freda Virginia PANTHER (1913-1981) in 1936 in Kaitaia

Pearl Ruberta Fyfe (1896-)
- daughter of John FYFE & Charlotte HARRIS
- married Roydon Arthur Clarke PERRIN (1897-1970) in 1917

Raymond Ernest Fyfe (1906 - 1989)
- born in Whangarei to Thomas FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Ethel May STENT in 1929
- daughter of Harry Herbert STENT & Annie LEAT
* An article in the COURIER 18th September 1981...
Midwives who demanded their fee before the baby was born, a mother who hung herself because her daughter misbehaved, and prime farmland selling dirt cheap-but still no one could afford it - that was pre war Papatoetoe through the eyes of a local resident and retired Milkman.
Two world wars and the depression did not stand in the way of duty for 76 year old Mr Ray Fyfe who moved from Whangarei to Papatoetoe in 1929.
He had a Papatoetoe milk run for 50 years and remembers when butter cost 9d.
"The milk came straight from the cow into a can and then it was delivered" said Mr Fyfe. "Mum (his wife), drove the cows, there were thirty of them. It was no 9-5 job.
Mr Fyfe started his round at midnight and finished in the early hours of the morning. The cows were milked by hand - electricity was unheard of
"There were windmills all over Papatoetoe before electricity" said Mr Fyfe.
There was no drainage, all the waste went by Middlemore" he said. The lack of drainage caused the flooding of the present day Manukau city shopping centre site in 1935.
"It was under water and I caught the biggest eel I ever caught".
After suffering a stroke last year, Mr Fyfe cannot use his right hand, is partially blind and needs help to walk. He is not physically active but his mind works overtime. He recalls a Redoubt Road farm with the price of $1500 for thirty acres and a house. There were no takers. Those were the depression years.
"There was no National Women's Hospital in those days" said Mr Fyfe. "I had to pay the midwife in advance when my wife had our son, but I couldn't afford the doctor's fees. I haven't paid it yet"
Mr Fyfe saw the beginings of the Hunters Corner shopping centre in 1945. Four acres of land where George Courts is now, sold for $800 as did the South British Insurance site.
"I've seen changes in local government in Papatoetoe. First we had a board, then a borough council and now a city council".
"I paid 22 pounds for my section in the thirties" he said "I now pay over ten times that amount in rates".
According to Mr Fyfe, all the land around the Bairds Road area was owned by a very rich woman, Mrs Baird. She donated a lot of land to a church.
"Mrs Baird would turn over in her grave if she knew a brewery had been built there".

Thomas Fyfe (1874 - 1966)
- born in Dykehead, Scotland
- married Alice Maria PRESTON in 1896 in Whangarei & had 10 children
- Alice was born in Kawakawa to George PRESTON & Elizabeth WILSON
- Thomas died in Otahuhu Private Hospital aged 92

Thomas Neil Preston Fyfe (1919-2011)
- son of THoma FYFE & Alice Maria PRESTON
- married Olive Joy McKERRAS (1919-1998) in 1941

Great sympathy is expressed in the town and district for Mr Fyfe, who is in exceedingly poor circumstances. Mr Fyfe has had exceptionally bad luck during the last six or seven months. A few weeks before his son George was shot, his wife had been in a private hospital for a month, where she underwent a serious operation, costing Mr Fyfe ?50 (2010 equivalent of $7,000) for medical and other expenses. Following that came the shooting fatality, and exactly five months to the day of the date that George Fyfe was shot, the youngest chld Cecil was drowned. Mr Fyfe is an honest hard-working sober man. He has not been in regular employment and all these troubles had strained his finances to the utmost and he is without means of any description. Many people have expressed their willingness to donate a small amount if a subscription list is opened and the "Norther Advocate" will now give them the opportunity. Any contributions, no matter how small will be very acceptable and will be acknowledged from day to day through our columns. This is a genine case of distress, the full circumstances of which have been inquired into by a represenntative of this paper

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by matthewfyfe on 2012-06-24 18:12:23

very helpfull

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