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Thomas Charles D'ARCY, Durham to Masterton

Journal by ngairedith

Thomas Charles D'ARCY was born 18 June 1828 in Lambton Ward, Durham, England, a son of Ambrose D'Arcy. He arrived in New Zealand sometime between 1849-1855 and became a prominent pioneer/settler at "Airlie" Masterton.

Thomas was a partner with Job Vile in the carrying business and later in the produce business. He was the Secretary to several local institutions

* Thomas married Margaret Mary Dorreen (1845-1909) in St James, Lower Hutt in 1862. Margaret was born 3 July 1845 in the Hutt Valley, 1 of 10 children of Thomas Doreen (1819-1900) & Janette Love (1923-1858), from Scotland, buried Terrace End
NOTE Their names are found spelt Doreen, Dorren, Dorreen ~ Doreen is the spelling on their headstone

their known children
1863 - 1940 William Alexander D'Arcy

born at Oronogorongo Station
William married Amy Beatrice Gould (1868-1945) in 1893
their known children
1894 - 1970 William Selwyn D'Arcy
1898 - 1992 Noel Heathcote D'Arcy
1906 - 1945 Frank Hedworth D'Arcy
1908 - 1945 Douglas Clendon D'Arcy
William died 24 Oct 1940 in Wanganui aged 77
* Amy Beatrice Darcy lived as a widow at "Wharenui" Boarding House in Wanganui. She died 14 May 1945 aged 77
They are buried at Aramoho cemetery

1864 - 1940 Charles Thomas D'Arcy

born at Orongorongo Station
* possible Charles had a sawmill at Waituna West, Feilding, with Thomas Foot, trading as "D'Arcy and Foot". They dissolved their partnership by mutual consent in April 1898
Wairarapa Age, 30 June 1914 PERSONAL Mr Charles D'Arcy, son of the late Mr T. C. D'Arcy and a brother of Mr A. E. D'Arcy, formerly of Masterton, who will be remembered as a prominent footballer, was on a visit to Masterton yesterday
Press, 9 Aug 1933 Broken Ankle Charles D'Arcy, aged 69, suffered a broken ankle as a result of a tunnel at his prospecting claim at Nelson Creek caving in. He was admitted to the Greymouth Hospital.
Charles died 26 Aug 1940 aged 76

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1866 - 1948 Herbert Henry D'Arcy

born 8 Nov 1866 in Te Ore Ore, Masterton
Herbert married Margaret Ann Whisker (1865-?) in 1891
* born in NZ, 15 July 1865, to William (1835-1911) & Margaret Ann (1841-1909) Whisker
their known children
1893 - 1893 Marguerite Jennie Aileen D'Arcy
- died aged 9 months
1897 - 1980 Claire Victoria D'Arcy
- Claire didn't marry
1901 - Ambrose D'Arcy
- nothing known
In Oct 1901 Henry Herbert D'Arcy was managing a station at Kauangaroa (25km east of Wanganui)
Herbert remarried, to Margherita Paulina 'Lizzie' De Cortando (1877-1957) in 1928
* Margherita was a daughter of Cecil Augustus Victor Hotezzi de Cortando & Elizabeth de Cortando
Herbert died 10 Feb 1948 aged 81 in Hamilton, Waikato
* He is buried Plot 22-R-60 at Hamilton East
* Lizzie died 5 Oct 1947 aged 80 in Hamilton
* She is buried Plot G-Z05-63 at Hamilton East

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1868 - 1962 Minnie May D'Arcy

born 14 July 1868 in Masterton
* Minnie married Charles BLACKBURN (1870-1949) in 1893
their known children
* 1894 - unnamed Blackburn
- died aged 7 hours
* 1896 - 1979 Trevor D'Arcy Blackburn
- Trevor married Dorothy Retemeyer in 1928
* 1899 - 1984 Charles Archie D'Arey Blackburn
- married Eileen Mary 'Molly' Bindon/Binden in 1923
* 1901 - Edith Bernice D'Arcy Blakcburn
- Edith married Cecil Edward Lees in Gisborne Nov 1923
* 1906 - 1965 Vivian D'Arcy Blackburn
- Vivian qualified as a doctor in 1934. He became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army, serving in Europe in the Medical Corps in WWII. He wrote a book about his experiences. He married Una Letitia Calder & had a daughter Jennifer May 'Jenny' Blackburn (1935-2009) who married Clive Gilbert 'Gib' Crawshaw (1929-2018) (see viviennec's comment below)
* 1911 - Colleen Margaret Blackburn
* Charles died 9 Jan 1949 in Gisborne aged 1 week from 80.
Minnie died 17 Dec 1962 in Gisborne aged 93
* They are buried Plot 364, Block 21 at Taruheru cemetery
Sacred to the memory of CHARLES BLACKBURN, born 16th Jan 1869, died 9th Jan 1949. And his beloved wife, MINNIE MAY, born 14th July 1869, died 17th Dec 1962

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1870 - 1919 Archibald Edgar "Archie" D'Arcy

born in Masterton Sunday, 18 Sep 1870
* In 1893 he was a well-known runner in the Wairarapa and was a Committee member of the Wairarapa Amateur Athletic & Cycling Club
Archie married Amy Georgina PRATT (1868-1940) of Nelson on 19 March 1895.
His best man was John Mowlem (1870-1951) a fellow NZ All Black during the 1893 tour of Australia
* His early rugby was for the Red Star club and he captained the club's first senior team in 1889. That was the year he became the first player to kick a penalty goal (dropped) in an inter-union game in New Zealand, again in a match against Wellington.
* he was a representative of the Mutual Life Association of Australia in Masterton and was a prominent footballer & athlete (he retired from athletics after his marriage).
* he was a Fullback in the rugby team that won 9 of their 10 games in Australia in the 1890s
* He moved to Auckland in 1897 where he was a member of the Auckland Golf Club and was involved with the Parnell Senior Rugby Club
* he moved to NSW, Australia and lived for a time next door to Premier Charles Gregory WADE at Wahroonga in North Sydney
In 1903 he won the Cadogan Golf Cup at Botany, Sydney.
In 1910 he was the joint manager (with J. A. MINNETT from Auckland) in Sydney of the NZ Insurance Company when he and a number of his NZ countrymen were members of the New Zealand Association which, among other things, looked after visiting NZ sports teams that passed through Sydney
In July 1911 his wife Amy gave a tea party at the Hotel Australia in Sydney for a number of her NZ friends. Among the guests were Mrs J. ANDERSON, & Miss ANDERSON & Mrs Willie D'ARCY
In 1914, J. A. MINNETT retired from the position after 40 years service and Archibald took charge of the whole of the company's business in NSW
In 1916, he was on holiday in NZ and returned to Sydney from Auckland in March that year on the "Makura"
In April 1919 he returned into Auckland from Sydney on the R.M.S. Niagara
Archie died 3 months later, 24 June 1919 in Auckland, aged 49
Free Lance, 9 July 1919
Rugby Football
passed away at Auckland last week, Archibald Edgar D'Arcy, who was well-known in business and insurance circles in New Zealand and Australia. Archie D'Arcy was also, in his younger days - he was 49 when he died - a prominent Rugby footballer and amateur athlete. He was born in Masterton and was a leading member of the Rugby team in the Wairarapa town when they considered they had a fifteen which was the best in New Zealand. They felt so sure of themselves that they undertook a trip to the South island in 1892. Merivale (Christchurch) were first met and the Masterton fellows romped over the Canterbury champions by 21 points to nil. The famous Alhambra team of Dunedin made no race of the Wairarapa boys, defeating them by 18 points to 4.
Archie D'Arcy was a member of the New Zealand tean that toured Australia in 1893 and also was a Dominion representative the following year. He was a fine three-quarter and full-back and made many friends in his playing days. He was a great sprinter on the flat and a good man over hurdles.
Many years ago he was transferred to Sydney to act as manager of the New South Wales branch of the New Zealand Insurance Company, a position which he held until a severe nervous breakdown, which he suffered last September, caused him to come to New Zealand to recruit his health. In Sydney he came into prominence as a golfer, winning many important trophies and for some years he was captain of the Australian Golf Club. He was also a very keen sportsman, and came to the Dominion frequently on fishing and shooting trips.
* Amy died 11 July 1940 aged 72
Press, 12 July 1940 D'ARCY On July 11 1940, at Hanmer Springs, Amy Georgina, widow of A. E. D'Arcy, late of Auckland. Private funeral
* They are buried together Plot 12, Row 24, Block A at Purewa

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1873 - 1873 Ernest Ambrose D'Arcy

Ernest died aged 3 weeks

.. 7
1874 - 1956 Edith Janet/Jeanette D'Arcy

born 19 May 1875 in Wellington
Edith died 23 March 1956 aged 81 in Wellington
* husband not found

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1876 - Thomas Lambton D'Arcy

born 11 June 1876 in Wellington
* In 1889 Thomas was in Standard VI & in 1890 he was in Standard VII, at Masterton School & sister Ethel was in Standard III
* In 1893 he was in the Wairarapa Amateur Athletic & Cycling Club, taking part (1 of 4 starters) in the Mile Walk. He was described as a younger brother of Archie D'Arcy, the well-known runner who was acting as handicapper to the club. He came 1st equal in the Mile with H. Astall but Astall was later disqualified for mixing his paces. He came 2nd in the half mile
* In 1897 he was a clerk in the Bank of Australasia in Masterton
* Thomas served in the South African War, 1899-1902, as Private 5204 with the 8th Contingent, North Island Regiment, B Squadron, embarking on 1 Feb 1902 on the ship 'Surrey' arriving in Durban on 15 March with 45 Officers & 951 men.
On enlistment he was an Insurance Agent in Masterton. His Next of Kin was listed as his mother, Mrs M. M. D'Arcy of Masterton at the same address

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1878 - 1878 Percy Frank D'Arcy

Percy died 4 May 1878 aged 1 month
buried in Bolton St, Wellington

.. 10
1880 - 1972 Ethel Gertrude D'Arcy

born 1 Feb 1880 in Masterton
* In Sep 1900 Ethel passed the Trinity College. London Musical Exam with Senior Honors of 69 points. Her teacher was Mr A. von Keisenberg
Ethel married John David SMITH (1874-1938) in 1904
Wairarapa Daily Times, 23 Dec 1904 SMITH-D'ARCY - At St Matthew's Church, Masterton on December 20th 1904, by the Rev P. C. Wyndham Earee, John David Smith of Masterton, to Ethel Gertrude, third daughter of Mrs T. C. D'Arcy of Masterton.
* A wedding of considerable interest was solemnised in St Matthew's Church this morning, when Mr John David Smith, Secretary of the Wairarapa Sawmillers' Association, was married to Miss Ethel D'Arcy, third daughter of the lat Mr T. D'Arcy, of this town. The service was full choral and, at the conclusion, the Wedding March was played by Miss Peterson. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr W. D'Arcy of Wanganui, was dressed in white silk, with customary veil and carried a handsome bouquet. The bridesmaids were Miss Florrie D'Arcy (sister of the bride) and Miss Nettie Smith (sister of the bridegroom). Two little girls, nieces of the bride, carried bouquets of flowers. Mr D. K. Logan was best man. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a gold chain and pendant and the bride's present to the bridegroom, a handsome travelling-case. The wedding presents were both numerous and costly. After the ceremony, wedding breakfast was partaken of at the residence of the bride's mother. Mr and Mrs Smith leave this afternoon for the South island, for the usual honeymoon trip.
their known children
* 1905 - 1987 Newman D'Arcy-Smith
* Barrister & Solicitor in Hamilton. Married Bessie Violet Vickery in Hamilton April 1933 by the Bishop of Waikato.
* 1908 - 1961 Eric Newman Smith
* served as Dr Eric Newman Smith D'Arcy
* 1912 - 2002 Campbell Newman Smith
* House Surgeon at Waikato Hospital. Served with the 28th as Medical Officer Campbell Newman Smith-D'Arcy
* 1920 - 2000 Sheila Margaret Newman Smith
... written c1907 Mr John David Smith Manager of Messrs Booth and Company's Sawmills for the Public Trustee, as administrator of the estate, was born in London, England, in April, 1874, and came to New Zealand, with his parents, who arrived early in the year 1880. After leaving school he gained commercial experience at a printing office in Wellington, and subsequently entered the saw-milling industry with Mr James Stevens at Hufeanui(sic), Forty-Mile Bush, being successively employed as yardman and book-keeper, and latterly as mill-manager. Four years later he was taken in as a partner, and for some time the firm, under the style of Stevens and Smith, successfully conducted a mill at Papawai, near Greytown. Mr Smith then accepted an appointment as managing secretary of the Wairarapa Saw-millers' Co-operative Association, Limited, personally conducted the formation and registration and during his term of office of over three years, was chiefly instrumental in firmly establishing the association, as also in the formation and organisation of the Wairarapa Saw-millers' Accident Insurance Company, the first of its kind in the Dominion. In 1895 he resigned to start business on his own account as a timber merchant in Masterton, but twelve months later sold out to Messrs George Gardner and Sons and immediately afterwards was offered and accepted his present appointment. Mr. Smith is a member of the Wairarapa Employers' Association, of which he acted as its first secretary, the registration of this association also being personally performed by him. In December, 1904, he married Miss Ethel D'Arcy, of “Airlie,” Masterton, and has one child.
John David Smith died suddenly 24 June 1938 in Gisborne aged 64. He underwent a minor operation in Hamilton Hospital in the morning but died unexpectedly in the afternoon .. Former Timber Miller dies
Ethel died 29 Feb 1972 in Hamilton aged 92
* They are buried Mason-O-222 at Hamilton East cemetery (Ethel as D'Arcy-Smith)

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1883 - 1912 Frederick George D'Arcy

born 22 April 1883 in Masterton
Wairarapa Daily Times, 5 Sep 1912 The death has occurred at Suva of Mr Frederick D'Arcy, youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs T. C. D'Arcy. The deceased, who was formerly a resident of Masterton and a brother of Mrs J. D. Smith of Carterton, died from blood-poisoning.

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1885 - 1969 Florence Mary 'Florrie' D'Arcy

born 1885 in Masterton
* In 1895 Florrie was in Standard III at Masterton School
* In Sep 1900 she received a Junior Pass with 98 points in the Trinity College, London Musical Exam. Her sister Ethel D'Arcy was her tutor
* She was a pupil teacher in 1902, eligible for future appointments.
* She was a bridesmaid for her sister Ethel in 1904 when she married John David Smith
Florence married Charles Fraser Anderson (1886-1964) in 1923
Poverty Bay Herald, 6 Dec 1923
A wedding of much interest was solemnised at Holy Trinity Church at 2.30 this afternoon, the contracting parties being Mr Charles Anderson of Wellington, youngest son of the late Mr Joseph Anderson, of Lisnahoy, County Tyrone, Ireland and Miss Florence D'Arcy also of Wellington, youngest daughter of the late Mr Thomas D'Arcy, of Wairarapa. The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr J. D. Smith of Gisborne, looked charming in a most unusual frock of gold silk morocane, with hat of deeper tone and carried a sheaf of beautiful golden lilies. She was attended by Miss Anne McKenzie, attired in a beautiful frock of hydrangea blue, with a black picture hat and carrying a bouquet of exquisite yellow flowers and Mrs Thos. Caldwell, a very dear friend of the bride, was matron of honor, wearing a very handsome frock of grey silk and a black hat, with posy bouquet of pink and heliotrope sweet peas. The wee niece, Sheila Smith, looking like a little pink rosebud, was dressed in palest pink georgette and acted as cushion bearer. Mr C. A. Smith of Gisborne, acted as best man.
The wedding march was played as the bride entered the church, by Mr E. N. Sidebottom, organist of Holy Trinity Church. Mrs C. Blackburn, eldest sister of the bride, was attired in a pretty mole tosca satin with Egyptian trimming, while Mrs J. D. Smith, another sister, was in a dress of soft grey marocain and georgette, with beautiful blue bead trimming.
A reception was held at the home of Mr J. D. Smith, Stout street, where about 80 guests assembled. The outside decorations for the marquee were of beautiful blue delphiniums and gold lilies, whilst to suit the coloring of the reception room were masses of pale pink roses and blue hydrangeas.
The bride's going away costume was of grey, with hat to match, with touches of cornflower blue. The honeymoon is to be spent in the North.
Florence died 31 March 1969 in Wellington aged 83 and was cremated at Karori

Thomas Charles D'Arcy died 17 Sep 1897 in Wellington Hospital
NZ Times, 18 Sep 1897
On 17th September 1897, at the Wellington Hospital, New Zealand, Thomas Charles, only surviving son of the late Ambrose D'Arcy, of Lambton Ward, Durham, England; aged 69 years. Sunderland and Durham papers please copy
Wairarapa Daily Times, 17 Sep 1897
Mr T. C. D'Arcy
The many friends of Mr Thomas Charles D'Arcy, will regret to learn that he died at the Wellington Hospital this morning, where he had been under treatment for the past three weeks, for an internal complaint.
The late Mr D'Arcy came to the colony about the year 1849 and to Masterton some twenty years ago, where he started business as a grain merchant in conjunction with Mr Job Vile. Subsequently he started a commission agency on his own account, which he continued for years. latterly, however, failing health has almost compelled his absolute retirement from business, and he has been seldom seen outside his own home.
As above stated, he went to Wellington Hospital to undergo an operation for tumour, some three weeks ago.
Deceased, who was 69 years of age, leaves a widow and ten children to mourn his loss. He will, we understand, be buried at Wellington
NZ Mail, 23 Sep 1897
Another of New Zealand's old colonists, Thomas Charles D'Arcy of Masterton, Wairarapa, passed away on Friday morning at the Wellington Hospital after a long and painful illness. The deceased was the only surviving son of the late Ambrose D'Arcy, of Lambton Ward, Durham, England and was born on the 18th June 1828. He was educated at the Durham Blue Coat School and on leaving that institution was articled to the law; but, having a decided bent towards a seafaring life, he shortly afterwards gratified it and for some 16 years followed that avocation, finally landing in this colony at Auckland some 42 years ago. During the past 42 years he was a resident of Wellington province, chiefly in the Wairarapa. His first employment in this province was upon one of the late Mr Riddiford's sheepruns as shepherd. After some years spent in gaining experience, he attempted sheepfarming on his own account at the Upper Taueru, but found that fell enemy scab too many for him. From there he took charge of Mr A. W. cave's well-known farm at Te Ore Ore, near Masterton and shortly afterwards was appointed Wellington manager for the Wairarapa Carrying Company, whose depot opposite the Star Chambers on Lambton quay will be remembered by the older Wellington merchants. This position he retained until the opening of the railway to Featherston. Since then he has lived in Masterton with varying success as an accountant and commission agent.
He leaves a widow and family of six sons and four daughters, mostly grown up. The death of Mr D'Arcy will be deeply regretted by all who knew him.
* He is buried in Plot 82 J, Section Ch Eng at Karori
* It says he was an 'accountant'

Margaret Mary D'Arcy died 24 May 1909 aged 65.
Wairarapa Age, 26 May 1909
I regret to have to chronicle the death of Mrs Margaret Mary D'Arcy, relict of the late Mr Thomas Charles D'Arcy, which occurred last evening in Carterton, at the residence of Mr J. D. Smith (daughter Ethel). The deceased lady was on of the early pioneers and was much respected.
Poverty Bay, 26 May 1909
Advice came to hand yesterday of the death at Carterton, Wairarapa, on Monday last, of Mrs D'Arcy, mother of Mrs C. Blackburn of Gisborne, to whom much sympathy will be extended. The deceased lady had been a sufferer for some time and last week grew much worse and passed away on Monday afternoon.
* She is buried at Clareville, Carterton

TIMELINE for Thomas
In May 1873 Thomas was the Agent of the Wellington & Wairarapa Carrying Company which commenced business on the 1 June 1873

In July 1876 he was in the Carrying business in Wellington

23 July 1881 Notice is hereby given that the partnership which has for some time past been carried on by JOHN VILE and THOMAS CHARLES D'ARCY, under the style or firm of Vile & D'Arcy, in the trade or business of Flour, Produce Dealers and Millers, was this day dissolved by mutual consent. Mr Vile is empowered to settle and discharge all debts die to and by the said partnership concern and will from this date carry on the business in his own name and on his own account. Dated at Masterton this 23rd day of June 1881. A. R. Bunny, Solicitor, Masterton

On 9 Feb 1893 his 11 roomed house was destroyed by fire that was caused by sparks alighting on a shingle roof. They managed to save all their furniture

On 24 April 1893 his eldest daughter Minnie May D'Arcy married Charles Blackburn, youngest son of Alfred Blackburn of Rakaia. Two of her sisters, Edith and Ethel, were bridesmaids and A. D'Arcy was Charles's groomsman. They moved to Timaru where Charles held an appointment under the NZ Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. He was formerly a resident of Masterton

George Frederick D'Arcy Lambton, 2nd Earl of Durham (5 Sep 1828 - 27 Nov 1879), known as Viscount Lambton from 1831 to 1845, was a British peer

other D'Arcy burials at Karori
- birth years are approx, based on age at death -
23 May 1894, Mary Ann D'Arcy aged 44
- born 1850
- buried PLOT 120 - SECTION ROM CATH

16 Sep 1902, Agnes Mary D'Arcy aged 28
- born 1874

27 April 1940, Patricia Noleen D'Arcy aged 3
- born 1937
- buried PLOT 303 G - SECTION CH ENG2

12 April 1945, Frank Hedworth D'Arcy aged 38
- born 1906
- son of William Alexander D'ARCY & Amy Beatrice GOULD
- cremated Karori

24 Feb 1964, Marcia Millicent D'Arcy aged 52
- born 1912
- ashes buried PLOT 303 G - SECTION CH ENG2

the D'Arcy buried in Masterton
11 November 1932, Sydney D'Arcy aged 48
- born 1884
- buried PLOT SD - ROW 17 - AREA Plan I

2 June 1950, Adelaide Christina D'Arcy aged 63
- born 1887
- probably wife of Sydney above
- buried PLOT ACD - ROW 17 - AREA: Plan I

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by viviennec on 2011-04-30 01:37:27

My grandfather was Vivian D'Arcy Blackburn. He was the youngest son of Minnie May D'Arcy who married Charles Blackburn. Vivian qualified as a doctor in 1934 and became a Lieutenant Colnel in the Indian Army, serving in Europe in the Medical Corps in WWII. He wrote a book about his experiences. My mother was Jennifer May Crawshaw DOB 29.01.1935, nee Blackburn, she and died in February 2009. She married Clive Gilbert Crawshaw DOB 23.10.1929. She worked as a librarian (senior cataloguer) for Auckland Public Library. She graduated BA in 1954. Mum and Dad had three chidlren: Vivienne Anne Crawshaw DOB 28.06.1965, Michael Garth Crawshaw DOB 29.01.1967, Katherine Jane Crawshaw 29.12.1969

by Jen3 on 2019-04-17 07:18:15

Hello, my grandfather was Charles Archie D'Arcy Blackburn, another son of Minnie May and Charles.

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