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Partial Listing of Births 1859 -1865 (opens in another window)
The following were published in the miscellaneous newspapers and the Paper Past newspapers. The Timaru Herald Printed and published by the Proprietors, A.G. Horton & Co. at their Office, George Street, Timaru, in the Province of Canterbury, New Zealand. June 11 1864 Volume 1 No. 1
Births, Deaths and Marriages accouchements
in the Timaru Herald were voluntary
and inserted for a small fee and so many do not appear.
1850s 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869
1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
1899 July - Dec. 1900 The Times
Deaths pre 1902 from various newspapers
Deaths 1901 to 1945
Deaths post 1945
Ashburton Guardian, 18 January 1905, Page 2
The borough of Timaru is apparently a very desirable place in which to live, as during the month of December not a single borough resident died.
Timaru Herald, 4 April 1917, Page 7
Mr J. V. Carmody has been appointed deputy Registrar of deaths, births and marriage for the Timaru district and Mr. W. P. Wilson has been similarly appointed in Waimate.
Timaru Herald BDMs
Births: BLANCHETT 31 December 1882 O'DOWD 24 July 1887 CARTER 19 February 1890 Death: BOWIE 27 December 1882 HARDCASTLE 1 June 1882 CLODSTOUN 2 January 1882 YARDLEY 30 September 1887 FOSTER 22 July 1887 CASKEY 30 August 1879 McBRIDE 31 January 1898 STRUTHERS 1 April 1900 McKAY 26 June 1900 Marriages: SMITH - SIMPSON 3 January 1882 BISHOP - BOTHERWAY 14 August 1900 HAWKINS - KING 23 July 1887 DAVISON -YOUDALE 27 May 1886 DIXON - COCHRANE 4 August 1887 GUY - THOMSON 31 March 1885 WADDINGTON - GREEN 10 February 1900
Information recorded on Intention to Marry Notices in
ArchivesNZ in Wellington may include:
•date on which the notice was registered
•full name, marital status, occupation and age of both parties
•place of residence at time of notice and length of residence in registration district
•parent or guardian’s name if either of the couple was a minor
•a number, which corresponds to the marriage register entry and marriage certificate number for the couple, indicates that a marriage took place
•place where the marriage is to be solemnised and the minister or registrar who will conduct the marriage.
Wellington has a card index of ITMs to 1881, including some where the marriage did not eventuate. For searching post-1881 volumes look for the old marriage folio number rather than the names. Access has been restricted to those 80y or more. Notices of Intention to Marry do not give birth dates or places and do not often state usual place of residence if it is outside the centre of registration. Usually the woman’s occupation is not noted. Later entries do not record length of residence.
Lyttelton Times Wednesday 6 April 1858
Rhodes - on 20 March at the Plains House, Levels, to wife of George Rhodes - a son.
Lyttelton Times, 27 July 1859, Page 4
July 14th, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. James King, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 16 November 1859, Page 4 BIRTHS
Nov. 1, at Timaru, Mrs. John Beswick, of a son.
Nov. 2, at Timaru, Mrs. Geo. Dunnage, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 4 April 1860, Page 4
March 25, at Timaru, the wife of J. S. Browning, Esq., of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 15 December 1860, Page 4
Dec. 10, at the Royal Hotel, Timaru, the wife of Mr. William Allen, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 23 January 1861, Page 4
Jan. 9 at Timaru, Mrs. LeCren, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 28 September 1861, Page 4
Sept. 21, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. John Beswick of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 4 January 1862, Page 3
KING— At Olessa Station, Timaru. Mrs. Jas. King of a son.
SIMMS - on 23 December 1861 at Timaru to wife of Mr W.H. Simms - a daughter
STUDHOLME — June 30, at Waimate, the wife of Michael Studholme, Esq., of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times Saturday 5 April 1862 Births -
ACLAND - on 17 Feb. at Bishop's Court, Christchurch, to wife of J. Barton Acland - a son.
HORNBROOK - on 31 Jan at Mt Pleasant to wife of Major Hornbrook - a son
Lyttelton Times, 15 October 1862, Page 5
WILLIAMS—October 7, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. S. Williams, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 18 April 1863, Page 5
Simms—April 11, at Timaru, the wife of W. N. Simms, Esq., of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 29 April 1863, Page 4
King. April 9, at Otipoa Station, Timaru, Mrs. James King, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 9 May 1863, Page 5
Ogilvie — April 20, of Timaru, the wife of Mr. John Ogilvie, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 6 June 1863, Page 6
Knight.—May 26, at Timaru, the wife of J. C. Knight, Esq., of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 26 November 1863, Page 4
Smith— Lately, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. Smith, builder and contractor, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 10 December 1863, Page 5
Philips — Nov. 27 — At Timaru, the wife of Mr. J. Phillips, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 12 December 1863, Page 6
Smith — Lately, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. Smith builder and contractor, of a daughter.
Phillips — Nov. 27, at Timaru, the wife of Mr. J. Phillips, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 26 January 1864, Page 5
Allen — Jan. 19, at Timaru, Mrs. W. G. Allen, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 26 March 1864, Page 5
Acton — March 20, at Fordlands, Point, near Timaru, the wife of Edward Acton, Esq., of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 5 April 1864, Page 4
Duff— March 25, at Timaru, Mrs. J. E. Duff, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 14 April 1864, Page 7
Acland — March 12, at Mount Peel Station, Rangitata, the wife of J. Barton Acland, Esq., of a daughter.
Strouts —March 20, at the Ti-Ti, near Christchurch, Mrs. Frederick Strouts, of a son.
Acton —March 20, at Fordlands, Point, near Timaru, the wife of Edward Acton, Esq., of a son.
Duff —March 25, at Timaru, Mrs. J. E. Duff, of a daughter.
Lyttelton Times, 5 May 1864, Page 4
Poingdestre — April 28, at, Blue Cliffs, Timaru, Mrs. William W. Poingdestre, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 2 June 1864, Page 4
Blyth—Lately at Timaru, the wife of Mr. James Blyth, carpenter, of a son.
Lyttelton Times, 16 March 1865, Page 5
Tucker.—March. 12, at Timaru, Mrs. Jno. Tucker of & son.
Lyttelton Times, 15 June 1865, Page 5 Births
Allen. — May 10, at Timaru, Mrs. W. G. Allen, of a daughter.
INGLIS —June 11, at George street, Timaru, the wife of Mr. John Inglis, of a son.
North Otago Times, 18 December 1866, Page 2
On the 30th November, at the Levels Station, near Timaru, the wife of Mr Edward Hassell, of a daughter.
West Coast Times, 13 January 1872, Page 2
On the 25th December, at her residence, Gibson's Quay, the wife of Mr John Peake, of a daughter.
North Otago Times, 17 January 1879, Page 2. Birth
On the 13th January, at Holme Station, Pareora, Timaru, the wife of Robert Gunion, of a daughter.
Otago Witness 25 February 1882, Page 18 Births.
On the 12th February, at Three Springs, the wife of John McCaw, of a daughter.
On the 17th February, at Currie street, Port Chalmers, the wife of R. P. Sharp, Hakateramea, of a son.
Star 18 July 1882, Page 2
Inman — July 13, at Rockwood, Albury, the wife of W. G. Inman, of a daughter.
Otago Witness, 13 October 1883, Page 17
On the 8th October, at Burnbank, Timaru, Mrs W. Moody, of a son.
Press, 11 June 1889, Page 4
Donnithorne — On June 3rd, at Korari, Winchester, the wife of John Donnithorne of a son.
Otago Daily Times 16 April 1890, Page 6
Macintyre —On the 3rd April 1890, at the Bungalow, Timaru, Mrs Macintyre, of a son.
Otago Witness, 13 August 1891, Page 23
Snushall — On the 3rd August, at Allandale, Fairlie Creek, the wife of B. Snushall, of a son
Star 6 December 1892, Page 2
Macfarlane — Dec 4, at Peel Forest, the wife of Dugald Macfarlane, of a son.
Star 7 July 1893, Page 2
Barker — July 4, at Waikouiui Orchard, Peel Forest, the wife of W. E. Barker, of a daughter.
Star 19 December 1883, Page 3
Bull — Dec. 15, at South Rangitata, the wife of John Bull, of Peel Forest, of a son.
Otago Daily Times 6 November 1885, Page 2
Adam —On the 8th October, at Glenrowan, Timaru, the wife of J. D. Adam, of a daughter
Otago Witness, 6 November 1896, Page 29
Rhodes.— On the 12th November, at Dunedin, the wife of R. H. Rhodes, Blue Cliffs, of a daughter.
Otago Witness, 8 April 1897, Page 29
Shackleton — On the 21st March, at Waimate, the wife of G. J. Shackleton, of a son.
New Zealand Tablet, 13 October 1898, Page 17
POLASCHEK — On September 30th, at Waimate, the wife of Joseph Polaschek, of Arowhenua, of a son. Both doing well.
Otago Witness, 28 September 1899, Page 33
SHACKLETON — On the 26th September, at Laurel Cottage, North road, Waimate, the wife of Geo. J. Shackleton, of a son.
Otago Witness, 22 April 1903, Page 43
MORRIS — On April 6. at "Corra Linn," Fairlie, the wife of A. W. Morris, jun. — a son.
Otago Witness, 4 November 1903, Page 47
PINCKNEY— On the 31st of October, at Orari Gorge, the wife of George Pinckney, of a daughter.
Otago Daily Times 6 November 1903, Page 4
PINCKNEY. — On the 3lst of October, at Orari Gorge, the wife of George Pinckney, of a daughter.
Ashburton Guardian, 17 April 1906, Page 2
On Good Friday, April 13th, to Mr and Mrs Geo, Wright, of Timaru, a daughter. All well.
Star 4 May 1908, Page 3
O'FARRELL — May 2nd, 1908, at "River View," Milford, Temuka, the wife of Prescott O'Farrell — a daughter. Both doing well.
Otago Witness, 7 December 1904, Page 47
SIMPSON On the 29th November, at Timaru, the wife of Brodie R. Simpson, of a son.
Otago Witness, 28 December 1904, Page 47 Birth
HARRIS.— On the 20th December, at Wharekuri, Pleasant Valley, Geraldine, the wife of Edward Harris, of a son.
Star 11 February 1905, Page 5
ASHTON.— February 8, 1905, at Peel Forest, the wife of F. H. Ashton, of a daughter.
Otago Witness 22 June 1904, Page 47
ARMITAGE. On the 10th June, at Temuka, the wife of G. W. Armitage, of a son.
Otago Witness 31 October 1906, Page 47 Birth
ARMITAGE. On the 24th October, at Garmancare, Temuka, the wife of G. W. Armitage, of a son.
Otago Witness 25 March 1903, Page 43
ARMITAGE-STEWART.- On 4th March 1903, at Presbyterian Church, Crookston, by. the Rev. John Collie, M.A., George Whitefield, third son of the late Rev. John Armitage, to Rachel (Lena), eldest daughter of the late Hon. W. Downie Stewart, M.L.C
Star 21 July 1906, Page 4
POLLOCK.— July 16, at Allnutt Street, Temuka, the wife of D. D. Pollock, of a son. Both doing well.
Otago Witness, 9 January 1907, Page 47
PRESLAND — On the 4th January, 1907, at Waimate, the wife of Bertram C. Presland — a son.
Otago Witness 23 October 1907, Page 51
ROCARD — On October 21. at 26 Nelson street, Dunedin, to Mr and Mrs L. Rocard (of Timaru) — a son.
Otago Witness, 1 May 1907, Page 47
PINCKNEY — On the 25th April, at Timaru, the wife of George Pinckney, of Glenary Station, Waikaia, of a son.
Otago Witness, 24 June 1908, Page 59
HANNING.— On June 21 at Waimate. the wife of R. Hanning, jun. a son. Both well.
Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume I,
Issue 3, July 1908, Page 90
Mrs. Henry Meecham, of Fairview (Nurse Parlane, of Timaru Hospital), had a son last May.
Otago Witness, 12 August 1908, Page 51
HAY — On August 5. at Timaru, the wife of George Hay a daughter.
The Star Tuesday 14 July 1908 page 3
Birth - BENN - on 25 June at Rapuwai Grange, Pleasant Point, to wife of A.E. Benn, a son.
Otago Witness - Oct. 28 1908 pg 51 Birth
At Geraldine on Thursday Oct. 22, the wife of C.T. Borrell - a son.
New Zealand Herald, 26 November 1908, Page 1
SOTHAM — November 24, at her residence, Sefton-street, Timaru, the wife of Mr. W. Sotham a daughter.
Star 15 February 1909, Page 3
On February 18th, at Mrs Manhire's Home, White Street., Rangiora, to Mr and Mrs W. W. Smith, of Timaru, A daughter.
Otago Witness, 17 February 1909, Page 51
ORBELL.— The wife of R. Leslie Orbell, The Croft. Timaru — a daughter.
Star 17 March 1909, Page 3
BIRTH. SEWARD. March l4th, at Cooper Street, Timaru, the wife of John Seward a daughter.
Timaru Herald, 18 February 1913, Page 6
HUSTON — On February 17th, at Victoria Street, Timaru, the wife of Alf. Huston — of a daughter. Both well.
BARKER — On February 17th, to the wife of P. Barker, of Rocky Ridges, Gapes Valley — a daughter.
Timaru Herald, 21 February 1913, Page 6
SHAW — At Highfield, on Thursday, February 20th, to Mr and Mrs Walter Shaw — a daughter.
Timaru Herald, 15 April 1913, Page 6
GRANT. On April 13th, at Holme Farm, Milford, to Mr and Mrs L. J. Grant, of Katunatiki, Rangitata —twins (son and daughter).
BRAY. At Mrs McFarlane's Nursing Home, Temuka, the wife of Geo. E. Bray, of Fairlie — a son.
Otago Daily Times 29 December 1913, Page 4
WATTS.—On November 29, at Sister Gibson s Hospital, Fairlie, the wife of Watts, "The Wolds," Mackenzie Country —a son.
Otago Daily Times 26 January 1914, Page 4
MARTIN. On January 4, at Green Island, to Mr and Mrs Martin, Rhodes street, Timaru —a son Both well.
Otago Daily Times 15 October 1914, Page 4
BRYCE.— On October 11, 1914, at Hatton street, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs Archibald Bryce —a daughter.
Otago Daily Times 6 January 1915, Page 4
MUNRO. —At Fairlie, on January 2, to Mr and Mrs H. A. Munro—a son. Both well.
Otago Daily Times 9 August 1915, Page 4
HEWARD.— On August 4, at Sister Gibson's Hospital, Fairlie, to Mr and Mrs W. Heward — a daughter.
The Argus Saturday 14 October 1916 Page 11 Birth
Campbell - On the 30th September, at Timaru, New Zealand, the wife of W.D. Campbell.
Otago Daily Times 6 September 1917, Page 4
WYBER.—On September 1, at their residence, Rathmore street, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs J. R. Wyber — a son.
Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand,
Volume XII, Issue 2, April 1919, Page 97
Mrs. Stewart (T. M. Rutherford of Timaru Hospital) has notified the birth of her son on February 8th. Her husband returned on the Athenic on March 21st.
Whare - Nana Private Hospital at 32 Bidwell Street, Timaru is given as the addresses of two midwives in the list of registered midwives in the New Zealand Gazette of 1926 (volume 1 pages 1162 & 1165). The midwives were Winifred Overy and Annie Wade.
Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume
XIII, Issue 4, October 1920, Page 178
Dominion, 19 October 1920, Page 1
FOR SALE "WHARE NANA" PRIVATE HOSPITAL, TIMARU. One of the most up-to-date Private Hospitals in the Dominion. Built specially for the purpose. At present in use as a Maternity Hospital, but suitable for either Surgical or Maternity Work, or for both, as the building, which is an excellent one of concrete and roughcast, consists of two wings, 28 rooms, staff-rooms, bathrooms, lavatories, laundry, etc., all fully fitted up. Highly remunerative. The owners have excellent reasons for selling. [Retiring]. No Goodwill. Easy terms. Full particulars to bona fide purchaser. Apply— Morton and Pearson, BOX 36, Post-office, Timaru.
Evening Post, 25 November 1937, Page 18
Miss Wade, Whare Nana Hospital, Miss Lindsay, matron of the Timaru Public Hospital, and Miss Stevenson, matron Bidwill Street Hospital, Timaru, are visiting Wellington to attend the Dominion conference of registered nurses.
Ashburton Guardian, 18 October 1909, Page 2
LIGHTFOOT — On October 15th, at "Whare Nana," Timaru, the wife of George H. Lightfoot — a daughter. Both well.
Timaru Herald, 4 March 1911, Page 4 Birth
HAYTER. At Whare Nana, Timaru, on the 28th February, the wife of G. G. Hayter — a son.
Timaru Herald, 15 February 1912, Page 4
MAXWELL On February 14th, at Whare Nana— to Mr and Mrs Hamilton Maxwell, of Greenhills, Kakahu — a son.
Otago Daily Times 7 October 1912, Page 4
HUNT - On September 24. at Where Nana, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs W. E Hunt, of Glenpark, Palmerston South — a son.
Timaru Herald, 19 February 1913, Page 6
TOWNLEY — On February 11th, at Whare Nana, to Mr and Mrs J. H. Townley, Hassell Street — a daughter.
Ashburton Guardian, 25 November 1913, Page 4
HOSKEN —At "Whare Nana," Nursing Home, Timaru, on November 22, to Mr and Mrs W. G. Hosken, Simon's Hill — a son.
Marlborough Express, 1 April 1916, Page 4
COSTELLO — On March 24th, 1916, at "Whare Nana" Nursing Home, Timaru: to Mr and Mrs Cliarlea Costello, Maungati — a son.
Timaru Herald, 20 October 1917, Page 6 Birth
HAYTER. At Whare Nana, on October 18th, the wife of Graham G. Hayter
Ashburton Guardian, 30 October 1917, Page 1
HOSKEN — On October 23, at Whare Nana, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs W. G. Hosken - (Simon's Hill) — a daughter.
Ashburton Guardian, 4 May 1918, Page 1
BROWN — On April 30, 1918, at Whare Nana, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs John Brown, of Lowcliffe —a daughter.
Ashburton Guardian, 7 October 1918, Page 1
MacMILLAN - At "Whare Nana, Timaru, on the 2nd inst., the wife of R. Bruce MacMillan, "The Meadows," Mayfield—a son.
Timaru Herald, 21 January 1919, Page 6
CROWLEY — On January 17th at Whare Nana, the wife of M. J, Crowley, Otaio — a son.
Timaru Herald, 25 July 1919, Page 6
PARKER—On 24th July, at Whare Nana, to the wife of C. A. Parker, Rollesby, Burke's Pass—a daughter
Press, 12 September 1919, Page 1
JONES—At Whare Nana, Timaru on September 6th, the wife of Chris Jones, Fairlie — a daughter. Both well.
Press, 21 August 1920, Page 1 Birth
On August 13th, at "Whare Nana," Timaru, to Rev. and Mrs Harris, Temuka, daughter.
Press, 21 August 1920, Page 1 Death
HARRIS — On August 19th, at "Whare Nana," Timaru, infant daughter of Rev. and Mrs Harris, Temuka.
Press, 28 February 1921, Page 1
Births. On February 16th, at Nurse Hanna's to Mr and Mrs D.C. Kidd (nee Stirling), Middlemarch, Central Otago -a daughter.
Ashburton Guardian, 10 June 1921, Page 1
BURROWS.— On June 9, 1921 at the Schoolhouse, Milford, Temuka, to Mr and Mrs W. M. Burrows, a daughter; both well.
Press, 12 August 1933, Page 1
CROSS— On August 11th, at Waimate, to Audrey, wife of the Rev. C. F. Cross, of Waihao Downs—a daughter. Both well.
Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand,
Volume XVI, Issue 4, October 1927, Page 232
PATERSON.— On July 21st. at Livingstone Street, Patea, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Paterson (Sister E. Fraser, trained at Timaru Hospital) a daughter (Janet).
Fairlie Cottage Hospital
Press, 10 March 1942, Page 1 Births
BREACH. On March 9, at Fairlie Cottage Hospital, to Mr and Mrs E. L. Breach, Schoolhouse, Fairlie — a daughter.
SANDALL— On March 6, at Fairlie Cottage Hospital, to Mr and Mrs John Sandall. "Timbercombe." Fairlie — a son.
Timaru Herald 12 September 1919 Page 6 Birth
DAVIDSON. At Whare Nana, on September 11th, to Mr and Mrs C. Davidson, Temuka — a son. Both well.
Northern Advocate 28 February 1923, Page 4
BAUME — On February 19, 1923 at Whare Nana Hospital, Timaru, to Mr and Mrs F. E. Baume — a daughter.
Evening Post 1 August 1936, Page 1
HERON — On July 30, 1936, at "Whare Nana" Wai-it Road, Timaru, to Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Heron — a son.
Evening Post, 30 April 1940, Page 1
BARTLETT:—On April 27, 1940, at "Whare Nana," Timaru, to Nancy (nee Price), wife of Alexander Bartlett — a son.
Evening Post, 5 December 1944, Page 1
BROOKLAND— On November 26, 1944, at Cass St. Hospital, Temuka, to Patricia (nee Carroll) - wife of R. E. Brookland —a daughter both well.
The Argus Saturday 21 July 1945 Page 2 Birth
Broadmore (Neill)- On July 13, at Timaru (N.Z.), to Pat, wife of J.P. Broadmore -a daughter (Susan).
Maiden names and more before women's lib came in.
Traditions are a lot like plates; they're good to have and can be used for quite a long time, but a few of them are bound to get broken every now and then. Today married women use their own initials or given names rather than those of their husbands and keep their maiden names. It was general for a married woman to be called by her husband's initials but in a death notice watch out for a woman who is a widow as then they may be her initials. Many children have their mother's surname included in their forenames.
SIMMERS: On the 25th Dec. 1889, at High Street, Timaru, the wife of G.A. Simmers, of a son.
ANDREWS: On April 23rd, 1890 at Hazelburn, Elizabeth, the wife of W.N. Andrews.
HOARE: At the residence of her daughter, Mrs J. B. Wareing, Woodlands, Temuka, Catherine, the relict of Patrick Hoare, late of Kerrytown, aged 95 years. January 1890.
The registration acts of 1847, 1858, and 1875 did not allow for registration of births after six months. The first act to specifically do so was the Registration of Births and Deaths Act Amendment Act of 1882, followed by seven subsequent acts:
Registration of Births Extension Act 1889
Registration of Births and Deaths Amendment Act 1892
Registration of Births Extension Act 1901
Registration of Births Extension Act 1906
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1912
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1915
Births and Deaths Registration Amendment Act 1920
Each act was valid for only one year (two years in 1901), and only applied to children born more than 12 months BEFORE the passing of the act (reduced to six months in 1906).
Permanent provision was introduced in the 1924 Act. From then on, late registrations are noted in the index by sec 24 (1924 Act), or sec 14 (1951 Act), or sec 16 (1995 Act).
Each act required registrations made under its provisions to be recorded in a separate register, so the district keys do not apply in this context. When you are ordering the certificate, make sure you state "1912 Extension Act" (or the appropriate Act), else you will get a nil return (which still costs).
In all cases, the births were registered by the Registrar-General, not the local Registrar.
There is a microfiche of the index to the NZ Registrar-General's births, deaths and marriages. Found at Family History Centre Libraries, the New Zealand Collection's Microfiche and Microfilm Centre. The fiche enables the researcher to see what is available, to pinpoint the years when the births, deaths and marriages of particular antecedents were registered and find the unique reference number associated with each entry. Birth and death fiche are organised chronologically from 1848 to 1990. Within each year entries are organised alphabetically, the names of males and females intermingling, and there are, on hand, volumes produced by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, the District keys to the New Zealand registration districts. These show where births and deaths were registered up to and including 1955. Most births and deaths are registered in the city where the event took place or in the nearest sizeable town.
Marriage fiche are organised chronologically from 1854 to 1990. In marriages husband and wife share a common number. In pre-1947 marriages, men whose surnames start with 'A' are followed by women whose surnames start with 'A' and so on through the alphabet. From 1947 grooms are gathered together in one alphabetical list followed by brides in another alphabetical list. It is only from 1957 that an entry includes the family name of the partner. There are no District keys for marriages. It is the responsibility, not of the contracting parties but of the celebrant, to forward information about a marriage.
The Registrar-General's index to births, deaths and marriages contains many idiosyncracies. A child born late in one year may have his birth registered the following year. People may know that their attractive collection of Christian names was read out at their baptism. However, when the dour bureaucrat in cramped offices at Births, Deaths and Marriages asked for the name of the child, father may have given only the first Christian name. It may not be till the offspring seeks to marry or claim a pension that he discovers that this is his official name. Children on the birth fiche who share a surname and number are twins. Should children with a common surname and forenames pop up within a few years of each other, it is likely that, in the latter case, parents are perpetuating the name of a deceased offspring. Should a newborn have a surname as its last Christian name, the mother of an ex-nuptial baby may be pointing to the identity of the father.
Death certificate data is put together by the undertaker with medical details being supplied by the deceased's doctor. Thus, there should be scant delay between the occurrence of these events and their being recorded in the Registrar-General's records. A notable feature of the death fiche is the naming of war casualties in the 1914-1918 'War deaths'. The fiche entitled 'War deaths, 1939' covers people who lost their lives throughout the period 1939-1945. The fiche appears to omit those who died in the Boer War though service personnel who died in the Vietnam conflict are included in the normal death fiche with the information that they had died in Vietnam. Although, in peacetime a death certificate is not issued for a New Zealand citizen who dies overseas, families have, since 1995, been allowed to pay a fee and have recorded, with the Registrar-General, the fact that a loved one has perished beyond these shores.
Sometimes, in the birth and death fiche, there appear entries where details are written in by hand and where a vertical slash runs through the number. The digits after the slash relate to a particular year. In births these entries may relate to adoptions or to ex-nuptial children receiving new certificates when their parents marry. In deaths they may relate to a person who has gone missing in wartime and whose body has not been recovered.
Remember that information on the actual certificates - as with birth certificates - is only as good as that which was provided by the contracting couple or the relatives of the deceased. A man who marries a much younger woman may take several years off his age; a divorced woman who reverts to her maiden name may leave no evidence of her previous spouse beyond the date when the marriage ended. Many people are ignorant about their antecedents. Also, only basic details appear on pre-1880 marriage certificates and pre-1876 birth and death certificates. The latter do not even record a place of burial.
Richard L. N. Greenaway, Genealogy Librarian, CHCH, 2001
Legally you do not have to register the event in the location it happened but have found it is normally the closest place to the place of birth.
If there are two qualities that single out Australians, it is their famous bluntness and their love of a winner. Australians, the saying goes, will never let you die wondering what they are thinking. And the country's astonishingly proud sporting record also shows that they hate coming second, " wrote the editor of the Timaru Herald 25 June 2010
Kiwi families living on Struggle St. Most New Zealanders are completely
shocked at bringing children up without a backyard.
Ben Fawkes - The Dominion Post | Thursday, 19 June 2008
Sixty years ago the norm was for dad to work and mum to stay home and raise three, four or more children.
Those born before 1943:
* Likely to have married by the age of 25.
* Likely to have had at least three children.
* In 1945 only 29.1 per cent of women worked.
* Virtually full employment
* State home loans available, interest rate of 3 per cent in the mid-1950s.
Those born between 1971 and 1993:
* Married later. The median age for first marriage for women in 2006 was 28.
* Likely to have only two children.
* In 2007 62.4 per cent of women worked.
* Higher unemployment rate – 3.5 per cent in 2007.
* Housing less affordable, mortgage rates of more than 9 per cent from commercial banks.
Timaru Herald newspaper extracts -
Obituaries: 15 January 1970-31 December 1973
Bdms, Wedding photos & anniversaries, Engagements and congratulations 1988
Deaths 21 May 1999 - December 2007
Significant Events and Articles - Volume 5 1929 - 1960, Timaru Herald
Significant Events 1982 - Part A, Significant Events and Articles as recorded in the Lyttelton Times 1852/1864 and the Timaru Herald 1864/1981 (South Canterbury Historical Society) - Vol. V. July 2nd 1929-July 1st 1960.
Significant Events: Part B People Obituaries (1864-1981) [Timaru Herald]
Otago Witness November 3rd 1883 pg 28 Poet's Corner
Youth and Age
I sang a song, when life was young,
A song of glory, strength, and fame;
I dreamed a dream, spring leaves among,
that in worth's roll I'd carve a name.
The spring leaves darkened; life grew strong;
The rose's bloom said Summer's here;
And clustering duties grew along
My path, and I began to fear
That fame was ill to find.
O sweet, sweet were the summer hours,
and blue the sky which with them came.
I met my dear wife 'mong the flowers
of leafy June - nor care that fame...
For the year ended June 2010
517 births in Timaru District up from 512 in the previous year.
467 deaths in the Timaru District up from the previous year (385).
83 births in the Waimate District in the same period, 12 more than the previous year
65 deaths in the Waimate District six more than the previous year
56 births Mackenzie District up from 46.
12 deaths in the Mackenzie District 10 more than the previous year.
212 births recorded in the Waitaki District down from 225 the year previous.
232 deaths in the in the Waitaki District year ended June 2010, up from 222.
Nationally, 64,000 births were registered in NZ which was 2% higher than the June 2009 year (62,960), but similar to the 2008 figure of 64,140.
The place of residence has a lot to do with health.
603 babies born at Timaru Hospital in 2012 including eight sets of twins.