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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 

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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  BDMs

BLANCHETT 	31 December 	1882
O'DOWD		24 July 	1887
CARTER		19 February 	1890

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

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

Spelling sic.Timaru Herald unless otherwise stated.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).


Evening Post, 20 November 1878, Page 2
JEFFREY V. JEFFREY, MURPHY, EVANS, AND OTHERS. The case was heard at Christchurch, before Judge Johnston and a jury. The petitioner, a wheelwright, married the respondent at Faltmouth, England, in August, 1874. They immediately left for New Zealand, on board the Geraldine Paget, and there the respondent became intimate with Murphy, one of the seamen. On arrival in the colony she promised reformation, but when the petitioner left home, at her instigation, to find work, Murphy visited her. She subsequently became barmaid at the Criterion Hotel, Christchurch, and afterwards lived at Timaru with a store- : keeper named Evans, passing as his wife. The decree nisi was granted.

Evening Post, 17 September 1883, Page 3
DIVORCE COURT. This Day. (Before his Honour the Chief Justice.) PIZZEY PIZZEY AND ANOTHER. This was a petition on the part of Thomas Pizzey, a shepherd, late of the Burke's Pass, in the provincial district of Canterbury, but now of Wellington, for a dissolution of marriage, on the ground of his wife's adultery. The petition set forth that the petitioner was married to Elizabeth Fitzdawe, spinster, at St. Patrick's Church, Burkes Pass, on the 14th June, 1880. After the marriage he lived with his wife at Burke's Pass and afterward at Glentanner Station, Canterbury, cohabiting with her until March, 1882, on the 31at of which month his wife left him without reasonable cause, and has not since returned to cohabitation with him. In April of the same year, the petitioner further states, his wife committed adultery with one Henry Toogood, at Benhoe Station, a shepherd, with whom she went to reside, and was now living with him at Riversadale Station, Wairarapa East. Thomas Pizzey, the petitioner, stated that while he lived with his wife they never had an angry word together. He knew the co-repondent, with whom his wife became acquainted five or six months after they were married. Ho had no idea of her intention to leave him. He had no auspioion of there being anything between her and the co-respondent. He gave her a cheque to go into town— Timaru— to purchase some things for the winter, and she took some other money with her and never returned. After the lapse of a fortnight he followed her to Timaru, but could hear no tidings of her. On returning to his employer's at Glentanner Station, he found some letters that had been written by the co-respondent to his wife, from which it appeared the pair were likely to come on to Wellington. ....He told her she ought to be " jolly well ashamed of herself." His Honour granted a decree nisi. The Court rose at 2.30 p.m.

West Coast Times, 13 May 1885, Page 2
MR WAKEFIELD, M.H.R. Wellington, May 12.
It is understood that Mr Edward Wakefield, M.H.R., at present in Wellington, has joined Mr F. Roydhouse, as partner in the Evening Press.

West Coast Times 29 April 1886, Page 2
Dunedin, April 28.
The divorce ease, Edward Wakefield, journalist, of Wellington, against his wife and Edward Withers, late bank manager, Timaru, will be heard here before the judge alone on Saturday.

Bay Of Plenty Times, 4 May 1886, Page 2
DUNEDIN. Monday. The divorce case "Wakefield v. Wakefield and Withers was heard today. The Court granted a decree nisi, and ordered that the petitioner should have the custody of the children and the co-respondent pay the costs. The petitioner is a well-known journalist and M.H.R., and the correspondent is the late manager of the Colonial Bank, Timaru.

Otago Witness, 7 May 1886, Page 14
SUPREME COURT. DIVORCE AND MATRIMONIAL CAUSES. Monday, May 3. (Before his Honor Mr Justice Williams.) EDWARD WAKEFIELD (PETITIONER) V. AGNES MILDRED WAKEFIELD (RESPONDENT) AND EDWARD WITHERS (Co-respondent). An action for dissolution of marriage on the ground of the respondent's adultery with the co-respondent Edward Withers. The petitioner was married to the respondent in July 1874, and there were issue of the marriage. The parties lived happily together until quite recently, ho serious difference of any sort having occurred between them. In May last the petitioner entered into a business iv Wellington which rendered it necessary that he should reside there for long periods, and it was arranged that his wife should remain at their home at Timaru with the children, a lady residing with her for a companion, and the petitioner coming home as often as he could until the whole family should remove to Wellington. The petitioner visited Timaru from time to time, staying at his house for periods varying from a week to two months, and all went happily. It was finally arranged that there should be a family gathering at the house at Timaru at Christmas, and that soon afterwards the petitioner's family should move to Wellington. During the month of December the respondent's letters became short and constrained, and she complained bitterly of having to go to Wellington ; and when the family met at Christmas her manner caused great uneasiness. ...His Honor : Very well, the decree nisi will be granted ; the petitioner to have the custody of the children, and the costs to be paid by the co-respondent ; the petitioner to have leave to move for the rule absolute at any time after the expiration of three months from this date.

Tuapeka Times, 22 May 1886, Page 2
A Wanganui paper claims for that town the honor of at one time having in its midst Edward Withers, Esq., the co-respondent in the Wakefield divorce suit. It goes into details on the subject, and takes great pains to impress upon its readers and the public generally that Edward Withers, Esq., did positively reside there. Wanganui is certainly to be envied.

Timaru Herald, 21 June 1886, Page 3 Divorce Case
Halford v. Halford and Murphy
William Murphy said: I was married to Grace Scott on the 18th March, 1873. She was then between seventeen and eighteen years of age, and I was twenty seven. there has been on daughter, issue of the marriage. We cohabited for nine years. We lived happily together for nine years. The daughter was born on the 29th August 1875. On the 2nd October 1881 my wife left her home. She took the child with her.. I heard she went to the Bush Hotel, Geraldine, She told me she was a servant at the hotel. The child at this time was at Peel Forest. Martha Matilda Halford -daughter of the last witness. Albina Thompson gave evidence to the effect that she had seen "Flash Murphy" come out from town with Mrs Halford, from and after December 1879....

Thursday 21 April 1887 Divorce
Finch v. Finch and Lloyd.
Thomas Finch, postmaster, Geraldine said: We were married in Nelson on 21st Dec. 1872. We lived together at Brighton in Nelson Province, at Timaru, and at Geraldine. I have been at Geraldine about twelve years. No one lived in the house besides myself and wife. Michael Tiney, carpenter, Peel Forest, witness.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 January 1888, Page 2
DUNEDIN, January 13. In the Divorce Court a rule nisi was granted on the petition of Sydney Wolfe, of Timaru, against Mabel Wolfe and Dr. Ross, formerly of Ashburton, with full costs against the co-respondent.

Star 23 November 1896, Page 3 SUPREME COURT.
CIVIL SITTINGS. Monday, Nov. 23. (Before his Honor Mr Justice Denniston.)
Washington v. Washington (divorce).
This was an application, on the wife's petition, for a decree nisi for the dissolution of marriage on the ground of adultery, desertion and cruelty. Mr Crisp appeared for the petitioner. The respondent did not appear. The petitioner, Agnes Washington, deposed that she had been married to the respondent, Robert Washington, in 1888, at the Presbyterian manse, Ashburton. They had lived together for about five years, but there were no children. Three weeks after marriage she found out that he had deceived her by saying that he had no debts; she complained, and he kicked her. He ill-used her on several occasions, and she had to go to her mother. In December, 1893, he had left her to see his mother at Temuka. He had not returned, and had paid her no money, and found her no home. She had not communicated with him in any way in connection with the present case. William B. Moore deposed that the respondent had admitted to him having committed adultery. Harry Feast deposed that the respondent had, during the hearing of an affiliation case against him in September last in the Magistrate's Court, Christchurch, admitted his misconduct. Witness had served the citation in the present proceedings on the respondent, who had again admitted his misconduct. Other evidence as to the misconduct of the respondent was given, and his Honor granted a decree nisi, with leave to apply for a decree absolute in three months, and costs against the respondent.

Nelson Evening Mail, 27 February 1901, Page 3
CHRISTCHURCH, This Day. . At the Supreme Court an important divorce case. Adam v. Adam, on the wife's petition, was heard. The respondent, James Dunlop Adams, did| not appear. He was previously in business as a Stock agent in Timaru. It was that on account of the respondent's habits the bailiffs entered the house in 1890 and the goods were sold. The respondent went to Western Australia, and has not contributed to the support of his wife and family. A decree nisi was granted.

Evening Post, 12 June 1902, Page 2
In divorce jurisdiction, a decree nisi was granted in the ease of Watts v. Watts, of Fairlie the wife's petition, on the ground of habitual drunkenness and ill-usage.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 February 1903, Page 2 Supreme Court
Timaru, February 8. John King was granted a decree nisi from his wife Elizabeth King, on the ground of her adultery with an Auckland gum digger named Lundon Mitchell.  He was married in Victoria in 1879, and there are six children living.
William Woodhouse, for suborning and perjury, to save himself from trial for indecent assault, was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Otago Witness 11 February 1903, Page 50
At the Supreme Court, Timaru, Jno. King was granted an order of divorce from his wife, Eliza King. He was married in Victoria in 1879, and there are six children living. The ground of divorce was misconduct with an Auckland gum digger named Lundon Mitchell.  

NZ Truth 26 February 1910, Page 6
Desertion was alleged against William John Turner Watson, whose wife, Annie, sought a divorce from him at Christchurch last week. The missing hubby was a hotel-keeper at Makikihi when he married Annie Arscot, of Timaru, m 1897, and she resided with him for three months at a place whose name drunks can't pronounce without stuttering. They left Makikihi for Gisborne, where they pubhed for twelve months without making a fortune, as Watson had to tackle hard graft m Wellington afterwards. They remained in the Empire City nine months, when they came south to Christchurch. The wife, who had one child, a boy, went home to ma in Timaru in April 1898. He was going into business as a horse-dealer, he said. She is still going on with the £25, because she hasn't heard from him since, and the horse-dealing must have been in connection with re-mounts for India or some remote place. She has since been compelled to maintain herself and child by dressmaking. Harriet Arscot, wife of Thomas Arscot, stoker, Timaru, and mother of Annie, gave corroborative, evidence. A decree nisi, to be made absolute in three months...

Evening Post, 19 February 1912, Page 7
FFROST v. FFROST. Joseph Edwin Ffrost, a commercial traveller, and Emilie Ffrost were married on 11th October, 1899, at Timaru. The wife went to Auckland in March last on holiday from Hataitai, and while there admitted having misconducted herself with Maurice Fitzmaurice, who also made an admission. Divorce was asked for.

Evening Post, 20 May 1913, Page 7
John Horrocks Whellan sued for a divorce from Amy Whellan. The marriage took place at Timaru in 1902, and the parties subsequently lived at Hastings, Petone, Wellington, and Levin. Early this year petitioner obtained evidence of respondent's misconduct with a man named John Wilkinson, who was joined as co-respondent. His Honour granted the decree, with costs on the lowest scale against co-respondent.

NZ Truth 24 May 1913, Page 8
John Horrocks Whellan became the husband of Florence Amy Whellan on November 18, 1902, before the Registrar at Timaru. They lived at Christchurch, Levin, Wellington and Petone. They were living apart on several occasions. On Mr. T. M. Wilford's application, a decree nisi; was granted, with costs on the lowest scale against the co-respondent.

Grey River Argus, 1 August 1919, Page 3
DIVORCE CASE. / TIMARU July 31 The Supreme Court to-day spent much time on a divorce case Crawford Strang v. Lillian Strang and W. H. Hunt, plumber on grounds of misconduct, and a claim for £1000 damages agonist co-respondent. Strang left with the Main Body as a private, and returned a Lieutenant in March. His wife's conduct in his absence was the ground for the present suits. The case is unfinished.

NZ Truth 12 March 1921, Page 6
Jessie Millicent Woodhouse, sought a divorce from Horace Woodhouse, who was a casual sort of chap, with a weakness for philandering. On one occasion he left home, ostensibly to go to Timaru, but his trusting wife m the most accidental fashion, discovered from a receipt she found in his pocket for ££0, being the cost of. board at the Occidental Hotel for a Mr. and Mrs. Woodhouse. This she discovered in her hubby's coat pocket, when mending this necessary garment. Evidence having been given of respondent cohabiting with another woman, the court granted a decree nisi.

Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Thursday 5 February 1931 page 3
John Fahey, aged 31 years, rubber maker, of Queensville road, Footscray, from Fanney Fahey, on the ground of desertion. The marriage took place on February 9, 1920, at Timaru.

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

This aluminum bronze coin was issued by the Royal Australian Mint in 2000 along with a $5 bimetallic coin to celebrate 70 years since his historic win at the Melbourne Cup.Stumbled across this in the NZ Births fiche for 1932: Phar Linton Adair Pickering
That's right, Phar L.A.P..

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

NZPA 22 May 2005
Marriage Rate in NZ in 2005

A general trend towards delaying marriage, a growth in de facto unions, and an increasing number of Kiwis living the single life has contributed to a drop in the number of couples tying the knot. Statistics New Zealand for 2005 reveal that while the number of marriages has remained relatively stable, the marriage rate has dropped. The general marriage rate (marriages per 1000 unmarried adults) was 13.2 in 2005, down from 16.9 in 1995. The latest rate is less than a third of the peak level of 45.5 per 1000, recorded in 1971. Last year there were 20,500 marriages registered. This figure is in line with the annual average number of marriages (20,600) over the last decade, and compares with an annual average of 25,200 during the period 1966-1975. The proportion of marriages where one or both partners had previously been married has remained stable at around 36% over the last decade. Last year the number of remarriages was 7300, compared with 4400 in 1971. Around 90% of those remarrying in 2005 had been divorced. The Family Court granted 10,000 marriage dissolution orders in 2005, consistent with the annual average for the last decade. The divorce rate in 2005 (divorces per 1000 estimated existing marriages) was 12.4. An analysis of divorce rates by year of marriage shows around one third of New Zealanders who married in 1980 had divorced before their silver wedding anniversary (25 years). Nearly half of all marriages (45%) that dissolved in 2005 involved children under 17 years of age. Of those divorces involving children, there was an average of 1.8 children per divorce, with little change in this figure during the past decade.

All divorces had to be dealt with by the Supreme Court - jurisdiction was transferred to the Family Court only in 1981.

"The Weekly News" Weddings May 1971
R H BRADLEY (Timaru) and Shirley Jean GIRVAN (Geraldine)
Allister FRANCE (Fairlie) and Lesley GILCHRIST (Fairlie)
P J MYERS (Timaru) and Megan PARRY (Timaru)
Graeme Edward RICHARDT (Kingsdown) and Elaine Fay IVEY (Kingsdown).
Kevin PETERSON (Leeston) and Lesley ABERNETHY) (Timaru).

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 san 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...
by A.W.G.

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.

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project

The place of residence has a lot to do with health.

603 babies born at Timaru Hospital in 2012 including eight sets of twins.