Partial Listing of Births 1859 -1865 in the Timaru and Geraldine Districts
Timaru Herald, 14 January 1909, Page 2
Born in Fifty-Nine.
The year the Strathallan arrived. The local register was not opened until October 15th, 1859, and some South Canterbury infants, born before that date were registered at Christchurch - example, Mr A.E.G. Rhodes, born at Levels. The first child registered was three months old at the time. Mr B. Woollcombe was the registrar. The first page of the register contains the following twelve names. The mother's maiden name is given in parenthesis in each case
No. I John Ingram James King, born at Otipua, July 14th, 1859, son of James King, sheep farmer, and Frances Jane King (Shrimpton).
No. 2. Charles Howard Tripp, born at Mount Peel on 1st October, son of Charles George Tripp, sheepfarmer, and Ellen Shephard Tripp (Harper daughter of Bishop Harper).
No. 3. George Clarence Dunnage, born at Timaru, 2nd November, son of George Dunnage, gentleman, and Louisa Dunnage (Bowron).
No. 4. William Beswick, born at Timaru 1st November, son of John Beswick, merchant, and Emily Beswick (Hopps).
No. 5. Elizabeth Scarf, born at Timaru, 24th October, daughter of Robert Scarf, labourer, and Jane Scarf (Double.)
No. 6. Frederick William Sevecke Jones, born at Pareora 25th November, son of William Benjamin Jones, carpenter, and Sarah Sevecke Jones (Hughes).
No. 7. Anna Fredericka Kohn, born at Timaru, 2nd November, daughter of Harm Friedrick and Cathrine Fridrick Kohn.
No. 8 and 9. Kate and Maria Cox, born at Raukapuka, 27th December; daughters of Alfred Cox, sheep owner and Mary Cox (Macpherson).
No. 10. Female child not named, born at Timaru, 29th December, daughter, of William Wyatt, carpenter, and Charlotte Wyatt (Campion).
No. 11. Louisa Evangeline, born at Pareora, 23rd December, daughter of William Butterworth, farmer, and Emma Butterworth (Barron).
No. 12. Henry Walden, born at Timaru, 31st December, son of Henry Walden, butcher, and Eliza Walden (Lovett).
The last two were not registered till March 3rd, 1860.
It is well remembered by those who survive that Captain Cain had no building in which to house his stock when he first arrived in Timaru to open a store, and could only cover it with a tarpaulin, which he stripped off by day and put on again at night, and slept under it as substitute, for bar and bolt.
The selectors of the hill runs may have pitied themselves for being too late to get a share of the more convenient level country; but time has brought consolation in the fact that to them or their successors the hill runs remain, while the lower levels have been annexed by a superior industrial force. Cain the keeper of sheep has withstood Abel the tiller of the ground only where he had his feet on the everlasting hills.
Press, 4 December 1918, Page 4
Word was received in Timaru on Monday of the death of Mr William Reid, oldest son of the late Mr J. Reid, of Church street, and brother of Messrs J. E. Reid and James Reid, of Timaru. The deceased was one of the first babies born in Timaru forty-eight years ago. He commenced work at Reid and Gray's, and left Timaru in 1882. He died at Whangarei, after a short illness.
The NZ birth index is available on microfiche at public
libraries, through LDS and local genealogical libraries. The District Registrar
forwarded birth entries quarterly or annually to the RGO.
The numbers listed are page numbers also known as folio numbers and there can be up
to nine entries per page. NZSG published District Keys to the New Zealand
Registration Index, births 1848-1900, will identify the district were the
event was registered. An invaluable aid. These
de-code the reference number on the index. Bookmark 1
District Keys are on the fiche (?the first fiche), this was the source that the
books (full set, 8 books) were taken from. The books are easier to follow
Photocopies of the birth entry may contain
the name and signature of the informant from the The
Registrar-General's Office now
situated on Floor 3, 47 Boulcott Street, Wellington (the same building as the
( ) = The Lyttelton Times
Registered December Quarter 1859 District Key Timaru 297
Beswick William (1 Nov 1859 at Timaru to Emily & John Beswick) Cox Kate (to Mary & Alfred) Cox Marian (to Mary & Alfred) Dunnage unnamed male (2 Nov 1859 to Louisa & George Dunnage) Jones Frederick William Sevecke (to Sarah Sevecke & William Benjamin) King John Ingram James (14 Jul 1859 to Frances Jane & James King) Kohn Anna Frederica (Catherine Fridricka & Haren Friedrick) (Rhodes male 20 Mar Plains House Levels to George Rhodes) late reg. 1888/5676 Rhodes Arthur Edgar Graverlor (Elizabeth Perry to George) Tripp Charles Howard (b. 1 Oct 1859 Mt Peel Station to (Ellen Shephard & Charles George) 1859 Timaru District Key #'s 297 & 298
Births 1860 Quarters Mar - Dec District Key Timaru 361-368 Parents 367 Allan unnamed male (10 Dec 1860 to (Ellinor & William Glover) Allen, Royal Hotel, Timaru) 361 Browning unnamed female (25 Mar 1860 to (Mary Jane & John Samuel) 367 Burgess John (George Jane to John) 361 Butterworth Louisa Evangeline (Emma & William) 367 Clayson Mary Ellen (Elizabeth & Henry) 365 Hewlings Sara (Nga & Samuel) 367 Knight Cecilia Margaret (Caroline Mary & Henry Alphonse) 365 MacDonald unnamed male (Annie & William Kenneth) 363 Maslin Henry Frederick (Charlotte Arabella & Caleb) 365 McIntosh Mary (Mary & Charles) 367 Peters Mary Anne (Margaret & William) 367 Riddle Hellen Louisa 365 Scarf Eliza (Lettishea & William) 365 Shepherd Lettia (Frances & James) 361 Walden Henry (Eliza & Henry) 363 Ward Charles Edmund (?Edward)(Ellen & John) 363 Webster John Thomas (Hannah & Thomas) 361 Wyatt unnamed female (Charlotte & William) 367 Young Alberta (Emma & John Albert) Births 1861 District Key Timaru 347-354 353 Beswick Caroline (Emily & John) 353 Bowles John William (Elizabeth & John Jones) 351 Fitch Frederick William (Jane & James Sawyer) 361 Dash Eugine Mary (Mary & Jacob) born 28 June 1861 347 Fleury Ellen (Ellen & Edward) 351 Khon Hermine Johanna King male (19 May Olissa Station to (Frances Jane & James Alexander) Le Cren Catherine Mary (Margaret Fisher & Henry John) 347 Lough Elizabeth Alice (Hariet & Henry) 351 Macpherson George 349 Marshall George Fraser (Jane & George) 347 McKingy unnamed female 351 Melton William Henry (Elizabeth & John) 353 Merry Mary Angelina (Ellen & John) 347 O'Brien Michael 353 Osborne Walter Harbour (Emma & George) 352 Paterson William Alexander 352 Mastin Elizabeth Edith (Charlotte & Caleb) 352 Reilly Henry George (Sarah Ellen Trane & John) 353 Scarf Walter (Jane & Robert) 351 Studholme Fanny (30 Jun Waimate to Effiegenia Maria Louisa to Michael Studholme) 351 Walden John (Eliza & Henry) 349 Ward William (Elizabeth & Robert) 352 Waugh Robert (Ann & Thomas) 347 Webster Faith Angeline (Hannah & Thomas) 347 Worne William John (Isabella & William)
Births 1862 District Key Timaru 385-392 389 Allen Annie Gertrude (28 Jun 1862 to W. Allen at Royal Hotel, Timaru) [d. age 21] 389 Bambridge Rosetta Reeve (Charlotte & Augustus) 392 Bennett Catherine (Mary & William) 385 Buchanan George (Frances & George) 387 Burnett Catherine McKay (Catherine & Andrew) 386 Carrington Isabella Margaret (Charlotte & Frederick James) [d. age 15 months] 385 Cook Ann (Maria & Charles) 389 De Saunais Fanny Jessy [?DES CHESNAIS] (Elizabeth & Eugene) 387 Double Alfred Martin (Sarah & William) Duff William George (son to Letitia & John Edward Duff 14 Sep. 1862 at Timaru) 389 Foster David William (Sarah & Philip Jarvis) 389 Freeman Amelia (Mary Ann & John William) 385 Gibbs Selina Mary 385 Giles John Edward George (Sarah & John) 390 Greaves Henry Isaac (Susan & Isaac) 385 Heney Bridget (Ellen & John) 385 Hepworth George (Hannah & John) 389 Knight Francis John (Agnes & John Cuthbert) 389 Lawrance Henry George (Susan & Frederick John) 387 Jones Alfred John Sevecke (Sarah Sevecke & William Benjamin) 387 Lough Edwin Henry (Mary Ann & Edwin Henry) 385 Macdonald unnamed male (Annie & William Kenneth) Poingdestre (female 20 Sep Bluecliffs to Wm. Poingdestre) 390 Popplewell Ellen Amelia 386 Rhodes George Hampton (Elizabeth & George) 391 Shaw Anne Jeffery (Louisa Elizabeth & Charles Reginald) 386 Wade unnamed female 387 Weavers Rose Hannah (Susannah & John) 391 Williams Emma (b. 7 Oct 1862 to S. Williams, Timaru) 391 Wilson Eleanor (Jane & John William) 389 Woollcombe Laura Russell (16 Jun 1862 to B. Woolcoombe, Ashbury, Timaru) 387 Yana Richard William Births 1863 District Key Timaru 425-436 425 Ackroyd Edmond Jonanthan 434 Andrews unnamed male 433 Blackmore George John 426 Boothroyd unnamed female 428 Brown Margaret Faber 434 Budd Emily 432 Burnett Donald 427 Downs Sarah Ann 428 Ede Stephen 431 Fitch Harry 433 Forrest Selina Agnes 434 Goodman unnamed female 427 Harrison Charles 426 Hayhurst Harry 434 Hewlings Catherine 434 Holgate Robert 434 Kee Jessie King (daughter 9 April Otipua Station, Timaru to James King) Knight (daughter 26 May 1863 Timaru) 437 Laurence _____ 434 Marshall Ellen Ethed 425 McLennan Kenneth 425 Melton Mary Elleanor 431 Meredith Athole Richard 435 Murray Ellen Louisa 429 Ogilvie David Armstrong (26 Apr to John Ogilvie) 431 Pilbrow Sarah Ann 425 Poingdestre Mary Vidal (Selina Jane Helen & William Wilson) 425 Quaid James 425 Reilly Gerald Frodsham 426 Scott Evie 427 Shaw John William 428 Simms Henry George (11 Apr to W.N. Simms) 427 Stevenson Jean Studholme (daughter 3 Jan 1863 at The Waimate to Michael) 425 Taylor Robert 433 Taylor Thomas 433 Thomas William Richard 431 Williams Christina F. 425 Wills Sarah Maria 431 Woollcombe Jaqueth Mary (29 Jul 1863 to Belfield Woolcoombe, Ashbury, near Timaru 427 Young John
Births 1864 1864 (opens in another window) District Key Timaru 500-513 Mar-Dec Geraldine 514-519 June-Dec 516 Ackroyd Mary Hannah 514 Acland Emily Dyke 514 Acton Edward Ottery (20 Mar 1864 Flordlands Point near Timaru to Edward Acton) 500 Aitken David 501 Allen Alfred Tombs 505 Anderson Agnes Mary 502 Anderson Annie 510 Bartlett James 506 Beckingham Ann Maria 515 Benbow Wiliam Charles 515 Bennett William Francis Blyth (a son to James Blyth, Timaru L.T. 14 Jun 1864) 510 Bowers Joseph 516 Brakewell Emily Adah 505 Burgess Walter 511 Butcher John Samuel 518 Clogstoun Lizzie Helen 518 Copestake Katherine Elizabeth (9 Nov. 1864 to T. Copestake, Postmaster, Temuka) 500 Demuth John 512 Double Harry Duff (daughter, to J.E. Duff 125 Mar. 1864 at Timaru) 502 Dunnage Ida Annie 500 Dyson Mary Elizabeth 506 Gibson David Hampton 508 Gilbert Mary 500 Hammond Joseph 512 Hick Helen T. 512 Hick William James Thos. 514 Horsfall Enoch 511 Irvine William Stephen 511 Jones Henry 512 Levin Rachel Sarah 506 Lister Elizabeth Ann 502 Lister Elizabeth Ann 514 Lorigelly Eugene 504 Lough Mary Eliza 512 Martin Frederick James 512 Melton Charles Frederick 513 Osborne Sarah Ann 500 Peters Charles 506 Peters Charles 506 Philip Elizabeth 500 Philip Elizabeth 504 Poingdestre John Henry (28 Apr 1864 Bluecliffs to Wm.W. Poingdestre) 507 Rawston Maude Mary 507 Reid John 501 Scarf Caroline 512 Scarf Henry George 514 Sejourne Frank 507 Shaw James 507 Smyth unnamed male 504 Sutherland Hugh Duncan 502 Thouminie Peter 507 Tully Agnes 507 Warne Hepzabah 502 Warley George William 510 Whittaker William 501 Whittaker Susanna 506 Wilson Annie Elizabeth 504 Wilson Eva 506 Wilson William John 512 Young David Timaru Herald Birth 9 June 1864, the wife of Mr John Inglis of a daughter, stillborn Births 1865 1865 (opens in another window) District Key Timaru 465-478 Mar-Dec Geraldine 479-486 Mar-Dec Acland (daughter to J.Barton Acland 31 May 1865 at Mt. Peel) Allen (daughter to W.G. Allen 10 May 1865 Timaru) 477 Bartlett Sarah Jane 485 Best Joseph 481 Bill John Walter 485 Bird Barbara Ann 467 Black Henry Irwin 465 Black Jane Elizabeth 483 Blyth Jessie Elizabeth 473 Bourke John 473 Brasell Janet 483 Brown James Faber 485 Brown Sarah Ellen Bertha 485 Bryant Elizabeth Harris Budden (daughter6 Sep. 1865 to Stephen Budden at Timaru) 475 Bullock Joseph 475 Butcher William Henry 467 Champion George Edward 479 Chivers Elizabeth Ann 469 Clough Levi 485 Clough Robinson 471 Collert Charlotte Ann 481 Copping George Alfred 468 Cullmaan John Christian 471 Dawe Sarah Annie 485 Double Elizabeth Ann 485 Dyson Lucy Finetta 477 Felton Henry Ernest 475 Fisher Beatrice Mary 477 Foster Edward William 475 Fussell Emilie Losuisa 467 Fye Margaaret Craigie 472 Garity Michael 479 Giles Sophia 482 Goodwin Mary Anne 465 Grey James 481 Hancock Catherine 482 Hardcastle Anne 467 Harrison 479 Hawke George Martin 482 Hawke Sarah Elizabeth 481 Hay Marion 481 Hay William Ebenezer 465 Higgs John Liddinton 469 Hudson Ellen 472 Inglis Herbert McClelland 453 Innes Ellen 472 Irvine Catherine 483 Irvine John Frederick 471 Irwin William George 476 Kelly Louisa Jane 469 Knight Frederick Nolan 469 Knight Herbert Henry 471 Kohn Alfred 476 Le Cren Emily Rose 471 Le Cren Helen Mabel 476 Le Cren Helen Mabel 482 Lewis Thomas 476 Louder Mary Jane 472 Marland George 465 Mills George Alexander 472 Mills Sarah 468 Mitchell Agnes 466 McCulloch Robert 483 McLean John 476 Page Josephine Moss 481 Pearce Willaim 468 Powell Jessie [Oamaru] 481 Ramsay William 468 Reilly Walter Granville 483 Scott Alfred 473 Scott Jessie Mary Waimate 467 Sherburd charlotte Annie 468 Shepherd Martin John 473 Smith Mary Elizabeth 467 Smyth male [unnamed] 475 Sutherland John 483 Tayler Walter Benjamin 466 Tregoning Emma Jane Tucker son b. 7 Mar 1865, Timaru to John Tucker 473 Walker George Henry 472 Wingers Meta Margrette 472 White Mary 468 Whittaker Sussanna 473 Whittet 475 Wilson Francis John 466 Woolcombe Catherine Mary Luxmore (18 Jan 1865 to Belfield Woolcoombe, Ashbury, near Timaru 471 Woolcombe Catherine Mary Luxmore
Birth registrations 1883 John David Thickins F# 2976, 3rd Q, Timaru 1886 Nellie Ann Thickens F# 812, 1st Q, Timaru
Birth Registration Districts
Open and Closures (all now Timaru)
Fairlie Post Office 1874 to 03 June 1989 (alternate name: Mt Cook) Geraldine P.O. 1864 to 30 June 1990 Pleasant Point P.O. 1897 to 02 June 1989 Temuka P.O. 1873 to 30 June 1990 Twizel P.O. 1970 to 26 May 1989 Waimate P.O. 1868 to 30 June 1990
N.Z.S.G. have published Lyttelton Times 1851 -1865 extracts of
Births and Deaths
Miscellaneous births from the Lyttelton Times
Cox daughter C. Percy on board the 'Zealandia' Rhodes a son, Robert Heaton, 1861 Lyttelton 359 Studholme a son Michael of Canterbury 3 Aug 1864 at Sutton, near Dublin. L.T. 15 Nov. 1864 Tripp Daughter 24 Aug. 1864 Worester St, to Charles G. Tripp Tripp Daughter 24 Mar. 1861 Bishopscourt, Christchurch to Charles Tripp Tripp 17 Nov. 1862 St Kilda, Melbourne to Charles J. Tripp
Miscellaneous deaths from the Lyttelton Times
Acland Barton Dyke eldest son of J. Barton Acland d. 7 Mar 1863 Mt Peel Acland Emily Dyke 2nd dau. of J.B.A. d. 27 Oct 1864 Mt. Peel aged 7� months, Carrington Isabella Margaret only dau. of F.J. d. 24 May 1863 Arowhenua aged 15 months Collier Jeannie d. 16 Sep 1861 Otaio Station in her 70th year Duff William George only son of Edward d. 25 Jul 1864 Timaru age 1 year 10 months Fyfe Margaret Craige wife of Thomas d. 1 Oct 1963 Timaru James Elizabeth eldest daughter of M. James d. 12 Jan 1864 Timaru Sergant of Police Percerval Carolin Frances inf. dau. of Spencer A. d. 12 May 1860 Albury Station age 7 weeks Popplewell Mrs wife of Thomas d. 26 Sep 1863 Arowhenua Rhodes George William Wood son of George d. 4 Aug 1859 Timaru Rhodes George age 48 d. 18 Jun 1864 Parau buried Lyttelton Treweek Thomas 4th son of John of CHCH d. 25 Jun 1862 Timaru Birth from Canterbury Public Library, Church register index cards. Avis Jane Giles bap. 7 December 1856, to John & Sarah, Peel Forest, Canterbury
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"The child was born in one place and baptised elsewhere." It was quite common with a first child, mother goes home to her mother's home for the birth of the child, but is subsequently baptised in her own home county.
Some queer names were fastened on innocent children during the Boer War and again during the Great War.
Stafford St, north, Dec. 2008. Photo taken by M.T.
Timaru Herald, 19 June 1916, Page 3 Mr ALEXANDER
Another old resident of Timaru in the person of Mr Alexander Montgomery, Deputy-Official Assignee, passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning. He had been unwell for some considerable time, but had been able to attend at his office until a few weeks ago. As Registrar of births, deaths, and marriages for more than 20 years, he had become known, to a great many people in South Canterbury, and his association with the Timaru Mutual Provident Building Society and the auditing of accounts, had made his circle of acquaintances still larger. In the early days he was a member of an auctioneering firm at Temuka Gray and Montgomery. He was a man of sterling character, and he leaves behind him a record of work well and consistently done. Mr Montgomery came out to New Zealand from Ireland. He was a well read man, one who could talk upon any subject, and one with whom it was a pleasure to converse. His wife predeceased him by nearly 20 years, and his daughters will have the sympathy of the whole community in their less.
Press, 5 May 1930, Page 7
Vital statistics for the Waimate district for last month are supplied by the registrar (Mr d'A. S. Grut) as follows, the figures for the corresponding period of last year being given in parentheses: Births 2 (13), deaths 3 (6), marriages 7 (4).
Hutt News, 11 October 1944, Page 8
TWENTY-ONE TO-DAY 1923 19-11.
Geraldine, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Fox, of Birdwood Avenue, Lower Hutt, attained her majority. The celebration took place on Saturday, 10th September and a large gathering of friends and relatives came to assist, and under the baton of that inimitable master of ceremonies, Mr. Clarrie Pegler, things went with a swing right from the start. He must have had that beautiful verse of poetry in his mind
"And the night shall be filled with music
And the cares that infest the day.
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away."
for throughout the whole evening there was no hitch in the merry festival. Among the guests was Miss Betty Hendry, whose outstanding ability in the rendering of character sketch items is so well known. Her renderings were excellent and very much enjoyed by all present. But we must not forget the guest of honour, Miss Fox. In due course her father presented her with that symbol of freedom "The Key" and with it a framed poem bearing on the event. To enlighten the reader Miss Geraldine was born in the town of Geraldine so now
To Geraldine of Geraldine 1923 -1944.
Now Geraldine please listen dear,
And do not blush nor frown,
It is not you I talk of first,
'Tis Geraldine the town.
'Twas there in Nineteen twenty-three
A fair young damsel came
And the town bowed down before, her
Saying, Please accept my name.
So Geraldine of Geraldine
Now you have got the Key
May every happy door in life
Be opened unto thee.
And so in the early hours of the first day of October the tired but happy guests wended their way home ward and the general trend of thought was Twenty-one! How would like to travel back to that age. Twenty-one! I wish I was that age. There is a mystic glory and grandeur unknown at any other time.
Girlhood, wifehood, motherhood, and widowhood.