Passing Notes: Incomplete listing of South Canterbury fatalities, deaths, inquests from various newspapers after 1901 -1945
In safety, seconds and inches separate life from death.
Pre 1902 Post 1945
Evening Post, 6 January 1902, Page 6
James—Billman —On 2nd January, at 156, Cuba street by Rev. W. C. Oliver, Leonard B. James, chemist, Timaru, to Alice, third daughter of Mr. F. Billman, builder, Wellington.
Otago Witness, 5 February 1902, Page 44
On Saturday two boys named Kennedy and Bell were drowned while bathing at Lake Pukaki. Bell got out of his depth, and Kennedy went to his rescue. Both lads, however, were carried down the stream to the rapids, and were not seen again.
Southland Times 4 February 1902, Page 2 Two Bathers Drowned.
Timaru, Feb. 3. Robert Bell, son of the licensee of the Pukaki Hotel, and James Kennedy, employed at the hotel, and son of a settler at Fairlie, lads of 16, were drowned in the Pukaki river on Saturday. They were bathing in a backwater near the hotel when Bell got into difficulties. Kennedy went to his assistance and both were drowned. The bodies have not been recovered.
Otago Witness, 19 February 1902, Page 54
The late Major H. J. Fergusson, whose funeral took place to-day at the Temuka Cemetery (says the Timaru Post, 11th inst.) was known in the Temuka district only to a few personal friends and to the angling fraternity. He was a retired officer of the Imperial Army, being a member of the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, and saw some considerable service. On retiring from the army he devoted himself to travel and sport. He had a high appreciation of the angling waters of South Canterbury, and had visited this district for four successive seasons, taking up his headquarters at Langdon's Hotel, and fishing principally the Rangitata and Opihi Rivers, from which lie was successful in landing quantities of large fish. As a sportsman in the true sense of the word lie had visited nearly every part of the world where big game was to be found, and being a splendid shot, secured many handsome trophies. General regret at Winchester is expressed at his death, and much kindly sympathy is felt for his widow.
Evening Post, 8 March 1902, Page 5
Timaru, This Day.
Mrs. Jones, widow of the late Mr. James Jones, of this town, was drowned at Albury yesterday. Her horse and trap were washed down the river by a flood, and struck against a bridge. A boy who was with her clambered on to the bridge, but Mrs. Jones missed her footing and was carried down the stream.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 10 March 1902, Page 2
THE COACH ACCIDENT.
Timaru, March 9. A drowning fatality occurred near Geraldine this morning, the Geraldine - Orari coach capsizing into the Waihi river at a crossing known as Mackenzie. Mrs Scott, of Woodbury, was drowned, also a child about 18 months old, named Pizzey, whose parents reside at Lyttelton. Every precaution was taken by G. Scott, the driver of the coach. The river was flooded, and the mishap was caused through a horse stumbling and falling in the river, drawing its mate down with it. The body of Mrs Scott has been recovered.
Star 8 March 1902, Page 5
Mr R. Scott's coach capsized in the Waihi River this morning, and that Mrs E. Scott, of Woodbury, and her child, named Lizzy, were drowned. The body of the child was recovered. Full particulars are not available yet. Mr Robert Scott is well-known in Canterbury as a capable, experienced and cautious driver. The regular coaches leave Orari for Geraldine daily at 8.40 a.m., and 2, 4.20 and 6 p.m., returning at 7.45 a.m., noon, and 3.30 and 5 p.m. Two lives were lost— Mrs Scott, a very old resident of Woodbury, and a child of Mr S. Pizzey, of Geraldine. Mr Scott, who was in charge of the coach, took the precaution to ford the river first and then return for the passengers. He then took half the passengers, consisting of three women and two children intending to return for the remainder. Unfortunately, when almost through the river, the coach overturned. The body of Mrs Scott was found and brought into Geraldine, but the body of the child has not yet been recovered.
Evening Post, 22 March 1902, Page 5
Timaru, This Day. A man named James Bell is reported to have died suddenly, at Redcliffe.
New Zealand Tablet, 3 April 1902, Page 20
MR. D. HALLY, Jun. Waitohi. The Death of Mr. D. Hally, jun., which took place at Waitohi recently, at the early age of 23 years, was deeply regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends The immediate cause of Death was a severe cold. The deceased was a most amiable young man, and consequently he was greatly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a practical and fervent Catholic, and died fortified with the rites of the Church, and with a prayer on his lips. The respect in which the deceased and his family were held was shown on the occasion of the interment, when the funeral was attended by mourners from Timaru, Waimate, Geraldine, and the surrounding districts. At Waitohi the school flag was lowered to half-mast, and at St. Joseph's Church, Temuka, the Dead March in 'Saul' was played on the organ. The bereaved family have our sincere sympathy in their affliction.
Star 7 April 1902, Page 3
POPPLEWELL.— April 4, at the Christchurch Hospital, Joseph John, beloved husband of L. C. Popplewell; aged 75 years. "Temuka Leader" please copy.
SMITH.— March 31, at Waimate, Charlotte, the beloved wife of John Smith, late of Hornby after a long and painful illness, entered her much-longed-for rest ; aged 64 years. They will be done!
Wanganui Herald, 16 May 1902, Page 3 THROWN FROM A HORSE.
Timaru, May 15. A young man named Fred Cross, belonging to Fairlie, was thrown from his horse on Wednesday night and fractured his skull. He never recovered consciousness, and died this morning.
New Zealand Tablet, 22 May 1902, Page 20
MRS. BROSNAHAN, Temuka. [nee Annie Collins]
Yet another of the fast diminishing numbers of early settlers has passed away in the person of Mrs Brosnahan, relict of the late Mr James Brosnahan, whose death (says the Temuka Leader) at the age of 86 is announced. The deceased lady was a resident of the district for the past 36 years, having settled here on her arrival from the County of Kerry, and was well known and highly respected. During the last 12 months her once familiar figure has not been seen about as frequently as of yore, owing to illness. The late Mrs Brosnahan was the mother of Mr John Brosnahan, of Arowhenua. Mrs M. Gaffaney and Miss Brosnahan (Temuka), Mrs G Gaffaney (Dunedin), and Mrs Bryant (Christchurch). She leaves altogether one son, four daughters, 41 grand-children, and 20 great grandchildren. Previous to her illness she was hale and hearty, and was often to be seen walking to or from Mr Brosnahan's to her own house in Temuka preferring to do so than drive.
Ashburton Guardian, 24 May 1902, Page 2
Sudden; Deaths— Mr Alexander Mee, a well known farmer at Opihi near Pleasant Point, was found dead in a paddock about 130 yards from his home on Thursday afternoon. The deceased had left the house to attend to the usual farm work early in the day, and not returning home as usual search was made for him, and his body was found as stated; Mr Mee had been ill for some time, and had been attended by Dr Hogg, consequently an inquest was not considered necessary. Another sudden death is reported, being that of Mrs Pearce, The Brothers, near Albury, who succumbed on Thursday night to hemorrhage succeeding the birth of twin children. The birth took place before Dr Cook, who had been sent for, arrived. No inquest will be held.
Otago Witness, 28 May 1902, Page 30
Mr Frederick Cross, who was killed by a fall from his horse at Fairlie last week, was a son of Mr F. Cross, of Christchurch, and brother of Mr H. Cross, formerly a master of the Akaroa High School. The deceased arrived from England last December, in company with his brother Charles (Trooper Cross), from South Africa. Deceased was born in Dunedin, and educated at the High School here. He joined the New Zealand Shipping Company as an apprentice in 1879, and some years afterwards was in the service of the Union Steam Ship Company. Subsequently he left the service, and traded between Liverpool and America, afterwards going in a steamer which took troops to South Africa. Having contracted enteric fever, he gave the sea and came to New Zealand, intending to settle down in the colony as a farmer.
Auckland Star, 3 June 1902, Page 4
Temuka, Monday. Hardly had the peace jubilations commenced when a young man, aged 20, named Samuel Bates was killed by the explosion of an improvised gas-pipe cannon.
Feilding Star, 10 June 1902, Page 2
Beswick — On June 2nd, Captain Wm. C. Beswick, of Timaru ; aged 80.
Press, 7 June 1902, Page 9
The late Captain Wm. Cockerell Beswick, one of the Justices of die Peace longest on the Commission in the Canterbury district, who died at Timaru on Thursday, aged eighty-three, arrived in the province in 1862, and settled on a farm near Kaiapoi, afterwards entering into business as a wool, grain, and general merchant, in which he was joined by the late Mr Josiah Birch. About 1860 Mr Beswick erected the first wharf within the town, for which the Beswick Wharf Ordinance was passed by the Provincial Council to authorise the same. He was the prime mover in the traffic bridge being located at its present site. To assist in finding pure artesian water he gave a site for the first well in Cookson street, where after two previously unsuccessful attempts elsewhere a tube was got down 112 ft to the second stratum, and a good well obtained. He was elected a member of the Kaiapoi Road Board in January, 1864, and of the Kaiapoi Municipal Council about a year later. On giving up business and a very energetic active life in public affairs, particularly in getting the Northern Railway in 1372, Captain Beswick removed to Timaru, where he was for many years agent for the Official Assignee and Public Trustee. His eldest son, Mr. W.W. Beswick, is Chief Postmaster at Oamaru. Captain Beswick's brothers, well known but previously deceased, were Mr Joseph Beswick, R.M., at Timaru, Dr. S. Beswick at Akaroa, and Mr John Beswick, lost on the City of Dunedin, between Wellington and Hokitika, in Cook Strait, in 1865. Captain Beswick was twice married.
Star 10 June 1902, Page 3
WEAVER.— June 4, at the residence of her son-in law, Mr Robert Kerr, 14, St Asaph Street, Linwood, Eliza Weaver, (formerly of Timaru); in her seventy-third year
Evening Post, 9 July 1902, Page 6
Timaru, This Day. A farmer named Henry Collet, 63 years of ago, was thrown from his horse at Pleasant Point on Monday night, and sustained concussion of the brain. He did not regain consciousness, and died yesterday.
Star 7 August 1902, Page 3
PHILIP — August 1, at Latter Street, Timaru, Arthur Gordon, the dearly beloved son of James and Helen Philip and brother of Mrs R.J. Whyte, Brougham Street, Sydenham; aged twenty-one years and six months. Deeply regretted.
New Zealand Tablet, 28 August 1902, Page 19
Sister Mary Dympna (Miss O'Shea, of Dingle, County Kerry), one of the religious of the Order of St. Joseph, at the Temuka Convent, died on the 21st inst after a long illness. In the evening the remains were taken to the church, and on Friday morning a Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Fauvel, S.M., who was assisted by the Rev. Fathers Regnault (Waimate), O'Donnell (Queenstown), Tubman (Timaru), Kerley (Temuka), and the Very Rev. Dean O'Donnell (Ashburton), the music being rendered by the Convent choir. At 2 p.m. the funeral took place, a large number of the parishioners being present, who, together with the school children made a very lengthy cortege. As the coffin left the church the Dead March in ' Saul ' was played by Miss M. Twomey, organist.
New Zealand Tablet, 4 September 1902, Page 20 Miss E. O'Leary, Waimate
It is with sincere regret (writes our Waimate correspondent) I have to record the Death of Miss Ettie O'Leary, eldest daughter of Mr J, O'Leary, of Bankfield, Otaio, and late of Waimate. The deceased died of consumption on Monday, August 25 at the early age of fifteen. The funeral took place on Wednesday and was largely attended. The children of St. Patrick's School followed the remains of their late schoolmate to their last resting place. The Rev. Father Regnault officiated at the graveside.— R.I.P.
New Zealand Tablet, 18 September 1902, Page 16
Friel.— On September 7, at the private hospital, Timaru, James, second beloved son of Daniel and Catherine Friel, of Waitohi Flat, after a short illness ; aged 26 years. Fortified by the rites of the Holy Catholic Church.— R.I.P.
Reilly.— On September, 8, 1902, at the Criterion Hotel, Timaru, the beloved daughter of Katie and John Reilly ; aged two years and four months. Deeply regretted.— R.I.P.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 13 October 1902, Page 2 Timaru, Oct. 13.
Thomas Dennison, an old age pensioner, from Burkes Pass, was thrown from a trap on Saturday and killed.
Otago Witness, 29 October 1902, Page 56
The Death of Mr G. Bird, one of the old settlers of Waimate, is announced. Mr Bird came out to the colony in the ship Ballock Myle in 1874, and ever since he had lived in the Waimate district, where he has a wide circle of friends.
Otago Witness 29 October 1902, Page 44
BLYTH. On the 13th October at his parents' residence, Allandale Villa, Temuka, James, second son of Mr James Blyth. Deeply regretted.
New Zealand Tablet, 13 November 1902, Page 16
DEATH. Quinn— On November 3, at her residence, Bellview, Makikihi, Mary, the beloved wife of Nicholas Quinn ; aged 70 years. Deeply regretted
Evening Post, 4 December 1902, Page 5
Death of a well known architect.
Dunedin, This Day. Mr. R. A. Lawson, architect, died suddenly at Pleasant Point, Timaru, yesterday. He left here on election-day to spend a holiday in South Canterbury. The deceased gentleman was one of the best known architects of his day in this city, his name being associated with such magnificent buildings as First Church, Knox Church, the Town Hall, the Boys' High School, the Union' Bank, and the Seacliff Asylum. The late Mr. Lawson came here from Victoria early in the sixties to superintend the construction of First Church, and afterwards followed his profession in this city. About thirteen years ago, however, he returned to Melbourne, where he remained until two years ago, when he came back to Dunedin and entered into partnership with Mr. J. L. Salmond. He was about 70 years of age.
Taranaki Herald, 8 December 1902, Page 7
Waimate, December 5. Martin Meagher, about 12 years of age, who fell from a tree on Thursday afternoon while going after birds eggs and, fractured his skull, besides breaking an arm, died in the hospital to-day.
Evening Post, 22 December 1902, Page 5
Timaru, This Day. Edward James Graham, of Temuka, was killed on Saturday. The horses in a dray he was driving bolted, throwing him on to the road and breaking his neck. Deceased was thirty-eight years old.
Star 7 February 1903, Page 5
Feb. 7. A young man named Arthur Surridge, a painter, residing in Temuka., was drowned last evening in the Milford Lagoon. Deceased was with a fishing party when the boat capsized. Being unable to swim, he quickly disappeared, and was not seen again.
Alfred William SURRIDGE at age 16, a labourer, from Camberwell, Surrey arrived Lyttelton, NZ, 3rd May 1875 as a single man on the vessel Tintern Abbey. Alfred m. Emily Hoare 4 May 1880 in Wiamate. Emily bc. 1861 in Oxford, ENG., d at age 32 in Temuka. Alfred d. 22 Dec. 1914 at age 62 and is buried Temuka. His parents were James Wm Surridge and Mary Ann Croot. Children:
1881 Surridge Mary Ann Elizabeth married John Hunt in 1908
1882 Surridge Arthur William Thomas Died at age 20, a farmer.
1884 Surridge Alfred William married Grace Stechmann in 1910
1889 Surridge Percy married Ellen Louden in 1920
1888 Surridge Emily married George Edwin Kilworth in 1907
1892 Surridge Thomas
Percy lived in Winchester and d. at age 64 on 8 June 1953 and is buried in Temuka with his wife Ellen who d. at age 59 in April 1951.
Alfred, a painter, died at age 76 3rd August 1960 and his wife Grace died at age 74 on 18 July 1964, buried in Fairlie.
Alfred and Grace Surridge's children all had nicknames:
Dudley (Doug) Ronald Surridge b. 1911-Fairlie
Mick (Frank) Surridge
Fredrick (Fred) Moncreif Surridge d. at Fairlie at age 86 and is buried in Timaru. 4d 1s
Ralph (Sinky) Sinclair Surridge: 1s
Alan Charles (Charlie) William Surridge b. 1919: no children, b. 1919 Fairlie. Death: before April 2000.
Frank (Mick) William Surridge: 2s 2d
Arthur (Pat) William Surridge d. 21 Nov. 1985, age 61. Buried Fairlie. No children
Noel Surridge: Ashes buried in Fairlie 14 Jan. 2009, RSA. D. at age 81. No children.
Evening Post, 21 January 1903, Page 5
Timaru, 20th January. An inquest was held to-day on the body of H. L. Edie, who wits found dead in bed to-day in an unused room in the Ship Hotel. Deceased, who was a woolclasser, was n, widower, but so far as is known had no family. He was about sixty years of age. He died from failure of the heart. A. peculiarity about the case is that the man was not known to be in the hotel. He had been in town for a. fortnight, but was not stopping there The porter swears that he looked into the room where the body was found 'on Saturday night, and the room was then empty, while Dr. Reid, who made the post mortem examination yesterday, cays the man must have been dead three or four days.
Otago Witness, 18 March 1903, Page 55
Mr W. Gapes, one of the oldest inhabitants of Geraldine, passed away last Saturday, at the venerable age of 80 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday.
New Zealand Tablet, 26 March 1903, Page 19
Mr. Owen O'Neill, of Timaru, aged 83 years, passed away on the 11th inst. Mr. O'Neill was well known throughout many of the counties of Ireland, having been employed as foreman in the construction of many of the railways throughout that country. He was born in County Carlow, Ireland, and arrived in New Zealand in 1883. He leaves three daughters (Mrs. John O'Connor, Mrs, Mullaly of Timaru, and Mrs Reading) to mourn their loss.— RI. P.
Southland Times 25 April 1903, Page 2
Drewe — On the 18th April, 1903, at Burkes Pass, Arthur, second son of the late Clifford John Drewe, of Liverpool : aged 39 years.
Ashburton Guardian, 2 May 1903, Page 2
An old resident of the Geraldine district, Mr Richard Weaver, committed suicide on Thursday by cutting his throat with a large clasp knife. He had gone into a paddock near the house, and Mrs Weaver, hearing someone groaning, went to ascertain the cause, and was shocked to discover her husband lying on the ground with his throat cut and the knife in his hand. Dr Hislop sewed up the wound, but held out no hope of recovery, and Mr Weaver died a few hours later. The deceased, who formerly had a farm on the Woolbury Road, near Geraldine, had been in bad health, for some time, and very despondent.
Colonist, 22 May 1903, Page 2
Rees. - On May 15th, at Peel Forest, Canterbury, Mary, third dearly beloved daughter of John and Maggie Rees, aged 11 days.
Wanganui Herald, 29 May 1903, Page 6
Timaru May 29. An elderly man named Duncan Fraser, a station cook, dropped dead in Main Street this morning. The cause was heart disease. Nothing is known here regarding him.
Press, 30 May 1903, Page 9 SUDDEN DEATH AT TIMARU.
An elderly man named Duncan Fraser died very suddenly in Timaru yesterday morning. He was seen to fall in the main street, and on being carried into a shop he expired almost immediately. Death was due to heart disease.
Press, 9 June 1903, Page 5
A man named William John Wilding, a fitter by trade, died in Timaru on Sunday morning, under circumstances which point to suicide. The deceased was found by two young men in a shed in Mr H. B. Kirk's brickyard. He was them lying on the floor groaning, and on being offered assistance, he replied, "Don't bother with me; leave me alone, I'll be gone in a few minutes." Medical aid was summoned, but deceased died before the doctor arrived. ...
New Zealand Tablet, 2 July 1903, Page 19
The following paragraph from the 'Midland Tribune,' Birr, King's County, record the death of Mr. Patrick Flannery, youngest brother of Mrs. Joseph Goulding, of Timaru : — Amidst manifestations of grief the funeral of Mr. Patrick Flannery took place from his residence, Derrycallaghan, on Thursday April 9th, to the family burial ground at Annameadle. The late Mr. Flannery was a member of one of the oldest families in the King's County, and had only attained his 26th year. His demise was deeply regretted not alone by his devoted sister and brother, but also by his many friends, with whom he was most popular. Deceased died fortified by all the rites of the Church, of which he was a devoted member. — R.I. P.
Otago Witness, 8 July 1903, Page 32
On Monday, 22nd ult., word was received in Temuka (says the Timaru Herald) that Mrs Comfort Davies, wife of Mr James Davies, settler, of Waitohi, had been found drowned in a creek known as Bradford's, near her husband's property It appears that the deceased, who was about 60 years of age, went for a walk cm Sunday afternoon, and upon her not returning a search was instituted. No traces were found of her until Monday morning, when Mr Bills, a neighbour, found the body in the creek mentioned. The spot where the discovery was made is about two chains and a half from the Main road, and there is not more than a couple of feet of water in the creek Deceased had not been in good health for some years, and at times showed signs of ceased committed suicide.
An inquest was held at Waitohi Tuesday touching the death of Mrs James Davis, whose body had been found lying in a creek about a quarter of a mile from the house. Mr James Davis, husband of deceased, in giving evidence, said that he could not account for deceased's action, except that she sometimes suffered from religious mania. The jury returned a verdict that deceased died by drowning herself while temporarily insane.
Otago Witness, 8 July 1903, Page 32
The inquest on the body of Matilda Maude, who shot herself on the 18th at Waimate, was continued on Tuesday in the Courthouse, before Mr Coltman, acting coroner, and a jury of six. From the evidence of Mrs Henderson, with whom deceased had lived, it was evident that she had been depressed of late, and had taken her life on the ground that it was not worth living. The jury brought in a verdict to the effect that deceased had taken away her life whilst in a state of temporary insanity.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 28 July 1903, Page 2
WAIMATE, July 27. An inquest was held this afternoon as to the death of John Meager, a plate layer, killed on the railway near Willowbridge on Saturday. The driver and fireman of the express said the man and Gardiner, also a platelayer, were under the influence of liquor and Constable Christie arrested Gardiner for being drunk when be reached Studholme. Immediately after the accident, two bottles of beer were found on a trolly near the scene of the accident, and an empty whisky bottle, which was full when leaving Studholme at 1.30, and which bad been purchased at the Junction. The jury returned a verdict that deceased met his death accidentally, and no blame was attachable to anyone. The coroner disagreed with the verdict.
New Zealand Tablet, 6 August 1903, Page 15 MR NICHOLAS
There passed away to his eternal reward on Wednesday, July 29 (writes our Waimate correspondent), a very old resident of Makikihi and South Canterbury, in the person of Mr Nicholas Quinn. The deceased arrived in Australia about 1851, but on the discovery of gold in Otago came to this Colony, and tried his luck at the diggings in that province with considerable success. In 1860 he took up land at Makikihi, and, with his brother, Mr William Quinn engaged in farming until ill-health overtook him a few years ago. Mr Quinn was one of the earliest settlers in Makikihi. He was a generous benefactor of the Church The funeral took place on Saturday, when a Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Makikihi Church by the Rev Father O'Connell, after which the funeral left for Timaru, where the interment took place the remains were followed by a large number of mourners — R.I. P.
Nelson Evening Mail, 11 August 1903 Page 3
Mr Donald Sinclair Gunn. a single man, aged 72 years a very old resident of Timaru, was found dead in his house last night. The deceased suffered from heart disease.
West Coast Times, 2 October 1903, Page 2
Timaru, Oct 1. Dugald Shaw, 59 years old, a resident of Timaru, bacon curer and commission agent, was found drowned at Caroline Bay. He had been unwell for some time. His medical attendant suggested he fell into the water in a fit. A verdict of "found drowned" was returned.
Otago Witness, 28 October 1903, Page 43
HECKLER — On the 25th October, at her residence, "Mount Pleasant," Waikouaiti, Susan, relict of the late William Heckler; aged 68 years. At rest.
STREAN.— On the 22nd October, at his residence, Abbotsford, William Strean, ex-police constable, Timaru; in his seventy-seventh year.
Wanganui Herald, 10 November 1903, Page 5
NAPIER, November 9. An elderly man named Thomas Alexander, a swagger, was found on Saturday evening lying on the, road about five miles from Patoka. He was in a fit and was frothing. He was taken to the Patoka station, where he died on Sunday morning. An inquest was held to-day, and a verdict of Death from natural causes was returned. It is believed he has relations at Timaru.
Evening Post, 5 December 1903, Page 6
Temuka, This Day. Particulars of the drowning fatality at Rangitata show that two of the men— Duncan Robertson (of Timaru) and Thomas Twigg [b. 1851] (Clerk of the Geraldine Town Board) — lost their lives. The men were drowned while attempting to cross the mouth of the river in a boat. The river was deep and the current strong. There was a third man in the boat, and it was thought last night that he had been drowned also, but he turned up this morning, having been washed on to the bank of the river.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 December 1903 TWO DROWNING ACCIDENTS.
Timaru, December 28. - Two drowning accidents occurred during the holidays. James Bray, a lad of 14, was drowned while attempting cross a creek near Albury. Alex. Ross, a young man, lost his life while bathing near the mouth of the Waitaki river. If is supposed he took cramp.
Evening Post, 29 December 1903
Timaru, 28th December. There were two drowning accidents during the holidays. James Bray, a lad of fourteen, was drowned while attempting to cross a, creek near Albury. Alex Ross, of Redcliff, a young man, lost his life whilst bathing near the mouth of the Waitaki River. It is supposed that he took cramp.
Wanganui Chronicle, 6 January 1904, Page 5
Timaru, January 5. An inquest, was held here yesterday morning on the dead body of an infant found in a pond three miles, south of Timaru. The mother, a young woman named Puttick, admitted having put the body in the pond twelve days ago, but said it was born dead. Medical evidence showed that the child never breathed, and the jury returned a verdict that the evidence was insufficient to show how death was caused. The mother was then charged before the Court with concealment or birth and was remanded for a week.
Tuapeka Times, 16 January 1904, Page 3
Waitahuna correspondent writes:— Miss Annie Shaw, daughter of Mr Alex Shaw, Table Hill, who has been in delicate health for some time back, died somewhat suddenly at Temuka on Wednesday last whilst on a visit to some friends. The body was conveyed by rail to Waitahuna and interred in the Waitahuna Cemetery to-day (Friday). Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents in their sudden and sad bereavement.
Otago Witness, 27 January 1904, Page 44
A sad feature of the death of the son of Mr Moss Jonas, of Timaru, was that young Jonas journeyed from the goldfields and carried the coffin of his mate. It is supposed to be a case of sunstroke. He suffered from heat apoplexy for a short time before he died.
Otago Witness, 6 January 1904, Page 28
An inquest was held at Timaru on Monday on the dead body of an infant found in a pond three miles to the south of Timaru. The mother (a young woman named Patrick) admitted having put the body in the pond 12 days ago, but said that it was born dead. The medical evidence showed the child had never breathed. The jury returned a verdict that the evidence was insufficient to show how Death was caused. The mother was then charged before the Police Court with concealment of birth, and was remanded for a week.
Tuapeka Times, 16 January 1904, Page 3
Our Waitahuna correspondent writes:— Miss Annie Shaw, daughter of Mr Alex Shaw, Table Hill, who has been in delicate health for some time back, died somewhat suddenly at Temuka on Wednesday last whilst on a visit to some friends. The body was conveyed by rail to Waitahuna and interred in the Waitahuna Cemetery to-day (Friday). Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents in their sudden and sad bereavement. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Mr Reid.
Evening Post, 15 January 1904, Page 5 SUICIDE AT Timaru.
A young man named Burgess, a cab proprietor, committed suicide by hanging himself this morning. He was found dead, hanging in a shed near the stable at 9 o'clock. He was last seen alive at 4 o'clock this morning, whom his brother, who slept with him, saw the deceased asleep in bed. No reason is assigned for the deed.
Otago Witness, 20 January 1904, Page 47
KING — At his residence. Otipua road, Timaru, James King, aged 62.
West Coast Times, 13 February 1904, Page 3 ACCIDENTS AND FATALITIES.
Timaru, Feb 12 A man named Ewen or Ewart, a farm labourer, aged about 50, who went to Fairlie by the train this evening by some accident got run over by a truck which was being shunted through the goods shed at Fairlie, and cut to pieces. He had no business in the shed and was not seen till after the accident.
Otago Witness, 9 March 1904, Page 56
A lad named Horace Caygill fell from a tree while bird-nesting at St. Andrews on Monday, 29th, and some time after was picked up at the foot of the tree unconscious. He was removed to the Timaru Hospital, where he died on Tuesday afternoon from, a fractured skull, having never regained consciousness.
Northern Advocate, 11 March 1904, Page 2 Accidents and Fatalities.
Timaru, March 9. At the inquest on the death of James Turner, boatswain of -the steamer Waiwera, who died on Wednesday from a fractured skull, consequent on a fall from a blow struck by the first officer, the evidence was contradictory. The jury found that death was due to a misadventure from a blow lawfully struck by the first officer in self defence.
Timaru, March 11. James Searle, boatswain's mate on the steamer Waiwera, went ashore on Wednesday, and was no not seen on board again till yesterday, when he was found lying at the bottom of the forehold with a broken thigh and other injuries. He died about noon.
Ashburton Guardian, 16 March 1904, Page 2
A Lad's Death.— Horace Colville, a lad 14 years of age, the only son of Mr Henry Colville, of Temuka, was drowned near the mouth of the Orari river on Sunday. Deceased was spending a day with his parents at the river side, and made a raft of flax on which he floated safely for a time in shallow water. He drifted into deep water, however, and the raft capsizing he was drowned before assistance was obtainable. An inquest was held yesterday, when a verdict of accidental death was returned. Deceased could not swim, and the coroner remarked that the fatality furnished another proof of the necessity for all children learning to swim.
Evening Post, 26 April 1904, Page 5
TEMUKA, This Day. The body found on the Rangitata riverbed on Sunday last has been identified as that of Edith Underhill, a young woman, twenty-three years of, age, daughter of G. Underhill, jeweller, Timaru. The deceased left her home on the 31st December last, and has not since been heard of. No reason can be given for her strange disappearance, as she was always happy in her home, and devoted to her parents. In the pocket of her dress 10s 2d was found and a return railway ticket from Timaru to Rangitata. The body was found two miles from the main stream, where the river only run in time of flood. There was no evidence as to how the deceased came by her Death, and the jury at the inquest, held this morning, returned an open verdict of found dead.
Otago Witness, 27 April 1904, Page 60
On the 31st December last a young woman named Underhill disappeared from her home in Timaru, and was traced to Rangitata railway station. There all clue was lost. On Sunday a farmer named Waller found the much decomposed remains of a woman on the Rangitata River bed, the head being wanting. On Monday the father of Miss Underhill identified be clothing on the remains as that of his daughter.
Wanganui Herald, 24 May 1904, Page 5
Death from Exposure. Timaru, May 24:
A man about 40 years of age, name unknown, was found in the roadside near Winchester on Saturday in an unconscious Condition, and was removed to the Timaru Hospital, where he died the same day without regaining consciousness..' An inquest was held yesterday, when the medical evidence went to show that Death Was caused by pneumonia, of the left lung, and inflammation of the membranes of the brain. Deceased had been lying on the roadside all Friday night, and his right arm and leg: were paralysed. He only had a shirt on when found, and; there was nothing, about him reveal his identity but a handkerchief in his pocket, which bore the name of E. N. Downs. Deceased's clothes looked like that of a greaser or fireman.
Star 28 May 1904, Page 5
Timaru May 28. A young man named Frank Briggs, two months out from Yorkshire, accidentally shot himself last night. He was playing with a revolver while talking to a companion, and in fun pointed it at his forehead and pulled the trigger, when it exploded, and killed him almost instantaneously. The deceased had previously pulled the trigger on his companion, and he believed the revolver to be empty, but exanimation showed that one of the five chambers had been loaded.
Colonist, 30 May 1904, Page 4 A FARMER KILLED.
Timaru, May 29. News has reached Timaru of a fatal accident which occurred at the railway at Temuka last night. A farmer, named Walter Prattley, belonging to Milford, was crossing the line with a dray and three horses, when an express train struck the dray, cutting it free from the horses, and sending Prattley and the wreckage of the dray some yards. Prattley was picked up quite unconscious, and he only lived a short time.
Auckland Star, 31 May 1904, Page 5
Timaru, Monday. An inquest on the body of Walter Eli Prattley, victim of the railway accident at High-street crossing, Temuka, was held at Temuka this afternoon. The evidence showed that Prattley had been aware that the express was due, and that he should not cross, but took no notice. He whipped, up the three horses and took the crossing. The horses just got over as the express came along at 30 miles an hour. It struck the wheel fair on the hub, smashed the shafts, freeing the horses, and carried Prattley (who was standing up in the dray), and the wreckage of the dray, against the cattle stop, and threw Prattley into a ditch alongside. A verdict of death was returned.
Otago Witness, 1 June 1904, Page 33
News has reached Timaru of a fatal accident on the railway at Temuka on Saturday. A farmer named Walter Prattley, belonging to Milford, was crossing the line with a dray and three horses, when the express train struck the dray, cutting it free from the horses, and sending Prattley and the wreckage of the dray some yards away. Prattley was picked up unconscious, and only lived a short time.
New Zealand Tablet, 23 June 1904, Page 5
It is with sincere regret I have to record the Death of Mr G.G. Fitzgerald, who departed this life at the Timaru Hospital on Tuesday, 7th inst., at the ripe age of seventy one The deceased, who belonged to a good Irish family, came to the colonies in the fifties. Starting as a miner he occupied many prominent positions, among which were those of magistrate and warden of the Gold Fields on the West Coast, M.H.R. for Wanganui, and editor of the ' Wanganui Chronicle,' 'Wellington Times,' and 'Timaru Herald,' which last position he ably held for eighteen years. He was a powerful writer of a virile and logical mind, and was a determined enemy to all bigotry and class feeling. On the many occasions during recent years when waves of intolerance and calumny swept through the Colony he stopped their roll in South Canterbury by his masterly leaders. By his Death journalism loses one of its ablest members, and New Zealand one of the most fair minded public men.
Hawera & Normanby Star 7 June 1904, Page 3
Timaru, June 7. Mr G. G. Fitzgerald died in the hospital this morning, aged 70. Deceased was well known in journalistic circles, and was editor of the Timaru Herald since 1886. He was at one time member for Westland, and in the early days was warden and magistrate at Mokitika. Deceased was a brother of the late Controller-General.
North Otago Times, 1 March 1886, Page 2
February 28. The Timaru Herald has just become the property of Mr Joseph Ivess, M.H R. Mr G. G. Fitzgerald, late M.H.R., takes the editorship.
Colonist, 8 June 1904, Page 3
New Zealand Tablet, 23 June 1904, Page 5
Timaru, June 7, Mr Gerald George Fitzgerald died in the Timaru Hospital here this morning, aged 70 [sic. 71]. He was well-known in journalistic circles, and was editor of the Timaru "Herald" since 1885. He was at one time member for Westland, and in the early days occupied the position of Warden and Magistrate at Hokitika. He was a brother of the late Controller-General. Mr Fitzgerald was well known in Wanganui, having been editor of the Chronicle about 25 years ago. He was at one time a member of the House of Representatives for Westland, and in the early days occupied the position of Warden and Magistrate at Hokitika. He was a brother to the late Controller-General [James Fitzgerald who married Jane d/o J. Draper]
The death of Mr Fitzgerald will recall to old residents the early days of journalism in Invercargill. for he was one of the first proprietors and editor of the Southland Times : the imprint of the firm being Fitzgerald, Downes and Reynolds. "Mr Fitzgerald was a gentleman and a scholar, and in those days a splendid man physically. His stay in Southland was brief, for the first great and fatal fire in Southland — that in Tay street just a little over 40 years ago — coupled with the great slump the fortunes of the district after the diggings rush, disrupted the firm. The office of the paper, just erected, was swept away, the only thing recovered being the printing machine, and the Times ceased publication for some six months. Mr Fitzgerald was well-connected in England, being a scion of one of the old baronial families — the Malahides. [Mrs Fitzgerald, wife of G.G. Fitzgerald drowned in the wreck of the Taiaroa in April 1886, off the Clarence River, Kaikorua.] He came to the colonies in the fifties. Starting as a miner. He was warden of the goldfields on the West Coast. He was a powerful writer of a vinde and logic mind and a determined enemy of all class feeling. On the many occasions during recent years when waves of intolerance and calamny swept through the Colony he stopped their roll in South Canterbury by his masterly leaders. By his death journalism loses one of its ablest members, and New Zealand one of the most fair minded public men. [He was born 10 Oct. 1832 in Bath, England]
Southland Times 30 June 1904, Page 2
Paton - At Fairlie, on 25th June, 1904, Carrie, wife of James Paton and fourth daughter of the late Jos. Perrin, Invercargill.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 July 1904, Page 2
PALMERSTON NORTH July 4. Charles Mitchell, a recent arrival from Pleasant Point, blew the top of his skull off with a shotgun this morning. No reason is at present assigned.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 8 July 1904, Page 3
Timaru, July 7. An elderly lady named Toliffe was killed by a trap accident near Geraldine
Evening Post, 15 July 1904,
Timaru. Mr. Andrew Hart, a very old resident at Timaru, dropped dead this morning when letting his horse out of the stable. For twenty-live years deceased was Collector of Customs here, and retired on a pension in 1900. Deceased always took an active interest in church matters, being a prominent member of the Presbyterian denomination.
Wanganui Herald, 18 July 1904, Page 7
Timaru, July 18 A Waikakahi settler named James Cochrane was drowned in the Waihao River when returning home from Waimate on Saturday night. The body has been recovered.
Marlborough Express, 25 July 1904, Page 2
Timaru, July 23. David Evans, 61 years, a carpenter in the employ of the Timaru Harbor Board, dropped dead here to-day as he was talking to a comrade.
Otago Witness, 10 August 1904, Page 32
Harold Beaumont Harrop recently committed for trial on several charges of breaking and entering, and of assaulting and robbing a lady on the cemetery bridge, hanged himself in Auckland Gaol on Sunday morning. Harrop was a member of the Seventh Contingent. During the Boar War a bullet entered his left hip, and was extracted from his right. The doctors then said that madness might result. Deceased, whose age was 23, was born at Timaru, but resided at Auckland for about 10 years with his parents. He apparently hanged himself overnight by means of a towel and a handkerchief. Standing on the stool on his bed, he fastened the towel round his neck and jumped off, giving himself a drop of about 15in.
Otago Witness, 10 August 1904, Page 35
BURKES PASS. Obituary.— A while ago a very old resident and a highly-respected member of our little community was laid to rest in the local cemetery, in the person of Mr Donald Bain whose mortal remains were followed to the grave by a large cortege of sorrowing friends; and again last Sunday, an even larger cortege paid the last token of respect to the remains of one who for close on 30 years has been a resident of the little township, and an unfailing friend of all who went to her for help or counsel — Mrs McDowall, who was laid to rest along side her late husband, who predeceased her 14 years.
New Zealand Tablet, 25 August 1904, Page 17
WARD.— On the 22nd August, at Timaru, Dorothy, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Ward, Dunedin, aged 8 years. R.I .P.
Wanganui Herald, 6 September 1904, Page 7
Timaru September 6. A young man named J. Gray, a clerk in the Bank of New Zealand at Temuka, dropped dead while at his work yesterday afternoon.
Otago Witness, 7 September 1904, Page 35 Cave
Death. — A very regrettable Death happened on August 21. Deceased (Mrs W. C. Neil), with her husband, had been settled in the district for about 20 years. She was well known and greatly respected, and she leaves a family of six little children to mourn their loss.
Land Sales. — Mr J. H. Morris has sold his farm to Mr T. Pringle at a satisfactory price.
Otago Witness 7 September 1904, Page 23
A. Timaru message states that a cable from Sydney advises the death of Father Fauvel, parish priest of Temuka for about 25 years. He was previously missionary in Fiji for 10 years, till his health broke down under the hardships and hard fare. He built a fine stone church at Temuka, another at Pleasant Point, and established convent schools in both places, under Josephine nuns. He was very greatly respected at Temuka. He had been in failing health for some time, and was visiting Australia to recuperate. He was a native of Normandy, France, and was 71 years of age.
New Zealand Tablet, 15 September 1904, Page 19
The Late Father Fauvel, S.M.
The Sydney 'Catholic Press' gives the following particulars of the death of Rev. Father Fauvel, S.M., which took place at St. Vincent's Hospital early on Tuesday morning, August 30 :— Father Fauvel was in his 74th year, and was born at Constances, Normandy, in the North of France. Forty three or forty-four years of his life were spent in the Marist mission's. He was stationed at Fiji for about nine years, but his health broke down, and he was obliged to come to Villa Maria to recuperate. After a few months he was strong enough to proceed to New Zealand, where he remained for 30 years, the whole of which time he lived in Temuka, South Canterbury district, in the diocese of Christchurch. For the past four or five years Father Fauvel had been in declining health, having suffered from an affection of the heart. He came to Sydney about three months ago,...
Star, 18 October 1904, Page 3
Mrs James Hughes, wife of Mr James Hughes, of Waitohi Flat, died rather suddenly at Rangitata. recently. She was spending a short holiday with some friends, and until within an hour of her death nothing serious was anticipated.
Otago Witness, 9 November 1904, Page 34
Mr Michael Fitzgerald, one of the old Canterbury pioneers, died at his residence, Church street, Timaru on Thursday, 27th ult. He was in his sixty-fourth year at the time of his decease. Mr Fitzgerald was a native of the parish of Cullen, County Cork, Ireland, and left the Old Land for the colonies in 1858. He first visited the goldfields, and then spent some time in Christchurch and Geraldine, and finally settled in Timaru, starting business as a nurseryman. He did most of the forestry work for the Mackenzie County Council and other South Canterbury public bodies, and the future forests of those districts were planted under his direction. He leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters to mourn their loss; also two brothers — Mr M. Fitzgerald, J.P., Arowhenua, and Mr W. Fitzgerald, Dirrah Farm, Pleasant Point road. — New Zealand Tablet.
New Zealand Tablet, 3 November 1904, Page 19
MR. MICHAEL FITZGERALD, Timaru
October 31. Mr. Michael Fitzgerald, one of the old Canterbury pioneers, passed away at his residence, Church street, on Thursday last, after a long illness, in his 64th year. He died fortified by all the Rites of Holy Church, of which he had always been a practical and devoted member. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, and was one of the largest that has left our parish church for many years, many friends being present from as far north as Geraldine and as far south as Waimate, the representative attendance showing the esteem and respect in which the deceased was held. He was one of the founders of the Hibernian Society in this district, and despite the threatening state of the weather the members turned out some 80 strong, and marched before the hearse, the officers acting as pall-bearers. Mr. Fitzgerald was a native of the parish of Cullen, County Cork, Ireland, and left the Old Land for the Colonies in 1858. He first visited the goldfields and then spent some time in Christchurch and Geraldine, and finally settled in Timaru, starting business as a nurseryman. He did most of the forestry work for the Mackenzie county Council, and other South Canterbury public bodies, in fact the future forests of this district were planted under his direction. He always evinced the keenest interest in parish matters and was for many years a member of the Catholic school committee. He leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters to mourn their loss , also two brothers, Mr. M. Fitzgerald, J.P., Arowhenua, and Mr. W. Fitzgerald, Dirrah Farm, Pleasant Point Road.— R.I.P.
Auckland Star, 4 December 1903, Page 2
A drowning fatality occurred at Rangitata last night, when two men, who were trout-fishing, viz., Duncan Robertson, of Timaru, and T. Twigg, clerk of the Geraldine Town Board, lost their lives. The men were drowned while attempting to cross the mouth of the river in a boat. The river was deep and the current strong. There was a third man in the boat, and it was thought last night that he was drowned also, but he turned up this morning, having been washed on to the bank of the river.
Otago Witness, 27 December 1905, Page 47Bristol
NICHOL.— In loving memory of Walter Byers Nichol, who died 10th December, 1904. at Timaru Hospital.
Otago Witness, 14 December 1904, Page 61
Mr Alexander Hastie, an old Otago settler, died at St. Andrews, South Canterbury, on Friday at the age of 90 years. The deceased arrived at Port Chalmers in the ship Strathmore in 1856, and of the 48 years he has been in the colony 46 were devoted to farming in Otago. He suffered from a paralytic stroke about two years ago, and went to reside with ins son at St. Andrews. His wife died about five months ago.
Star 28 December 1904, Page 3
William Greene, farmer, Hilton, aged fifty-five years, was killed on Saturday, having been crushed between a loaded dray and a willow stump. Dr Hislop, of Geraldine, was sent for, but the unfortunate man died at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day. He was a resident of Ashburton for twenty years before coming to Hilton. No inquest was held.
Southland Times 9 December 1904, Page 1
Bryan Fahey left Glenavy on Tuesday to round-up a young horse on an island in the Waitaki. He never returned, but a riderless horse was discovered on the island.
Otago Witness, 14 December 1904, Page 37
Inquest. The inquest on the body of Bryan Fahey, found last "Wednesday evening on a shoal some five chains below the bridge, resulted in a verdict being returned of Found drowned." Evidence was given before Major Keddell, S.M. (coroner), by T. W. Cuthbertson, Hilderthorpe, who was the last person, so far as is known, who saw deceased alive J. Harper, Waitaki South, who deposed as to finding the body, and with assistance recovering it; and by Police-constable Charles Daulton, then in charge of Glenavy, who took charge of the body to await the inquest. The jury Messrs Allan Low, J. Henery, V. Small, .T. McCabe. T. Hanley and J. M. Peebles (foreman), having heard the evidence, brought in a verdict as above stated. The funeral of deceased took place on Saturday morning last at the Morven Catholic Cemetery, a large cortege following the remains to the grave. Father Regnault Waimate conducted a mass in the chapel previous to the interment, and subsequently officiated at the burial. Mr Fahey, who was 52 years of age at the time of his death, came to this district some 22 years ago. and he has resided here ever since. The greatest sympathy is expressed for Mrs Fahey. who has been left with a family of nine, the eldest of whom is only about 16 years of age.
Otago Witness 4 January 1905, Page 30
At Glenavy Messrs John Harper and John Slodden, who at great risk recovered the body of the late Bryan Fahey from the Waitaki River, were made the recipients of a purse of sovereigns each, subscribed by numerous admirers of their pluck.
Bryan FAHEY married Johanna PURCELL in 1888. Births:
1889 Fahey Mary Winnie
1890 Fahey Ellen
1892 Fahey Patrick
1893 Fahey Julia
1895 Fahey Winefred
1898 Fahey Thomas
1900 Fahey Johanna
1903 Fahey Norah
1905 Fahey Kathleen
The Star 5 January 1905
Mr Edward Acton, of Pleasant Point, one of the oldest South Canterbury settlers, died last night, after a lingering illness, aged seventy-one. Deceased took an active part in public life for many years, and was greatly esteemed for his many sterling qualities.
Mr John Plimmer, "Father of Wellington", died January 5th aged ninety-two. He arrived in Wellington in 1841.
Ashburton Guardian, 9 January 1905, Page 2
Mr E. H. Lough, town clerk of Timaru since the establishment of the borough in 1868, died on Saturday afternoon, aged 71.
Otago Witness, 11 January 1905, Page 30
Mr E. H. Lough, town clerk of Timaru since the establishment of the borough in 1868, died on Saturday afternoon, aged 71 years. Before taking up the position of town clerk Mr Lough was for four years clerk to the Levels Road Board. He arrived at Lyttelton in 1854 in the ship North Fleet. The cause of Death was a strangulated hernia.
A Timaru message states that Mr Edward Acton, of Pleasant Point, one or the oldest of South Canterbury settlers, died on "Wednesday night, after a lingering illness; aged 71. Deceased took an active part in public life for many years, and was greatly esteemed for his, many sterling qualities.
New Zealand Tablet, 19 January 1905, Page 5
On Saturday last at his residence, Timaru, there passed away after a long and painful illness Mr. John Dore, who was well known throughout South Canterbury. Mr. Dore was born in the parish of Rathoran, County Kerry, and came to this Colony in his eighteenth year, landing in Lyttelton in 1877. He first turned his attention to contracting in the Pleasant Point district, and then started as a hotel proprietor in Albury, occupying in succession hotelries in Pleasant Point, Geraldine. Ashburton, and then again at the Point, where he purchased a large farm. He settled down in the Point district for many years, only leaving it some four years ago to take over the Club Hotel Timaru. He died at the comparatively early age of 45 years, and leaves a widow (Margaret late of Co. Kerry), two sons, and three daughters to mourn their loss. He has two sisters and one brother living — Mrs. O'Leary, of Bankfield, and Mrs. O'Doneghue, of Glendore, Esk Valley, and Mr. R. Dore in Cashel, Ireland.— R.I.P.
Otago Witness, 25 January 1905, Page 32
Mr Mills, father of one two boys who, with the young seaman Theo. Johnson, were lost while out fishing at Timaru on December 16, went to Temuka on Thursday (says the Timaru Post) for the purpose of inspecting the hand discovered. about 70 yards from the Orari mouth by three lads camping there. Mr Mills identified the hand as Johnson's right hand, the identification being possible by the fact that Johnson's second finger on that hand was broken and bent, a characteristic of the hand found.
Otago Witness, 8 February 1905, Page 47
McCANN— On the 24th January, at the Oamaru Hospital, Honoria, beloved wife of Patrick McCann, and mother of Daniel, Rosie, and Ellen M'Cann (Maerewhenua), Patrick M'Cann, jun. (Fairlie), and Mrs Donald Kennedy (Livingstone) ; aged 63 years. Deeply mourned. R.I. P.
New Zealand Tablet, 23 February 1905, Page 20
MR. RICHARD HOARE, KERRYTOWN Mr. Richard Hoare, a well known and highly respected resident of Kerrytown, passed away on January 28. Deceased, who was 70 years of age, came to this Colony forty years ago, and since then was extensively engaged in farming, pursuits on the Lees Plains. Possessed of an amiable position, he endeared himself to the many with whom he came in contact, so that the news of his death was received with the deepest regret. Mr. Hoare was a devoted Catholic, and in good works was always prominent by his generous assistance. The grounds and portion of the buildings of the Kerrytown convent were the result of his munificent liberality. He received the last rites and consolations of our holy religion, which he loved and practised, and thus fortified, he calmly awaited the moment of his dissolution. He was attended in his last illness by the Rev. Father Peoples. His wife predeceased him seven years ago, so that he leaves a grown-up family of ten. of whom seven, are daughters, one being a professed nun in the Order of St. Joseph, Sydney. The funeral, which took place on January 30, was one of the largest seen in Temuka, there being about one hundred vehicles and quite a number of Horsemen and pedestrians in the procession. Rev. Father Kerley, assisted by the Rev Father Tubman, officiated at St. Joseph's Church, and subsequently at the place of interment.— R.I.P.
Wanganui Herald, 3 March 1905, Page 5
A MYSTERY CLEARED UP.
About nine months ago a farmer named Richard O'Neil, living near Geraldine, suddenly disappeared, and although the bush and country in the vicinity of his home were searched, no trace of him could be found. He left his home at 8 a.m. with a double-barrelled gun and some lunch, the family thinking that he was going to his usual occupation of gorse grubbing, and not knowing that he had taken the gun until it was missed later in the day. The man was last seen going in the direction of Four Peaks, with the gun in his possession. Shortly after this a warrant was issued by the police for the arrest of O'Neil on a charge of alleged arson, and it was publicly believed that he was in the North Island or Australia. This has been proved false by the finding of the body of the missing man, with his gun beside him, on the Sugar Loaf Hill on Mr J. M, Barker's run, near Four Peaks Station. A young man named James Evans came across the body last Wednesday evening. It was in a very decomposed state, but was easily identified by the shape of the head, and. the appearance of the hair and whiskers. There was a hole through the clothing, and a gunshot wound in the region of the stomach. Young Evans in December last found a hat about ten chains from where he found the body, and jokingly remarked that lie had found tracks of O'Neil. The public, however, only laughed at him, saying that O'Neil was far away from Geraldine by that time. An inquest was held at Geraldine on Friday, before Colonel Moore, Acting-Coroner. The jury returned a verdict that deceased met his death by a gunshot wound, but whether self-inflicted or caused by accident there was nothing to show.
Otago Witness 1 March 1905, Page 32
The remains of a man have been found at Four Peaks Station, north-west of Geraldine. They are supposed to be those of Richard O'Neill, who left his home near Geraldine 11 months ago, and had not been seen since.
Evening Post, 15 May 1905, Page 4
Mr. J. E. Beckingham, head of a well-known furnishing house in Timaru, passed away in that town last Sunday, in his 68th year. Mr. Beckingham arrived in Otago in 1860, and took part in the Gabriel's Gully rush. On leaving the goldfields two years later Mr. Beckingham and a companion just missed being stuck up by Gardiner (Garrett), a notorious bush ranger. On the occasion in question is party of four left Gabriel's Gully about two hours before Mr. Beckingham and his comrade, and when the latter reached Gresson's (well-known in Timaru) accommodation house that night the four other travellers had not arrived. Later on word came in hand that they been stopped and "gone through" by Gardiner while working their way through the bush, and it was owing to the fact that he was busy on this band that Mr. Beckingham and his friend escaped Gardiner, as they came through the bush. Gardiner was never known to take the lives of his victims. After "relieving", them of all they possessed in the way of valuables he tied them to trees and there left them. It was in this predicament that the four unfortunates were found. Mr. Beckingham, on his first visit to Timaru, walked the whole way from Dunedin, having to swim the Waitaki River. The return trip was made in the same way.
Evening Post, 24 May 1905, Page 6
SUICIDE AT Timaru.
Timaru, 23rd May. A young man named Frank Lupton, aged twenty-five, who has been in business here a few years as commission agent and tobacconist, committed suicide to-day by shooting himself with a revolver. He had a brother in Waimate. Deceased, a single man, insured his life a year ago for £500.
Otago Daily Times 1 June 1905, Page 7
A man named Wm. Scully, a well-known farmer at Orari Bridge, died suddenly in Geraldine on Tuesday evening, it is supposed from heart disease. He had been about Geraldine during the afternoon, and in the evening about 5.30, after having a couple of drinks, went out. As he did not return as expected, search was made for him, and he was found dead in one of the outhouses.
Press, 3 July 1905, Page 1
SMITHSON- On 29th June, at Wokingham England, of peritonitis, Sheldon Douglas, aged 12 years, the dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs S.F. Smithson, Timaru.
New Zealand Tablet, 13 July 1905, Page 6
WAIMATE July 10. Another old resident of the district, in the person of Mrs A. Montgomery, of Hook, has passed to her eternal reward. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday, was largely attended. The Rev. Father O'Connor officiated at the church and graveside.— R.I.P.
Otago Witness, 2 August 1905, Page 47
FAULKNER.— On the 20th July, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of Charles Faulkner, Chelsea, Willowbridge, Waimate, and eldest daughter of the late Thomas Stringer, North Shire of Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland; in her forty-fifth year. "More than conqueror through Him that loved her." Home papers please copy.
Otago Witness 9 August 1905, Page 25
Walter Shaw, employed at Mount Peel Station, was killed on 28th ult, through the waggonette he was driving capsizing in the stream three miles north of Geraldine. The vehicle was found in the stream with the body alongside. At the inquest the evidence showed that deceased had driven a waggonette to Rangitata railway station and returning in the dark, missed the ford of the Hind stream, got among the boulders, was thrown out of the trap, fell on his head, and was stunned or drowned in two feet of water. He was found by another station employee following an hour later. A verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.
Otago Witness, 23 August 1905, Page 33
Mr Thos. Cabot, a very old ; resident of Timaru, died on Sunday, 13th, at the advanced age of 91 years. He had not suffered from any illness, and was driving in town not many days before, apparently in excellent health for a ma a of his age, and at last "fell asleep" as calmly as his well-spent life deserved. The deceased was born in Jersey in 1814, and had reasonable pride in being a descendant of John. Cabot, a historical navigator, who was knighted by Henry VIII. As a. boy and youth he was well educated, and became a professor of languages at the great French university the Sorbonne. He afterwards spent three year 3 in Hanover, studying the German language. Ho then, sold his property in Jersey and emigrated to New South Wales, where he held for some time a post on the staff of the King's School, Parramatta. He afterwards came to New Zealand, and settled temporarily as a private school teacher in Timaru in 1859. He then went to North Canterbury, and followed farming pursuits there for some years. Returning to Timaru in 1865. he purchased a farm in Otipua Valley, and made there the home in which he and his family have since resided. During the land boom in the seventies he sold part of his farm at the current extravagant prices, obtaining £125 an acre for it. Mr Cabot married in 1865 a daughter of the late Colonel John Kunkel, of Prussia, a soldier who saw much, active service in the historical campaigns of Napoleon — Jena. Austerlitz, and Leipsic being among the conflicts in which he took part. Mrs Cabot, three sons, and four daughters survive the deceased gentleman. Mr Cabot retained all his faculties to the last, save for a partial loss of hearing, and at the last was saved the pain of lingering illness. Most of his family were with him when the end came, one of his sons, who served with the First and Sixth New Zealand Contingents, having returned from South Africa a little over a week before his father's decease.
Otago Witness, 30 August 1905, Page 33
We regret to have to record the Death of Mr Edmund Cook, for some 12 years postmaster at Dunedin, who passed away rather suddenly about 6.30 p.m. on Sunday at the age of 68 years. Mr Cook was born in Greenwich (England) on July 8, 1837, and came to the colony when he was four years old, landing at Wellington. He entered the service of the Postal Department at Wellington, and remained in that office until he reached the position of chief clerk. His first appointment as postmaster; was at the Thames, and he subsequently filled similar positions at Hokitika, Timaru and Dunedin respectively, being promoted to the charge of the last-named office about 12 years ago. He retired on a pension about two years ago, after a long and honourable career... The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters, the whole of his family, with the exception of one daughter being married. Both of the sons are doctors — one practising at Fairlie and the other at Amberley ; and three of the daughters reside in Dunedin. one being married to Mr LeCren, of Mornington.
Star 20 September 1905, Page 3
September 20. John McIntyre, a farmer, near Pleasant Point, was found at six o'clock this morning on the roadside near his home, shot dead.
DROWNING CASE AT OPIHI. September 20. While attempting to cross the river at Opihi this morning, with a team, Henry Oldfield, a Temuka farmer, was drowned, the river being in flood.
New Zealand Tablet, 28 September 1905, Page 19
A very old and respected resident, In the person of Mrs. G. R. Freeman, died on Wednesday, the funeral taking place on Friday. Rev. Father Regnault celebrated a Requiem Mass, and the Rev. Father O'Connor officiated, at the graveside.— R.I.P.
New Zealand Tablet 12 October 1905, Page 19
1 regret to have to record the death of Sister Mary Fintan, of St. Joseph's Convent, Kerry town, who died on Friday last at the convent in Temuka Deceased lady was daughter of Mrs G. Grelish, of Makikihi. Though her illness was short she suffered a great deal, but died a peaceful and happy death. Sister Mary Fintain was only 23 years of age, and she will be much misled, particularly by the children of Kerrytown, whom she had labored amongst since her arrival here. On Saturday morning a Solemn Requiem Mass was sung for the repose of her soul, the celebrant being the Rev. (Father Tubman (Timaru), assisted by Rev. Father Kerley (Temuka) and Rev Father Regnault (Waimate). In the afternoon the funeral left the church for the cemetery, followed by a large concourse of mourners, who came, to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed Sister. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Father Kerley, assisted by Father Rockliife.— R.I.P.
Otago Witness, 25 October 1905, Page 63
Mr James McGregor Robertson, one of the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country, died at Timaru last week after a long and painful illness. Mr Robertson was a native of Blair Athol in Perthshire, Scotland, and came out to this country in 1861 in the same ship as the late Sir John McKenzie, and like Sir John took to shepherding. He was one of the first who ventured with sheep into the then wild and inaccessible gorges of the Ohau in the Mackenzie Country, and he also shepherded for the Messrs Dark Brothers, who were the original occupiers of that long stretch of the Southern Alps between the head of Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook.
New Zealand Tablet, 26 October 1905, Page 20
It is with deep regret that I have to record the death of Miss Naughton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Naughton, of Kerry town. The deceased young lady had been ailing for some time, and she passed peacefully away on Friday morning, fortified by the last rites of the Church. The funeral, which took place on Saturday, was very largely attended. The services at the grave were conducted by the Rev. Father Rockliffe — R.I.P.
Star 6 November 1905, Page 3
MARSH Nov. 8, Christchurch, Thomas George, beloved husband of Lena and eldest son of George Daniel Marsh, of Timaru. Accidentally killed in the tram service. At home with the Lord.
New Zealand Tablet, 9 November 1905, Page 6
There passed peacefully away at the Timaru Hospital on Thursday evening, the 2nd inst , Mr. T. Domnan a young Catholic of sterling worth and great promise. He was a native of this parish, educated at the Catholic boys' school, and followed his occupation on the Railway till about six months ago, when his ill hearth forced him to retire. He was prominent in athletic circles, and represented South Canterbury on the football field on more than one occasion. A zealous Hibernian he filled almost all -the different positions m the branch in turn. During the triennial movable meeting of the New Zealand district, which was held here in February, 1901, he was president of this branch, and as such conducted the reception and entertainment of the delegates with an amount of ability, tact, and discernment that called forth approbation on all sides The deceased died as he had lived, a fervent practical Catholic. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon and was largely attended. The members of the Hibernian Society marched in procession wearing their regalia draped, and the Timaru Football Club and other athletic societies sent representatives. He died at the early age of 26 years.-R.I.P.
Otago Witness, 15 November 1905, Page 27
William Woodcock, aged 72 years, an old resident of Oamaru, died suddenly at the railway station on the 9th inst. He had boarded the 7.20 train for Timaru, when he was seized with a fainting fit, and expired while being removed from the carriage.
Southland Times 2 December 1905, Page 2 Timaru
Robert French, gardener at Mt. Nessing station, committed suicide by cutting his throat. He had been in ill-health lately.
New Zealand Tablet, 21 December 1905, Page 5
The Very Rev Dean James Foley, SM, was born at Ballinahinch, County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1817. He was primarily educated at Mount Melleray by the Trappist monks, but studied rhetoric afterwards at St. Patrick's College, Thules, and completed his ecclesiastical course at the scholasticate of the Marist Fathers, Lower Leeston street, Dublin, where the present Archbishop of Wellington was Professor of Dogmatic Theology Dean Foley was ordained by Archbishop (then Bishop) Redwood at St. Mary's, Dundalk, in 1874. Six months after his ordination he removed to Sydney, where he ministered for six years at St. Patrick's Church. Whilst there his health was so seriously impaired by overwork that he was recommended to take a trip Home. He was greatly benefited by the voyage, and came to New Zealand in 1881, accompanying Archbishop Redwood, who was then returning to Wellington. Father Foley at first took pastoral charge of Blenheim, whence four years later he was transferred to Timaru, he remained until 1892. In that year he was appointed to take charge of the parish of Lincoln and Little River where he ministered to the spiritual wants of the people until 1899. He then became attached to the Cathedral parish, and accompanied Bishop Grimes in conducting missions in the various parishes of the diocese on behalf of funds for the completion of the Cathedral. a work to which he was deeply attached. He made a missionary visit to the Chatham Islands, the remotest part of the diocese, and for some time devoted his energies to the Cathedral building fund. He was eventually, on the death of Father Fauvel, appointed parish priest of Temuka, but shortly after assuming charge his health, which had been for some time previously in a poor state, showed signs of breaking down. Acting on medical advice, he visited Rotorua and Te Aroha, but with no permanent beneficial result, and for a considerable time latterly has been an inmate of the Hospital of the Sisters of Mercy, where he passed away to his eternal reward. According to his wish the deceased the interment will be at Temuka.
Otago Witness 27 December 1905, Page 27
The funeral of the late Very Rev. Dean Foley took place at Temuka on Thursday. The remains were brought from Christchurch by the second express, and were met at the station by a great concourse of people. A short service in the local Roman Catholic Church was conducted by Bishop Grimes. The interment took place afterwards, in Temuka Cemetery. Thirty priests and Bishop Grimes led the procession from the church to the grave. Deceased was uncle of the Rev. Father Coffey, administrator of St. Joseph's cathedral. Father Coffey and Dean Smythe, of Hastings, were chief mourners. Eight priests from Otago attended the funeral.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 4 January 1906, Page 5
WELLINGTON, January 3. An accident of a distressing nature happened at 2.30 a.m. to-day, when Miss Janet Robertson, aged 35, a dressmaker, employed at Temuka, and the daughter of an old resident of Oamaru, fell off the midnight train from Dunedin to Christchurch and was killed. Deceased boarded the train at Oamaru. It was noticed by other passengers in the same carriage that she looked very ill. Near Studholme Junction she took her hat and cloak and went outside on to the carriage platform, and there it is thought she was taken ill. The. passengers felt the carriage jolting, and finding her missing informed the guard, who ascertained she had fallen between the carriages and been cut to pieces. When picking up the remains of the body a fully matured male child was found within them.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 January 1906, Page 5
Otago Witness, 10 January 1906, Page 10
West Coast Times, 5 January 1906, Page 4
Timaru, January 4. At the inquest on Janet Watt Robertson, who fell off the train at Willowbridge on Wednesday, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The body was terribly mangled. From particulars to hand it appears that the unfortunate young woman was the daughter of Mr J. G. Robertson, of Oamaru. She was a dressmaker at Temuka, and visited her parents for the New Year holidays. She was apparently in good health when she left Oamaru, her father seeing her off from the station. She is supposed to have fallen from the front of one of the forward carriages. Guard H. J. Willis, who was in. charge of the train, states- that he observed nothing to indicate that an accident had occurred. Timaru, Jan 4 At the inquest on Janet Robertson, aged about 35, who fell off the train at Willow Bridge at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, the jury found a verdict of accidental Death. The body was terribly mangled and stripped of clothing.
New Zealand Tablet, 25 January 1906, Page 15
It is with regret that have to chronicle the Death of Mr. M. Connell, fifth son of Mr. J. Connell, of Waitohi, who died in the Timaru Hospital on Friday last. Deceased was a very promising young Catholic, and sincere sympathy is felt for his parents in their bereavement.—R.I.P.
Wanganui Herald, 26 January 1906, Page 5
Timaru, January 25.
A gun accident, which resulted fatally, happened in the bush at Cannington yesterday. Two men, named Joseph and David Gibson (cousins) were out cutting stakes for fencing. The latter, who took a, gun with him, left work to shoot some birds and rabbits, when he tripped over some logs, and the charge, exploding, entered his stomach. The injured man died two hours later. Deceased was a single man about 42 years of ago. At the inquest to-day the jury returned a verdict of accidental Death.
New Zealand Tablet, 15 March 1906, Page 17 Deaths
CONNOLLY.— Of your charity pray for the soul of Bridget Connolly, wife of Jeremiah Connolly, who died at her residence, Kakahu, near Geraldine, on March 1 1906, in her 61st year. Deeply regretted. — R.I P. On whose soul sweet Jesus have mercy.
BROPHY.— At his residence, Pleasant Valley, on March 3, Kyran Brophy; aged 66 years. R.l P. In 1859 he arrived in Victoria. After a couple of years he came over to NZ, first to the Otago goldfields then the West Coast. In 1866 he brought land at Pleasant Valley.
Evening Post, 30 April 1906, Page 6
Robert McIlhiney, greaser on the s.s. Rimutaka, was drowned in the Timaru harbour on Saturday night. He was returning from town to his ship, and in seeking to avoid a shunting engine fell over the main wharf. A diligent search was immediately made for the body, but it was not recovered until yesterday. It is supposed that the deceased struck his head and was stunned in falling. At the inquest to-day a verdict of Accidental Death was returned. Deceased was about 42 years of age, a single man, and joined the Rimutaka in London three years ago.
Otago Witness 2 May 1906, Page 51
BONE — On the 30th April, at Temuka, Essie, the beloved wife of John Bone, after a long and painful illness.
Otago Witness, 23 May 1906, Page 45
SHANKS — On the 19th May. at his residence, Timaru, James Stewart, the beloved husband of Helen Gray Smith, and eldest son of J. S. Shank, of Mataura ; aged 42 years.
Wanganui Herald, 23 May 1906, Page 5
Timaru, May 22 John Taehen, a farmer, on the Rosewill Settlement, dropped dead at Pleasant Point township last evening. He had attended a stock sale during the day, and apparently was in good health, though he was known to have a weak heart. He was 52 years of age.
Otago Witness, 6 June 1906, Page 46
FINLAYSON — On the 24th May, at Timaru (suddenly), Rebecca, dearly beloved daughter of Mrs R. Waugh, St. David street, Dunedin. Deeply regretted.
Otago Witness, 6 June 1906, Page 46
FOX— On the 31st May, at his residence, Studholme Junction, John, the beloved husband of A. M. Fox. Deeply mourned. R.I.P.
Star 15 June 1906, Page 3
DAVIES. June 12, at Geraldine, Ellen Gwendoline Davies, second daughter of the late Isaac Davies; aged twenty-seven years.
LIVINGSTONE — June 14, at Dampier's Bay, Lyttelton, David William Livingstone; aged thirty years. Deeply regretted. Private interment, Timaru. No flowers.
Otago Witness, 20 June 1906, Page 34
An elderly man named Archibald McPhee, an old station band, is now lying unconscious the Timaru Hospital (says Friday's Timaru Herald) suffering from fracture of the skull and concussion of the brain caused by a fall off the railway viaduct at Caroline Bay. He was found lying in the roadway there late on Monday night, and it is supposed that he was walking along the railway to his home at Waimataitai and fell over the bridge.
Archibald McFie who fell from a railway bridge at Timaru on the 13th. while under the influence of drink, died in the hospital on Saturday. The medical evidence at the inquest showed that Death would not have resulted from the fall if deceased had been in a normally healthy condition.
A sudden Death occurred at Eskbank (near St. Andrews) on Wednesday, when Mrs Ryan, wife of Mr Michael Ryan, of Yaldhurst, Christchurch, dropped dead. The deceased, who was a young woman, 35 years of age, had come down from Christchurch to attend a wedding, and was assisting in the preparation of the wedding breakfast, when she suddenly dropped dead. Dr Gabites has given a certificate that Death was due to natural causes, and an inquest will not, therefore, be held. The deceased was the mother of eight children, the youngest being about a year old.
Otago Daily Times 2 July 1906, Page 2
Mr John Fox, one of the pioneers of New Zealand, passed away at Studholme Junction on May 31. After various experiences on the Victorian goldfields in the 50's, he was amongst the first when Gabriels was rushed in 60's. The Dunstan and Shotover followed, and not meeting with any great success on those fields, he left for the West Coast. The hardships of those days on the Coast are well known to all the old digger, and it bad attack of fever laid him up for a considerable time. Recovering, and meeting with poor luck, he came back to the Cardrona, at that time one of the richest fields in New Zealand. After some years' work on that diggings he started farming and contracting on the Hawea, mid was very successful. Some eight years ago he sold his farm in that district and shifted to Studholme Junction, where he resided till the time of his death. He is survived by his wife and grown-up family of three sons and two daughters.
New Zealand Tablet, 5 July 1906, Page 15
Great regret was expressed in Temuka and the surrounding districts last week when it became known that Mr. S. Coughlan, a well-known and highly respected resident of this district, had died after along illness. The funeral took place off Tuesday, and was largely attended by relatives and friends from all parts of the district. Rev. Father Kerley officiated at the graveside. The deceased leaves a widow and 12 children to mourn their loss.— R.I.P.
Marlborough Express, 3 July 1906, Page 2
Timaru, July 2. John Wheatley, an old-age-pensioner living at Temuka, died yesterday as the result of burns sustained about the chest, neck and, face. The old man was discovered on his hands and knees about 20 yards from the cottage where he lived alone. At the inquest to-day the evidence showed that deceased was unable to give an account as to how he received the burns, and a search of his cottage revealed no trace of kerosene or a lamp. The burns had the appearance of having been received some time before the old man's condition was discovered, and the jury concluded that he must have received them accidentally at his fireplace.
Marlborough Express, 18 July 1906, Page 2
Timaru, July 17. William Holt, who was severely burned at the fire in Frayne's Stables at Fairlie on Sunday last, has succumbed to his injuries.
Otago Witness, 25 July 1906, Page 31
A sudden death occurred at Cricklewood, near Timaru on the 20th. Mr Charles Frederick Melton, of Cardrona, (Otago), was out shooting hares on Mr Bryce Wright's estate with two companions (Dr Gunn and Mr Andrew McBeath). Ascending a hill, the men were walking some distance apart, and Mr Melton's companions noticed him sit down, but they thought that he was merely lighting his pipe. Hearing him groan, however, they hurried over, and found him in an unconscious state. Dr Cooke, of Fairlie, was immediately sent for, but life was extinct before he arrived. At the inquest, held on Saturday, a verdict of death from heart disease was returned. Mr Melton, who was a native of Timaru, had lately been engaged as a dredge master at Cardrona, but, the dredge having stopped work for a little while, he went north to spend a few days. He leaves a wife and three children, the youngest being only a week old. He was 57 years of age.
New Zealand Tablet, 26 July 1906, Page 21 Death
COLL.— On June 1, at his residence, Ballycallen, Co. Donegal, Ireland, Daniel, the beloved husband of Ellen Coll, late of Waitohi Flat, Temuka.
Grey River Argus 30 July 1906, Page 4
Mr S. Norton, of Temuka, lost an old and valued friend a few days ago by death. The friend in question was a horse, who had reached the phenomenal age of 37 years, the whole of which, time he had been in the possession of the Norton family. Until recently the veteran might have been seen pulling a trap with quite youthful vigor.
Wanganui Chronicle, 3 August 1906, Page 5
Timaru August 2. J. R. Clement, a well known solicitor of Waimate, dropped dead off his bicycle at 6 o'clock this evening, He had been out riding in the afternoon, and was returning home, riding easily, when he fell off his bicycle.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 8 August 1906, Page 7
Timaru, August 8. Andrew Gilmore, aged 43, single, committed suicide by cutting his throat. Deceased, who was a laborer, had been drinking heavily.
Otago Witness, 15 August 1906, Page 46
WALLACE — On the 8th August (after a long illness), at the Schoolhouse, Fairlie, Margaret, beloved wife of John R. Wallace. Deeply regretted. R.I.P.
Otago Witness, 22 August 1906, Page 47
NICOL.— On the 19th August, at her residence, Waimate, Annie, the beloved wife of Robert A. Nicol and sister of Mt A. M. Hendy, Dunedin ; aged 29 years.
Ashburton Guardian, 22 August 1906, Page 2
A sudden death occurred at Temuka on Monday morning, when an old man named Jeremiah Dwyer passed away. The deceased, who was a bachelor, lived by himself in a little cottage, and none of the neighbours near-by had any inkling of what had occurred, till Mr A Few, who happened to be passing by, saw the deceased lying in his garden. Medical aid was summoned, but it was of no avail. The inside of the hut was in a very neglected condition. The deceased is said to have been a man of means, his balance in the bank running into four figures. Deceased was well over sixty, and the probability is that there will be no inquest held, as Dr Hayes had been' attending him lately for various senile troubles. Heart disease is the supposed cause of death.
Star 22 September 1906, Page 5
SMITH. — September 18, at his residence, Barnard Street, Timaru, Robert Smith (late of Guiseley, Yorks, England), in his sixty ninth year.
Evening Post, 18 October 1906, Page 7
Timaru, This Day. C. W. Brown, a waterman, aged about 70 years, dropped dead suddenly in town this morning. So far as known here deceased had no relatives in the colony.
Timaru Herald, 20 October 1906, Page 4
MURDOCH. On October 19th, 1906, at his son's residence, Latter Street, Timaru, George Murdoch; in his 88th year.
Otago Witness, 24 October 1906, Page 45 Deaths
KERR — On the 16th October, at his residence, Harlau, Timaru, Edward George Kerr ; in his sixty-second year.
KERR.— On the 18th October, at the Dunedin Hospital, James, the beloved son of William and Mary Kerr, of Waikouaiti; aged 29 years.
KERR.— On Sunday, at Rhodes street, Waimate, Rosa Kerr, sister of the late S. T. Kerr; aged 58 years. "At rest."
Otago Witness, 14 November 1906, Page 51
MYERS.— On the 10th of November, 1906, at the Timaru Hospital, Harriet (Artie),
dearly beloved wife of Thomas James Myers; aged 34.
The Star 15 Dec. 1906 pg3
In days gone by in Canterbury, with its rapid rivers, a great many drowning fatalities had occurred, and although such accidents had been obviated by the erection of bridges and better communication, last year, 1905, there had been four cases of rescue from drowning due to the ability of the rescuers to swim. The importance of being able to swim and act in emergency could not be overestimated, and it was gratifying to know that the State had recognised swimming as a part of every child's education. The establishment of school baths and the tepid pool would tend to increase the protection from drowning said Mr Mayor of Christchurch (Mr C. Allison).
Wanganui Herald, 28 December 1906, Page 5
Timaru, December 27. Last evening Daniel Friel, a settler belonging to Pleasant Point District, was killed. He was standing at a corner in Point Township when a trap driven by a young man ran into him, death being instantaneous. Deceased leaves a large grown-up family.
Cardiff Times 12 January 1907 Welsh Newspaper Online
THOMAS —On the 7th inst. at the Cottage Hospital, Port Talbot, Jane, beloved wife of Rees Thomas formerly of Margam, now of Temuka, New Zealand (visiting Wales).
Otago Witness, 16 January 1907, Page 55
FYFFE.— On the 9th of January, at the Timaru Hospital (the result of an accident), Joseph Elias, the dearly-beloved son of David and Annie Fyffe, Milburn, in his 31st year. Deeply regretted.
Wairarapa Daily Times, 22 January 1907, Page 5
The death occurred, on Wednesday last, at Timaru, of Mr James Calvert Park, aged 54, manager of Hadlow Estate. He was a popular steward of the South Canterbury Jockey Club and an enthusiastic supporter of the South Canterbury Hunt Club. The deceased was born in Ecclefechan, Dumfries, and was related to the family of Thomas Carlyle. [Press, 18 March 1895, Page 2 Marriage. Park—Cardale — On March 13th, at St. Michael and All Angels, by the Rev. Canon Harper, James Calvert Park, Hadlow, Timaru, to Mabel Kathleen, second daughter of the late Alfred Cardale, Waireka, Malvern.]
Otago Witness, 23 January 1907, Page 40 Southburn
Mr J. Fyffe, an employee of Mr Higginsbottom, got his leg broken by a dray containing a tank of water tipping up, and the tail-board pinning him to the ground. He was removed to the Timaru Hospital, where he died about a fortnight afterward. His remains were taken to Milton by his bereaved mother and friend. Great sympathy is felt for the relatives of deceased. He was very popular in the district, especially amongst the older people, and had his remains been interred at Timaru the funeral would have been very largely attended.
Otago Witness, 30 January 1907, Page 41
An inquest was held at Timaru in the 26th touching the Death of George Newton, a married man, aged 24 years. who was accidentally shot by his brother, W. Newton, when the two were hare-shooting on Thursday last. The jury returned a verdict that Death, had been caused in a purely accidental way, no blame being attachable to anyone.
Tuapeka Times, 13 February 1907, Page 3
A fatal quarry accident, by which two men lost their lives and three others more or less injured, occurred at the lime and cement kilns, Milburn, on Saturday morning. Fyffe was struck by a piece of stone weighing about 30cwt, and the huge mass had to be levered off his body by his fellow-workmen. Wm. Casserly was taken to one of the huts in an unconscious condition and expired shortly afterwards. John Fyffe, one of those who were killed, was about 25 years of age, and was a single man living with his mother at Milburn. He was a grandson of Mr Amos M'Kegg, of Henley, and a sad circumstance in connection with his Death is that two of his brothers lost their lives by accident. One brother, James Fyffe, was drowned in the Tokomairiro River, somewhere in the vicinity of Canada, a short distance from Milton, about seven or eight years ago, and about Christmas time of last year a younger brother, Joseph Fyffe, had his leg broken at Timaru, owing to a tank falling upon him, Death afterwards taking place as a result of the amputation of the limb. Considerable sympathy is felt for his mother, Mrs D. Fyffe, a highly respected resident of Milburn.
Star 18 February 1907, Page 3
DARBY.— February 11, 1907. at Timaru, Amelia (Ann), beloved wife of Hubert Darby, and only sister of Alice Barkley; aged thirty-three years.
Taranaki Herald, 6 May 1907, Page 2
SUICIDE. WELLINGTON, May 6.
A. L. Eiby, a young man, committed suicide with a revolver at Barrett's Hotel this morning. He was cashier in the local office of the New Zealand Shipping Company, and was transferred here five or six months ago from Timaru, where his father is manager of a flour mill. Deceased left his office on Saturday afternoon and seemed normal then.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 9 April 1907, Page 5
Timaru. April 8 The body of Wm. Pogson, a clerk in the Stock Department office, was found floating in the harbor this afternoon with a wound on the head, suggesting that he fell off the Eastern Mole staging, while taking his usual walk before breakfast. Deceased was about 60 years of age, and an old colonist. For many years past he has been employed as a clerk in the Lands and Stock Departments at Wellington and Christchurch, and for the last four years at Timaru. He had a wife and some grown-up children in Christchurch.
Grey River Argus, 13 April 1907, Page 3
The Temuka Leader states that Mr George Stonehouse, a member of the Geraldine Rifles, who was thrown from one of the railway trucks in the recent accident near Rakaia, is more seriously injured than was at first anticipate. The Leader understands that Mr Stonehouse is suffering from concussion of the spine and partial paralysis.
Otago Witness, 17 April 1907, Page 33
At the inquest on the body of William Pogson, which was found in Timaru Harbour on the 8th, a verdict of "Found drowned " was returned. The deceased left a note addressed to his superior officer in the Government Stock Department, giving instructions as to forwarding his pocketbook to his wife, and concluding with the words: "Completely run down, brain gone ; good bye."
Otago Witness, 24 April 1907, Page 35
A Sudden Death. On the 5th of April, F. J. Hall was building a chimney at Mr J. Graham's, at the back of the Cave hill. He had started to work a little time after partaking his dinner. He was in the act of laying a brick, when he suddenly threw up his arms, screamed, and fell to the ground. He was at once attended to and taken to the Timaru Hospital, where he died on Sunday morning, the 7th inst. It appears he must have had a fit when he fell off the horse, as be took two fits after he was to admitted to the hospital. Deceased was 42 years of age.
Otago Witness, 26 June 1907, Page 55
YOUNG — In loving memory of my dear husband, Peter John Young, who died at Kimbell, Fairlie, 22nd June 1906; age 25 years.
New Zealand Tablet, 4 July 1907, Page 19
I regret to record the death of Mrs. P. Connell, which took place at her residence, Levels Plains, on Saturday evening last. The deceased had been ailing for a long time, and though her death was not unexpected, nevertheless it came as a severe shock to her relatives and friends. The funeral took place on Monday, and was one of the largest seen in the district. The Rev. Father Kerley officiated at the graveside. The deceased leaves a husband and a family of three sons and five daughters to mourn their loss, and for whom great sympathy is felt.— R.I. P.
New Zealand Tablet, 11 July 1907, Page 24
Great regret was expressed in Temuka on Monday last when it became known that Mr. John Greelish, an old settler, has passed away after a long illness. The funeral took place oft Wednesday, and was largely attended. The deceased leaves a widow, four sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss.— R.I. P.
New Zealand Tablet, 8 August 1907, Page 14
Mr. Thomas McKenna, a native of the parish, and an invalid for many .years, died on Tuesday last, fortified by all the rite's, of Holy Church. He was at one time an active member of the choir. The members of the H.A.C.B. Society, under their president, Bro. D. Pearse attended the funeral on Thursday, the deceased being a member of the society. He was 36 years of age, and leaves a brother and sister to mourn their loss.— R.I.P.
Otago Witness 4 September 1907, Page 88
The prevailing influenza epidemic in its various phases has been particularly active in the Geraldine district during the last few weeks (says the Timaru Herald), and few families seem to have escaped its attention. The most distressing feature has been the deaths of a number of young children as a result of complications arising from the scourge.
Taranaki Herald, 25 September 1907, Page 6
Wellington, Sept. 24. Rockwood Gwynne Potts, a lad of 13, son of Mr Geoffrey Potts, of Koputarua, near Levin, accidentally shot himself with a Winchester rifle on Saturday. He went to his mother's room in the morning. She heard an explosion, and was horrified to find the boy lying on the floor with the top of his skull blown away. Mr Potts is a well-known settler, formerly of South Canterbury.
Otago Witness 16 October 1907, Page 30
Major Bamfield, who was for 22 years secretary of the South Canterbury Education Board, but who retired two years ago on superannuation, died at Timaru on the 4th. inst. Deceased was a native of Falmouth, and was educated for the army. In 1857 he serve with the 73nd Highlanders in India under General Roberts, taking part in the capture of Kotan and numerous other battles. After 23 years active service. He came to New Zealand in 1875, first going into business in Christchurch, and then going to Timaru as secretary to the Education and High School Boards.
Taranaki Herald, 9 November 1907, Page 2
Timaru, November 8. An inquest was held at Waimate on a young man named Percy Beard, who was picked up unconscious in the riverbed at Waihau on Wednesday morning, and died a few hours later. The evidence showed that deceased had been thrown from a young horse he was riding, and the base of his skull had been fractured by a kick or the fall. A verdict of "accidental death" was returned.
Otago Witness, 13 November 1907, Page 29
The death occurred suddenly on Tuesday, 6th inst., of Mr Moss Jonas, auctioneer, of Timaru, where he had resided for 40 years.
Otago Witness, 11 December 1907, Page 51
SUMMERELL.— On December 4, at Timaru (after a short illness), Neil Stephen, dearly beloved husband of Nellie Summerell, 9 Victoria street, and second son of George Summerell, 71 Albany street; in his thirty seventh year. Deeply regretted.
Otago Witness 11 December 1907, Page 25
His many friends will learn with regret of the death of Mr Neil Summerell, commercial traveller, which took place on Wednesday night at Timaru. The deceased was a wellknown figure "on the road" for several years, and being of kindly disposition, he was highly respected by his brother travellers. His illness was of short duration, lasting only a few days. He is survived by a widow and a family of three — two girls and a boy for whom the deepest is entertained.
Otago Witness, 18 December 1907, Page 51
McRAE.— On December 2, at Redcliff (suddenly), Donald McRae, beloved son of Harriet McRae. Waimate (late of Glenelg, Scotland); aged 34 years.
Otago Witness, 1 January 1908, Page 51
PETERSEN— On December. 29, at Timaru (suddenly), Rose Petersen, of Lower York place, Dunedin.
Timaru Herald, 9 January 1904, Page 2 DEATHS.
BRACEFIELD —On January 8th, at the Timaru Hospital, Jonathan, the beloved husband of Jane Bracefield; aged 52 years. (Late engine-driver New Zealand Railways, Orari.)
SEYB — On January 8th, at her residence, Wai-iti Road (suddenly). Sylvia Louisa the beloved wife of Michael Seyb; aged 39 years.
LANE —On R.M.S. Corinthic, on 2nd January, 1904, four days from Wellington, on the return journey to New Zealand, Magdalene Primrose, wife of John Lane, Woollen Manufacturer, Ashburton. Buried Sunday, 3rd January, at 10.30 a.m.
Otago Witness, 13 January 1909, Page 51
BLISSETT — In loving memory of my dear father William Blissett, who died at Oamaru. January 9, 1908. "So loved, so mourned." — Inserted by his loving daughter, Louie. — Timaru papers please copy.
Otago Witness, 4 March 1908, Page 51
DORE— On February 15, at Nurse Thomson's Hospital, Dunedin, Charles beloved husband of Elizabeth Dore, late of Washdyke, Middlemarch; aged 61 years. He fell asleep in Jesus.
Otago Witness, 17 June 1908, Page 32
The death at Geraldine the other day of Mr Sutherland removes another early settler. He landed at Lyttelton in 1863 in the ship Metropolis, and for the first few years lived at Little River, Akaroa. Afterwards be bought a farm at Blueskin, where he resided till eight years ago. For over 30 years the late Mr Sutherland was actively associated as a local preacher and Sunday school teacher with the Presbyterian Church at Waitati, and being of an upright, conscientious, and kindly nature, was greatly respected in the Blueskin district. About eight years ago Mr Sutherland retired from active work and lived quietly in Geraldine. He leaves a widow and six sons.
Evening Post, 28 January 1908, Page 8
Timaru, 27th January. Elizabeth Miles, aged two years and eight months, clambered by a chair on top of a copper of hot water. The lid was partly on, but the child's weight tilted it, and the child fell feet first into the scalding water. The accident happened at 11.30 a.m., and the child lingered on till 4.30 p.m. Being shockingly scalded, it was impossible to save her.
Star, 28 April 1908, Page 3
DENT— April 27, at the residence of his son in-law, Chamberlain Settlement, Charles Dent; aged eighty-two.
Evening Post, 29 April 1908
Sudden Death. Timaru, This Day. John Rainsley Jones, verger at St. Mary's Church for many years, and captain of the Fire Brigade for some years, died suddenly this morning. He was engaged in his duties in the church, when he was attacked by a fit. He rallied, but died while walking home.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 7 May 1908, Page 5 ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
Timaru, May 7.
Mr O'Meara, of the Stock Department, attempted to commit suicide a Temuka yesterday afternoon. In passing a butcher's shop, he grabbed a knife from a sill, walked on a yard or two, and then gashed his throat in two or three places. Bystanders threw him down and took the knife from him, and rendered first aid. He was taken to a private hospital. His injuries, though serious, are not expected to be fatal. O'Meara, who is about to be transferred to Masterton, has been very depressed during the last few days. He was much liked at Temuka.
Otago Witness 30 May 1906, Page 49
KELMAN.— On the 23rd May, at 38 Heriot ?low, Alice, beloved wife of William Hay Kelman, Geraldine, and daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Reid, Riverton; in her thirtieth year.
Otago Witness 10 June 1908, Page 51
SUTHERLAND — On June 4, at his residence, Geraldine, Robert Sutherland, late of Double Hill, Waitati; aged 78 years.
Marlborough Express, 23 June 1908, Page 5
Timaru, June 22. An inquest was held to-day on the body of a young man named Charles Mann, who died suddenly on Saturday night. The medical evidence was to the effect that death was due to inflammation of the brain, and a verdict was returned accordingly.
Otago Witness, 24 June 1908, Page 59
Blackmore - On Wednesday, June 17, at her residence, Christchurch, Eliza, sister of Mrs Mos. Jonas, Timaru, and of Mrs Joseph Solomon, Dunedin; in her sixty third year.
Otago Witness, 1 July 1908, Page 51
SCHERP.— On June 27, at the Timaru Hospital, Heneretta Louisa, the beloved only daughter of John Henry and Margaret Scherp, of Middlemarch. Otago; aged 13 years and six months. Deeply regretted.
The Star Christchurch
Thursday 2 July 1908 page 3 Fatalities - Timaru - ROBERTSON -
Mr George Robertson, a well-known and highly respected farmer, and owner of the Kakahu Estate, was found dead on the roadside near Geraldine this morning. He left Geraldine to drive to his home last night, and it is surmised that he must have taken a fit, or been seized with heart failure, causing him to fall from his trap. He was about 60 years of age, and has a grown-up family.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 4 July 1908, Page 5 THROWN from A TRAP.
July 3. An inquest on the body of J. Robertson, farmer, was held at Geraldine. The body was found on Hilton Road and a horse and trap some distance away. The doctor who made the post-mortem examination said he found a fracture, and dislocation of the bone of the neck. No one was able to show how the rug came to be over the body. The doctor said deceased himself could not have drawn the rug over, and the Coroner remarked that this was one point not made clear at the inquest.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 23 July 1908, Page 5
Mr V. G. Day, S.M., held an inquest to-day on the body of Corrie James Batchelor, twelve years of age, who belonged to Waimate and who was killed at Methven yesterday. The evidence showed that the deceased was leading a mare which bolted and dashed the lad against a gate-post; A verdict of accidental Death was returned.
Star 28 July 1908, Page 3
SLACK — On July 26th, at Palmerston North William Upton Slack, late of " Woodside," Geraldine.
Poverty Bay Herald, 10 September 1908, Page 5
Timaru, this day. William Leckiss, single, aged 70, who had been suffering from a weak heart for some time, dropped dead in George street at midday.
Star 24 September 1908, Page 3
WEDERELL.— September 23, at her son-in - law residence, 86, Barbour Street, Linwood, Maria, beloved wife of C. Wederell, St. Andrew's; in her sixty-first year. Funeral takes place at Timaru on arrival of second express on Saturday, September 26.
Otago Witness, 7 October 1908, Page 51
MACLEAN — On October 2, at Dunedin. Donald Maclean (late of Oamaru and Timaru), brother of Lachlan Maclean, of this city.
Evening Post, 3 October 1908, Page 5
Mr. Donald M'Lean, late of Timaru, died at Dunedin yesterday. Deceased was a brother of Mrs. J. C. M'Kerrow, of Wellington.
Otago Witness, 7 October 1908, Page 27
Mr Donald Maclean, whose death is announced in this issue, was a brother to Messrs John, Alex., Hugh, and also to Mr Lachlan Maclean, of Dunedin. The late Mr Maclean arrived in the colony in 1862, and after spending a brief time in the Dunstan goldfields started business at Port Chalmers. Two years later he left for Greymouth, where he carried on a live stock business. In 1876 he joined his brother Lachlan at Timaru as stock and station agents. The late Mr Maclean was well known and greatly respected. A few years ago he retired from active business. Whilst residing at Oamaru he met with a buggy accident, from the effects of which he never recovered.
Taranaki Herald, 2 November 1908, Page 4
Timaru, Nov. I. A young woman named Jessie Selbie was thrown out of a trap in Stafford Street on Thursday evening, and as she was getting up a motor car ran over her. She died yesterday, Saturday. An inquest will be held.
Nov. 1. A farm labourer named Ragan Williams died at Temuka yesterday from the effects of a fall from a bicycle.
Evening Post, 3 November 1908, Page 2
THE INQUESTS. Timaru, 2nd November. At the inquest on Miss Selbie, killed by a motor accident on Thursday evening, a verdict of accidental Death was returned. The jury added a rider to the effect that the driver of the motor car which ran over deceased showed veant of judgment in not stopping immediately when the traps collided, but attributed no blame to him.
Otago Witness 4 November 1908, Page 51
MARTIN - At Teams Farm, Otaio, Canterbury, Andrew Martin (suddenly); aged 74 years.
Star, 6 November 1908, Page 3
CRAMPTON.— Thursday, November 5, at Trentham, Fairlie, Philip Douglas Crampton; aged thirty-one years. (Suddenly.)
Evening Post, 9 November 1908, Page 7
Timaru, This Day. At the inquest at Geraldine on the body of Timothy Connolly, who was killed on Thursday afternoon through a buggy capsizing, a verdict of accidental Death was returned.
Evening Post, 18 November 1908, Page 3
Mr. James Craigie (Timaru) was born in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1852. In 1867, when a boy of fifteen, he left the Old Country for New Zealand, and landed in Dunedin. He stayed in the Southern city for some years, learning his trade as. painter and house decorator. He shifted to Timaru in 1873, and started in business on his own account. Apart from his town business Mr. Craigie purchased a farm at Kingsdown, and carried this on with success. Mr. Craigie's entrance into public life might be said to date back eight or nine years ago, when he was elected to the Timaru Borough Council. Since that time he has taken a very prominent part in the administration of public affairs in Timaru and South Canterbury. A few months after he entered the Borough Council he was invited to stand for the Mayoralty and he was elected. Mr. Craigie has now been in the office continuously for seven years, and he has taken a prominent part in initiating and carrying out municipal undertakings, including the installation, of the electric light, beautifying Caroline Bay, street improvements, public library, and underground drainage. Mr. Craigie is a member of the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, and chairman of the Timaru Harbour Board. A second ballot will be held in this constituency.
Otago Witness, 6 January 1909, Page 39
Obituary. — I regret to have to report the Death of one of the oldest residents of the Upper Pareora Valley, in the person of Mr William Little. He died on the 23rd, of December at 2 p.m.- Mr Little came to the district in 1881, and was manager of Cannington Station for Mr J. M. Ritchie, of Dunedin, for close on 25 years. About four years ago he went to reside on his farm near the Cave, and enjoyed good health till about four months ago. Mr Little then got a chill, the cold settled on his lungs, and pleurisy intervened. He was a justice of the peace, and was also a great supporter of the Presbyterian Church. He was an elder of the Pleasant Point Church. He was held in high respect by all who knew him. He was a good neighbour and a good judge of sheep. When his advice was asked by any of the settlers as to what was the best sort of stock to put on their place he gave it freely. The settlers turned out to a man to follow his remains to their last resting place in Pleasant Point Cemetery. At grave the Rev. Mr Gulley made an impressive speech, referring to Mr Little's services to the Church and the example he showed to his family. He reminded his hearers of how soon the time would come when all would have to give an account of their stewardship to the Great Judge at - the last day. and he hoped that all would watch and be ready for the Master's call at His coming to judge the world at the last day.
Ashburton Guardian, 11 January 1909, Page 3
Timaru, January 11. An old man name Francis Short, between 60 and 70 years of age, was found dead in his hut at Georgetown, near Temuka on Saturday morning. The deceased, who lived by himself, was a native of London, and is not known to have any relations in New Zealand. For some time oust he has been dependent upon the South Canterbury Charitable Aid Board for maintenance, and had been in failing health for some time. An inquest was held in the afternoon, before Mr C. A. Wray. District Coroner, and after evidence had been given by Mr W. G. Hopkinson, a neighbour. Constable Gillespie, and Dr J. S. Hayes, the Coroner returned a verdict- of death from natural causes. During the inquest it was mentioned that deceased had at some previous time given his name as Francis Tichbourne, but as this could not be supported, the Coroner remarked that no notice could be taken of it.
Otago Witness, 27 January 1909, Page 51
LUCAS.— On January 21. at Dunedin Hospital, Sarah Barbara, the dearly beloved wife of William John Lucas, butcher ; aged 62 years. Timaru papers please copy.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 6 February 1909, Page 5
Crushed to Death. Timaru, February 5.
David Given, 46 years of age, foreman stone-mason on St. Mary's (English) Church building, met with a shocking Death this afternoon. He was engaged in "dressing big slabs of Oamaru stone, when, in turning one, a strong south wind took charge and toppled the slab over. Given was knocked down and fell with his head and neck on a smaller block of stone, being crushed between it and the big slab. Death was almost instantaneous.
Poverty Bay Herald, 22 February 1910, Page 4 IN MEMORIAM.
COLLINS.— In loving memory of my dear sister Alice, who departed this life, at Theodoisa street, Timaru, South Canterbury, on February 22, 1909, aged 54 years. Not gone from memory, not gone from love; But gone to a brighter home above. —Inserted by her loving sister, Mrs J. E. Newton.
Wanganui Herald, 5 April 1909, Page 5 Trap Fatality.
Timaru, April 3. Last evening the six-year-old son of E. MacDonald of Fairlie, thrown out of a buggy the horse shying, and, falling on his head, was killed.
Wanganui Herald, 5 April 1909, Page 5 Old Man Run Over by an Engine.
Timaru, April 3. Franklyn Keleey, an inmate of the Old Men's Home, was run ever and killed this morning by an engine, while crossing over the railway line. He was 84 years of age, and slightly deaf. An inquest will be held on Monday.
Evening Post, 5 April 1909, Page 3
Timaru, 3rd April. Franklyn Kelcey, an inmate of the Old Men's Home, was run over and killed this morning by an engine when crossing over the railway line. He was 84 years of age, and slightly deaf.
Auckland Star, 5 April 1909, Page 5
Timaru, this day. Last evening the six-year-old son of Mr E. MacDonald of Fairlie, was thrown out of a buggy through the horse shying and falling on his head was killed.
Nelson Evening Mail, 11 May 1909, Page 3 SUICIDE BY DROWNING.
Timaru. Tuesday An old man named Matthew Driscoll aged 73. was found drowned in a pond at the Levels on Sunday. At the inquest a verdict of suicide while temporary insane was returned. The deceased was a well-known farmer, and a director of the Farmers' Co. operative Association.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 28 May 1909, Page 5
FATAL FALL OVER A CLIFF. Ashburton, May 27.
Hugh Urquhart, aged 26, single, was killed by falling over a cliff while rabbit poisoning at Mesopotamia yesterday afternoon. Deceased's parents reside close to Geraldine. About three years ago a man named Gillman was killed in the same manner in the same locality, and the country is known to be very rough and dangerous.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 5 June 1909, Page 8
Timaru, June 4.
A civil suit was begun in the Supreme Court today, G. Selbie suing J. and C. Shaw and J. A Manchester, separately and jointly, for £1000 damages for loss of his daughter, aged 38, killed by a street accident last Timaru show day. Three solicitors appeared for the plaintiff and two, for each of the defendant parties, Mr Solomon, K.C., being leading counsel for Selbie, Mr Stringer, K.C., for Shaw and Mr Raymond for Manchester. Briefly, the circumstances, for plaintiff were that Selbie and his daughter were driving slowly out of town in the middle of the road when young Shaw, driving a fast-trotting stallion, came down a steep grade, meeting them at a fast pace. The trotter swerved and brought the vehicles into collision, interlocking the wheels. Both the Selbies were thrown out, and as Miss Selbie was getting up Manchester's car came along and knocked her down. She died from her injuries next day. Plaintiff claims that Shaw was negligent in driving too fast, and Manchester in not pulling up, as he had plenty of time to see the accident had happened.
Ashburton Guardian, 17 June 1909, Page 3
Timaru, June 17. Mr H. J. Mathers met with a painful accident at the Timaru woollen mill yesterday. He was engaged with a whitewash sprayer at tlio mill, when a pipe attached to it burst, and a jet of the wash struck Mr Mathers in the eyes, blinding him temporarily. It was at first thought that he would lose the sight of his right eye, but last night his medical attendant was able to give reassuring information that the sight would not be lost.
Evening Post, 18 June 1909, Page 7
Timaru, This Day. John Lumley Manning, a fisherman, and an old settler was drowned early this morning. He had finished laying his nets in Caroline Bay, and it is presumed that a squall then struck the boat. The body was left by the receding tide at the foot of the Northern Breakwater.
Otago Witness, 23 June 1909, Page 39
Mr C. E. Bonnett, a respected settler on Chamberlain Settlement, succumbed last Tuesday to an attack of pneumonia.
Evening Post, 3 July 1909, Page 9
Timaru, 2nd June. The body of an old man named William Mackenzie, who was reported missing since the 16th of June, was found in a gully off Le Cren-street, this morning. The discovery clears up a painful mystery.
Weekly Mail, 10 July 1909 [A Welsh newspaper]
KYKE - On April 27, at Timaru, New Zealand, Elizabeth wife of Robert Latimer Kyle, daughter of the late Samuel Howell, of Penvillia, Swansea, aged 54.
Otago Witness 14 July 1909, Page 39
News has been received by Mr F. Smith, of Arrowtown, that his son, Samuel, had the misfortune to lose his wife, whose death took place at Geraldine. Four little children are left to mourn their loss.
Tuapeka Times, 14 July 1909, Page 3
Lawrence residents will regret to learn of the death of Mrs Samuel Smith (nee Miss Rachel Ann Shury, m. 1901) which occurred at Geraldine last week. She leaves a family of five young children, the eldest being only seven years of age.
[Otago Witness 30 October 1901, Page 47
SMITH — SHURY. On the 25th July, at the English Church, Lawrence, by the Rev. Canon Richards, Samuel Smith, eldest son of Furneaux Smith, Arrowtown, to Rachel Ann, only daughter of the late William Edward Shury. ]
Evening Post, 17 July 1909, Page 1
HUNT.— On the 16th July, 1909, at Bridgestreet Lower Hutt, Elizabeth Ellen Hunt, aged 26 years. Private interment. Christchurch and Timaru papers please copy.
Star 26 July 1909, Page 3
BOWMAN.— On 25th July, at Christchurch Hospital, William John, dearly beloved husband of Ellen Naomi Bowman, and eldest beloved son of W. and M. L. Bowman, 190, Moorhouse Avenue; aged twenty-seven. Temuka "Leader" please copy.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 7 August 1909, Page 5
£400 DAMAGES ALLOWED. Christchurch, August 6. Mr Justice Denniston gave judgment in the ease George Selbie v. John Cecil Manchester and Arthur Shaw, a claim of £1000 damages arising out of a trap and motor accident at Timaru. After reviewing the evidence, his Honor decided that one of the defendants must be struck out, leaving plaintiff to elect either of the two. Judgment was given for £400 against the other.
West Coast Times, 1 September 1909, Page 2
WATKINS —At Dunedin on 29th inst., Eliza Mary Watkins, relict of the late Richard Watkins, of Timaru, - New Zealand. Aged 67 years.
Manawatu Standard, 6 September 1909, Page 5
Dunedin, Sept. 5. Mr W. J. Tonkin, the well-known frozen meat and rabbit exporter, died suddenly on Saturday night. He was also identified with the flax milling industry and was once a flour miller in Timaru.
Otago Daily Times 11 October 1909, Page 4
HARDIE.— On October 5, 1909 at his residence, Hook, Waimate. William Johnstone Hardie; aged 72 years.
Ashburton Guardian, 12 October 1909, Page 2
The death is reported of Mr C. M. Ormsby, of Timaru, at the age of thirty-one. He was the son of the late Mr Arthur Ormsby, who was for some years m practice as a Solicitor m the early days of Timaru.
Otago Witness, 13 October 1909, Page 69
Mr W. J. Hardie. who had been a familiar figure in the Waimate district for nearly 40 years, died at the Hook on the 5th inst. at the age of 72 years. He arrived at Port Chalmers in 1863 in the ship Matoawa [Mataura], a vessel which was lost on her next voyage. In conjunction with the late Mr M'Goverin, he took up land at the Hook in 1873, and resided there up to the time of his Death. He took a great interest in county affairs, and was elected to the County Council in 1881, and held his seat continuously until he retired last November. He had been a member of the South Canterbury Hospital and Charitable Aid Board, Timaru and Waimate Agricultural Societies, and various other bodies. Be was an omnivorous reader, and subscribed to over a score of magazines and newspapers. Mr Hardie was never married.
Evening Post, 15 October 1909, Page 7
Mr. Eneas S. Mackenzie, of Khandallah, and formerly of Timaru, died on Wednesday (13th) at Timaru, where he had gone in the hope of regaining health. Mr. Mackenzie had been a sufferer from asthma for many years. Mr. Seaforth S. Mackenzie, of Wellington, is a son of the late Mr. Mackenzie.
[Seaforth Simpson MacKenzie (1883-1955), public servant, was born on 9 August 1883 at Timaru, New Zealand, son of Scottish parents Eneas Simpson Mackenzie, clerk, and his wife Jennie Hogg, née Purves. He was educated at Timaru High School and Victoria University College, Wellington (LL.B., 1905), winning the Macmillan-Brown prize for original literary work. He joined the legal department of the Public Trust Office. On 28 February 1905 he was admitted as a solicitor and on 29 July 1907 as a barrister. At the end of 1909 he moved to Melbourne and for two years was editor of the monthly Southern Sphere; his poems appeared there as well as in anthologies such as New Zealand Verse (London, 1906).]
[Evening Post, 6 October 1936, Page 11
Seaforth Simpson Mackenzie spent his early life in Timaru, and from there came to Wellington, where he lived for some years. He was in a law business, but left the country before the war and went to Rabaul with the Australian Forces. He was Registrar of the High Court there, and at one time was Acting Administrator. Later, he became Registrar of the High Court of Australia. ]
Otago Witness, 3 November 1909, Page 51
McKAY.— On November 1, at her son's (D. F. M'Kay's) residence, 52 Grove street, Musselburgh, Jane, relict of John M'Kay, and mother of Scobie M'Kay (of Geraldine) ; aged 73 years. Deeply regretted.
MACINTOSH. — On October 27, at the residence of her son-in-law (W. Mackenzie). High street, Roslyn, Margaret Wilson Morton, widow of John Macintosh, Timaru; aged 67 years.
Evening Post, 6 November 1909, Page 5
Mr. C. V. Clark, one of the earliest settlers of Waimate, Canterbury, died on Tuesday. He was twice mayor of the borough, and was an active supporter of horse-racing and other sports.
Evening Post, 22 November 1909, Page 1
BARR. — At 21, Davis-street, Wellington (suddenly), Jane Barr, relict of the late William Barr, late of Timaru and Christchurch, native of Glasgow, Scotland ; aged 63 years.
Otago Witness, 24 November 1909, Page 38
A man named Robert Hyland Smith, well known as a bookmaker at Waimate, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. He was fined last week for assaulting an old man on the show grounds while drunk, and this and other things preyed on his mind.
Evening Post, 5 February 1910, Page 5
MINE OWNER'S SUDDEN Death.
SUFFOCATED BY FOUL AIR. Timaru, This Day.
Mr. Charles Ernest Riddle, proprietor of the Albury coal mine, entered the mine about four o'clock this morning to make preparations for the day's work, and was discovered by some of the miners about eight o'clock unconscious. Dr. Cook, of Fairlie, was telephoned for, and efforts to restore animation were made without success. On the doctor's arrival he pronounced life to be extinct, and said that Riddle had been suffocated by the foul air in the mine.
Colonist, 15 February 1910, Page 2
Mr. Thomas Barr, an old resident of Temuka, has passed away at the age of sixty-five years. He was a member of the Temuka Borough Council.
Evening Post, 15 February 1910, Page 7
The Venerable Archpriest Le Menant des Chesnais, of the Society of Mary, died at Temuka last night at half past 9, at the age of seventy-four. He was born in Brittany, France, and worked for many years as a priest in the slums of London. He came to New Zealand in 1881, and was one of the founders of St. Patrick's College. He was well known as a learned lecturer and preacher throughout the whole of Australasia, and wrote a number of books and pamphlets in defence of religion.
Grey River Argus, 17 February 1910, Page 3 LATE ARCH-PRIEST DES
TIMARU, Feb 16. Bishop Grimes, and fourteen or fifteen other clerics and a large number of the public attended the funeral of the late Ven Arch Priest Lemnnes Des Chesnais at Temuka to-day. The Bishop pronounced a high paneguyric on the deceased.
Press, 25 April 1910, Page 3
On April 21st Mr Michael Frost, farmer, near Studholme Junction, whilst assisting in loading straw on his son's farm at Deep Creek, fell off the high load of straw, and coming on his head was knocked unconscious. Dr. Barclay was in almost immediate attendance on Mr Frost, but he was beyond the skill and power of medical or surgical aid, and died the same evening, having for an hour or two regained consciousness before passing away. Deceased was a native of County Limerick and was for many years well-known, as one of the partners in M. and James Frost, first as contractors and afterwards as farmers, near Studholme Junction. He leaves a wife and grown-up family, and his brother and partner Mr James Frost. Deceased was 72 years of age at time of death. The funeral took place at the Waimate Cemetery on Saturday.
Ashburton Guardian, 13 May 1910, Page 3
Timaru, May 13 The body of an elderly man was found floating in the sea just outside the harbour at Timaru yesterday. The body, which was fully clothed, has been identified as that of a man who went to Timaru recently and who gave Ina name at the boardinghouse where he was living as John Dick. He had not been seen since Sunday. It is supposed that he fell into the sea when walking along one of the wharves or the rubble mole.
Evening Post, 30 May 1910, Page 7
TIMARU, This Day. Mrs. Richard Cowles, aged 64, died suddenly at her son-in-law's residence yesterday. Medical evidence showed at the inquest that there had been a rupture at the base of the brain. A verdict of death from cerebral compression was returned.
Grey River Argus, 3 June 1910, Page 2
Timaru, June 2. Mrs Fildes, who was run into by a train yesterday was dreadfully cut about her head and face, but no bones were broken. She died at the hospital this morning from the shock.
Weekly Mail 10 July 1909 Welsh Newspaper Online
Death. KYLE.— On April 27, at Timaru, New Zealand, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Latimer Kyle, daughter of the late Samuel Howell, of Penvillia, Swansea, aged 54.
Otago Daily Times 31 January 1910, Page 4
GIBSON - On January 17, at Timaru, Harriett Ann Gibson, widow of the late Edmund Gibson, of Waitangi Station; aged 70 years.
KEDDIE - At his residence, Trafalgar street, Timaru (suddenly), Peter Keddie (late of Dunedin and Balclutha); in his sixtieth year.
ROY - On January 16, at his residence, North street, Timaru, John Harper Roy (late of Kew, Dunedin), beloved husband of Clara Roy; aged 67.
Evening Post, 15 June 1910, Page 7
Timaru, 14th June. Walter Harris, aged twenty-one years, employed in a threshing mill at Woodbury, was run over by a truck while shifting and killed instantly. He was seen by a man at a little distance running beside the truck and seen to fall, and when the observer came up he was dead.
Evening Post, 29 July 1910, Page 7
A notable case of family longevity is mentioned by the Timaru Herald in reporting the Death of an old identity — Mr. Hugh Toneycliffe — at his home in Timaru at the age of 97½ years. He came of a long-lived stock. A brother of 106 and a sister of 110 are still alive in the Old Country, and when last heard of a few months ago were quite was and able to potter about the garden. Deceased, who was one of the oldest Orangemen in New Zealand, acted for 27 years in the capacity of warder in the big gaol at Carrick-on-Shannon (Ireland). Mr. Toneycliffe set out from Ireland to make his fortune on these shores, with the burden of 62 years — at a period in life when most men think of retiring. His health, which, until recently, was all that could be desired, was broken up last year on account of a severe bodily injury he accidentally sustained, otherwise he might possibly have passed the century mark. He is survived by three sons and three daughters, 47 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
Grey River Argus, 8 August 1910, Page 6
George Sydney Bezzant, a laborer who on Saturday evening, whilst attempting to cross the railway line at Templeton in front of an approaching train was knocked down, died on the way to the Christchurch hospital. The accident occurred as the 4.45 p.m. train from Christchurch was entering Templeton station. An envelope found on deceased grave his address as Patterson's boardinghouse, Ashburton. He has relatives here and his wife resides in Timaru. An inquest will be held on Tuesday.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 31 August 1910, Page 8
Timaru, August 30. The body of the young man decapitated by a train at Pleasant Point on Monday was identified to-day as that of Bernard Jones, a pupil teacher in Timaru, who was spending a holiday on a farm near the scene of the tragedy. Jones had been suffering from influenza. He was 18 years of age and a bright youth, who won four "special mentions" in the teachers' examinations.
Evening Post, 6 September 1910
Timaru, 5th September. As the Anglican minister was being driven to Temuka Church on Sunday, on crossing the Opihi at a treacherous ford near the sea, the horse jibbed, and threw itself down and was drowned. All of the four occupants (two of whom were ladies) were thrown into the water, but were safely assisted ashore.
Colonist, 13 September 1910, Page 2
Hunt.— On September 12th, 1910, at Atawhai, Wakapuaka, Florence Maud Hunt, B.A., Canterbury College, late of Timaru, aged 24 years.
Grey River Argus, 19 September 1910, Page 4
About 4.45 on Friday afternoon at Waimate, Miss Bertha Jane Hinch, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hinch, Hannaton, nineteen years of age; met her death through being thrown from a bolting horse. It appears that the young lady, who had been at a ploughing match, left the ground soon after four in company with a Waimate man named Colin Cameron. She had a bicycle and he had a horse; When on the main Nukuroa Road, near Cunningham's, the young people exchanged mounts, the lady getting on and sitting side-saddle on the horse. The animal took alarm and bolted. Not having a secure hold, the rider was thrown violently to the ground, her neck being broken.
Ashburton Guardian, 24 September 1910, Page 2
Dr. John Shaw Hayes, of Temuka, who has been suffering from a serious illness, died at Christchurch yesterday. The late Dr Hayes arrived in New Zealand about 1876, and was appointed resident surgeon at the Christchurch Hospital. Ho resigned this position to take over the practice of the late Dr. Ovenden at Kaiapoi, but the negotiations falling through he went south to Temuka, and entered into partnership with the late Dr. Cumming. On Dr. Cumming's death Dr. Hayes took over the joint practice, which he conducted until about seventeen months ago, when ho retired to live on his property at Kakahu. For many years he was Government medical officer to the Maoris at the Arowhenua pa, and was also president of the South Canterbury Medical Association.
Evening Post, 13 October 1910, Page 8
Timaru, This Day. At the adjourned inquest regarding the Death of Edward O'Neill, found drowned off Dashing Rocks, a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane was returned.
Otago Daily Times 13 October 1910, Page 4
The Timaru Herald reports the death of Mr Joshua Dixon Gardner, at the age of 74 years. Mr Gardner, who was a seafaring man, was for close on 40 years a familiar figure on the waterfront. He was a member of the lifeboat crew, and made many hazardous journeys in the whaleboat to' vessels lying outside.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 18 October 1910, Page 5
ROYAL HUMANE AWARDS.
Application was made on behalf of Albert Edwin Bull (seven years) for rescuing Violet Emily Bull (2½ years; from drowning at Peel Forest on May 14, 1910. A framed certificate was granted.
Evening Post, 13 October 1910
During the past few days several old colonists have died, among the number being Messrs. J. D. Gardiner, of Timaru. at the age of 74 years.
Evening Post, 8 November 1910, Page 7
The Timaru Post records the Death of Mr. William Grant, of Elloughton Grange, one of Canterbury's well known and influential pioneers. Mr. Grant, who was born in 1845, came to New Zealand by the ship Matoko when a young man, and served as a shepherd on Tripp's estate. He proved a plodder and a capable man, and quickly rose to the top of the tree, the result of extensive stock dealing, and for a good many years he has lived in comfortable and quiet retirement at Elloughton Grange. Mr. Grant was widely respected, especially in farming circles, and has had done a great deal in South Canterbury for the betterment of stud stock. Deceased was a native of Inverness, coining to New Zealand in 1864, being then about twenty years of age. Up to about eight years ago he continued actively in the livestock business. He was also of late, years one of New Zealand's most successful frozen meat operators and exporters, being for a long time the largest shipper and buyer. During his career deceased made trips to the Homeland on numerous occasions, and each time brought out sheep and horses. The class of sheep imported were costly and of excellent quality, and did much to improve the strains of South Canterbury sheep. Mr. Grant was (says The Post) by repute very rich, but none can say that he was ever failing in generosity.
Evening Post, 9 November 1910, Page 6
Mr. Thomas Amos, who had been a resident of Wellington for a number of years, died hero yesterday, aged 76. The deceased, previous to coming to Wellington, lived at Timaru, where he was captain of the local fire brigade. He has left a widow and small family.
Evening Post, 1 December 1910, Page 8
Timaru, This Day. At noon to-day a young man named J. A. Knowles, employed in Dalgety's stock department, was thrown out of a trap near Saltwater Creek, and killed.
Grey River Argus, 2 December 1910, Page 8
Mrs A. Atherton, wife of Mr J. Atherton, well known at the Globe lately died at Timaru, according to private intimation received in town.
Evening Post, 5 February 1910, Page 5 MINEOWNER'S SUDDEN DEATH.
SUFFOCATED BY FOUL AIR. TIMARU, This Day. Mr. Charles Ernest Riddle, proprietor of the Albury coal mine, entered the mine about four o'clock this morning to make preparations for the day's work, and was discovered by some of the miners about eight o'clock unconscious. Dr. Cook, of Fairlie, was telephoned for, and efforts to restore animation were made without success. On the doctor's arrival he pronounced life to be extinct, and said that Riddle had been suffocated by the foul air in the mine.
Evening Post, 20 December 1910, Page 3
DEATH OF AN A.B. Timaru, 19th December. At the inquest regarding the death of Christopher Hesler, an able seamen, who was killed on Saturday evening while working in the hold of the steamer Pukaki, on which he had been for three months, a verdict of accidental death was returned.
Evening Post, 29 December 1910, Page 7
Timaru, This Day. At the inquest on Michael Clifford, who came to Timaru on 8th December with a party of picnickers from Ashburton and fell over an embankment 26ft high at the end of North-street, the medical testimony showed that deceased sustained a broken jaw, four broken ribs, a broken collarbone, two scalp wounds, a fractured collarbone, and a punctured lung, and death was due to septic pneumonia. The accident is supposed to have occurred about 11 p.m., when Clifford was. not sober. The coroner returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.
Press, 9 January 1911, Page 8
Timaru, January 8. An elderly man named Thomas Tate, 74 years of age, who has been an inmate of the Ashburton and Homes, was found drowned in the hour this morning. The indication are that he fell from the wharf.
Evening Post, 17 January 1911, Page 7
Timaru, 16th January, John Albert, an elderly man, and a travelling saddler, was found dead on the road near Pleasant Point yesterday. The police report is to the effect that there were marks of violence.
Otago Daily Times 15 April 1911, Page 6
COTTEREL. — On April 10, at Rae's Junction, W. H. Dotterel, late of Fairlie; aged 62 years. "At rest."
Evening Post, 19 April 1911, Page 8
Timaru, This Day. The police have received word that William Blair, aged twenty years, was , found dead in a paddock at Fairlie, 35 miles from Timaru.
Poverty Bay Herald, 21 April 1911, Page 5
Timaru, last night. William Blair, aged 20, employed on a farm near Fairlie, was found dead on Tuesday night in a paddock where he had been working. A post mortem revealed that death was due to the effects of a heavy dinner acting on a heart probably, weakened by excessive cigarette smoking. A verdict was returned accordingly.
Dominion, 3 May 1911, Page 6
Christchurch, May 2. Robert Fullerton, an elderly man, who arrived in Christchurch last night from Timaru, died in the hospital to-day as the result of injuries received by falling from an hotel fire escape. He apparently left his room at the hotel after closing time, with the intention of going down the fire escape, and late at night he was found lying in the hotel yard with his skull fractured.
Evening Post, 24 May 1911, Page 5
Mr. Alfred Cox, who represented Heathcote in Parliament from 1863 to 1865 and Timaru from 1866 to 1868, died yesterday, aged eighty-six (states a Christchurch Press Association telegram). He had land in South Canterbury and Waikato until twenty-five years ago, when he retired. He was editor of the well-known book, "Men of Mark in New Zealand."
Grey River Argus, 12 July 1911, Page 6
Timaru, July 11. A pioneer farmer, named Michael Gabaney, of Arowhenua, died to-day aged 75 years. He was a native of Derbyshire and came to New Zealand 58 years ago. He worked for Rhodes at the Levels for some years. He was the first to drive a horse team to the Mackenzie Country and first to put a plough into the Levels plain. He brought up a very large family.
Otago Witness,17 June 1908, Page 32
The death at Geraldine the other day of Mr [Robert] Sutherland removes another early settler. He landed at Lyttelton in 1863 in the ship Metropolis, and for the first few years lived at Little River, Akaroa. Afterwards be bought a farm at Blueskin, where he resided till eight years ago. For over 30 years the late Mr Sutherland was actively associated as a local preacher and Sunday school teacher with the Presbyterian Church at Waitati, and being of an upright, conscientious, and kindly nature, was greatly respected in the Blueskin district. About eight years ago Mr Sutherland retired from active work and lived quietly in Geraldine. He leaves a widow and six sons.
Evening Post, 24 January 1911, Page 7
The death is reported by the Timaru Post of Mr. Earnest Ferdinand Gabriel Johansen, barrister, who was at one time resident in Wellington. Mr. Johansen, whose age was thirty-three years, had a brilliant academic career, winning both the New Zealand University junior national and senior scholarships. He graduated at Canterbury College, taking his B.A. degree when only twenty years of age, and his M.A. and LL.B. degree two years later. He was the son of Dr. Johansen, of Nelson, and started private practice on his own account at Motueka. He then entered the office of Messrs. Adams and Harley solicitors, Nelson, and later the firm of Mr. T. F. Martin, Wellington, and Findlay and Dalziel, Wellington. He was associated with Mr. Martin in passing the latter's text book Conveyancing in New Zealand through the press. He took up a position with Messrs. Smithson and Raymond, solicitors, Timaru, towards the close of 1908, and was proving himself a valuable servant when his ailment (a longstanding complaint) took an aggressive turn. Latterly, Mr. Johansen had been in anything but good health, and his end was not unexpected.
Evening Post, 15 April 1911, Page 9
PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION.
On the motion of Mr. J. W. Macdonald, the solicitor to the Public Trust Office, the Supreme Court on Thursday granted to the Public Trustee probate of the wills of the under mentioned deceased persons :— Felix M'Gahey late of Timaru, lighthouse keeper.
Press, 21 April 1911, Page 7
William Blair, aged 20 years, employed on a farm near Fairlie, was found dead on Tuesday night in a paddock where he had been working. A post mortem examination revealed that death was due to a heavy dinner on a heart probably weakened by excessive cigarette smoking. A verdict was returned accordingly.
Grey River Argus 31 May 1911, Page 2
Timaru, May 29. John Jobberns, 68 years of age, committed suicide on Sunday evening by shooting, himself in. the mouth with a small rifle in a shed on the farm of his nephew, J. Rice, with whom he had lived, near Woodbury. Some evidence given indicated worry about a cheque drawn on the Bank wherein he had no account. A verdict of temporary insanity was returned. Deceased was formerly a commercial traveller.
Press, 14 July 1911, Page 1
McGUINNESS- On July 13th, at Timaru, Maria McGuinness, relict of the late Daniel McGuinness; aged 70 years. R.I.P.
Ashburton Guardian, 22 August 1911, Page 4
Mr Henry Quinn, who died at Waimate recently, had reached the advanced age of 103-years.
Evening Post, 26 August 1911, Page 6 PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE BUSINESS
On the motion of Mr. J. W. Macdonald, the Supreme Court has granted to the Public Trustee probate of the wills of the under-mentioned deceased persons.
John Johnston, late of Timaru labourer;
Arthur Gibbs, late of Timaru, labourer
Andrew O'Brien, late of Kurow, farmer
The Timaru Leader 26 September 1911
Mr Daniel King, a resident in Temuka for 37 years, passed away to his rest at an early hour yesterday morning at the ripe old age of 84 years, after a short, but painful illness. He was born in Somersetshire, England in the year 1827, and before leaving for New Zealand was engaged in dairying. In those days the hours were long and the wages small. He used to begin his day’s work at 4 o’clock in the morning (earlier sometimes in the summer), and knock off at half-past 7. After milking 18 or 20 cows, part of his work was to deliver milk to customers, and this had to be carried in large buckets hung to a yoke across his shoulders. Hoping to better his position, in 1874 he brought his wife and family to New Zealand, on the ship Carisbrook Castle, landing at Lyttelton. The passage from Lyttelton to Timaru was made in the Beautiful Star, and Mr King and his family had to come ashore in a surfboat. He at once made his way to Temuka, and settled in Temuka East, remaining there until his death. He at once took to labouring and general farm work; and so good was his health that he was able to keep at this until he had passed his 70th year. He was well known and was respected by all who knew him. For many years he was an earnest member of the Primitive Methodist Church and his kindly presence will be much missed from the services and social gatherings of that denomination. His last illness was comparatively short. He took to his bed on Friday, 15th and died at half past three o’clock yesterday morning. The late Mr King was twice married and he leaves a widow, 17 children, 55 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren in all 86 descendants. The funeral will be held this afternoon.
Evening Post, 19 December 1911, Page 3
Timaru, 18th December. An elderly man named James Bradding, living in a tent in a quarry, was going home on Saturday night when he fell from the top of the quarry bank. His head struck a projecting rock, and he was found dead this morning.
Otago Daily Times 3 January 1912, Page 4
KITT - At Timaru on January 2. J.H. Kitt. commercial traveller; aged 62 years. Private interment at Dunedin.
Grey River Argus, 5 January 1912, Page 5 OBITUARY. TWO OLD Timaru
Timaru; Jan. 4 Two old residents of Timaru passed away to-day, viz., Frances; Sarah, widow of E. P. Sealy, provincial surveyor and Alpine explorer of the early days, aged 56- years, and Mary widow of Richard Turnbull for many years M..H.R. for Timaru aged 83 years. Mrs Turnbull had been an invalid for a long time.
Evening Post, 10 January 1912, Page 3
PREMATURE EXPLOSION. Timaru, 9th January.
A fatal accident happened at the Harbour Board's quarry this afternoon. A blast was fired prematurely, and a fall of rock caught and killed a man named Patrick O'Neill, seriously injured the board engineer (Mr. F. W. Clarke), and slightly injured a third man, Calvert. A tunnel had been driven under the face of a rock about 30ft high, the drive having two tees in which fifty four kegs of blasting powder were placed, and the drive filled in. At 3.30 p.m. preparations were made to fire the charge. The workmen were ordered out and a watch was set at each end of the quarry.
The harbour engineer, the quarry foreman (Calvert), and O'Neill (a tunneller) along remained in the quarry. O'Neill had prepared the fuse for lighting. Calvert was six yards away and Clarke was a chain away. Clarke told O'Neill when all was ready to light the fuse and come away. From some cause an explosion followed immediately. The vertical face of the rock was broken up and thrown outwards, burying O'Neill. Many pieces, large and small, were hurled some distance. One big piece hit Clarke on the left leg, lacerating the flesh and breaking the bone at the ankle. Calvert was moving away as directed and a big piece hit him on the shoulder, knocking him down. He got up and went to Clarke, who said he was seriously hurt. Then he looked for O'Neill, who was not to be seen, being completely buried. The other men came up, and the ambulance and doctors were sent for. The injured men were conveyed away. : All hands set to work to extricate O'Neill, and after about three hours succeeded. The body was found doubled up, but lees crushed than expected. Deceased was a man of about forty, with a young wife and four children.
Evening Post, 10 January 1912, Page 7
Mr. William Davidson, who died at his residence, May-street, on. the 6th inst., was born in the' North of Scotland in 1847 and twenty years later 'left the service of the Union Bank of Scotland to come out to New Zealand, where he was accountant for some years to Lange and Thoneman, wholesale merchants, Dunedin. In 1875 he was chosen as .accountant to the Union Insurance Company, when it first started business in Christchurch. Then he went to Timaru to manage for the company, also for the A.M.P. Society and at the same time acted as Official Assignee. Afterwards he came to Wellington, where he was appointed representative of the New York Life Insurance Company. Up to the time of his last illness he was on the staff of the Registrar-General here. The deceased gentleman had strong literary tastes, being the author of the book, "Stories of New Zealand Life," and was a contributor to the leading journals of the Dominion. He leaves a widow and a family of three daughters and three sons.
Evening Post, 16 January 1912, Page 3
15th January. At the resumed inquest into the Death of P. O'Neill, who was killed by the premature explosion of a blast at the harbour quarry a week ago, when between fifty and sixty kegs of blasting I powder was fired, the principal evidence was that of Hayes, who assisted O'Neill to prepare the blast. His evidence showed that O'Neill, in order not to keep members of the Harbour Board waiting long to see the blast, disregarded the usual precautions. The fuse was laid in a groove in the timber from the face of the rock to the charge, and loose powder was laid in the groove beside the fusel The powder should not have been laid within five feet of the face, but O'Neill laid it all the way. The fuse beyond this should have been two feet long. O'Neill cut it down to six inches, and some loose powder was I lying outside. Hayes remonstrated with O'Neill that it was dangerous, but the latter said it was all right. Hayes said he had seen every shot fired in the quarry for twelve years, and never before had the powder been laid right out to the face. W. J. Bardsley, secretary to the Harbour Board, gave evidence regarding the experiments with the kind of fuse that was used. If the charge had been laid according to rule it would have taken over four minutes to go off. Laid as described by Hayes, it required only twenty-seven to twenty-eight seconds. The inquest was further adjourned for the evidence of the harbour engineer, who was seriously hurt, and is in a private hospital. Inspector Green attended on behalf of the Mines Department.
Evening Post, 19 January 1912, Page 2
Timaru, 18th January. Alfred Ivery, aged 36 years, a farmer at Fairview, near Timaru, was found dead on the road this morning. Last night he went out riding a young horse and was thrown and dragged some distance. When found he had been dead some hours. The inquest was adjourned till to-morrow.
Ashburton Guardian, 2 April 1912, Page 4
FERGUSON.—On March 31, at Ashburton, David, fourth son of the late Robert Ferguson, late of Timaru; aged 40 years.
Evening Post, 22 April 1912, Page 7
Mr. William Fitzgerald, one of the early settlers of the Levels Plains (1868) was thrown from his trap on Saturday through his horse shying at a rabbit (states a Timaru Press Association message). He died shortly after he was taken home. He was seventy-four years old.
Evening Post, 3 May 1912, Page 7
Mr. W. Harrison, the well-known miller of Winchester, Canterbury, where he has resided for the last thirty years, died a few days ago. For many years he was foreman in charge for. the late Mr. Inwood, but on the Death of the latter he became owner of the mill. He Was a man of the greatest probity, and was highly respected and esteemed in the district.
NZ Truth 4 May 1912, Page 4
Temuka "Leader" reports that " "never in the whole history of Temuka has there been witnessed so a large a funeral cortege as that which followed the remains of the late Mr William Fitzgerald to their last resting place in the Temuka cemetery." The only really remarkable thing about the departed seems to have been the fact that he was offered and refused a Justice of the Peaceship — an event doubtless unique "in the whole history of Temuka."
Evening Post, 18 May 1912, Page 9 PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE BUSINESS
On the motion of Mr. J. W. Macdonald, the Supreme Court has granted to the Public Trust probate of the wills of the undermentioned deceased persons:-
Michael Shields, late of Timaru, cook;
Mark Edward Bloomfield. late of Orari, farmer
Evening Post, 31 May 1912, Page 8 PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE BUSINESS
On the motion of Mr. J. W. Macdonald, the Supreme Court has granted to the Public Trustee probate of the wills of the following deceased persons : James Shepherd, late of Timaru, retired grocer;
Press, 3 June 1912, Page 1
CROMBIE— On June 1st, 1912, at his residence, Maori Hill, Timaru, James, the beloved husband of Anna Crombie; aged 52.
Evening Post, 13 June 1912, Page 2 PUBLIC TRUST OFFICE BUSINESS
On the motion of Mr. J. W. Macdonald, the Supreme Court has granted to the Public Trustee probate of the wills of the under mentioned deceased persons: Robert James Elliott, late of Upper Waitohi, farmer;
Evening Post, 13 July 1912
Mr. Samuel Bristol, a widely-known, and popular old identity died yesterday at Timaru, in his eightieth year. He was a native of Wiltshire, and came to South Canterbury in 1863 as a farm manager of the large Kingsdown Estate, just south of Timaru, and had charge till the estate was subdivided. He was an enthusiast in all kinds of outdoor sports, racing, hunting, cricket, golf, bowling and athletics, and was a president of such clubs till recently.
Otago Daily Times 15 July 1912, Page 4
BRISTOL — On July 12, at his residence, Bona Vista, Timaru, Samuel Alford Bristol: aged 80years.
Otago Daily Times 17 July 1912, Page 6
MENZIES — On July 16, at Timaru, Margaret, relict of James Menzies, late of Caversham and Port Chalmers, and mother of Mrs W. A. Johnstone, Timaru; need 75 years. Deeply mourned.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 25 July 1912, Page 5
Timaru, July 24. Henry Riddell, aged 60, living at Washdyke, went out last evening to give some feed to pigs belonging to a butcher near his place. He did not return. His wife supposed that he was in a neighbor's place. To-day a man going to the pig yard found him dead with a large gash in his groin, severing one artery, and other wounds. It is supposed that he was attacked by a boar and bled to death.
Ashburton Guardian, 1 August 1912, Page 5
Timaru, August 1. Ivor Wilson, a young man engaged as a life insurance agent, met his death last night in a shocking manner. He was making up his books when a kerosene lamp upset, setting his clothing on fire and also the room. His clothes were burnt off, and Wilson's body was shockingly burnt. After lingering in agony he died from shock.
Otago Daily Times 12 August 1912, Page 4
ROTHWELL — On August 1, 1912, at Timaru, Margaret, the beloved wife of H. Rothwell, Crown Hotel, Timaru, and daughter of Mrs T. Kirby, Milton; aged 40 years. Deeply regretted.
Ashburton Guardian, 15 August 1912, Page 5
Timaru, August 15. Mr William Martin, a middle-aged man, who had been for many years manager for Messrs G. and T. Young, jewellers, dropped dead in Stafford Street this morning. He was greatly respected. A medical man had been attending him for some time. The cause of death was heart failure, and an inquest is considered unnecessary.
Otago Daily Times 9 September 1912, Page 4
MARTIN — On Thursday, August 15, at Timaru (suddenly). William Martin, of G. and T. Young (Ltd.); aged 51 years.
Northern Advocate 17 August 1912, Page 5
A human forearm and hand and leg found on the beach at Jack's Point have been identified as portions of the body of a youth named Duncan, who was drowned in Waiho Lagoon on July 20.
Poverty Bay Herald, 16 August 1912, Page 5
Timaru, last night. Some weeks ago two men were drowned from a motor launch at Waihao mouth. One body was recovered at once, and the other, that of a young man named Duncan, was not. Yesterday an arm and a foot were found on the beach at Jack's Point, many miles north of Waihao, with a boot identified as that of Duncan's.
Otago Daily Times 7 September 1912, Page 8
HUNTER - On September 4, 1912, at his residence, Sarah street, Timaru, John, the beloved husband of Johanna Hunter aged 68 years (late of Airedale and Waikaura).— Interment Oamaru Cemetery.
Otago Daily Times 9 September 1912, Page 4
WHITE — At Grasmere, Timaru, on September 8. 1912, Ellie, wife of J. W. White; aged 67 years.
Otago Daily Times 28 September 1912, Page 8
PENMAN. On September 26, at her residence, Matilda street, Timaru, Lillias Phillias, the wife of John Penman, and fifth daughter of the late James Coutts, Dunedin; aged 30 years.
Auckland Star, 1 October 1912, Page 12
SOTHAM.—On September 28, 1012, at her residence, High Street, Timaru. Jane, relict of Captain F. J. Sotham, R.N.R.; In her seventy-third year.
Ashburton Guardian, 22 October 1912, Page 6
Timaru, October. John Wilds, aged 88, who was one of the Deal boatmen brought out about 50 years ago to work the Timaru surfboat, service, committed suicide to-day under, peculiar circumstances. He was in his dotage, and yesterday underwent a rather serious operation. He got up early this morning, and walked to the beach, and into the water, but being seen, was pulled out and taken home. A few hours after, he left home again, and though supposed to be unable to do so, walked to the wharf and down the boat steps into the water. Though pulled out immediately, he was dead when recovered, probably from heart failure.
Evening Post, 23 October 1912, Page 3
Timaru 22nd October. At the inquest concerning the death of John Wilds, the old Dean boatman, who was brought out to Timaru in the old surfing days, the medical evidence showed that he died from heart shock, not drowning.
Evening Post, 2 November 1912, Page 9 BOXER'S SUICIDE
Timaru, 1st November. John I. Gunn, the young bantam boxer, who was one of the New Zealand team to visit the Australasian championship meeting, committed suicide to-day, He was found floating in the harbour, and died after, being got out. He had a bottle of rat poison in his pocket, half emptied. He is said to have been depressed by the adverse awards in the recent contests.
Otago Daily Times 2 December 1912, Page 4
HIBBARD.—On November 6, at his residence, Oakleigh, Craigie avenue, Timaru, Benjamin David Hibbard; aged 79 years.
SPENCE — On November 7, at her residence, Avenue road, Timaru, Hannah, beloved wife of James Spence (late of Mosgiel); in her sixty-ninth year.
TODD —At Timaru on November 23, Mary Stuart Todd, music teacher; aged 60.
Grey River Argus, 21 December 1912, Page 5
SAD RAILWAY ACCIDENT WOMAN KILLED
Timaru, Dec. 20 A sad -Railway accident occurred this morning. Mrs. M. O'Connor, wife of a Seadown farmer was being driven to town by her son, a lad of seventeen, and bringing with her a boy named Taite, aged 6 or 7. They reached the crossing of the Fairlie branch line on the main road near Washdyke as a train was approaching. Hearing the first warning whistle the boy whipped up to get over the line though the train was near. The driver whistled again, and the youth says this caused the horse to stop when just over the rail. The engine struck the vehicle and threw it and its occupants some distance. Mrs. O'Connor was killed outright and the child seriously and probably fatally injured in the head, while the youth O'Connor was unhurt. The horse was freed by the collision and galloped off.
Evening Post, 30 December 1912, Page 1
CURRY.— On the 29th December, William, dearly beloved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Curry, 87, Hawkestone-street, aged 10 years: deeply regretted. Timaru papers please copy.
Otago Daily Times 30 December 1912, Page 4
WILLIAMS.- On December 21, at his residence, Sea View terrace, Timaru, John A., beloved husband of Nellie, and eldest son of Emily and the late Captain Wm. Williams, late of Post Office, Dunedin; aged 45 years.
Timaru Herald, 19 February 1913, Page 6
The return of patients at the Timaru hospital for the month ending January shows that 100 patients were treated of which 40 males and 24 females were admitted, during the month. Out of 61 patients discharged, 25 males and 12 females were cured, 9 males and 6 females relieved, and 2 males and 3 females incurable, and two of each sex, James Fridd and James Shannon, and Eliza Sarah Coles and Margaret Caswell died, there were 24 males and 15 females now under treatment.
Evening Post, 16 January 1913, Page 2
Timaru, l5th January. John Mann, employed at Mr. J. Bray's farm, at Cricklewood, was doing something to a binder when the horses bolted, dragging him under the machine a long way. He was terribly cut about the legs and body. One leg had to be amputated. He was shortly to be married, his fiancée being on the way out from England.
Otago Daily Times 24 February 1913, Page 3
RODMAN — At Geraldine, New Zealand, on January. 23, 1913, John Rodman (native of Ayrshire, Scotland); aged 49, years. Home and Australian papers please copy.
Christchurch "Press" Tuesday 4 March 1913 Death -
HARRIS - on Sunday 2 March at his late res. Archer St. Timaru, Nathaniel Harris, aged 71 years.
Evening Post, 25 March 1913, Page 3
Timaru, 24th March. A boy of ten, Cecil Fifield, met with a peculiar accident which ended fatally. He was running down a hillside near Woodbury, and unable to stop, fell against a rock. He fractured his skull and died in the Geraldine Hospital.
Evening Post, 27 March 1913, Page 2
Geraldine. At the inquest to-day on Alfred Shepherd, aged twenty-three, who had managed his father's farm at Sutherlands, and was found in the orchard on Tuesday, killed by gunshot wound in the head, an open verdict was returned. There was no evidence as to how the shot had been fired. A constable said that the gun might have got caught in the trees.
Press, 7 April 1913, Page 1
WILKIN — On April 5th, at Christchurch, Edith Agnes Wilkin, wife of J. G. Wilkin, and daughter of the late E. G. Kerr, of Timaru, aged 38 years. Private interment at Timaru.
Grey River Argus, 2 April 1913, Page 3
Timaru, 1st April Mr P. Dickson, clerk in the M.O. department, Timaru Post Office, when cycling into town to-night collided with a motor car driven by the owner (Mr. C. Beswey) and sustained a severe scalp wound. He was taken to a private hospital and became unconscious shortly after. He was on the wrong side and did not turn off till near the car which turned off to avoid him and Dickson, turning off too a collision occurred. He is married but has no children. [He died shortly afterwards.]
Marlborough Express, 21 April 1913, Page 4
COSTELLO.— On 15th April, 1913, at Takaka, Nelson: Annie Margaret, wife of Charles Costello, of Timaru, and late of Seddon; aged 29 years. R.I.P.
Press, 4 March 1913, Page 1
HARRIS—On March 2nd, 1913, at his late residence, Archer street, Timaru,
Evening Post, 5 May 1913, Page 1
BUST — On the 2nd May, at his parents' residence. Albert-street, Timaru, after a lingering illness, Roy Edward Bust, in his 20th year.
WILSON.-On Saturday. 3rd May, 1913. Emily Kate, of 103, Tinakori-road, beloved wife of the late P. J. Wilson, late of Timaru and Gisborne; aged 68 years. Interment private.
Colonist, 21 May 1913, Page 4
COSTELLO.— At Takaka, on April 15th 1913, Annie Margaret, beloved wife of Charles Costello, of Timaunga, Timaru, and fourth daughter of the late Charles and Mrs. Organ, of Takaka, in her 30th year; Her end was peace.
Evening Post, 2 September 1913, Page 4
Administration has been granted to the Public Trustee by the Supreme Court in respect of the estates of the following deceased intestate person: William Hutcheson Dennison, Timaru, blacksmith.
Evening Post, 17 September 1913, Page 9
The only woman registrar in New Zealand passed away recently at Geraldine in the person of Mrs. Andrews, who held the office for twenty-seven years. Her husband, Mr. William Collins Andrews, was first appointed registrar for the county of Geraldine in 1868, and after his death in 1886 [sic] his widow took over the duties, so that between them their period of service totalled forty-five years. Mrs. Andrews was born in Birmingham, England, in 1829, and with her parents she went to Victoria at the time of the gold rush at Ballarat, where several of her brothers still reside. After her marriage at Ballarat she accompanied her husband to New Zealand in 1865, when he obtained the position of foreman of works for the Christchurch City Council. She removed to Temuka in 1866 on her husband being appointed engineer to the Geraldine Road Board. The journey from Christchurch to Temuka at that time occupied two days, the only building between Christchurch and Orari being the accommodation house at Ashburton. In 1872 they made their home in Geraldine and saw the present prosperous borough grow from a hamlet of six houses. Deceased was eighty four years of age.
Andrews, William C.
Address Plot Record Found Rjl.2008
Age at Death 73 Years
Date of Death Wednesday, 2 March [sic] 1887 Date of Interment Wednesday, 2 March 1887
Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery Section General Block Plot 11
Timaru Herald, Saturday, 2 April 1887, Page 2 DEATH. Andrews— On March 31st, at Geraldine, William Collins Andrews, aged 73. Youngest son of the late Mr John Andrews, of the Island of Portland, Dorsetshire, England. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Timaru Herald, 28 November 1873, Page 1
Appointments We notice in the N.Z. Gazette of Nov. 13, among the list of appointments, the names of William Collins Andrews, Esq., and Henry Forward Esq., as Registrars of marriages, births, and deaths, and also as vaccination inspectors, the former gentleman for the Geraldine district, and the latter for the Temuka district.
Andrews, Agnes B.
Mother Of Emily Prouting
Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Section General Block M Plot 34 New Row 213
Margaret Emily Geraldine Andrews married Edward John Protting in 1905. Emily died in 1926.
From Ancestry, it appears that William Collins ANDREWS married twice.
Marriage No. 1 on 23 August 1840 to Elizabeth STONE at Stepney St. Dunstan and All Saints
Marriage No. 2 in 1858 to Agnes BOYLE in Victoria, Australia
NZ Deaths show Agnes Boyle ANDREWS died in NZ in 1913 (Reg. No. > 1913/7333) aged 84 so it would appear that Mrs. ANDREWS of Geraldine.
Marlborough Express, 22 September 1913, Page 5
The only woman registrar in New Zealand died recently at Geraldine in the person of Mrs Andrews, who held the office for twenty-seven years. Her husband Mr William Collins Andrews, was first appointed registrar for the county of Geraldine in 1868, and after his death in 1886 his widow took over the duties, so that between them their period of service totalled forty-five years. She was eighty-four years of age.
Evening Post, 17 September 1913, Page 9
The only woman registrar in New Zealand passed away recently at Geraldine in the person of Mrs. Andrews, who held the office for twenty-seven years. Her husband, Mr. William Collins Andrews, was first appointed registrar for the county of Geraldine in 1868, and after his death in 1886 his widow took over the duties, so that between them their period of service totalled forty-five years. Mrs. Andrews was born in Birmingham, England, in 1829, and with her parents she went to Victoria at the time of the gold rush at Ballarat, where several of her brothers still reside. After her marriage at Ballarat she accompanied her husband to New Zealand in 1865, when he obtained the position of foreman of works for the Christchurch City Council. She removed to Temuka in 1866 on her husband being appointed engineer to the Geraldine Road Board. The journey from Christchurch to Temuka. at that time occupied two days, the only building between Christchurch and Orari being the accommodation house at Ashburton. In 1872 they made their home in Geraldine and saw the present prosperous borough grow from a hamlet of six houses. Deceased was eighty four years of age.
Otago Daily Times 23 September 1913, Page 4
SUTHERLAND — On Sunday, September 21, at Fairlie, South Canterbury, William Dunnett, second son of the late W. D. Sutherland, Dunedin.
WAIN. — On September 22, at her residence, 23 Raymond street, Timaru, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of J. J. Wain, Timaru, and eldest beloved daughter of Mrs C. J. H. and the late J. JEL Robertson, of Francis street, Kaikorai Valley, Dunedin; aged 40 years. "At rest"— Interment Southern Cemetery, Dunedin.
Otago Daily Times 30 September 1913, Page 6
William Hall Anderson, who some time ago retired from hotel-keeping at Fairlie and who previously had the Crown Hotel at Timaru, committed suicide in his home at Fairlie on Sunday morning by shooting himself with a revolver in bed. At the inquest medical evidence was given that the deceased for some two- years had been suffering from gastric and cardiac troubles, with evidence of the commencement of general paralysis and insanity. The jury found that death was due to a wound self inflicted while the deceased was temporarily insane. The deceased was much respected in Fairlie.
Dominion, 28 October 1913, Page 6
The death occurred at Geraldine on Wednesday of Mr. Richard Robert Stonehouse, after a very short illness. The deceased gentleman was a prominent Freemason.
Evening Post, 29 October 1913, Page 7
Waimate, 28th October. A distressing fatal accident occurred at Studholme Junction this evening. Mrs. Cochrane, wife of Mr. George V. Cochrane, clerk of the Waimate County Council, was returning home by the slow train from Timaru, where she had been visiting an invalid son. At Studholme Junction she got aboard the Oamaru train instead of the Waimate train. She realised her mistake as soon as the train moved, and was seen to be about to jump off. One of the railway clerks called out warning her not to jump, but being deaf she took no heed, and jumped the wrong way and fell. She got drawn under by the of the rear carriage. A railway clerk named Gorman, acting promptly, endeavoured to pull her clear, but failed. Realising this, he jumped on the van and put the Westinghouse brake hard on, pulling, the train up, but not before part of one carriage and a van had passed over the body. The lower part of the body was terribly mangled, and life was extinct a few moments after the body was carried on to the platform.
Otago Daily Times 24 November 1913, Page 4
BRIMS.—On November 21, at Fairlie, Alexander, beloved only son of Jessie and the late David Brims, of 10 Clyde street, Dunedin; aged 28 years. Private interment
Evening Post, 21 January 1914, Page 8
The body of Antoni Gratz was found in Lake Wakatipu, at Queenstown, this morning. Deceased, who was formerly a fisherman of Timaru, was sleeping in the Antrim at the wharf, and it is assumed that when attempting to board her on the 7th instant he fell into the lake.
Grey River Argus, 4 February 1914, Page 3
TORRENTIAL RAINS. Timaru. Feb. 3
Extraordinary local rainfalls were, reported in the Waiho and Geraldine districts yesterday; as well as Fairlie. A narrow thunderstorm crossed the country from the Waitaki to Mount Four Peaks, pouring down water. At Four Peaks, chimneys were cracked by lightning, and a number damaged by the storm water. The river at Waiho Forks rose eight feet in an hour and at Willowbridge where the channel was wide, the water rose 6 feet
OLD MAN DROWNED. This morning a man named Ancell aged about 70, drove a spring cart across a ford in the Waimate creek instead of taking the light traffic bridge and was drowned. The body was recovered half a mile down stream.
THE NEW HERMITAGE. The hotel staff took charge of the new Hermitage at Mount Cook yesterday. The old house is still available for sleeping accommodation if required.
Evening Post, 16 February 1914 Page 7
The funeral of the late Mr. Garrett Fitzgerald, ex-detective, which took place on Thursday at Timaru, was largely attended. The Mayor (Mr. W. Angland) and a number of borough councillors and ex-councillors attended, while the police force was represented by Sub Inspector Cruickshank and a number of sergeants and constables. Sergeant Fitzgerald, of Wellington, a brother of deceased was also present.
Evening Post, 3 March 1914 Page 3
Waimate, 2nd March. An inquest was held to-day on the charred remains found in a two-roomed cottage at Waihao Forks burnt down on Saturday night about 11 o'clock. The licensee of the Forks Hotel saw the glare of a fire from inside his premises. On going outside he found a small cottage about 100 yards away in flames. He failed to gain admittance. When the fire had burned down, the charred remains, which were proved to be those of a man about 35 years of age, and presumably those of David Sullivan, a swagger, who was seen to leave Waimate for the Forks by the last train on Saturday night, were found. Sullivan is supposed to have been sleeping in the cottage in which there were five bunks, no other trace of him having been found. A verdict was given accordingly.
Otago Daily Times 13 March 1914, Page 4
ORBELL. On March 10, at his residence, 26 Cashel street W., Christchurch, Macleod Clement Orbell, formerly of Waikouaiti and Geraldine; in his seventy-sixth year.
Evening Post, 12 May 1914 Page 2 VERDICT OF MURDER
THE ORARI SENSATION. Timaru, 11th May.
At Geraldine to-day, the inquest was resumed into the Death of Adam Stevenson, the elderly fawn laboured whose body was found in the Orari riverbed with wounds in the head. Henry Cripps, a young man who was deceased's work-mate in camp is under arrest on a charge of murder. The evidence of Dr. Paterson showed that the wounds were sufficient to cause Death, and that no other cause could be seen. Arthur Tozer, a farmer residing near deceased's camp, gave evidence of peculiar conduct on the part of Cripps on the evening of Stevenson's disappearance. Constable O'Grady, who found the body on the third day after the man's disappearance (it had been under the water of the flood in the meantime) also stated that Cripps acted strangely when first questioned about the other man's absence, and when charged he said nothing but staggered and fell at witness's feet. Just outside the camp galley a pool of blood was found covered with chaff scattered over it, and in the galley a short-handled gorse-knife, which the doctor had said would produce wounds as were found. The body had been carried two miles in a dray belonging to the farm, and Tozer's evidence suggested the inference that when he called on Cripps on Saturday night the body was then in the dray. When found the body had rugs over it, and the head was enveloped in a bag which was tied round the neck. The coroner, Mr. Day, returned an open verdict of murder but said that the evidence was insufficient to enable him to say by whom the crime had been committed. The charge against Harry Cripps will probably be heard this week.
Evening Post, 29 May 1914
The Death took place at Timaru, says a Press Association message, of Mr. W. B. Howell an old identity, aged 72. He came out to New Zealand in 1864, and took a. prominent part in the administration of education, both primary and secondary. He was familiarly spoken of as the "Father of the Timaru High School." The funeral yesterday was largely attended, representatives of the Borough Council, Education Board, Farmers' Cooperative Association (of which deceased was an original founder and director), being amongst those present.
Otago Daily Times 15 June 1914, Page 3
The death occurred at his residence, "Marston," on Tuesday, May 26 (says the Timaru Herald), of Mr William Barker Howell, at the ago of 72 years. Mr Howell was born in Devonshire in 1842, and, after receiving his education at Marlborough College, Eastman's Naval School at Portsmouth, and Camberwell Collegiate School, he spent four years in Green's Merchant Service. He came to New Zealand in the ship Mirage, landing at Lyttelton in 1864, and proceeded direct to South Canterbury. He took up a farm in Totara valley, near Pleasant Point, where he resided until 1894, when he retired, taking up his residence at Timaru. Mr Howell was a prominent figure in educational circle for many years. He was a member of the Timaru High School Board of Governors from its inception, and was chairman for a number of years.
Poverty Bay Herald, 2 May 1914 Page 4
In the Geraldine murder case, the inquest was opened, and adjourned till the 11th inst.
Deceased's employer, Alex Keltman, identified the body, and stated, that the men lived on an out-farm in a travelling galley. Stevenson complained to him that Cripps was not attending to his work properly and asked for another man. Witness did not know whether Cripps knew that. Cripps was formally charged before a J.P., and remanded to Lyttelton for eight days.
Evening Post, 11 June 1914, Page 3 GERALDINE MURDER
CRIPPS SENT TO GAOL FOR LIFE. Timaru, 10th June. -
The Geraldine murder case occupied the Court all day. The jury, after two and a quarter hours' retirement, at 10 p.m. returned verdict of manslaughter. The evidence for the prosecution was the same as at the inquest. The defence offered was that the blows were struck under provocation and in self-defence, and also that of imbecility. Accused, Cripps, swore that Stevenson struck him first. Four doctors were called. Two considered Cripps imbecile, and two considered him a degenerate, but that he would know right from wrong. Other witnesses stated that Cripps was stupid a3 a boy and youth, and that Stevenson was cantankerous, and difficult to get on with. The Judge said that accused ought not to be at large again, and sentenced Cripps to imprisonment with hard labour for life.
Evening Post, 11 June 1914, Page 8 KILLED BY MOTOR-CAR
MAN LYING ON THE ROAD. WAIMATE, This Day. A young man named William Quinn was run over by a motor-car near Makikihi at about 12 o'clock last night, and died shortly after. A party was returning home from Waimate, and the car ran over Quinn, who was lying on the road between Makikihi and his home.
Press, 29 June 1914, Page 1
OLIVER — On Sunday, June 28th, 19th, at Timaru, Ellen, beloved wife of James Oliver, of Surrey Downs, Pleasant Point; in her 64th year.
FEILDEN — On June 23rd at his residence, Bebington. Fairlie, George Augustus, youngest son of the late Canon Feilden, Cheshire, England.
Evening Post, 1 July 1914, Page 1
COPE.— On the 28th June, 1914 at Wellington Hospital, Jessie, wife of W. N. S. Cope, coachbuilder, Temuka; aged 61 years. R.I.P. Palmerton North papers please copy.
Timaru Herald, 27 July 1914, Page 6
SMART —At Nurse McArthur's private hospital, Timaru, after a painful illness, Alexander Smart, Late of Strathconan, Fairlie. Aged 57 years. Deeply regretted.
Timaru Herald, 31 July 1914, Page 2
Much regret was expressed in the district at the death of Mr Alexander Smart, farmer, Fairlie, at the early age of 49. Mr Smart was well and favourably known in the district having resided here most of his life. He was for many years manager of the Strathconan Estate, and when the estate was cut up by the Misses McLean he bought one of the farms. He proved to be as successful as a farmer en his own account, as -he was a manager. He had boon ailing for some considerable time, and though his death was not unexpected it was none the less regretted by those who knew him. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, at the Fairlie cemetery, and was conducted by the Rev. J. Craig. The deceased left a widow and family to mourn their loss.
Auckland Star, 15 August 1914, Page 4
Mr. James Guild, who came to New Zealand in 1859, has died at Temuka, aged 78.
Evening Post, 19 September 1914, Page 3
Timaru. 18th September. A farm labourer named Thomas Carson, aged 39, who had developed some form of insanity on an up-country-farm, and was brought to town by his wife for examination, slipped out from the house on Thursday night and was found this morning dying, with his throat cut, in a gravel pit. At the inquest a verdict was returned of suicide while of unsound mind.
Evening Post, 6 October 1914, Page 8 NURSE DROPS DEAD
Waimate, This Day. Miss Eleanor Douglas Grigor, employed as an emergency nurse at the Public Hospital, dropped dead yesterday. At the inquest to-day the medical evidence disclosed that deceased had a weak heart, a bilious attack causing rupture.
Ashburton Guardian, 13 October 1914, Page 5
At the inquest on John Leitch, a farmer 66 years of age of Pleasant Point, whose body was found in the Opihi River, a verdict of accidental drowning was returned.
Timaru Herald, 19 October 1914, Page 5
On Thursday last Mr Alexander Maxton Patrick, a settler whose age was three score, was engaged at Hilton removing the lower branches from some trees when the top of a tree that had been broken by the gale of the previous week fell and struck him on the head, throwing him against the trunk of a tree. He was rendered conscious and was evidently badly hurt. Dr Paterson was soon in attendance, but the injured man remained unconscious till Saturday morning when he expired. The deceased leaves a widow and a grown up family, one of his sons being manager of the Southland Farmers Co-operative Association at Invercargill. An inquest was held by Mr V. G. Day, the Coroner, on Saturday afternoon when a verdict of accidental death was recorded.
Evening Post, 17 October 1914, Page 9
On Wednesday, in Nelson, the Death took place of Mrs. Hanby, widow of the late Mr. O. W. Hanby, for years editor of the Nelson Evening Mail. " She was 56 years of age, and was born at sea off the China coast. She was married in Launceston, Tasmania, and leaves a family of three — Mrs. E. C Robinson (of Stratford), Miss Hanby (of Nelson), and the Rev. H. O. Hanby (vicar of Fairlie, in South Canterbury).
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle 27 October 1914 Page 5
By the death of Mr Robert Acheson, at the age of 89 at Riverton, a very well-shown personage of Weatera District, passed away. Mr Acheson was an Irishman by birth who came out to seek his fortune in the new country. Mr Acheson leaves a widow, 3 daughters and 4 sons. The sons are: Mr Geo. Acheson, Sydney ; Mr Percy Acheson, Temuka; Mr F. V. Acheson, clerk in the Native Land Court, Wellington and Professor Albert Acheson, electrical and consulting engineer, Syracuse, Penn. The daughters are Mrs T. H. Cupples, of Otautau ; Miss Acheson, Mistress of Riverton School and Miss May Acheson.
Evening Post, 11 November 1914, Page 3 ENQUIRY INTO MOTOR-CAR FATALITY
Timaru, 10th November. At the inquest held this evening at Fairlie into the Death of Harold Bennetts, the victim of the motor-car accident at Pukaki, the verdict was according to the Medical evidence, that Death was due to sub-cranial hemorrhage, due to a fall from a car. The deceased was well known in South Canterbury and South Otago, and was popular with tourists as a driver, and also as guide to Mount Cook last season. He was one of the party that searched for the lost mountaineers last season.
Otago Daily Times 27 November 1914, Page 4
ROBINSON—On November 26. 1914, at Outram, Robert Robinson, Gladstone Hotel, Fairlie, eldest son of the late Robert Robinson, Greenback, Berwick, and dearly beloved husband of Jessie Robinson; aged 58 years. Deeply mourned.
Evening Post, 15 December 1914, Page 9
On Wednesday, in Canterbury, the death took place of Mrs. F. J. Lilly, widow of the late Mr. Alfred Lilly, early settlers in the colony. Their first residence in Timaru was a sod hut.
Wairarapa Daily Times, 17 December 1914, Page 4
A Press Association telegram from Timaru states that Mr William Gunn, surgeon dentist, aged 65, an old resident and well-known as proprietor of the Theatre Royal and in connection with the local Racing Club and Caledonian Society, is dead. He had been ailing for some time.
Evening Post, 19 December 1914, Page 8
Mr. William Gunn, whose death at Timaru occurred on Wednesday, was father of Dr. Elizabeth Gunn, of Wellington. The deceased gentleman was born at Holmsdale, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, in 1850, and arrived in New Zealand when he was a young man. He was in business in Timaru as a chemist for years and afterwards obtained the degree of doctor of dental surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a former member of the Timaru Borough Council, a founder of the local golf club and the Caledonian Society, ex-treasurer of the Timaru Jockey Club, and a member of the Timaru Bowling Club.
Evening Post, 29 December 1914
The Death occurred at Timaru on Saturday of Mr. Robert Cuthbert, son-in-law of Mr. T. R. Jones, of the Lower Hutt. Deceased was born in Glasgow and came to New Zealand 35 years ago. For many years he was in charge of the extensive shipping work of the National Mortgage Agency Company at Timaru, in which capacity ho became widely known to both town and country people. He took an active part in the public life of Timaru, and was from the time of his arrival associated with Trinity Church, of which he for many years was an elder and deacon. He was a member of the Savage Club, an enthusiastic chess player, and a prominent bowler, acting on the committee of the Timaru Club, while he was also an enthusiastic and active member of the Timaru Scottish Society.
Timaru Herald, 31 December 1914, Page 6 THE YEAR'S DEATH ROLL.
Apart from losses which the war has caused, the years toll of great men of all kinds, and of old settlers in New Zealand, has been more than usually severe. Many old identities and well known citizens of South Canterbury have passed away, including
Mr George Rhodes, connected with the first settlement of Timaru,
Mr M. C. Orbell
Mr E. G. Stericker
Mr W. B. Howell
Mr P.. W. Hutton
Mr W. M. Howe
Mr William Gunn
and Mr Robert Cuthbert, all prominently associated with Timaru
Colonel Hayhurst, Mr G. McS. Gentlemun, Mr J. W. Miles, Mr John Fraser, and Mr James Guild, of Temuka
Mr William Quinn. of Makikihi
Mrs Andrew Burnett, of Mount Cook
and Mr Samuel Collett, of Waimate.
Auckland Star, 25 January 1915, Page 6
SUICIDE AT TIMARU. Saturday. A labourer named James Thomas Dockrill, 45 years of age, committed suicide between last night and this morning. He lived by himself in the Watlington suburb and had been in ill-health. A doctor, who saw him on Friday, said that the was suffering from the effects of liquor, and should go to the hospital. Deceased said that he would rather drown himself. A woman found the body in the creek near his house. Deceased left a note saying: "Look in the creek at the bottom of the lane." A brother-in-law said that he did not think that Dockrill bad been in a sound mental condition for the last three years.
Evening Post, 20, 25 January 1915, Page 2
The Waimate correspondent of the Lyttelton Times announces the death of an old settler, Mr. Donald Gunn, at the age of 79 years. Mr. Gunn was a native of Caithness, Scotland. In the early days he was engaged in shepherding in Canterbury, and forty years ago he went to the Waimate district, and he became master of Mr. Studholme's sheep stud at Willowbridge.
Evening Post, 25 January 1915, Page 5
Timaru, 23rd January. James Thomas Dockrill, a labourer, aged forty-five, committed suicide between last night and this morning. He lived by himself in Wallington, a suburb, and had been in bad health. A doctor who saw him on Friday said he was suffering from the effects of drink, and should go to the hospital. Deceased said that he would rather drown himself. A woman saw his body in a creek near his house. He left a note saying : "Look (in creek) at the bottom of the lane." The inquest was opened and adjourned. A brother-in-law of deceased said that he did not think Dockrill had been in his right senses for the last three years.
Evening Post, 22 January 1915, Page 9
Many old friends will regret to hear of the Death, at Christchurch, of Mrs. Andrew Young, relict of the late Mr. Andrew Young, of Wellington. Both were for many years amongst the best known Wellington residents. She is survived by seven, of her family — four sons (Fred, John, and Frank Young, all now resident in Australia, and Albert Young, of Christchurch) ; and three daughters — Mrs. George Bowker (Timaru), Mrs. G. Dailey (Christchurch), Mrs. Robert Atkinson (Karori).
Wairarapa Daily Times, 27 January 1915, Page 6
Ephraim Griffiths, aged 63 years, a retired farmer, of Hilton, living at Timaru, was killed by a motor car at Temuka to-day. He was leaving Temuka for the railway station, and was in the station yard, when J. Wright, a farmer, came up behind in a car and sounded his horn, which deceased seemed to hear, and stepped to the left, out of the way. He then suddenly stepped to the right in front of the car, which was too near to avoid an accident. Griffiths was struck by the off wheel and the car passed over him. He was removed to a private hospital, but was dead when he arrived there.
Evening Post, 28 January 1915, Page 2
RAILWAY CROSSING FATALITY. OAMARU, 27th January. Martin Gilmore, an elderly farmer, was killed on the railway crossing on the northern side of Glenavy this afternoon, the express from Dunedin to Christchurch running into the horse and cart he was driving. He was placed on the train to go to the Timaru Hospital, but died on the way. He leaves a widow, but no family.
Press, 28 January 1915, Page 10
Waimate, January 27. Mr Martin Gilmour, an old settler of Glenavy, met his death to-day, being killed by the Invercargill express at the level crossing about a mile this side of Glenavy. Mr Gilmour, who was driving alone apparently did not hear the train approaching. He leaves a widow.
Press, 29 January 1915, Page 9
News was received at 4.40 p.m. yesterday that a man named Nicholson was killed at Saltwater Creek. He was explored as steerer on Mr H. Ruddenklau's traction engine. The inquest concerning the death of Mr Martin Gilmour, (killed by the North bound express on Wednesday) was opened by the Coroner (Mr V. G. Day) at the morgue yesterday morning. Evidence of identification was given, and the inquest adjourned till to-morrow morning at Timaru.
Grey River Argus, 29 January 1915, Page 5
ENGINE DRIVER KILLED
Timaru, Jan. 28. An unmarried man, named James Nicholson, while driving a traction engine owned by Mr. Ruddenkaw, of Waimate. Soon after leaving Timaru fell off the step and a loaded trailer lorry ran over his body. Death ensued in a few minutes. He is supposed to have come from the Lawrence district.
Evening Post, 6 February 1915, Page 1
TRAIL - On the 25th January, 1915, at the residence of her husband, Dr. Stephen Gait Trail, Fairlie, South Canterbury, Emily Waldegrave (Minnie), beloved daughter of Mrs. Huggins, 152, Clyde-quay, and only sister of Mrs. Kiddell, Palliser-road ; deeply mourned
Weep on, grief stricken mother, and mourn for thy dead,
She to whom thou gayest life is but ashes instead ;
Thy sorrow is sacred, thy soul bowed with grief,
Now awaits the reunion, the separation is brief
Auckland Star, 17 February 1915, Page 7
Tuesday. A machinist named Fred Wurm, employed at Blythe's woodware factory, Temuka, was cutting wood with a circular saw on Saturday when a piece bumped on the saw, and was flung off, striking him in the abdomen and ruptured a small intestine. The man died this morning as a result of the accident.
Auckland Star, 2 March 1916, Page 7
A large circle of close personal friends of Mr. E. C. McCaskey will regret to learn of his death after some three-months illness. Mr. McCaskey was a Geraldine boy, and, after residence in Wellington, where his parents now live, he came to Auckland about a couple of years ago to join the staff of Messrs. J. B. MacEwan and Co. He was a well known resident of Cheltenham, and was a popular member of the Waitemata Golf Club.
John McBeath died 7 March 1915 at Timaru. Mr McBeath was born in Caithness
Scotland in 1837 and came out to New Zealand in the ship Helenslea in
1863 settling first in Otago, where he was engaged in pastoral pursuits.....left
Christchurch to join his brother in farming the Glenelg estate at Totara Valley,
the estate comprising a thousand acres of very rich land.....Mr McBeath is
survived by a widow and a family of four sons and four daughters, one of the
latter being Mrs E G Kerr. ...
Also wife Mary McBeath born Worksop England died Timaru 29 October 1924 aged 78
Also youngest son killed in action in France 27 September 1916 age 33
Evening Post, 11 March 1915, Page 8
Oamaru, This Day. Joseph Fletcher, aged seven years, was playing with a gun at Hakataramea yesterday, when the weapon exploded, instantly killing the child.
Northern Advocate 22 April 1915, Page 5
Timaru, April 22 William Fitzgerald, builder's labourer was standing on a brick wall at the Grosvenor Hotel, which was being demolished, when the wall fell and precipitated him to the footpath. He died shortly He leaves a large family. His fourth son went off to the Trentham camp on Saturday. At the inquest this morning the evidence showed that the were specially warned to be careful. Deceased, evidently, in a moment of forgetfulness, put his on the crumbling brickwork which gave way. He fell thirty feet sustaining a compound fracture of the skull from the forehead to the nose. The verdict was accidently killed.
Otago Daily Times 26 April 1915, Page 4
FOSTER.- On February 28, at Raglan, Ernest Augustus Foster, second son of the late Rev. George Foster, Timaru. FOSTER.—On March 3, at Gateshead-on- Tyne, England, Dr Frederick Charles Foster, fourth son of the late Rev. George Foster, Timaru. (By cable)
Auckland Star, 6 May 1915, Page 8
Wednesday. A Winchester farmer John Matheson, and a neighbour were riding home from Temuka about 6 p.m. when Matheson's horse bolted and threw him. His companion. riding after him in the dark, did not see him fall, and went on to Winchester, returning when he found Matheson's horse there without the rider. The accident happened opposite a house, and a woman living there found Matheson and sent for a doctor. He was removed to a hospital, and died there as the result of a fracture of the skull.
Evening Post, 1 June 1915, Page 8 MAN BURNED TO Death
Timaru, 31st May. Daniel O'Brien, single, between sixty and seventy years of age, who had been working about the St. Andrew s district for many years, and lived by himself in a hut in the Otaio river-bed, was found burned to Death in the remains of his hut on Sunday, morning. At the inquest three witnesses gave evidence that they were at the hut on Saturday night, and one of them took two gallons of beer, which was not finished when they left. A fourth man was named, and the inquest was adjourned.
Otago Daily Times 23 June 1915, Page 8
One of the early residents of Timaru passed away at Orari Bridge, near Geraldine, on Friday, in the person of Mr William Warne, who was a native, of Suffolk, and came to New Zealand in the ship Blue Jacket in 1358 (states the Timaru Herald). Soon after his arrival at Lyttelton he made his way to Timaru, where he was married in 1859, he and his bride being the second couple to be wedded in Timaru. He built the first public-house at Pleasant- Point, and shortly after he commenced farming in Gapes Valley, where he continued to reside almost up to the time of his death. Prior to his death he had been ailing for some little time, and recently he went to the residence of his son, Mr Walter Warne, at Orari Bridge, where he breathed his last at the age of 81 years. He leaves a widow, three sons—Mr Walter Warne, of Orari Bridge; Mr Thos. Warne, of Gapes Valley and Mr John Warne, of Geraldine— and three daughters—Mrs Polhill, of Gapes Valley; Mrs Stevenson, of Pleasant Valley; and Mrs Hansen, of Gapes Valley.
Timaru Herald July 1915 Obituary -
Charles Loomes, who died suddenly at Fairlie on Tuesday at the age of 71, came to New Zealand in 1874 in the sailing ship Hereford. He entered the railway service two years later, and remained in it till about ten years ago, when he retired on pension. He married a Rose Morgan, parents were well known in the Salvation Army. Mr Loomes leaves his widow, one daughter and ten sons, of who William is with the Fifth Re-enforcements, two other (Robert and Harold) have been accepted for service. Rev. H.O. Hanby conducted the service in Fairlie.
Marlborough Express, 30 July 1915, Page 4
CLARKSON — On 29th. July, 1915 at Wanganui Caroline, relict of the late Capt. Clarkson of Timaru, and mother of Mrs H. D. Tovey, of Blenheim
Evening Post, 3 August 1915, Page 6
Mr. Andrew Barron. second clerk in the office of the Collector of Customs, Wellington, died last night, aged 35. Deceased, who was a son of Mr. Alexander Barron, of Waitahuna, Otago, was educated at the Otago Boys' High School, and earlier in his official career was in the head office of the Customs Department in Wellington. Some time ago he underwent an operation in Dunedin, and as his health did not improve he was transferred back to Wellington three months ago in the hope that the change of climate would prove beneficial. Death occurred after a few days illness. The late Mr, Barron, who was a prominent cricketer, has left a widow (a daughter of the late Mr. M. Gaffney of Temuka), and three children. The body is to be taken to Temuka for interment.
Evening Post, 10 August 1915, Page 6
The death is reported from Timaru of Mr. J Buckley, whose health had been giving cause for anxiety for some time past. The deceased was prominent on the Turf for some years as an owner, the best horse which carried his colours being the dual Auckland Cup winner, All Red Phaetontis, when he won the Grand National Steeplechase in 1906, ran in the late Mr. Buckley's interest, and All Ready, who won some good races for him in the South last season, including the Timaru Cup and the Provincial Handicap at the Dunedin Jockey Club's Winter Meeting, was bred by his owner at the Redcastle Stud, Oamaru, where All Red and Masterpiece are at present sheltered. The stud has been advertised for sale recently owing to its owner's indisposition. Mr. Buckley had been in Australia for some time, and was on the homeward journey when his death took place.
Otago Daily Times 10 August 1915, Page 4
RANKIN. —On August. 1, died of enteric on the Hospital Ship Silicia, Private George Rankin, youngest son of the late John Rankin and of Annie Rankin (now at Fairlie); aged 25 years. Buried at sea. At Rest in the Deep.
Timaru Herald, 1 September 1915, Page 6
CARMODY. On Sunday, August 29, at Dunedin, Mary the beloved wife of Patrick Carmody; aged 65 yours. RIP. Private interment Timaru Cemetery, this day. W. J. Lister, Undertaker
Evening Post, 1 October 1915, Page 8
The memorial stone which has been erected over the grave of the late Sir William Steward in the Waimate Cemetery is now ready for unveiling, as soon as a suitable date can be arranged (states the Timaru Post). Lady Steward, has written suggesting 30th October, but this being a Saturday is considered by the committee as unsuitable for function in which all the business people of the town are interested. The committee is in communication with Lady Steward, and hopes to arrange a suitable date immediately.
Evening Post, 9 October 1915, Page 2
Advice has been received in Wellington stating that the death occurred suddenly, at Timaru yesterday of Mr. F. Rosewarn, managing director of Weeks, Ltd., printers and publishers, of Christchurch.
Otago Daily Times 19 October 1915, Page 8
The Timaru Herald reports the death of Mr Arthur Segar, who joined the Harbour Board staff there in 1882 and remained in that employment until 1913, when he came south to work a dredge on the Molyneux River. He had been in ill health for some time. The deceased was a well-known member of the Orange Institution. He was also for many years one of the leading, canary and pigeon fanciers in the South Island, where, at different shows, he secured numerous prizes with, his birds. Mr Segar was one of the oldest members of the Timaru Poultry, Pigeon, and Canary Society He is survived by his wife and a large family.
Otago Daily Times 5 November 1915, Page 4
GRAHAM. — On October 27, 1915, at her parents' residence, Waipiata, Geraldine Graham, the dearly beloved and youngest daughter of Michael and Maria Graham; aged 15 years. Deeply mourned; R.I.P.
Otago Daily Times 10 November 1915, Page 4
COCKSEDGE.— At his residence, Elizabeth street, Timaru, on October 8, James, the dearly loved husband of Mary A. Cocksedge; aged 76 years' (late of New Zealand railways).— Funeral Timaru, Thursday
Evening Post, 24 November 1915, Page 6
Captain A. Weir, of Timaru. died on Thursday last, at the advanced age of eighty-four years. He leaves three sons, Mr. J. J. Weir, audit inspector of the New Zealand Railways in the North Island. Mr. D. D. Weir, chief clerk of the locomotive engineering branch, Wellington, and Mr. A. Weir., who lives in Perth. Deceased lived at Oamaru for a great many years. In the early days ha was master and owner of several coasting vessels.
Evening Post, 26 November 1915, Page 8
Dr. G. E. Gabites has been appointed Port Health Officer at Timaru, vice Dr. Thomas, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles.
The death is announced of Mr R. H. Clarke, who had been in Timaru since 1863. He was in Miles, Archer, and Co.'s service for many years, and was afterwards in business in Timaru on his own account. His only son is Dr. R. E. Clarke, of Birmingham.
Grey River Argus, 21 January 1916, Page 3
Mr Regan, father of the late Nurse Regan, who lost her life in the surfbathing fatality at Greymouth on Tuesday last, arrived overland from Christchurch last night. Arrangements have been made for the taking of the body overland to Geraldine the home of Mr and Mrs Regan, for internment.
Grey River Argus, 22 January 1916, Page 7
SURF BATHING FATALITY -CORONIAL ENQUIRY
An inquest was held at the Greymouth Courthouse yesterday, before Mr T. Hutchison, District Coroner, concerning the death of Nellie Regan, who lost her life while surf-bathing on Tuesday last, Mr Regan, farmer, residing at Orari Bridge, Geraldine, and father of the deceased, Nurse Nellie. Regan, gave formal evidence of identification. Harold Bowman, postal cadet at the Greymouth Post Office, said that on Tuesday afternoon (18th inst.) he was bathing at the tip-head beach, when he saw the deceased and Miss Hymes (probationer nurse at the Grey River Hospital) go into the water to bathe. The sea was exceptionally calm, and about low water.
Grey River Argus, 24 January 1916, Page 3
January 22. A shooting fatality occurred at Willowbridge, near Waimate, on Saturday afternoon. Arthur Henry Woodhead, 17 years of age, son of a Mr A. T. Woodhead, Government Insurance agent was shot through the face while handling a gun at Clark's farm. Deceased was by himself, when it happened. The body was found by Mr Clark. The fatality is supposed to be accidental.
Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) Saturday 19 February 1916 Death
MARSHALL. On February 16, 1916, at Timaru, New Zealand, Richard Thomas Talbot, eldest son of the late Thomas Marshall, Noble Farm, Sorell.
Auckland Star, 10 March 1916, Page 7
Timaru, Thursday. The body of a man, much decomposed, was found among the rubble of the north wall of the harbour this afternoon. A few weeks ago a man named T Houlihan, of Temuka. left his swag at the railway station, and has not called for it. From some points about the clothing, deceased is supposed to be Houlihan. Another suggestion is that the body may be that, of a man who was drowned in the Waitaki some weeks ago.
Evening Post, 5 April 1916, Page 1 Death
MACPHAIL. On the 28th March, at Craigie Street, Highfield, Timaru, Murdoch Donald (Murray) third son of the late Hugh MacPhail, Oakbank, Mull, Scotland; deeply regretted. Private interment Fairlie cemetery. W.. Lister, undertaker.
Otago Daily Times 6 April 1916, Page 5
Timaru. Four cases of infantile paralysis have been reported this month—one at Pleasant Point, one at Rosewill, and two at Timaru. One of the patients at Timaru —a man 38 years, of age died today.
Press, 18 April 1916, Page 10
A youth named Raymond Henry Toms, aged 17 years, V. G. Day, Coroner, held an inquest yesterday, and after hearing the evidence, recorded a verdict that deceased was accidentally drowned.
Evening Post, 25 May 1916, Page 8
Mr. Morris Fruhauf, who had been in business in Wellington for many years, died suddenly at his residence in Abel Smith-street on Tuesday. He was a native of Cracow, seventy years of age and came out to New Zealand about half a century ago. He lived in Christchurch for some time, then went to Timaru, and settled in Wellington thirty years ago. The cause of death was heart trouble. Mr. Fruhauf has left a widow, a son (Mr. Lionel Fruhauf, dental surgeon, Sydney), and two daughters (Mrs. Harold Moses, of Auckland. and Miss Fruhauf, of Wellington), The funeral took place this afternoon, the Rev. H. Van Staveren conducting the service.
Wanganui Chronicle, 13 June 1916, Page 4
HAMILTON.— On the 11th inst., at his residence, Matheson St., John Hamilton, late of Timaru; aged 83 years. Private interment. No flowers, by request.—"Dexters."
Press, 2 October 1916, Page 4
John Finlay, who was admitted into the Christchurch Hospital on Friday night suffering from injuries to the head, died at that institution at au early hour on Saturday morning. An inquest was opened before Mr H. W. Bishop at the Hospital on Saturday afternoon. V. T. Bennett, marine engineer, who had known deceased for twelve months, said ho was a marine engineer and worked with witness. Charles Finlay, retired farmer, of Timaru, identified the body as that of his son, aged 35 or 36. He was married, his wife being at Blenheim. He was working at the International Harvester Company at Christchurch.
Press, 9 October 1916, Page 5
Mr MICHAEL MOORE. Another old identity of Canterbury passed away at his residence, Temuka, on Thursday, in the person of Mr Michael Moore, formerly of Waitohi, in his 75th year. Mr Moore was born at Newcastle, County Limerick, Ireland in 1842, and in 1864 emigrated to Australia. He came to New Zealand in 1868, and in 1892 he started farming at Waitohi, where he resided till a few years before his death. He leaves a widow, three sons, and five daughters.
Otago Daily Times 23 October 1916, Page 2
An inquest was held at Geraldine on Thursday before Mr Y. G. Day (coroner), concerning the death of Mrs A. H. Bates, who had been found that morning- hanging from the rafters in an outhouse (says the Lyttelton Times). After hearing evidence, in the course of which it was stated that deceased had been in ill-health and suffering from depression, a verdict was returned of suicide -while temporarily insane.
Evening Post, 26 October 1916, Page 1
MAHON.—On the 25th October, at the residence of his son-in-law (Mr. W C. Kurd, 37, Cuba-street, Petone), Adam, dearly beloved husband of Marie Mahon; aged 82 years (late of Timaru).
Timaru Herald, 20 November 1916, Page 3 DEATH ON THE MAORI OF
On the arrival arrival of the Maori at Wellington from Lyttelton on Wednesday morning, Captain Manning reported to the police the death of a saloon passenger named Herbert Nalder. Deceased, who was a station holder at Lake Tekapo, in the Mackenzie Country, was single, thirty-nine years of age and was on his way to Auckland for the benefit of his health. He occupied cabin 33 with Mr Alfred William Fielder, who stated that during the night Nalder had fits of coughing, but made no complaint. In the morning Mr Fielder got up at about 7 o'clock, spoke to deceased, and told him he would go out of the cabin in order that he might have it to himself. Deceased thanked him. At 8 o'clock, in answer to the bell, a steward, Leonard Rhodes, went to the cabin and found deceased standing near the door in a state of collapse. He was unable to speak,' and as he appeared to be falling, Rhodes caught him and eased him to the floor of the cabin. Deceased never moved or spoke again, and Dr. Brockway, who saw the body soon afterwards could only pronounce life to be extinct. Deceased, who had an attack of haemorrhage of the lungs about twelve mouths ago, was accompanied by his sister, Mrs George Murray. As the doctor at Fairlie who had been attending Nalder will give a certificate, it is not necessary to hold an inquest.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday 17 November 1916 Page 9
NEW ZEALAND SPORTSMAN.
Death of Mr. C. Studholme.
It was mentioned in this column yesterday that Mr C Studholme owner of the New Zealand horses New York and Silent Way, was in a critical condition in a private hospital in Melbourne. Mr Studholme unfortunately died during the morning. He was at Flemington on Cup Day apparently in the best of health but like many other visitors found the climate of Melbourne this spring trying. There was a cold change that night and he caught a severe cold. Pneumonia subsequently set in and his medical advisers on Wednesday held out no hope of his recovery. The body was removed during the day to the mortuary of Mr A A Sleight, Collins street where it will be embalmed, and shipped in due course to New Zealand. Mr Studholme who was 46 years of age and unmarried resided at ,South Canterbury. He was a sheep breeder on a large sale. He won a steeplechase at Caulfield and another at Moonee Valley with New Zealand with a fair amount of of success. Mr Studholme's death recalls the fact that another New Zealand racing man, the trainer A. Godwin, died in Melbourne last winter in somewhat similar circumstances.
Press, 18 November 1916, Page 11
On the arrival of the Maori at Wellington from Lyttelton on Wednesday morning, Captain Manning reported to the police the death of a saloon passenger named Herbert Nalder. Deceased, who was a stationholder at Lake Tekapo, ill the Fairlie district, was single, thirty-nine years of age, and was on his way to Auckland for the benefit of his health. He occupied cabin 33 with Mr Alfred William Fielder, who stated that during the night Nalder had fits of coughing, but made no complaint. In the morning Mr Fielder got up at about 7 o'clock, spoke to deceased, and told him he would go out of the cabin in order that he might have it to himself. Deceased thanked him. At S o'clock, in answer to the bell, a steward, Leonard Rhodes, went to the cabin and found deceased standing near the door in a state of collapse. He was unable to speak, and as he appeared to be falling, Rhodes caught him and eased him to the floor of the cabin. Deceased never moved or spoke again, and Dr. Brockway, who saw the body soon afterwards, could only pronounce life to be extinct. Deceased, who had, an attack of haemorrhage of the lungs about twelve months ago, was accompanied by his sister, Mrs George Murray. As the doctor at Fairlie who had been attending Nalder will give a certificate, it was not necessary to hold an inquest.
Otago Daily Times 13 December 1916, Page 4
BUTTERS. — On December 6, at Fairlie, Jessie, loved wife of Joseph Butters, and fourth daughter the late William and Agnes Bissett, of Kaitangata. Deeply regretted.
Otago Daily Times 21 December 1916, Page 8
The death is announced of Mr Alexander Ferrier Hamilton, who for over 24 years was manager of the Timaru branch of the National Bank of New Zealand. Among other appointments held by Mr Hamilton during a service of 43 years with the National Bank were those of accountant :n the inspector's office at. Wellington, and subsequently at Christchurch, manager at Napier, assistant, manager at Dunedin, and manager at Nelson.
Press, 26 December 1916, Page 10
December 23. An inquest was held this morning the body of the four-year-old son of Andrew Hamilton, Gleniti, farmer, it appears that the deceased's brother, aged 11, on Tuesday got a loaded gun from the house to shoot sparrows. It is stated that his brother bumped against the gun, and though he had not his finger on the trigger, it went off, shooting the younger child in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital, where he died yesterday.
Otago Daily Times 6 February 1917, Page 4
BELL.— On February 5, 1917, at Ashburton, Shirley Muriel, beloved and only child of Corporal Robert B. and Dorothy Bell; aged one year 11 months. Private interment at Timaru.
Otago Daily Times 24 February 1917, Page 8
FLEMING. On February 23, 1917, at Dunedin, Mary, relict of James Fleming, of Watlington, Timaru. "At rest." Private interment at Timaru. A. S. Archer and Co., undertakers.
Evening Post, 7 March 1917, Page 1
MARCHANT - On the 11th February, 1917, in England, Frederick William Marchant, late of Timaru, Civil Engineer. (By cable).
Poverty Bay Herald, 12 March 1917, Page 5
The Rev. John K. Barklie, of Geraldine, aged 79. He was for many years curate at Geraldine.
Otago Daily Times 13 March 1917, Page 4
APPLEBY.—On March 12, at Timaru, John Henry Appleby, late of Reid road, South Dunedin; aged 76 years.
Otago Daily Times 3 May 1917, Page 6 CRUSHED TO DEATH
News reached Geraldine late on Monday evening that a married man about 40 years of age, named Arthur Prattley, a teamster, had been crushed to death between two drays, at Winchester (says the Timaru Post). It appears the man was backing his team, and was crushed against a stationary dray, death being almost instantaneous. He leaves a widow but no children.
Press, 7 May 1917, Page 4
May 6. The adjourned inquest on the death of a girl, aged eleven, named Maloney, who was drowned in the Opihi river, near Pleasant Point, on Anzac Day. showed that she and a companion of the same age, frightened by seeing two boys with a gun, attempted to cross the river, and both were carried down. One was drowned and the other helped out by a man who happened to see her struggling. The boys said they saw the but thought they were paddling, and took little notice, and went on. When the man first saw the girls they were on their feet, and he supposed they were paddling. The Coroner (Mr Wyvern Wilson) concluded that the girls' were frightened or excited, and slipped and fell, but he did not think they had any cause to be frightened of the boys, who had no intention to frighten them. The verdict of accidentally drowned with no blame attachable to anyone was returned.
Auckland Star, 16 July 1917, Page 4
Timaru, this day. Mr. Edward Cutten, for seventeen years town clerk of Temuka, aged 55, was found dead in his home on Saturday, with a gas jet turned on. He had recently been in ill health. His wife was absent at Hanmer. An inquest was held to-day. Evidence was given that deceased complained on Thursday that he was suffering from neuralgia. He had a bad night on Thursday, and was no better on Friday. He was found on Saturday with a flexible gas pipe across his face and under his overcoat. The jury returned a verdict that death was due to asphyxiation, caused by gas administered by deceased whilst suffering great pain.
Poverty Bay Herald, 4 August 1917, Page 4
Robt. Scott, aged 55, was found drowned at Winchester yesterday morning. He years for many years driver of the coach from Orari to Geraldine. At an inquest hold at Timaru a verdict of accidentally drowned was returned.
Otago Daily Times 17 August 1917, Page 7
Austin Finn, a farmer at Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine, aged 40 years, committed suicide by hanging himself in a stable this morning. He had been called up in the ballot and had been allowed time to got in his wheat. The deceased had been suffering from gastritis, and was depressed thereby.
Press, 31 August 1917, Page 9
Waimate, August 30. A fatal accident occurred at the railway station to-day, as the 12-40 train moved out. It had proceeded about 53 yards when the alarm was raised that a man had fallen off. The victim proved to be David Hoare, an old and highly respected resident. He had been an inmate of a hospital for some time. Unseen, he left the institution and reaching the railway station just as the train was moving out, it is presumed that he attempted to board while the train was in motion. Marks were seen where the body had been dragged a considerable distance. One foot was severed, and the neck broken. Deceased, had taken a prominent part in the Methodist Church.
Timaru Herald, 15 September 1917, Page 6
THE Friends of the late JOHN MURDOCH are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave his late residence, Waireka, Latter Street, at 3 p.m. TO-DAY (Saturday}, the 15th inst. for the Timaru Cemetery. J. RADCLIFFE, Undertaker.
Otago Daily Times 25 September 1917, Page 4
HARRIS —On September 22, at his residence, Kensington, Timaru, James, the dearly beloved husband of Catherine Harris, and beloved father of Mrs S. W. Moir (late Dunedin); in his seventy-seventh year. A patient sufferer gone, to rest.
WARD —On September 23, at his residence, North street, Timaru, Edward, the beloved husband of Catherine Ward. Deeply regretted. R.I.P.
Timaru Herald, 6 October 1917, Page 6
MAIDER.—On October 3, at Timaru, Jean, beloved daughter of George Maiden, Struan, Hakataramea; aged 24 years. At Rest.
McRAE.— On October 5, at Waimate Harriet, relict of the late Donald McRae, and mother of Murdoch; McRae,. of Redcliffs, aged 76 years late of Glenaelg, Scotland.
Press, 30 October 1917, Page 9
The late Thomas Atkin, whose death took place at 703 Gloucester street, was born at Athboy, County Dublin, in 1830 and followed farming pursuits. Owing to the fact that three of his sons had emigrated to New Zealand, and Lord Darnley, whose tenant he was, raised the rent of his farm, he resolved at the age of 53 to try his fortunes in the Dominion, and arrived in 1884, with his wife, three sons, and two daughters, leaving one son, Thomas, the second eldest, manager of the Bank at Trim, behind. He took up land in the Albury district, near Timaru, which he farmed till his retirement. His wife died in 1902, and he married again, there being one son by the marriage.
Otago Daily Times 9 November 1917, Page 4
BROAD.— On November 6, at his parents' residence, 20 Archer street, Timaru, George Edgar, the beloved and youngest son of William Alfred and Jane Broad; in his twenty-ninth year. Deeply regretted
Wairarapa Daily Times, 26 November 1917, Page 6
Mr Alfred Beswick, a prosperous orchardist and florist, of Waimate, and formerly for many years borough over- seer at Timaru, came to Timaru on November 2nd. He left his hotel early next morning, and disappeared yesterday. A pocket-book belonging to him had been found on the shingle beach about, a mile north of Timaru, and, the search being continued, his body was found to-day among the rocks a little further north. Mr Beswick was an esteemed citizen and a member of the Waimate Borough Council.
Ashburton Guardian, 4 January 1918, Page 5
Waimate, This Day. A man named Frederick Dempsey, a married man, aged 44, was found dead in Rhodes Street yesterday evening. He formerly belonged to Blenheim
Press, 9 January 1918, Page 2
The death is announced of Mrs R. B. Comer, one of Temuka's most highly respected residents. The late Mrs Comer was born at Woodend, North Canterbury, 53 years ago, and with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs William Gibbs, came to Temuka a little over 44 years ago. The family at first settled at Georgetown, on the south bank of the Temuka river, but after a while built a home in Temuka. Thirty years ago, on the 1st December, Miss Louisa Gibbs was married to Mr R. B. Comer, who at that time was carrying on business as a builder and contractor. The newly-married couple made, their home at the north end of Temuka, and there they brought up a family of six children —two sons and four daughters—the eldest son, Lieut. Fred Comer, went away with the 7th Reinforcements, and is now in Brockenhurst Hospital. The younger son, Mr Ronald Comer, is engaged in Temuka. Two of the daughters are married —Mrs B. Coira, Christchurch, and Mrs L. Woodward, Pleasant Point—and two, Misses Doris and Ruby, are still at home.
Press, 15 February 1918, Page 3
Mr James Ritchie, while working for Mr Wm. Allen, of Ruapuna was thrown from a reaper, and sustained a compound fracture of the leg. Pneumonia resulted from exposure, and a clot of blood from the wound was carried to the brain, with the result that Mr Ritchie d:ed from cerebral embolism. He has left a widow and two little children.
Press, 22 February 1918, Page 1
MORRIS - On February 19th, at Fairlie, Ellen Mabel beloved wife of Thomas Morris, and daughter of Mr and Mrs E.R.L, Knight, 38 Hoon Hay road, Spreydon.
Press, 18 April 1918, Page 8
Archibald Dewar Campbell, whose people reside at 149 Church street, Timaru, was found dead yesterday morning, at Mr William Irwin's house, 1016 Colombo street, where he had been staying. An inquest was held before Mr H. W. Bishop, Coroner, in the afternoon, and a verdict returned that deceased died from heart disease.
Otago Daily Times 1 May 1918, Page 6
Late on Saturday afternoon Mr Thomas Edward Midhern fell out of a trap when driving from Winchester to Geraldine, sustaining injuries which caused his death. At the inquest it was stated that deceased lost his pipe, alighted to look for it, and when he got buck into the trap, fell out on to the roadway. The base of his skull was fractured, and a verdict was returned that death was caused by deceased falling from a trap.
Otago Daily Times 27 September 1918, Page 4
FOWLER. On September 23, at his residence, Hazelton, Saltwater Creek, Timaru James Fowler; aged 80 years. "At rest"'
Press, 28 October 1918, Page 3
Mr G. F. MARTIN. The death took place on Friday, it the was of 70, of Mr George Frederick Martin a very well known citizen of Christchurch, who for 31 years acted as branch manager for the National Mortgage and Agency Company, and was stationed for some time in prior to his retirement in March, 1909. The late Mr Martin leaves a family consisting of two daughters and three sons to mourn their loss. One of is farming at St. Leonards, and another is at Fairlie, while the third recently returned from the front, where he was wounded.
Press, 22 February 1919, Page 8
An interesting statement was made yesterday by a Geraldine medical man, who stated that during the twelve months just ended he had certified to 24 deaths. The ages of the deceased were 98, 89, 87 , 86, 85, 84, 81, 80, 79, 73 65, 56, down to an infant and the average age of the 24 was just on 60.
Timaru Herald, 24 March 1919, Page 2
On Saturday afternoon the death occurred at Orari of Mrs Forsyth. The deceased lady had an apoplectic seizure some little time ago, and another seizure on Saturday terminated fatally before her medical attendant could be present.
Press, 27 March 1918, Page 2
News has been received by cable of the death at Bromley, Kent, at the age of 78, of Mrs Beaumont, widow of the late Mr John Beaumont, formerly of Christchurch. Mr and Mrs Beaumont were well known in New Zealand for many years, particularly in Canterbury. They had no family, but one of Mrs Beaumont's nephews is Mr G. W. P. Harvey, accountant of the Timaru branch of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Co., Ltd., of which company the late Mr Beaumont was one of the directors and for a time chairman in London, where he died between 16 and 17 years ago.
Press, 26 April 1918, Page 1
SPENCER — On April 24th, at Geraldine, Helen, wife of H. Montgomerie Spencer, of Strathnoon, Geraldine.
Otago Daily Times 23 September 1919, Page 4
COUTTS.—On September 19, 1919 at Timaru, John, the beloved husband of Annie Coutts, of Bronte, Nelson, and father of Mrs W. S. Curr, Timaru (late of Dunedin) aged 65 years.
WOODYATT — On September 21, 1919 at Dunedin. Christopher, the beloved husband of Annie Woodyatt, Fairlie; in his 72nd year. Private interment at Ashburton. Southland papers please copy.
Poverty Bay Herald, 11 September 1918, Page 6
Timaru, this day. John O'Leary, aged sixty-two, employed at Kirk's brickyard, jumped from a clay bank thirty feet, breaking his neck. He was apparently suffering from delusions, and told his mates the police were coming to arrest him.
Otago Daily Times 18 November 1918, Page 5
Mr Donald Grant, of Winchester, whose a death from influenza, contracted at Christchurch in Carnival Week, was reported a few days ago, was, though only 44 years of age, one of the most prominent public men in South Canterbury. His farm, between Winchester and Temuka, was .brig of the richest in the district. He was a splendid judge of stock, and his services were much sought after as a judge at A. and P. shows. He among the most successful breeders of Leicester sheep in the dominion, and took many prizes both here and in Australia. He was chairman' of the Temuka Road Board, a member of the South Canterbury Hospital Board, the Timaru High School Board, the Geraldine County Council, the Upper Orari River Board, and the Patriotic War Relief Society. He was also on the committee of the Timaru and Temuka and Geraldine A. and P. Associations, and was a prominent member of the Masonic Order. He was a keen supporter of the Temuka Caledonian Society and Temuka Bicycle and Athletic Sports Club. He also actively assisted in the control of football in South Canterbury, as an official of both the Temuka Football Club and South Canterbury Rugby Union. He was married only 12 months ago.
Press, 21 November 1918, Page 2
Miss May Cushen, fourth daughter of Mrs and the late. Mr Thomas A. Cushen, of Invercargill, left home on Wednesday of last week for Geraldine, but contracted influenza on arrival at Dunedin, and died on Sunday. Miss Cushen, who was employed at the New Zealand Pine Co.'s office, Invercargill, was a prominent church worker.
Evening Post, 21 November 1918, Page 8
A very prominent resident of Plimmerton, Mr. Donald Robertson, died there yesterday afternoon from influenza. Deceased was a native. 1 of Wellington, 44 years of age, and a son of the late Mr. John Robertson, a builder, who was well known in South Wairarapa. Mr. Donald Robertson attended the Featherston State School and afterwards went to Wellington College, where he had a brilliant career, winning several scholarships and becoming dux of the school. After acting as a pupil teacher for a short time he entered the field of journalism, and showed great aptitude for the work. About fifteen years ago he began business as, a storekeeper at Plimmerton, and carried on in that line until four years ago, when he joined the staff of the Railway Stores -Department, and remained in the service until his death. During the time he had the store at Plimmerton, he also acted as postmaster. He was a man of great tact and energy, and exceedingly popular, and was in the forefront of all local movements. Everything he did he did well. He was twice married. By his first wife, a daughter of Mr. Isaacs, Aro-street,, he has left three children. Six months ago he was married to Miss Gwen Thompson, of Timaru. Mr. E. &. Robertson, of Featherston, and Mrs. W. F. Williams, of Paraparaumu, are brother and sister respectively of the deceased.
Dominion, 23 November 1918, Page 1
LATIMER — On November. 14, 1918, at Trentham Military Hospital, R.Q.M.S., Leslie Vernou Latimer, of Timaru, aged 25 years, beloved husband of Katherine Latimer. "So love'd, so mourned." (Timaru papers please copy.)
Press, 25 November 1918, Page 9
Mr A. CARTER. Mr Andrew Carter, who died at Waimate on Thursday, came to Now Zealand with his parents in 1861, going to Waimate in 1862. A year later the family settled upon a farm at Hook, which was afterwards known as the "Meadows Farm," and held it until three years ago. when Mr Carter and his two sisters went into Waimate to live. The deceased was one of the original members of the Waimate Caledonian Society, and a past president, and gave a good deal of attention to the interests of the A. and P. Association from its inception. He was a member of the Waimate Advisory Committee to the Efficiency Board, a J.P., and a leading member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Waimate.
Press, 25 November 1918, Page 9
Mr W. H. Carl, chemist, King street, Temuka, has fallen a victim to the prevailing epidemic. He was one of the first in the borough to be seized with the disease, and was removed to Timaru for treatment. He died on Friday morning, and was buried in the afternoon, in Temuka. He had, been in business as a chemist at Temuka for some fifteen years. Mr Carl, who belonged to a well-known Christchurch family, was with Messrs Cook and Ross in this city for some years before going to Temuka. He detracted influenza while nursing his wife, who is now on the way to recovery.
Press, 25 November 1918, Page 9
Mr J. H. Lane, who died in the Temuka pneumonia hospital on Thursday, spent a considerable period of his life in the gold mining industry at Klondyke, Austria, on the West Coast and in Central Otago. He retired a few years ago, settling in Timaru, and on purchasing a portion of the Greenhayes estate, settled in Temuka. He leaves a widow and two children.
Otago Daily Times 26 November 1918, Page 4
CONNOLLY. —On November 21, at the Timaru Hospital, Cornelius (Con), the dearly beloved husband of Annie Connolly (late of Waikouaiti and Halfway Bush), and youngest son of the late Jeremiah Connolly, of Geraldine: aged 39 years. Deeply regretted. R.I.P.
Otago Daily Times 8 January 1919, Page 4
DOLLAN — On January 6, 1919, at Timaru, James Dollan, "Maybank," North- East Valley, Dunedin, beloved brother of Mrs T. Maxwell (Christchurch) and uncle of Mrs A. W. Rabbins (of Timaru); aged 69 years.
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, 1 April 1919, Page 3
Mrs PATRICK O'BRIEN
There passed away at the Crown Hotel, Otautau on Friday an old and respected lady in the person of Mrs Patrick O'Brien, at the age of 68 years. Mrs O'Brien arrived at Lyttelton in the "Blue Jacket" 51 years ago, add took residence along with her sister at Temuka. It was here that she met and married her husband. When 37 years ago they came to live at Wairio until some six years ago. Mr and Mrs O'Brien then came to live with three members of the family who posses the Crown Hotel in Otautau. Mrs O'Brien is survived by her husband and the members of her family, who are residing as under: Michael, Mary and Delia at the Crown Hotel; Mrs W. Burke, Otautau; Mrs O. Gallagher, Wairio, James at Kauana, Thomas at Tewaewae, Patrick in Hawkes Bay; and John and martin are still on active service. The funeral took place at Wreys Bush cemetery, the Rev. Father Lynch performing the funeral rites.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 May 1919, Page 4
Mr Philip Dale, an old resident of Timaru, died a few days ago, in his 88th year. He was engineer to the Timaru Borough Council, and inspector for twenty-eight years.
Grey River Argus, 17 May 1919, Page 2
A former Greymouth resident. Mrs M. O'Meeghan, of Timaru, died suddenly on Thursday. Deceased, whose husband a well-known Timaru property owner, died recently was a sister of Rev Father Buckley, Otago, and leaves two sons (Messrs M. and P O'Meeghan and one daughter. Miss B.O'Meeghan.
Grey River Argus, 19 May 1919, Page 2
It should have been stated, in our reference on Saturday to the death of Mrs O'Meeghan, a former Greymouth and Timaru resident, that deceased was the widow of the late Mr Peter O'Meeghan, whose sister-in-law, Mrs M. O'Meeghan, is a resident of Timaru.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 28 December 1918, Page 2
GOODWIN-On December 21st, at Timaru, Jessie, widow of the late Pryce Goodwin, of Pigeon Bay, and daughter of the late. William Stewart, of Orari. At rest.
Press, 4 June 1919, Page 9
June 3. John Corry, 40, drover, of Timaru, was killed near Pleasant Point to-day. He was driving in a gig when the horse bolted, and he was thrown out. Having the reins round his wrist, he was dragged and fatally injured.
Grey River Argus, 5 June 1919, Page 4
TRAP FATALITY. Timaru.
June 4, John Corry (40), a drover was killed at Pleasant Point yesterday by being thrown from a trap. He leaves a widow and young family.
Evening Post, 23 June 1919, Page 8
Mr. J. T. Teschemaker, is dead, at the age of 80 years. He, was one of the early, settlers, arriving at Lyttelton in 1855. For many years lie was a prominent pastoralist, retiring about ten years ago. He was also a keen sportsman, being one of the originators of the Grand National Steeplechase. For several years he was chairman of the South Canterbury Jockey Club, also one of the oldest members of the Canterbury Jockey Club, holding office as a steward till the time of his death. He was a class steward of the Timaru A. and P. Association for forty-five years in succession. Mr Teschemaker married the eldest daughter of the late Hon. W. Rolleston, and is survived by his widow and three daughters.
Grey River Argus, 6 August 1919, Page 2
During Otago Boxing Association's Tournament at His Majesty's Theatre on Monday evening J. Keay was knocked out in the last round of a six-round bout. He struck his head heavily on the floor as he went down and he was removed to the hospital unconscious. He died the next morning. His home was at Fairlie.
Press, 26 August 1919, Page 8
Angus McNaughton, farmer, of Morven, aged 89, who was thrown from a trap about a fortnight ago, died in a private hospital at Waimate on Sunday night from his injuries. At the inquest a verdict of accidental death was returned.
Ashburton Guardian, 25 September 1919, Page 1
WOODYATT — On September 21, at Dunedin Hospital, Christopher Woodyatt, beloved husband of Annie Woodyatt, Fairlie, and father of Mrs W. H. Higgins, Ashbnrton ; aged 71 years. Interred in Ashburton Cemetery.
Timaru Herald, 1 December 1919, Page 6 DEATHS.
THOMAS. On November 29th, at his residence, Swyncombe, Main South Road, John, the beloved husband of Beatrice Thomas; aged 49 years. At rest. (Private interment.) W. J. Lister, Undertaker.
RICHARDS — On November 30th, at her residence, 79 Wai-iti Road, Grace, beloved wife of Matthew Richards; aged 86 years. Deeply regretted. Private interment.
ROULSTON — On November 30th, 1919, at King St. Temuka, William Clark, beloved husband of Rosina Allen Roulston; in his 63rd year.
Press, 10 December 1919, Page 10
December 9. An inquest was held to-day in the death of a lorry driver named Richard Patrick O'Brien, a returned soldier, who was for a short time a prisoner in Germany. He was taking a load of timber from Fairlie to Tekapo, and it is supposed, owing to a mishap in changing the gears in climbing out of the gully near Burke's Pass, that the lorry ran back and capsized, and he was killed by the timber falling on his head.
Press 7 February 1920 Page 6 OBITUARY Mr Job EARL
Sixty-eight years ago, Mr Job Earl, who was then a young man of 20, arrived in Melbourne from his native place in the County of Wexford, Ireland, attracted to the goldfields, and later on he came to New Zealand, and at Gabriel's Gully, at the Coromandel, and on the Nelson gold fields he continued his search for gold. In the district between Nelson and the West Coast he took up contracts, but fifty years ago he bought land at Kakahu, near Geraldine, and entered upon farming pursuits. In their latest home, Mr and Mrs Earl bought up their family, and won the esteem of all their neighbours. About three years ago Mr Earl lost his wife, who he married in Victoria. This week he himself passed away at his Kakahu residence. He leaves three sons, Messrs W., R., and J. EARL, and eight daughters - Mesdames J. KENNEDY, P. LYSAGHT, C. LYSAGHT, A. LYSAGHT, F. CHARLES, T. CHARLES, H. McSHANE, and P. O'CONNOR.
Press, 21 July 1920, Page 4
Recent deaths in the Geraldine district include that of Mr Anthony Metcalf, who was born in Westmoreland some 74 years ago. and who first came to New Zealand in November, 1869. After a short time ho took up a farm at Orari Bridge, and later acquired and made his home at "Riverside," Rangitata. He served on the first School Committee at Orari Bridge, and was a member of the Geraldine Road Board for some years, and later on a member of the Geraldine County Council, and was a Justice of the Peace for the Dominion. On one of his trips to the Motherland he brought back some pedigree Border Leicester sheep, and established a stud flock. He was a man who did goood service to the community, and was held in high esteem throughout the district. He leaves a widow, two sons, and four daughters, who have, the sympathy of the people. The funeral was very largely attended, and the many wreaths included one from the County Council, which also passed a resolution of condolence.
Another old resident who has passed away was Mr William Hawke of "Lingodell" Geraldine, who was born in Yorkshire, and who had attained the ripe age of 82. The deceased came to New Zealand in 1864. and soon after his arrival made his way to South Canterbury, where he took up land a little south of Geraldine and later on acquired other farms also. He leaves a widow, seven sons, and five daughters.
Grey River Argus, 29 July 1920, Page 2
REVELL - On July 26th, 1920 at her residence, "Cadogan," Sefton street, Timaru, EMILY CHRISTIANA, widow of the late WILLIAM HORTON REVELL, Warden.
Press, 4 August 1920, Page 1
VUCETICH — On August 3rd, 1920, at 21 Cain street, Timaru, Mary Ann, youngest daughter of Mateco and Mary Emma Vucetich (late of Pleasant Valley, Geraldine); aged four years. Private interment.
Press, 17 August 1920, Page 1
McGREGOR — On August 16th, at Christchurch Hospital, Andrew Ewan, son of the late John McGregor, Fairlie; aged 23 years. R.I.P.
Otago Daily Times 1 October 1920, Page 4
DREAVER.— On September 30, at the residence of her son (Mr J. Dreaver), Rhodes street, Timaru, Janet, relict of William Dreaver; in her seventy-ninth year. (Late of Palmerston South.) Deeply regretted. The Funeral will leave Palmerston Railway Station on arrival of first express on Saturday, October 2.
Ashburton Guardian, 12 November 1920, Page 5
Timaru, Nov. 11. A telephone message from Fairlie reports that a settler at Sherwood Downs, James Calder, married and with a small family, was killed by the accidental discharge of a gun in getting through a fence to-day. Dr Matheson was sent for.
Press, 17 November 1920, Page 1
THOMPSON — On November 16th, 1920, at his residence, "Te Maru," Dalby, Queensland Andrew Clarke Thompson; aged 63 yrs. Late of Timaru and Christchurch. (By cable).
Press, 30 November 1920, Page 1
SHAW—On November 25th, at 134 St. Asaph street, Geoffrey, eldest son of the late Charles Reginald Shaw, of Timaru. Auckland and Nelson papers please copy.
Press, 13 December 1920, Page 1
LEPETIT — On December 11th, at Christchurch, Rev. Father Augustine Lepetit, S.M., late of Fairlie.
Grey River Argus, 14 December 1920, Page 2
The death took place at Lewisham Hospital, Christchurch, of Rev. Father A. A. Le Petit, S.M., formerly of Hokitika, Blenheim and Timaru parishes, and latterly of Fairlie, South Canterbury. A native of France, he was 62 years of age, and had been ailing a long time. The late Father Le Petit was a most estimable man, and many Coast friends will sincerely regret to learn of his death.
River Argus, 29 October 1920, Page 2
Timaru, October 28. A sensational murder took place at Seaview Terrace, Timaru, shortly before midnight, a young man being snot to death. The victim was Clarence E. Wagstaff, aged nineteen years, the son of Mr H. Wagstaff, accountant for Ballantyne and Co. Deceased, with a friend who slept in a hut behind the house, were awakened by footsteps outside, and on making investigations saw the crouching figure of a man. They planned to intercept the intruder, thinking his aim was to secure the keys to Ballantyne's premises, which were usually kept by Mr Wagstaff, senior. On being discovered, the would-be burglar fled, and Wagstaff and his friend gave chase. Wagstaff overhauled the fugitive, who, however, brake away with deceased and his friend in hot pursuit. The intruder then turned round and fired three shots at point blank range. Wagstaff dropped, blood oozing from a wound in the left breast. Deceased soon lapsed into unconsciousness, but before doing so said to the police: "We saw a man and chased him, and he turned round and fired at me." The wound proved fatal shortly after midnight. There is no trace so far as to the murderer.
Grey River Argus, 29 October 1920, Page 2
Timaru, Oct. 26. The inquest touching the death of Clarence Edward Wagstaff, was held to-night by Mr. Mosey, Coroner Henry Wagstaff, father of the deceased stated that his son slept in a hut apart from the house About 1 a.m. witness being in bed, he heard persons running round the house and the sound of a scuffle. He heard his son calling out and went to the door and saw a man running towards the front fence. He saw him turn round and take deliberate aim and fire. He thought the man fired three times. The man then turned and jumped the fence. His son fell after the shots Knapp, who stayed with, his son, went through the gate after' the man and lifted his son to the path, and then going to a neighbour's house he rang for the Doctor and the police. When the Doctor came, he attended the boy and ordered him to the hospital, where he died at 12.15 a.m. "Witness had not the slightest idea who fired the shot. It seemed to be a revolver by the rapidity of the shots. Clifford Vincent Knapp, an employee of the Public Trust Office, stated that he went to his sleeping place, a chain from the house, at 11 p.m... Dr. Gibson testified to finding deceased lying on his back smothered in blood and vomiting blood at intervals. He died at 12.20 a.m. Witness made a post mortem during the day and found a bullet wound an inch below the left collar bone. There were no other outward wounds. The bullet had passed through the cartillage between the first and second ribs, through, the main blood vessel quite close to the heart, and had then penetrated the gullet and was lying on the other side close to the spine in the soft tissues, at a lower level than the ouster wound. The wound would cause death due to the heamorrhage from a puncture of the main vein at the root of the heart. The Coroner's verdict, according to the medical evidence, was that death was caused by a bullet, intentionally fired by a person unknown.
Grey River Argus, 20 November 1920, Page 3
EVIDENCE AGAINST MATTHEWS.
Timaru, November 19. The trial of Reginald Matthews, (born 1892, father Richard Matthews, mother Caroline Elizabeth) for, the murder of Clarence Edward Wagstaff at Seaview Terrace, Timaru, on October 27th, was resumed to-day. Detective Cameron gave evidence. Letters addressed to E. Irving. E. R. Irving, and R. Laxedo, care of s.s. Waipori, were given to witness by Detective Quartermain also one parcel, post counterfoil addressed to Mrs C. Hall, care of White House, Taihape, and seven postal note counterfoils, signed E. R. Irving. The dates stamped were Auckland 12th June, 1 p.m. Detective Quartermain said he found the letters in a box belonging to accused at Phillipson's house in Christchurch; he also received a bundle of letters from Rose Phillipson and a torn photograph of accused. Constable who assisted to arrest Matthews at Lyttelton, said that accused did not turn and fire when running from the police. He fired when witness was holding him down, the bullet penetrating witness's right knee above the cap. Constables Baines and Packer, and Detective Eade were present when the shot was fired. Constable Hislop said he was present at the arrest and examined accused's pistol. It contained four cartridges in the magazine and one in the chamber. Accused did not fire any shots after witness caught hold of the pistol, and he did not see accused fire any shots during the evening, but heard two or three shots fired that night. Detective Sheehan said he went to Cabin B on the Maori with Detective Lesuer, and found at dress basket with the label "E. R. Irwin," standing on the floor and a suitcase on the berth. Witness stepped toward accused, who drew an automatic pistol and said: "I'll shoot you, you—." Witness drew a revolver and chased accused along the upper deck. Accused threatened to shoot several times and then clambered down the side to the lower deck and ran down the gangway. Detective Bickerdike fired twice at the accused. Detective Edie said he saw accused collide with a truck and fall. There was a crowd around at the time of the arrest, and someone called out "choke him." The pistol was 25 calibre and a cartridge in the chamber misfired. On being searched £14 16s was found on the accused and 34 cartridges a small box and five wrapped in a piece of newspaper, also a scrap of paper bearing, the impression "Young Brown, Retired Bantam Featherweight Champion of California, 1917-18; born Invercargill N.Z."; a steerage boat ticket and gangway pass "Mr. Irving" for Cabin B. O. berth, 1, for November 1 ; also three seamen's discharges, one for the s.s. Waitomo, and two for the s.s. Waipori, the name of E. Irving aged 26 years. Lyttelton was shown as the place of discharge, on October 5th 1920. He also found a crew's time off slip in the name of E. Irving and two envelopes addressed to Mr. J. Phillipson, 113, Harper St., Sydenham, Christchurch and a Mrs A. Williams, Firth St., Hamilton East, North, Island. "When charged with the murder, witness replied: "Is that the charge?"
New Zealand Herald, 5 February 1921, Page 6
Friday. Mrs. Allan, aged 30, wife of a hairdresser at Fairlie, was found drowned in the public swimming bath this morning. She leaves three children, the youngest of whom is one month old.
The Argus Monday 14 February 1921, page 8
Sunday. Reginald Matthews has been found guilty of the murder of Clarence Wagstaff at Timaru on October 27, and sentenced to death....
Northern Advocate 12 February 1921, Page 2
In the trial of Reginald Matthews for the murder of Clarence Edward Wagstaff, aged 19, at Timaru on October, 27 1920 the jury, after an hour's retirement, returned a verdict of guilty: The prisoner was sentenced to death.
The scene of the gruesome tragedy was the trim front lawn and garden of the residence of Mr Henry Wagstaff.
Clifford Vincent Knapp, who was with young Wagstaff, is employed in the Public Trust Office. When Knapp returned from the pictures on Wednesday night Wagstaff was in bed and asleep. Knapp was undressing, and he saw, through the open door of the hut, a crouching figure. He immediately aroused his companion and the young lads fearlessly planned a campaign to intercept the intruder or scare him off, as it was their opinion that the keys of Messrs Ballantyne's premises was his objective. The lads carried out their scheme, one taking one side of the house, while his companion took the other. Their quarry was sighted, and a chase resulted. Clarence succeeded in getting hold of his man, but the latter broke free, and when racing down the north side of the house, the intruder turned round and fired three shots point-blank at his pursuer. Young Wagstaff dropped instantly. Knapp endeavoured to intercept the intruder on the front lawn, but the front fence was cleared at a bound and pursuer raced into Seaview terrace, turning into Sefton street in the direction of Le Cren street. Constables Dorgan and Palmer, receiving the alarm, promptly on their beat, arrived almost simultaneously with Dr. Gibson, by which time the young man was suffering considerably from loss of blood and apparent haemorrhage. Immediately after the occurrence Inspector Hastie, Senior-Sergeant Fahey, Serjeant McGregor and Detective Abbot commenced a searching investigation of the locality. Inquiry elicited the information that the murdered lad slept in a small hut behind the house.
Evening Post, 5 March 1921, Page 6
Meeting of the Executive Council was held in Christchurch this morning, when it was decided that the death sentence on Reginald Matthews, who murdered Clarence Wagstaffe at Timaru, should be commuted to imprisonment for life.
Northern Advocate 11 February 1921, Page 4
At the trial of Matthews, yesterday was occupied with evidence for the defence by medical experts on accused's mental condition and the effects of hereditary. Dr. McKillop classed accused as a paranoic, who did not know the difference between right and wrong. [Reginald Matthews b. 1 August 1892 - died 1982]
Ashburton Guardian, 25 January 1921, Page 5
Timaru This Day. A very painful accident occurred yesterday forenoon at Clandeboye. A young lad, named Douglas Cuthbert, in the employ of his brother, Mr N. M. Cuthbert, farmer was driving a horse yoked to a hayrake in a paddock. The horse bolted, and the unfortunate man was caught m the swingletree and badly mauled about. First aid was rendered by Mrs Malcolm, a neighbour, who is a returned nurse, and Dr Hastings on his arrival had Mr Cuthbert immediately removed to Te Rata Hospital, where an operation was performed, and he was found to be suffering from internal haemorrhage, and his right leg was badly lacerated. Later Douglas Cuthbert, victim of yesterday's accident at Clandeboye, died this morning.
Ashburton Guardian, 5 February 1921, Page 5
Timaru, February 4. Mrs Allan, wife of W. Allan, hairdresser, Fairlie, aged 30, was found drowned in the public swimming bath this morning. Deceased leaves three children, the youngest one month old, and the eldest six years.
Ashburton Guardian, 21 February 1921, Page 4
Timaru, This Day. Hugh Oswald Murray Christie, aged 43 years, stock inspector, died suddenly at the Fairlie Court to-day.
New Zealand Herald, 18 March 1921, Page 4
TWO CHILDREN DROWNED. FALL INTO A LAGOON. Thursday. A double drowning accident occurred at Milford, near Temuka, yesterday, when two children, Eileen Mary and Patrick Daly, aged respectively three and a-half and two and a-half years, lost their lives. The children, who were under the care of their grandmother, a feeble old lady, were playing on the edge of a lagoon, into which they fell. The bodies were recovered, but efforts to restore animation failed.
Ashburton Guardian, 10 June 1921, Page 1
FECHNEY — On June 9, 1921, at County Hospital, Jessie, dearly beloved daughter of David and the late Ellen Fechney, Timaru; aged, 50 years. Private Interment.
Ashburton Guardian, 22 June 1921, Page 4
Timaru, June 21 William John Perry, single, thirty five years of age, employed on his father's farm, Waitohi, was found dead at 6.30 on the road from Temuka beneath a gig; of which the shafts were broken and the horse missing.
The Argus Monday 29 August 1921, page 6. CONSTABLE MURDERED
Early on Saturday morning Constable Dorgan was shot dead at Timaru. Dorgan and a companion discovered thieves in business premises. Dorgan remained while his companion went for the proprietor of the shop. On returning, Dorgan was found lying in the yard, shot through the breast. He had died in a few minutes. The murder escaped.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday 14 February 1921
DEATH SENTENCE FOR MURDER
Wellington, Sunday. - Reginald Matthews has been found guilty of the murder of Clarence Wagstaff at Timaru on October 27, and sentenced to death.
Auckland Star, 17 March 1921, Page 5
FALL INTO A LAGOON. Timaru, this day. A distressing double drowning fatality occurred at Milford, near Temuka, yesterday, when two children, Eileen Mary and Patrick Daly, aged respectively three and a-half and two and a-half years, lost their lives. The children, who were under the care of their grandmother, a feeble old lady, were playing on the edge of a lagoon, into which they fell. The bodies were recovered, but efforts to restore animation failed.
Evening Post, 15 September 1921, Page 1
WALKER— On the 13th September. 1921, at Culrathain, King-street, Timaru,. Thos. Alex., beloved husband of Nance Walker, late of Wadestown; aged 70 years (heart failure).
Ashburton Guardian, 15 October 1921, Page 5
Jessie Mackay Williamson, single, aged 52 years, died suddenly at Orari.
New Zealand Herald, 14 October 1921, Page 4 FATALITY AT TEMUKA.
CAPSIZING OF A DRAY. Thursday. Mr. Malcolm Orton, well known throughout South Canterbury as a horseman and follower of hounds, was killed at Temuka yesterday through a dray overturning in a ditch. Deceased was 50 years of age.
Auckland Star, 19 January 1922, Page 8
A little girl of three and a-half years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sievwright, of Clandeboye, near Temuka. lost her life this morning. She was riding in a cart with her father to the dairy factory, and lifted a loose rail on the front, of the cart. She fell out and a wheel passed over her body, the injuries proving fatal.
New Zealand Herald, 24 January 1922, Page 8
ARCHDEACON HARPER. Christchurch, Monday.' Private advice has been received of the death in London on January 22 of Archdeacon Harper, aged 89 years, son of the late Bishop Harper, and for many years vicar at Timaru.
New Zealand Herald, 21 March 1922, Page 5 FATAL FALL FROM GIG.
RETIRED FARMER'S DEATH.
Timaru. Monday, James Blackmore, aged 44 years, a retired farmer, residing at Southburn, was thrown out or fell from a gig and was picked up unconscious. He was removed to the hospital, where he died yesterday.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Thursday 23 March 1922 Page 1 Death
LANE - On the 20th March (suddenly), at Temuka, NZ, James Lane, the dear husband of Jane Mary Lane, of Dunheved, Balwyn road, Canterbury, aged 69 years.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 5 May 1922, Page 2
Mrs CAMERON There passed away recently a well known and respected resident of the Okain's Bay district in the person of Mrs F. Born in Peraki 78 years ago, deceased whose name was Sarah Gilbert, married Mr Frank Cameron of Temuka in 1873. Mr and Mrs Cameron lived at Kakahu, Mr John Hay's property in Temuka, for 16 years. They then moved to Banks Peninsula and have been living at Okain's Bay the last 33 years. Mrs Cameron was of a very kindly hospitable nature. She has been more or less ailing for some years. She is survived by her husband, but had no children.
New Zealand Herald, 24 May 1922, Page 8
POLICE-SERGEANT McGREGOR. Timaru. The death occurred at Fairlie this morning of Police-Sergeant Andrew Taylor McGregor. The deceased joined the force 16 years ago, and spent 11 years in Nelson. He was promoted sergeant, and transferred to Wellington, and later to Timaru for health reasons. He was a native of Scotland.
Press, 24 May 1922, Page 9
The death occurred at Fairlie yesterday morning of Police-Sergeant Andrew Taylor McGregor. He joined the force sixteen years ago and spent eleven years in Nelson. He was prompted to sergeant and transferred to Wellington, and later to Timaru for health reasons. He was a native of Scotland.
New Zealand Herald, 7 June 1922, Page 6
Tuesday. Mrs. Harnett, an elderly resident of Fairlie, was killed this morning at Washdyke. While she was driving a horse bolted and she was thrown out of the vehicle.
New Zealand Herald, 22 June 1921, Page 6 Farmer's son killed.
Tuesday. William John Perry, a single man, aged 38 years, employed on his fathers father's farm at Waitohi was found dead at 6.30 o clock to-night on the road from Temuka beneath his gig the shafts of which were broken and the horse missing.
Evening Post, 25 August 1922, Page 1 Death
M'CORMACK- On 24th August, at Wellington Hospital, Clarice Mabel, the beloved wife of J.J. McCormack, and daughter of Richard and Jessie Edwards, late of Timaru; aged 34 years.
New Zealand Herald, 3 October 1922, Page 6
An inquest was opened at Temuka today before Mr. Mosley, coroner, concerning the death of a newly-born infant found in a tin box in a house at Winchester. Two days previously a domestic servant, aged about 18, left the employment of the owner of the house, and afterwards admitted that the child was hers. An adjournment was made owing to the condition of the girl.
Auckland Star, 18 October 1922, Page 1
On October 17 1922 at his late residence, 564 Manukau Road, Epsom. Herbert, the dearly beloved husband of Elise Lee, youngest son of the late Edward Lee of Temuka. South Canterbury aged 40 years. Funeral leaves his late residence tomorrow Thursday, for Waikaraka Cemetery.
New Zealand Herald, 11 November 1922, Page 10
Friday. A very severe storm, with thunder and lightning, occurred at Hazelburn, on the Fairlie railway line, yesterday afternoon about two o'clock. About 7.30 p.m. a search party, came upon the body of Dan Pierce, farm labourer, who had been killed by a falling tree. Pierce had taken shelter below the tree daring the height of the storm, and was killed by its fall.
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, 24 April 1923, Page 3
MR THOS. HARDWICK.
"One, of Nature's gentlemen" aptly describes Mr Thomas Hardwick, whose death took place at his residence, Harper street, Timaru, on Saturday, 14th April. The deceased gentleman was well-known and highly respected in this district, he having been a farmer in Aparima for a number of years. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition and was the soul of honour and it could truly be said of him that his word was his hand his residence in Aparima he was an ardent supporter of the Methodist Church. He was also for many years a member of the Aparima School Committee and the local branch of the Farmers Union. Mr Hardwick Was a successful and progressive farmer. His father originally took up the Aparima farm when it Was a swamp. The property under father and son successively was made one of the finest farms m the district. Some seven : years ago, he sold out to Mr A. Cowan, and eventually settled in Geraldine, where he again took up farming pursuits. Afterwards he removed to Timaru. His widow and four daughters and one son are left to mourn his loss, and to them is extended the heartfelt sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
May 1 1923 Death
FORD; On April 23 at Timaru, Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Allen and Helen Ford (Scotland) and sister of David G Ford (Hastings) John H Ford (Mornington) and James Ford ( Oamaru) aged 72 yrs.
Otago Witness May 1 1923 Death
GEARY; On April 23 1923, at Waimate, Janette Geary, late of Portobello.
The Irish Times Saturday, July 21, 1923
Raymond - July 10, 1923, at Timaru, N.Z. Etta, eldest daughter of the late Francis Bateman Raymond, aged 59 years.
Press, 28 January 1924, Page 4
An enquiry into the death of Mildred Baynes, aged 24 years, of Clandeboyde, who died in the Timaru Hospital on Friday afternoon [Jan. 26th 1924], was held in the Courthouse on Saturday, before the Coroner, Mr E. D. Mosley. Harold Arthur Baynes, farmer, of Clandeboye, identified the body as that of his wife. She had been in good health up to January 3rd. Two or three weeks ago she went to see a doctor, but did not tell witness until afterwards, and then did not explain her trouble. On the 23rd she complained that she had fallen against a verandah post and hurt herself. She was unwell throughout the night. There were two children, one aged two years and the other eleven months. Witness suspected that deceased had had a miscarriage, but she did not' mention it to him. About 3 a.m. on the 25th deceased got worse, and a doctor was secured. After hearing medical evidence, the Coroner returned a verdict that death was due to sepsis and general peritonitis, caused by infection following the use of an instrument by the deceased for the purpose of securing a miscarriage. The evidence, the Coroner said, showed clearly that no blame was attachable to the husband. [Florence Mildred Stephens married Harold Alfred Baynes in 1921] (Harold marries Jessie Emily Turner in 1926]
Auckland Star, 30 January 1924, Page 5
At about noon on Monday it was reported to the police at Temuka that a man named William Cox, aged 64 or 65. had shot himself. The police, on visiting the old man's home, found him lying on the ground. It appeared as though Cox had put a revolver to his mouth and pulled the trigger. A neighbour stated that he heard Cox calling out that he was shot. A doctor was summoned and Cox was removed to the Timaru Hospital, where he died at about 4 o'clock on Monday afternoon. Cox lived alone and has no known relatives in the district.
Christchurch Press Friday 11 April 1924 Death -
HAMILTON - News has been received from Ermelo, Transvaal, of the Death of Mr James Dundas Hamilton, of Caledonia, Vosman's Beacon, which occurred on 3rd February. Mr Hamilton was the 3rd son of the late Mr Hugh Hamilton, of Ayr, Scotland, and Clayton, Fairlie, New Zealand, he was 63 years of age.
New Zealand Herald, 10 June 1924, Page 8
Timaru. Monday. Two sudden deaths occurred to-day. One was that of Mr. Earnest Walker, aged 39, a resident of Otekaike. A single man, David Rennie, 42 years of age, dropped dead at Kimbell. He had been rabbiting and was on his way to a doc, tor at Fairlie, when he expired.
Evening Post, 5 August 1924, Page 1
WELLS — On the 2nd August, 1924, at Timaru, Nurse Sarah Wells, relict of the late Charles Wells, and beloved mother of Mrs William Husband, Stirling street, Berhampore, and Mrs. Blissitt, Greytown. Entered into rest after a useful life of ever ready helpfulness to others; aged 88 years.
Auckland Star, 9 January 1925, Page 5
A boy named Gordon Charles McMillan, aged 13, an inmate of the Bramwell Booth Home at Temuka, was drowned in the Opihi River.
Evening Post, 13 March 1925, Page 8
Timaru, 12th March. A man named James Oliver, aged 35 dropped dead while passing through a field at Glenavy at 8 o'clock this morning. An inquest is to be held.
Press, 13 April 1925, Page 4
Whilst demolishing one of the few remaining old-time huts in Temuka on Thursday last, William Eaglestone, an old identity, 75 years of age, met his death. When excavating the foundations under the chimney, at about 3.30 p.m., it collapsed on him. He was injured internally, but was able, with assistance, to walk to his hut. Dr. A. McInnes was called in, but the sufferer gradually sank and died at about 5.30 p.m. Eaglestone had been married a fortnight before his death. An inquest was held on Friday afternoon, before Mr E. Booth, Acting-Coroner, and a jury of four. Evidence was given by Ellen Eaglestone, widow of deceased, who deposed that she saw the chimney topple over on deceased, and heard him call for help. She went to his assistance, extricated him, and assisted him to the hut. Dr. McInnes stated that death was caused by rupture of the lungs and consequent haemorrhage. A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical testimony.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Friday 1 May 1925 Page 23
The police are still searching the Waitaki River for Philip Hudson, who is wanted on a charge of having murdered Olive Rutherford, who died after a motor accident and was subsequently found to have been shot. Hudson was the driver of the car. One woman living at Waimate believes him to be alive. A stranger, she says called at her house on Friday morning for a cup of tea. He stated that he had come from Kurow, where the body of Miss Rutherford was found mid apologised for his lack of appetite by saying that he had been badly knocked about and was sleeping out. He appeared very weary and nervous, and had fresh cuts on his face. On leaving he picked up a bundle from a hedge, which, by its shape, might have concealed a rifle.
Evening Post, 2 July 1925, Page 7
Timaru, 1st July, Maurice O'Donoghue, thirty-eight years old, married, and with two children, who was employed in a local garage, dropped dead this afternoon when engaged in fitting on a tire to a car.
Ernest Verrall of Christchurch, forty years old, who was visiting friends at Kakahu, left home yesterday to shoot rabbits, and was later found dead in a paddock, with a gunshot wound.
Auckland Star, 30 March 1926, Page 6
A child aged two years, a son of Mr. J. S. Williams, of Temuka, was found drowned in a barrel in which was 2ft of water. The child had been playing near the barrel.
Auckland Star, 13 April 1926, Page 8
At the Temuka Magistrate's Court William Austen Reilly was charged with having, on March 1, negligently driven a motor car, thereby causing the death of Malcolm Bill. Committed for trail at the next Supreme Court.
Press, 2 June 1926, Page 9
Timaru, June I. Mr David Virtue, who has been Town Clerk at Timaru for the past twenty-one years, died suddenly tonight of heart failure. He was aged 66 years. He had been at the office all day as usual and was sitting reading by the fire at home after tea when ne suddenly expired.
Auckland Star, 2 July 1926, Page 5
Mrs. HENRY THOMAS. There passed peacefully away on Saturday. 26th June, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. H. E. Wedde, Temuka. Catherine Bridget Thomas, of Masterton, at the age of 68 years. The late Mrs. Thomas was born at Otahuhu Auckland, her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick McAneny, being among the very early settlers of the North. On her marriage to Mr. Henry Thomas, she lived at Pahiatua, removing to Masterton just prior to the outbreak of the war. She was on a visit to her daughter in the South Island when her end came, after an illness of three weeks' duration. She is survived by her husband one son and five daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Ernest Scott, of Parkfield Terrace, Auckland. One of her sons, Harold Smith Thomas was killed ill action in the Great War.
Evening Post, 20 September 1926, Page 13
By the death of Mrs. M. A. M. Smith, of Geraldine, which took place at the residence of her daughter (Mrs. W. Rae), another of the old South Island pioneers has been removed, says the "Otago Daily Times." The deceased lady, who had reached the age of 81 years, was born in Mitchem, Surrey, and came to New Zealand with her parents in the Maori, landing at Lyttelton in 1858. The family settled down at Riccarton (Christchurch), and six years later, just after the death of her father, Mrs. Smith went to the Shotover gold diggings, where she married the late Mr. Furneaux Smith. They settled down in Arrowtown until 1912, when they removed to Geraldine, and a year later Mr. Smith passed away. Mrs. Smith took a keen interest in the affairs of the Geraldine Methodist Church, and was one of its most prominent workers. Eight children of a family of eleven survive—namely. Mrs. W. Burrows (Dunedin), Mrs. J, M. Cameron (Christchurch), Mrs. W. Redhead (Christchurch), Mr. J. F. Smith (Cromwell), Mr. J. H. Smith (Winchester), Mr. F. Smith (Temuka) and Mrs. G. Miller (Timaru).
Furneaux Smith 1839 -1913
Mercy Anna Maria Smith 1844-1926
Otago Witness 30 October 1901, Page 47 Marriage
SMITH—SHURY.— On the 25th July, at the English Church, Lawrence, by the Rev. Canon Richards, Samuel Smith, eldest son of Furneaux Smith, Arrowtown, to Rachel Ann only daughter of the late William Edward Shury.
Auckland Star 12 October 1926, Page 9 Timaru
Mrs. C. Sullivan, a resident of Temuka, slipped on her doorstep a few days ago and broke an ankle, the bone protruding. She was taken to the hospital, where the wound was cleansed and dressed, but gangrene set in, and though the leg was amputated, the woman died. At an inquest to-day a verdict was returned that death was the result of an accident.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 3 August 1926 Page 12
MOTHER'S STRANGE ACT. Reported Attempt to Drown Children
Monday. - At Hook, a small settlement near Waimate, in the South Island, the wife of Leonard Peter Robinson, a farmer, is reported to have attempted to drown her four young children. It is said that she took the children to the Hook Creek, and returned in a drenched condition with one child dead in her arms. The other three children were found, all with their clothing wet, the eldest girl, aged six and a half years, being unconscious Mrs Robinson has been in bad health for some time.
Auckland Star, 4 January 1927, Page 11
At an inquest to-night concerning the death of John William Hobbs, 15 years Of age, a son of John Hobbs, of Timaru, a verdict was returned that deceased Was accidentally drowned while bathing in the Milford Lagoon, near Temuka. The action of the lad's friends in attempting to rescue him was commended by the coroner.
Evening Post, 10 February 1927, Page 13
The death has occurred of Dr. Rae McRae, at the age of 43 years, states a Press Association message from Napier. After brilliant war service, the deceased returned to the Dominion, and settled in Napier five years ago. He was born in Timaru. [Rae McRae - Major, Royal Army Medical Corps. Married in 1922 to Alice Hall. He was born in 1882 to Jane and John Stevenson McRae.]
Press, 27 January 1927, Page 8 DEATH ON ROADSIDE.
STATION COOK'S BODY FOUND. Timaru, January 26. John Taylor, aged about 65 years, for some years a ship's cook, and who latterly had been working ashore as a cook, was found dead on the roadside near Burke's Pass, seventeen miles from Fairlie. He had been cooking on a station in the Mackenzie Country, and was walking to Fairlie when he was suppose to have taken ill and expired on the roadside. He was a native of London, and so far as is known bad no relatives in the Dominion.
Press, 20 April 1927, Page 4
The death has occurred at her residence, Maude street, Temuka, of Mrs Charles J. Hay, a resident of some 18 years' standing. Mrs Hay, who underwent a serious operation some 18 mouths ago, felt the recent death of her sister. Miss C. McKenzie, very keenly, and had been ill since then, hut her death was quite unexpected. Mrs Hay was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Colin Mr McKenzie and was born at Warepa, South Otago, some 60 years ago. She leaves her husband and a grown-up family of one daughter and four sons —Miss L. Hay (Temuka), Messrs James and Roderick (Palmerston North), Charles (Christchurch), and William (Dunedin). Three sisters are — Mrs Shand (Kaitangata), Mrs Strachan (Oamaru), and Mrs Hope (Invercargill), while Mr J.D. McKenzie (Crookston) is a brother.
Ellesmere Guardian, 23 September 1927, Page 5
Much regret is felt amongst old residents of Southbridge at the death of Mr William Bray, of Orari, which took place on Monday at Timaru Hospital. For many years the late Mr Bray was a .resident of Southbridge, his late father having been one of the early settlers. There are many relatives of the Bray family still in the district, The funeral took place at the Ellesmere Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.
Ellesmere Guardian, 20 September 1927, Page 4
BRAY — On September 19, at Timaru Hospital, William, beloved husband of Susannah Bray, Orari, and third son of the late John Bray, late of Southbridge; aged 61 years.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 13 December 1927, Page 2
Charles Robert Manson
There was general regret in the Barry's Bay, Duvauchelle and Wainui districts on Saturday evening when it became known that Mr R. Manson, manager of the Barry's Bay Dairy Factory had died at the early age of 29. Mr Manson was appointee manager of the Factory eighteen months ago and has proved very capable and earned the esteem of all the suppliers. He came from Invercargill and married a Temuka lady [m. Melba Gwenallen ROBINSON in 1925] who is a niece of Mr Harry Dack of Duvauchelle. He leaves a widow. He appeared to enjoy good health up to five weeks ago when he had a had a heart attack. On Saturday he was back at work and had just finished testing when he collapsed. Dr Waddell was sent for about noon when he seemed to rally. However he died about S p.m. The funeral will take place at the Temuka Cemetery at 2 p.m. to-day.
Evening Post, 27 December 1927, Page 8
26th December. Frederick Shields, aged 68, plasterer, died suddenly when bathing in shallow water at Caroline Bay, Timaru, yesterday. Following his dinner he went into the sea, and it is supposed he was seized by cramp. There were hundreds of nearby bathers, and assistance was promptly given, but all resuscitation efforts were fruitless. Deceased was a married man with a grown-up family, and was a local resident.
NZ Truth 26 January 1928, Page 5
MYSTERY OF THE SEA Farmer's Gruesome Discovery On Milford Beach LAWYER'S WIFE WHO VANISHED
One of the outstanding personalities of the little town of Temuka, South Canterbury, was the late Frances Theodora Aspinall, wife of Lawyer W. G. Aspinall, who has been well-known m the legal profession for the past half century. FOR over 30 years she had resided in the borough, taking an active interest in the amenities and social well-being of the people, her extensive activities in connection with St. Peter's Church carrying with them positions as the fountain-head of the official life of the Women's Guild and Mite Society for 25 years. Her zeal for service was also applied in the official capacities of secretary and club captain of the Temuka Tennis and Croquet Club over a long period of years, while during the dark days of the Great War her organizing capabilities and leadership were thrown into patriotic work with a tireless energy towards providing comforts for the men at the front. Many a returned soldier can recall with gratitude the welcome gifts provided in this way through the women's branch of the Red Cross Society, of which the late Mrs. Aspinall was president. She was a woman of remarkable personality. Prior to her marriage to Lawyer W. G. Aspinall m 1901, she was Miss Nantes, of Dunedin, and was born m Victoria. She was a sister of Lady MacKenzie, late wife of Sir Thomas MacKenzie, ex-High Commissioner for New Zealand in London. Early m 1927, the Aspinalls disposed of their beautiful residence in High Street, Temuka, and removed to sunny Timaru, where the even tenor of their ways was seemingly unperturbed until the mysterious disappearance of Mrs. Aspinall on July 21, 1927. Her tragic fate was revealed last week by the grisly discovery of her remains on the beach 'at Milford by a dairy farmer, William Lunn. At the inquest conducted by Magistrate C. R. Orr- Walker, Lunn stated that he was on the beach at Milford the previous day when he noticed some cattle stampeding. On going over to ascertain the cause, he found the remains of a woman, lying twenty yards above high-water mark. Guy Aspinall identified the remains as that of his step-mother by the clothing on the body and the shoes, which were half- soled. He last saw his step-mother alive the borough, taking an active in about a week before her disappearance, when she was in quite a cheerful mood. They had not spoken about financial matters and there was nothing unusual about her appearance. Henry Holme, a laborer residing at Normanby, gave evidence that on July 21, 1927, he was carting at Normanby and saw a woman wheeling her bicycle across the beach. As she went over the sand bank, he lost sight of her. So far as he could recollect, she was wearing a brown coat. Douglas Brown, another Normanby laborer, Guy Aspinall, and Constable Swan gave evidence of the recovery of the bicycle. Sergeant Swan stated that on January 15 he recovered the skull on the Milford beach, about 200 yards from the spot where the remains of Mrs. Aspinall had been found the previous day. The skull was minus the lower jaw and nearly all the scalp, with the exception of a little at the back, on which was brown hair. Aspinall saw the hair and was. sure it was similar to that of his late wife. The skull appeared to have been on the beach for a few days. The coroner intimated that he was perfectly satisfied as to identification and returned a verdict that Frances Theodora Aspinall died of drowning at Normanby on July 21, 1927, but the evidence did not show how she came to get into the sea.
Auckland Star May 1928, Page 5
SISTER MARIE ST. OSWALD. At the age of 47 years Sister Marie St. Oswald, of the Religious de Notre Dame des Missions, died at Hamilton on Saturday. She was a daughter of Mr. H. Cotterill, of Fairlie Creek, South Canterbury. In 1900 she entered a convent at Christchurch. and later worked in connection with the Mission at Nelson, Pukekohe and Dannevirke. Ten years ago she went to Cambridge, where her health broke down, and she was removed to Hamilton Convent where her death occurred.
Auckland Star, 8 August 1929, Page 8
Christchurch, this day. Major H. Hayhurst, of Temuka, died on a ferry steamer last night. He had been suffering from ill health.
Evening Post, 19 July 1928, Page 1
CASEY. On the 19th July, 1928, at the Wellington Hospital, Elizabeth. Jane Casey (late of Timaru); aged 63 years.
Evening Post, 6 October 1928, Page 1
BELL — On the 1st October, 1925, at Wanganui, Elizabeth, relict of the late Peter Jamieson Bell, of Timaru; aged 82 years.
Auckland Star, 17 December 1928, Page 9
Bernard James Hope, aged 41, was found dead in Temuka with a gas pipe in his mouth.
Auckland Star, 23 January 1929, Page 1
WILSON. On January 23, 1929, at Temuka, Christchurch, Hugh, beloved husband of Mary Wilson and brother of the late Eliza Wallace and Thomas Wilson, of 55, Boston Rd.
Otago Witness Tuesday 2nd July 1929 Death
GILAY - Jessie Sim, on 28 June at North Town Belt, Temuka, beloved wife of Robert and eldest daughter of late Mr and Mrs John Martin, Clover Hill, Milton.
Otago Witness - Tuesday 9 July 1929 Death
UREN - Sampson, on 4 July at Timaru, beloved husband of Savina Uren, aged 84.
Auckland Star, 23 July 1929, Page 19 MRS. W. T. BEATTIE
Whangarei, Monday. Mrs. W. T. Beattie is dead, aged 81. She left her home in Kilrush, Northern Ireland, when she was 16 years old spending some time in Queensland before going to Te Kako run, in the Mackenzie Country. At the age of 20 she married and went with her husband to his farm at Hilton. Since his death fifteen years ago she had lived for the most part with her married daughters, of whom there are three, Mrs. J. P. Findlay (Paeroa), Mrs. C. F. Collins (Whangarei), Mrs. J. Harvey (Kanieri). There are also an unmarried daughter, Miss Beattie (Ashburton) and two sons, Messrs. Alec. Beattie (Temuka) and Edward Beattie (Mackenzie Country). Mrs. Beattie was a most interesting authority on pioneer life of the Mackenzie Country.
Auckland Star, 8 August 1929, Page 8
Christchurch, this day. Major H. Hayhurst, of Temuka, died on a ferry steamer last night. He had been suffering from ill health.
The Press, 29 October 1929
William Earl, born fifty years ago at Kakahu and was the third and youngest son of Mr Job Earl. He saw service in the Great War. He married Miss K. Collins, who with two daughters and seven sisters survive him. He lived in Kakahu all his life. died at the Geraldine Hospital.
Auckland Star, 28 November 1929, Page 14
Timaru, Wednesday. The body of Edward Speechly, a well known resident, aged 85, was found at his home by his grandson this evening. He had a gunshot wound in his chest and a gun was found alongside his body.
Auckland Star, 29 October 1929, Page 3
A colonist of 60 years' standing, Mr. Robert Mehrtens, died at New Plymouth on October 28. He had lived in Taranaki for the last 27 years. When 21 years of age Mr. Mehrtens arrived at Christchurch, and for the next 30 years was employed on the Trevanna station at Temuka. He took up land at Ngaere in 1902 and later retired to live in New Plymouth. He is survived by the following children: —Mesdames Thackbell (Christchurch), D. McKee (Lepperton), Penniall (Waimea), H. Billing (Waimea), Roberts (New Plymouth) and Parker (Auckland), and Messrs. G., F. J., II. and W. Mehrtens.
New Zealand Herald, 5 November 1929, Page 1
CARMODY. On November 4, 1929 at his residence, 1 Gittos Street, Parnell, Patrick John, dearly-beloved husband of Annie Carmody and beloved father of John Carmody. Invercargill and Mrs. Robert Esplin, Timaru; aged 76 years. R.I.P. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral at 9 a.m. to-day (Tuesday), funeral leaving after the Mass for Waikumete Cemetery.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Monday 26 May 1930 Page 4
STEAMER BOATSWAIN KILLED.
Friday.- Terrible injures were received by John Hefferman, aged 44 years boatswain on the steamer Kalaingo, at Timaru this morning, when he was struck by a heavy piece of timber. Two beams were being hauled clear of the hold, when one swung round crushing Hefferman's head against one of the cabins. He died in a few minutes.
Christchurch Press Thursday 7 August 1930 - Obituary
Mr Stanley Crichton Walker who died at Ashburton yesterday was born at Timaru 38 years ago and was the youngest son of Mrs P. Walker and the late Mr. Pringle Walker of Alford Forest road, Ashburton. Mr. Walker was well known in Ashburton some years ago and was employed with the Messrs Friedlander Bros. for some years. He left NZ with the 5th reinforcements and saw service in Gallipoli and in France, he was badly gassed at Ploegstaat in 1917. He married Miss A.M. Thornton, daughter of the late Mrs M.A. Thornton, of Greymouth and leaves a widow and 2 children. Mr Walker has lived in Greymouth during the past 5 years. He was a member of the Ashburton Club and M.S.A. The flag of which was flown half mast out of respect to him.
The Christchurch Press Friday August 15th 1930
Timaru news: Inquiry concluded Death of James Stewart, age 73, killed in accident.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Tuesday 14 January 1930 page 10
WOMAN'S VIOLENT DEATH.
Struck With Axe While Asleep. Monday - Married less than a month ago, Christina Oldfield, wife of Jack Oldfield, a farmer, of Seadown, near Timaru, now lies dead from an axe wound in the head. The husband has been arrested on a charge of murder. What is alleged to have been an attempt at suicide by Oldfield was frustrated by his elder brother, who obtained possession of a shotgun after a desperate struggle. The tragedy occurred in the early hours of the morning. The women is believed to have been killed in her sleep.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Thursday 6 February 1930 Page 10
MURDERED WIFE WITH AXE.
Man Acquitted on Ground of Insanity
Wednesday - In the Supreme Court at Timaru today Jack Oldfield was acquitted on the ground of insanity on a charge of having murdered his wife Christine, with an axe at Seadown on January 13th. The evidence revealed no motive, but showed that Oldfield had worried over his financial position although he was solvent. Abundant medical evidence of Oldfield s abnormal mental condition was given, it being considered that accused had become melancholic and developed the suicidal tendency, deciding to take his wife with him. He was apparently trying to shoot himself when his brother wrestled the gun from him Oldfield him. Oldfield had been married less than a month.
NZ Truth 16 January 1930, Page 1
December 19 last Chrissy Sutherland married Jack Oldfield, a well-known Seadown farmer, at Christchurch. Oldfield is a member of a very well known South Canterbury family. His late father, Frederick Oldfield, for many years owned Oldfield's estate, and it was on a block given to his son Jack when a subdivision was made a few months ago that the tragedy occurred. Oldfields' acquaintanceship with Chrissy Sutherland, a pretty young Christchurch nurse, had existed for a long time prior to their marriage, which took place in Christchurch a week before Christmas. It is stated that some time last year their engagement was broken off, but if this was so the couple must have altered their decision, for they resumed their engagement and married. After a brief honeymoon, they returned on December 28 to their homestead at Seadown where, according to their friends and neighbors, they were happily settled and very much devoted to each other. The interior of the home gave every indication of peace and contentment. Good carpets covered the floor in each living room, the sitting room bore an inviting atmosphere of comfort, and an expensive bedroom suite- of maple and walnut completed an interior indicative of moderate affluence. The home itself was a model of tidiness and cleanliness, the expert product of woman's hand. Oldfield is reputed to be an industrious worker and since his return from the war he was continuously engaged on the family estate until he inherited his block of 115 acres, which is situated on Seadown road at Healey's Corner. Oldfield was wounded in the head and in the leg during one of the Gallipoli Peninsula offensives,
but this did not interfere to any great extent with his labors on the farm. Oldfield, who made no secret of his affection for his wife, is alleged to have arisen early on Monday morning and to have killed her with an axe which is now in possession of the police. According to the dramatic story told by his elder brother, Eldred Charles Oldfield, the accused made an unsuccessful attempt to "take his own life." The inquest into' his wife's death was heard at Timaru, before Mr. D. McLennan, J.P., and a jury of six. The woman's injuries were detailed by Dr. Scannell. Constable Southworth told the court of his interview with the accused. who, after being arrested, said: "I realise now what I have done." A little later he declared: "I was worrying over things. I thought I had spoilt the poor girl's life. I can't say anything." Mr. F. J. Rolleston, who represented accused, asked no questions. After returning from the war, Oldfield never complained to any of his friends of the head injury, which was the result of a sniper's bullet. Oldfield was at times inclined to moodiness, but this was believed to be due to physical stress rather than to any concern about his personal position. He was thirty-six years of age, six years his wife's senior. From the day of his wedding, his life seemed to open out on a new era of happiness. He played Rugby football as a boy at the Timaru High School, but in later life he was too keenly interested in farm work to devote much time to sport. For the greater part of her adult life, his wife followed the profession of a nurse, training at Christchurch and Timaru, while for a time she was stationed at Hanmer.
Auckland Star, 11 February 1930, Page 7
MAN ELECTROCUTED. Employee of power board touched HIGH-VOLTAGE wire. TIMARU, this day. Through coming into contact with a 6000-volt electric wire at Geraldine, Eric Johns 21, a resident of Temuka and a Power Board employee, met his death. The inquest was opened last evening and adjourned sine die.
Auckland Star, 22 September 1930, Page 8
DIED IN THE BUSH. PIG SHOOTER'S COLLAPSE. THREE MEN LOST IN A FOG. SEARCH PARTIES GO OUT.
Timaru, Sunday. Tragedy attended a pig-shooting expedition made by three men, Messrs. George Constable and Edward Johnson, of Hilton, and Mr. Thomas Watts, of Christchurch, who left Meutze Valley, ten miles from Geraldine, early yesterday morning for the Blue Mountains. The party took a short cut on the return journey and became hopelessly lost in fog and. darkness. Snow commenced to fall and the party decided to camp for the night. Between 9 and 10 o'clock Mr. Constable collapsed and expired. At five o'clock this morning Mr. Johnson went for assistance, Mr. Watts having injured his leg. Mr. Johnson reached a house in the valley at 7.45 o'clock. Messages were sent to the police at Geraldine and search parties were arranged. In the meantime Mr. Watts reached Mr. Meutze's home.
Evening Post, 18 October 1930, Page 10
Timaru, 17th October. A fatal accident occurred at Winchester, 15 miles north of Timaru, shortly before 7 o'clock to-night. Harry K. Anderton, a young clerk, employed by the Bank of New South Wales at Geraldine, was riding a motorcycle toward Timaru with Francis Hazel Smith on the pillion, when the machine collided with a car driven by J. Connolly, of Seadown, at Langford's corner, a dangerous spot. Anderton was picked up unconscious and brought to the Timaru Hospital, but died at 9 o'clock. The girl was not seriously injured.
"The whole family could ride, boys and girls the same, because we rode to school, so that was so many miles back and forwards each day. We never had saddles, so we learnt to stay put; I think we learnt balance far better than the ones who learnt with a saddle." D. Langford, Aug. 2011
Hutt News, 30 September 1931, Page 7 MRS. E. JENKINS
A large circle of friends learned with deep regret of the death of Mrs Jenkins, who passed away suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs Whitcher, of Epuni Street, on the 20th inst. The late Mrs Jenkins was born in Timaru 71 years ago, her father, Mr. Wm. Walker, arriving from Suffolk, England in one of the first four ships.
Evening Post, 3 November 1931, Page 1
SMITH —At Wellington, on 3rd November 1931, Lydia, the dearly beloved wife of Francis Smith, late of Timaru; in her 86th year.
Press, 15 February 1932, Page 1
HOLLAND—On February 13th, at a private hospital, Fairlie, Sarah Dorcas, dearly loved wife of Charles Henry Holland, Sherwood Downs; also daughter of the 3ate Mr and Mrs J. Corbett, Ashburton.
Evening Post, 27 February 1932, Page 1
SMITH.—On the 27th February. 1932, at Bidwell street, Francis Smith, late of Timaru and Christchurch; aged 84 years.
Auckland Star, 3 May 1932, Page 3 FATHER JOHN AINSWORTH
The Rev. Father John Ainsworth, S.M., parish priest of Temuka, died in Christchurch last week, aged 62 years. He completed he studies at the Greenmeadows seminary, near Napier, and later joined the Marist mission. Later he went to Australia, and was stationed at Brisbane. He returned to New Zealand a year ago.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 3 May 1932, Page 2
There died in Temuka last week Mr William Morton Coombs (aged 50, m Eleanore Marie Hodgson in1912] , who for some years was licensee of the Hill Top Hotel. Mr Coombs was well known in musical circles and was at one time conductor of the Temuka Municipal Band. Many Peninsula residents will remember Mr Coombs who was very hampered always owing to his failing eyesight, which, prevented his following a musical career. [There daughter Pamela died Jan. 10th 1935, aged 21 years- Temuka Cem.]
Auckland Star, 5 May 1932, Page 3 LINESMAN KILLED.
SECOND WORKMAN INJURED. Timaru, Wednesday. A linesman, Mr. Joseph Andrews, aged 29, employed by the South Canterbury Power Board, was killed at Orari Bridge this afternoon as the result of a power pole which was being taken down falling on him. Deceased, who was married, lived at Temuka. A fellow-workman suffered serious in juries, including a broken leg.
Auckland Star, 16 August 1932, Page 5
Timaru, Monday. A girl, Mabel Edna Roberts, aged 19, daughter of Mr. Leonard Thomas Roberts, of Hewling Street, went bathing in the bay at 10.30 this morning and lost her life. Her father was anxious on account of her health and followed her to the beach, but was unable to find her. He found her clothes on the beach half an hour later and noticed her swimming half a mile out. A fishing boat went to the rescue and picked her up. She was then alive and artificial respiration was resorted to, but death ensued. According to medical opinion death was due to exhaustion, caused by cold water.
Press, 19 April 1933, Page 1
McRae. On April 18th, at his residence Glenshiels [sic: Glenshields], Sherwood Downs, Fairlie, Duncan McRae, aged 72 years. No flowers by request.
Auckland Star, 9 August 1933, Page 8 WOMAN FOUND DEAD.
Fatal electric shock. Timaru, Tuesday. A fatality occurred at the Catholic Presbytery at Temuka, 11 miles from Timaru, early this evening when the housekeeper, Mrs. Mabel Mitten, wife of Mr. Patrick Mitten, of Temuka, came in contact with current from the electric heater. She was found dead in the bathroom at about six o'clock.
Auckland Star, 8 September 1933, Page 11 POWER LINE FATALITY.
WORKMAN TOUCHES LIVE WIRE. TIMARU, Thursday. A borough, electrical linesman, Mr. Philip Gosney, aged 47, met his death to-day while working on power lines. He was engaged tapping a wire from an old pole to a new one, when he touched a live wire and fell 20ft to the ground. Deceased was married and had 10 children.
Evening Post, 20 September 1933, Page 11
Timaru, This Day. The death is announced by the Press Association from Timaru of Mr. Thomas E. Mackay, well known in stock .and station circles, acclimatisation matters, and sporting.
The Courier Mail Saturday 28 October 1933 page 11 Fiji Notes.
Mr. Charles Bell Ackland has died at the age of 67, after a residence of 40 years in the Colony. He leaves three sons and two daughters. Of the former one is Mr. A. B. AcKland, acting Director of Agriculture, and the second is Mr. Ralph Ackland, chief clerk in the Fiji Treasury. Mr. C. B. Ackland was born at Timaru N.Z. and was employed as an accountant with several firms.
Evening Post, 20 March 1934, Page 1
McCALLUM, Leslie J. A.— On March 19 1934, late of Government Life Insurance, as result of accident, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. McCallum, of Temuka, South Canterbury: Next of kin, Catherine McCallum, Main South Road, Temuka.
Evening Post 23 March 1936, Page 1
SEWARD - At 13 Norna Crescent. Kelburn, of March 22, 1936, suddenly, Martha Catherine, beloved wire of John Seward, late of Timaru.
Evening Post, 15 April 1936, Page 10
Oamaru, April 14. John McNair, of Timaru, died in hospital today from head and internal injuries received last night (6.30 p.m.) in a headon collision between his motor-cycle and a motor-car driven by Alan Clark, of Maheno, near the Oamaru racecourse.
New York Times Jun 20, 1936
June 19 - Sir William Hall-Jones, Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1906, died today. he was 85 years old. He went out to NZ from England in 1875, was long in public life. he was elected a MP for Timaru in 1890 and held his seat until 1908, when he was appointed High Commissioner for NZ in London. He held that office until 1912 and was then appointed to the legislative council. His first Cabinet appointment came in 1896, when he became Minister of Public Works. He held that portfolio for 12 years, but was also at various times within that time period Minister of marine, Education, Justice and Labour. He was also at one time Treasurer and Minister in charge of the department of printing and Roads and bridges. sir William was created a Knight of the cross of St. Michael and St. George in 1910, held the portfolio of Minister of railways at the same time he was prime Minister. he was born at Folkestone. He married Rosalind Lucy Purss of Surrey. they had two sons and four daughters. sir William was an associate member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Auckland Star, 18 September 1936, Page 3
Ashburton, Thursday. A farm worker, Eric Francis Norton, aged 33, died in hospital to-day as the result of a gunshot wound. He was found early this morning lying in the yard of a farm at Seafield, where he was employed, with a bullet wound in the head and a rifle beside him. Norton's widow and two children reside at Temuka.
Evening Post, 22 May 1937, Page 1
MILLER — On May 22, 1937, William Donald Miller, of 2 Nairn Street (late of Timaru). A patient sufferer at rest.
The New York Times August 26, 1937
ROBERT BELL, 74, NEWSPAPER OWNER; Proprietor of Several New Zealand newspapers ...
He still controlled The Timaru Herald and The Ashburton Mail at his death. Mr. Bell was a member of The Ignited Press Association of New Zealand and of ...
New Zealand Herald, 7 November 1938, Page 14
MR. H. J. O'LOUGHLEN The death has occurred at Temuka of Mr. H. Jervis O'Loughlen, aged 51, who for 14 years was manager of the Bank of Australasia at Te Kuiti. He was born at Nelson and received his secondary education at New Plymouth, where he entered the service of the bank. Later he was transferred to Auckland, which he left to servo in the Great War with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. On his return ho rejoined the service of the Bank of Australasia and served at both Taumarunui and Motu before being appointed manager at Te Kuiti. He left that office in August of last year on transfer to the managership of the Temuka, South Canterbury branch. Mr. O'Loughlen's death occurred suddenly. The interment took place at the returned soldiers' cemetery at Temuka, being preceded by Masonic and special returned soldiers' services.
Evening Post, 22 October 1938, Page 11 DEAN BOWERS
The death has occurred of Dean Henry George Bowers, of the Roman Catholic Cathedral, at the age of 77, after being fifty-two years in the priesthood, states a message from Christchurch, Dean Bowers was born at Tipperary, Ireland, and ordained at All Hallows College, Dublin. He arrived in New Zealand in 1886, and was first stationed at St. Leo's College (now St. Bede's), and became Diocesan examiner of Catholic schools. He was then sent to Arahura, on the West Coast, from where he went to Geraldine. In 1921 he came to Christchurch as assistant to Bishop Brodie, and since then he had assisted the Bishop in administrative work, acting as vicar general. A brilliant student. Dean Bowers topped the examination lists three times while he was studying in Ireland. While on the West Coast and in South Canterbury Dean Bowers was an enthusiastic and capable horseman, riding many miles in the course of his duties. He enjoyed mechanics as a hobby and when horses were superseded by motors he enjoyed driving.
Evening Post, 1 November 1938, Page 1
EDWARDS.—On October 31, 1938, at 116 Seatourn Road, Kilbirnie, Jessie Anne, wife of Richard Edwards, late of Timaru; in her 82nd year.
Ellesmere Guardian, 14 February 1939, Page 4
Mr Robert John Riches, Whose death occurred recenty at his home on the main Killinchy-Dunsandel road, after a lengthy period of ill health, at the early age of fifty-four years, was a well-known and highly respected farmer. The third son of the late Mr and Mrs Arthur Riches, Mr R. J. Riches was born at Woodbury, South Canterbury, and was trained to farming on his father's property after leaving school. For some time he was engaged in contracting work with his brother, but eventually went farming on his own account at Raincliff, m South-. Canterbury, where he remained for about seven years. From, there he moved to Yaldhurst in which district he farmed for about nine years. A little over twelve years ago he took over a farm on the main road between Killinchy and Dunsandel, and industry, coupled with a sound knowledge of ell branches of farming, enabled him to make a success of his venture. His uprightness and neighbourly qualities won for him the esteem of the whole community and his passing is keenly regretted by a wide circle of friends, who sympathise with Mrs Riches and the members of the family in their loss. A man who was well informed upon political and other topics, Mr Riches took a keen interest in district affairs and before his health failed he was a prominent member of the Farmers' Union at Dunsandel. His ability and all-round knowledge enabled him to take an intelligent part in discussions and in other activities affecting the interests of farmers. He was also a member of the Dun3andel Bowling Club and for a time a warden of All Saints' Anglican Church at Killinchy. While at Yaldhurst he served as a warden of the church there, a member of the school committee and its chairman for some time. He is survived by his widow and a family of three daughters, Mesdames W. Glen (Dunsandel) and Bert Webb (Barr Hill) and Miss Ruby Riches (Killinchy), and one son, Mr John Riches, who lives at home. There are also two grandchildren. Evidence of the high regard in which Mr Riches was held was afforded by the large number of friends at the funeral. Service was held at the Papanui Anglican Church by the Rev. G. L. Harold, of Southbridge, who also took the burial service in the church grounds there. The pall-bearers were Messrs X and A. Riches (brothers), W. Glen, B. Webb (sons-in-law), and Alex and Hugh Urquhart (nephews).
Evening Post, 6 April 1939, Page 8 SEAMAN DROWNED NO SIGN OF BODY
Timaru, April 5, An able seaman, Edward Knox, aged 30, single, a native of Newcastle-on- Tyne, was drowned in Timaru harbour tonight.
Knox, a member of the crew of the motor-vessel Port Halifax, which is on her maiden voyage, was seen to fall off the gangway and go down between the ship and the wharf. A sailor off the vessel dived in and swam round but failed to locate Knox. Five other sailors and a Timaru resident also dived in, but their search also was unsuccessful, as was that by police in the pilot launch. The Port Halifax sailed tonight for Wellington. The search for the body will be resumed tomorrow.
Evening Post, 29 May 1939, Page 11
Christchurch, This Day, The death occurred, yesterday of Mr. Thomas Buxton, former Minister of the Crown and former member of Parliament for Temuka, aged 76. The late Mr. Buxton was Mayor of Temuka for ten years, and was elected to Parliament for Temuka in 1908, holding-the-seat until 1914. During the short McKenzie Government in 1912 he held office as Minister without portfolio. Mr. Buxton was in business in Timaru for several years before, moving to Christchurch, the spent the last 18 years of his life.
Evening Post 10 July 1939 Page 1
EDWARDS, Richard.—On July 10 1939 at his residence, 116 Seatoun Road, Kilbirnie, beloved husband of the late Jessie Ann Edwards, late of Timaru and New Plymouth, in his 90th year.
The Canberra Times Friday 11 August 1939 Page 4
Car Crashed Through Bridge
Thursday. Following the finding of the bodies of George Bell, 41, and his brother, Harold Bell, 34, in a hut at Redcliff, near Waimate, yesterday, Constables Watt and Black were detailed to make investigations. When returning from the scene of the tragedy to-day, their car crashed through a bridge and fell 12 feet to a creek. Watt received fatal injuries and Black is in hospital in a serious condition.
Evening Post, 1 November 1939, Page 5
Timaru, October 31 ; Mr. Charles Henry Dodson, a resident of Timaru, was found dead this afternoon in two feet of water near the Opihi fishing reserve. He visited the river with a friend, who went fishing and on returning found Mr. Hodson in the water. Flattened undergrowth suggested that the deceased slid or rolled into the water.
Evening Post, 13 November 1939, Page 9
John Heenan. aged 32, of Timaru was found drowned at the intake of the Rangitata irrigation works this morning. He Went on duty at midnight and was missed at 7.45 a.m. today. The pumping chamber, which is 12ft deep, was cleared and the body was found at the bottom.
Auckland Star, 15 December 1939, Page 6 RUN OVER BY TRAILER.
DEATH INSTANTANEOUS. Ashburton, this day. Albert Clent (25), of Temuka, a Public Works employee, married, with three children, was killed on the Rangitata Bridge approach at 10.43 last night. He was sitting on a five-ton trailer which was carrying a ten-ton digging machine, and in operating the handbrake on an incline he clipped, being run over. Death was Instantaneous.
Evening Post, 20 May 1940, Page 6
Timaru, May 19. The body of Mrs. J. Greathead, aged 50, of Timaru, was found between the high and low tide mark on Waimataltai beach, adjacent to Caroline Bay, Timaru, yesterday. She apparently left home in the early hours of the morning, and a search resulted in the location of the body.
Auckland Star, 1 June 1940, Page 7
BOY FATALLY INJURED. TREE-FELLING ACCIDENT.
Timaru, Friday. A boy aged 15, Charles Spillane was fatally injured when helping to fell a willow tree at Temuka to-day. The limb he and his companion were chopping split and slipped downward, inflicting a deep gash on the boy's throat. It then swung across his chest and crushed him against a fork of the tree. He was admitted to the Timaru Hospital, where he died soon after admission.
Evening Post, 3 September 1940, Page 1
BURTON The friends of the late Mary Kate Burton, of 9 Harper Street, Timaru, are invited to attend her Funeral, which will leave St. Anne's Church, Newtown, on Wednesday, September 4, 1940, at the conclusion of Requiem Mass, which will be celebrated at 9 a.m., for the Cemetery, Karori. E. Morris, Jun. Ltd., Funeral Directors; 25 Kent Terrace, Wellington.
Auckland Star, 6 January 1941, Page 6
Sunday. Railway- cadet, Jack Denison, aged 16, whose parents reside at Temuka, was drowned to-day while bathing with another lad. George Muirden, at Allday Bay, between Hampden and Oamaru. Neither could swim and Denison got out of his depth and disappeared. Attempts at rescue failed. The body has not yet been recovered.
Hutt News, 6 October 1943, Page 5
The death occurred recently at his residence in Upland Road, Kelburn, on his 65th birthday of Mr. Donald McCaskill a prominent figure ill the educational world. Mr. McCaskill began a long association with the Education Department, one lasting over 46 years, in South Canterbury, and during the final seven years of his career as a teacher was headmaster of Waimataitai School, Timaru. He then received an appointment as inspector of schools and was in the Westland district for a little over four years. Promotion to Hawke's Bay followed, and there he spent over eight years, the final three as senior inspector. At the end of 1932 he was promoted to the position of senior inspector of primary schools at Wellington, a position from which he retired in 1940.
Evening Post, 5 April 1943, Page 1
BRIEN — On April 3, 1943, at Wellington, George Brien (late of Timaru), beloved husband of Kate Elizabeth Brien, 24 Khyber Rd., Seatoun Heights; aged 83 years. (Private interment.)
BRIEN, George.—April 3, 1943, beloved brother of Elizabeth Hampel, 19. Ross St., Kilbirnie, Margaret Brlen, 12 Rodrigo Rd., Kilbirnie John Brien, Hastings, late South Island.
Evening Post, 16 November 1943, Page 1
LECKIE.— On Sunday, November 14, 1943, at Timaru, Sarah (Judy); dearly-loved wife of Constable Arch. Leckie, St. Andrews, South Canterbury.
The Press 19 January 1944 Inquest opened at Timaru.
Evidence of identification was given by Mr W.A. Cumming, Child Welfare Officer, when the inquest into the death of Ronald Gordon Nicolson was opened at Timaru yesterday before the District Coroner, Mr. C.W. Wood, J.P. Nicolson, who was a ward of the state, aged 15 years, was found hanging from a tree by his employer, Mr H.P. Moyle (Southburn), on Monday. The boy had been licensed out to work on Mr Moyle's property in December, 1942, by the Child Welfare Department.
Evening Post, 25 January 1944, Page 1
JONES.—On January 24, 1944, at a private hospital, Wellington, Gertrude Mabel, beloved daughter of the late Henry and Ellen Jones, late of Timaru; aged 61 years. Private interment.
Press 3 Feb. 1944
Mr William Fleming, who died suddenly at Timaru on Monday, was a member of the well known Ashburton family. He worked on the farm of Messrs Manson Bros., at Methven for some time., and then bought a farm in the Methven district. After many years he retired to Christchurch, and at the outbreak of the war went to Timaru. Mr Fleming's father was one of the pioneers of the Flemington district, which was named after him.
Evening Post, 18 April 1945, Page 7
Mr. H. B. S. JOHNSTONE
Timaru, April 17. The death occurred at Waimate today after a short illness of Mr. Harry Bell Spearman Johnstone, at the age of 62. Mr. Johnstone, who was born in Melbourne, was educated at Clifton College, England. For three years he was an articled clerk with A. E. G. Rhodes barrister, Christchurch. In 1905 he settled at Otaio, taking over the management of the Spring Bank Estate, which he afterwards purchased. He was a member of the Waimate County Council from 1918 and chairman from 1923 to 1928, and again from 1934 to 1936. He also served for some years on the Timaru Harbour Board and South Canterbury Power Board, and took part in other public activities. He represented South Canterbury on the Electoral College of the Meat Producers' Board for some years, but resigned a few months ago when appointed a member of the New Zealand Wool Council. Two of his four sons are serving in Italy and a third recently returned on furlough from the Fleet Air Arm. The eldest son is farming at Hook. One daughter, Mrs. P. Martin, lives in England, and the other, Mrs. J. Studholme resides at Christchurch.
Evening Post, 28 August 1945, Page 6
Mr. William Thomas, a former rector of Timaru Boys' High School and a prominent Rotarian, died suddenly at Timaru on Saturday. He was twice Governor of the 53rd District of Rotary International, which includes New Zealand and the Fiji Islands, in 1936--37 and 1941-42. As governor he represented New Zealand at the Rotary conference in Atlantic City, U.S.A. Educated at Canterbury College, he received the degree of M.A. in 1908 and of LL.B. in 1922. He became headmaster of Timaru High School in 1913.
Evening Post 9 November 1945, Page 1
LEIGHTON.—On November 8, 1945, at Island Bay, Charlotte, beloved wife of the late Robert Henry Leighton, late of Timaru, and loved mother of Ralph, Charles; and Tom; aged 75 years.
In Edwardian times, women wore black for two years after the death of their husband, and then purple for another six months.
James Wilcocks Pye husband of Eliza Jane Pye born at Devonshire,
England 19 March 1862
Died at Geraldine 3 April 1902. Buried Timaru Cemetery. Also his son John husband of Ethel M. Pye Died 26 Jan 1912 Aged 28 years
The Press 4th April 1902
The Death occurred at Geraldine yesterday of Mr James Wilcox Pye who was well known in the district. Some six months ago, Mr Pye underwent a serious operation for cancer, which at first was thought to have been successful, but the disease again asserted itself and the patient passed away as stated above. When the news became known in Geraldine, the business people closed their shops and flags were flown at half mast as a mark of respect for the deceased.
Mr Pye was born in Devonshire, England and in 1851 came with his parents to New Zealand in the S.S. 'Atrato'. For some time he was clerk in the Geraldine Road Board office and afterwards in the service of Messrs Morrison & Dunlop. He afterwards started business on his own account. For a number of years he was chairman of the Geraldine Town Board and Domain Board and was also a prominent Oddfellow and Freemason, beside being connected with a number of other societies. He was made a Justice of the Peace in 1895. Deceased leaves a widow and one son.
Star 4 April 1902, Page 1 OBITURAY.
MR JAMES W. PYE. The news of the death of Mr James Wilcocks Pye at Geraldine yesterday was received with much regret by the public, and as a mark of respect for the deceased all business places in the town were closed, while flags were hoisted half-mast on every flag-pole. About six months ago the late Mr Pye underwent a very serious operation at Dr Hayes's private hospital, Temuka, for cancer. The operation was apparently successful for the local treatment of the disease at the time, and every hope was entertained for the recovery of the patient. The disease, however, must have bad a firm hold of the system, for a month or two after the operation it Was reported that cancer had, broken out again in another part of his body, and since then he gradually sank I until yesterday he passed away quietly. Mr Pye was born in Devonshire, England in 1861, and came with his parents to New Zealand in the s.s. Atrato to Port Chalmers and thence to Timaru. His father, Mr John Pye was one of the earliest settlers in the township, and was for many years gardener to Mr C. G. Tripp, of the Orari Gorge Station, afterwards going into business on his own account as nurseryman and seedsman at Geraldine, and a few years ago retired. The deceased commenced life as a clerk in the Geraldine Road Board office, and was afterwards in the service of Messrs Morrison and Dunlop for seven years, and then for three, years with Mr N. Dunlop. In 1887 he started for himself in a small way, and his business rapidly increased until in a few years he had a very large connection and a big drapery and fancy goods emporium known as "Commerce House," employing twenty hands. As well as being successful in business Mr Pye took a deep interest in the welfare of the town, and was instrumental in bringing about many improvements in the Domain. He was chairman of the Geraldine Town Board and Domain Board for a number of years, and had been an Oddfellow for about a quarter of a century, haying joined 'the Order when quite a lad at Geraldine. He passed through all the chairs of the ' Order, and was a member of the Grand Lodge in virtue of his position as District. Deputy : Grand Master for South Canterbury, At the last Grand Lodge session he had been made Grand Warden, which office he held till the time of his death. He: was also a Freemason for nineteen, years, and had held the office of Senior Warden in .tjje Geraldine Southern Star Lodge, S.C. He always took a great interest in outdoor sports, and was president, of the local Cycling Club, and had held office in: several other athletic clubs' in the town. He was also vice-president of the local Floral, and Horticultural Society, of which he was the original promoter about sixteen years ago. The late Mr Pye. was married in Geraldine in 1882 to a daughter of the late Mr John Shannon, of Rakaia, and leaves a widow and grown-up son. He had been a Justice of the Peace since 1895.
The Late Mr J. W. Pye
The funeral of the late Mr James W. Pye who died on Thursday took place at Geraldine on Saturday. It was attended by friends of the deceased from all parts between Christchurch and Dunedin and a very large number of local residents, the procession being the largest yet seen in the district, fully 1,400 persons taking part, despite that a drizzling rain was falling and the day was inconvenient for many farmers and business people. The following societies of which the deceased had been a prominent member took part in the obsequies, namely the Geraldine Masonic Lodge, No. 27, N.Z.C; Victoria Lodge, I.O.O.F. A.C. and Geraldine Mounted Rifles. The members of the Geraldine Fire Brigade and the Alexandra Lodge I.O.O.F A.C, (Temuka) also attended and brethren were present from other Masonic and Oddfellows Lodges in various parts of the colony. Full choral service was conducted at the Anglican Church by the Reverend S. Hamilton the large edifice being crowded and hundreds being unable to gain admission. The Oddfellows service was conducted by Bro. W. Maslin and the Masonic service by Bro. Doctor Hislop. Amongst those present were the Hon. J. W. Toomey, M.L.C; Messrs F.R. Flatman, M.H.R, C. A. C. Hardy, M.H.R.; representatives of leading Christchurch and Dunedin warehousemen, and merchants and the chairman and members of the local bodies and societies. Wreaths were sent by the Commercial Travellers of Christchurch, the W. M. and Brothers of the Geraldine Masonic Lodge, the directors of the Kaipoi Woolen Company, Messrs Sargood & Son & Ewen, Mrs Sercombe, Doctor Hayes, Doctor and Mrs Trevanne, the employees of the deceased, the Alexandra Lodge of the Oddfellows (Temuka), Messrs Bing Harris and Company, Mr F. R. Flatman, M.H.R; the Geraldine Mounted Rifles, the Geraldine Rifles, the Geraldine Fire Brigade and the Geraldine Football Club, Miss Black, The Reverend and Mrs Sharp, Mrs Stubbs, Mr W. A. Dawson, Mrs McCaul, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Baughan, Mr and Mrs Finch, Mr and Mrs Gapes, Mr and Mrs Tasker, Mrs G. McLean, Miss Burridge, Mr and Mrs W. S. Maslin, Mr and Mrs Patrick, Mr and Mrs Liogan, Mr and Mrs C. Moore, Mr and Mrs T. Sheratt, Mrs Buckley, Mr and Mrs H. Pye, Miss Harding, Mr and Mrs Williams, Mrs Quinn, Mr and Mrs Cliffe, Miss Fife, Mr and Mrs Bowkett, Mrs A. White, Mrs G. Behune, Mrs Barclie, Mr and Mrs W. Fleming, Mr and Mrs K. McKenzie, Mr and Mrs Twigg, Mrs W. A. Sheratt, Mrs A. Sheratt, Miss McGilroy, Mr and Mrs McGilroy, Mrs and Miss Gibson, Mrs Grindle, Mr and Mrs Arthur Ferguson, Mr and Mrs C. Pye, Mr and Mrs P. Coira, Mr and Mrs Prouting, Mr R. Wark, Mr C. A. Mervey, Messrs Reynold and Kinvig, Mr E. Watts and Mr and Mrs H. Thompson. Mrs Pye received on Friday, 85 telegrams of sympathy from all parts of the colony.
Ashburton Guardian, 30 June 1917, Page 4
The death occurred at Geraldine on Thursday of Mr John Pye, one of the oldest residents of the district: Some 40 years ago he was gardener to the late Mr C. H. Tripp, at Orari Gorge, and later he took up land in the Ashburton district, but after a brief time returned to Geraldine.
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