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Bessie Jesson, 1931. Looks like a 1924- 1926 tourer - Austin Seven. Bessie Ann Jesson born in 1886 to Mary Elizabeth and John Jesson. Bessie died in 1955. She never married.
Jessons Road, Harewood: Named after the Jesson family, early settlers in the area. Edward Jesson (1835-1907) was a farmer of Harewood. John Jesson (1826-1900), also a farmer, is buried at St. James Anglican Church, Harewood.

Press, 16 August 1900, Page 4
A remarkable coincidence was the announcement in last Monday's issue of "The Press" of the deaths of three, old identities of Canterbury who came to the colony in the year 1856, all in the same ship, viz., the Joseph Fletcher. Their names are John Jesson (Christchurch). E. McDerrmott (Christchurch), and T. Percival Wooding (of Woodbury, near Geraldine).

Timaru Herald, 21 September 1918, Page 2
MRS EDWARD ACTON. On Tuesday, at 11 Mansfield avenue, Christchurch, there passed away another of Canterbury's early colonists, in Mrs Acton, widow, of the late Mr Edward Acton, who was well-known throughout South Canterbury. Sirs Acton was the eldest daughter of the late Dr. T.O. Rayner, who came to New Zealand in the early fifties, and settled in Temuka, where he commenced practice, afterwards becoming a member of the Canterbury Provincial Council. Mrs Acton experienced all a pioneer's discomforts in her early married life. often riding twelve miles across the tussocky plains to Temuka for provisions. She enjoyed excellent health until quite recently and had a family of thirteen, of whom ten — six sons and four daughters—survive heir.

Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, 22 July 1930, Page 3 OBITUARY
MRS JANET F. BECK. At the ripe age of 88 years the death of Mrs Janet F. Beck of Timaru and formerly of "Hartwood", Wairio removes a pioneer of the strenuous and picturesque era in the development of the County of Wallace. The subject of this Obituary, was born at "Coalburn", Lanarkshire, Scotland, and the lassie who spent her school-days in the town of Lanark little dreamt that she would be one of the pioneers carving out Empire in its furthest flung- out-post and would witness in her own span of life, the evolution of that distant outpost from the absolutely primitive to the full status, of a Dominion and one of the brightest parts of the British Empire. The late Mrs Beck has been most intimately associated with the expansion of civilisation and cultivation in Wallace ; she has seen every change in the march of progress, experienced the discomforts, the exertions and the triumphs towards success. Mrs Beck was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Ferguson, of Coalburn and in 1860, at the age of 18 was married to Mr Joseph Beck of "Glakheid" and for the succeeding two years lived there. The wonderful tales of the gold diggings in New Zealand captivated the young- couple, and Mr Beck left Scotland in 1862, landing in New Zealand in 1863 in the ship "Robert Henderson", a vessel which brought a good many of Southland's early settlers. In 1865, Mrs Beck, with her two infant children, followed in the ship "Carriboo" and landed at Port Chalmers; from there a Coastal boat brought them to Bluff, from which point the united family went by coach to Riverton. At Riverton Mr Beck was engaged by Messrs Brown, and Stewart of Blackmount and Belmont Stations, The young couple with their two tiny children set out from Riverton in what was known as a tilted dray, that was a dray with a hooped canvas covering, and it was drawn by a pair of bullocks. "During one day of the week that this slow-moving outfit took to make the journey, no doubt the occupants looked down upon, or passed through what is now Otautau, then only part of the tussock and flax-covered great valley of the Aparima, practically void of habitation. Roads and bridges did not exist, the pukeko and the wild duck held undisputed possession of the water ways, and the cabbage tree and toitoi adorned the hills and banks of the streams. Mrs Beck was the first woman resident at Belmont and for seven years she and her husband remained there. About 1872 Mr Beck took up a farm at Scotts Gap and the family for the first time removed into a house of their own, it was a humble house, built of sods, but it was their own castle. From Scotts Gap a removal was made, when the Wairio district was opened for settlement on the deferred payment plan, the site of "Hartwood" being acquired and here the family has been established ever since, and from here has spread out to possess the land. From the middle "seventies" until ten years ago Mrs Beck resided continuously at "Hartwood." Ten years ago she leased the property and retired to Timaru, where she quietly passed away, on Thursday, 10th July, at the great age of 88 years, her husband predeceased her by 32 years. Of a large family of six sons and six daughters, three sons and one daughter predeceased her, the surviving members being Messrs J. E. Beck (Matamata), W. F. Beck (Totara Valley), J. T. Beck (Aparima), Mesdames Joseph Beck (Wairio), Wm. Ayton (Aparima) J.M. Keen (Aparima), P. Beggs (Otautau) and G. Taylor (Timaru). There are 42 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Of a bright and cheerful nature the deceased lady looked upon the bright side of life, her shrewd, kindly nature expanding to help anyone in distress. In the early days her home was open to every traveller and many a lonely sojourner in those early days got a meal and a bed under her hospitable roof. A staunch supporter of the Presbyterian Church and a regular attender at services. The funeral took place on Sunday, 13th July, at the Otautau Old Cemetery and was largely attended, the long procession of motor cars conveying many of the oldest settlers of this part of Wallace to pay their last tribute of respect of respect to one who had worthily endeared herself to this community.

The Canberra Times Wednesday 11 April 1945 Page 3 Miss J. M. Black
Miss Jessie M. Black, who had been an inmate of the Canberra Community Hospital for the past two years, died on Sunday at the age of 33 years. Miss Black was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Black, of Timaru, N.Z. She was educated at the Timaru Girls' High School and the Otago University. Graduating in Arts, she took her M.A. degree with honours in history at the age of 21 and spent an additional year specialising in languages at Dunedin Teachers' Training College. She taught in the Ashburton Technical High-School, and the Fairlie District High School, and was for some time a teacher in the Canberra C." of E. Girls' Grammar School. Miss Alison Black, B.Sc, a teacher of Home Science at Wellington East Girls' College, N.Z., is a sister, and is at present staying in Canberra as the guest of the Ven. Archdeacon and Mrs. Robertson. Another sister is Mrs. H. H. McLean of Wellington, N.Z.

Star 1 March 1897, Page 2
An old and well-known resident of Christchurch passed away yesterday, when Mrs Isabella Bowman, widow of the late Mr James Bowman, died at Timaru. The deceased lady, who was sixty-one years old, had resided in Canterbury since 1858. About a fortnight ago she went to Timaru to visit the family of her late brother, Mr John Ogilvie, who died six months ago. She was apparently in good health at the time, but a week ago showed signs of illness, sank rapidly, and died about noon yesterday. The cause of death was disease of the heart. Mrs Bowman, who was much liked and respected for her kindliness and benevolence, leaves a family of eight, all grown up. Her sons, especially Messrs D. and W. Bowman, are well known in business circle in Christchurch, and two, Messrs J. O. and A. Bowman, who are absent from the colony, are equally well known musical circles. Mrs Bowman's body was to have been brought to Christchurch for burial, but, acting on the advice of medical men, it was to be interred at Timaru to-day.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 26 October 1908, Page 5
Napier, October 25. Mrs Phyllis Brookes, aged about 40, who was employed as barmaid at the Criterion Hotel, met with a fatal accident while out riding to-day. Her horse refused to pass a trap on the Petane bridge at Port Ahuriri and turned round and bolted to near the corner of Shakespeare and Battery roads. Mrs Brookes was thrown, and she was dragged for a short distance. Her skull was fractured, and she died at the hospital about three hours later. She has a son at Studholme Junction and a brother at Clinton.  

New Zealand Tablet, 14 February 1907, Page 21
BROSNAHAN.— At Washdyke, on February 6th, Eliza, the beloved wife of Timothy H. Brosnahan; aged, 58 years.— R.I.P.

New Zealand Tablet, 14 February 1907, Page 19
There passed away at her residence Washdyke, on Wednesday, February 6, a true type of Catholic womanhood in the person of Mrs. Eliza Brosnahan, wife of Mr. Timothy H.  Brosnahan. The deceased, who was a. native of Ballyoigott, Kerry, arrived in the Colony in 1864, and during her long and useful life was a staunch supporter of the Church and the cause of Catholic education. She leaves a husband and a family of six children— two boys and four girls— to mourn their loss. One of her daughters is a religious in the Convent of Mercy, South Dunedin. She was attended during her long illness by Rev. Father Finnerty, and her death was a most happy one. The funeral, which took place on Friday at the Temuka Cemetery, was a very large one, Rev. Father Hoare officiating at the graveside.— R.I.P.

New Zealand Tablet, 27 March 1902, Page 20 Obituary.
MRS. BUCKLEY, Waimate. The many friends of Mr. B. A. Buckley (formerly Inspector of Police) will regret to hear (writes a correspondent) of the Death of his wife, which took place at the Hook, Waimate, on March 7. The deceased lady, who was a daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Walsh, of County Galway, Ireland, came to this Colony some thirty-seven years ago, and at her Death was in her 69th year. For several months she had not been in very good health. For a fortnight previous to her demise she was constantly attended by her sister, Mrs. Morris, of Rangiora and by her daughter, Nurse Buckley, of the Waimate Hospital. The local clergy attended her frequently during her illness and administered the last sacraments. Rev. Father O'Connell was present at her Death and read the beautiful prayers for the dying. The funeral took place on March 10. A Requiem Mass was celebrated at 10.30, after which the cortege proceeded to the Waimate cemetery. There was a very large gathering of mourners, many of whom came from a great distance to pay their last tribute of respect. After the burial service the Rev. Father O'Connell said a few words, in which he referred to the many good qualities of the late Mrs. Buckley. She was, he said, an affectionate and devoted wife, a fond mother, who trained up her children according to God's ways, a woman who gave to all around her an example in every way worthy of imitation. He urged all to pray for her soul that it might Boon be admitted to enjoy God's presence for all eternity.— R.I.P.

Press, 16 November 1915, Page 5
MRS D. CAIRD. SENR. An old South Canterbury identity in the person of Mrs D. Caird, senr., of Southburn, passed away at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr James Philip, Wai-iti road, Timaru, last week, in her 77th year. She was born in Scotland, and was married in 1863. The same year Mr and Mrs in New Zealand in the ship Victory, transhipped at Lyttelton, and landed at Timaru, in a surf boat. Mrs Caird leaves two sons and four daughters— Mr D. Caird, junr., Southburn; Mr J. Caird, Pareora; Mrs J. Philip, Wai-iti road; Mrs A. H. Abbott, Fairview; Mrs J. J. McKeown, St. Andrews, and Mrs Albert H. Abbott, Fairview.

Timaru Herald, 25 April 1892, Page 2 Mrs James COLLINS
One of the older South Canterbury settlers passed away at Dunedin last Tuesday and was buried on Thursday, namely, the wife of Mr James Collins, engineer, who will be remembered by old Timaru residents, as he was in business here for a good many years before he left for Dunedin about ten years ago. Mr Collins had a foundry, we believe, on the corner of Woollcombe street and Main Road. Previously he was in business in Waimate. Mr and Mrs Collins came out to Lyttelton in the Tiptree, in 1864, and they came to Timaru soon after their arrival, and after staying here a short time they went to Waimate. Mrs Collins leaves a grown up family of seven, one of whom is in Timaru, the wife of Mr A. W. Bascand. Mr Collins is now engineer on one of the Clutha gold dredges, in the neighbourhood of Alexandra.

New Zealand Tablet, 15 March 1906, Page 15
MRS. CONNOLLY, KAKAHU. Died 1st March , 1906 in her 61st year.
An old and highly, respected Catholic resident- of Geraldine in the person of Mrs. Bridget Connolly, wife of Mr. Jeremiah Connolly, passed away at her residence, Kakahu, on March 1. The remains were taken to the Catholic church, Geraldine, on Saturday morning, March 3, when a Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Very Rev. Dean Bowers. The funeral left in the afternoon for the local cemetery, and the very large concourse of mourners from all parts of the district bore testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The late Mrs Connolly was a native of Lilcornean, Galway, and was born in 1846. She came out to New Zealand in 1870, and two years later married Mr. Connolly. Of a family of four sons and three daughters all but one survive her. The late Mrs. Connolly suffered a lingering illness, and died consoled by all the rites of the Church. Sincere sympathy is felt throughout the district for Mr. Connolly and family in their bereavement. — R.I. P.

Timaru Herald 14 August 1920, Page 4 MRS J. CONNOLLY [Mary Moloney married in 1901, died aged 45 years]
There died after a short illness in Lewisham Hospital, Christchurch, on Sunday last, Mrs J. Connolly, the wife of Mr Jeremiah Connolly, of Rakaia, formerly of Geraldine. The deceased, was a native of Geraldine, where her mother Mrs Moloney, and her sister, Mrs J. Lysaght, still reside. She was of a quiet unassuming disposition, and during her active life dispensed a generous hospitality at Rakapuaka, Geraldine, and more recently at Rakaia. She took an active interest in war work, for providing comforts for the lads at the front, and helping the relatives left behind, and whilst a prominent church worker in connection with the Catholic Church, Geraldine, she let her practical sympathy know no distinction of race or creed. She leaves a husband, three sons and one daughter, to mourn their loss. A funeral car brought the body to Rakaia on Monday, and after a solemn Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning, the funeral cortege proceeded to Geraldine, followed by a large number of mourners, the number being augmented by additions at every cross road, till by the time Geraldine was reached it was considered to be the largest funeral procession seen in the district. The Rev. Dean Bowers officiated at the Church and graveside. Messages of sympathy to the stricken family were received from all quarters and a number of handsome wreaths were placed on the grave.

Evening Post, 14 January 1928, Page 15
Another of South Canterbury's fast diminishing band of pioneers, Mrs. Margaret Cormack, died at her residence, St. Albans, last week, says the Christchurch "Press." The late Mrs. Cormack was born, in Dunkold, Scotland, and came to New Zealand in the ship Cresswell with her parents, the late Mr. and  Mrs. D. Fergusson. They landed in Timaru in 1859. After residing in Kaiapoi for two years, the family went to Temuka to live, the late Mr. Fergusson taking charge of the Georgetown School. Mrs. Cormack was married by the late Rev. G. Barclay, at Winchester, in 1875, to the late Alexander Cormack, of Woodbury, who predeceased her 31 years ago. Mrs. Cormack and her family resided in Woodbury for a large number of years. A few years ago she came to Christchurch to reside. When living in Woodbury, Mrs. Cormack was always ready to help in time of sickness or trouble. She and other members of the Fergusson family helped greatly to get the Presbyterian Church erected at Woodbury, where she was a regular attendant while residing there. Mrs. Cormack leaves a family of three, two daughters and a son. Also three sisters and a brother, all resident in Canterbury.

Evening Post, 9 December 1944, Page 12
MRS. C. CRAIGIE. Timaru, This Day. The death has occurred, at the age of 92, at Kingsdown, South Canterbury, of Mrs. Catherine Craigie, widow of Mr. James Craigie, who for many years was Mayor of Timaru and represented the town in Parliament and was a member of the Legislative Council for some years.

Timaru Herald, 12 May 1916, Page 3 MRS GEORGE CROSS. [Rebecca] [no headstone]
Yesterday funeral took place privately of an estimable lay, Mrs George Cross, who was well known to and highly respected by most people in Timaru. Her husband, Mr George Cross, was for many years in charge or the Timaru Domain, and with Mrs Cross in the decorative classes they were large and successful exhibitors at the local flower shows. They were attendants of Trinity Church, under the ministry of the Rev. W . Gillies, and Mrs Cross was among the foremost lady workers for the church in its social and benevolent, activities. Mr Cross afterwards engaged in the nursery and florist business on his own account, on Otipua Road, and meeting with a bicycle accident that made him permanently an invalid, Mrs Cross had since been very much confined to her home, where her sincere character and cheerful disposition won her new friends, who with older ones sympathise with the survivors in their loss. Her only son, Captain Alex. Cross, resigned a mastership in the Wellington Boys' High School, to join the Expeditionary Force, and after some service there was invalided home, from Gallipoli. He returned to duty and is now with the Forces in France. So also is Captain Jennings, the husband of Mrs Cross's only daughter, who gave up an excellent scholastic position to care for her ailing parents. Both Mr and Mrs Cross, we understand, were natives of Rugby and ordinarily were members of the Anglican Church, to which they had returned. The Rev. Mr Thorpe conducted the funeral service.

Rebecca and George Cross children: 1886 Cross Bella Dykes McIntosh

Evening Post, 3 January 1936, Page 13
A Press Association message from Timaru announces the death of Miss E. M. Culverwell, borough librarian for twenty-two years, who resigned last month on account of ill health. 

Press, 31 August 1928, Page 6
News has been received by cable that Mrs Caroline Corry-Evans, widow of a former Town Clerk, of Temuka died suddenly in London on Saturday, after a few hours' illness, at the ripe age of 80 years. The late Mrs Corry-Evans lived in the Temuka district for many years, her first husband, whom she married when 17 years of age, being the late Mr Julius Mendelson, one of Temuka's earliest and most prominent business men. Early in the present century the then Mrs Mendelson married the late Mr E. Cutten, in Temuka, and after his death in 1917 she travelled about the Dominion, taking up her residence in several places, and finally went to live in England, where she married Mr Corry-Evans, who died a few years ago. Two married daughters live in England, and another (Mrs J. C. Miller) resides at Woodbury (Canterbury). The business area of the town, extending from Gabites' corner to the Royal Hotel right-of-way, still belongs to the family. The late Mrs Corry-Evans had made arrangements to visit New Zealand towards the end of the present year, and purposed taking up residence in Temuka. [Caroline Mendelson married Edward Cutten in 1888]  [NZ DIA marriages 1870 Carolina Schwartz to Julius Mendelson] [NZSG Marriages - Schwartz, Caroline to Julius Mendelsan]

The Times Friday, Aug 24, 1928; pg. 1
Corry-Evans - On Aug. 22, 1928, in London, Carolina Corry Evans, formerly of Seadown, Temuka, NZ. Interment at Brompton Cemetery tomorrow 11.30.

The Times  Wednesday, Jun 01, 1927; pg. 21
Mr Trevor Corry Evans, a member of one of the oldest families in Ireland, died last Thursday at Caterham at the age of 77. He was a son of Major George Thomas Evans, of Ash Hill Towers... and his mother was Barbara Louisa Corry, of Abbey Yard, Newry, Co. Down.. Mr Evans was born at Ash Hill
Towers, and after learning agriculture and shipping in his youth, he settled in Oamaru, Otago, and there is still a surviving brother, George Maurice Evans in Wellington. Mr Evans married in 1923 Carolina, widow of Mr Edward Cutten, of Temuka.... Some years after the death of the tenth Earl in 1888,
his widow returned from New Zealand to England...

The Times  Wednesday, Aug 15, 1923; pg. 1;
Evans: Cutten - On the 14 Aug. at St. Maryebone Registry Office, Trevor Corry Evans, eldest surviving son of the late Major and Mrs George Thomas Evans, of Ash Hill Towers, Co. Limerick, and brother of Nina Dowager Countess of Seafield, to Carolina, widow of Edward Cutten, of Temuka, South Canterbury. NZ. The wedding was a very quiet one, the only persons present being Sir Lees and Lady Nina Knowles, Mrs George Morris and Miss Alice R. Maclaren.

Press, 10 November 1870, Page 2
An interesting ceremony was witnessed yesterday in the solemnisation of marriage between Mr Julius Mendelson, merchant, Temuka, and Caroline, daughter of Mr Israel Schwartze, Christchurch. The ceremony, which took place at the Jewish Synagogue, commenced with the chanting of the service in Hebrew, during which the bridegroom was present. The bride then entered accompanied by her mother and five bridesmaids, who were placed under a canopy which was supported at each corner by one of her relatives. The Rabbi then descended from the rostrum, reading at the same time the marriage contract in Hebrew and English, and concluding the ceremony with the delivery of an impressive address on the duties of married life. A glass of wine was then presented to the bride and bridegroom. The glass was then broken and trampled under foot, emblematical of the uncertainty of human life. The Synagogue was crowded during the ceremony by a numerous audience.

Timaru Herald, 3 April 1918, Page 2
THE LATE MRS DAWE. There was lost to South Canterbury on last Monday morning, another of the pioneers of South Canterbury, in the person of the late Mrs Dawe, of Levels Plains, who had attained the age of 84 years, and who was the widow or the late Mr Richard Dawe, who died eight years ago [27th Aug. 1910]. It is no mere figure of speech to say that the deceased was one of the pioneers of South Canterbury, for she did a great deal of work in the days before bridges and road's afforded a means of travelling—work which most women would find it physically impossible to perform. Born in Plymouth 84 years ago, Miss Bartlett exchanged her maiden name to become Mrs Richard Dawe, and immediately following their marriage she and her husband set sail for New Zealand in the ship Akringbon, arriving at Lyttelton in 1865. From Lyttelton they journeyed to Timaru by bullock dray. On arriving here they found that Mr Teschemaker wanted a married couple for Haldon station in the Mackenzie Country, and they filled this place for a time. From there they removed to Maori Hill, Timaru, where their first child was born, and after this they decided to strike out for themselves. They accordingly bought a farm at Levels Plains, where for a good many years they carried on dairy and agricultural farming successfully. They "broke in" their farm from the tussock, and with their own hands built their dwelling house. After Mr Dawe's death eight years ago, the farm was sold and Mrs Dawe secured a home at Washdyke, where she had since lived. She always took a keen and very intelligent interest in the affairs of the district, and retained her mental faculties right up to the time of her death. She always took a special interest in agriculture, and was never happier than when pottering about the field or garden. Deceased leaves a family of nine daughters and three sons, and there are 34 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs McMurchic, of Washdyke, Mrs Wm. King, Levels Valley, Mrs Wilson, Waimate, and Mrs A. Stocker, Upper Washdyke Valley. The sons are Messrs W. F., R., and I., Dawes all of Washdyke. The funeral will take place to-day.

Children of Jane and Richard DAWE
1865 Dawe Sarah Annie m. William King s/o Eli King, South Australia 20 May 1884
1866 Dawe William Francis
1868 Dawe Richard
1870 Dawe George Strong d. 29th May 1874 aged 3½ years
1875 Dawe Thomas Isaac married Isadora Bailey in 1897
1878 Dawe Fanny Maude born at Whitley Farm 7th Aug.  married George King in 1897
1880 Dawe Alethea married Ernest Henry Wilson in 1913
1883 Dawe Jane married Albert Glynn Stocker in 1906

Timaru Herald, 3 December 1887, Page 2 Death
Bartlett — On Ist December, at Level Plains, William Bartlett (brother of Mrs Dawe, Levels Plains) aged 55 years.

New Zealand Tablet, 30 May 1901, Page 15
The announcement of the death of Mrs. Michael Dennehy, of Timaru, which occurred on the 21st inst., will be read with regret by her many friends. The deceased lady had been at different times a resident of Timaru, Oamaru, and Wellington, and in each of those centres was well known for her kindly and amiable qualities, and highly respected by her many acquaintances. She died fortified by the rites of the Church, having performed the general jubilee a few days before, and was attended during her illness by the Rev. Fathers Tubman, Aubry, and Pertuis. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon. A Requiem Mass was celebrated in the morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart by the Rev. Father Tubman, who also officiated at the grave. The funeral was attended by a large number of friends. She leaves a husband, two sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss. — R.I.P.

New Zealand Tablet, 12 August 1898, Page 19
It is with sincere regret I record the death of Mrs. Doyle, housekeeper to the Rev. Father Fauvel, which occurred yesterday (Sunday) morning, at half-past six o'clock, after a protracted illness, borne with heroic patience. The deceased lady was a native of County Cavan, Ireland. She married Mr. Doyle, who was in a large way of business at Liverpool. After the death of her husband, the late Mrs. Doyle carried on the business until the failure of the Liverpool bank, through which she suffered so severely that she was compelled to realise and came to New Zealand. In this colony she has held situations in the highest families, including Dr. Menses (Southland). Ready-Money Robinson (Cheviot), and Mr. Allan Maclean (Waimate) and won the respect and esteem of all. About 25 years ago she took up the position of housekeeper to the esteemed Rev. Father Goutenoire (then of Timaru), and a little over 20 years and came to Temuka as housekeeper to our much-respected pastor, the Rev. Father Fauvel, whose comment to me on her fidelity was 'If I served God as faithfully as she served me these 20 years would need have no fear.' The deceased lady possessed almost singular qualities. She always had a kind word for everybody. Her great delight was to have a Mass said for some poor friendless person who had left this vale of tears. She gave the handsome donation of £30 to the convent building fund, along side of which she had a pretty chapel erected at a cost of £70 10s. Her last— I might say dying—act was a donation of £2 to the famine relief fund for Ireland. Her acts of charity were numerous, many of which are only known to the One she served with all her heart and soul and strength. — R.I.P.

Timaru Herald, 12 September 1916, Page 4 MRS JOSEPH [sic] EARL nee Bridget Behane
Mrs Joseph Earl, whose death occurred at her residence, Kakahu, on the first instant, was born in Asthole, County Kerry, Ireland. In 1861 she arrived at Melbourne in the ship Commodore Perry, and was married to Mr Joseph Earl in 1866, and came with, her husband to Kakahu, where she was the second woman resident of the district. She has left, besides her husband, eleven of a family—eight daughters and three sons, and 35 grand-children living. After a short illness she passed to rest in her 76th year. A very large number of neighbours and friends paid the last token of respect by attending the funeral, among those present being several whose ages ranged from 90 to 95.

Bridget Earl
Wife of Job
Age at Death 76
Date of Interment 1 Sep 1916
Geraldine Cemetery  Section General Row 122 Plot 28

Job EARL died on 1 Feb 1920, aged 88 years. There's an obituary in the Press on 7 Feb 1920, pg 8. Job came from County Wexford, Ireland and the couple married in Victoria, Australia. Also gives the initials (and married surnames) of the 11 children (eight daughters & three sons).  Three of there children married three LYSAGHT siblings.  The 1881 Electoral Roll says Job was a farmer and owned "Part Section 10854, Kakahu".  Earl Rd over the Manse Bridge near the Temuka saleyards runs straight to the Fairlie Geraldine highway and then becomes the Te Moana Rd, near Speechly's Bridge.

New Zealand Tablet, 28 May 1908, Page 24
There passed away on Thursday last Mrs. Egan, relict of the late Mr. Jeremiah Egan, in her 49th year. The deceased lady was a native of Tralee, County Kerry, and came to the Dominion thirty years ago. She lived for some time at St. Andrews, and then with her husband carried on business at Fairlie and later at Timaru. She leaves three daughters to mourn their loss. She died fortified by all the rites of the Church. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, and the large number of persons who took part in it showed the esteem and respect in which the departed was held. Rev. Father Tubman officiated at the graveside, and was assisted by the Very Rev. Father Regnault.— R.I.P.

Evening Post, 16 September 1942, Page 6
Mrs. Dora Fair, wife of Mr. James W. Fair, of Timaru, died suddenly in Nelson last week while she was visiting her mother, Mrs. E. C. Kelling.

Ashburton Guardian, 28 July 1891, Page 3
It is with great regret that we have to record the death of Mrs Harry Friedlander, which took place this morning, after a long and painful illness, during which her life was more than one despaired of Mrs Friedlander was sister to the Messrs Zander, of this town, and was a native of Kolmar, Posen, Germany, where she was born in 1853, so that she has been carried off at the early age of thirty-eight years. She came to Ashburton in 1876, and was married to Mr Harry Friedlander shortly afterwards, and with the exception of two years residence at Timaru, lived here ever since. She leaves five children, the youngest six years of age, with her bereaved husband to mourn the loss of a most affectionate mother and wife. The delicate state of Mr Friedlander's health will tend to intensify the sympathy felt for him and his motherless children by a large circle of relatives- and friends. Mrs Friedlander's kind and charitable nature attracted many friends to her ; both here and in Timaru, and though for .some years past the state of her health has not permitted her to enjoy much society she will still be greatly missed. Most of the members of her family were around her at the time of her death, at an early hour this morning. The funeral will take place to-morrow forenoon at eleven, to the Ashburton cemetery.

Evening Post, 25 February 1937, Page 18 MRS. MARGARET HANBY. [Margaret Mackay Munro m. Herbert Osmond Townsend HANBY in 1926]
The death occurred recently of Mrs. Margaret Mackay Hanby, wife of Canon H. O. Hanby, vicar of Belfast, and editor of the "Church News," after a long illness, states the Christchurch "Press." Mrs. Hanby was well known in the parishes of Fairlie, before her marriage, and of Woolston, Cust, and Belfast, after her marriage eleven years ago. In these parishes, in spite of her frail health, she took an active interest in church activities, and by her generous disposition and many unostentatious kind deeds, especially to the unfortunate in life, was very much loved. The funeral took place on Saturday from St. David's Church, Belfast, the interment being at Bromley, Bishop C. West-Watson and Dean J. A. Julius officiating. The bearers were the young men of the Bible classes, followed by Bible class members from the vicarage to the church. Mrs. Hanby came from Scotland to New Zealand at an early age on the death of her parents, to the care of her aunt, the late Mrs. H. B. Johnstone, of Park Terrace. She was educated at the Otago Girls' High School when Miss Marchant was principal. She is survived by her husband and a brother and sister, Mr. Charles Munro, of Henley, Otago, and Sister T. Monro, formerly matron of Malvern Maternity Hospital, Ashburton, and known to many returned soldiers during her three years' service with the nursing division of the Expeditionary Force on the transports and in Cairo and English hospitals.

New Zealand Tablet, 15 February 1906, Page 20
(From our Timaru correspondent.) There passed away at Cairnsmore Private Hospital, Timaru, on Tuesday evening last, in her 30th year, Mrs. Humphry Geaney, one of the most widely known and esteemed Catholic ladies in South Canterbury. She was a daughter of Mr. J. Kenny, of this town, and a sister of Mrs. T. J. Burns. Seldom indeed has such widespread sympathy been shown at any demise as has been tendered to her sorrowing husband and relatives. Born in the Waikato district in 1876, her education was commenced in the Christchurch Convent and completed at the Sacred Heart Convent, Timaru. On leaving school she taught for two years in our Catholic boys' school, then on the advent of the Marist Brothers she took charge of the Catholic mixed school at Gisborne for three and a half years till the Sisters came, and then spent two years more assisting in the girls' school, Timaru. She was a successful and devoted teacher, and her ex-pupils and their parents speak in the highest terms of the good done by her teaching and example. Later on she married Mr. Humphry Geaney, of Makikihi. Since settling there she had been more than ever active in Church work, and particularly devoted herself to forming the present fine choir of nineteen members, which is a credit to a church in a scattered country district, and more particularly reflects the energy and devotion of her who has passed away. She died as she had lived, a pious, fervent Catholic. A Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Father Le Floch on Thursday morning for the repose of her soul, a large congregation attending. The funeral took place the same afternoon, and was one of the most imposing that has left the church for a considerable time. — R.I.P.

Otago Witness, 30 June 1909, Page 40
A very old and respected resident (Mrs Ann Grigson) passed away on Wednesday morning, after having reached the age of 84 years. Mrs Grigson arrived in Timaru on February 14 1859, and has resided in the Waimate district for the past 50 years. Mr Grigson was killed at Saltwater Creek in 1867 while carting stores. Mrs Champion the elder daughter of Mrs Grigson died in 1878, but the younger daughter was married to the late Mr Thos. McKee, and is now the wife of Mr Samuel M'Kee, of Inchholme. Mrs Grigson's granddaughters, the Misses Bruce, have lived with her for many years and are well known in Waimate for faithful work in day school and Sunday school.

Press, 19 July 1916, Page 2 MRS W. GUNNION. Margaret Graham married William Gunnion in 1858
At noon on Sunday one of the old identities of Temuka, in the person of Mrs W. Gunnion, passed away peacefully at the age of 81 years. The late Mrs Gunnion was born in London, and in the year 1851 she arrived with her parents at Port Lyttelton, coming out in the ship George Pollock. In 1858 she married Mr William Gunnion, of Halket, at Trinity Church Avonside, Christchurch. He predeceased her 42 years ago. The late Mrs Gunnion came to Temuka about 20 years ago to keep house for her son, Mr T. Gunnion, and after his marriage she took up her residence with her daughter, Mrs T. Tilbrook, where she passed away on Sunday. She leaves two sons, and three daughters, the sons being Mr T. Gunnion (Temuka), and Mr W. Gunnion (Invercargill). The daughters are Mrs T. Tilbrook (Temuka), Mrs Glennie (Ashburton), and Mrs H. McCullum (Blenheim).

Evening Post, 14 October 1942, Page 6
Lady Hall-Jones, widow of Sir William Hall-Jones, passed away last evening at the age of 84 years. Lady Hall-Jones was Miss Rosalind Lucy Purss. She was born in England and her marriage took place in 1875. Her husband was prominent in the political life of New Zealand for many years, representing Timaru, and he held the portfolios of Public Works and Marine in the Seddon Ministry. He was High Commissioner for New Zealand in London from 1908 to 1912 and was later a member of the Legislative Council. Since Sir William's death, six years ago, Lady Hall-Jones lived quietly at her residence in Burnell Avenue. There are two sons and three daughters—Mr. F. G. Hall-Jones, barrister, of Invercargill, and Governor of Rotary; Mr. W. Hall-Jones, Hamilton, an engineer of the Public Works Department; Mrs. E. A. Christie, Wellington; Mrs. W. Brown, Wellington, and Miss H. Hall-Jones, Wellington.

Ashburton Guardian, 28 November 1913, Page 2 Mrs Thomas Hardcastle
Another of the pioneers of Canterbury passed away yesterday at Timaru in the person of Mrs Hardcastle, sen., widow of the late Mr Thomas Hardcastle, at the advanced age of 89; years. The deceased lady came to New Zealand with her husband and the elder portion of their family in the ship Canterbury, arriving at Lyttelton in July, 1858. After a short time spent at Kaiapoi and at the 'Springs Station, the late Mrs Hardcastle resided for four years at Longbeach, where her husband was manager, and when the now noted estate was in its wild, natural state.

Timaru Herald, 9 April 1917, Page 4 Mrs ANNE H. HEALEY [In 1865 Ann Le Ber married Duncan McLean]
There passed away at Christchurch on Wednesday, April 4th, another of the fast diminishing band of early pioneers' connected with the settlement of South Canterbury, in the person of Mrs Anne Healey. She arrived in Timaru in 1864, and was married the following year to the late Dr McLean, by whom she had four children, who survive her. They are Mr Duncan McLean sheepfarmer of Hawke's Bay; Mr Harry McLean, of Wellington, who left with the Main Expeditionary Force and is now in France; Miss Mary McLean, headmistress of the Girls' College Wellington; and Miss Agnes McLean, of the Immigration Department, Wellington. In 1873 she married Mr John Healey by whom she leaves five surviving children Mr George Healey, of the State Shipping Company, Fremantle, W.A.: Mr Cecil Healey, manager of the N.Z. Refrigerating Company's Picton Branch; Mr Harold Healey, farmer, Wellsford; Mrs John Gillies, also of Wellsford, and Mrs Brahazon Ellis, of Christchurch. After 38 years residence in Timaru, Mrs Healey removed to Christchurch, where she spent the last remaining fourteen years, being a patient sufferer for a considerable time.

Press, 10 December 1935, Page 2 MRS MARY E. HEWSON [Miss Mary Elizabeth Smith]
The death occurred at her home at Ashburton on Sunday of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Hewson, who was an early resident of the Mid-Canterbury district. She was in her eighty-first year. Mrs Hewson, who was born at Christchurch on June 21, 1855, was the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Smith, who came out in the Cressy in 1850. The family travelled in a bullock dray to the Mount Peel station, where Mr Smith took up a position in 1857. They went to the Orari Gorge Station in 1859 and there Mr Smith built the first house. Mrs Hewson received her education at the Old Bark Hut, at Geraldine, the township then consisting of a store and a few houses. In 1871 she married Mr Alexander Hewson at the Alford Forest Anglican Church. Mr Hewson, who had arrived by the Queen of Mersey from Glasgow in 1864, was a well-known shepherd and station manager in the Ashburton county for many years. Mrs Hewson had lived in Ashburton for 50 years, and before that had resided in various parts of the county with her husband. She was a staunch supporter of St. Stephen's Anglican Church, and a member of the Ladies' Guild and the Mothers' Union. Her kindly disposition endeared her to a large circle of friends. Her husband died 10 years ago. There was a family of 13, of whom six sons and five daughters survive. These are Messrs Heber Hewson (Tinwald), William Hewson (Geraldine), Henry R. Hewson (Christchurch), Alexander Hewson (Gisborne), Charles Hewson (Inglewood), Douglas Hewson (Christchurch), Mesdames R. Rhodes (Auckland), W. Smale (Blenheim), C. Tovey (Oxford), M. Marson (Ashburton), and Miss A. Hewson (Invercargill). There are 39 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mrs Hewson is survived by two sisters and one brother.

Star 6 September 1897, Page 3
Timaru, Sept. 6. Mrs Holdgate; wife of Mr Edward Holdgate, a very old resident of Timaru, died last night, after a painful illness lasting ten days. The deceased lady, who was most highly respected, was a zealous worker in the Wesleyan Church. She leaves a large family circle and numerous friends to mourn their loss.

Evening Post, 2 February 1944, Page 8
Mrs. Mary Rose Hunt, wife of Mr. F. K. Hunt, S.M., Auckland, died in Auckland last week after an illness of two days. Born in Timaru 74 years ago she was the daughter of Mr. A. Jagger, the first schoolmaster there. She was married in 1899, and lived with her husband in Auckland during the whole of his Magisterial career, with the exception of a period from 1920 to 1923, when Mr. Hunt was stationed in Wellington. Mrs. Hunt was preparing for a holiday when she was suddenly taken ill. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Sutherland, Bendigo, and Mrs. Courtenay Biggs, Hokitika.

Timaru Herald, 8 October 1900, Page 3 Obituary
The funeral of the late Mrs T. Jefcoate took place yesterday afternoon. It was attended by many Timaru friends of the deceased lady and family, among the followers being several old identities and friends from the Pareora district. The late Mrs Jefcoate was a native of Langholm, Scotland, and came out to the colony with her husband in 1864, in the ship Eastern Empire. They settled first at Christchurch, and then, in 1868, came down to Timaru, Mr Jefcoate having bought Prospect farm at Pareora. These were early days, for on reaching Timaru Mr and Mrs Jefcoate tethered their horses where Messrs Kernohah and McCahon's store now stands m North street. After spending 22 years at Pareora, where they saw many changes in South Canterbury and did good work among the pioneers, Mr and Mrs Jefcoate sold out and went Home for a trip. This was in 1891, and on their return to the colony, Mr Jefcoate bought a farm at Oteramika, near Invercargill. After living there about seven years, failing health compelled them to drop fanning and they sold out. Mrs Jefcoate then took a trip to Wellington to see some of her family, and for about five months was a confirmed invalid. Her death, however, came rather suddenly in the end, at her son-in-law's residence, Wellington, on Friday. In accordance with a wish of the family, the remains of Mrs Jefcoate were brought to Timaru cemetery for interment. The deceased lady was of a most hospitable and kindly nature, and many a weary traveller has had occasion to thank her for kindly services rendered. She leaves a husband and family of nine children, all married but one, to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and loving mother.

Clutha Leader, 16 October 1900, Page 3
Our obituary contains a notice of the death of Mrs T. Jefcoate. The deceased lady was the mother of Mrs J. A. Valentine, whose husband was well and favourably known in Balclutha as first assistant in the Balclutha District High School for about 10 years, and also of Mr T. E. Jefcoate (manager, Lochindorb). The late Mrs Jefcoate was, a native of Langholm, Scotland, and came out to the colony with her husband in 1864, in the ship Eastern Empire. ...

Otago Witness, 9 October 1901, Page 44
MEMORIAM. JEFCOATE.—A fond tribute to the memory of Mrs Thos. Jefcoate, who a year ago to-day, October 5, was called by God to change her temporary dwelling on earth for her heavenly and eternal home. Her faith in her Saviour the Lord Jesus gave her the title thereto.
We miss her and mourn her,
In silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory
Of joys that have been.
Interred in Timaru Cemetery.
— Inserted by her husband, Thos. Jefcoate, Owaka, Otago.

Otago Witness, 12 September 1906, Page 45
JOYCE — On the 3rd September, at her residence, Matilda street, Timaru, Elizabeth Jane, relict of the late M. Joyce, of Port Chalmers, and mother of Buckley Joyce; aged 73 years.  

Evening Post, 23 December 1899, Page 6 MARRIAGES.
Joyce — Billman.— On 11th December, at the residence of the bride's parents, 156, Cuba street, by the Rev. W. C. Oliver, Buckley, son of the late Mr. Joyce, of Port Chalmers, to Annie, oldest daughter of Mr. F. Billman.

Otago Witness, 14 March 1906, Page 52
Burkes Pass. Obituary — The passing away at the comparatively early age of 52 years of the late Mrs James Kerlee, whose Death, though not unexpected, occurred somewhat suddenly on the 22nd ult., her mortal remains being interned in the local cemetery on the following day. The widespread respect in which deceased was held was manifested by the large gathering that assembled at the graveside to pay her the last tribute. She was one of God's true servants, and to know her was to honour and respect her — one who was ever ready to assist others. She leaves a husband, and a family, the latter mostly grown up and settled in the district, and they have the sympathy of a very wide circle of friends.

Press, 2 August 1933, Page 5 Elizabeth Dryburgh Mundie [sic] LUNDY
Mrs Andrew Kennedy died at her home, 91 Hassall street, early yesterday morning, after a short illness. Mrs Kennedy was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs John Lundy, of Dunedin, where she was educated. She married Mr Kennedy 27 years ago [1907], and three years later came to live in Timaru.

New Zealand Tablet, 31 October 1901, Page 19
The death of Mrs Ellen Kennedy, relict of the late Mr John Kennedy, of Geraldine. Though the deceased lady had been in indifferent health for the past twelve months, her death came as a great shock to her many friends. On Sunday, the 20th inst., she assisted at Mass as usual, and marched in the procession apparently in the best of health, but in the evening she fell ill, and passed away on Monday afternoon. She had the happiness of being attended by and of receiving the last rites of the Church from the Rev Father Bowers. The deceased leaves a grown-up family of three to mourn their loss— Mr J. Kennedy (Ashburton), Mrs J. P. McQuilkin, Willoughby), and E. Kennedy (Geraldine). The large number of people who followed the remains to their hot renting place showed the respect in which the deceased lady was held by the people of Geraldine, where she had resided for the past 27 years. Among the mourners present were several from Lyttelton, Rakaia, Ashburton Temuka, Seadown, Kerrytown, Pleasant Point, Albury and Timaru.

Evening Post, 14 June 1937, Page 20
Many friends in South Canterbury, West Coast, and Wellington will regret to learn of the passing away of Mrs. J. Lawlor at the age of 54 at the Home of Compassion yesterday morning after a brief illness. Mrs. Lawlor was born at Timaru, and was one of the eldest of the surviving daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. McGowan. Mr. J. Lawlor was a South Canterbury farmer, and lived there up to the time of the Great War. During the 1914 crisis Mr. Lawlor sold his farm and with his late wife and daughter came to Wellington. During the absence of her husband overseas Mrs: Lawlor and her daughter resided at Carrington Street and Kilbirnie, and later Mrs. Lawlor purchased a home at Danube Street, Island Bay, and lived there up to the time of her death. During her residence at Island Bay she voluntarily contributed to and assisted in many works of charity, and had the welfare of the community at heart always, helping in many ways in the Island Bay Catholic parish. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. T. Boon, of Petone, and Miss M. Lawlor, of Island Bay.

Timaru Herald, 26 November 1887, Page 2
This morning in our obituary column is announced the death of Mrs Lewis, at her husband's residence, Maori Hill. The news will be received with unfeigned regret by a very huge circle of friends and acquaintances by whom the deceased lady was hold in high and affectionate regard. She had been a sufferer for many years, and to the very last moment, and endured great pain, which, however, she bore with the utmost fortitude. The deceased was an old identity, having arrived in Timaru in 1860, and remained here over since. Being convinced that her end was approaching, she expressed a wish to visit England for the purpose of again seeing her father, and she accordingly paid a short visit to England and the Channel Islands. From her return her illness deepened and continued until her death yesterday morning. Mrs Lewis was a native of Bournemouth, Sussex. She was twice married, and she leaves one son, issue of the former union. One of the deceased's sons, many of our readers will no doubt remember, was killed by an unfortunate and frightful accident while fulfilling his volunteer duties on the C Battery's howitzer, some years ago, on the occasion of a Royal Salute. During her residence in Timaru she won universal respect and gratitude from many, for her heart was over sympathetic, and her heart was ever busy in works of lore and benevolence.

Timaru Herald, 9 July 1917, Page 3 Mrs McCALLUM
Another old settler and a well known resident of Temuka, Mrs Archibald McCallum, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs James Elder, on Thursday last, at the age of 86 years. The late Mrs McCalium was born in Edinburgh in 1831. In, 1861, with her husband the late Mr Archibald McCallum, she came to New Zealand in the steamship William Henderson, landing in Dunedin. Early in the seventies the family came to Temuka, and settled there. The late Mrs McCallum acted as a ladies' nurse, travelling from one end of-the Dominion to the other to attend to her patients. She was one of the- oldest and most zealous members of the Methodist Church and also an active member of the Order of Good Templars. She is survived-by two daughters and two sons.

Otago Witness, 16 May 1906, Page 47
MACDONALD — On the 14th May, at Waimate. Anne Macdonald, mother of Mrs P. J. Wain.

Otago Daily Times 1 July 1898, Page 2 MacKAY
Mackay.— On the 30lh June, at Upper York place, at the residence of her son-in-law (W. F. Cuthbertson), Isabella Ferguson, relict of Robert Mackay, Roslyn in her eighty-sixth year.

Timaru Herald, 1 July 1898, Page 2
Another old identity, Mrs Robert Mackay, passed away in Dunedin yesterday morning at the advanced age of 84. It is nearly 40 years since Mrs Mackay arrived in the colony with her husband and family, settling first in Dunedin, then in Oamaru for a time, and again returning to Dunedin. Mrs Mackay was well known in this district, having after the death of her husband, lived in Timaru with her daughter, Mrs W. F. Cuthbertson, for some years. Up to the last few months she was hale and hearty, and could get about without assistance. Of a kindly and cheerful disposition she was much respected by all who knew her. Two of her sons are well known in the printing trade, the eldest, Mr Joseph Mackay, having started the Bruce Herald and Mackay's Southland and Otago Almanac, while the other, Mr John Mackay, is the Government Printer. Mr Andrew Mackay, for many years one of the Bank of New Zealand managers and at present manager for the Assets Board in Christchurch, is another son.  

Elizabeth McGIMPSEY (?Miss Elizabeth Moore)
Northern Advocate 27 September 1920, Page 2
MRS J. McGIMPSEY There passed away at Timaru on September 23, one of the oldest colonists of that district, Mrs J. McGimpsey, in her 78th year. The deceased was the relic of the late William John Fulton and later of the late James McGimpsey. The deceased shared the hardships early, colonists, coming out to New Zealand in the East India Company's ship "Bluejacket," and landing at Lyttelton 65 years ago. Mrs MCGimipsey is survived by five sons and three daughters— Messrs J. Fulton, Christchurch; W. J. Fulton, Timaru; T. N. Fulton, Railways, Whangarei; G. Fulton, Fairlie; J. McGimpsey, Oamaru; Mrs K. McLennan and Mrs H. Allen, Timaru; and Mrs M. McLeod, Auckland; also 23 grandchildren.

New Zealand Tablet, 31 October 1901, Page 19
It is with feelings of deep regret we have to record the death, on the 22nd inst., of a very old and respected Catholic resident of Timaru in the person of Mrs Anne McKennah, relict of the late Thomas M'Kennah. The deceased was born in Dublin, and arrived in the Colony many years ago. She had been ailing for some months, but it was not until a few week previous to her death that any serious consequences were apprehended. During her illness she had the constant spiritual ministrations of the Rev. Father Tubman and the Rev. Father Aubry. Her last moments were consoled by the administration of the rites of the Church of which she was a devoted member. Her genial manner and good qualities made for her a large circle of friends, by whom she was highly respected. The remains were taken to the Church of the Sacred Heart on Thursday, 24th inst., at 8 a.m., and a Solemn Requiem Mass was offered up for the repose of her soul. The funeral, which was representative of the esteem in which the deceased was held by her many friends, took place in the afternoon. The Rev. Father Tubman conducted the burial service. The coffin was borne to the grave by Messrs J. Cunningham, J. Sullivan, P. Kane, and T Egan There was a very large number of wreaths, amongst which was a very beautiful one from the choir, of which her family were prominent members. There is a family of three left to mourn the loss of their devoted mother— viz.. Miss Ellen M'Kennah and Messrs John M'Kennah (of Dunedin) and Thomas M'Kennah, and to these we tender our sincerest sympathy in their bereavement.— R.I.P.

Press, 14 April 1934, Page 6 Annie Morris died 20 April 1934
Fairlie. By the death of Mrs Morris, at "Eversley." Fairlie, at the age of 87, the district has lost another of the few remaining pioneers. She was born in Culinington, Radnorshire, England, on September 21, 1840. She was married in 1868. Mrs Morris and her husband made their home in Shropshire, With their three children, they came to New Zealand by the sailing ship Opawa in 1880. They arrived at Lyttelton, and went to live temporarily in Geraldine. They then went to "Eversley" in 1881, the family travelling in a tip-dray, which was the ordinary means of transport in those days. They built their home in 1880, and Mrs Morris resided there up till the time of her death. Mrs Morris was very widely known in the district as a maternity nurse. Mrs Morris's two sons died in 1895 and 1901 respectively, and her husband died in 1912. Mrs Morris is survived by her two daughters, Mrs Young (Fairlie) and Mrs Annals (Timaru).  [Martha Morris married Walter Annals in 1919]

Auckland Star, 3 August 1934, Page 3
Born in London in 1857, a month before the death of King William IV., Mrs. Charlotte Nicholson, who died this week at her home in Sherborne Street, St. Albans, was probably the last person in Christchurch to have lived in the reigns of four sovereigns. Mrs. Nicholson celebrated her 97th birthday on May 21 last. The most romantic incident in Mrs. Nicholson's long life was her narrow escape from death in 1874, when she was to have been a passenger for New Zealand on the Cospatrick. She find her first husband, Mr. James E. Hasell, intended sailing by this ship, but owing to some mistake in the berthing, they had to postpone their departure. On that voyage the Cospatrick was burned at sea off the west coast of Africa, only two of her complement of 400 surviving. Mr. and Mrs. Hasell came to New Zealand by the Star of India, making their home in Christchurch, where Mr. Hasell followed his trade as a builder and played a big part in the erection of some of the earliest buildings of Christchurch. Mr. Hasell died nearly forty years ago, and after about twenty years of widowhood she married Mr. Henry Nicholson and went to live with, him near Temuka, where her husband was engaged in farming pursuits. During her residence in Temuka, Mrs. Nicholson gained the affection of a large circle of friends, both through association in church work and by her general kindliness. On the death of Mr. Nicholson, Mrs. Nicholson lived in Auckland with a daughter for some time, but then returned to Christchurch, where she has lived in retirement for the past twelve years. Mrs. Nicholson enjoyed the esteem of many friends, and she was the oldest living member of the Edgeware Road Methodist Church. These friends, and her descendants, many of whom are resident in Christchurch, never allowed her birthday to pass without due celebration, and only two months ago there was a cheerful little party arranged for her 97th birthday. Mrs. Nicholson came of a long-lived family. She had a sister aged 92 in England, and brothers aged 80 and 81 in New Zealand. Her eldest son died at the age of 70, and she was a cousin of Mr. Samuel Manning, who died recently at the age of 91. Apart from a slight deafness, Mrs. Nicholson enjoyed remarkably good health and had a keen memory, being able to re-call events in London 90 years ago. Mrs. Nicholson is survived by five sons, Messrs. Edward, George, Alfred, Charles and Samuel Hasell and one daughter, Mrs. F. Henley, of Auckland. There are seventeen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Timaru Herald, 2 July 1914, Page 3 MRS. JAMES OLIVER [James Oliver married Ellen Josling in 1877]
There passed away on June 28th at Timaru another of Canterbury's old and much respected pioneers, in the person of Mrs Jas. Oliver, of Surrey Downs, Pleasant Point. The deceased lady was the eldest daughter of the late John Josling of "Stratford Grove" Rangiora, and came out to the colonial, an infant, with her parents in the ship 'Travancore' which arrived in Lyttelton three months after the first four ships. In the year she was married to Mr Jas. Oliver, and in that year came to reside in South Canterbury, living there up to the time of her death. The deceased, who leaves a husband and family of four sons and three daughters, was buried at Pleasant Point cemetery on Tuesday, the funeral being attended by a large number of relatives and friends.

Evening Post, 18 October 1933, Page 13
LONDON, September 13. With much regret is recorded the death of Mrs. Orbell, widow of Mr. C. N. Orbell, The Levels, Timaru, who passed away at her London residence yesterday. For some weeks Mrs. Orbell had been seriously ill, and small hopes were entertained of her recovery. During the spell of hot weather she contracted pneumonia. Other complications ensued, which the patient could not combat. Throughout her illness she was remarkably cheerful. The end came very peacefully after, several days of unconsciousness. Her two daughters were with her continuously, and for them much sympathy is expressed in, their bereavement. Mrs. Orbell's remains are to be cremated at Golder's Green.

Press, 20 September 1935, Page 2 MRS G. H. PATRICK [George Henry Patrick married Jane Harriet Button in 1888]
The death occurred recently at the home of her daughter, Mrs C. Taylor, Winchmore, of Mrs G. H. Patrick, who was a well-known and widely respected resident of Geraldine. Mrs Patrick was the daughter of Mr and Mrs R. T. Button, of Peel Forest, and was born in Taranaki in 1857. Her parents arrived in New Zealand about 1851, when Mr Button took up an area of bush in Taranaki and commenced milling operations. They resided in Taranaki until war was feared with the Maoris, when they removed to Kaiapoi, and later to Little River, Mr Button continuing in the timber and building trades. Later they removed to Leeston, where Mr Button was engaged in farming, and in 1874 he took up a large tract of bush at Peel Forest and started the first steam mill there. There were no houses then, at the present township, and he was obliged to build a dwelling Mrs Patrick resided at Peel Forest, and after her marriage to Mr Patrick in 1888 went to live at Geraldine, where her husband was m business until 1894, when he took up a farm lat Arundel, where they lived for 14 I years. Subsequently they resided in Christchurch and at Kirwee, but eventually returned to Geraldine, living at Raukapuka, and later at Walhi terrace. Mrs Patrick is survived by Mr Patrick and one son, Mr Robert Patrick (Auckland), and one daughter, Mrs C. Taylor (Winchmore). Another son, Mr James Patrick, was killed during the Great War. The funeral was largely attended, and the service was conducted by Canon J. F. Coursey. Pall-bearers at Winchmore were Messrs H. M. Verrall W. R. Hammond, B. Evans, J. W. Wright, J. J. O'Grady, and W. A. Andersen, and Messrs F. R. Flatman, K. Mackenzie, W. Fyfe, B. Logan, G. Borrell, and L. J. Bennington were the pail-bearers at Geraldine.

Evening Post, 29 June 1937, Page 16
The death occurred yesterday of one of the early pioneers in the person of Mrs. M. A. Power, of 62 Nairn Street. Born in Ireland, Mrs. Power came to New Zealand with her husband 64 years ago, arriving and settling .in Timaru in 1873. After conducting a business in Timaru for seven years the family moved to Wellington in 1890. Of a pleasing and endearing. personality, Mrs. Power won the esteem and respect of all with whom she came in contact. For the past 30 years she was an esteemed and respected member of the congregation of St. Mary's Church, Boulcott Street. Her husband predeceased her twenty years ago. She is survived by a family of one son, Mr. J.W. Power, of the Wellington Post Office staff, and three daughters, Mrs. P. J. Kelleher, Mrs. P. D. Hoskins, and Miss K. Power, twelve grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. The interment takes place tomorrow after a Requiem Mass at St. Mary's, Boulcott Street, at 9 a.m.

New Zealand Tablet, 13 November 1902, Page 19
It is with regret (writes our Waimate correspondent) I have to chronicle the death of Mrs Nicholas Quinn, which took place at her residence, Bellview, Makikihi, on November 3. The deceased lady had been ailing for a long time, but it was not until a week before her death that it was thought serious consequences would result. In her illness she was attended by the Rev. Father Regnault, and died most peacefully, fortified by the rites of Holy Church. The funeral left Makikihi on Wednesday morning for Timaru, arriving there at 10 o'clock, when a Requiem Mass was offered up by the Rev. Father Regnault. At 2.30 the funeral left the church for the Timaru cemetery, the remains being followed by a large concourse of mourners. The Very Rev. Dean Foley (representing his Lordship Bishop Grimes) officiated at the graveside, assisted by the Rev. Fathers Tubman and Regnault.

Timaru Herald, 22 September 1914, Page 9 MRS JAMES PHILP [James Pringle Philp married Helen Sturrock in 1863]
The death is announced of Mrs James Philp, one of the earliest residents of Wai-iti, Timaru. Mrs Philp was born in Arbroath, Scotland, seventy-four years ago and came out to New Zealand in the sailing ship Matoaka in 1860, marrying Mr James Philp two years later. They took up their residence in Timaru, where they remained until a few years ago, when they removed to Christchurch. The late Mr Philp was a well-known bridge contractor and ironmonger who died seven years ago. Mrs Philp was well known and respected by all who knew her and made many friends, and was beloved by her family of eight sons and four daughters, of whom four sons and three daughters are still living. Mrs Philp died at her son-in-law's residence, Mr R J. Whyte, Windsor Terrace, Christchurch. Her remains will be conveyed to Timaru for interment.

Grey River Argus 5 January 1912, Page 5
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.

Press, 30 September 1935, Page 8
The death occurred early on Saturday morning of Mrs F. J. Smith, the wife of Mr F. J. Smith a well-known Temuka solicitor. Although Mrs Smith had not enjoyed good health for some time, her death was quite unexpected. Mrs Smith was the daughter of Mr and Mrs W. Smith, who were well known pioneers of South Canterbury, and who died some years ago. That part of the business are of Timaru known as "Hay's Buildings' was named after the parents of Mrs Smith.

Evening Post, 30 June 1933, Page 11
MRS. J. R. STANSELL. The funeral took place on Wednesday from St. James Church, Lower Hutt, of the late Mrs. C. M. Stansell, widow of the late. Mr. John Rainbow Stansell, whose death occurred on Tuesday, after a short illness. The late Mrs. Stansell was born at Gravesend; England in 1850, and arrived at Lyttelton with her parents the following year in the ship Cornwall. On arrival at Lyttelton, the womenfolk had to remain on board ship while the men went ashore and built huts for them. Her early life was spent at Temuka, and after marriage she took up her residence in South Canterbury. The early years of her married life were spent in pioneering work in the rugged MacKenzie Country, Mrs. Stansell being one of the first women settlers. Subsequently she took up her residence in Timaru, where she was well known and greatly respected. From Timaru the family moved to the North Island, and for many years resided in Foxton. During the past twenty years of her life Mrs. Stansell lived at Lyall Bay and .Lower Hutt. She was a member of the first Hunt Club formed in New Zealand, and followed the hounds. She was of a generous and kindly nature, and always kept open house. In church and charity matters she was a very earnest but quiet, worker. Mrs. Stansell is survived by seven children—Messrs, W. F. Stansell (Palmerston North), A. C. Stansell (Swanson, Auckland), P. R. Stansell (Lower Hutt), and Mesdames W. G. Vickers (Levin), M. V. Reid (Lower Hutt), T., C. Lomas (Ngaio), and S. Raper (Featherston). She also leaves twenty-two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.- An impressive service was conducted by the Rev. H. E. K. Fry, M.A., and the Rev. H. V. C. Reynolds assisted by the Venerable Archdeacon Hansell. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Archdeacon and Mr. Reynolds, and Mr. Fry delivered an impressive address.

New Zealand Tablet, 27 October 1898, Page 20
MISS MILLIE SULLIVAN. The funeral of Miss Millie Sullivan, daughter of a most respected resident of Timaru, Mr. John Sullivan, took place on Saturday last. The deceased girl was a pupil of the Sacred Heart parish school, and a large number of her school-mates attended, marching in procession at the funeral. Being the only daughter in a family of six, her decease was much regretted. She was a great favourite amongst her schoolmates. Her illness was comparatively very short, and her demise came as a surprise to all. Father McDonald, who officiated at the grave, addressed some very appropriate remarks to the children on the death of their late companion.— R.I.P.

Star 25 May 1889, Page 3
Timaru. May 24. The. Rev Mother Sullivan, a Sister of the Sacred Heart and Principal of the Roman Catholic Girls' Parochial School, Timaru died on Thursday night from apoplexy. The deceased was forty-three years of age. She came from Chicago with other Sisters in 1880, when the Convent was opened in Timaru. She was greatly beloved by all who were acquainted with her, and as a teacher was most zealous, able, kind, and successful. She was first attacked by illness about a month ago, and was believed to be recovering. Then a relapse occurred, and another stroke carried her off.

Timaru Herald, 4 January 1917, Page 7
A private cable message announces the death of Mrs Sutter, widow of the late Captain Suttter, at one time Mayor of Timaru, chairman of the Timaru Harbour Board, and member of the House of Representatives for Geraldine. Mrs Sutter came to New Zealand with her husband in 1859. They were in Otago till 1863 when they came to Timaru. In 1866 they returned to Scotland, where they remained for some years, but again came to Timaru where they lived till Captain Sutter's death in 1903. Mrs Sutter returned to Scotland in 1914 and died on Sunday last in Aberdeen in her 82nd .Two sons survive her, one in Scotland, and the other a doctor practising England.

Timaru Herald 23 June 1948 - Death
TEMPLETON - On June 21, 1948, at Timaru, Myra Iris Templeton, loved only daughter of Mrs. A. Elder, 249 King Street, Temuka and loved mother of Jack, Val and Jim, in her 41st year.

Timaru Herald, 28 December 1920, Page 7
A cable has just been received stating that Mrs Wells, wife of Mr George Wells, of Christchurch (formerly of St. Andrews and Timaru) had died on Thursday last, at Berkley, California. Mr and Mrs Wells left Christchurch some months ago, intending to visit England and America, and they were just about to leave California for England, when Mrs Wells's death occurred When she left New Zealand, the deceased lady, was apparently in excellent health, and her sudden death will come as a great shock to her friends. Possessed of a kindly nature, Mrs Wells was one who did a great deal of good, devoting her ample means to the benefit of others rather than to herself, and Mr Wells will have the sympathy of a host of friends in his great loss.

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Timaru Herald, 24 January 1872
The following is one of the funniest printers' errors we have come across for a long time : — In the obituary notice of a lady the editor wrote : "It is feared that her husband will not be able to bear her demise," which the careless compositor, with but a change of two letters transformed to : "It is feared that her husband will not be able to wear her chemise." The horror of the bereaved husband, and of the editor, and of the mourning relatives may be imagined.