Star 5 January 1905, Page 3
Timaru, January 5 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.
Star 20 June 1892, Page 3
Timaru, June 20. Mr Robert Allan, an old colonist, died this morning at the age of sixty-three. He was a partner of the late firm, Allan and Stumbles, railway and harbour works contractors, and had previously been in business as a mason and quarryman at Dunedin.
Evening Post, 10 July 1929, Page 13 J. F. ARNOLD, EX-M.P.
The death is announced from Timaru of James Frederick Arnold, aged 70. The late Mr. Arnold was first elected to the House of Representatives as one of the members for Dunedin in 1899 and was re-elected in 1902. Mr. Arnold was born in Guernsey in 1859, and in 1804 he came to New Zealand with his parents. He began work in a boot manufactory, remaining at the trade for eight years. In 1882 he removed to Dunedin and was employed by Sargood, Son, and Ewen, with which firm he remained until he entered Parliament. As an advocate for bootmakers he became known as the "bootmakers' lawyer," and in 1899 was elected president of the Bootmakers' Union. Mr. Arnold interested himself actively in technical and primary education. For six years he was a member of the Mornington Borough Council and in 1901 successfully piloted through Parliament a Bill to enable that council to acquire the property of the Mornington Tramway Company. He was also a member of a Parliamentary party which visited the Cook Islands to familiarise themselves with the needs of the group. Mr. Arnold was an Oddfellow and also a member of the Masonic Order. Of late years Mr. Arnold has resided in Timaru, where he held the position of Inspector of Labour.
Timaru Herald 23 June 1948 - Death
AUSTIN - On June 22, 1948, at his residence, King Street, Temuka, George Frederick, beloved husband of Matilda Austin, in his 74th year. Private interment. (S. Erwod)
North Otago Times 22 April 1911, Page 2
In our obituary notices to-day is recorded the death of Mr Adam Baillie, who some 24 years ago left Oamaru for Temuka. Mr Baillie came to Oamaru in 1867, and was on Totara in 1868, at the time when a disastrous flood swept a number of people away. He followed the calling of a saddler in this district for many years, and at one time had a business at Ngapara. He was a prominent mason, and in 1874 and 1875 was W.M. of the Waitaki Lodge. He left Oamaru in 1885, but during the time he resided here was a much respected resident.
Star 5 October 1907, Page 5
Timaru, October 5. Major Bamfield, who for twenty-two years was secretary of the South Canterbury Education Board, but retired two years ago on superannuation, died last night. Deceased was a native of Falmouth, and was educated for the Army. In 1857 he served with the 72nd Highlanders in India, under General Roberts, taking part in the capture of Kotah and numerous other battles, putting in twenty-three years active service. He came to New Zealand in 1875, first going into business in Christchurch, and then coming to Timaru as secretary of the Education and High School Boards.
Evening Post, 25 August 1937, Page 12 MR. ROBERT BELL
Ashburton, This Day. The death is announced in London of Mr. Robert Bell, chairman of directors and principal proprietor of the "Ashburton Guardian," managing director of the "Timaru Post," and president of the Press Congress of the world. The late Mr. Bell was born in Timaru in 1888 and was educated there and in Ashburton. He joined the "Ashburton Guardian" in 1903, and remained with that newspaper, serving on the literary as well as the commercial staff, until February, 1916. He became manager of the "Guardian" in 1908, and a director in 1911. He joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force as n.c.o. in April, 1916, and served in France with the Canterbury Regiment, being seriously wounded in February, 1917. From 1918 to March 1922, he was advertising manager of the "Dominion," and he was managing director of the "Ashburton Guardian" and the "Timaru Post" since April, 1922. He was also a director of the Grey Valley Collieries, Ltd. Mr. Bell was president of the Ashburton High School Old Pupils' Association (1913-14), deputy chairman of the Ashburton Shakespeare' Club (1911--16), a member of the New Zealand "Round Table" Group, a member of the Dominion executive of the New. Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association (1919-25), and Canterbury provincial president (1923-25), representative of the rank and file of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on the New, Zealand Canteen and Regimental Fund Trust Board, president of the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce (1926-27), a member of the executive of the New Zealand Newspaper Proprietors' Association (1927--30). He was one of the New Zealand delegates to the fourth Imperial Press Conference in London in 1930.
Ashburton Guardian, 15 June 1894, Page 2
The pioneers of Canterbury who settled here in the early days, when the country was nought but tussock and stone, and who have spent their lifetime in the service of the colony, are one by one passing away, and all too soon we shall find that those who have made our province what it is are no more. To-day we regretfully chronicle the death of two who were numbered amongst the early Canterbury settlers —Mr T. H. Anson and Mr John Bilton. Mr Anson has ever been most assiduous in promoting the public interest as a member of various public bodies, and his death will be a great lose, more especially in the Courtenay district where he resided. His death was comparatively sudden, his illness being less than a week's duration. Last Friday he attended a special meeting of the North Canterbury Education Board, from which he had to retire owing to illness occasioned through a chill he had caught when coming in from the country. The cold turned to pleurisy, of which disease he died at 8.30 p.m. yesterday. Mr John Bilton, died at Timaru on Thursday after a long illness. His age was sixty-four. Deceased came out in the Sir George Seymour as selected teacher of the church schools in the early settlement, and was the first Organist at St Michael's He was subsequently a master at Christ's College and a private tutor. In 1866 he settled in Timaru in business, with which he combined the profession of music. He was of a retiring disposition, well liked and respected for his amiability. He leaves a widow and ten children all grown up.
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 [sic Ballochmyle] in 1874, and ever since he had lived in the Waimate district, where he has a wide circle of friends.
Evening Post, 19 February 1942, Page 9 MR JOHN BLACK
There passed away at Eastbourne recently Mr. John Black, J.P. Born at Sunderland, England, in 1865, he came to New Zealand in 1884 in the sailing ship Canterbury and commenced farming six years later at Oxford. In 1900 he bought a sheep run at Takitu, Waimate, and sold out twelve years later. During this period he served on the Hospital Board, the Timaru High School Board, and the Harbour Board, and as Mayor of Waimate. He was also a lieutenant in the Army Motor Reserve. He retired from public life in 1915, when he removed to Blenheim, and where he purchased the Leatharn sheep station. In 1929 he settled in Eastbourne, and was custodian of the borough tennis courts for thirteen years. Mr. Black was a student of medicine, for he came of a family which included eleven doctors. He was twice married. There were four children by the first marriage. His second wife and their daughter Hazel survive him.
The Press 7 November 1929
A Canterbury pioneer of nearly eighty years' standing, Mr. John Blacker, died at his residence, Tuesday night at the age of 84 years. Mr Blacker was born in Tiverton, Devonshire, England, in 1845, and came to New Zealand at the age of six years with his parents, who first settled in Christchurch. Many of the main roads in the City to-day were formed out of the swamp under the direction of Mr Blacker, who later took up farming in the vicinity of Doyleston. He married Miss Jessie Doyle, of Leeston.
Evening Post, 26 December 1942, Page 6
Mr. A. C. Blake, a well-known educationist, died in Wellington yesterday morning after a brief illness. Mr. Blake, who was born in Bangalore, India, in 1862, was the eldest son of the late Rev. Alexander Blake, M.A., Presbyterian' minister, and grandson of the late Rev. Benjamin Rice, of Bangalore, who for fifty years was a missionary in Mysore. The late Mr. A. C. Blake was educated at Otago Boys' High School and Canterbury College. For sixty years his life was devoted to education. From 1880 to 1928 he served in the teaching profession at the Sydenham, Waimate D.H.S., Timaru Main, Mount Cook, Te Aro, and Lyall Bay Schools, being headmaster of Lyall Bay School j for 19 years. At various periods he was a member of the Dominion executive of the New Zealand Educational Institute and a president of the Wellington branch of that body. After his retirement from the teaching profession he was for twelve years a member of the Wellington Education Board and of the Technical College Board of Governors, and for five years a member of the Victoria College Council; and he was also a member of the Educational Broadcasting Advisory Committee. While in Timaru he was a past master of St. John's Masonic Lodge and an officer of District Grand Lodge. Mr. Blake always took an active interest in the work of the Presbyterian Church and was a member of St. Giles Church, Kilbirnie, for over thirty years. In his younger days. Mr. Blake played senior cricket and Rugby football in South Canterbury and he always maintained a keen interest in Rugby. He was a veteran bowler, having played for 40 years, and was a member of the Hataitai Bowling Club for over 25 years. , In 1898 Mr. Blake married Miss Emma Vale Rowley, daughter of the late Mr. T. G. Rowley, of Timaru. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Mrs. James Stokes, of Wellington, his son. Second Lieutenant G. C. Blake, of Palmerston North, and four grandchildren. The late Mr. E. M. Blake F.R.1.8.A., Wellington, was a brother. The funeral will leave the residence, 15 Crawford Road. Kilbirnie, et 10.30 a.m. on Monday.
Evening Post, 3 September 1938, Page 11
Timaru, September 2. The death occurred on Thursday of Constable Daniel Joseph Callanan, who had been in charge of the Geraldine Police" Station for more than 20 years. Constable Callanan, who was in his fifty-eighth year, took a keen interest in all sport; and two of his sons were Rugby representative players. He joined the force in Dunedin, and was later stationed in Invercargill, Queenstown, and Nightcaps.
Ashburton Guardian, 5 August 1912, Page 6
Mr James Baird Chisholm, an old colonist, and brother of Mr R. Chisholm, who was manager of the Bank of New' Zealand at Timaru, died at Kaiapoi on Friday night. He leaves two sons. One of Mr Chisholm's sisters was the wife of Mr Horton, of the original firm of Wilson and Horton, Auckland.
Star 21 January 1896, Page 1 Mr A.M. Clark
The announcement of the death of Mr Alister McIntosh Clark; which occurred at his residence, Blair Athol, near Temuka, on Sunday morning, will be received' with wide-felt regret. Mr Clark was well known through out Canterbury as the superintendent of the estates owned by the Bank of New Zealand Estates Company, a position which he assumed in 1882. Prior to this he was manager of Mount Lenton, in Otago, in which position he was much esteemed. His early training in Australia, where he was thoroughly broken in to pastoral pursuits ; in the fifties, was of great service to him, and his general business capabilities were speedily recognised when he became prominent as the representative of the bank. Residing upon the Arowhenua Estate, linear Temuka, and having his principal office in that town, he was more prominently identified with South Canterbury interests ; but the good work he achieved in the Amuri district, upon the St Helen's, Clarence and other stations in eradicating scab, and re-establishing the position of a large district as a remunerative grazing area, will be long remembered. Locally, he did much to improve the breed of stock, and both privately and. as manager for the . Estates Company earned many awards as an exhibitor. He was an active member of the South Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, being for a time its presidents. He took a keen interest in its affairs, as its did in matters generally affecting the welfare of farmers arid pastoralists, for he had the greatest faith in the future of the land of his adoption and of South Canterbury in particular. A native of Perthshire, son of a captain in the renewed Black Watch, and educated at Aberdeen College, Mr Clark was a thorough Highlander, and took keen interest in the Temuka Caledonian and kindred societies. Of the local society he was president from its inauguration until the present, and it owes its success very much to his influence. He was also President of the Geraldine County Acclimatisation; and Angling Societies. To the former he devoted much attention, and to his exertions and advice the district is indebted very largely for the preservation of trout and, introduction of game of various kinds. He was one! of the oldest Justices of the Peace in the district, and for many years took a large share of the burdens of that position. He was also a member of the Licensing Committee for many years and for a period one of the committee of the Temuka District High School. The close attention to, duty which his necessitated prevented his taking part in local governing matters, and he had repeatedly to decline nomination to local bodies. The deceased was popular -with the employees of the estate, and managed to retain the services of sub-managers and men for many years. He was eminently hospitable, and always ready to share in the entertainment of visitors from Home and the neighbouring colonies. He married a daughter of Mr Low, a well-known pastoralist, and leaves his widow, three daughters and a son to morn the loss of a good husband and kind father. It maybe mentioned that Mr Clark resigned his position with the Estates Company a twelvemonth ago, and retired to private property near Riverslea.
Ashburton Guardian, 24 November 1915, Page 5 MR RICHARD HENRY CLARKE
Another of the old identities of Timaru's pioneer days has passed away in the person or Mr R. H. Clarke, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Chas. Brown, Ashburton, on Saturday morning. Mr Clarke left Cornwall, England, for New Zealand with his wife and family, in October, 1863 in the ship, Tiptree, arriving at Lyttelton three months later and came on direct to Timaru in the steamer City of Dunedin, and from the open roadstead were brought ashore in surf boats Timaru, was only just beginning in those days, the hardships were great, and food was scarce and very dear, but those early settlers were a noble band of workers, who toiled long and arduously to make a home for themselves and their families. After some time Mr Clarke got a position in a store owned by Messrs Cain and LeCren, which afterwards became Miles, Archer and Co.'s business, where he worked himself' up to be head storeman, and was universally respected by all who did business with the firm. He remained in the firm's employ for 32 years, when the business was wound up. He then entered into business on his own account as; a grocer, which he worked for eight years, and then had to retire owing to ill-health. Mr Clarke leaves a family of four daughters- and one son, the daughters being Mrs H. B. Courtis, of Dunedin, Mrs G. Watts, and Mrs A.R. Rule, of Timaru, and Mrs Charles Brown, of Ashburton, and the son. Dr. R. E. Clarke, of Birmingham, England. His wife predeceased him by 10½ years.
North Otago Times, 20 September 1898, Page 1
At 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday, the 13th of September, 1898, Mr Thomas Cleary died at his late residence, Waimate ; and by his death the working men of New Zealand have lost from their ranks a man as truly respected and trusted by the employer as he was honored and looked upon as a model for the emulation by his fellow-workers in this vale of tears. True and loving to his wife and family, honest and faithful to his employers, and at all times ready to aid in the trouble of his follow working men, then surely Thomas Cleary was one of those whom we can ill afford to lose, and one whom we cannot permit to bid us a last farewell without placing on record a small tribute to the memory of one for whom everybody that came in contact with had nothing but good to say. The late Mr Cleary was born in Ballingarry, County Tipperary, Ireland, in the year 1861, and at the age of 18 left his native land for New Zealand, arriving in this colony in the year 1879. Shortly after his arrival he obtained employment from the late Mr Conlin, of Ngapara. It was during his stay in the Ngipara district that the writer had the extreme pleasure of making the acquaintance of young Cleary, and on leaving him on that occasion I, like many others since, had reasons to acknowledge my depth of gratitude to our departed friend for the kind, genuine hospitality and practical assistance I received at his hands. Shortly after this Mr Cleary came to Waimate, and was at once employed by Mr Thomas Middleton, for whom he worked five years. During the time he was in the employ of Mr Middleton some thousands of pounds of that gentleman's money passed through his hands, and in no instance, said Middleton, talking of deceased to me the other day, had he the slightest reason to doubt the honesty of Thomas Cleary ...After leaving the employ of Mr Middleton, he was engaged by Mr John Dooley, for whom he worked seven years for Mr Dooloy leaving Waimate, and his brother, Mr P. Dooley, taking over the business, his services were retained, and here he continued to work up to within a few weeks of his demise. During the seventeen years Mr Cleary resided in Waimate his good acts, charitable nature, neighborly friendship, and unostentatious bearing won for him the admiration of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. ...
New Zealand Tablet, 21 June 1900, Page 15
Mr. THOMAS CORKERY, GERALDINE.
Many people in this district (says the Temuka Leader) will hear with regret of the death of Mr. Thomas Corkery, who was widely known both in North and South Canterbury, and especially in Geraldine, where he had resided off and on for the past 25 years. The deceased was present at the last Geraldine live stock sale apparently in his usual state of health, and last Saturday he went to Christchurch to undergo an operation as he was suffering from an abscess in the ear. The operation, it appears, was unsuccessful, for the relatives of the deceased were shocked at receiving a telegram from Christchurch informing them of his death on June 12. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. E. Burke and family in their trouble. The deceased was very popular with all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. The late Mr. Corkery was a brother of Mrs. E. Burke. R.I.P.
Colonist, 26 May 1906, Page 4 James Field Crawford (1815 -1906) [b.
Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire, England]
Oamaru, May 25. Captain J. F. Crawford, aged 91, died yesterday. He came to the Colony in 1868, and was three years manager of the old Christchurch Brewery Company. Subsequently he was Harbormaster at Timaru, where he built the first breakwater. He was also Mayor. He settled in this district thirty years ago, being the first wharf master here; He entered the railway Service, and received the Appointment of stationmaster at Hampden in the seventies.
Taranaki Herald, 26 May 1906, p 5
Captain J. F. Crawford, aged 90, died at Oamaru on Thursday. He came to the colony in 1868. He was for three years manager of the old Christchurch Brewery Company, and subsequently harbourmaster at Timaru, where he built the first breakwater. He was also Mayor of Timaru. He settled in Oamaru thirty years ago, being first wharf master there. He entered the railway service and held an appointment as stationmaster at Hampden in the seventies.
Evening Post, 27 November 1945, Page 8
The death has occurred in Wanganui of Mr. Ivan Davidson, of Timaru, who lived for many years in Wellington. On leaving school, Mr. Davidson joined the staff of Murray, Roberts, and Co., Ltd., and he served with this firm for 48 years, being appointed Wanganui manager in 1925. Mr. Davidson was a former chairman of the Wanganui Wool Brokers' Association and the Manawatu and West Coast Live Stock Auctioneers' Association. He saw active service in the South African War. For some years while in Wellington he was an active member of the Star Boating Club. His wife predeceased him two years ago. Mrs. R. C. Millward, New Plymouth, is a daughter.
Bush Advocate, 11 September 1905, Page
Wellington, this day. Rev. Wm. John Dean, Primitive Methodist Minister, who had been stationed in various parts of the colony, including Auckland, Invercargill, Timaru, and Geraldine, aged 80. He arrived in the colony in 1867.
Otago Witness 4 December 1901, Page 21
New Zealand Tablet, 5 December 1901, Page 15
Timaru papers record the death of an ole identity in the person of Mr Thos. Dillon Deceased had resided in Timaru for 33 years and was widely known. He came to the colony from America, landing at Port Chalmers, and was for some years engaged it driving sheep from Otago to the Mackenzie Country. He was in in 59th year.
North Otago Times, 18 April 1917, Page 2
Christchurch. April 17. The Rev. P. W. Fairclough, a well known Methodist minister, died tonight. He went into a private hospital on Saturday to undergo an operation for gall stones, The operation was very successful, and Mr Fairclough promised to make n good recovery; but to-day he was seized with heart failure which resulted in death. The Rev. P. W. Fairclough, F.R.A.S., came to New Zealand from Victoria when a boy, followed gold-mining of the West Coast for some years, and became a member of the, Methodist Church at Stafford, eight miles from Hokitika, where he was then mining. When about seventeen years of age he to preach in that mining town. After some years of study he was duly received into the ministry, and in 1874 went to his which was Timaru. He had thus been forty-three years in the active work of the ministry, and intended retiring at the end of the present year. ...He leaves a widow, one daughter and three sons.
Taranaki Herald, 31 August 1904, Page 4
Timaru, August 30. A cable from Sydney advises the death of Father L. Fauvel, parish priest at Temuka for about 25 years. He was previously a missionary in Fiji for ten years, till his health broke down under hardships and hard fare. He built the fine stone church at Temuka and another at Pleasant Point, and established convent schools in both places under the 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 71 years of age.
Taranaki Herald, 4 August 1908, Page 7
A Wellington telegram announces that the Hon. Henry Feldwick, M.L.C., died there last evening. The deceased legislator had taken part in the political life of New Zealand almost continuously since 1878. In that year he was elected to the House of Representatives as member for Invercargill. He again represented this constituency from 1882 to 1884. In 1892 he was called to the Legislative Council by the Seddon Ministry. Mr Feldwick was born at Norwood, Surrey, England, in 1844. He arrived in Canterbury with his parents in 1858 and for a time was occupied with them in farming at Kaiapoi. He then became engaged in journalism, and was on the staffs of the Lyttelton Times, Timaru Herald, and Canterbury Times. In 1876 he removed to Invercargill, becoming part proprietor of the Southland Daily News. For twenty-two years Mr Feldwick was in the volunteer forces. In 1900 he received the V.D. In 1903 he retired with the rank of colonel.
Evening Post, 28 January 1944, Page 3
The death has occurred in Hamilton, of Mr. Albert Ernest Firman, aged 69. Mr. Firman was born in Christchurch and joined the Railway Department as a youth. He became stationmaster at Nelson and he retired when he was stationmaster at Timaru. Mr. Firman served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in, the Great War, rising to the rank of captain. He served for a considerable period with the Army of Occupation in Germany. Mr. Firman was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Before going to Hamilton he lived at Lower Hutt. Mr. Firman is survived by his wife and a family of three, Mr. J. Firman, of Oamaru, Mrs. L. Styles, of Te Horo, and Mrs B. H. Wood, of Hamilton.
Colonist, 8 June 1904, Page 3
Timaru, June 7, Mr G. G. Fitzgerald died in the Hospital here this morning, aged 70. 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.
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.
Grey River Argus 12 July 1911, Page 6
Timaru July 1. 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.
Evening Post, 29 November 1941, Page 11
Timaru, November 28. After a serious illness, the death occurred today of Mr. T. B. Garrick, a prominent sheep farmer of Totara Valley. A bachelor, the late Mr: Garrick was elected to the Levels County Council in 1904 and had been chairman since 1924. He was elected to the Timaru Harbour Board in 1919 and was chairman from 1935 to 1937. He was a member of No. 15 District Highways Council since its inception and a director of the Canterbury Farmers' Cooperative Association Limited for a great many years.
Grey River Argus, 9 July 1912, Page 6
Timaru, July 8. Mr T. Gildman, for 30 years accountant to the New Zealand, Loan Co., and who retired on pension two years ago, died suddenly yesterday.
Ashburton Guardian, 11 May 1909, Page 1
Timaru, May 10. Mr John Goldie, senior, a highly respected farmer, of Totara Valley, died on Sunday, aged eighty-one. He had been twenty years m the district, and was a valued member of the A. and P. Association and an elder of the church.
Grey River Argus 14 October 1911, Page 6
Timaru. Oct. 13. John E. Goodwin, one of the earliest farmers of the Fairlie District, who has taken much interest in the progress of the town and the conveniences of the townspeople and a member of the Timaru Harbour Board died to-day, aged 56.
North Otago Times, 18 December 1914, Page 4
One of Timaru's most valued citizens has passed away in person of Mr. William Gunn, who died on Wednesday afternoon after an illness extending over six weeks. Mr Gunn was widely known New Zealand, and his demise at the age of 61 years will be deeply, deplored. Born in 1850 at Helmsdale, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, the late Mr Gunn came to New Zealand as a young man to an elder brother in Dunedin. He learnt his business as a chemist in the north of Scotland and in Edinburgh. From Dunedin Mr Gunn came on to Timaru and started business here as a chemist, buying out a Mr Thomson, whose shop adjoined the Theatre Royal buildings. Some years later MR Gunn went to America fo study dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and there he obtained his degree as doctor of dental surgery. On returning to Timaru he practised his profession for some years until his eldest son, Dr. W.A. Gunn, dental surgeon, returning from America and took over the practice. On retiring Mr. Gunn went to Australia for an extended holiday, after which he returned here and has since lived in retirement. Always taking a keen interest in sport the late Mr Gunn will be missed by several sports bodies in South Canterbury, notably the South Canterbury Jockey Club, The Timaru Bowling Club, Timaru Golf Club and the South Canterbury Caledonian Society. The last named institution he helped found and was president of it for some years... Mr Gunn was a live member of the Timaru Bowling Club and was one of the original members of the Timaru Golf Club. For a time he served on the Timaru Borough Council. He was the proprietor of the Timaru Theatre Royal as well as of Olympia. Besides these two big buildings Mr Gunn had some other property and was one of the biggest rate payers in Timaru.
Dr. W. A. Gunn, dentist, Timaru
Dr Gordon Gunn, dentist, of Watford, England
Mr Jack Gun, of Queensland
Dr. Elizabeth Gunn, of Wellington
and Missses Nellie and Alice Gunn.
The Press 5 April 1924
The late Mr. A.G. Hart died at the age of 52 years on Thursday night. Mr hart was one of the most successful farmers in Canterbury. He was born and bred at Winchester and in his youth was an enthusiastic footballer. For some time he was chairman of the Timaru branch of the farmers' Union, and was last year's president of the Timaru A. and P. Association. A fortnight ago he was taken ill and died of pneumonia.
The chairman of the Association, Mr C.L. Orbell, said that personally he had known Mr Hart for twenty years, ever since he had been a farmer at Rosewill.
Evening Post, 12 May 1944, Page 6
MR. W. HARTE, Napier, This Day. The death has occurred of Mr. W. Harte, Clerk of the Court at Napier, aged 59. Mr. Harte was born at Winchester, South Canterbury. He served at Dannevirke, Balclutha, Timaru, Christchurch, Oamaru, Masterton, Wanganui, and other places. He was a former president of the South Canterbury Rugby Union.
Poverty Bay Herald, 30 November 1911, Page 3
Timaru, last night. News has been received of the death m Sydney, after an operation, of Mr Jas. Hay, M.A., L.L.B., solicitor, of Timaru. He was expected home next Saturday from a trip to the Old County. His age was 50. He was a son of John Hay, one of the pioneer Hays, who finally settled on a farm near Temuka in 1866. Deceased was born m Christchurch, and taken to his father's station at Lake Tekapo, as an infant. His mother was the first lady born beyond Burkes Pass. Deceased had a brilliant school and University career, and was admitted to the Bar in 1883. He was a member of the University Senate -since 1888, and became prominent at the Bar in connection with Thos. Hall trials. He married in 1897 a daughter of the late H. J. LeCren. He had no children.
Timaru Herald, 9 March 1899, Page 3
Yesterday we published a telegram announcing the death of a well known and esteemed figure m South Canterbury, Mr Alpheus Hayes, of Centrewood, Waimate. His family received news on Tuesday by the Vancouver mail that his death occurred on January 3rd, in St. Mary's Hospital, Dawson City, Canada, the cause of death being typhoid fever. The late Mr Hayes was born in Halifax, m the year 1847, his parents being descendants of the old Acadians. He was educated m his own city m the commercial and normal schools, and afterwards went to Montreal to study for the ministry, but owing to ill-health he left Canada and crossed over to Scotland where he spent some years studying at Greenock and Glasgow. He left Glasgow m 1871, and came to New Zealand in the Patrick Henderson liner the Wild Deer. He was first employed at the Rangitata bridge, where his knowledge of the timber trade soon put him into a good position, and he was frequently sent to the Waimate bush to obtain timber. Seeing an opening at Waimate he went there at the end of 1871 and at once commenced bush work, and steadily prospered till the year 1878 when the bush fires gave him a serious check. Nothing daunted, however, and with that pluck, business ability, and perseverance that were his characteristics, he kept the business going, and as the Waimate bush was practically ruined, he opened mills at Mabel Bush in Southland, and set up branches of his business at Timaru and Ashburton, still keeping the Waimate bush going. At this time he built the brigantine Lady Mabel, which with a schooner he employed in running timber from the south to his various branches. Later on Mr Hayes sold out of the timber business and embarked m farming and station pursuits, and was during his last few years engaged on his runs at Centrewood, Waimate, and Normanvale, Hakateramea. On the 31st March last year Mr Hayes left Waimate for a trip to Klondyke, and was expected to return in May, but it was fated otherwise. One of his party was present at his death, and a minister of the Wesleyan Church, who was also present, writes confirming the sad news. Mr Hayes was a Justice of the Peace, had been a member of the Borough and County Councils and High School Board, and was chairman of the Timaru Harbour Board when he left the colony. Flags were flying at half-mast at Waimate and Timaru yesterday, and the family have the sympathy of the district with them in their bereavement.
New Zealand Tablet, 14 January 1898, Page 19
We regret to have to announce the death of Mr. John Hennessy, which took place at the Timaru Hospital on the l9th of Decr. The late Mr. Hennessy was a native of Youghal, Co. Cork, and arrived in New Zealand by the ship Northumberland about twenty years ago. During that time he resided in the Timaru district, principally at Fairlie Creek, and was well known and highly respected by all classes in these places. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition ; a staunch and patriotic Irishman, and a devoted member of the Church, to which he was always most generous, giving a bright example to the younger generation in these respects. During his illness, which only lasted a few weeks, he was constantly visited by the Rev. Fathers Lewis and Tubman, and received all the consolation of the Church of which he was such an exemplary member. He leaves two sisters to mourn his loss, both being married — Mrs. Kersey, and Mrs. Moynihan, the popular hostess of the Club Hotel, Shannon, Manawatu, for whom much sympathy is expressed by a large circle of Friends, and in which we sincerely join. Mr. Hennessy was 50 years of age, and the cause of death was dropsy of the heart, there being no hope of his recovery from the commencement of his illness. — R.I.P.
New Zealand Tablet, 27 July 1899, Page 19
An old and respected resident of Ashburton, in the person of Mr. John Henry, passed away on the evening of the 19th inst. Mr. Henry was a native of Coupar Angus, Scotland, where he was born 57 years ago. He arrived in New Zealand in 1863. He resided for a time after his arrival in Christchurch, and then in Geraldine. Later on he took a farm at Woodbury, and was at the same time curator of the Temuka domain. In 1885 he became proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, which he kept for about eight years. About three years ago he retired from business and settled down in private life. The funeral took place on Friday. The cortege (says the Mail) left deceased's late residence at about half-past ten for the Church of the Holy Name, where the appropriate service was held, the church being well filled, not withstanding that snow was falling thickly when the service began. After Mass the coffin was carried from the church to the hearse, and the procession proceeded on its mournful way to the cemetery, between forty and fifty vehicles following the hearse. The deceased was laid in a grave beside his late wife, son, and daughter, the Very Rev. Canon O'Donnell conducting the funeral service. — R.I.P.
Star 24 November 1899, Page 3
Mr Jacob Hill, one of the oldest residents of Timaru, died in Dunedin Hospital on Wednesday. Mr Hill arrived in Lyttelton in 1859, in the Zealandia. He was for several years a member of the Timaru Harbour Board and Borough Council, and for three years was Mayor of the borough. He leaves a widow, three sons and five daughters.
Ashburton Guardian, 27 May 1914, Page 4
Timaru, May 26. Mr William Barker Howell died tonight, aged 72. Deceased for many years was engaged in farming at Totara Valley, Pleasant Point. He came to Timaru in 1894. He took a great, interest in educational and church matters.
Grey River Argus 29 May 1914, Page 5
TIMARU, May 28. An old identity, W.B. Hawell, [sic] aged 72, has passed away. He came out in 1864 and has taken a prominent part in the administration of education, primary and secondary, and was familiarly spoken of as "The Father of Timaru High School." The funeral to-day 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.
Ashburton Guardian, 21 January 1910, Page 3
Timaru, January 20. Mr Peter Keddie, who was well known m commercial circles in Otago and Canterbury, died suddenly this evening. He had until lately beer Inspector of Factories, but he retiree owing to failing health.
Star 27 April 1907, Page 5
Mr P. Kippenberger, the well-known in Christchurch solicitor, died last evening. He was a native of Bavaria, having been born at Kindenheim in 1858. He was educated at Timaru, and was For some time employed in the "Timaru Herald" Office. He was articled to Mr J. White, Crown Prosecutor, at Timaru, when twenty years of age, and later joined Messrs Joynt and Perceval as common-law clerk. After passing his examinations with honours he was admitted to the bar in 1883. Four years later he joined Mr W. Acton-Adams, with whom he remained till 1900, when the firm was dissolved. Since then the practice has been carried on by Mr Kippenberger alone. He had been German Consul for Canterbury since 1895. Mr Kippenberger has left a widow and several children.
Wanganui Herald, 15 January 1908, Page 7
Timaru, January 15. — Robert Kennedy, bailiff at Timaru for 31 years, aged 67. At the Magistrate's Court' to-day reference was made by the S.M. and members of the bar, to the long and trustworthy service of deceased.
Evening Post, 2 April 1931, Page 10 MR. JOHN LANE
The death is announced by the Press Association from Ashburton of Mr. John Lane, of Messrs. Lane, Walker, and Rudkin, proprietors of the Ashburton Woollen Mills, and formerly one of the owners of the Timaru mills, at the age of 81. The late Mr. John Lane was one of the principals of the firm of Lane, Walker, and Rudkin, woollen and hosiery manufacturers, of Ashburton and Christchurch. Mr. Lane came from Scotland to New Zealand with his wife and family in. 1881, making the voyage in the old sailing ship Nelson. He soon obtained employment with the Dunedin firm of Boss and Glendining, proprietors of the Roslyn Woollen Mills, as wool classer and wool buyer. In the 'nineties he joined with five others in the purchase of the Timaru Woollen Mills, which were very successfully operated. At the end of the partnership period of ten years Mr. Lane, with one of his partners, Mr. Pringle Walker, retired from the Timaru concern and acquired the Ashburton Woollen Mill. This property has been considerably enlarged, and its operations were extended by an amalgamation with Rudkin's hosiery factory in Christchurch. For a long period Mr. Lane was a familiar figure at wool sales in various parts of the Dominion, but it is some years since he retired from active participation in business. He was a staunch member and office bearer of the Presbyterian Church, in the affairs of which he was an ardent worker and generous supporter. He was one of the founders of St. Andrew's (Presbyterian) College in Christchurch, and for a period was a member of the Board of Governors of that institution. He was twice married, and is survived by his widow, six sons, and one daughter. Mr. A. B. Lane, manager of the Press Association, Wellington, is his second son.
North Otago Times, 9 January 1908, Page 1
The Timaru Herald of yesterday, referring to this sad event, writes "Quite a shock was caused among the Timaru friends of Mr W. Lawson, he well-known auctioneer of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, when the news went round on Monday evening that he was suffering from an acute attack of pneumonia and was not likely to recover. As au active and popular member of the S.C.J.C, and, Caledonian Society, he will also be missed, and doubtless the esteem in which he was held among the farming community will bring many of them from far and near to attend the funeral to-morrow. The deceased was a native of Oamaru, and joined the staff of the Loan Company in that town an junior clerk, working his way up to the post of auctioneer at Timaru, which he had filled very capably for eight or ten years. Mr Lawson was well known in Oamaru, where as a lad he joined the staff of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company. Mrs Lawson, with her four children, was absent at Invercargill, and Mr Lawson, temporarily lodging at the Empire Hotel, fell ill there on Saturday. Mrs Lawson was sent for, and returned on Monday evening.
Feilding Star, 15 April 1902, Page 2
News was received in Feilding on Thursday of the death of Mr Frederic Le Cren, of Timaru (father-in-law of Mr Blundell manager of the Feilding branch of the Bank of New Zealand) who, (reports the Press) held the position of manager there of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company from April 1876, to December last, when he resigned owing to ill-health. Mr Le Cren, who was 67 at the time of his death, was educated at the Blue Coast School, London, and after some time spent in Melin the days of the diggings, came to Lyttelton in the early days. His brother, the late Mr H. J. Le Cren, had arrived in Lyttelton prior to the arrival of the first four ships, and acted as agent for the owners of the historic vessels who had chartered them to the Canterbury Association. He established himself in business in Lyttelton when Mr Frederic Le Cren came from Australia; Subsequently Mr F. Le Cren took over the management of the ferry over the Heathcote, which was then the only means by which the earlier settlers could cross on their way to Christchurch, and was afterwards appointed Postmaster at Lyttelton. He again took over the ferry, and married whilst at Heathcote, Miss Mills. In 1855 Mr H. Le Cren removed to Timaru and entered into business as a merchant and general agent. Subsequently, about 1864 Mr F. Le Cren also went to South Canterbury, and became a partner in the firm of Cain, Munro and Co. On the dissolution of the partnership he carried on a part of the business and then sold out. On H. Le Cren going Home Mr F. Le Cren acted as his agent, and took an active part in the formation of the Timaru Landing and Shipping Company. In 1875 he became the Timaru manager of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, and at the time of his retirement he was the senior manager in Australasia, having held that post for twenty-six years. He was a director of the Timaru Gas Company, and of the Timaru Building Society, and was elected a member of the first Town Council. On Timaru being proclaimed a Borough he was elected a member of the first Municipal Council. He was also a member of the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, the Harbour Board and the Hospital Board. During his term of office as a member of the latter the present Hospital building was erected, and one of the wards was named after him. Mr Le Cren leaves a widow, six sons and two daughters.
Evening Post, 21 May 1895, Page 2
Timaru, 20th May. Mr. H. J. Le Cren, one of the pioneer merchants of Timaru, died this afternoon, aged 68 years.
Star 21 May 1895, Page 2
Mr Henry John Le Cren, one of the earliest settlers in Canterbury, died yesterday afternoon at his residence. Craighead, Timaru, aged sixty-eight. Mr Le Cren bad been ailing for some time, but his end came suddenly and unexpectedly. Mr Le Cren will be well remembered by some of the oldest settlers of Lyttelton and Christchurch, and by the " Pilgrims " as having arrived in the colony in advance of them to represent the owners of the "first four ships." A native of London, he learned the routine and the habits of business in the office of Messrs Frubling, Goschen and Co., where he was fellow-clerk with the ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer. He came out to the colony in the Barbara Gordon, to act as agent for the first ships despatched to Port Cooper, and then, with Mr Longdon, carried on in Lyttelton for many years a general merchant's business. Mr Le Cren afterwards established a branch business in Timaru, erecting the first store in the township, and himself remaining in Lyttelton. The late Captain Cain managed the Timaru store. The business was sold to Messrs Miles and Co. about 1867, and Mr Le Cren went to London. While there he joined Mr G. G. Russell, in the firm of Russell and Le Cren as colonial merchants, who were represented in the colony by Messrs Russell, Ritchie and Co. Twelve or thirteen years ago, both the Home and colonial businesses were sold to the National Mortgage and Agency Company, and Mr Le Cren came out to New Zealand. He erected a large residence at Craighead, the grounds and gardens of which are one of the show places of Timaru, and, except for an occasional trip Home, resided there until his death. The deceased gentleman was always most highly respected as an upright businessman. He leaves three sons and four daughters, all of whom are grown up.
Timaru Herald 23 June 1948 - Funeral
LEIGH - The friends of the late Edward Leo Leigh are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave the Church of the Sacred Heart this day Wednesday, June 23, at 2. p. for the Timaru cemetery. requiem mass 7 a.m. (C.H. Barrie)
Star 26 April 1899, Page 1
Mr T. W. Leslie, land and estate agent, Timaru, died very suddenly from heart disease on Monday evening, at the age of fifty five. The deceased had been many years in the district, engaged in farming pursuits, and latterly had acted as a commission agent.
Star 16 April 1894, Page 1
Mr Lovegrove, an old South Canterbury settler, formerly of Makikihi, and later of Hilton, died on Saturday morning at Timaru. The deceased was a brother of Dr Lovegrove, of Timaru, and was widely known as a breeder and judge of stock.
Star 30 December 1898, Page 3
Timaru, Dec. 30. Mr Daniel McGuinness is dead, aged sixty. He was for many years a popular hotelkeeper here, and retired from business a few years back.
Star 2 September 1897, Page 1
Mr J. C. MACINTYRE. The many friends of Mr J. C. Macintyre, station-master at Lyttelton, will regret to hear of his death, which occurred at Lyttelton early yesterday morning. Mr Macintyre had been in ill-health for sometime, and had been confined to his room, but it was thought that he was improving until yesterday, when he became worse, and gradually sank. The deceased gentleman joined the railway service in 1878, and occupied many positions of trust on the Dunedin section, including that of chief clerk at Oamaru. Subsequently he became relieving-officer, and then station master at Kaiapoi and Timaru. From the latter place he was removed to Lyttelton in June of last year. During the fifteen months he was stationed at Lyttelton he made a wide circle of friends by his courteous and genial disposition, and when the news of his death became known yesterday the flags on the shipping and business places were all lowered to half-mast. While he was stationmaster at Kaiapoi the deceased was so popular that when he left a handsome clock and other articles were presented to him. At the Kaiapoi station yesterday a flag is flown at half-mast. Our Timaru correspondent says that the news of Mr Macintyre's death reached Timaru yesterday morning by private telegram, and occasioned great regret. Mr Macintyre had been station-master at Timaru before being transferred to Lyttelton, and he was universally liked and respected. He suffered a long and severe illness before leaving Timaru. The widow of the deceased is a daughter of Mr E. H. Lough, Town Clerk, at Timaru.
Ashburton Guardian, 23 July 1912, Page 6
Gore, July 22. Mr David M. McKenzie, 35 years of age, who had been employed in the Postal Department for nearly 20 years, died on Sunday morning from inflammation, of the longs. He was at one time in the Timaru and Dunedin post offices.
Timaru Herald, 24 August 1886, Page 3
We learn from a private letter received by a friend in Timaru that Mr D. McKenzie, who for many years past has been a resident of Geraldine, and was publicly known as the genial and courteous Secretary to the Geraldine Racing Club, died at Geraldine about 3 a.m. on Sunday last. The deceased gentleman had been ailing for months past, and though he took a special trip to Dunedin some weeks ago to seek the best medical advice, he by it but put off the end for a few hours. His death was, therefore, not entirely unexpected, but now it has occurred his many friends feel and regret his loss very keenly. The late Mr McKenzie and family arrived from the sister shores of Australia some twenty-four years ago, and cast in his lot with the early settlers at Timaru. He very soon entered into partnership with the late Mr P. D. McRae, and the firm quickly established itself as one of the best then in Timaru. As contractors and builders the late Messrs McRae and McKenzie built the Government Landing Service, and the Stables in Beswick street, which one time presented such an animated scene in the "good old coaching days " when Cobb and Co. ruled the road. Besides the buildings mentioned the late firm put up several others, which are lasting monuments to this day of the genuine kind of work then turned out. Desiring a change, and the Raukapuka Bush being at that time much talked about, Mr McKenzie shifted his home to Geraldine ; erected sawmills in the bush named, and soon had many men working for him. The timber trade in time declining in prosperity, he, but a few years ago, gave up the business and commenced practising as an architect, his practical knowledge as a master builder standing him in good stead. He found plenty of opportunity for work, and designed and successfully superintended the erection of many buildings, among which might be mentioned a new and handsome block of shops for Mr Lawson, of Geraldine, and a drillshed for the Geraldine Rifle Volunteers, both of which have just left the contractors' hands. In addition to his architect's duties, Mr McKenzie also found time to carry out the work of secretary to the club named,-and it is due to his energy, combined with the assistance of a good committee, that the club mainly owes its present proud position in sporting circles in the colony. In conclusion, we may add that the deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs McKenzie and her family in their bereavement.
Evening Post, 6 August 1932, Page 15
MR. J. G. MACPHERSON
Mr. John George Macpherson, who died last week, was born in Geelong, Victoria. He came to New Zealand with his parents, and was educated at Christchurch and Ringiora High Schools. On leaving school he joined the Railway Department. When, the Timaru railway was opened, with the late Mr. J. Jones as stationmaster, Mr. Macpherson was put in charge of the goods shed. Leaving the Railway Department, he joined the late Mr. J. Bruce's timber mill in Timaru. After that he managed the late Mr. Alpheous Hayes's timber business in Waimate. From there he returned to Timaru; and with the late Mr. G. Filmer had a timber business. In I887, Mr. Macpherson went to Melbourne, and for thirteen years was with John Sharp and Sons, timber merchants. Owing to ill-health he came back to New Zealand and joined the Marine Department, from which he retired in 1921. Mr. Macpherson was a member of St. James's Presbyterian Church for many years, being treasurer and session clerk. He has left a widow, a daughter (Mrs. H. B. Luxford, of Hamilton), a son (Mr. W. L. Macpherson, of Christchurch), and five, grand-children.
New Zealand Tablet, 16 February 1894, Page 19
The following is taken from the Geraldine Guardian, Thursday, February 8. "The funeral of the late Mr Peter Henry McShane took place on Tuesday, the procession laving his late residence, Geraldine Flat, at 9. a.m. The funeral was held in the forenoon, and not at the usual conventional hour, we understand, at the express wish of the deceased. Strange to say, only about a week before his death the matter of funerals was being discussed in his family circle and deceased then said that his death his wish was to be buried in the same manner and same time as was the custom in the country where he was born. This wish his relatives have dutifully carried out. The funeral procession arrived at Geraldine about 1015 a.m., and was one of the largest ever seen in the district. The cortege comprised about 80 conveyances, and a large number of people followed on foot on the street. The pall-bearers were W. Earl, E. Burke. M. Burke, J McQuilkin, J McQuillen, and Neil O'Boyle. On arrival at St Mary. Roman Catholic Church the coffin was carried in, and High Mass for the Dead was celebrated, the Rev Father Hyland of Ashburton officiating, assisted by the Rev Father O'Donnell (Ashburton) the Rev. Fathers Fauvel and Malone (Temuka), and Rev Father Bower, (Geraldine). The clergy walked at the head of the funeral procession to the cemetery, where the Rev Father Bowers read the burial service at the grave. I may mention as one who has known the deceased for a great number of years and heard him tell a good many aneodotes of his colonial life, that he left his native place (County Antrim) in the year of 1859 and came out to Melbourne. For some years he followed cattle dealing, and made several visits to New Zealand for that purpose. He was also for a time on the West Coast gold diggings. Then he married and settled down in Halswell in 1871 He only remained there a few years, till he finally cast in his lot with many more of his own countrymen in South Canterbury the place where he died. As a farmer few were his equal and as a Catholic the Church will lose in him one of its strongest supporters. He was always ready and willing to help any charitable purpose' He was a good husband and kind father. His untimely death has cast a gloom over the district. He leaves a widow and six children (the eldest is married), all well provided for, to mourn his loss.
New Zealand Tablet, 31 October 1901, Page 19
The many friends in Wellington and elsewhere in the Colony of Constable John Madden, of Pleasant Point, will hear with regret of his death which occurred in the early part of last week at the comparatively early age of 53 years. Deceased had been for a number of years Rationed at Clyde Quay, Wellington, and was a transferred to Pleasant Point in 189 C. lie was a native of the South of Ireland, and when a young man engaged in farming In 1880 he joined the armed constabulary, and took part in Major Gudgeon's expedition to Parihaka and the arrest of Te Whiti. In 1883 he joined the police, and his career since then gained the approval and esteem of his superiors. He leaves a widow and 11 children, most of whom are grown up. One boy is a student at St. Patrick's College, having been a successful scholarship winner from the Timaru Marist Brothers' School.— R.I.P.
Ashburton Guardian, 13 March 1911, Page 3
Mr John Manchester died at Waimate on Sunday aged 77. The deceased gentleman, who was the father of Mr G. Manchester, of Ashburton, was for many years Mayor of Waimate, and the representative of that district on the Timaru Harbour Board for upwards of twenty-five years. Mr Manchester took a deep and intelligent interest in local government and was a highly respected member of the community; he was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1833. In 1859 he arrived in Timaru by the ship Strathallan, and passed a few years on a sheep station in South Canterbury. In 1863 Mr Manchester and his partners started business in Waimate as general storekeepers and merchants. Mr Manchester served on the Waimate County Council and on the Road Board that preceded it, for over thirty years, and was chairman of these bodies for a considerable time. He was also a member of the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, the first local body in South Canterbury. He was a member of the Timaru High School Board of Governors, and a governor of the Waimate School Board. Mr Manchester was one of the founders of the Methodist Church in Waimate, and held every office that a layman could hold in connection therewith. In addition to being frequently a member of the New Zealand Methodist Conference. Mr Manchester was a representative of the general Conference of Australasia. In 1867 Mr. Manchester married a daughter of the late Mr James Thomas Pain, of Queensland, and leaves a family of two sons and two daughters.
North Otago Times 14 March 1911, Page 2
He was born in Leicester in 1833, and arrived in Timaru in 1859 in the ship Strathallan. He spent some years on a sheep station, and, with the late Mr G. W. Goldsmith, entered business pursuits in 1863 in the then small township of Waimate. The business grew to large dimensions, and is now one of the largest in the town. Mr Manchester served on the Waimate County Council and on the Road Board that preceded it, for over thirty years, and was chairman of these bodies for a considerable time. He was also a member of the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, the first local body in South Canterbury. For several years he represented a portion of the Waimate County Council on the Timaru Harbor Board, and was also a member of the Timaru High School Board of Governors, and a Governor of the Waimate High School Board, he was one of the founders of the Methodist Church of Waimate and held every office that a layman could hold in connection therewith. In addition to frequently being a member of the New Zealand Methodist Conference Mr Manchester was a representative at the General Conference of Australasia. The deceased was the first Mayor of of Waimate, which position he held with intermissions till 1908. For fifteen years he held the position of Waimate representative on the Timaru Harbor Board. On his retirement from the position of Mayor in 1908 a large and representative public meeting bore testimony to the esteem in which he was held; but in every position he, has held he has been looked up to as a conscientious help to all he had dealings with. His connection with the Wesleyan community in Waimate has been one of great advantage to the church, in whose interests he, worked diligently and faithfully, and his removal will sunder n tie that has been over a beneficial one. In whichever light the services of Mr Manchester to Waimate may be viewed the general feeling must be that a public benefactor has fallen out of the ranks of its foremost men. His advice was always looked upon as reliable, and he has departed leaving a void that will be hard to fill.
Press, 21 August 1918, Page 10
Mr Richard MEREDITH. There passed away at Waimate yesterday, Mr Richard Meredith, in his 76th year. The late Mr Meredith was born in Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland, in January, 1843, and was educated to follow the teaching profession. He came to New Zealand in the ship Accrington, landing at Lyttelton on September 9th, 1863. In the same month he commenced teaching, which he continued for three years at Woodend, eleven years at Fernside, and 11 years at Cust. In 1867 he married Miss Louisa Willis, daughter of the late Mr James Willis, proprietor of the "Canterbury Standard," one of the early newspapers of the province. In 1888 Mr Meredith gave up teaching, and engaged in farming, which he carried on successfully at North Moeraki, Darfield and Waihaorunga. The farm at Waihaorunga, some four years ago, was sold to the Government for settlement purposes, and is now known as the Tara Settlement. The deceased gentleman had since lived in retirement at his town residence, Park Villa, Waimate. In the year 1999 Mr Meredith successfully contested the Ashley seat, and represented-that electorate in Parliament for twelve consecutive years; during which time he was appointed to the chairmanship of tho M to Z Public Petitions Committee, and other important offices. Ho was a member of the Canterbury Land Board for eleven years, a member of the North Canterbury Education Board for six years, and; chairman of the Board for one year. He was also an active member of the Farmers' Union, Technical School Committee, A. and P. Association. Timaru High School Board, and and been a J.P. for 25 years. Mr Meredith was an active supporter of the Methodist Church, and served on its various committees of management, and for over fifty years was a valued local preacher, not only of that church, but willingly gave his time and assistance to other churches requiring it, regardless of personal inconvenience and long journeys frequently into the back-blocks. He was always a liberal supporter of benevolent institutions, and was for eleven years president of the Waimate branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He was a prominent Orangeman, and was Right Worshipful Grandmaster of the Orange Institution for the Dominion for two separate terms. Mr and Mrs Meredith celebrated their golden wedding at Park Villa on Easter Monday of last year, when there was a large re-union of the members of the family, and a few very old friends. The whole function passed off under very happy conditions. The deceased gentleman is survived by a widow, four sons, Messrs R. Meredith (Waipukurau), E. J. Meredith H. H. Meredith (Waikakihi), and G. S. Meredith (Waimate): four daughters, Mrs Hitchens (Waimate), Mrs Black (Waimate), Mrs G.R. Robertson (Christchurch), and Mrs P. Meyers (Geraldine), and 22 grandchildren. One child died in infancy, and a third daughter, Mrs W. Bridgman. of Hastings, died some seven years ago. In mourning their loss the widow and family will have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
Ashburton Guardian, 21 February 1912, Page 4
Mr John Millichamp, of Tinwald, an old and greatly respected resident of the district died at his home last night, the cause being diabetes. The fact that death was unexpected makes the event more sad. The late Mr Millichamp, who was 66 years, of age, was born in Herefordshire, England, and as a young man migrated to New Zealand, arriving here 41 years ago; He spent some time in Christchurch, Timaru and Temuka, but for the last thirty years' of his life he resided in the Ashburton district. Mr Millichamp lived a useful life and was popular among; his large circle of acquaintances. At the time of his death he was, with his sons, owner of an extensive nursery at Tinwald. Though he did not take a prominent part in public life, for the past few years he had been a member of the Tinwald Domain Board. He leaves a widow and three sons and one daughter, all residents of the district.
Ashburton Guardian, 21 February 1912, Page 4 Death
Millichamp —On February 20th, at his residence, Carter's Terrace, Tinwald, John, beloved husband of Eliza Emma Millichamp ; aged 65 years.
Ashburton Guardian, 11 January 1897, Page 3
The Timaru Herald has the following obituary notice of the late Mr I. L. Morris, of Pleasant Point, (Uncle of Mrs Rudolph Friedlander, of this town), who died on Saturday afternoon from an apoplectic seizure. The late Mr I. L. Morris was born at Samotaohin, in the province of Posen, Germany, about 1825. He arrived in Victoria in the early fifties and found himself first at Ballarat, and then at Bendigo diggings where he made many friends as a storekeeper. After the gold rushes he went back to Germany, and married. He then came to this colony, and entered into partnership with the late Mr Julius Mendelson at Pleasant Valley, which partnership existed until the death of Mr Mendelson. Prior to the death of his partner the firm commenced business at Pleasant Point, Altogether Mr Morris has been a resident of the Pleasant Point district between twenty five and thirty years. He was distinguished for honesty of purpose and probity in all business matters, and was noted for his good nature and philanthropy. He always took the deepest interest at in the social and civic welfare of the district. He was an one time a member of the Timaru Harbour Board, and until the time of his death was a member of the Pareora Licensing Committee and the Timaru Milling Company, besides being a member of most of the other local bodies. Those who have been identified with him in the many concerns of his active life bear testimony to his geniality of manner, his shrewd business ability, and his broadmindedness in all matters of moment. Last January he was the recipient of a handsome present from the members of the Jewish Synagogue in Timaru, in recognition of his able and willing services as lay reader for his denomination. Of whatsoever he was interested in he was a staunch supporter financially and otherwise, and his familiar figure will be missed by a large circle of friends in the Pleasant Point district for many years to come. He leaves widow and family of grown up sons and daughters to mourn his loss. In many ways too numerous to mention he will be sadly missed in South Canterbury.
Evening Post, 26 May 1936, Page 11 MR. R. B. MORRIS
The death of Mr. Richard Brabazon Morris, formerly secretary of the Post and Telegraph Department, occurred in Wellington on Saturday. Mr. Morris, who was 75 years of age, retired from the Public Service in 1923, after 48 years connection with the Postal Department, which he joined as a cadet in 1875. The ability he displayed insured his rapid rise in official life. He filled many positions, including those of Assistant Postmaster, Christchurch, Inspector of Savings Banks, Inspector of Post Offices, Chief Postmaster, Christchurch, Chief Inspector, and First Assistant Secretary. In 1920, Mr. Morris attended the Postal Conference at Madrid as the New Zealand representative. He was appointed permanent head of the Postal Department in 1920, and three years later he retired on superannuation. He subsequently took up land in the Timaru district, and, assisted by his sons, engaged in farming. In recent years he has lived in retirement at Wadestown. Mr. Morris leaves a widow, three daughters, Mrs. Harold Beck (Christchurch), Mrs. Phillip Brandon, of Wadestown, Mrs. Kenneth Hall, and two sons,. Messrs. R. B. and J. B. Morris, both at present in England. Mr. W. R. Morris, Wadestown, and Mr. C. D. Morris, Christchurch, are brothers. The funeral, which was private, took place yesterday. The Rev. J. E. Ashley-Jones officiated.
Press, 28 May 1919, Page 7
Mr John Nixon, a well-known Canterbury farmer, died at his residence, "Tullynacree," Riccarton road, on May 23rd, in his 79th year. Mr Nixon was born in County Down, Ireland, and came to New Zealand in 1864, a few years Inter taking up land at Fairlie, South Canterbury. He retired in 1904, and resided in Riccarton until the time of his death. He leaves a widow, five sons, and six daughters.
Otago Witness 18 December 1901, Page 45
One of the old identities of Waimate, Mr Nicholas O'Brien, died in Timaru on the 9th inst. The deceased gentleman was a native of Castle Dennot parish, County Kildare, Ireland He arrived in Auckland about 40 years ago, and in 1862 came to South Canterbury. He was never married. Deceased was for some years a member of the Waimate County Council, and a supporter of the Waimate Caledonian Society from its commencement.
Star 24 January 1900, Page 3
MR JOSHUA PAGE. Canterbury has lost another of her early settlers by the death of Mr Joshua Page, who died to-day, after a long illness. Mr Page who was born at Thurlby, in Lincolnshire, in 1826, has been a resident in Canterbury for upwards of forty years. Brought up in England to agricultural pursuits, he went out to Australia in 1851, and shortly afterwards came to New Zealand in the schooner Mary Thompson. He was one of the first livery stable-keepers in Christchurch, succeeding Messrs Idle and Skelton, at the White Hart stables. He afterwards built stables in Cashel Street, which he worked successfully for many years. Disposing of these, he proceeded to Timaru, were for fifteen years he was recognised as a most successful practical farmer. Mr Page, who had been a member of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association from its inception, was a been judge of stock, both as regarded cattle and horses, and his services as a judge were in constant requisition, and were highly appreciated. Whilst living in Timaru, he became one of the promoters of the Farmers' Co-operative Association there. He was chairman for several years. Mr Page was frequently requisitioned to stand for Parliament, but invariably decline. He was married in 1862 to a sister, of the late Mr J. Gapes, ex-Mayor of Christchurch, and leaves one son and one daughter.
Timaru Herald, 18 September 1886, Page 3
Mr John Paterson died on Thursday morning at his residence, Springfield, near Temuka, at the ago of forty years. By his death South Canterbury has lost another representative of her oldest families. A native of the colony, though comparatively a young man, Mr Paterson had long unobtrusively used his influence for the welfare of the whole district. His father, the late Alexander Paterson, was one of the pioneer settlers of Nelson, he having landed there upwards of forty years ago. There several of his children, including him who has just died, were born. Twenty years ago Mr A. Paterson, with his family, removed to South Canterbury, and for a time occupied a house in Timaru, on whose site the Old Bank Hotel now stands. Soon after coming south, Mr Paterson took up a station in the Mackenzie Country, and shortly afterwards acquired two farms in the Temuka district, one at Winchester, one nearer Temuka town. Mr Alex. Paterson was also the first sheep inspector for South Canterbury, and for some years fulfilled the onerous duties attendant on that office with earnestness and success. At his death, some fifteen years ago, his sons took charge of his estates. Mr James Paterson assuming the care of the Winchester farm, Mr John, that of the Springfield estate. Since arriving at years of manhood, the subject of this notice has always evinced a deep interest m the welfare of the district in which his lot was cast. Chiefly to him Temuka is indebted for her splendid domain and park. He also worked hard and successfully on behalf of the local Pastoral and Agricultural Society, and was sparing neither of time nor money in aiding any enterprise likely to benefit the neighbourhood. Personally, Mr John Pater son was a man whom to know was to esteem. Naturally of a retiring disposition, his name did not often come prominently before the public, but m the circle of his intimate friends few were more highly appreciated or thoroughly loved than he. When any good was to be done, or any charity to be bestowed, none was more ready to answer the call than John Paterson. His genial presence and firm friendship will long be missed m and around Temuka. Mr Paterson's death was rather sudden. So late as Monday last ho was out, but ho was then suffering from a severe cold caught some days previously. The disorder rapidly assumed a serious phase, and about nine o'clock yesterday morning ho expired. The funeral will take place on Monday next.
Ashburton Guardian, 11 March 1913, Page 6
Timaru, March 10. George Pearson, bookseller and fancy goods dealer, died suddenly to-day at the age of 74. In the early sixties he was engaged in the small vessels coasting trade.
North Otago Times 11 March 1913, Page 4 DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.
Timaru, March 10. Obituary. Mr George Pearson died suddenly to-day, aged 74. He was a stationer and fancy goods dealer, and was well known in the coastal trade from Port Chalmers to Timaru and to Taieri and Port Molyneaux for some years from 1860. Originally a ship's carpenter he settled here in that line in 1866. He had been ailing for four years, partly the result of a fall, but was about up till this morning. He leaves a widow and two sons (one a contractor here), one in G. and T. Young's Dunedin and three daughters.
Timaru Herald, 20 October 1899, Page 4
The late Mr William Penrose, whose funeral took place yesterday afternoon, had been about 27 years in the colony, arriving in Lyttelton in the ship Ballochmile [sic -Ballochmyle] in 1872. He lived about eleven years in Christchurch, and then came to Timaru to manage a branch of their boot and shoe trade for Toomer Bros.- After managing the shop for some month, Mr Penrose purchased the business, and carried it on his own account until, about three years ago, failing health compelled him to retire from it, and the business has since been carried on by two of his sons, Messrs R. and E. Penrose. The eldest son has long been established in a successful drapery business here, with branches in Akaroa and Oamaru. The deceased was of a retiring disposition, and took little part in public affairs, though he was elected and at one term as a Borough Councillor. He was a prominent member of the Baptist Church whilst it existed as an independent organisation in Timaru, and usually conducted the services when the minister was absent. Mr Penrose suffered long from an extremely painful complaint, but bore his sufferings with exemplary patience. He leaves a widow besides the three sons above mentioned, to mourn their loss. Deceased being a member of the Druids Lodge, a number of the brethren attended the funeral and there was a large following of other friends of the family.
The Press 21 Oct.
1929 Mr J.C.M. Polaschek [Joseph Cyril Methody Polaschek] [Amelia Mary Polaschek]
Mr Joseph C.M. Polaschek, who died at his residence, 357 Wilson's road, Christchurch, recently at the age of 65 years, was one of the early residents of Temuka. He was a native of the old Austrian Empire. His father took up some sections on the south bank of the Tautamakahu Creek, in what is now known as Temuka East, and on one of them built a sod house. Mr Polaschek, sen., was a soldier in the Russian Army; Mr Joseph Polaschek found work with Dr. John Shaw Hayes, and subsequently in the Temuka 'Leader' office, where with another lad, John McAuliffe, he assisted in setting and publishing the "Leader",: On the death of his mother he married Miss Amelia Bartos, of Waimate. An adopted brother Willie was lost in the Great War.
Josef Polaschek age 35
Theresa Polaschek age 29
Josef Polaschek age 10
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: 26 Apr 1874
Event Place: Canterbury, New Zealand
Occupation: Agril Laborer
Ship Name: Rakaia 6th June 1874
Name: POLASCHEK, WILLIAM
Nationality: New Zealand
Regiment: Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Unit Text: "G" Coy. 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 12/10/1917
Service No: 14144
Additional information: Brother of Joseph Polaschek, of 14, Byron St., Sydenham, Christchurch. Native of Temuka, Canterbury.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: 3. Cemetery: TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Press, 15 November 1917, Page 5
Private W. Polaschek (killed) was a brother of Mr J. Polaschek, 14 Byron street, Sydenham. He was born in Temuka, in June, 1881, and educated at St. Joseph's Convent School, where he was a great favourite at the school's annual entertainments. He enlisted in Christchurch with the 14th Reinforcements, and was killed in the assault on Ridge Hill on October 12th, being exactly twelve months in the firing-line.
New Zealand Tablet, 13 August 1897, Page 16 MARRIAGE.
Polaschek — Bartos — At St. Patrick's Church, Waimate, on August 3rd, 1897, by the Rev. Father Regnault, Joseph Polaschek, of Temuka, to Amelia Mary Bartos, eldest daughter of Mr. John Bartos, of Waimate.
New Zealand Tablet, 13 October 1898, Page 17 BIRTH.
POLASCHEK.— On September 30th, at Waimate, the wife of Joseph Polaschek, of Arowhenua, of a son. Both doing well.
New Zealand Tablet, 15 February 1900, Page 17 BIRTH.
Polaschek.— At Temuka, on February 11, the wife of J. C. M Polaschek of a son. Both doing well.
New Zealand Tablet, 21 November 1901, Page 20
We deeply regret to announce the death of an old and highly respected resident of Temuka in the person of Mr. Michael Quinn. We learn that the sad event took place at his residence in Temuka on Tuesday night, when the respected pioneer passed peaceably away. Deceased had been in failing health for the past two years and was assiduously attended by the local clergy and died fortified by the consoling rites of the Catholic Church. The late Mr. Quinn was a native of Galway County, Ireland, and while still a young man, came to New Zealand about 40 years ago. He subsequently settled in Temuka and while conducting the Star Hotel, begun to interest himself extensively in farming pursuits and ultimately became the proprietor of one of the finest properties in the district. Mr. Quinn was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, on account of his many sterling qualities and his marked business capacity, and he occupied seats on all the local public bodies. Some two years ago his once robust health began to fall and since that tune it has been very variable. Towards the close of last week he returned from a visit to Christchurch. He was shortly afterwards attacked by the illness to which he succumbed. Deceased leaves a widow and two sons and three daughter to mourn their loss, and to them we tender our deepest sympathy. — RIP.
Star 29 April 1908, Page 3
Timaru. April 29. 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 with, his duties at the church, when he was seized with a fit. He rallied, but died while walking home.
Evening Post, 27 December 1939, Page 9
MR. S. G. RAYMOND, K.C.
Christchurch, This Day
The death has occurred in London of Mr. Samuel George Raymond, K.C. Mr. Raymond was born in Maryborough, Victoria, a son of Mr. Francis B. Raymond, and was educated at Grenville College, Ballarat. He was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 1883 and practised in Timaru till 1910 and then in Christchurch. He became a King's Counsel in 1913 and was Crown Prosecutor in Christchurch from 1914 till 1920, when he retired. Mr. Raymond was chairman of the War Pensions Appeal Board in 1924 and 1925, and a member of the New Zealand delegation at the International Copyright Conference in Rome in 1928, and at the International Conference for the Revision of the Red Cross Convention in Geneva in 1929. He also represented New Zealand at a conference on the operation of Dominion legislation and merchant shipping legislation in 1929. He served on the Timaru High School Board of Governors in 1890 and on the Board of Governors of Canterbury College from 1917 to 1919. He married in 1896 Miss Frances Barklie, daughter of the Rev. J. K. Barklie, and there was one daughter of the marriage.
North Otago Times 15 April 1903, Page 3
Information was received in Oamaru yesterday that Mr Gideon Rutherford, well known in this district, had died at Castle Rock, Pleasant Point, near Timaru, on Monday, the 13th instant. Mr Rutherford had suffered from ill health for some time past, but no fatal result was entertained. The deceased gentleman came from Victoria some years ago, and purchased the late Mr Bromley's property at Kakanui, where the family have resided, Mr Rutherford, however, purchased the larger property, of Castle Rock some years ago, and has mostly resided there, while he also retains the proprietorship of a large station property at Lake Connewarre, near Geelong. He was a prominent breeder of sheep, and was admitted to he an excellent judge, as he must have been, as he had spent the whole of his life on stations. Mr Rutherford was prominent member of the Baptist community, and to him the Oamaru church is largely indebted for the means that enabled it to secure the hire building in which the services are held here. We understand it is the intention to bring the remains to Oamaru for burial.
Ashburton Guardian, 9 February 1920, Page 4
A very well-known figure in Christchurch, .Mr H. T. Rosindale, had a sudden seizure on Saturday morning at about 11 o'clock when leaving his residence, 13 Gloucester Street. He had been suffering from heart disease. The late Mr Rosindale came to New Zealand 47 or 48 years ago, and first started farming on his own account in the Longbeach district, Ashburton. He was for many years representative of Mr W. F. Somerville, who held an estate at Westerfield, also in the Ashburton County. He was also farm supervisor for Mr John Holmes, who built a portion of the Canterbury railways, and owned land in the Rakaia-Methven district. Later Mr Rosindale bought the Claremont estate, near Timaru. He lived there for some time, but finally sold the larger portion of the estate to the Government. About five years ago he came to Christchurch. He was a well known land valuer, whose advice was widely sought. He leaves a widow and a daughter.
North Otago Times 26 January 1915, Page 1
The death is announced at Timaru of Mr James Scott, M.A., who died on Sunday morning after a lingering illness of some mouths, Mr Scott was born in Banffshire, N.B. in 1835, and was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, where he graduated M.A. in 1850. He emigrated to Victoria in 1863, and for some years was Greek master at the Scotch College, Melbourne. He came to New Zealand in the early seventies and became headmaster of the Hokitika Academy till 1875. At the request of some old West Coast friends who had settled here (among them Archdeacon Harper and Mr E. Evans) Mr Scott applied for the position of headmaster of the Timaru Public School (at that time the only public school in the town) and obtained the appointment, which he held till 1885. He then resigned and returned to England, where he spent a few years. Returning to New Zealand in 1889 he was appointed headmaster of Morven school and remained there for a few years, and then took occasional scholastic duties till 1903, when he retired from the service, and has resided during most of the intervening time in Timaru.
Evening Post, 21 July 1944, Page 6
Christchurch, July 21. The death has occurred of Mr. Denis Joseph Shea, for the last 25 years general manager of the Canterbury Frozen Meat Company, Limited. Born in South Canterbury, Mr. Shea commenced his career in the stock and station business in Timaru by joining the branch there in 1907. He subsequently became accountant at the company's head office in Christchurch, and succeeded Mr. N. L. MacBeth as general manager. He was recognised as an authority on the frozen meat industry throughput the Dominion. Mr. Shea was appointed Czechoslovak Vice-Consul for the South Island in 1935 and later President Benes appointed him Consul. He took a notable stand when the Germans established a protectorate in Czechoslovakia in March, 1939. A special emissary was sent by the German Consul-General in New Zealand, Mr. Ernst Ramm, to demand the surrender of the consular archives held by Mr. Shea. Mr. Shea refused to hand over the papers, and they are still retained. Mr. Shea was honorary president of the Association of Czechoslovaks in New Zealand, a member of the Nurse Maude District Nursing Trust Board, the Christchurch Golf Club, Canterbury Jockey Club, and an executive member of the South Island Freezing Companies Association. He is survived by two daughters and a son.
Star 31 July 1899, Page 1
Mr Andrew Sherratt, for many years a member of the Timaru Borough Council, and Mayor for two terms, died on Saturday morning, aged fifty-nine. Mr Sherratt came to the colony in 1863, and for a year or two was a contractor in Lyttelton. He removed to Timaru in 1867, and settled there.
Timaru Herald, 7 January 1897, Page 2
The announcement of the death of Mr William Sibbald, of Sawdon station, Burkes Pass, Mackenzie Country, is made this morning. Mr Sibbald died on Tuesday, aged 65, having been ill for a week after bursting a blood vessel, and finally succumbing to dropsy on the lungs. The deceased gentleman came to Otago from Victoria, at the rush of 1862, and about 1867 arrived in Timaru, and was, if we remember rightly, the first to take up Lilybank Station, Mackenzie Country. After being some time there he moved to Rustic Place, and on the purchase by him of Sawdon the buildings, etc., on the former were removed and absorbed in the latter. The late Mr Sibbald was a successful breeder of all sorts of horses, the brand W.S. at the present time appearing on horses all over the colony. His special and very successful line was tram horses, of sturdy constitution, medium build, and almost up to any draught. Mr Sibbald was a native of Dundee, and though he was never prominent in public life of any sort, his hospitality was well known m Mackenzie. His funeral will take place to-day at Burkes Pass.
Star 8 July 1892, Page 3
Mr W. H. Simms, aged 58. We have to record the death of an old and esteemed Colonist, in the person of Mr W. H. Simms, of this city, who died between 9 and 10 a.m. to-day, after a short illness, in which influenza and pleurisy were the leading ailments. The latter malady at the last extended to his heart, and proved fatal. He was attended in his last illness by Drs Ovenden and Meares. Mr Simms was a colonist of about thirty years' standing, and has officiated as German Consul since the death of Sir J. von Haast. He was formerly a resident of Timaru, and, in conjunction with Mr Spencer Percival, was owner of the Albury Run in that district. During his residence in Timaru he represented that district in the Provincial Council, but resigned on leaving there to reside in Christchurch, where he has made hosts of friends by his genial manner and musical ability. He was always foremost in promoting anything for the advancement of classical music, and was a prominent member of the Christchurch Liedertafel, the members of which have gracefully postponed their Herren abend out of respect to his memory. Mr Simms met with a heavy blow in the loss of a son a few years ago while on a voyage to Queensland, and he can hardly be said to have recovered from it. He was able to be in town on Monday, but complained then of being unwell, and went home to bed, from which he did not rise again. He leaves a widow, two sons, and one daughter to mourn his loss. The flags at the German Consulate and at several business houses in town were lowered to half-mast to-day, as soon as the news of his death was known.
Star 28 July 1908, Page 3
Mr W. U. SLACK. The death occurred at Palmerston North on Sunday of Mr William Upton Slack, an early colonist, who was well known in Canterbury for very many years. Mr Slack did much valuable work in connection with local government in South Canterbury. He took an active interest in the work of the Church of England, and was one of the earliest of a number of conscientious workers in South Canterbury. He was born at Dune's Hill, near Cockermouth, in Cumberland, in 1832. His father was a Manchester man, and lived at Upton House, Ardwick, one of the suburbs of Manchester, and his mother was a daughter of the vicar of Bridenith. His early days at Home he devoted to the Army, and he was given a commission in the 4th Lancashire Light Infantry. During his service in the regiment, it trained for two years at Aldershot and the following two years at Portsmouth. In 1858 he resigned his commission and came out to New Zealand. He settled in the Mackenzie Country, where he had a sheep run. After leaving the Mackenzie Country, he settled down at "Woodside," about seven miles from Geraldine, where he lived for twenty seven years. He was obliged to sell this property, and the family left South Canterbury and settled at Palmerston North. Mr Slack was one of the first members of the Board of Works at Timaru, which was known in those days as the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works. He was a member of the Education Board, and was for many years a member and chairman of the Geraldine Road Board. During his residence at "Woodside," his services, and those of Mrs Slack, were given freely to anything that helped the advancement of church work. He was a keen lover of all forms of sport. He was also a successful breeder of Romney sheep and draught horses, and won many prizes at the Timaru shows. In 1865 he married Miss Charlotte Cooper, and had a family of five daughters and four sons. One daughter married Mr F. Hamilton, of Redcliffs, another married Mr A. Temple, of Geraldine, and a third Mr C. R. Hewit, of Palmerston North. There are fourteen grandchildren. His sons are Messrs Slack Brothers, the well-known breeders of purebred stock.
William Upton Slack (1832-1908)
He was born in Cumberland, England and came out to NZ in 1858. He arrived in South Canterbury in 1863 and purchased a considerable area of swamp and flax land at the foot of Waitohi Hill, Pleasant Valley and named the property Woodside. He lived there for 27 years. On the List of freeholders of NZ, 1882, he was a farmer at Pleasant Valley and owned 2,314 acres, valued at $24,200. He ran pedigree short horn cattle, Romney sheep, and was a successful breeder of Romney sheep and draught horses and won many prizes at the Timaru Shows. He married Charlotte Sarah Cooper of Creek Station at Francis Jollie's Peel Forest homestead on 8th Feb. 1865. He played a major part in local government and was known as a man who got things done. He took an active interest in the work of the Church of England. He was also a JP, a member of the South Canterbury Board of Education, the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, the Geraldine road Board and the Peel Forest Road Board. He was keen on sports. Had five daughters and four sons. In the 1880s the family moved to Palmerston North. One daughter married A. Temple of Geraldine. His four sons became farmers in the Palmerston North district. Mr Slack died on 26 July 1908 and his obituary was printed in the Christchurch Star on 28 July 1908.
Evening Post, 29 February 1932, Page 9 [Francis Smith]
The death occurred on Saturday last of Mr. Frank Smith, late of Timaru and Christchurch, in his eighty-fourth year. Arriving in New Zealand in 1860, he took up his residence in Christchurch, joining the staff of Messrs. A. J. White and Co., and later he was with Messrs. Hobday and Jobberns, and Messrs. J. Ballantyne and Co., who, in 1893, appointed him manager of their Timaru: business. In 1897 he was appointed drapery manager o£ the South Canterbury Farmers' Co-op. Stores. Retiring in 1920, he spent the remaining years of his life in Christchurch and Wellington. The late Mr. Smith married Miss Lydia Philpott, of St. Albans, [in 1867] whose death occurred in November last [age 85], and leaves the following family: Mrs. A. H. Thompson, Christchurch; Mrs. J. Gardiner, Queenstown; Mrs. F. Shallard, Riversdale; Mr. S. W. Smith and Mrs. Ray Dale, Timaru; Mr. C. F. Smith and Mrs. H. B. Cooper, Wellington; Mr. P. C. Smith, Dannevirke; Mr. K. P. Smith, Wairoa; and Mrs. G. Robinson, Auckland; also twenty-nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The late Mr. Smith in his early years took a great interest in municipal and school affairs, and also in horticulture, and for many years was president of the Star Football Club, Timaru. He was always a fervent worker in the cause of Methodism.
[Alice Lydia b. 1867 m. Arthur Harloe THOMPSON in 1893]
[Emily Maud Smith b. 1871 m. Frederick William SHALLARD in 1902]
[Charles Francis William Smith b. 1873]
[May Crosbie Smith b. 1876 m. Harry Basil COOPER in 1911]
[Ethel Adeline Smith b. 1876 m. George ROBINSON in 1907]
[Kate Mildred Smith b. 1878 m. Allan Raybutt DALE in 1902]
[Sydney Webster Smith b. 1881
[Percy Clearance Smith b. 1885]
[Keneth Philip Smith b. 1888]
Star 3 January 1899, Page 3
Timaru, Jan. 3. Mr W. Smith, who has been for thirty five years in the postal and telegraph service, died this morning, aged forty-eight. He was employed for most of the term at 'Temuka and Timaru, and was a respected officer. He leaves a widow and five children.
Evening Post, 6 November 1940, Page 9
Auckland, This Day The death has occurred of Mr. J. R. Snedden, well known in the Labour movement throughout New Zealand. Born in Scotland he worked on the railways there and later on the railways in South Australia. He settled at Timaru 20 years ago. He was secretary to several trade unions and also of the Labour Representation Committee. He retired to Auckland some years ago. Mr. Snedden leaves a wife and one son.
Evening Post, 1 November 1912, Page 2
The late Sir William Jukes Steward, who died at Island Bay yesterday evening, was a native of Reading, Berkshire, England, where ho was born in 1841. He was descended from a well-known Nonconformist family. His early education was obtained at King Edward VI. Grammar School, Ludlow, Shropshire. He arrived in Lyttelton in the ship Mersey on 26th September, 1862 and proceeded to Christchurch. Before he left England he had been interested in the then popular Volunteer movement.
...1879, when he left the district to reside at Waimate. In 1875 he was elected Mayor of Oamaru, and as such carried out a number of public improvements, not the least of which was the introduction of the water supply. Having purchased the Waimate Times, he left Otago in 1879, and once more became identified with Canterbury. ... he entered the House for Waimate as a supporter of the Liberal Party, and continued to represent that district under different boundaries and varying names until his retirement at the last General Election. During all these years the late Sir William has been a conspicuous figure in the political history of the country. ..In 1873 Sir William married Miss Hannah Whiteford, daughter of the Rev. Caleb Whiteford, rector of Harford, Worcestershire, by whom he has a daughter and two sons. Of the literary side of his life, thirty years were spent in journalism, he having owned and edited successively the North Otago Times, the Waimate Times, and the Ashburton Guardian and Ashburton Mail....Outside the House he was equally active, and in addition to municipal affairs he added educational duties as a member of the South Canterbury Education Board and the Ashburton and Waimate High School Boards. A man of cultured tastes and kindly sympathies.
Otago Witness 15 April 1903, Page 50
Captain Sutter, a very old Timaruite, died on Monday night. He had been ill for some time. He was closely identified with the progress of Timaru. He was an ex-member of the House of Representatives, Harbour Board, Borough Council (Mayor for some years), and chairman of the Gas Company. He was 84 years of age.
Ashburton Guardian, 18 June 1901, Page 2
We hate to record that Mr W. H. Tait passed away last evening about eight o'clock, at the Hospital. He had been gradually sinking for some weeks, but it was not expected that his end would be so sudden, Mr Tait was a man of exceptional parts. He was a good artist, and some of his paintings have received very favorable mention from the art critics. He was no mean carpenter, although self taught, and there were few things he could not turn his hand to. He was a very reserved man, and even the few friends he made in Invercargill, Timaru, and Ashburton, where be has resided of late years, are unaware whether he had any relations in this colony. It is, however, understood that he has a sister living in Capetown. The funeral will leave the Hospital at 3 20 tomorrow afternoon.
The Press Monday 14 April 1924 TAYLOR, Robert Ross,
Mr. Robert Ross Taylor, one of the oldest residents of Timaru, died at his residence, North street, on Saturday at the age 77 years. Mr Taylor left Aberdeen, where he was born at the age of 16, and arrived in Timaru in 1864. He commenced work in a store owned by Captain Sutter, his brother-in-law, and later went into partnership with the captain, the firm going under the name of Sutter, Taylor and Co. for many years, carrying on the business in premises where the shop of Messrs Porter and Dawson now stands. At a later date he entered into business on his own account as a wine and spirit and tea merchant, and made a success of his venture. He retired about 20 years ago. From his youth the late Mr Taylor was a keen sportsman, and his circle of friends included many sportsmen of the town and district. he was one of the founders of the Timaru Bowling Club and of the South Canterbury Jockey Club, in both of which he took a keen interest.
Evening Post, 4 March 1898, Page 5
Timaru, This Day. An old identity, Mr. Robert Taylor, died in the Hospital to-day, aged 87. He came from Hobart to Wellington early in the forties, and thence to Lyttelton before the first four ships. He was a builder, and helped to build early Wellington and Lyttelton. He was an old Freemason, and the father of Foresters here.
Timaru Herald, 4 March 1898, Page 3
Robert Taylor, better known to old residents of South Canterbury as "Bobby" Taylor, died at the Hospital yesterday morning, at the ripe age of 85. He was one of the pioneers of the colony in a wider sense than usual, as he took part in the establishment of three centres of settlement. He crossed from Tasmania to Wellington m the early forties, and, a builder and joiner by trade, he helped to build up the first wooden Wellington, which was founded in 1840. He next came down to Lyttelton to assist m preparing for the arrival of the pioneer immigrants to Canterbury, who arrived in December, 1850, and he remained there, following his trade and helping to build the first township on Port Cooper. He was a good and ingenious tradesman, and we learn that he was a general adviser or amateur practical architect m those days. In 1859 he removed to Timaru, m the early days of the town, but after the arrival of the Strathallan. He commenced business as builder, contractor, and undertaker, and many of the old structures m Timaru bear the marks of his tools. After some years he tried hotel keeping, in a small house in Beswick Street called the Square and Company (Mr Taylor was a Mason), but he was burned out of this in a fire which destroyed the original Ship Hotel and South Canterbury Times office. The building now occupied by Mr J. S. Bennett in Beswick Street then belonged to Mr Taylor, and was used as a workshop. It was scorched by the fire but escaped destruction, and this the deceased converted into a general dealer's shop. Later on he transferred his business to a shop in Grey Road, where he carried it on until increasing infirmity compelled him to relinquish it. The deceased was known to everybody in the parly days. He was respected for his uprightness, and extremely popular for his quaint humour. He was like Yorick, a fellow of infinite jest." He was one of the oldest Masons and Foresters m Canterbury, and the father of the Foresters' Lodge in Timaru, and both of these orders did their duty by him m his declining years. He leaves seven daughters, all married, many grand children and some greatgrand-children, most of them m South Canterbury, others at Christchurch and Lyttelton. The funeral takes place on Sunday, and there will no doubt be a very large attendance of the old identities of Timaru and its neighbourhood. Notice is given in another column requesting the brethren of St, John's Lodge to attend the funeral on Sunday, and it is expected that there will be a large attendance of the craft at the funeral of such an old and eminent brother. The deceased was one of the founders of Lodge Unanimity, Lyttelton, the first lodge m Canterbury, and of St. John's Lodge, Timaru.
Timaru Herald, 31 May 1897, Page 3
It is with much regret that we record to-day the death of Mr Edmund Tipping, who passed away at 3 a.m. on Saturday, at the age of 62, after a very short illness from inflammation of the lungs. He had been unwell some days before then, but he was about on Wednesday morning. The deceased had led a varied life, and "roughed it " a good deal when a young man. He left his native country, Ireland, in the early gold digging days for Victoria, and worked among the mines at Bendigo and elsewhere. He then, went to Tasmania, and was farming there for some years. In 1862 he came to New Zealand and joined his family who, had, in the meantime, come out and settled at the Cust, North Canterbury, and remained with them as a farmer till ten or twelve years ago, when he came to Timaru and joined Mr Whitcombe in a general commission agency. On Mr Whitcombe leaving Timaru, Mr Tipping became local agent for the Lyttelton Times and then and subsequently carried on business as a financial commission agent. The deceased was widely known, and extremely popular among his friends. Much regret was felt at the news of his sudden and serious illness and here is much genuine sorrow at his decease. The deceased has several relatives in different parts of .the colony and an unmarried sister was in attendance upon him during his last hours. The deceased on falling ill went to, the Old Bank, where Mr M. O'Meeghan made him as comfortable as possible until more serious measures were seen to be necessary, since when various friends assisted in securing that he should lack nothing. One of Mr Tipping's brothers arrived from Christchurch on Saturday, and took charge of the funeral arrangements, and another brother from the south in the evening. The funeral will leave the Old Bank Hotel at 2 30 p.m. to-day.
Star 6 September 1909, Page 3
Dunedin, September 6. Mr W. J. Tonkin, the well-known frozen meat and rabbit exporter, died suddenly of heart failure on Saturday night. He was also identified with the flax-milling industry, and was once a flour miller in Timaru.
Star 9 March 1903, Page 3
COLONEL R. TOSSWILL. The death is announced from England of Lieutenant Colonel Robert G. D. Tosswill. He was appointed Major in command of the Canterbury Battalion of Infantry in 1885, when the infantry companies were formed into an administrative battalion, and soon afterwards was raised to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Previous ( to that he held a captaincy in the Christ's College Rifles. He was officer commanding the battalion until 1889, when he retired from the active list consequent on the disbandment of battalions throughout New Zealand. He had obtained a great deal of military knowledge and experience in the 99th Foot of the Imperial Army, and he brought all his knowledge to bear on Volunteering matters, and gave much practical assistance. He was a great favourite with the local Volunteers. During his residence in Canterbury he had a farm near Timaru, and another at Highfield, Kirwee. Colonel Tosswill went to England in 1901.
Ashburton Guardian, 2 November 1921, Page 4
Evening Post, 2 November 1921, Page 8
Timaru, November 1. The death is announced of Mr Jeremiah Matthew Twomey of Temuka. Mr Twomey, who was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, was born 15 August 1847. He spent some years in the service of the General Post Office in Cork, and arrived in the Dominion in 1874. The following year he joined the staff of the Wellington Tribune, and subsequently served on the Wellington Argus and Evening Post, also on Wanganui, Timaru, and Christchurch papers. In 1880 he purchased the Temuka Leader, and the following year started the Geraldine Guardian. He became proprietor of the "Temuka Leader" in 1881 and conducted that journal for many years. He was appointed to the Legislative Council from 1898 to 1905.
Ashburton Guardian, 7 February 1906, Page 3
Timaru, Feb 7 Sergeant Warring, officer in charge of the police force here, died this morning. He caught a chill a fortnight ago, and complications ensued, ending in pneumonia, which caused death. Deceased, who was I looked upon as a most efficient officer, did police duty at Home and had been in the N.Z. force for over 20 years. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1898 and was to have been farther promoted this year. He was born in Cornwall in 1851 and leaves a wife and nine children.
Ashburton Guardian, 6 January 1920, Page 5
Mr George Watts, of North Street, Timaru, died last week. The deceased had been in his usual health in the early part of the week, but was .taken suddenly ill and passed away at noon on Friday. Mr Watts, who was born in England, had reached the age of 68 years. On coming to New Zealand he settled first at Ashburton. Later he went to Timaru, where he established a cordial factory and carried this on with success up to the time of his death. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, he took no part in public affairs, but he was a generous giver to deserving causes. Mr Watts was twice married, his second wife being Miss Clark, of Timaru, and he is survived by his widow and three children, all grown up.
Ashburton Guardian, 29 July 1918, Page 5
The death of Mr Henry Thomas Winter, aged 76, at Timaru yesterday, removes one of Ashburton's fast diminishing band of pioneers. The deceased was born in 1842 in Tasmania, where he received his education, which was finished in England. For some years he followed pastoral pursuits in Australia, and came to New Zealand in 1867 the ship South Australia, which was wrecked at Port Chalmers. After his arrival he took over management of Messrs Tancred run in Ashburton. In 1896 he was appointed manager of Balmoral, Braemar and Glenmore stations in the Mackenzie Country. These stations containing 170,000 acres were the property of the N.Z. Loan and M.A. Co. and were originally taken up in 1858 by Messrs Beswick, Cox and Hall. "Balmoral" is the second highest homestead in the colony and stands 2600 feet above sea level. For several years prior to his death Mr. Winter had been living in retirement at "Ringwould," Wai-iti Road, Timaru. He was married in 1869 to Miss Richardson, of Tasmania
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When the sleep of death came o'er
Full of truth he passed away,
From the fond ones loved so dearly,
To the light of brighter day.