Mr Francis J. Wilson practically rebuilt Timaru after the big fire with the assistance of John Foley his brother-in-law. 

Francis John WILSON (son of Richard Wilson and Elizabeth Anson) was born 1836 in Capetown, South Africa and lived at Algoa Bay before coming to Canterbury, N.Z. He married Emily Kate Foley on 29 October 1862, St. Mary's Timaru. Kate, age 15, single girl, domestic servant, arrived on the Zealandia in Lyttelton on 14 Nov. 1859. Also onboard the Zealandia was her sister, Mary Foley, domestic servant, from Middlesex arrived at age 17, and her brother John Foley and his wife and all from Middlesex. Mary married William BENNETT and lived at Pleasant Valley, near Geraldine. John Foley worked with Francis J. Wilson doing construction in Timaru. They were both skilled craftsmen. John did the plastering and Francis the carpentry, joinery and architectural work.  Mr Wilson died 21 April 1911 in Gisborne, NZ.

Children of Emily Kate and Francis J. WILSON photo
Annie Elizabeth  b. 10 September 1863	 Timaru 
Francis John 	 b. 25 September 1865	 Timaru 
Catherine Mary 	 b. 22 July 1867	 Timaru 
Elizabeth 	 b. 06 July 1869	 Timaru 
Stephen Anson 	 b. 23 April 1871	 Timaru 
Arthur Richard 	 b. 19 April 1873	 Timaru 
John Foley 	 b. 29 March 1875	 Timaru 
Clara Constance  b. 18 January 1877	 Timaru 
Adelaide Sarah 	 b. 11 December 1878	 Timaru 
Gilbert Thomas	 b. 18 June 1881	 Timaru 
Mabel Florence 	 b. 04 February 1883	 Timaru 

Zealandia arrived Lyttelton 14 November, 1859

Government Immigrants: Families & Children

Foley 	John 		26 		Middlesex Plasterer and Bricklayer
	Elizabeth Ann 	26
	Mary 		17 Trans to s/w Middlesex Domestic servant
	Kate 		15 Trans to s/w Middlesex Domestic servant
	Thomas 		11		Middlesex

It turns out Patrick Foley (1835 -1905???) was also a plasterer and bricklayer and had immigrated to Christchurch in 1856. Three years later he was joined by his two brothers and two sisters who arrived as a family on the "Zealandia". Usually you think of a family as a husband and wife and children, but not in this case. John, Thomas, Kate and Mary were all brothers and sisters.

 £  2  	In cash by John Foley
£12 10s John signed a promissory note 
£40   	In bills from family  or friends in the Colony 
£19 15s Ultimate cost to the Provincial Government
£74  5s 	Total cost of passage money to the Provincial Government for the family

Kate Foley was born in 1845 in London and was the daughter of John Foley (Faley) born in 1808 in Ireland and Catherine Cummings born in 1811 in the little village of Boherbue, County Cork, IRE. Kate's parents and her other brother Robert Foley did not come out to New Zealand. Elizabeth Ann Foley (1833 -1903), a passenger on the Zealandia, was the wife of John Foley Jr. (1833-1815).

Built in 1877. On Strathallan St, cnr of The Terrace. It is still in use today. Photo Nov. 2011.
In 1868 a
fire swept from Church St. to Woollcombe St. and after that the new buildings were required to be constructed of brick or local bluestone.  

F. J. Wilson, wore many hats.
 Builder, carpenter, publican, contractor, architect and councilman in 1869

1863 F.J. Wilson erected a wooden custom house, at No. 1, foot of Strathallan Street  for £694 10s. Architect was William Williamson. Leaked badly.

Timaru Herald, 22 April 1865, Page 7
CLUB HOTEL, TIMARU, F. J. Wilson, Proprietor. F. J. Wilson begs to inform the inhabitants of Timaru and the Public generally, that he has taken the above first-class and commodious Hotel, and hopes by strict attention and moderate charges to merit a share of patronage, None but the best Ales, Wines, and Spirits will be on sale at this Establishment. Private apartments for families.

Timaru Herald, 19 January 1870, Page 2
A meeting of the creditors of Mr F. J. Wilson, builder, was held at the offices of Messrs White and Cash, on the 9th inst., Mr Cliff m the chair. A balance sheet was laid before the meeting showing liabilities to the amount of £2,022, and assets valued at £2,138 4s 1d. A proposal was made and seconded that the estate should be assigned for the benefit of the creditors, with Messrs Cliff and Wade as trustees. The motion was carried, but Mr Perry, on behalf of the Union Bank, the largest creditors, dissented, and the meeting broke up.

Timaru Herald 6 April 1870, Page 3
RE F. J. WILSON'S ESTATE. Mr. F. W. STUBBS has been instructed by the Trustee in the above Estate to sell by Public Auction, at his Sale Rooms, Timaru, THIS DAY, The remainder of Lease of Lot 3 110 and 111, with all erections thereon, situate on LeCren's Terrace, Timaru. Sale at 2 o'clock. Terms Cash.

Timaru Herald, 23 August 1872, Page 2
Resident Magistrate's Court. At this Court on Tuesday, before B. Woollcombe, Esq., R.M., F. J. Wilson was charged with a breach of The Municipal Act, 1867, in having unlawfully neglected to keep a light burning on a hoarding in front of the building in course of erection in the Main South Road. Defendant admitted that the light was not burning at the time mentioned, but denied that there had been any negligence on his part. The light had been lighted twice on the night in question but had been blown out, the weather being boisterous. The Resident Magistrate said as it was a first offence the case would be dismissed with a caution

Otago Daily Times 17 March 1873, Page 3
For sale. That large new stone HOTEL, situate in the most business part of Timaru, known as the CRITERION. Terms liberal. Apply to F. J. WILSON, Proprietor.

Timaru Herald, 24 March 1877, Page 2
Messrs A.J.H. Bower and F. J. Wilson resigned from the Timaru Borough Council

Poverty Bay Herald, 21 April 1911, Page 5 Mr F. J. WILSON, ARCHITECT
The many friends of Mr Francis John Wilson, the well-known local architect, will regret to learn of his death, which occurred at an early hour this morning, somewhat suddenly. The deceased gentleman went to his office as usual yesterday morning, but returned during the forenoon, having been seized, with shivering, as if a cold was coming on. He was put to bed, bat during the afternoon he became very restless and semi delirious, and medical aid was obtained. Mr Wilson remained in bed until 1 o'clock this morning, when he got up and sat in an armchair in the dining room. He was made comfortable, and at 5 o'clock said he was feeling better. Three-quarters of an hour- later, however, he passed away quietly, a clot of blood on the brain being, in the doctor's opinion, the cause of death. The late Mr Wilson, who was 75 years' of age, had had a varied career as an architect. He was born in Capetown, and went to Melbourne when 19 years of age. From there he came to New Zealand, arriving in Timaru in the fifties. For 30 years he practised in-that town as an architect, and practically rebuilt Timaru after the big fire. During the land boom in Australia in 1887-8 Mr Wilson returned to Melbourne, and was in partnership with Mr Charlesworth (now of Wellington), for about four years. After residing for short periods at Sydney and Perth, the deceased gentlemen came back to New Zealand, arriving in Wellington in 1898. He followed his profession in the Empire City for several years, and then removed to Palmerston North. In 1905 Mr Wilson came to Gisborne to supervise the erection of the present Herald building arid has resided here ever since. In his younger days Mr Wilson was a great athlete, whilst in his declining years he sought exercise on the bowling green, and was a prominent member of the Gisborne Bowling Club. Deceased was a Past Master of the Timaru Masonic Lodge, and a life member of the Timaru Rowing Club. He has left behind him many monuments of his architectural abilities, a few of which are Palmerston North Opera House, Wellington Meat Co.'s Works, Skerratt and Wyllie' s offices (Wellington), Kirkcaldie and Stain's drapery warehouse, and the Oriental hotel, Wellington. He was also the architect for the proposed new Church of England in Gisborne. The late Mr Wilson leaves a widow, five daughters, and five sons to mourn their loss. Four and five sons to mourn their loss. Three of his daughters are married, being: Mrs McKenzie, wife of Mr J. McKenzie, Commissioner of Crown Lands, Wellington; Mrs A. Engel, of Melbourne; Mrs A. M. Knight, wife of the Clerk of the Court at Perth; and Mrs (Rev.) M. N. Wright, who is at present on a visit to her old home at Gisborne. All the sons are married, Mr G. T. Wilson being the only one in Gisborne at present. The funeral takes place to-morrow at 2 p.m. [Makaraka Cemetery] Age 74.

Timaru Herald, 28 April 1911, Page 7 MR "FRANK" WILSON.
Gisborne papers report the death on Friday last, at the age of 75, of one who was a prominent citizen of Timaru in the early days — Mr Francis John ("Frank") Wilson, architect and builder, Mr Wilson was a native of Capetown; he arrived in Timaru in the fifties, and for thirty years practised here as an architect, and left his mark on many of the buildings now extant that were erected after the big fire of 1868. He was the architect of the Timaru Main school. A wave of depression passed over South Canterbury in the later seventies, whilst a land and building boom in Melbourne promised opportunities there, and Mr Wilson went over, and remained in Melbourne (where he had spent some years as a young man) for a few years, and spent some time also in Sydney and Perth. In he came back to New Zealand and settled in Wellington. Among the buildings he designed for that city are the Wellington Meat Company's Works, Skerrett and Wyllie's offices, Kirkcaldie and Stain's drapery warehouse, and the Oriental Hotel. The Opera House at Palmerston North is also one of his works. In 1905 he went to Gisborne as Designer of the ''Herald'' buildings and has remained there since.

The Miles Archer building, Strathallan st., Timaru, built in 1877 by F. Wilson. 
English bond is a basic method of bonding, consisting of headers centered on the stretchers which lie in vertical lines. All ornamental bonds are simply variations .

 

Town Improvements

Timaru Herald, 5 July 1871, Page 4
During the last six months sundry valuable and useful additions have been made to the buildings of the town. We propose therefore to give a slight general description of these improvements... Continuing in a southerly direction, at the junction of Woollcombe Street and the South-road, we come to a new stone building erected by Mr Cullmann, as a butcher's shop, for which purpose it will soon be opened by Mr N. Barton. The dimensions of this building are — length, 46ft with 16ft frontage, height of walls 22ft. The shop is 16ft. x 18ft., and there are six commodious living rooms. The front (on the South-road) is of white stone with blue stone pilaster supports, between which the shop-front is placed. The stone-work of this building was executed by Mr Sibley, the carpentry, by Mr F. J. Wilson, and plasterer's work by Mr J. Foley. The external appearance of the building is very good, save that it looks somewhat too narrow, this, however will be remedied when other buildings are joined on to it, which appears to be the intention of the proprietor at some future time.

Incomplete list of projects which F.J. Wilson was the architect (77) (21 were dwellings)

1867 03 July Tendered £87 10s for building a bridge over the Washdyke Creek. Accepted
1868 11 Nov. Tenders wanted for erection of Shops and Offices
1869  Clarkson's building Stafford St - F. Wilson architect and contractor for this building was Mr F. Wilson.
1869  Genral Governemnt building - Mr F. Wilson for the plaster and wood work
1869  Stone warehouse for Mr Turnbull. Mr F. Wilson the contractor for the entire work.
1869  New stone offices built for the Timaru Herald, Mr Williamson was the architect, and Messrs Kirkland and F. Wilson the contractors respectively for the stone and wood work.
1869 Up George St. of two stories built of blue stone rubble, with white stone dressings. property of Mr Turnbull. Mr Upton is the architect, and Messrs Sibley and Wilson contractors respectively for the stone and wood work.
1869 04 Aug. His tender £228 18s accepted for plaster work at St. Mary's Church building extension and completing the whole work
1870 Jun 10 Star Store for Mr R.R. Taylor in stone in Church Street, under construction fell with loud crash, builder Mr. F.J. Wilson. Heavy rain.
1872 25 Oct. Erection of building for Mr Cullmann
1873 05 Feb. Erection of a Masonic Hall for the Freemasons of Timaru and district, opposite St. Mary's, includes the usual committee and ante rooms. Mr F.J. Wilson, builder and contractor.  50' by 25' and 16' 6' in height, of stone. Cost est. £850.
1873 Sept. F.J. Wilson was hired as both architect and builder and work began on Timaru Main School. Mr Wilson even provided the trowel for laying the foundation stone for the sum of £15.
1873 26 Sept. Tender for quarrying 1500 to 2000 yards Stone
1873 13 Oct. Erection of a shop in the Great South road, Timaru
1873 21 Nov. Tenders wanted for carting 1500 to 2000 yards stone
1874 14 Jan. Primitive Methodists Church, Barnard street. Wood, 40' in length, 26' width.
1874 15 Jun. Tenders invited by Chas. Thompson for Building additions to Melville House, Timaru. F.J. Wilson, Architect
1874 01 July  Erection for shop and Dwelling house for Mr Padget, Great South Road
1874 11 Sept. Erection of a cottage on Le Cren's Terrace
1874 11 Sept. Erection of a Hotel in Stone at the Pleasant Point
1874 18 Nov. Erection of front to Timaru Hotel
1874 20 Nov. Foundation stone of new Wesleyan chapel took place on 28 Oct. A silver trowel handed to the Rev. Mr Buller. Drawings prepared by Mr. F.J. Wilson 38' wide & 48' in length. Large Gothic window in centre of front. All other windows with diamond shaped panes of glass. Messrs Jones and Peters are the contractors for the stone work.
1875 26 Mar. Erection of a dwelling house in Timaru
1875 26 Mar. Erection of a Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Point by 1st April 1875
1875 10 May Erection of a cottage in Timaru
1875 01 Oct. New synagogue in Bank Street, builder Mr Thornton.
1875 20 Oct. Erection of additions to Dwelling House for Mr B. Bailey, in Timaru
1875 08 Dec. Erection of two shops, with offices, brick or concrete.
1876 29 Jan.  Blacksmith Shop and foundry for Messrs Elder & Young
1876 Feb 29 Caledonian Lodge, Timaru the building and the ceiling will be plastered. Mr J.F. Wilson is the architect, and Mr. Machin the contractor.
1876 07 Feb  Erection of a villa in Stone at Otipua near Timaru
1876 13 Mar. Erection of a Hotel at Orari for Mr Thomas Wadsworth
1876 26 July  Wanted plasters for plastering dwelling house
1876 02 Aug. Erection of large store on Beach Road for the NZLM Co. Ltd in stone and concrete.
1876 03 Aug. Erection of shops, offices and additions to Ship Hotel at corner of Great North Road and Strathallan street
1877 12 Jan. Erection of Blacksmith's Shops, in Brick, for Messrs Reid & Gray
1877 16 Feb. Erection of a Villa Residence at Greenhays, near Temuka, for J. Hayhurst, Esq.
1877 06 Mar. Timaru Borough Council Chambers. Henry Thornton, contractor.
1877 22 Mar. Erection of additions and alterations to Warehouse
1877 09 July 1872 Erection of a Building in Brick
1877 17 July Erection of additions and alterations to dwelling house
1877 30 Aug. Erection in Stone, Concrete, or Wood of a Country Hotel
1877 30 Aug. Erection in Stone, Concrete, or Wood of a Dwelling House in Timaru
1877 30 Aug. Contractors invited for excavating 8000 yards, more or less, in Strathallan street
1877 12 Oct. Erection of a Villa Residence for John A. Gamack, Esq. [Newlands]
1877 26 Oct. Erection of Offices and Warehouse, in brick, for Messrs Miles, Archer & Co. Strathallan-street, Timaru
1877 26 Oct. Erection of buildings in stone at Silverstream, near Burke's Pass
1878 02 April Erection of buildings in wood
1878 02 April Erection of building in brick
1878 02 April Erection of Dwelling house at Silverstream in concrete
1878 18 June Two story building for Jonas, Hart and Wildie on main North Rd. A brick and concrete foundation, frontage 67ft by 35ft high Italian Composite., The building runs back 172ft, on the right side a horse repository. It is 140ft long by 32ft wide with 16ft walls and is lit from the roof by large sky lights.
1878 23 July  Erection in concrete of offices, outhouses &c., at Otipua, for G.G. Russell, Esq.
1878 18 June Messrs Perry and Perry offices, opposite the Jonas building. Facade is 25ft by 27ft, has 3 windows and one door. The widows are circular headed and the tops in alternate back and white. The rest of the facing has been picked with red brick, white pointed. Contains 4 offices and a strong room. Mr Thornton the contractor.
1878 27 Sept. Erection of a Brick building for Mr C. W. Wood
1878 11 Oct. Tenders invited for alterations and additions to Messrs Perry and Perry offices.
1878 11 Nov. Erection of buildings in brick and Stone in Strathallan street, for Messrs D. and L. Maclean
1878 06 Dec. Erection of a dwelling house for Mr John Mee
1878 06 Dec. Erection of a dwelling house in timber between South Rangitata and Orari, for W. Rolleston, Esq. 
1878             Erection of a Suburban residence, stables and out offices
1879 04 Jan. Erection of offices in the Main North road, opposite the Bank of New Zealand
1879 16 Jan. Erection of additions to Timaru Herald Office
1879 16 Jan. Erection of a dwelling near Fairlie Creek
1879 15 Mar. Erection of dwelling house near Fairlie Creek
1879 10 May Erection of  dwelling at Orari, for Francis A. Baker, Esq.
1879 22 May Erection of  dwelling house near Orari for A.L. Baker, Esq.
1879 11 Aug  Tender for excavating in Strathallan Street
1880 25 Aug. Erection of a residence in brick in Timaru
1880 16 Oct.  Erection of a warehouse
1881     Jan Alterations and additions to Building in Great North Road.
1881 20 Jan.  Additions to building in Great North Road for W. Evans, Esq.
1881 23 Feb  Erection of a dwelling house for H.J. LeCren, Esq.
1881 23 Feb  Erection of additions and making alternations to dwelling house for F. LeCren, Esq.
1881 16 Mar. Erection of Conservatory for A. Perry
1881 28 Mar. Alterations and additions to Phoenix Brewery
1881 16 July  Erection of a grain store at Studholme Junction for the NZLMA CO.
1881 16 July  Erection of a Parsonage for St. Mary's Vestry
1881 02 Aug. Erection of a Dwelling House
1881 23 Aug. Erection of Grain and Wool Stores on Cain's Terrace, Timaru for Mr. Green.
1881 03 Oct. Erection of new premises for the National Bank of New Zealand
1882 21 Feb. Tenders invited for building concrete boundary wall and iron railing for Moss Jonas, Esq.
1883 26 Jan. Erection of a dwelling house on Wai-iti Road
1883 06 Oct. Erection of a dwelling house on Wai-iti Road
1883 10 Feb. Erection of a Conservatory for H.J. LeCren, Esq.
1883 10 Feb. Erection of a Hotel at Winchester for Mr J.A. Young.
1883 22 May Erection of additions and alternations to House on LeCren's Terrace
1884 19 Jan.  Erection of a Hotel, in Brick, at Fairlie Creek
1885 15 Dec. Erection of building at Timaru High School   

Too many architects

It looks like F.J. Wilson and family left Timaru in c.1887 for Melbourne and six of his children ended up settling in Australia. In 1898 he moved to Wellington where his eldest daughter settled after her marriage to James Mackenzie, Chief Draughtsman and later moved to Gisborne where he continued to raise buildings.

Mr Duval, an architect, left Timaru in 1895 because with a family to provide for, it was impossible for him to remain, the professional outlook being blank. Mr Duval said that it was a great wrench to him having to leave Timaru after twenty years residence but explained in some detail, it is impossible for five architects to make a living in a town and a district where there is but a moderate amount of work for one. The banks are all built, financial and commercial companies are all housed, and it was simply impossible to look for an expenditure of £25,000 a year on dwellings, and that sum must be spent to give even a modest livelihood to five architects.

1868 W. Williamson Architect and Surveyor
1870 W.H. Smith
1875 F.J. Wilson, Architect, White's Building
1878 Thomas Cane (1830-1905)
1878 Henry Evans, Architect
1878 Thomas Glass
1878 Thomas Machin, Architect, Heaton Street
1878 Wm. J.N. Upton, Architect, Bowker's Buildings
1879 M. De H. Duval
1879 Daniel West
1880 Robert F. Barber
1881 W.B. Armson
1881 Thomas Roberts C.E. Architect
1881 Messrs. D. West & Barber Architects, Timaru

Timaru Herald, 27 July 1870, Page 2
W. H. Smith v. T. Aikin.— This was a claim to recover certain plans and specifications, and L50 for damage sustained by defendant through their detention by plaintiff. Mr Perry for plaintiff, and Mr White for the defendant. W. H. Smith I am an architect, and an inspector of works, living at Timaru. Some time since I got out plans and specifications for the erection of an Oddfellows' Hall in Timaru. There were originally four contracts connected with it. One has since been cancelled. Defendant was the successful tenderer of the carpenter's work, and entered into an agreement to do the work (agreement produced) on the 14th of March. I was the attesting witness to the agreement. The plans and specifications are in defendant's possession. On the 14th of March Aiken asked me to lend him the plans and specifications to get off quantities, and he has never returned them since. I have asked him for them more than once. I have offered to furnish him with a copy of agreement, and offered to give it if he gave the plans and specifications. He refused. I am clerk of works also. I want the plans, &c, to see how the whole work is being carried out. They always belong to the architect. There is a clause in the general conditions of the specifications which provides that all contractors shall provide copies of plans, &c, for themselves. Unless I can get the plans, &c, I will have to stop the work. I estimate the damage I shall be occasioned at L50. The real value of the plans, L15.
William Butterworth I am one of the building committee of the Oddfellows Society. Defendant asked plaintiff to lend him the plans, &c, to take out his quantities. He said he would return them. Defendant told me since that he intended to stick to them.
W. Williamson I am an architect and civil engineer, in Timaru. The original plans and specifications are specially the property of the architect, in all cases. It is generally one of the conditions that contractors get copies of plans, &c, and pay for them. The contractor has no right to the original. I was called to inspect the Oddfellows Hall last week. Both plaintiff and defendant were present. I heard the plaintiff demand the plans, &c, and defendant said he should not give them up until they were required in the Supreme Court.
Cross-examined I would allow any contractor that I know to take original plans, &c, home with him. I would not ask a contractor to pay for copies until I had furnished him with them. If a contractor choose to let me off making copies, and borrowed the original, I should be justified in charging the usual 2 per cent. Of course he could obtain the copies.
By Court: Architects are generally supposed to have copies of the plans ready when the contracts are signed, so as to let the contractors commence their work.
S. Harding I am a carpenter and contractor of twenty years' experience. Original plans are the property of architects. Cross-examined The architect can always claim the original or copies of plans, even though the usual commission has been paid.
Mr Williamson, upon being re-called by the Court, said That in the case of the original plans being withheld, the architect could not prepare fresh copies from memory. The damage sustained would be the loss of all guiding powers. He could not say, then, what amount of damage the architect of the Oddfellows' Hall had sustained through the detention of the plans, &c, or if he had sustained any, personally.
The Court then adjourned for an hour, and upon resuming, Titus Aiken deposed I am the defendant. On signing the agreement I asked for the plans and specifications, so as to enable me to get the quantities of timber. I afterwards returned them to Mr Smith. I then went to Akaroa to procure the timber. When I returned I asked Mr Smith for the plans, &c. again, so that I could go on with the work. When he lent them to me first he said I must return them to enable him to take copies of the plans and specifications. When I got up the framework Mr Smith gave me a certificate to draw £50. He gave me a hand to put the work up on a Saturday. It was about dusk. He said, can you pay me for the plans and specifications?" I said yes, if you will meet me down town to-night." I met him that evening and paid him £5 6s, being 2
½ per cent commission on the amount of my contract. This was about nine weeks after he had supplied me with the plans. During the progress of the work, he has asked me to show him the plans, &c, and I have always done so. I have left the plans there day and night, before the doors and windows were in, and no one near them. I have never refused him the plans. He has never applied to make copies from them. Since the dispute last Friday, I have refused to let the plaintiff have the plans, because they are my property, having paid for them. The plans and specifications were necessary for me to go on with the building. I completed my contract as far as possible last night. In cases where I have previously paid for plans, &c., was never before asked to give them up. I was a joiner in Christchurch. Have never been asked before to give up plans
James West, F. J. Wilson, and G. Cliff were then examined. Their evidence went to prove that it was usual for contractors to get plans from architects, for which 2
½ per cent, was the usual charge. Plans thus paid for belonged to contractors. After Mr White and Mr Perry had addressed the Court for their respective clients, his Worship gave judgment that the defendant should return the plans, each party to pay his own costs.

Master Plasterers

In December 1861 John Foley was adverting for plasterers, several months work. Foley Brothers (Patrick and John Foley) advertised for work in the Lyttelton Times in January 1863. John and Elizabeth Ann Foley made it their home at Town Section 813, Hereford Street from early 1863.The brick house built will no longer be standing but it stood for 148 years. Older brick buildings just broke in the earthquakes in 2010-2011. The Occidental Hotel has gone and almost all the buildings in that part of the city. In the new plan for the city all of that area is to become a green frame for the rebuilt city. In 1866 John Foley, plaster (late Foley Brothers) Foley brothers, Hereford Street, Latimer Square, near Collin's Hotel, Christchurch, plasterers, was advertising for work. N.B. No connection with any other member of the trade. On 6th April 1868 John Foley, of Christchurch, a plasterer declared bankruptcy and the home he built reverted to the Provincial Trust & Loan Association. Look at their work. Patrick William Foley, a plasterer, living in Hereford St. in 1861 and in June 1881 was living in of Sydenham he declared bankruptcy.  In 1880 there was a Thomas Foley, a master plaster, in York St., Wellington, he died in 1911.

NZ Free Lance 16 June 1906 pg3
Councilor Thomas Foley is probably the oldest of the lot- about sixty we guess - and is short in stature, wears a beard and has a wise look. he is a master plaster by trade and had been at it a long time. 

John Foley was working as a plaster in Christchurch in 1860, and in 1863 was in partnership with his brother Patrick. The partnership dissolved in 1866 and he moved to Timaru to work with his brother-in-law F. J. Wilson. In Papers Past there were 951 advertisements for F.J. Wilson. He called for tenders for erection of many projects.
 Lyttelton Times 7 January 1863   
          


Emily Kate Wilson - photo

Timaru Herald, 29 September 1869, Page 2
New Grain Store. On Monday afternoon last the corner stone of a new grain store was laid with some little ceremony. The site of the building is on the South Road, and at the time appointed for the ceremony a good number of people assembled on the ground. Mrs F. J. Wilson performed the ceremony, and was presented with a silver trowel by the contractor for the stone work, Mr Sibley. The store, when completed, will be capable of accommodating about forty thousand bushels of grain.

Timaru Herald, 26 April 1871, Page 2 Birth
April 23 LeCren's Terrace, Timaru, the wife of Mr F. J. Wilson, of a son.

Timaru Herald Wednesday 10 August 1887 Marriage also Evening Post, 10 August 1887, Page 2
MACKENZIE - WILSON - On the 3rd August, at St. Mary's Church, Timaru, by the Venerable Archdeacon Harper. James Mackenzie, Chief Draughtsman, Survey Department, Wellington to Annie Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Francis John Wilson, Architect, Timaru.

Evening Post, 5 May 1913, Page 8
Mrs. Emily Kate Wilson, widow of the late F. J. Wilson, formerly of Timaru and Gisborne, was seized with a heart attack and expired. Dr. M'Gavin who was attending the deceased lady, has given a certificate as to the cause of death, and in consequence there will be no inquest. [died 3rd may, age 67, buried at Karori Cemetery]

John Foley and Mrs Wilson were well known in local music circles.

Mrs F.J. Wilson (Emily Kate) and her brother, John Foley, sang duets together at local church and Masonic fundraisers. John Foley Jr. and Emily's parents were Irish which explains their love for singing Irish songs. Mr F.J. Wilson was also active in the community- he was a member of the Timaru Garrick Club in 1871 and was a cast member in a skit. Emily Kate and Mr. J. Foley sang "Dilly Burn" and the proceeds handed over to the TVA (Timaru Volunteer Artillery).  

 Timaru Herald, 11 September 1872, Page 3
The fifth of the present series took place on Monday evening, at the Mechanics' Institute, and, despite the gale that was blowing, and the threatening appearance of the weather, there was a very good attendance, something over £4 being taken at the doors. The programme was a good one, and well carried out, so well, in fact, Unit nearly every song was encored, which protracted the entertainment beyond its usual length, it being close upon 11 p.m. before it was finished. Mrs F. J. Wilson, who was in excellent voice, then gave The Fisherman's Daughter,' and as an encore song, 'Come back to Erin.' Mr J. Foley was next on the list, singing a charming little song, entitled Thinking of home' an encore was loudly demanded, but Mr Foley did not respond. This was followed by the ABC duet, by Mrs Wilson and Mr Foley which was encored and the Gipsy Countess substituted.
 

Timaru Herald, 21 March 1876, Page 3
Ourselves as others see us. A correspondent writing to the North Otago Times of March 20th, says Timaru, in my opinion, is now ahead of Oamaru; not, indeed, in architectural beauty, though there are a few very nice buildings, but certainly in trade; and I think also in population. Timaru is , properly speaking, a cluster of townships joined into one, and spreading over a large area, though the main business is confined to one long and rather crooked street. Bluestone is the favorite building material, and after Oamaru stone it gives one a rather sombre first impression of the appearance of the place. Concrete is, however, being adopted in several instances. Several large concrete homes have been built at various points in and near Timaru, and for the present it is a favorite material. A police station and barrack is in course of erection of bluestone with white limestone facings. This latter is similar to the Oamaru stone, but harder and diner, it is to be obtained in quantity along the Pleasant Point branch railway, eight or ten miles from Timaru... Altogether a visit to Timaru is well worth making and has one of the finest climates in the world; nor from the fact that excellent locally grown peaches were obtainable at sixpence a dozen. Town and suburban land has reached fabulous, and one cannot but think unwarrantable prices.

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