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A-I of biographies of local Franklin women who voted in the historic 1893 General Election in New Zealand.

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Women of Franklin

on the 1893
Electoral Rolls


The project to write this collection of stories started when the Franklin Branch of the New Zealand
Society of Genealogists was approached by the Franklin Business & Professional Women who were
organising an event to mark the 125th anniversary of the right for women to vote. They asked if we
could find any descendants of the women who signed the 1893 petition. As it happened, if there was
ever a petition from the Franklin area it did not survive.

Legislation was passed on 19 September 1893 and the first election that women could vote in was
held on 28 November 1893, a mere 10 weeks later. The branch decided to use this first roll to identify
those women of Franklin who had enrolled to vote and to write their stories.

In an area defined to include Pokeno, Bombay and Ramarama in the east, Tuakau, Pukekohe, Karaka,
Patumahoe and across to Waiuku, Karioitahi and the Awhitu Peninsula in the west, the names of all
the local women were extracted from the Franklin and Waipa electoral rolls, a total of more than nine
hundred women.

We advertised, networked and used known contacts to involve family members to write about their
ancestors. Branch members set about researching and writing about others. They were to be short
biographies, including a photo if possible, a headstone or newspaper clippings and limited to one page
for consistency. The stories have been written in good faith with the best information we were able
to gather from a variety of sources. They have highlighted the tough times that were endured – brave
women who lived in tents in the bush, women who lost their husbands tragically at a young age and
were left to raise many children alone. Children dying of a variety of illnesses that would now be
curable and the isolation from the families they left on the other side of the world. There were also
tales of strong communities, of good social times and of helpful and caring neighbours. We would like
to think that we have captured life as it was for our 1893 women.

More than six hundred and thirty stories from over one hundred contributors were completed by 31
July 2018, the deadline we had set, and these make up the first edition of this book.

‘Women of Franklin on the 1893 electoral rolls’

This edition is in alphabetical order by surname and the original roll spellings have been used. Please
be aware of alternative spellings. There is a list in the back of this book of the women we were not
able to research in time for this edition.

A further edition covering all the women is to be published.

New Zealand Society of Genealogists Franklin Branch. 2018

DISCLAIMER – Every effort has been made to obtain reliable and accurate information for this publication. The writers

and Branch assume no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies that may appear in this publication.

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0011 Surname: ADAMS
Given names: Charlotte
Occupation: household duties Address: Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Charlotte was born in 1866 in New Zealand, the eldest child of John WORTH (1834-1892) and Fanny
(1831-1921). They were early settlers in the Mauku district – according to John’s obit - shortly after
the disturbances of 1863. It was here they brought up their family of four daughters and one son.

In 1891 Charlotte married William ADAMS, to become his second wife. The first wife, Agnes had died
in 1890 leaving two young children, Alice and Edward.

Charlotte and William had five children – three daughters and two sons, born between 1892 and

William had arrived as an eleven year old with his family on the Maori on 23 December 1864 and
was a farmer owning several blocks of land. They were living in Harrington Street, Pukekohe when
he died in 1929. He is buried with his first wife.

This is a photo of the house in
Harrington Street, Pukekohe just
after completion in 1913, built for
William and Charlotte Adams. It still
stands today (2018) and has not
been altered very much, inside or

Charlotte made her will in 1950 and
marked it with a cross. She was to
remain living in this house until her
death on 19 January 1955 and is
buried in Pukekohe cemetery.


NZ electoral rolls –
Probate –
Headstone photo – Franklin Branch NZSG
House photo – Auckland Libraries

Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3283 Surname: ADAMS
Given names: Lizzie
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgar CUMMINGS (CUMMINS) was born in 1864 in
Antrim, Northern Ireland. She was the daughter and eldest of six
children of William Henry Cummings (1834-1912) and Mary FERGUSON
(1832-1887). The Cummings family had come to New Zealand on the
Waitangi , a voyage of 111 days, with 403 passengers in this little ship,
arriving in Auckland 20 November 1874.

Mary was only 10 so would
have gone to school in New
Zealand but as the oldest girl would have been expected to
do chores and mind the younger children until her
marriage in 1886 to Joseph ADAMS.

Joseph was born in Cape Town, South Africa and at three Waitangi

had arrived with his family on the Maori on 23 December

1864 and settled in the Cape Hill area of Pukekohe.

Lizzie and Joseph had a family of five sons and four

daughters - their son George, giving his life in WW1 in

France in November 1917. On the 1893 Electoral Roll

Joseph was a farmer but on the 1911 roll he was a


They were active members of the Presbyterian
Church and lived in Pukekohe until their deaths.

There was a large Adams family, involved in many
community organisations and they are remembered
with a street named after them – Adams Drive.

Lizzie died on 18 November 1918, of influenza and
Joseph died on 19 July 1936 and they are buried in
the Pukekohe Cemetery.


Photos & info – Pellow Family Tree,
NZ electoral rolls –
Old newspapers –
Headstone photo – Franklin Branch NZSG

Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3284 Surname: ADAMS
Given names: Mary Jane
Occupation: dressmaker Address: Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Mary Jane TOMLINSON was born in Moyallon, Ireland in 1864. Her
parents were Mary Jane WILSON and Robert Tomlinson. Both of
her parents were born in Ireland, Mary in 1839, and Robert in

At the age of 19 Mary (Minnie) was to be married. Her husband to
be was John ADAMS who was born on 24 June 1855 in Luton,
Bedfordshire, England. The marriage took place in Papakura on 29
January 1883. Minnie and John acquired a farm on Cape Hill,
Pukekohe; the area being named after Capetown, South Africa.

They had the following children:

Mary Rebecca b. 1884
Ethel May b. 1886
Sarah Wilson b. 1887
Mary Jane b. 1889
Robert George Chalmers b. 1892
Harriet Priscilla b. 1895
Muriel Dorothy b. 1898
Luke b. 1900
David Thomas b. 1902
William Gordon Henry Dawson b. 1905, and
Harold Vincent b. 1907

Minnie’s mother, Mary, died in Auckland in 1919 aged 78 years. Her father Robert died at Drury in
1894 aged 60 years.

Minnie and John celebrated 60 years of marriage on 29 January 1943 shortly before Minnie died on
8 April 1943 aged 79 years. She passed away at Aotea Private Hospital, Otahuhu, Auckland and is
buried at Papakura Cemetery.

Her husband, John Adams, died on 12 September 1946 aged 91 years at Cape Hill, Pukekohe. He is
also buried at Papakura Cemetery.

PapersPast: OBITUARY – AUCKLAND STAR, Volume LXXIV, Issue 85, 10 April 1943

Researcher: Lesley Smith – Great Granddaughter

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3967 Surname: ADAMS
Given names: Priscilla Jane Address: Mauku
Occupation: domestic duties Qualification: residential

Priscilla Jane NOTT was born on 14 May 1864 in
Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa, one of seven
children born to Edmund Charles Nott (1831-1914)
and Mary Ann WESTLEY (1835-1920) – six
daughters and one son. She was baptized at St
Saviours, Claremont on 15 July 1864.

She came to New Zealand age 6 months, on the
‘Eveline’, with her parents Charles age 32, Mary
Ann age 29, and sisters Elizabeth 6 and Fanny 3,
arriving in Auckland on 22 January 1865. The
family settled on land allocated at Mauku.

On 5 March 1885 she married Thomas ADAMS,
who had arrived,age 6, on the’Maori’ with his
parents and siblings on 23 December 1864 and
settled in the Pukekohe area. Thomas was 26 and
a farmer, the son of Thomas Adams and Rebecca
MILLS. Priscilla was 21 when they were married at
St Bride’s Church at Mauku by Rev Percy SMALLFIELD. Both fathers were recorded as farmers on the
marriage certificate.

Priscilla and Thomas had eight children born between 1886 and 1900 – five daughters and three

Their sons were Herbert Alfred, Charles Edmund and Arnold Wilfred and the
daughters with their married names were Edith Cecilia BELOE, Ada Charlotte
JONES, Evelyn Lucy WOODBRIDGE , Hazel Olive FITNESS and Elsie Hilda May

From 1900 until 1914 Priscilla and Thomas, a farmer, gave their address on
the electoral roll as Pukekohe. In 1919 they are living at Victoria St,
Pukekohe with Thomas a butter factory employee.

In 1928 Thomas is listed as a farmer, the occupation he gave until his death on 19 July 1944, aged 84.

Priscilla remained at Victoria St until her death on 2 February 1951, age 85.

They are buried together in the Pukekohe cemetery.


Family Tree – Ancestry – Judy Philpott (nee Beloe)
Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3285 Surname: ADOLPH
Given names: Mary
Occupation: household duties Address: Mauku

Qualification: residential

Mary Ann ADOLPH (nee LYNCH) was born on 1 May 1856 in County Cavan, Ireland, the daughter of
Phillip Lynch and Mary Anne HOOEY. She had 14 siblings and 2 half siblings.
Mary Ann arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, on the Carisbrooke Castle on 18 June 1875 aged 18,
apparently the only single female immigrant from County Cavan.

On 24 March 1876 Mary married Julius Brache ADOLPH who had left Hamburg with his family for
Capetown in May 1861. Here they had found conditions unsatisfactory and left for New Zealand in
December 1864 aboard the Eveline arriving in Onehunga, Auckland on 22 January 1865.

In 1893 Julius is listed as having 30 acres freehold, part of Hill's Farm, Patumahoe and Mary is listed
as living in Mauku and having household duties. Mary would also have assisted Julius as he broke in
the new farm in Union Rd, Mauku and turned it into a profitable dairy farm.

Mary and Julius had 6 known children between 1877 and 1884:
Julius Brache Adolph, 1877; Katherine Maria Adolph 1879 married William McNALLY; Charlotte Mary
Adolph, 1881 married Michael Dominic De LUCCA; Lilian Harriet Adolph, 1883 married Charles NOTT;
Frederick William Adolph, 1884 and Ethel May Adolph, 1886 - 1887.

In 1926 Mary and Julius celebrated their Golden

NZ Herald 24 March 1926

Mary Ann died at her daughter's home, (Mrs W.
McNally), in Helvetia Rd, Pukekohe on 7
February 1943. She is buried with her husband
in the Pukekohe Cemetery.

BDM historicalrecords:
Cemetery photos: Franklin Branch NZSG
Researcher: Rosemary Lewis

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3287 Surname: AKEROYD
Given names: Mary Jane
Occupation: household duties Address: Karaka

Qualification: residential

Mary Jane AKEROYD (nee YATES) was born in 1849.

She married Spedding Akeroyd (born in Batley, Yorkshire) in 1870.

Spedding’s occupation was listed as a gumdigger in 1889. They came to Karaka around that time as
he was on the Karaka School Committee in 1895.

The family lost two daughters, Eliza Mary (aged 4) on 24 April 1875 and Christian their 3rd daughter
(aged 21) on 10 July 1901 at Onehunga.

Spedding was granted a full pension at the Old Age Pension Court at Onehunga on 10 May 1904. He
died on 8 May 1916 at Onehunga.

Mary Jane died on 29 April 1933 in Onehunga, Auckland and is buried at Waikaraka Cemetery.


NZ Births, Deaths, Marriages.
Papers Past
NZ Herald 13 May 1875
Auckland Star 26/07 1901

Researcher: Carol Eggleton

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3291 Surname: ALEXANDER
Given names: Jane Henrietta
Occupation: household duties Address: Waipipi

Jane Henrietta ALEXANDER was the sixth child Qualification: residential
born to Henry and Jane at Ramarama in 1871.
She was a little girl of three years when the In 1923 the family moved again to a small
move was made to Waipipi. She attended the farm situated in Wiri, land that in 2018 is
Waipipi School, probably on a pony, since she covered by houses and the motorway at the
was remembered as a fine horsewoman as a western end of Redoubt Road in Manukau
young woman. By 1895 she was 24 years old City. A Mormon establishment sits right
and was married to Alexander FINLAY, of the where they had their house.
same family from which her brother-in-law,
Thomas Finlay, had come. Daughter Elsie married in 1926 to a Methodist
Minister and there was a little son left when
These were still the days of pioneering in she died in 1934. Three other daughters
Taranaki, so it was there that they went to married, and each had three children and
find an affordable farm. They settled near lived long and full lives.
Kaponga, where three of the children were
born, the eldest of whom could remember Alec Finlay died on Good Friday, 7 April 1944,
from their childhood the sight of snow on the aged 77.
slopes of Mt Egmont, and right down to their
farm where their father built a snowman. Jane and her oldest daughter continued in the
Jane planted some trees and a row of holly, house on the farm until 1956, by which time
seen 70 years later to have grown into holly the city was encroaching, so they sold the
trees. farm and moved to Mairangi Bay on the North
In 1901 they left Taranaki for a farm near
Buckland from which they could enjoy days of On 3 January 1966 Jane broke her hip. Hip
whitebait fishing on the Waikato River. When replacement therapy was not a well-
they came to Buckland, to rearrange their developed skill and after five weeks in
finances, they subdivided the existing house hospital she spent her last 18 months with her
off and sold it, before building a new one. In daughter, Mabel TEAL, before her death on 22
this, they were helped by Uncle Robert from August 1967, aged 96 years.
Waipipi, while his place there was taken by
one or more of the Hamilton boys. The two The mind of Jane was clear to the end. When
youngest children were born at Buckland, Clyde and Jean Hamilton, now the owners of
while father was working the farm. the old Waipipi home farm went to see her,
she was well able to understand exactly
In 1914 they shifted again to a farm on the whereabouts on the farm new buildings had
banks of the Manukau Harbour west of been built.
Manurewa, where they again subdivided
enough land to provide Uncle Robert with his All through her life, she had been known to all
Manurewa farm. It was while they were on the relatives as ‘Jinnie’.
this farm that the emergency arose in the
SMITH family, that of Aunt Annie, Robert’s Source: Family history
wife. The institution of some difficult living Researcher: Clyde Hamilton
arrangements saw them through until life
settled again.

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3289 Surname: ALEXANDER
Given names: Jane Ireland
Occupation: household duties Address: Waipipi

Qualification: residential

Jane Ireland CRAIG was born in Biggar, south of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1831 – the eighth and
youngest child of Robert and Jemima (nee CLARK), who had married in 1826 and were bakers. The
bakery had lodgings upstairs above the shop so it is reasonable to conclude that Jane’s early years
were spent right in the township. Later the family moved onto a farm known as ‘Annieston’ close to
the hamlet of Symington to the west of Biggar. This farm had a waterwheel and the farm could also
grow wheat, oats and barley, so that the bakery might have been able to get some of its supplies
from the family members on Annieston, a self-sustaining family business, virtually from farm to

Biggar had a good school and the Craig children seem to have been able to take advantage of the
chance of a good education. Father, Robert, passed away in 1852.

The farm was suffering the effects of an epidemic of the animal disease foot and mouth blisters and
had to be abandoned for cattle farming. Jane’s brother, Robert, decided to migrate to New Zealand
and take his mother, Jane and another sister, Elizabeth, with him. They sailed from Liverpool on 10
June 1859 on the Tornado and arrived in Auckland on 24 September, a voyage of 105 days. Robert
found a farm to buy at Opaheke, near Papakura, and the family took over and settled.
About a year later Henry ALEXANDER came riding and made himself known. Jane and Henry were
married on 11 June 1861 and she left Robert with her mother and Elizabeth to make her own home.
When the Waikato War threatened, Robert was caught up and employed in the Commissariat
providing cartage support for the troops. The ladies were evacuated. After the war was over Robert
returned to the Opaheke farm until land became available for purchase by auction at Waipipi. In
1865 at the first auction he bought in excess of 200 hectares and sold the Opaheke farm to Lawrence
ROY, who on 18 October 1865, had married Elizabeth Craig.
After the war Henry and Jane settled on the Ramarama farm and had ten years there while the
children were born.
In 1874 the decision was made to move to Waipipi to be near family, if Robert would sell them the
land from his prior purchase. Rather reluctantly, he sold them the land to the west of the ‘Top Road’
and the move made. A house was built that lasted until 1920 and some outbuildings also set up the
farm. The grounds were laid out with a shelter belt behind the house and sheds and a large
ornamental garden in front of the house, which had potted exotic plants on the verandah. There
was an orchard surrounded with a pine hedge which supplied good fruit before the days of blights
and bugs took over.

The family grew, attended the Waipipi School, and the girls became young ladies and young Robert
became the family carpenter and farmer.

Henry Alexander died on 6 August 1901, from heart trouble which the cold days of winter had made

Jane was with her daughter Mary, and the HAMILTONs, at Awhitu when she died on 18 June 1905.
Her casket was taken from the Hamilton residence by horse-drawn vehicle to Awhitu Wharf and
loaded onto the current steam-boat for delivery to the Waipipi Wharf, there to be met by the
cortege for the procession to the Waipipi Cemetery where she was laid beside her husband.

Source: from family information
Researcher: Clyde Hamilton

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3290 Surname: ALEXANDER
Given names: Mary Horatia
Occupation: household duties Address: Waipipi

Qualification: residential

Mary Horatia ALEXANDER was born on 1 March 1869 at Ramarama, near Drury, Auckland, before
the family moved to Waipipi. Her parents were Henry Alexander and Jane Ireland CRAIG. With her
sisters, she attended the Waipipi School, and they are believed to have travelled there in a cross-
country fashion to shorten the distance. The official road at that time passed to the north of the
modern roadway and their use of this could have been construed by later generations as going
cross-country. Perhaps through this they were known to be excellent riders, well able to handle
their horses. The daughters of the Alexander family spent time at home in domestic duties after
their schooling, and this time may have been used to learn the polite social graces for which these
young ladies also seem to have become known. Their teacher was their mother, who is thought to
have been the daughter of her family who attended a ‘Finishing School’ in Edinburgh.

The Church of the time organised various social events, often called soirees and it was most
probably at one of these that she met her husband-to-be William Glover HAMILTON. The wedding
took place on 29 November 1893, at the Waipipi home of the Alexander family, where a new
woolshed provided the venue for the receiption after the ceremony. Mary’s brother, Robert, had
been a helper in the building of the Kohekohe Church and had learnt enough building skills in the
process to be able to build all the sheds and even houses that the family needed from time to time.

The first home of the young couple was not very large and Mary returned to Waipipi for the birth of
her first child, James. She is reputed to have taken the baby home while seated on a sledge,
although it is unclear whether this was all the way from Waipipi on land or along the coastal beach
or to the boat at Waipipi, by harbour boat to Awhitu and then up into the hills at Puketapu. James is
said to have thrived, so much that he was becoming rather a handful by the time of the next births,
twins Henry and William. Mary is said to have not smiled for a week after their birth, a reaction
supposed to have been based on her expectations that she now had three times her troubles. They
were eventually to have six children (five boys and one girl).

As they grew older and became included in the staff
of the farm, the boys soon became more civilised and with the additions to the house, living
conditions improved. There was a period of worry through the Great War, when it was obvious the
army would call her sons to go, possibly to their deaths. In the event, being country lads capable of
riding well, they were accepted for the Mounted Rifles and sent to Palestine rather than France.
Sadly, James died there of malaria, leaving his young wife and two children.

By 1921 motor cars were about and one was bought to make the journeys to Waiuku and Pukekohe
easier for William acting as a County Councillor. The car took them all
the way to Dunedin and on the return journey they wandered some of
the more difficult roads to view the countryside. Possibly Mary was
already in need of medical treatment when they retired to Waiuku in
1929. The house and the town life must have been a complete change
for one who had spent her life in the remote hills of Awhitu, as they
were then. William was able to join the golf club operating just across
the road, while she seems to have begun a steady decline to her death
on 6 March 1933. The writer remembers her only as a sick old lady in
her bed, possibly about 1932.
She was buried at Awhitu Central.
William passed away 20 April 1940 and is buried with his beloved wife.

Source: Family information
Researcher: Clyde Hamilton

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3288 Surname: ALEXANDER
Given names: Mary Jane
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Mary Jane was born 16 August 1858 in Ireland, to John Kennedy BROWNE and Sarah ALLEN, the
third child in a family of nine.

Mary Jane married Edward ALEXANDER in 1881 in Limerick and had three children; William Edward
1882-1955, Mary (Bess) 1884-1966 and Esther 1886-1921.

Edward was born 1838 in Limerick, Ireland to Quaker parents, William Alexander and Mary MORRIS,
the middle child in a family of three.

For some time Edward followed the sea before the
family sailed for New Zealand c1884 and settled
firstly in Newton, Auckland and then Waiuku. They
farmed Lots 4, 7, 8, 9, 39 Section 2, Waipipi.

Whether it was financial strain or the call of the sea
but by 1898 they were back in Auckland, settling in
Devonport. Edward became fully involved with the
yachting scene becoming a member of the New
Zealand Yacht Squadron and the North Shore
Sailing Club and owned a yacht Irish Lily.
Unfortunately the pleasures of sailing were cut
short when he passed away at his home after being
unwell for only a few days. He died 26 June 1902,
aged 63, and was buried at O’Neill’s Point
Cemetery, Bayswater.

Mary continued to live in Devonport for a period, during which time William married Daisy
MURDOCH (1908) and Mary married Arthur BARTLETT (1910). She spent time with her daughter
Esther, until her marriage to Nugent Percival WYATT (1913). Mary then returned to Devonport, a
place she loved, and where William and Mary were living with their families.

Mary enjoyed her six grandchildren being near her but as time goes life changes. Mary moved again
to Remuera and then to Wanganui to be with Mary and Arthur.

Mary passed away in a private hospital on 9 October 1937, aged 79, and was buried in O’Neill’s Point
Cemetery with Edward and her son William. Mary’s daughter Esther, and her grandson, Charles
Edward, were buried beside them.


Bruce Family Tree – Peter Bruce
Electoral Rolls and Cemetery Records
Paperspast - Local and General News, NZ Herald, Vol XXXIX, Issue 12003, 27 June 1902
Paperspast – Deaths NZ Herald, Issue 22856, 11 October 1937

Researcher: Lois Hopping

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0049 Surname: ALLEN
Given names: Elizabeth Ann
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Hillside Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Elizabeth Ann was the eldest of fourteen children to William and
Sarah KEMP who had lot 50 on the eastern side of Mt Albert. William was
working for Sarah’s father, William SPICKMAN, at his saw mill and Sarah was
staying with Thomas and Ann, her husband’s parents, when Elizabeth was born
on 15 August 1853. Mother and babe then joined William at Whangaroa
returning after a brother had been born and they then began dairy and pig
farming. A house was built using timber they brought from up north.

In 1861 Edward and Elizabeth ALLEN and family settled on land they
named ‘Allendale’ on the north of Mt Albert and soon had a lot of contact with
the Kemps; church services being held at Allendale.

Elizabeth Kemp married John Allen 22 July 1874 at her home and they
settled on lot 51 on Pukekohe Hill. John had purchased a “farm facing the
Waikato river, and worked it over twenty years, during which he changed it
from a virgin forest to a well cultivated and subdivided farm. He was a breeder
of Jersey cattle and horses.”

Their children were: Elsie Jane Evelyn 22 March 1876, Edward John
Garlick 25 April 1878, Leonard Leslie 25 May 1880, Bertha Adeline 27 March 1882, Mabel Beatrice 2 July 1884,
Harold Stanley Kemp 28 June 1886, Arnold Edward 4 August 1890. Sadly, Edward died on 7 October 1882,
after a short attack of croup, aged 4 years and 5 months and Harold died on July 10 1887 of bronchitis, aged 1
year and 2 weeks.

The Allens became known as practical and successful farmers at ‘Hillside’, being one of the largest
exhibitors at the local shows, always securing many prizes. For John to have been involved on his many boards
and committees Elizabeth would have been very supportive and involved in the day to day running of the farm
including the making of the butter they sold to the London Dairy Company in Auckland.

She had a strong faith and was very involved in church and community activities always presiding over
a tray at the soirees held in the Protestant Hall.

In 1891 John took up a holding of 1800 acres of limestone country at Waingaro. The property was
dense bush, and he at once let large contracts for felling and ring-fencing. The 200 acre Hillside land was sold
and the family lived on land they leased.

Elizabeth put her name on the electoral roll in 1893, no doubt influenced by John’s sister Annie,
National President of the Womens Christian Temperance Union.

On January 1996 the family left Hillside. On arrival at Ngaruawahia the family were met by a number
of their new neighbours, with wagons, who helped convey them and their goods to their new home. At ‘The
Cliffs’ Elizabeth supported her husband to become a successful breeder of good class cattle and sheep.

In June 1909 Elizabeth and John retired to Cheltenham
Beach, Devonport, leaving Leonard to run the farm. Their
daughter Mabel lived with them.

‘Granny lived in a lovely house with crushed shell paths
and steps leading down to the sandy beach – and further along the
beach was a place where one put two pennies in to a box to get a

On 19 April 1921 John passed away and on 1 July 1932
Elizabeth, aged 78, also passed; both at home at 6 Oxford Terrace.
She and John are buried at O’Neill’s Point Cemetery with other

Sources: Cyclopedia of New Zealand – Auckland Provincial District – Waingaro:

In Old Mt Albert by Dick Scott

Thomas Belton Kemp and Ann Savage Pioneer family in New Zealand 1841 to 1990

Researcher: Penny Prescott – Great Granddaughter

Electoral Roll: Waipa 3015 Surname: ALLISON
Given names: Helen
Occupation: household duties Address: Bombay

Qualification: residential

Helen was born in Scotland c 1840 to Samuel PATERSON and Helen HEUGHAM. Her elder siblings
were all christened in Penninghame, Wigtownshire on the south western coast of Scotland but
Helen’s actual birth or christening date has not been found.

Helen married David Burnie ALLISON on 22 September 1864 at Saint Margaret, Walmgate, York, and
together they departed England in November 1864 on the ship Bombay to Auckland where it arrived
on 18 March 1865. This voyage was bringing immigrants as part of the Waikato Immigration
The couple settled in Bombay where they raised three daughters Jessie Isabella born 1868, Annie
Paterson born 1878, and Mary Helen (called Helen) born 1873 and two sons, Samuel born 1871 and
David Alexander Burnie born 1880.
Husband David was active in the Bombay community and in particular in the local Methodist Church.
In December 1875 he presented a petition against the granting of a licence for the Northumberland
Hotel at Ramarama. The licence was refused as it was deemed unnecessary “for the house”. David
was one of the inaugural officers of a new Lodge called the Bombay Excelsior and he was on the
Bombay School Committee and the Committee for the Bombay Hall.

Helen must have been quieter and supported her
husband in the background as there is not much
about her other than the sentiment expressed in her
obituary in the Pukekohe and Waiuku Times on 21
March 1919, which followed her death on 10 March

---- “Mrs Allison, who was 79 years of age, was like
her husband prominently identified with everything
that appertained to the uplifting of the Bombay
district and with him she shared the trials and
difficulties of the old pioneer days. Always cheerful
and happy, her kindly disposition made her a general

David died 15 February 1919 and Helen a few weeks
later on 10 March 1919. They are buried together at
St Peters in the Forest Church cemetery, Bombay.

Sources:; BDM -
1841 census for Scotland; England marriages

Researcher: Anne Megget, Compiler Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Waipa 3016 Surname: ALLISON
Given names: Jessie Isabella
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Bombay

Qualification: residential

Jessie Isabella ALLISON was born in New Zealand on 10 November 1868. She was the eldest
daughter of Helen PATERSON and David Burnie Allison. She had two sisters and two brothers.

Her parents had arrived in New Zealand as newly-weds on the ‘Bombay’ in 1864 and had settled at
Bombay and raised their family.

Jessie married Ebenezer SMITH in 1897.

They had four children -1900 Bertha Elva, 1903 Lilian Edith, 1907 Arthur Kenneth, 1909 Harold
Norman. From 1897 to 1911 they farmed on Razorback Road, Bombay, then until 1919 they farmed
in East St, Pukekohe. From 1929 until his death in 1950, Ebenezer is listed as a carpenter, East St on
the electoral rolls.

Jessie died 14 January 1949
and Ebenezer on 20 January
1950. They are buried
together at Pukekohe


Old newspapers:;
Headstone photo – Franklin
Branch NZSG

Researcher: Anne Megget

Compiler: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0063 Surname: ANDREW
Given names: Margaret
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Signature on her will 1918

Margaret was born Margaret MORROW, daughter of William Morrow (1834-1912) and Margaret
Ann DAVIS (1837-1917), in 1867 in Pukekohe (despite what the obituary says). Her parents had
arrived in New Zealand on the Ganges in 1864, losing their daughter Elizabeth on the voyage. The
Morrows settled in Pukekohe and raised a family of seven New Zealand born children – Margaret
was the second of them.

In 1885 she married John ANDREW and lived in various parts of Franklin – on the electoral rolls in
Pukekohe in 1893, Onewhero in 1905 and Waiuku from 1919 till her death.

They had a family of 10 – 3 daughters and 7 sons.

Margaret died 28 July 1924 and John 12 August 1931. They are buried together in Waiuku cemetery.

Sources: newspapers –; Probate –; BDM –;

NZ electoral rolls – Researcher: Judith Batt Compiler: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3297 Surname: ASHDOWN
Given names: Fanny
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Rama Rama

Qualification: residential

Fanny ASHDOWN was born Fanny ROWBOTHAM on 12 March 1817 in Aldersgate, London. She was
the daughter of Henry and Ann Rowbotham.

She married William Ashdown in the June qt 1849 at Marylebone, Middlesex, England and in the
1851 UK census is living at Marylebone with William and 8 month old daughter Fanny.

Fanny and William had at least 4 children – 1850 Fanny, 1852 William Henry, 1856 Elizabeth and
1857 Benjamin.

It is not known when the family came to New Zealand but a notice in the NZ Herald from 1866 gives
the marriage of Fanny Ashdown, daughter of William Ashdown of Te Arai (North Auckland) to Henry
Richmond SAYCE, late of the 99th Regiment. They had 3 children in NZ then went to England where
another daughter was born. For whatever reason they left their son Charles Tordiffe in the care of
his grandparents and he is on the Ramarama school records of 1881, age 13 with the guardian being
William Ashdown.

From other snippets from newspapers we read that
in 1882 William, a shopkeeper near Drury, had
goods stolen from his store and that in 1887
William, a draper, Ramarama was a shareholder in
the Rationalist newspaper.

Sons William Henry, storekeeper then farmer and
Benjamin, baker then farmer, did not marry and
lived in the Ramarama area till their death. They are
buried together in Papakura cemetery.

Daughter Elizabeth married Alfred James BERRY
(1853-1927) a postmaster and lived in various places
in NZ, dying and buried in Christchurch. She had a
family of 8 children.

Fanny died on 25 September 1899 and is buried at
St Peter’s of the Forest Church Cemetery, Bombay.


NZSG School records
UK census –

Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3976 Surname: ASPDEN
Given names: Anna Address: Mauku
Occupation: domestic duties Qualification: residential

Anna ASPDEN was born Anna Leeson HARRISON in 1868 in New Zealand. She was the daughter of
Louisa Maria ROSS and Henry (Harry) Nevinson HARRISON. Anna had 8 siblings.

In 1884, Anna married Henry Aspden. She was Henry’s second wife. (His first wife, Cecilia Fanny
Elmes NOTT, having died on 19 March 1883.)

Anna and Henry had 7 children:

Alfred born 1885, died 1886

Mary Alice born 1886, died 1894

Elizabeth Leeson born 1887, died 1906

Margaret born 1889, died 1915

Fanny born 1891

Ernest James born 1893, died 1895

From 1884 until 1902, Anna and Henry lived at Mauku, where Henry was a farmer. By 1905 they
were living at 3rd Ave, Grey Lynn and Henry had become a builder. Anna and Henry then moved to
Kingsland Ave, Grey Lynn.

Anna died on 27 June 1918 in Auckland and was buried at the Waikumete Cemetery. After her
death Henry remarried.

Sources: BDM – NZ Electoral Rolls
Researcher: Barbara Raven

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3299 Surname: BAGULEY
Given names: Sarah
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pukekohe East

Qualification: residential

It was a great adventure for our great grandmother Sarah to
leave England as a young child with her parents, Henry and
Mary-Ann COOMER. Melbourne, Australia was their first
destination but work was scarce and, unable to find work in
his trade as a carpenter, they ventured on to Auckland, New
Zealand. They arrived in Auckland on board the Pioneer on 21
July 1855. Sarah was just seven years old, and was one of six

In 1870, at the age of 25 she married 28 year old Richard
BAGULEY, also an English immigrant, from Nottingham.
Richard was initially engaged in farm work at Remuera, later
purchasing 84 acres of virgin land in Pukekohe East. The
couple worked hard clearing scrub for their home and
establishing a dairy farm. The timber for their home had to be
carted from Auckland so nothing came easily for them.

Sarah and Richard farmed, raised ten children, (six girls and
four boys), and grew their own vegetables and fruit. Sarah
kept a larder well stocked with preserves and jams.

The couple were faithful members of the
Methodist Church. Sarah may have disapproved
when her boys went fishing on a Sunday but her
youngest son recounted that he didn’t think she
was averse to eating their catch!

After spending 38 years pioneering at Pukekohe
during the establishment of the dairying industry,
Sarah and Richard sold the farm and resided in
the township.

Sarah died in 1925 at the age of 79, her husband
Richard having predeceased her in 1924. Both
are buried in the Pukekohe Public Cemetery.

Sarah, and her eldest daughter, also Sarah
(married David Carlisle HANLEY), were two of the
many hardworking female settlers who
supported women’s right to vote and ensured
they were on the Franklin Electoral Roll in 1893.

Source: Family information
Researched by Noeline Branch, great granddaughter
of Sarah Baguley

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3977 Surname: BAGULEY
Given names: Sarah Address: Pukekohe East
Occupation: domestic duties Qualification: residential

One of ten children born to Sarah and Richard Sarah died in 1942 on 30 January aged 71 and
BAGULEY, Sarah was born on 22 February is buried with her first husband, David Hanley,
1871, the second eldest in the family. Her at Arapohue, about 16 kms east of Dargaville.
mother had come to New Zealand as a seven-
year old with her family from England, via
Melbourne. Her father was also an English
immigrant, having come from Nottingham.
They had purchased a farm at Pukekohe East
and had worked hard clearing the scrub and
establishing a dairy farm.

The Baguley siblings, John, Sarah, Mary, Frank,
Fanny, Charles, Lucy, Nelly, Minnie and
Arthur, were among the students recorded in
the original Register of Admissions at
Pukekohe East School. Sarah’s entry records
her as having started school on 14 March
1881. Her last day of attendance was 20
September 1886, by which time she had
attained a Standard 3 level. Her activity after
leaving school was stated as “Service” as it
was for many girls her age in those days.

Sarah was just 22 at the time of the 1893 Four generations of Baguley women: Clockwise from
General Election and she is recorded on the centre back: Sarah Hanley nee Baguley, her daughter
roll along with her mother and her father, the Ethel Mary Battensby nee Hanley, her granddaughter
only Baguleys on the Franklin Roll for that Dawn Battensby, and her mother Sarah Baguley snr nee
year. Coomer on the left.

Sarah’s marriage to David Carlisle HANLEY was
announced in the NZ Herald of 16 March

Sarah and David had two children: Richard Sources: NZSG Burial Locator, PapersPast, School
John Hanley born in 1900 and Ethel Mary Records, Historical NZ BDM, billiongraves, family
Hanley born in 1902. Ethel married Charles photo supplied by Noeline Branch, great niece of
Henry BATTENSBY in 1923. Richard married Sarah.
Ivy Edyth COLLINS in 1929.
Compiled by Christine Madsen and Lynda Muir.
Sarah’s husband David Hanley drowned in the
Wairoa River in 1905 aged 40 and Sarah was
left with two young children to raise. She
married again in 1912 but the marriage ended
in divorce.

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3303 Surname: BAILEY
Given names: Elizabeth Fanny
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Elizabeth Fannie/Fanny BAILEY was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 13 July 1867. She was the
second daughter of William and Mary Bailey.

She had three brothers and two sisters. Two
of her brothers died as children.

Her father left the family in Australia and
went to New Zealand to improve his
prospects and her mother followed him
there. Elizabeth and her siblings were left in

Elizabeth and her two sisters and brother
travelled from Australia to Onehunga on the
ship Hero in February 1879.

The family settled on a farm at Maioro in the
district of Otaua near Waiuku.

In 1893 Elizabeth was aged 26 when she
registered on the Electoral Roll.

The following year she married John
THOMPSON, blacksmith, on 28 July 1894. They lived in Queen Street, Waiuku where he had a
blacksmith and wheelwright business on the corner where the ANZ Bank now stands (2018).

Later they lived for a time with her sister-in-law Francis in Great North Road, Grey Lynn opposite St
Joseph’s Convent. Elizabeth and her sister-in-law walked to Newton to buy their baby clothes and
later to enjoy some window shopping as they walked the babies in their prams.

Elizabeth and John had five children, the two girls attended school at St Joseph’s Convent across the
road from their home.

After her husband died Elizabeth lived with her sister, Emily APPLEBY; the sisters remained very
close throughout their lives.

Elizabeth died on 4 January 1950 and was interred at Purewa Cemetery.

NZ Births, Deaths, Marriages, Family History
Research: Violet Eggleton, Great Niece and Carol Eggleton, Gt Gt Niece

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3304 Surname: BAILEY
Given names: Mary
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Mary BAILEY (nee FAHEY) was born in County Clare Ireland
in c1840.

She arrived in Victoria, Australia about 1861. Her father had
given her money to join her sister in America but while he
was away from home she left with a friend and set off for
Australia instead.

She met Englishman William Bailey in Geelong and they
were married on 31 January 1863. On her marriage
certificate she signed her name with a cross.

They had 6 children John, Mary-Ann, Elizabeth, William,
Charles and Emily all born in Geelong. Their first born son
died on their first wedding anniversary and young William
died in 1875 aged 6.

William left for New Zealand in 1872 hoping to establish a better life for his family, who were to
follow later. Mary and the children remained in Geelong but she found it hard to make ends meet
and the children were made wards of the state.

William sent for Mary to join him and she arrived in New Zealand in the mid-1870s. They bought
land on Maioro Road in the Otaua district near Waiuku. The children remained in Geelong in the
care of William’s brother and joined their parents in February 1879, arriving at the port of Onehunga
on the ship Hero.

Mary and William remained in the Otaua district where they farmed for many years. They were well
respected early settlers in the community. They helped to raise their two granddaughters when
their eldest daughter Mary Ann JOHNSON died tragically at the age of 34 in 1893.

Mary died at the residence of her daughter Emily APPLEBY, 203 Great North Road, Grey Lynn on 15
April 1927 aged 86 and is buried at the Waiuku Cemetery.

Sources: Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Family
Research: Violet Eggleton, Great Granddaughter and
Carol Eggleton Great Great Granddaughter

Left: Bailey Family Home at Maioro

Electoral Roll: Waipa 0095 Surname: BAKER
Given names: Grace Ann Cole
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Rama Rama

Qualification: residential

Grace was born Grace WESTROPP, the daughter of Thomas Westropp and Sarah SMITH on 22 Mar
1842 in Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland.

She married Reverend Colpoys COLE BAKER, incumbent of Portmamock, Co Dublin on 1 Dec 1859 in
Rathkeale – they were married by Colpoys’ father Rev. George Cole Baker.

In 1881 Rev. Colpoys Cole Baker, Grace and the 4 children – 2 boys and 2 girls, aged between 12 and
19, arrived in New Zealand. They came on the ‘Halcyone’, a sailing ship even though steamships
were making the voyage, it was said the sailing ship was much cheaper. They stayed about a month
in Auckland before buying a farm at Ramarama where the bush had been felled and a house had
been built about four years previous.

Colpoys took over the Parish of Bombay but after only a few weeks he contracted pneumonia and
died. The family, though quite inexperienced, carried on the farm and conditions were very hard
financially. In 1882 the elder daughter Eleanor Mary entered the Auckland Public Hospital as a nurse
and eventually rose to be Matron, a position she held for about 10 years before resigning to look
after Grace during her last illness.

From the diary of the Bishop of Auckland, William Cowrie in 1887 - “After the service at Bombay, we
rode through the darkness to Springfield, a little more than 3 miles to the house of Mrs Cole-Baker
where we stayed the night. We had to descend a long hill covered with loose stones which was
anything but pleasant in utter darkness. Mrs Baker’s farm, which is worked by her eldest son is a
model of neatness”

Grace died 19 April 1905, some 24 years after her
husband and they are both buried in the St Peters of the
Forest Anglican Church, Bombay. There is a brass lectern
in the church engraved “to the glory of God and in loving
memory of Colpoys Cole Baker, Priest and of Grace his
wife – given by their children.


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Franklin Branch NZSG
cemetery records

Researcher: Heather

Electoral Roll: Waipa 0098 Surname: BALME
Given names: Elizabeth Ann
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Bombay

Qualification: residential

Elizabeth Ann FLAY was born in Devon c.1862 and came to NZ with her father Charles Flay, mother
Mary Elizabeth (nee WHITE) and younger brother James on the 'Bombay' which arrived in Auckland
18 March 1865.

The passengers were taken to Government Barracks at Onehunga, then moved on to Drury early in
April. Elizabeth’s mother, Mary, died in Drury, of typhus fever, and the family moved on to Bombay.
Charles married Mary Ann GEE (b.29 March 1851) on 15 Apr 1866 and they had 10 children.

Elizabeth Ann Flay married George BALME (b.1853) on 20 February 1879. George had come to NZ on
the ship 'Warwick' and arrived in NZ in February 1873. George was a carrier and they owned 47
acres at Bombay.

Elizabeth and George had 9 children:
Hannah 1880
Mary Elizabeth 1882
George 1883
Clara Helen 1886
John 1888 died Sept 1896
Percy Charles 1891
Leslie James 1895
Eva Alice 1897
Emmeline Joyce 1902 died aged 8 months.

John died aged 8 while riding a horse. His foot caught in the stirrup and the horse bolted, throwing
him off and dragging him to his death.
Son George died in a road/rail accident in Ramarama in October 1909.

Elizabeth died 27 August 1941 in
Hamilton aged 79.
George had died 19 August 1903 aged

They are both buried at St Peters in the
Forest, Bombay.


Old newspapers –
Shipping lists – Auckland Libraries
Headstone photo – Franklin Branch NZSG

Researcher: Shirley Tatler

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0144 Surname: BARBER
Given names: Agnes
Occupation: household duties Address: Mauku

Qualification: residential

Her signature from her will written in 1925

Agnes BARBER, born about 1872 in the Clevedon area, was the only daughter of Elizabeth and Hugh
Barber. She had six brothers.

In the 1893 Electoral Roll she appears to have been living at home with her parents.

Her father, Hugh, died in 1916 at his home in Tobin Street in Pukekohe where he had lived since
about 1910. Agnes found him in bed as he had evidently died suddenly during the night.

In 27 February 1918 Agnes married James CARMICHAEL, a farmer in Auckland.

The 1919 Electoral Roll still lists Agnes as living in Pukekohe West and occupied in 'domestic duties'
but they later farmed at Henderson and at Penrose. They had no children.

James Carmichael died in 1947 aged 89 and was also buried at Hillsborough Cemetery, but there is
no headstone for them.
Old newspapers –; Probate – ; BDM –
NZ electoral rolls –
Researcher: Rosemary Lewis

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0143 Surname: BARBER
Given names: Elizabeth
Occupation: household duties Address: Mauku

Qualification: residential

Elizabeth Thompson GIBB was born on 4 March 1835 at Sorn,
Ayrshire, Scotland. On 1 March 1861 she married Hugh BARBER at
Catrine, Sorn. The 1861 Scottish census for 11 Mill Square, Sorn
lists Hugh and Elizabeth Barber, both aged 24.

On 8 December 1864 Hugh Barber left Glasgow, Scotland aboard
the Viola with his wife Elizabeth, his 3 year old son Robert and
Hugh who died at sea aged 18 months. They arrived in Auckland,
New Zealand on 4 April 1865 as part of the Waikato Immigration

Hugh and Elizabeth had 7 children including the 2 born prior to

their immigration to New Zealand.

They were:
o Robert Barber born 1861 at Catrine, Ayrshire, died 4
February 1902 at Pukekohe, aged 40, after a long decline due to

consumption. (named for Elizabeth's father)
o Hugh Barber born 1863 at Catrine, Ayrshire, died 3 April
1865 on the Viola en route to New Zealand
o William Smith Barber born 1865 at Pukekohe, died 1937 at

o Hugh Barber born 1870 at Wairoa, Papakura, died 1934 at
Hamilton East
o Agnes Barber born c1872 at Clevedon, died 1929 at Penrose
o James Barber born 1872, died 1956
o George Barber born 1876 at Pukekohe, died 1930 at

Hugh had evidently profited in New Zealand as his Qualifications
for the Electoral Rolls were Lot 6 Otau freehold registration in
1870/71 and 1875/76 Electoral rolls. Between 1881 and 1889 Hugh
was able to discharge the mortgage held by Elizabeth MAUNDER

on land in Puni.

'BARBER. On July 6, 1911, at Pukekohe, Elizabeth dearly-beloved
wife of Hugh Barber; aged 74 years. The funeral will leave her late
residence at two p.m. today.’

Elizabeth and Hugh, who died on 2 October 1916 in Pukekohe, were buried in the Wesleyan section
of Pukekohe Cemetery.

Scottish census – Scotland’s people; Old newspapers –; BDM –
NZ electoral rolls –; Cemetery photo – Franklin Branch NZSG; Waikato Immigration Scheme –
Auckland Libraries

Researcher: Rosemary Lewis

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3306 Surname: BARNABY
Given names: Charity Susan
Occupation: household duties Address: Tuakau

Qualification: residential

Charity Susan Caltermole EVERITT was born in
London, England. She married Henry
BARNABY on 28 July 1866 in he Parish Church
in the Parish of East Ham, England. She died,
aged 89 years, on 9 March 1935 at the
residence of her daughter Alice WOOLLEY in
Tuakau. Charity had been a resident of
Harrisville, Tuakau for 50 years.

Charity and Henry had nine children. They
were: Henry Robert, Charity (died aged 3),
Phoebe Elizabeth (also on the Roll, m.SMITH),
Charity Susan m.TURBOTT), Drusilla
(m.INNES), Charles Richard, Walter, Alice
Maude (m.Woolley), and William Thomas.

Henry sailed to New Zealand, 17 years after
their marriage on the maiden voyage of the
steamship Doric – this being one of the first
steamships to visit New Zealand. Charity and
the family came on the Doric six months later
on its return voyage. For six months they
resided on a farm in Pukekohe, then they took
up a section of 100 acres of rough land
opposite Harrisville School, a portion of the
estate of the late Major HARRIS, after which the district got its name. The property was practically in
its virgin state, with Charity and other family members assisting in the stumping and clearing of the
land to bring it to productivity.

Charity outlived her husband by eight years and at the time of her death there were only three
remaining children – Walter who was now farming the Barnaby land, and Charity Turbott (whose
husband John had developed the ‘Pukekohe Long Keeper Onion’) and Alice Woolley (whose husband
Fred was one of the three men who developed the first public transport in Tuakau – he was the
blacksmith to shoe the horses that drew the carriages on which he had done other metalwork. They
later formed Tuakau Transport with the first truck.).

Family History; Old newspapers –; Waikato District Council – cemetery photo

Researcher: Dianne Glenn

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0152 Surname: BARNABY
Given names: Phoebe Elizabeth
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Tuakau

Qualification: residential

Phoebe was born on Saturday 10 July 1871 (at
10.30pm), 8 Story Street, North Woolwich, Essex,
England. She died on 27 March 1913 in Huia Private
Hospital, Auckland, NZ.

She was the daughter of Henry and Charity Susan
Caltermole (nee EVERITT) BARNABY and one of nine
children. Family members were Henry Robert, Charity
(died aged 3), Phoebe Elizabeth, (m.SMITH), Charity
Susan (also on the Roll, m.TURBOTT), Drusilla (m.INNES),
Charles Richard, Walter, Alice Maude (m.WOOLLEY), and
William Thomas.

Phoebe, at 13 years of age, came out to New Zealand
with her mother and family in the steam ship “Doric”. Her
father had sailed here 6 months earlier on the ship’s
maiden voyage. This was one of the first steamships to
visit New Zealand. For six months they resided on a farm in Pukekohe, until her father took up a section
of 100 acres of rough land opposite Harrisville School, a portion of the Major Harris Reserve. The
property was practically in its virgin state, with Phoebe and other family members assisting in the
stumping and clearing of the land to bring it to productivity.

In May 1894, Phoebe married James Smith in St. Sepulchre Church, Auckland. Their children were
James Henry, Maud Everitt (m.BYCROFT), John Alfred, Phoebe (m.PUSSEL) and Alice (m.PRANGLEY).

Family History
Old newspapers –

Researcher: Dianne Glenn

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0153 Surname: BARR
Given names: Elsie Helen
Occupation: household duties Address: The Manse, Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Elsie Helen BLACK, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, was a Miss Elsie Helen Barr, daughter, joined
confident lady of 29 (passenger list), when she set off her mother at Dexter Avenue and
to follow her fiancé to New Zealand. She sailed on the remained to care for her.
Austral for Sydney, Australia arriving 29 July 1892 and
then on the Hauroto for Auckland, arriving late In 1923, at the age of 62, Elsie sailed,
September. Both voyages in cabin-class. accompanied by her daughter Elsie, to
see her sister Elizabeth Stewart in
On 14 October, a mere few weeks later, in Wanganui, Seattle, U.S.A.
in the home of her brother Hugh Black, Elsie married
Rev. Robert BARR. The couple then left by the Elsie died on 13 March 1957 at the age of
afternoon train, north to their home in Waiuku. 96. She was cremated at Waikumete but
her ashes were buried with her husband
at Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland.

Elsie and Rev. Barr had five children while living in
‘The Manse’, Waiuku. While based in Waiuku Rev.
Barr carried out his ministry work all around the
district, including Pollok and Awhitu. Mrs Barr had a
most kindly and sympathetic manner which made the
Manse a popular and highly respected home and she
supported her husband in various ways e.g. ladies’
committees and by hosting other ministers and
seminar students. Some of these ministers and
students accompanied Rev Barr on his parish work,
including sharing church services, marriages and

Rev. Barr retired from active ministry in January 1919 Source:
because of ill health, effective from the end of the Papers Past – NZ HERALD, 15 JANUARY 1919
month. In recognition of his 28 years as a Papers Past – NZ HERALD, 26 FEBRUARY 1919
Presbyterian Minister the Presbytery recommended Family Search
to the Assembly to admit him as minister emeritus. Google – Passenger Lists
NZ BDM Historical Records
When the family left the area in February 1919 they
were given a public farewell. The gathering gave a gift Researcher: Lois Hopping
to both Rev. and Mrs Barr.

Unfortunately Rev. Barr died on 4 November 1919 at
his home, 5 Dexter Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland.

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0159 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Annie Sagatia*
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Annie Segatia* BAYLY was born on 29 March 1860 and
baptised in the parish church of Wolborough, Devon on 26
September. The register records her parents as William, a
farmer, and Loveday BAILEY, sojourning in Newton Abbot,
perhaps while they arranged their passage to New Zealand.
Family sources say that William and Loveday née JARVIS were
married in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1859. “The Daily Southern
Cross” of 17 September 1861 reports the arrival of the ship
Northumberland after a storm-protracted voyage of 126 days.
Among the passengers were Wm, Loveday, and Wm. Bailey.
Whether one year old Annie was incorrectly recorded as
William or missed off the list is a matter of conjecture.
William Bray Bayly was registered in New Zealand in 1866,
and I cannot find a recorded William Bayly death in the
interim period. The family farmed at Papakura Valley before
taking up an allotment of 10 acres atop Pukekohe Hill which
remained in the family.

Most of Annie’s siblings were lavishly accorded three impressive Christian names. Annie’s by far
proved the most challenging, being recorded variously as Segatia (correct),Sagetia, Sigetta on her
baptism, Sagacia (in her father’s will), Sigeta and Segeta.

In 1815 Annie’s father had been baptised William Bray Bayly in North Tamerton, Cornwall, the village
from which the BARRIBALLs and Brays had immigrated to New Zealand in 1842. The families already
had a connection and on 28 January 1885, in St Andrew’s, Pukekohe, Annie Segatia Bayly married
William Henry Barriball. The service was conducted by Rev SMALLFIELD assisted by Rev S LAWRIE, a
Methodist minister. One surmises that Annie’s Anglican faith was as important to her as Methodism
was to the Barriballs. William and Annie set up home on the farm he had received from his father
Charles; 100 acres of Lot 82 Waiuku East, a large holding which included landmark Bald Hill. Barriballs
still live on Bald Hill today.

The couple raised two sons and two daughters on the Bald Hill property William Roy Wesley, Zillah
Segatia Beatrice, Daniel Henry Ivor and Ada Jessie Winnifred, continuing the tradition of triple-
barrelled Christian names. William and Annie retired from farming in 1921, the property being divided
between their two sons, and moved into Waiuku township. They were not to enjoy a long retirement
together as William died in 1923 as the result of a tragic accident while driving to Bald Hill to visit Ivor.
He was standing up in the trap when a jolt caused him to overbalance. He fell heavily and died
instantly. Annie moved to a Waiuku property named ‘Tresmeer’ before living with her daughters until
her death on 17 December 1941. She is interred at Waiuku cemetery.

Sources: ‘Werrington Waiuku’/PapersPast,/,bdmhistoricalrecords

Compiled by Val Gillanders

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3307 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Delia
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Delia Bridget FEWRY was born in Ireland on 24 June 1836. She
met and married John BARRIBALL within a few months of
arriving in New Zealand from Australia. Delia had just turned 21
and John, one month short of his 20th birthday, required his
father’s consent to the marriage on 15 July 1856. Delia was
baptised Roman Catholic and John’s family were staunch
Methodists so the marriage took place at the Barriball home
‘Eden Grove’ in Auckland.

Eighteen months later their first child Alfred John was born at
‘Eden Grove’. John’s parents, Charles and Ann, were taking the
family to Waiuku and John and Delia took over ‘Eden Grove’
until 1859 when they and two small boys (William Henry had
arrived) joined the family in Waiuku. John built a whare to
house the family and it was into this basic shelter that children
were born. Anne Maria was followed by twin girls Elizabeth
Sarah and Sophia Amelia; Lavinia Delia and Clara Louise. The 4-5 room pit-sawn house later built by
John seemed luxury indeed.

The twins were the centre of drama when a stockade was erected in the centre of Waiuku village as
unrest grew in the surrounding districts during the 1860s. As related by Sarah’s grandson Thomas
Percy KEANE “…women and children were housed and men of the constabulary on covered parapets
in the stockade itself. My mother, then a small infant with her twin baby sister and mother (Delia) was
with all other inmates transferred one day to the stockade fearing an attack in the dead of night. A
false alarm caused panic; soldiers came jumping down from the parapet landing on the sleeping
women and children below. Delia’s quick action in leaning over the basket containing the twins
prevented their deaths, for the men landed on grandmother’s broad back.”.

We continue with Percy’s story. “An outstanding woman, versatile to a degree, she became almost
legendary as midwife, nurse, counsellor and stalwart in the district; she faced with courage and success
the privations common in those times……one incident among many.. Second son Harry, my uncle, dared
his brother, both only children, to bring down his small hatchet on Harry’s foot and the toes were
severed. No antiseptics available, she held the mutilated foot of the screaming infant in brine. Old Dr
Topp favoured amputation to save the limb from gangrene. Grandma resolutely refused such
treatment saying “I shall nurse the child to health or he will die, but amputation never” Tirelessly, night
and day, she used a simple skill known to her. The child survived into healthy manhood and old age.
This primitive pioneering life was in great contrast from her early life in Ireland of affluence and social
standing. By strange co-incidence there lived in Waiuku one Louis Hartman who had been their family
coachman in Ireland.”

Delia died on 13 October 1903 and is buried in Waiuku Cemetery.

‘Werrington to Waiuku’ Joanne Robinson
Family memories from Percy Keane.

Compiled by Val Gillanders

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3308 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Eliza
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

My paternal grandmother, Eliza EDDY was born in Sancreed, Cornwall on 17 October 1854, the
daughter of James and Elizabeth Eddy. Eliza came to New Zealand in 1879 on the ship Maraval, with
her brother James and his wife, Rebecca. James and Rebecca subsequently moved to Australia to
join other members of their family.

Eliza married Joseph BARRIBALL on 27 September 1882, in Waiuku. Joseph had been born in New
Zealand of Cornish parentage and like Eliza, was a staunch Methodist which was very likely
instrumental in their meeting and ultimate union. Eliza was a tailoress and so was able to make
clothing for her very large family - seven sons and four daughters. Eliza also brought up Joseph's
nephew, Ernie DICKSON, who became an orphan when very young. She was 46 years old when her
last child, Elsie was born in 1901.

In 1885 on the death of his mother, Ann Barriball, Joseph together with his youngest brother
inherited the property ‘Eden Hill’ named after Mt Eden in Auckland where the family had farmed
after coming to New Zealand in 1843. This house was destroyed by fire in 1898 but rebuilt nearby,
and Eliza and Joseph lived there until 1915 when they built a house in View Road, Waiuku. Eliza
lived there until she died in 1930.

Eliza was of a very small build and less than five feet in height, but Joseph was unusually tall for
those days, being over six feet! My mother told me that when she married my father and met his
family for the first time, my grandmother made her feel very welcome as part of the Barriball family.
Eliza is remembered as having a very broad Cornish accent, and she was a wonderful provider for
her large family. I don't imagine she had much time for pastimes apart from her membership and
support of the Waiuku Methodist Church. Had she lived long enough she would have had 26
grandchildren. She is buried in Waiuku Cemetery along with Joseph, his parents and many other

From Werrington to Waiuku - A history of the Barriballs of Waiuku by
Joanne Robinson

Researcher: Margaret Barriball

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0155 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Eliza Jane
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Eliza Jane HODGE was born in Auckland on 3 October 1852, the
daughter of Samuel and Eliza Richards (nee WALTERS).

The Hodge, Walters and BARRIBALL families, Cornish Wesleyans,
had arrived in the fledgling town of Auckland through the 1840s,
remaining there until new opportunity beckoned in the Waiuku
district during the late 1850-60s.

Eliza married Charles Thomas Barriball, son of Charles and Ann (nee
MARTYN), at her home in Waiuku on 24 January 1872.

Ten children were born over 21 years, three sons and seven
daughters, all but one surviving to old age.

Ella Cathlene (1884-1918) qualified as a nurse in 1912. A proficient
and dedicated nurse, her devotion to patients during the 1918
influenza epidemic led to her death on 14 December 1918.

Charles had received 100 acres from his father and he purchased a further 142 acres at Pukeoware on
what became Barriball Road. On this land he built a fine homestead and, after their marriage, the
young couple moved into this home, naming it ‘Brooklyn’ from the numerous brooks running through
the property. Dairy cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry were farmed and oats and other grains produced.
Abundant fruits and vegetables were grown and stored, along with huge reserves of flour and sugar.
Eliza made butter and the surplus was sold. Eels abounded in the creek. Nobody need be hungry.

Charles was greatly involved in public affairs for more than thirty years giving time to Road Boards,
school committee, Auckland Education Board and the Methodist Church. Eliza clearly supported him
in his efforts as their large family flourished under her care and guidance.

Muriel EASTWOOD, their granddaughter, reminisced in 1993 “When we went to church with
grandfather and grandmother on Sunday morning, we travelled in the family phaeton. Grandpa and
Grandma sat facing the way we were going and Una and I sat opposite, and all the way grandfather
would sing hymns.” Wesleyan belief and practice was central to their lives and they joined the Waiuku
Band of Hope, (championing teetotalism), Charles becoming chairman.

Charles and Eliza encouraged their local community to gather at their home, playing tennis on two
courts which they had laid, sharing afternoon tea, chat and evening card games for the men.

Charles and Eliza retired to a new home on the corner of Kitchener and View Roads. Charles died on
26 February 1917 and Eliza continued to live there with daughter Louie until her death on 17 February
1921. Eliza and Charles are at rest in Waiuku Cemetery.

‘Great Gates’, another property they owned at Pukeoware is owned by descendants today (2018).

‘Werrington to Waiuku’ Joanne Robinson;; Papers Past

Compiled by Val Gillanders

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3309 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Ellen Constable
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Ellen was born on 25 September 1858, the daughter of Susannah
SHARP and Edward CONSTABLE. Her birth registration in Auckland,
states ‘Born 25th September 1858 at Clerkenwell, Middlesex,
England (arrived in Auckland by “John Scott” on 5th March, 1859)’.
Ellen’s sister Louisa, born in Waiuku two years earlier, had died of
whooping cough as the ship sailed into New Zealand waters on
their return from a visit home to England. The tiny girl was buried
at sea; her death at Latitude 33.31 South, Longitude 170.12 East
was registered in Auckland along with Ellen’s birth.

Ellen grew up a cherished only child who enjoyed a privileged
lifestyle compared to most of her peers. Her father had been
successful in his many endeavours and life was very comfortable.

There were grandmothers in her life. Ellen became an accomplished pianist, as was her mother, and
regularly accompanied her father and mother as they sang solos and duets at soirees. These regular
events in the early years of the village raised funds for school and church. On 10 December 1872 a
soiree was held in aid of the school building fund. ‘The speeches and songs were pleasingly
interspersed with several concerted pieces of music arranged as duets for the pianoforte, Miss
Constable and Lieutenant Snell performing them much to the gratification of the visitors.’

At the 1879 Agricultural Show she is reported as winning four first prizes for a bouquet and plates of
plums, mulberries and walnuts. A.M. BARRIBALL, her future husband, was commended for his
walnuts. Perhaps romance sparked over the walnuts as they married just over one year later, on 25
May 1880. The Waiuku Wesleyan congregation presented Miss Constable with an enormous family
Bible, still with the family today, ‘as a token of esteem and in recognition of her services as organist’.

Martyn and Ellen led very full lives. Twelve children in 15 years, six boys and six girls kept Ellen busy.
A strong work ethic developed in the children as Martyn pursued a myriad of commitments on top of
farming the block, bounded by Coast and Constable Roads, Martyn and Leonard Streets, inherited
from Ellen’s father.

Martyn and Ellen enjoyed performance; piano and violin duets with Mr FLEXMAN for Ellen, and usually
several vocal items as well. She is reported in 1888 singing ‘The Stolen Child’ very sweetly; her voice,
though not powerful, is intensely sympathetic.’. Song choices also suggest a gift for comedy. At the
‘first ever plain and fancy dress ball held in the district’ (1894) Martyn, the MC, was a cricketer and
Ellen was the Gypsy Queen. These musical talents were inherited by many of her children and 35
grandchildren. Ellen was also an accomplished rider, as were her children.

She sang in the Wesleyan choir for 25 years, also presiding over the organ for much of that time.
Martyn was secretary for over 50 years.

Ellen succumbed to breast cancer on 29 January 1903 and was interred in the Waiuku Cemetery.

Sources: Papers Past/Family records

Compiler: Val Gillanders

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3310 Surname: BARRIBALL
Given names: Sophia Amelia
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Sophia Amelia BARRIBALL was born in Waiuku on 11 October 1862, the
daughter of John and Delia Bridget née FEWRY. Delia, born in Ireland
on 24 June 1836, had arrived in New Zealand via Australia. John had
arrived into Auckland in 1843, with his parents and two siblings, on
the Westminster. Sophia Amelia was one of six children and a twin
to Elizabeth Sarah.

Sophia married John HARRIS on 24 March 1897 at her parent’s home
‘Woodruff’. Sophie (as she was known to the family) was a talented
seamstress. As a young girl she made dresses and trimmed hats for
her sisters in return for them completing her kitchen chores and, until
her marriage at 34, had worked as a draper or tailoress for A.C.
Caughey in Queen Street, Auckland.

Perhaps she made her wedding gown which was described thus in the N Z
Herald: ‘The bride, who looked charming, wore a lovely dress of some figured lustre, with white pearl
trimmings, and orange blossoms, and the usual bridal veil. The bridesmaid was dressed in white
hailstone muslin.’. Their honeymoon was spent in Te Aroha, no doubt enjoying the delights of the

John had purchased 600 acres of drained swamp land at Otaua, previously offered to her father, and
commenced drystock farming. It was on this property, which was later subdivided, that Sophia
commenced married life. In 1906 they built a new house which they lived in until 1918.

Her tailoring talents were put to good use on the farm making her husband’s suits and oilskins.

When the Otaua property was sold after World War I Sophie and John retired to Remuera. They would
often visit the Waiuku area and their nephew Percy KEANE remembered them appearing in ‘one of
the finest motor cars around, a new Sunbeam tourer, replete with crank handle, acetylene lamps, and
a manually tooted horn. Such a modern car was in those days a wonder for all to behold.’.

Sophie enjoyed travel. In the early 1920s she and John, a keen bowler, visited Australia to follow the
New Zealand bowling team. Her only child Rita Sarah had married John WHITE and, with
granddaughter Brenda, the family made a two year visit to England to meet John’s family.

John died in 1925 and Sophie remained with the family in her Remuera home until they all moved to
a farm in East Tamaki in 1942. It was here that Sophie died on 22 September 1946 aged 84. Her
remains are interred at Purewa.

‘Werrington to Waiuku’ (Joanne Robinson)
Papers Past

Compiled by Val Gillanders

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3311 Surname: BARTLETT
Given names: Sarah Isabella
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Sarah Isabella was born 1863 in Caerhun, Caernarvon, Wales to Edward and Sarah ELIAS, the
youngest of six. She was baptised on 23 April 1863 in Llangelynin. At that time Edward and Sarah
farmed 250 acres employing five men and one boy. Unfortunately, mother, Sarah, passed away in
1865. By 1881 Edward was farming 400 acres employing five labourers, two shepherds and two
boys. In later life Sarah was also known as Sarah Isabel.

Sarah met and married Ernest William BARTLEET in Caerhun, during the first quarter of 1884.

Ernest was born 1857 in Redditch, Worchester, England to Robert Smith BARTLEET and Harriett
STOCK, fourth child in a family of eight. He was baptised on 12 April 1857. At that time Robert was a
Justice of the Peace and a fishing tackle and needle manufacturer. By 1871 he was a Deputy
Lieutenant, J.P. and still manufacturing needles employing 182 hands.

Shortly after Sarah and Ernest were married they sailed for New Zealand where they settled in
Waiuku and their first child was born almost immediately, possibly in Auckland. Ethel Isabel (Mrs
Percy Vivian FLEXMAN) was born on 18 December 1884. By the 1890 Electoral Roll Ernest was a
farmer on ‘Inglewood Farm’ (freehold) and the family had grown with the birth of Robert Edward
(Olive May HEALE), 5 September 1886 and Ernest Oswald (Ridler Alberta Radcliffe WHEELER) 21
December 1888, who was also known as Oswald Ernest. Five more children were born to complete
the family: Harold (Inez Miriam PARTRIDGE) 14 September 1890, Richard Bernard (Ellen Wintrup
SINTON) 8 June 1892, Arthur William (Bessie KERR) 20 November 1894, Edgar Llewellyn (Ethel Maud
COLSON) 14 November 1898, and Annie Harriett Muriel (Mrs Arnold Percy KING) 27 July 1901.

The couple raised their family for approximately 20 years on Inglewood Farm, enjoying the country
life of hunting, fishing and sports and encouraging their children to participate in all the lifestyle
offered. Edgar became a very talented tennis player and golfer.

Ernest served as a member of the volunteer regiment known as the Waiuku Troopers. Sons, Robert
and Oswald were called up in the ballots for World War I.

Sarah and Ernest were said to have retired from farming and moved to the Auckland area about
1905 where they kept their interest in their children, grandchildren and sports.

Ernest passed away on 12 November 1935 aged 78. They were living in Mt Eden at the time. After
Ernest died Sarah spent time living with or near several of her children. Sarah passed away on 7
October 1954 aged 91. They are at rest in Waikumete Cemetery.


Electoral Rolls
Cemetery Records
PapersPast - NZ Herald 15 November 1935 – Obituary (Ernest)
Ancestry – Public Family Tree – Lynn Bartleet

Researcher: Lois Hopping

Electoral Roll: Waipa 3037 Surname: BATES
Given names: Isabella Sarah
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pokeno

Qualification: residential

Isabella was born Isabella Sarah Ann (known as Sarah) CARTER on 13 April 1848 at Edgware,
Middlesex, England, the daughter of William Carter and Letitia ALWYN.

On 9 January 1876 she married Thomas William BATES, a gardener and friend of a Miss Harriet
JOHNSON who came to New Zealand and gave the money to build St Mary on the Hill Church at
Pokeno. It is said that she paid the fares for Thomas, his wife Sarah and their eight children to come
to Pokeno to look after her house and gardens. Their eight children, six daughters and two sons,
were born between 1876 and 1889.

The Bates home was next to the Clergy house and Thomas became the first vicar’s warden and
bellringer for St Mary’s. After Miss Johnson’s death in 1916 they moved to Onewhero where their
son George farmed.

Sarah died in 1930 and Thomas died in 1943. They are buried together at Pokeno cemetery.


Lever Family in NZ Family Tree,; Book – St Mary on the Hill, Pokeno 1900 - 2000;
Old newspapers –; Passenger lists –; Headstone photo –
Waikato District Council
Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0178 Surname: BATES
Given names: Louisa Adelaide
Occupation: household duties Address: Awitu

Qualification: residential

Louisa Adelaide was born on 13 August 1867 to Matthew CLARK and Mary McGAW, at Kohekohe,
Waiuku. Matthew Clark was a bootmaker.

Louisa married Robert BATES on 2 November 1885. Robert had been born c1860 in Huia, to James
Bates and Mary Ann JOHNSON. James and Mary arrived in New Zealand in 1845. He was a member
of the 58th Regiment.

Robert had been working as a bushman in the areas of Manukau Heads, Otaua and AkaAka until the
wood ran out just before his marriage. Soon after they took up farming at Awhitu – at that time
some of his family were leaving the area.

With finances tight, Robert was forced to work away from home as a bushman in the Papakura area
between 1896 and 1905. Louisa and their young children were required to manage the farm while
he was away.

In 1905 they moved to the Woodhill-Rawhitu area, north of Auckland, where work was available,
and six years later they settled in Papakura. On the Electoral Rolls 1928-1938 Robert appears as a
Bullock Driver and it is known that at some stage he carted timber for the Waihi Mines by bullock

Louisa and Robert (Bob) had 15 children, seven died in infancy. The physical and mental strains on
both Louisa and Bob must have been extreme. However they worked together and provided for

Robert passed away on 26 October 1940 aged 79. Louisa passed away on 10 September 1958 aged
91. They are buried in Papakura Cemetery. One of their children, Harold Leslie Bates who died 13
December 1972, is buried with them.


Heads, Harbour & Hills – An Awhitu History – 1999
Cemetery Records
Electoral Records
PapersPast – OBITUARY New Zealand Herald, Vol LXXVII, Issue 23800, 30 October 1940

Researcher: Lois Hopping

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3312 Surname: BAYNES
Given names: Kezia
Occupation: dressmaker Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Kezia Jacob GODFREY was born on 17 December 1834
in Middlesex, the daughter of John Godfrey, shoemaker, and
Keziah JACOB. She was baptised on 10 January 1836 at Saint
Pancras, Independent Church, Tonbridge Chapel, New Road,

Kezia married Samuel CRAWFORD on 2 August 1858 at
the Beulah Chapel, Somers Town, London. The families
probably knew each other as they attended the same church.

On 13 August 1859, Kezia, Samuel and baby Arthur
sailed from Liverpool to South Africa aboard the Matilda
Atheling and arrived at Table Bay on 27 October 1859 settling
at The Paarl, north of Cape Town. An entry in the family Bible
notes that Samuel Crawford, shoemaker, departed this life 19 February 1860 and that baby John was
born on 24 March 1860.
Kezia then married George TIPPETT at St. George’s Cathedral, Capetown, South Africa on 21
October 1861. Two children were born in Capetown, George (6 August 1862) and Harriett (3 June
1864). Sadly baby George died on 29 May 1864 just five months before the family decided to
They arrived in New Zealand on the Steinwaerder on 14 October 1864 as part of the Waikato
Immigration Scheme offering free passage and land. It was the first of 13 ships bearing settlers for
the confiscated areas of the Lower Waikato and its passengers settled in the Waiuku and Waipipi
areas. George Tippet was granted Lot 32, 5 acres Waipipi.
Just as the family was preparing to build, disaster struck when George Tippett was drowned
on 14 January. His body was never found. It is uncertain where Kezia and her three children were
living after his death, perhaps at Waipipi or in Waiuku with some of the other immigrants while their
houses were being built. The Crown Grant that Kezia and George Tippett had applied for was
eventually granted in 1871.
Some months after his death Kezia was offered a position as housekeeper for Robert
BAYNES, a farmer of Waiuku who had been resident for two years (Intentions to Marry Register). On
11 October 1865 Kezia married Robert at his house (Lot 26, Waiuku East, cnr of Hull and Storey
Roads, Waiuku). John HULL, (also witness to Robert’s will) farmer of Waiuku, and Elizabeth PHILLIPS
(a passenger on the Steinwaerder) of Whiriwhiri were witnesses.
Kezia and Robert’s children were: Robert (1866), Emma (1868), Charlotte (1870), Robert
(1872), Mary (1873), William (1875) and Eleanor (1877). They attended Waiuku Public School
(School Registers).
Kezia died on 6 October 1902 and is buried in the Waiuku Cemetery with her husband
Robert who had died on 28 March 1895. The two children named Robert died in infancy and
although not named on the gravestone, are probably the two children buried with Robert and Kezia.

Ancestry: England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers 1567-1970
England &Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1915
Cullen, V.S: The Origins of the Crawford’s from Kati Kati. Pg. 8
Marriage Certificate
Shipping Intelligence. NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME I, ISSUE 289, 15 OCTOBER 1864
New Zealand Marriage Index, 1840-1934
Cullen, V.S: The Origins of the Crawford’s from Kati Kati. Pg. 3
Researcher: Caron Hoverd

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3313 Surname: BEAMISH
Given names: Minnie
Occupation: household duties Address: Paerata

Qualification: residential

Minnie was born in Ireland in 1864 to parents Mary Ann and John GILLESPIE and later came to New
Zealand. On 12 April 1893 she married John Hobbs Gillespie. They lived in Paerata at start of their
married life.

She bore four children to John. In 1894 Richard was born. He died in 1917. Doris Edna was born on
14 July 1898 and Lillian Ethel was born on 24 March 1901 and lived until September 1963. John
Raymond was born in 1902 and died in 1979.

They later moved to 40 Marine Parade, in Auckland where they both show up on the 1911 Electoral
Roll. John must have been an inventor as the following appeared in the New Zealand Gazette.

In 1911 John senior shows up as a boarder in the 1911 English census. Sometime about this time
Minnie and her four children ended up in Australia and there boarded the Orsova to sail for England
in 1912.

Minnie died in West Ham, Essex in 1916 at the age of 53. Husband John married again and he
passed away in 1941.

Marriage notice - Papers Past
Death listing -
Researcher: Bea McGill

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0193 Surname: BEGBIE
Given names: Ann Switzer
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pukekohe East

Qualification: residential

Ann Switzer GILLION was born on 28 Ann died on 30 March 1921 in Pukekohe East
December 1862, the eldest of five children, to at the age of 58. In her will she left her seven
Robert Gillion (1818-1880) and Rachel SHIER surviving daughters equal shares of her
(1838 1926) in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. property which included: a gig, harness, horse
The family arrived in New Zealand on the covers, fowls, chest of drawers, three
Rooparell on 30 May 1874 and were farming photographic enlargements, framed
at the Razorback, Bombay. photographs, framed pictures, book case,
knitting machine, sewing machine, clock,
Sadly, Ann’s father died soon after the family crockery and chinaware, two “institution” beds
arrived in New Zealand. Just six months after and bedding, kerosene heater, rug and two
her father’s death, her marriage to Robert trunks and contents.
BEGBIE took place at her mother’s residence,
Razorback, Bombay on 28 December 1880. Ann’s signature at the time of signing her will,
on 28 July 1920
Robert Begbie was born in Scotland in 1853. At
the time of their marriage in 1880 Robert was Ann was remembered by her family as a quiet
a carpenter and Ann was a dressmaker. The natured person who enjoyed writing poetry
marriage certificate noted James Henry and reading. She believed in a gentler religion
TURNER and John Begbie (Robert’s brother) as than that of her husband Robert. A church is
witnesses. James Turner married Robert’s believed to have been built on Robert’s farm
sister Elizabeth. Robert may have worked with but was pulled down some time in the 1940’s.
his father who was also a carpenter and may Ann’s husband died in 1944 and is buried at
have taught Robert his carpentry skills. Waikumete Cemetery.

Ann’s husband Robert purchased property in A notice appeared in the Auckland Star,
Pukekohe East, being Lots 10 and 31, 21 November 1944
comprising 175 acres on Jericho Road.
Sources: Christine Begbie, Cemetery Records, Papers
Ann and Robert had a family of 12 children, Past, NZ Historical bdm.
two of whom died in infancy: Collated by Christine Madsen and Lynda Muir
Emily Begbie (1882-1975)

William Gillion Begbie (1883-1906)

Lucy Begbie (1884-1935)

Rachel Jessie Begbie (1886-1981)

Louisa Helen Begbie (1887-1974)

Ann Elizabeth Begbie (1888-1888)

Annie Lillian Begbie (1891- )

Florence May Begbie (1893-1985)

Ethel Switzer Begbie (1895- )

Robert Charles Begbie (1898- )

Wilfred Ernest Begbie (1899-1988)

Jane Begbie (1904-1904).

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0197 Surname: BEGBIE
Given names: Jane
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Pukekohe East

Qualification: residential

Jane McKEOWN was born on 2 November The Begbie home on Jericho Road.
1865 in Donaghenry, County Tyrone, Ireland.
Her father was James McKeown and her Jane and John Begbie had nine children.
mother was Jane HILL. James was a tenant • Frederick Begbie
farmer on land owned by the Rev James • John Calkin Begbie
McCARTNEY in Donaghenry. James McKeown • Margaret Alice Begbie
and Jane Hill were married on 12 November • Albert James Begbie died WW1
1858 in Co Tyrone. • Jessie Edith Begbie
• Hilda May Begbie
Jane McKeown was the middle child of their • Thelma Isabella Begbie
family of five: • Joseph Leslie Begbie
• Ernest Philip Begbie.
• Joseph McKeown born 1860
• Margaret McKeown born 1863 Jane died in 1928 at the age of 63. John had
• Jane McKeown born 1865 predeceased her in 1926 at the age of 65. Both
• Collins McKeown born 1867 are buried at Mangere Cemetery.
• Rachel McKeown born 1869.
Sources: Christine Begbie descendant, Papers Past,
At just 13 years of age, Jane McKeown left all NZ Historical bdm, Cemetery Records.
her family and travelled to New Zealand Collated by Christine Madsen and Lynda Muir.
aboard the Lady Jocelyn. It is not known
whether she travelled alone or as a domestic
servant or with friends of the family. However,
on arriving in New Zealand she was living in the
Pukekohe area and met and married John
BEGBIE on 19 October 1882.

John was the son of Frederick and Margaret
Begbie and was born in 1861 in Newlands,
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The Begbie
family was originally from Scotland and had
lived in South Africa for about five years before
arriving in New Zealand about 1864.

John and Jane built a home for their family at
156 Jericho Road, which is still standing. The
current owners built a second storey in 2010,
but the basic structure of the original house is
still visible, though the home is much enlarged.

Jane’s closest neighbours were Catherine and
Lewis Walter KING who lived directly across
the road and no doubt they were a support to
each other. John’s brother, Robert Begbie and
his wife, Ann Switzer Begbie also lived a short
distance away, also on Jericho Road.

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0214 Surname: BELOE
Given names: Eleanor Jane
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Lynnwood Nursery, Pukekohe

Qualification: residential

Eleanor Jane BELOE was born on 16 September 1870 in Berwick,
Northumberland, England, the second child of William Linton Beloe (1837-
1898) and Margaret McIntyre Mc NAUGHTO(E)N (1844-1927). She had
four sisters and four brothers and was one of five of the siblings who
reached 90 years – one sister died at 107.

Margaret and William brought three children, including Eleanor, with
them to New Zealand around 1874 and a further six children were born in New Zealand.

Eleanor married Maurice O’BRIEN (1871-1938) in Pukekohe in 1896 and they went to Wellington to
live where their first two children were born – Geraldine who sadly only lived a very short time and
Desmond (1897-1977).

Maurice was in the Diplomatic Service and Eleanor and the children lived in South Africa where he
had been appointed High Commissioner in 1900 and USA when Maurice was appointed Assistant
High Commissioner in 1914.

Clara Doreen was their third child. She was born in Pukekohe in 1906 and married Kennedy Lloyd
BROWN in 1933.

Apart from their time overseas the family lived in Wellington and Eleanor continued to live at 148
Kelburn Road for a further 22 years after Maurice’s death on 29 July 1938.

After a life of living in several parts of the world, Eleanor Jane Beloe died on 16 May 1960. She was
cremated and her ashes are in the niche wall at Karori Cemetery, Wellington.

Sources: Family Tree – Ancestry – Judy Philpott; NZ electoral rolls –; BDM –
Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 0215 Surname: BELOE
Given names: Margaret McIntrye
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Lynnwood Nursery, Pukekohe

A portrait painting of Margaret Qualification: residential

Margaret McIntyre BELOE, nee McNAUGHTO(E)N
was born in Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand on
22 August 1844. She was the youngest child of
Donald McNaughton (1803-1860) and Margaret
(Peggy) McINTYRE (1802-1893), who had arrived
in New Zealand in 1840 and one of eight children
– six daughters and two sons.

Margaret married William Linton BELOE at
Coldstream, Berwick, Scotland on 7 May 1867 and
they had three daughters born in Scotland before
she came back to New Zealand. Another six
children were born in Pukekohe, making a family
of five daughters and four sons, (5 living past 90).

William was a well- known nurseryman and fruit
grower and had brought plants to New Zealand
including this camellia which he named ‘Dark
Margaret’ after his wife. The shrub (or its stock)
was still growing on the family farm in 1987.

Margaret died on 10 July 1927.

Dark Margaret Camelia

Family Information & photos – Judy Philpott
(nee Beloe)
Old newspapers –

Researcher: Heather Maloney

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3317 Surname: BENNETT
Given names: Fanny
Occupation: domestic duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

Fanny was born on 7 November 1872 to George and Lydia BENNETT (nee STARTE) who arrived on
the Matoaka on 3 January 1865. George and Lydia settled on a farm at Karioitahi. Her parents had
married on 30 August 1864 in St Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, England.

Fanny was the fourth child, and first daughter, in a family of 11 children.

Fanny’s parents wanted their children, and the other children of Karioitahi to have a good education.
They allowed part of their home to be used as a schoolhouse until the old Methodist Church
building was moved to Karioitahi for a school.

Fanny married Alfred George TOOLEY on 3 September 1894 at the office of the Registrar in
Auckland. He was the second son of J.W. Tooley of England.

Alfred was a widower whose young wife Amy (nee HURLE) had died aged 22, approximately two
weeks after giving birth to a second child. Sadly both of her children did not survive – Alfred John
(1892 at 10 weeks) and Arthur Edward (1894 at six months).

Fanny and Alfred had five children: Florence Lydia b. 1896, Harold Alfred George b. 1898, twins
Irene Pearl and Cecil Hubert b. 1901 and Thelma b. 1913.

Sadly Fanny and Alfred also suffered the loss of two children, Irene Pearl (at 9/10 months) and
Thelma (days old).

Little else is known of Fanny and she does not appear on later electoral rolls.

Alfred appears on the 1911 Electoral Roll as Grammar School, Symonds Street, caretaker.

This did not change until 1919 when he was living at 25 Mountain Road, Auckland and was still a
caretaker. This home he eventually shared with his third wife.

Fanny passed away 9 March 1922, aged 49. She was buried at Waikumete Cemetery in the Non-
Conformist Area.

The headstone was for her alone, however the burial records list Amy and her two children
(Christian Brethren) and Fanny and her two children.

Alfred remarried Katherine Agnes TURNBULL in 1924. He passed away 11 April 1945 and was buried
with Katherine in Hillsborough Cemetery, Auckland.


PapersPast: MARRIAGES NZ Herald, Vol XXXI, Issue 9608, 5 September 1894
Cemetery Records
NZ BDM Historical Records

Researcher: Lois Hopping

Electoral Roll: Franklin 3320 Surname: BENNETT
Given names: Lydia
Occupation: household duties Address: Waiuku

Qualification: residential

George and Lydia BENNETT arrived in New Zealand on the Matoaka on 3 January 1865. Many of the
441 passengers were intended to take up allotments of 10 acres in the Kohe Kohe Settlement, others
were to be settled in southern Waipipi, and another group at Karioitahi. George and Lydia settled on
a farm at Karioitahi.

Lydia and George were married on 30 August 1864 in St Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, England.

Lydia was born c 1843 to James STARTE and Rebecca ANGER in Cambridgeshire, England. George
was born on 26 April 1840 to William Bennett and Abigail STEPHENSON in Nunhead, Surrey, England.

Lydia and George had a family of 11 children: George b.1866, Charles James b.1867, Charles John
b.1869, Fanny b.1872, Annie b.1874, Henry William b.1876, Fredrick/Frederick b.1877, Benjamin
b.1878, Arthur b.1881, Ellen b.1882 and Edward Joseph b.1883. It is strange two Charles names but
no proof one died.

Like most farming communities everyone supports the community. It is written as part of
Karioitahi’s history that Lydia and George provided use of their home for the first schooling in the
district, conducted in 1879 by Miss MAY, one of the Matoaka settlers, and in 1880 by Miss
HOUGHTON. 1881-1888 saw Mr GOLDSBURY provide part-time teacher duties. He was the first
teacher in the old Methodist Church building that was moved to Karioitahi to become the school. It
served the community for 60 years.

Lydia and George were still farming at Karioitahi at the time of Lydia’s
death. Lydia passed away on 17 September 1894, aged 51. She is
buried with Fredrick, a beloved son, who passed away 13 July 1889,
aged 12. They were buried in Waiuku Cemetery.

Lydia died not long after she saw women get the vote and was proud
she signed the Petition.

On the 1900 Electoral Roll Benjamin was living in Waiuku and farming, probably with his father, as
on 19 December 1903, he passed away. He had finally succumbed to a painful illness he had
contracted while on military service in South Africa. He was aged 25. He was buried beside his
mother and brother.

George passed away on 21 April 1914, aged 73. He was buried with his brother, William, and Mary,
William’s wife, in Waikaraka Cemetery.

Electoral Rolls
Cemetery Records
NZ BDM Historical Records
Waipipi District 150 years Booklet – Article “Passengers on the Matoaka”

Researcher: Lois Hopping

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