1915 - 1918
P - Y

These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News - available on microfilm at the Auckland City Library. I do not personally have any more information than is shown here. Thanks to Jacqueline Walles for these.


The death has occurred at Shioya, Japan, of Mr Edward Brendon Parsons, who for 41 years the Secretary of the Auckland Gas Co. He was born at Launceston, Cornwall, England and educated at Plymouth. In 1862 he left London for NZ on the ship Devonshire and landed at Auckland on 7 February 1863. He went to Dunedin where he was employed as corresponding clerk and ledger-keeper in the firm of Messrs Dalgety, Rattray & Co. He entered the service of the Auckland Gas Co as accountant in Feb 1868 and in the following year was appointed to the secretaryship, in consequent of the removal to Sydney of his predecessor Mr J N WARK. The late Mr Parsons, who had passed his 80th year, is survived by three sons — Mr Arthur PARSONS, Manager of the NZ Ins. Co in Perth; Mr Edward PARSONS, manager of the British Dominion General Ins. Co in the [?east] and Mr William PARSONS, engineer to the Colonial Sugar Refining Co in Australia; two daughters, Mrs PATON, wife of the New Plymouth manager of the NZ Insurance Co, and Miss PARSONS, who was with her father in Japan. [AWN 24.06.1915]


Aged 71, died at Christchurch on Thursday. He was ordained in 1871 by Bishop Harper and laboured in the diocese of Christchurch until 1912 when he retired, being then Vicar of Avonside. [AWN 27.06.1918]


Of Virginia Ave, Eden Terrace, Auckland, was a prominent President of that district for many years and was also well known throughout the city. He was the eldest son of Mr George Patterson, civil engineer, who was killed by the rebel natives at Dingle’s blockhouse, Taranaki, in 1864. The late Mr Patterson was born at New Plymouth in 1857 and was educated there, coming to Auckland in his eighteenth year. He was for 40 years in the employ of Messrs Wiseman and Sons Ltd and was also a shareholder in the company. He took a keen interest in local government affairs and for some years before the district joined the city was a member of the Eden Terrace Road Board. [AWN 17.01.1918]

PEARSON, William

Formerly one of Taranaki’s early settlers and pioneers and lately of Marlborough St, Dominion Road, Auckland, died on Saturday last. He arrived at the Bluff by the ship Sea Breeze in the year 1860, spending several years on the Otago goldfields. From there he went to Taranaki in the year 1864 and took part in the final settlement of the Maori war, then taking up land in the district. Many hardships had to be endured in the pioneered work of settlement, owing to the constant uprisings of the natives, the settler’s rifle and ammunition being quite as necessary as axe and slasher at that time. After the day’s work was finished many miles had to be trudged over rough bush tracks and bridgeless rivers to blockhouses which were the only safe quarters for the settlers and their families to congregate at night. Mr Pearson, after thirty years of farming, came to Auckland and has since lived a retired life. He passed quietly away at the ripe age of 84. He leaves a grown-up family of three daughters and two sons, also nine grandsons and grand-daughters and one great-grand-daughter. [AWN .02.1918]

PEARSON, Mr Christopher

Who died on Sunday last at the age of 89, was one of the early colonists, who came to Auckland from Yorkshire over half a century ago. He was for many years in the coach-building trade, retiring from active work about 12 years ago. Mr Pearson was the oldest member of the Board of Trustees of the Auckland Baptist Tabernacle. For several years past the infirmities of age compelled him to live in retirement. Mr Pearson is survived by a son and two daughters. [AWN 27.09.1917]

PIRIE, Lieut-Col, James, V.D.

Friday morning at his residence, Sarnia Lodge, Parnell, aged 80. Formerly Major & Adjutant, 1st Regt, Royal Guernsey Militia. Arrived in NZ 1879 & was actively connected with volunteer & Defence matters, was instructor in musketry & inspector of ammunition. Married eldest d/o late Mr John CAREY, Lord of the Manor of Sainte Helene, Guernsey who, with 2 sons & 2 daus. Survive him. Sons, Mr Carey J Pirie, is in China and Mr Cecil W Pirie is with the Union Steam Ship Co. Daughters Mrs COOK resides in Sydney and Mrs E Phillips TURNER, in Wellington. Funeral took place at St Marks Churchyard, Sunday. Conducted by Canon MacMURRAY & Rev W E GILLAM. The choir of St Matthew’s under Mr PHILLPOT sang the hymn "Just as I Am" set to music composed by the late officer. Among the many wreaths was one from the Garrison Officer’s Club, Carlton Bowling Club, Dr MACKELLAR, Misses F A & E KISSLING. Among those at the funeral were members of the Carlton & Auckland Bowling Clubs, Col Arthur MORROW, Major HARRIS, representing the Garrison Officers’ Club, Dr E D MacKellar, Rev J King DAVIS, Messrs A Wight-Thompson, W O Garland, Harrop, Cracknell, Walker, Thornes, Leslie Hunt & others. [AWN 25.03.1915]


The well-known racing handicapper who died on Tuesday, had been connected with sport in several capacities for a great many years and in his early days was a prominent athlete. He also filled the position of handicapper to the Wellington Racing Club and several other bodies for some years. A few years ago he became seriously ill and though he rallied, never recovered sufficiently to resume his duties. He was father of the NZ champion runner, Mr W H Pollock. [AWN 29.08.1918]

POWER, Mrs Fanny

Died at the residence of her daughter Mrs R Curtis, Park Rd, Khyber Pass, on Friday. She was born in Queen’s Co., Ireland, 79 years ago. She and her late husband, Mr John Power, first went to Capetown then to Sir George Grey’s estate at Kawau, arriving in Auckland in 1864. They then went to Thames in the gold rush years where Mr Power died in 1890. Mrs Power ran boarding-houses at Kaeo, Whangaroa Harbour and Parnell. She is survived by two sons and two daughters — John Power of Takapuna; James of Auckland; Mrs Richard Curtis, Park Road; and Mrs J W Murray, Horopito. [AWN 24.08.1916]

POWER, Maurice G

Who died recently at Taumarunui from influenza, was the second son of Mr M G Power of Paeroa and later of Waihi. He carried on business as a stockbroker and commission agent and was for many years a Borough Councillor and for four years Mayor of Waihi. At the time of his death he was town clerk of Taumarunui. He leaves a widow and five young children. [AWN 21.11.1918]


One of the few remaining veterans of the Crimean War, Mr James PRIDMORE, died at the Veterans’ Home, Auckland, on Friday at the age of 91 years. Deceased was born in England in 1827 and joined the navy at the age of 17 years. He fought in the Crimean War and held three medals — Crimean, Turkish and Baltic. He arrived in NZ in 1861 and for 40 years was employed by the firm of Messrs J H Gunson & Co. He entered the Veterans’ Home a year ago. [AWN 21.11.1918]


An old colonist, Mr William PRIESTLEY, died at Auckland on Tuesday at the age of 74. Mr Priestley, who arrived in NZ by the ship Ironsides in 1864, was for many years in the employ of the Auckland Timber Co., both in Auckland and NSW. Deceased had been ailing for some time and was seized with a paralytic stroke last Friday. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs Mary Greenroyd. [AWN 19.12.1918]


Aged 91, died at her residence Anglesea St, Ponsonby, last Thursday. She arrived from England over 60 yrs ago. Was a member of St John’s Methodist Church, Ponsonby. She is survived by her husband, who was the third Mayor of Auckland 1874/75. [AWN 13.04.1916]

RASMUSSEN, Mrs Wilhelmina Rebecca

Aged 59, widow of Carl Jorgen Rasmussen, died suddenly at Dargaville on Tuesday. Mr Rasmussen for many years was a licensed victualler in Whangarei and Hobson counties. He was found dead in bed and had previously complained of feeling ill. It is believed she died of heart failure. She was the proprietress of Belmont Boarding-house. She is survived by six sons (two of whom are at the front) and one daughter. [AWN 31.01.1918]

REARDON, Miss Cecily

Who was drowned while landing from the stranded Makambo at Lord Howe Island, was the daughter of Mr C Reardon of Te Teko, surveyor, and a resident of Auckland. She left nine months ago for Sydney. [AWN 27.06.1918]


Late 40th & 64th Regts, died at the Knox Home, Auckland and buried with military honours, Waikaraka Cemetery. Served with the 40th Regt during the Maori War and was present at the battles of Rangiriri, Maungapeka & Orakau. Awarded NZ War Medal. Resident of the Veterans’ Home since Oct 1912. . [AWN 19.08.1915]

REID, Donald Snr

Who was a member of the Stafford and Atkinson Ministries, died at his home, Green Island, Dunedin. He was born in Perthshire in 1833 and arrived at Port Chalmers in 1849. He engaged in farming and also held a claim at Gabriel’s Gully, which proved very successful. He represented Taieri constituency in the House of Representatives from 1866 to 1870 and in 1872 held the portfolio of Public Works in Sir E W Stafford’s administration. He was secretary for Crown Lands and Minister for Immigration in Sir Harry Atkinson’s Ministry in 1877. The following year he retired from public life and entered into business as an auctioneer and stock agent. He was twice married. Mr Donald REID, solicitor, and Mr Charles C REID, stock salesman, both of Dunedin, are his sons. [AWN 13.02.1919]


One of Coromandel’s oldest and most respected settlers, aged 70 yrs, died at his residence on Tuesday after a short illness. The deceased was born at Scarva, Co Down, Ireland, and received his early education at the Royal School, Enniskillen, and afterwards took the B.A. degree and C.E. degree at Trinity College, Dublin. He arrived in NZ in 1867 and afterwards went to the Friendly Islands, returning to NZ in 1888. Mr Reilly travelled all over the goldfields as a surveyor and few men knew more about the Coromandel Peninsula than he did. He married in 1897, the eldest daughter of Mr William HORNE and leaves two sons and one daughter. Deceased was a nephew of the late Sir George Grey and Mrs De La Brosso, his cousin, is living at Kaipara. He nephew the Earl of Seafield, was recently killed in France. Mr Reilly was instrumental in getting Coromandel proclaimed a separate acclimatization district and has been chairman of the chairman of the society since its formation. He was also a life member of the School of Mines. [AWN 15.06.1916]


The ranks of the pioneers of the Thames goldfields were further thinned by the death, on Friday evening, of Mr James Renshaw of Willoughby Street, Thames. Mr Renshaw, who was 83 yrs of age, was a native of Sheffield, England, and was a cutler by trade. He came to Thames in the latter part of 1867, opening a small cutlery and hardware store in Pollen St, Shortland. Later he opened a general ironmonger’s store in Owen St, Grahamstown, and afterwards a second one in Pollen Street Central. He enjoyed good health and took an active part in the business until quite recently. Mr Renshaw always took an active interest in public affairs and was for many years a member of the Thames Borough Council. He occupied the Mayoral chair for several terms. He was a prominent member of the Baptist Church and was held in the highest respect by everyone throughout the district, where he had always been noted for his benevolence and charity. Mr Renshaw leaves a grown-up family of two sons and three daughters, the eldest of whom is Mrs Driver, wife of Mr H D Driver, head of the publishing department of the ‘Weekly News’. [AWN 02.12.1915]

ROBERTS, Mr Charles

Who has died at Pakuranga at the age of 87, was an old and respected settler. He arrived at Auckland in 1847 by the ship Constantinople and had resided at Pakuranga ever since. He was a veteran of the Maori war, having been a captain in the Howick Light Horse. He was a member of the local Road Board for over 20 years. His wife died four years ago. He leaves five sons and four daughters. The daughters are Mrs Dovel, Runciman; Mrs Canachan, Otahuhu; Mrs Pye and Miss Roberts, Pakuranga. [AWN 25.10.1917]


The death occurred at Cambridge on Monday evening of Dr E E ROBERTS. He came to Cambridge from Devonport many years ago and was highly esteemed in the community. For the past two or three years he had not practiced. He was the first medical superintendent of Te Waikato Sanatorium which position he resigned owing to failing health. He is survived by his widow. [AWN 2.08.1917]


Army veteran, died at the Auckland Hospital on Saturday. The deceased served in several Imperial regiments and was a member of the 77th Regt in India in 1868. In that year he came to NZ and joined the Armed Constabulary Force in Wellington. Subsequently he took part in the Maori war under Colonel LYONS. For some time past he had been an inmate of the Veterans Home and prior to that had resided at Te Karaka, Gisborne. The deceased was interred, with military honours, at Waikaraka cemetery on Monday. [AWN 10.08.1916]


Another of the fast diminishing band who went through the hardships of the early pioneering days has passed away at the age of 85 — Mrs Rollo, widow of the late Mr D Rollo of Karamu, Waikato. Mrs Rollo, with her husband and two sons and daughters, arrived in NZ by the ship John Scott in 1859. Mr Rollo was one of the first settlers who took up land at Te Mata, Raglan, whither he went in 1860. When the Waikato war broke out the family removed to Auckland, returning to their home in 1864. The natives, however, became threatening again and after the White Cliffs murders in 1869, the family left Te Mata for the Waikato, where they have resided ever since. Mrs Rollo is survived by three sons, 33 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. [AWN 25.07.1918]


Who died at Thames on Friday at the age of 83 years, was a very old colonist, having arrived with her parents at Auckland in 1850 on the ship Cashmere. One brother, Mr Robert Runciman, Papatoetoe, survives her. [AWN 2.08.1917]


An old resident of Auckland, Mr Alexander S Russell of Roseleaf, Pukenui Road, One Tree Hill, passed away on Thursday. The deceased, who was 76 yrs of age, was a native of Glasgow and arrived in Auckland in 1859 by the ship Excelsior. He served in the Maori war and started business with the firm of J Gilfillan and Co. Later he was with the Kauri Timber Co and then entered the insurance business, being subsequently appointed manager of the Auckland branch of the South British Co., a position which he held until he retired. He was a prominent member of the Masonic Lodge. [AWN 04.11.1915]


Died on Monday from influenza. Deceased who was 44 years old, was a prominent North Canterbury sheep breeder and a well known racehorse owner. His father, a former member of Parliament, died from influenza a week ago. [AWN 21.11.1918]


Who died on Sunday at Devonport, at the age of 35, was an Association football representative and cricket representative. He was born in Taunton, Somersetshire and came to NZ several years ago. He was a dentist by profession. Mrs Sale survives him. [AWN 21.11.1918]

SANDERS, Dr Charles W

An old resident of Parnell, Auckland, died suddenly of heart failure in a tramcar while returning to his home in Moore’s Avenue off St Stephen’s Avenue at about 3pm on Monday. Dr Sanders, who was 83 years of age, arrived in NZ from England on 4 February 1868, exactly 50 years ago and had lived in Moore’s Ave, practicing as a homeopathic doctor, since that date. Dr Sanders was the general secretary of the Theosophical Society of NZ and returned recently from attending the convention of the Society in Wellington. He had been suffering from heart trouble for some time. He leaves a widow, two sons, both living in Auckland, and one daughter. [AWN 07.02.1918]

SARAH, Mrs Sarah

A very old colonist was buried last week in the Hakaru cemetery, in the person of the late Mrs N J Sarah, who was just on 90 years of age at the time of her death. Mrs Sarah arrived in NZ with her husband in June 1865, in the Lancashire Witch. On arrival in Auckland about 12 pioneer families went to the Hakaru district, about 80 miles north of Auckland, where they made the first roads through the bush in that part of the Dominion. Mr Sarah died about 24 years ago and Mrs Sarah retired from business about four years later. The late Mrs Sarah leaves three sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. One of the sons is Mr Sam Sarah, secretary of the Taumarunui Racing Club and another is Mr W T Sarah, also of Taumarunui. [AWN 19.09.1918]


The death occurred at Invercargill on Sunday of Mr W B SCANDRETT, aged 77. For many years he was Town Clerk and was six times Mayor of Invercargill. He held many positions and was a prominent Oddfellow and Mason. [AWN 27.09.1917]

SCOTT, Mrs Mary

One of Wellington’s old identities, died at her residence last Friday at the age of 82 years. The deceased, who came to NZ in the late fifties, was the relict of the late Mr William Scott, well known in Wellington business circles some thirty years ago. She is survived by two sons — Mr J D Scott, Napier, manager for Messrs Ross & Glendining; and Mr W D Scott, formerly Auckland manager for Messrs Kempthorne & Prosser Ltd, and now in camp; and three daughters — Mrs James Davidson of Kaikoura; Mrs John M Wilson of Wellington; and Miss Agnes Scott. [AWN 10.10.1918]

SEAGAR, Charles

An old resident of Wellington, died on Saturday aged 84. He came to NZ in 1858 and established the Phoenix Infantry. He also founded the Wellington Steam Packet Co. At one time he was a member of the old Wellington Provincial Council. [AWN 24.10.1918]


Who died at his residence, Alten Road, Auckland, on Wednesday, was born in Co. Down, Ireland in 1829 and was educated at Queen’s College, Belfast. He came to NZ in 1858 with his father, the late Mr H Shaw, of Wellington, in the clipper Montmorency. He was law adviser to the Government from 1884-1893 under the Stout-Vogel, Atkinson and Balance administrations. He twice contested the Wellington seat unsuccessfully. [AWN 19.09.1918]


A very old identity, Mrs P E Sherman, passed away recently at Totara North, Whangaroa, at the age of 75, Mrs Sherman was born at the head of the Whangaroa Harbour in May, 1841, some months before the arrival of the first NZ colonists. Her mother died soon after Mrs Sherman was born and a Maori woman undertook the care of the child. She saw some hard times in her early days and experienced many stirring events. She and a sister were at the Bay of Islands when Heke’s war broke out. Both were hastily sent to Whangaroa for safety in charge of some friendly natives. The sister, Now Mrs R Bell, who is still living at Totara North, was born at Whangaroa in 1836 and attained her eightieth birthday a fortnight ago. Mrs Bell is probably the oldest child now living born of European parents in NZ. Their father, Mr Henry H D SNOWDEN, was a well known trader in the Far North. Mrs Sherman’s descendants number upwards of 145, namely 16 children, 96 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Many of the grandsons are in the NZ forces and within the last month one grandson has been killed and three others wounded in France. [AWN 02.11.1916]


Died at his residence Tennyson St, Grey Lynn, on Monday, aged 77. He had lived in Auckland for about 50 years and was employed for 27 years by Messrs T & S Morrin. He was connected with the Auckland Baptist Church in Wellesley Street and was Superintendent of the Sunday School for 10 years. He was also a well known breeder of Fox Terriers and canaries and won many prizes. [AWN 22.07.1915]

SHORT, Major Aubrey Vincent

Who died in Christchurch on Friday after a short illness, was the fifth son of Mr W S Short, Under Secretary for Public Works and was 28 years of age. He received his diploma as a doctor just as war broke out and left with the rank of surgeon captain with the Main Body. He served at Gallipoli and in France, where he was appointed deputy assistant director of medical services. He also received the Military Cross. Major Short returned to NZ in January last as chief medical officer of one of the transports and had since been employed as a senior house surgeon at Christchurch Hospital where he fell a victim to the prevailing epidemic. [AWN 21.11.1918]

SIMPKINS, Mrs Katrine

An old identity, in the person of Mrs Katrine SIMPKINS, died at Taneatua on Sunday at the age of 90 years. The late Mrs Simpkins was one of the oldest residents in this district and at one time owned all the land on which the Whakatane township now stands besides White Island and Whale Island. In the early days, her father in law was beheaded by the hostile Waikato tribe. She herself had many adventures in the troublous days. On one occasion she swam the Whakatane River alongside her canoe under the heavy fire of a party of natives. She escaped injury but the canoe was riddled with bullets. Afterwards she hid in a swamp for three days, standing in 3ft of water. [AWN 25.10.1917]

SKINNER, William Henry

Architect, an old Auckland resident and veteran of the Maori War, died Friday night at his son’s residence (Mr H F J Skinner, Stratford St, Parnell). Arrived August 1858 on the Joseph Fletcher. In Dec 1858 he joined the Royal Rifle Volunteers and served during the early part of the Maori War; gazetted Major in Nov. 1889 & held the Imperial decoration for long service & also the NZ war and long service medals. He won prizes at the rifle ranges. Started business in NZ as a builder but later became an architect, designing several important buildings including St Paul’s Anglican Church. [AWN 27.05.1915]

SMITH, James

Resident in Auckland for over 50 years. Mr Smith, who was 75 years of age, arrived in Auckland in 1863. During the Waikato Maori War he drove Messrs Cobb & Co’s coach to Drury and prior to the completion of the Kaipara railway he drove the coach from Riverhead to Helensville. For the last 20 years he had been in the employ of Messrs E D & C D Halstead. [AWN 10.08.1916]

SMITH, Captain James Eman

The death occurred at Wellington on Friday of Captain Smith, Under-Secretary of Immigration and formerly Resident Commissioner at Rarotonga. He was 53 yrs of age and a son of the late Capt John Smith of the 41st Welsh Regt. Two brothers are Mr E Canavan Smith and Mr Arthur Smith of the Agricultural Dept. The late Capt Smith was a prominent angler. In his younger days he was a prominent footballer and was recognised as a first class wing man. It was he who scored the try in the match, Wellington v Auckland in 1886, the goal that followed being the cause of a big dispute. The death of Capt Smith will be deeply regretted by many friends in the Dominion. [AWN 22.06.1916]

SMITH, Joshua

Of Rata Road, Devonport, died on Monday at a private hospital, aged 62. Born in Onehunga in 1855, he spent many years in the Waikato district where he was associated with several of the early railway contracts. He was afterwards the manager of Knorpp’s estate and then for many years proprietor of the Commercial Hotel at Hamilton. He leaves a widow, two daughters and three sons. Two of the sons are in France and the third is in camp at Trentham. [AWN 30.08.1917]

SPAIN, Thomas

A veteran of the Indian mutiny, passed away at his residence, Hamilton, at the age of 87. For 21 years he served in the 23rd Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery and was present at the relief of Lucknow. He received two medals — one for long service and good conduct and five bars for special service. In 1874 after having been discharged from the army, he came to NZ in the Queen of the Age and took up his residence at Hamilton where he has resided ever since. Deceased leaves a widow, a grown-up family, 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. [AWN 05.04.1917]


Wife of J Spinley, died Friday, aged 52, granddaughter of Mrs Baker, one of the earliest settlers on Sunday Island in the Kermadecs Group north of NZ. Resided in Devonport for 32 years. [AWN 13.05.1915]

STANLEY, Mr William

Who died at the hospital last week at the age of 74 years, arrived in NZ in 1852. He served with the First Waikato Regt during the Maori War. P.22 [AWN 13.06.1918]

STEELE, Mr William

The many friends of Mr William STEELE, manager in Australia and NZ for Messrs Ward, Lock & Co., will regret to learn of his sudden death at his home in Melbourne. Mr Steele leaves a splendid record of hard work and faithful service, having been for over half a century in the service of his firm which he entered as a boy of 14 in London. In 1884 he founded the Australian branch and has since done much to promote the growth of a healthy type of Australian literature for young people, beginning with the ‘discovery’ in 1894 of Ethel Turner, the Australian writer. For many years Mr Steele paid an annual business visit to NZ where his genial disposition and business integrity won him the warmest liking and respect of personal friends and business associates. [AWN 10.10.1918]


Manager of the Opera House, died on Wednesday at his residence, Shelly Beach Road, after an illness extending over a period of sic months. Mr Stephenson who was 44 years of age, was born in Dunedin and was educated at the Otago Boys High School and Waitaki Boys High School. On leaving college he entered the firm of Wright Stephenson, as junior auctioneer, later becoming principal auctioneer. In 1903 he entered the theatrical business and after managing many productions, joined the Fuller vaudeville circuit in 1916 as manager of the Auckland theatre. At one time he was a prominent Rugby player. He is survived by a widow. [AWN 14.11.1918]


Died at Auckland Hospital last Saturday, aged 90. Had been in NZ for over 60 years. She leaves 15 children. [AWN 06.04.1916]

STONEX, Albert E

Of the firm of Messrs Stonex & White, engineers, Wakefield St, Auckland, died at his residence at Epsom on Friday. Deceased, who was born in Auckland, was a Mason and also a member of the Onehunga Bowling Club. Mrs Stonex is recovering from influenza and Miss Stonex is suffering from the same complaint. [AWN 21.11.1918]


Died Monday, late and respected resident of Parnell, at his dau’s res (Mrs W Mahoney, Hobson Park Rd, Parnell) aged 89. He arrived in NZ in 1851 and was at the Eureka Stockade, Ballarat. He was on the Australian goldfields for 12 yrs before coming to Gabriel’s Gully, Otago. He landed in Auckland 53 yrs ago and went to the Thames goldfields where he was in partnership with Mr T Muir, now of Sydney, and held one of the3 first hotel licenses. He later resided in Onehunga and was proprietor of the Railway Terminus Hotel. He has two daughters, Mrs H Mahoney of Parnell, and Mrs A Butler of Greymouth. [AWN 30.09.1915]


Victoria Road, Devonport was in NZ 53 yrs, being born in NSW in 1842. He was employed with the Auckland Harbour Board for 35 yrs. Married in 1886, he leaves a widow, 3 sons, 6 daughters and 17 grandchildren. [AWN 13.07.1916]

TEMANA, Miss Makere

The death is recorded of Miss Makere TEMANA, eldest daughter of Mr Ruahoata Temana of Aramoho, Wanganui, at the early age of 17 years, of paralysis which developed after a fall from a horse about 15 months ago. The deceased was very apt as a scholar and also musically inclined, gaining second place in two examinations. During the period of the war she took a great interest in and was an enthusiastic helper in all patriotic and charitable events, taking part in patriotic entertainments at Kai Iwi, Maxwelton, Waitotara, Hawera, Wanganui and Wellington. Also of concerts organised by Mr Henare Dunipi and one of her last actions was to put in three months last year working at the YMCA canteen at the last territorial camp at Wanganui. Makere was always a great friend of the old people at the Jubilee Home, Aramoho and was always ready to visit and to cheer up people who were ill or in distress, her last thoughts being the welfare of others. [AWN 19.12.1918]

THOMPSON, Mrs Elizabeth

Another of NZ’s pioneers, passed away on 18 August at Victoria Valley after an illness of four months. She arrived in Auckland with her late husband, Mr W F Thompson, from Scotland in the immigrant ship Viola in April 1865. They went to their allotted section at Wairoa South, now Clevedon, where they lived for a time, afterwards taking up a farm at Papakura Valley and took up one of the first homestead sections in the Dominion, where Mrs Thompson and the family joined him on New Year’s Day 1876 and where she resided continuously until the time of her death. Her husband predeceased her 17 years ago. Her name has long been associated with many Christian acts. She is survived by nine children — four sons and five daughters, 53 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. The daughters are: Mrs E Roche of Havelock; Mrs G Ogborn of Melbourne; Mrs E Fardieu of Gisborne; and Mrs J M Warn of Remuera. One of the sons, G J Thompson, has been out with the expeditionary force and at present is on furlough in NZ. The other sons are H H Thompson of Victoria Valley; W F Thompson of Whangarei; and E Thompson of Mercury Bay. [AWN 29.08.1918]

THORNE, Mrs Helen.

In the death of Mrs Helen Thorne, which occurred at her residence Paget Street on Sunday at the advanced age of 98 years, there has passed away one of Auckland’s oldest residents. Mrs Thorne was the second wife of the late Mr William Thorpe Snr, whose sons, Mr William Thorne, solicitor, and Mr Alex. Thorne, reside in Auckland. [AWN 29.06.1916]


The death occurred on Friday of Mr Peter Joseph Tierney, one of the pioneers of the Coromandel gold-fields. He was born in Dublin and emigrated to NZ as a young man. For many years he resided at Coromandel and was highly respected by a large acquaintance (sic). He was 82 years old. [AWN 04.11.1915]

TILLY, Arthur

One of Auckland’s oldest colonists, died on Monday evening at the age of 69. Mr Tilly arrived in Auckland in the ship Queen of Beauty in 1863 and some years later entered business as a tobacconist. Her was afterwards an attendant at the Free Library and Art Gallery and occupied that position until he was seized with the illness that resulted in his death, his service at the library extending over 29 years. He is survived by his widow; a son, Mr Arthur Tilly; and three daughters, Mrs H Hansen of Timaru, Mrs H Hulme of Hokianga and Nurse Barbara Tilly, who is at present on leave from a hospital ship. [AWN 08.08.1918]

TODD, Captain R

The death occurred at Napier on Tuesday morning of Captain Richard Todd, NZ director of the Commonwealth and Dominion Line of steamers at the age of 71 years. The late Captain was a well known master in the days when sailing ships were the vogue. His last vessel was the steamer Northumberland which, while anchored at Napier some years ago, dragged her anchors during a heavy storm and went ashore. Prior to the formation of the Commonwealth and Dominion Line he was colonial superintendent for the Tyser Line. The deceased leaves one daughter and three sons, the youngest being at the front. His wife died about two years ago. [AWN 01.06.1916]


An early settler at Pukekohe East, Mrs I TOOMAN, mother of Messrs Arthur and John Tooman, auctioneers, died at her residence on Friday last, at the age of 77 years. Mrs Tooman, with her husband, the late Mr John Tooman, arrived in Auckland about 54 years ago in the ship Maori. The family settled at Pukekohe where Mrs Tooman has lived ever since. She leaves ten sons and three daughters — Messrs Arthur, Samuel and John Tooman of Auckland; Mr G Tooman, Ellerslie; Messrs Henry, James & William Tooman of Drury; Mr Frank Tooman, Hamilton; Mr Thomas Tooman, Warkworth and Mr Joseph Tooman, on active service. The daughters are Miss Tooman, Pukekohe East; Miss E Tooman, Stratford; and Mrs Whiting, Gisborne. There are also a large number of grand-children. [AWN 19.09.1918]

TYE, Mr William George

After over 40 years service as a ferry captain, Mr William George TYE died while on duty on the vehicular ferry steamer Goshawk at Auckland on Sunday evening. Captain Tye, who was one of the oldest, most respected and best known of the Devonport Ferry Co’s employees, had been ill for some time and resumed duty only about a fortnight ago. About 6pm on Sunday, as the Goshawk approached the Auckland landing, Capt Tye complained of feeling ill and sat down. As he was talking to the engineer he sank back and expired. The body was removed to his residence, 11 Kiwi Road, Devonport, where an inquest was held on Monday by Mr E C Cutten, SM. Dr Atkinson deposed to death being due to endo-carditis and a verdict in accordance with this evidence was returned by the coroner. Capt Tye, who was 61 years of age, leaves a widow and a family of four, one son being also a captain in the Ferry Co’s service. [AWN 21.12.1916]

VAILE, Mrs Samuel

Remuera The death occurred on Thursday at her late residence, Arney Rd, Remuera, of Mrs Annie Vaile, widow of the late Mr Samuel Vaile. The deceased lady, who was in her 75th year, was born in London, where she married her late husband in 1866. She arrived at Auckland in 1869 and had lived in the city since that date. The late Mr Vaile died about four years ago. Mr E E Vaile of Broadlands, Waiotapu, and Mr H E Vaile of Auckland, are sons of the late Mrs Vaile and there are two unmarried daughters. [AWN 18.01.1917]

WALKER, Mrs Susan

Another pioneer settler, widow of the late John Walker, died at Tuhimata, Pukekohe East, last week. The deceased was born in Co Carlow, Ireland, 83 years ago. In 1860 Mr & Mrs Walker emigrated to Cape Colony, where they resided for four years. Thence they came by the ship Maori under command of Captain Ashby, to NZ taking up a bush section in the old Tuhimata settlement where they resided till their decease, Mr Walker having died some ten years ago. Mrs Walker was the mother of eight sons and five daughters, most of whom are still living, with 37 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral took place at the Pukekohe East Cemetery on Saturday afternoon when, despite the unfavourable weather, a large gathering paid the last respects. The Rev S Nixon officiated. [AWN 01.06.1916]


Whose death occurred at the age of 85, was an old resident of Auckland. For the past 25 years he was in the employment of Smeetons Ltd, joining the firm when the present Queen Street business was opened as first assistant salesman and remaining with the firm until within a few weeks of his death. Latterly he was looked upon as the ‘father’ of the establishment, being very popular with his fellow employees and the public. Mr Walker was a native of Lincolnshire. He was predeceased by his wife five years. His remains were interred at Waikumete on Monday and floral offerings were laid on the grave from the staff of Smeetons Ltd and officers of the Salvation Army. [AWN 22.08.1918]


An old resident of Auckland, died on Monday at the residence of his son, Mr G Wardell of Ponsonby Road. Mr Wardell who was 85 years of age, was a native of Scotland. The deceased as a youth went top Australia and took part in the Victoria gold rushes. In 1855 he came to Auckland in the schooner Pioneer and has resided here ever since. Shortly after landing he found the firm of Wardell and Stephenson, merchants, whose business premises were at the corner of Queen and Swanson Streets, at that time on the waterfront, vessels coming right up to the premises to discharge. Mr Wardell for many years lived with Sir George Grey. He is survived by two sons — Mr S Wardell of the Auckland Gas Co. and Mr J Wardell of Christchurch — and two daughters — Mrs M Fairs of Auckland and Mrs N Robertson, widow of the late Captain Neil Robertson. [AWN 05.04.1917]


Son of Mr J Watkinson, of Sherwood Road, Mt Eden, who died at Wanganui on November 2, was well known in Auckland, having been born there 36 years ago, remaining throughout his school days and until 1904, when he went to Wanganui and entered the photographic business which he conducted until his death. His pictures, many of which have appeared in the Auckland Weekly News, have always been noted for the true artistic touch and the worthiness of the subjects reproduced. On several occasions Mr Watkinson acted as judge at art exhibitions in various parts of the North Island. His death resulted through congestion of the lungs following upon influenza. He leaves a widow who is a sister to Mrs W F Massey and his parents and one brother Captain Harold WATKINSON who is on active service in France, his young brother, Percy, having been killed in action at Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. [AWN 14.11.1918]

WATSON, Alexander R D

A well known former resident of Devonport, died at Kirribilli Point, Sydney, on Friday last. Mr Watson, who was a son of the late Mr Alexander Watson, builder of Auckland, was an excellent mathematician and was one of the few qualified actuaries in the Dominion. For some time previous to his death his health had caused his friends some anxiety. Several months ago he handed over a fine residence at North Head, Devonport, as a convalescent home for returned soldiers. He owned a considerable amount of property about Auckland, including the block of buildings at the corner of Queen and Wellesley Streets known as Watson’s Buildings. During the time he was living at Devonport he took a keen interest in the North Shore Rowing Club. He was married but had no family. His remains will be brought to Auckland for interment. [AWN 11.10.1917]

WATSON, James Erskine

Aged 54, died at Timaru last week. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Invercargill and a member of most of the local bodies, being also a member of the Sumner Canal Commission and the Auckland Waterways Commission. He held the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the territorial force. [AWN 05.07.1917]


Whose death occurred suddenly at Melbourne, was chief inspector of the Bank of Australasia. He was 58 years of age, the son of a well known North Canterbury farmer and received his education in Canterbury, chiefly at Christ’s College. He then entered the Christchurch branch of the Bank of Australasia and after managing various branches in the North Island he became manager and subsequently inspector in Wellington. About three years ago he was appointed chief inspector in Wellington. He is survived by a widow and two sons who are now serving at the front. [AWN 14.02.1918]

WHYTE. Mrs Annie

Widow of the late Hon. John Blair Whyte, one time member of the Legislative Council, died in London on 14 October 1918, aged 70. She has lived in England for the last 20 years, formerly residing in the Waikato, which constituency Mr Whyte represented in the House of Representatives from 1879-1887. She is survived by one son and one daughter and by her brother, Mr J B HAY, Auckland. [AWN 31.10.1918]


An old colonist in the person of Mr John Rushley Wickham died last week in his 80th year. He arrived in Auckland by the ship Devonshire on 7 February 1863, the day on which HMS Orpheus was lost on the Manukau Bar. He engaged in farming pursuits in the North Auckland and Taranaki districts but in later years resided at Avondale. He is survived by his widow, five sons and four daughters, besides a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His sons are Mr Edward Wickham of Avondale; Messrs Albert, Walter and Howard Wickham of Stratford; and Mr Leonard Wickham of Kaponga, Taranaki. His daughters are Mesdames Pooley and Bethell of Avondale; Mrs W Redshaw of Mt Albert; and Mrs I Redshaw of Herne Bay. [AWN 15.08.1918]


The death of Mr Henry Wilding, a well known resident of Auckland, occurred at his residence, Crowe Road, Devonport, on Thursday. He was 73 yrs of age and arrived in NZ 38 years ago by the ship Durham. His earlier years were spent in the service of the London and County Bank. Subsequently he became manager of the Bristol branch of the Wilts & Dorset Bank and resigned to come to the Dominion. He continued in the banking business for some years after his arrival but later on engaged in the timber trade. After a residence of seven years in Hawkes Bay he came to Auckland, where he lived until the time of his death. Mr Wilding occupied responsible positions on a large number of public bodies. [AWN 15.06.1916]

WILLIAMS, James Nelson

An early settler, of Frimley, died aged 77. Came to Hawkes Bay in the ‘fifties’. Has resided in North Hastings. Pioneer of sheep farming in the Hawkes Bay and on the East Coast. Presented Hastings with a park and Napier Hospital with a ward. Church of England. Four sons — H.B., A.B., C.B. & E.B. Williams. Three daughters — Mrs F NELSON, Mrs A H RUSSELL & Miss E WILLIAMS. [AWN 17.06.1915]

WILLIAMS, James Ralph

The death of Mr James Ralph WILLIAMS of Tryphena, Great Barrier, on 1 August, removes another old colonist from the ranks of NZ’s early settlers. Mr Williams was in his 75th year. He was born in Modereany, Gloughjordan, Ireland, and he arrived in Auckland in January 1865, in the ship Victory. Soon after the opening of the Thames goldfields he joined a party to seek for gold but soon forsook mining adventures and took up a farm on the Great Barrier where he had resided practically ever since. [AWN 15.08.1918]


Another of Auckland’s old colonists, Mrs John WILLIAMS, died at her residence, 16 Church St, Devonport, on Saturday. She was born in Montrose, Scotland and came to Auckland with her parents about 60 years ago in the Joseph Fletcher. Her husband, who was a cutler by trade, died five years ago. He owned a business for many years in Wyndham Street. She leaves an adult family. [AWN 14.02.1918]


Of Kaipara Flats, died Sunday last, aged 75. He arrived from England as a child over 70 years ago and took up residence with his brother Mr W L C WILLIAMS, now of Cambridge, at Kaipara Flats in January 1858 and resided there until his death. He leaves a widow & six children. . [AWN 22.04.1915]

WILLIS, Ven. Archdeacon

Aged 70, s/o Rev Mr Willis, some time Rector of Kilpeacon and prebendary of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, Ireland. [Refer page 19 - AWN 17.02.1916]


Who died at Te Kopuru on Sunday week last, at the advanced age of 95 years, had resided in the Northern Wairoa district for 78 years and was the last survivor of the passengers who arrived at Kaipara from Sydney by the barque Hannah Watson, commanded by Captain Stuart, in April 1840. Other passengers on the same vessel were the late Mr & Mrs Alexander MITCHELSON, parents of the Hon. E Mitchelson, the late Sir Frederick WHITTAKER, and the late Mrs P DARBY. Mrs Wilson, who was then a girl of 17 years, went to Tangiteroria where, at that time, there were only about three settlers. Two years later she was married to Mr Wilson, the ceremony being performed by the Rev James Buller at the old Tangiteroria mission house which is still standing. Mr Wilson, who was a farmer, died over 30 years ago. For some time past Mrs Wilson had resided with one of her sons at Te Kopuru. She remained hale and vigorous almost to the last and died after a very short illness. Mr & Mrs Wilson had 16 children, 12 sons and 4 daughters. Those still living are: Messrs William, Arthur and Attila Wilson of Auckland; Mr Joseph Wilson of Motutara, Mr Gordius Wilson, now in Australia, Messrs Charles, George, Frederick and Edward Wilson of Northern Wairoa; and Mrs Mitchelson, wife of the Hon. E Mitchelson. There are 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. [AWN 19.09.1918]


One of the few survivors of the party of settlers who arrived in Auckland from Scotland in the ships Jane Gifford and the Duchess of Argyle, over 75 years ago, died at Warkworth recently. Mr Wilson was born at sea on board the Duchess of Argyle on 12 July 1842 and thus was only three months old when he arrived at Auckland. His father, who was a blacksmith by trade, was engaged first at Kawau and subsequently at the Great Barrier in connection with the copper mining on those islands. Mrs James Wilson carried on the business of blacksmith and farrier at Warkworth for many years and afterwards joined his brothers Nathaniel and John in the lime and cement business. He has lived in retirement for some years. [AWN 14.02.1918]


The death occurred suddenly on Thursday of Mr Thomas Wilson, for many years a well known baker and confectioner of Grey Street. The deceased, who was in his 76th years, was a native of Fifeshire, Scotland. Mr Wilson acted as chairman of the Master Bakers’ Assoc. during the strikes of 1890 and 1894 and he did good service in keeping the men together. He was for six years in the first class militia and saw active service during the Waikato war. [AWN 04.11.1915]

WILSON, Judge Thomas Henry

Of the Waiariki, or Bay of Plenty, Native Land Court, died at Whakatane last week from influenza. He was aged 49 years. He was a son of the late Major John Wilson of Cambridge. Judge Wilson was educated and was one of the first pupils of the Waitaki Boys High School near Oamaru. Subsequently he entered the service of Mr R W Dyer who was appointed to the magistracy several years ago. He was then articled to the legal firm of Messrs Russell & Campbell and later, he joined the railway service. He qualified as a barrister and solicitor and in 1911 he was appointed Judge of the Tokerau Maori district Land Board. About 18 months ago, when the Government decided to effect several changes in the personnel of Native Land Courts, Judge Wilson was transferred to the Bay of Plenty district. He understood the native mind as few men do and it is to his credit that large areas of waste native lands were opened for settlement. He was greatly esteemed by Europeans and Maoris for his sterling integrity. The case which commenced recently at Rotorua, concerning the ownership of certain of the lakes of NZ, and which is of great historical importance, was being heard before Judge Wilson. He leaves a widow and five sons. Two of the latter are on active service. [AWN 21.11.1918]


Another of Auckland’s pioneers, passed away at Paparoa at the age of 82 years. He emigrated to NZ with the Nonconformist special settlement party in 1862 and was identified with the settlement from its commencement. He was head teacher of the public school for 25 years. Subsequently he represented the riding on the Otamatea County Council. He was a leading member of the Methodist Church and was widely known and respected. [AWN 01.03.1917]

WINDSOR, Mrs Constance A

An old colonial born in Auckland 61 years ago and daughter of the late well known harbour-master, Captain ELLIS, passed away at the hospital on Saturday morning. Mrs Windsor had been ailing for the last three years and in addition met with a serious accident near her residence at Devonport some months ago. Her husband, the late Mr H F WINDSOR, a well known dentist in Auckland predeceased her 18 years ago. She is survived by a son, Mr Cecil WINDSOR of the Devonport Ferry Co and a daughter, Mrs HORNER, both residing in Devonport. [AWN 29.05.1919]


Arrived in Auckland as Miss Mary Elizabeth MARTIN with her parents and family in the Viscount Canning in January 1865. She was married in the Pitt Street Methodist Church in 1874. She died at Rotorua while undergoing treatment for an illness. Buried at Waikumete. She is survived by 4 sons and 1 daughter. [AWN 20.04.1916]

WOOTON, Mrs Katherine A

Died recently in Melbourne. For about 12 years, was Matron of the Auckland Hospital. She was born in Tasmania and qualified in Melbourne. She died of pneumonia at a private hospital. [AWN 19.10.1916]


An old colonist, died on Friday at Marere, Whitaker Place, Symonds St, at the residence of her daughter Mrs G Tugby. She was 86 years of age, a native of Gloucestershire; came to Auckland with her husband Rev William Worker in the Gertrude in January 1863. They lived in the Kaipara district where he was engaged in the Methodist ministry and also in Canterbury and the south of the North Island. Rev Worker died 16 years ago when Mrs Worker came to Auckland. She is survived by three sons, two daughters and many grandchildren. [AWN 24.08.1916]

WRIGHT, Mr & Mrs T J

Two old identities, died within a week of each other. They arrived over 50 years ago on the Ganges. Mr Wright was a stonemason and worked on the Bank of NZ and other buildings in Auckland and then went to the goldfields at Thames, then later to Ramarama. They have 1 son and 4 daughters. Mrs Wright died on 21 October, aged 76’ Mr Wright died on 29 October, aged 83. [AWN 29.11.1917]


An old identity, Mr John YOUNG, died at Papakura last week at the age of 76 years. He was an orchadist and had resided in the district for over 47 years. He served as a member of the Town Board and for a long period was an elder of the Presbyterian Church. He was a native of Scotland. He emigrated to the Argentine but later came to NZ. He is survived by an adult family of 5 daughters and 2 sons. [AWN 2.08.1917]

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