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"Star" Christchurch - May 1891 -
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Station sold - Ben Ohau -
Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Co, today sold the Ben Ohau
station, Mackenzie Country, comprising 54,700 acres, leasehold, and
17,000 sheep etc, ------------ to Mr James H. Preston, Haldon
Funeral at Kaiapoi - WOODFORD
Mrs Woodford took place on Thursday afternoon, and was followed
by a number of members of the Forrester's Lodges, Christchurch
and Kaiapoi. Many of the leading residents testified their
respect for the deceased by taking part in the procession.
Mr D. CARO
The respect in which the late Mr D. Caro was held was amply proved by
the large attendance of members of the Jewish faith and others at his
today. Twenty-five carriages left the residence in Colombo
Street, shortly after noon for the Public Cemetery, where the
Rev. A. Chodowaski performed the
sacred rites. The coffin was bedecked with some lovely wreaths of
chrysanthemums, and was borne to the grave by Messrs M.Harris, C.B.Ballin, J.A.Phillips, A.J.Raphael, R.Levoi, and others.
Fatal Accident - Auckland - THOMPSON
Mr Thompson, Manager of the Equitable Insurance
Association, fell from his horse at Russell a week ago, and
died today of hemorrhage of the lungs.
He leave a wife and 6 children.
2 May 1891 page 2
Inquest - DERMOTT
At the inquest held at the res. of Mr W.Langford, Richmond ---
Sarah Dinamore Dermott. witness was Sarah Dixon,
mother of the deceased, who was aged 35
Monday 4 May
1891 - page 2
Estates of deceased persons -
Matthew Ingle BROWN,
Sarah Jane TOWNSEND,
Thomas SANDERSON, John
Auckland - A.K.TAYLOR,
Taranaki - Roderick KEENAN,
Napier - R.WILLIAMS,
Nelson - Elizabeth COTTRELL,
Dunedin - W.DALLEY,
Thomas DALL, G.LAMONT
Wedding at Amberley - JONES
- WOODHOUSE -
A wedding took place on Thursday at Amberley, the contracting
parties being Miss Florence Woodhouse, 2nd daughter of Mr
and Mr Edgar Jones, of Rotheram. --------- email for copy.
Tuesday 5 May
Obituary - Wellington -
Mr W.N.Blair died at midnight. ----------- The deceased
came to Otago in 1862. he was District Engineer for Otago, then
resident Engineer for the Middle
Island, and on Mr Blackett's appointment as consulting Engineer
in London, succeeded him as Engineer-in-Chief.
Mr Blair's body will be taken to Dunedin tomorrow for burial.
Sudden death -
Mr James M. Forsyth died suddenly in the Pier Hotel, Wellington,
yesterday. The deceased was a commercial traveller in the
The boy Deverell, who was injured by a toy cannon, is dead.
Wellington - Fire - Carterton -
The Gladstone Hotel, near Carterton, was destroyed by fire on
Saturday night. The fire was caused by a spark from a detached
building, which was
burning. The building was owned by the Wairarapa South County
Wednesday 6 May
Obituary - Solomon STEPHENS
At half past 6o'clock this morning another of Canterbury's early
settlers Mr Solomon Stephens, of Rangiora entered "the quiet
haven" after a long illness. Mr Stephens was born in the village
of Chittoe, Wiltshire, England, in the latter part of
1831. When he was between 19 and 20 years of age he married, and
newly wedded couple immediately set sail in the
"Cornwall" which arrived in Lyttelton but a few months after the
historical "first four ships dropped anchor.
For the first 6 years after his arrival Mr Stephens lived in
Christchurch and its neighbourhood, finding employment. In 1857
he moved his family to Rangiora, where he settled on land,
acquired some time previously, which he occupied until his
death. Not long after putting up his house he opened it as the
He leaves a widow, and a family of three sons and eight
daughters, of whom all but 3 are married. ----
a very long column, email for a copy.
7 May 1891
Funeral - STEPHENS
The funeral of Mr Solomon Stephens
is to take place at 2-30pm tomorrow and will be attended by the members
of the Ashley Masonic Lodge, the Oddfellows of the Loyal Rangiora
Lodge, the Juvenile Lodge, and members of the other Lodges in the
Ashley district. also by the Mayor and Borough Councillors as a body.
Inquest - BURCH -
An elderly woman named Jane Brown, an old resident, was found
dead in bed this afternoon. She leaves a grown-up family.
Friday 8 May
A man named Pearce was killed near Halcombe yesterday. A waggon
he was driving capszied over a bank and fell on him.
Funeral at Rangiora - STEPHENS
The esteem entertained for the late Mr S.Stephens was manifested in a
very large attendance at his funeral which took place at half past 2
this afternoon. ----------email for copy
Saturday 9 May
1891 page 4
Dunedin - BLAIR -
The funeral of the late W.N.Blair took place this afternoon, and was
very largely attended. A short service was held, at Knox Church,
to which place
the body had been moved. Among those present were a number of
ministers of other churches, including Archdeacon Edwards.
The Rev.Dr Stuart
delivered an address, in which he recounted the services rendered
specially to the church by Mr Blair. The coffin was then removed
by members of
the Gaelic Society, and the funeral procession moved off to the
Northern Cemetery, where Dr. Stuart officiated.
Sydney - Found dead -
Sir John Robertson, a well known politician, was found
dead in bed, from syncope.
Wanganui - drowned - MACKIE -
Robert Mackie, who was drowned at Wanganui, was a son of
Peter Mackie, Hepburn Street, Auckland. He was for many years an
member of the St. James Presbyterian Church.
May 1891 page 3
Blenheim - EVANS
At about seven o'clock a married woman named Evans, wife of a
gardener, was missing, ------ and she died in the Hospital at
half past 10 o'clock,
She leaves 5 young children, her husband is absent in Wellington
Obituary - . Mrs CHRISTIE
and Mrs BURKE
By the death of Mrs Christie, wife of Mr David Christie, proprietor of
The Shade's Hotel, and Mrs Burke, wife of Mr P.Burke,
of Burke's Hotel, two much respected members of the community
have lost their help mates. Mrs Christie's death was
unexpected. Until April 29 she was in good health and able to
her household duties. On the evening of that day, she
fell down suddenly ---------- email for a copy.
Funeral - CHRISTIE
Brethren are requested to attend the funeral of the late Mrs Christie (wife of Bro D.H.Christie) to leave
Shades Hotel, Hereford St. Tuesday at 2-30pm. for the
Addington Cemetery. Members of other Lodges invited.
Oamaru - Fatal dray accident - FALCONER -
Mr William Falconer, an old and much respected settler, was
killed this morning. He was bringing a load of wheat into
town, and coming down a hill just outside the town, a wheel
of the dray cut into the embankment, slewed the shafts round and
knocked Falconer down. The dray passed over his chest,
killing him almost instantaneously. The deceased who had resided
in the district 31 years and taken an active part in local and general
politics, was a member of various bodies.
The young man Alfred Eyre, who was injured by the explosion of a
gun at Mercury Bay, is dead.
Westport - MITCHELL
Two young men named Mitchell and Joyce, who were prospecting 12
miles up the Buller River, have been missing since
Wednesday. Their canoe
was found bottom up, and it is feared they are drowned.
12 May 1891
Funerals - CHRISTIE
The large attendance at the funerals of the late Mesdames Burke and
Christie testified to the respect in which the two deceased were
held. Mrs Burke's
remains were conveyed to the Catholic Pro cathedral and subsequently to
the Public Cemetery, where the funeral rites were performed by the Very
Rev. Father Cummings. Mrs Christie's remains were conveyed
to Addington Cemetery, where the Rev. Gordon Webster officiated.
Fatality - page 4
- McLEOD -
The Southland Times reports that the little daughter of Mr McLeod, who was seriously burnt in
her father's house on Lora Station last week, died on Friday
of her injuries.
Wedding at Leithfield - .BEAVEN - STACE -
On Wednesday May 6th Leithfield presented quite a holiday
appearance, the occasion being the marriage of Mr Herbert
T.Beaven to Mary Anne, eldest daughter of the late Mr H.
- ---- a very long column,
---- email me for a copy please quote the date of paper.
Thursday 14 May
Death at French Farm - PAGE
A man named William Page, who had been residing by himself in a
whare, on Mr Black's land at French Farm, near
Akaroa, died there during the night of Tuesday last. Mr
Stephen Hunt, a settler residing near Page's hut, telegraphed to
the police. ---------- deceased was an Englishman about 60 years
old, and is
not known to have any relatives in the Colony.
Fatal Accident - Halkett -
About 8 o'clock this morning the body of Mr William McLennan, a
well known farmer at Halkett, was found lying dead on the road
opposite Mr Gibson's property on the Halkett Road. Mr McLennan
was at the Addington market yesterday, and left town in his trap
last evening. Mr Hill drove him as far as the junction of
the Halkett Road with the West Coast road, and Mr McLennan must
have continued his journey for about another mile, when probably
some uneveness in the road overturned the veichle.
--------- email for copy.
Friday 15 May
1891 page 3
A popular Bride - GEBBIE
Miss Janet Gebbie, the popular hostess of the Shamrock
Hotel, Dunedin, was married on Wednesday to Mr TILBURN, the ceremony being
Knox Church by the Rev.Dr Stuart. -------------
Auckland - obituary - CHADWICK -
A well known settler of Tauranga, Mr J. Chadwick, died last
night of bronchitis. He came out to the Colony over 50 years ago,
and engaged in the cattle trade between Australia and New
Zealand, afterwards taking military contracts. At the time
of his death he was proprietor and landlord of the Tauranga Hotel.
Saturday 16 May
Westport - MITCHELL -
The body of James Mitchell, one of the 2 young men who have been
missing since Wednesday May 6th, was found in the Buller River
morning. ------ so far no trace of JOYCE the other missing man.
Both were single, and were residents of Charleston.
Dunedin - QUILL -
John & Thomas Quill, brothers of William Quill, who lost his
life on the West Coast in January, ----------- to see if an
inquest was necessary. The Coroner decided an inquest was not
Akaroa - inquest - PAGE -
An inquest was held at Grauge's Hotel, Akaroa, on Thursday,
touching the death of William Page, who was found dead in his
whare at French Farm the previous day. A verdict of death from
natural causes was returned.
18 May 1891 page 3
Death of an Early settler - BROWN -
Mr Charles Brown, who came to Canterbury early in the fifties and
settled at Rangiora over 33 years ago, died at his daughter's
Fernside, yesterday after a few days illness.
The late Mr George PIERCE
The flags at the NZ Insurance Company's office and the Bank of NZ were
hoisted at half-mast today, on account of the death of Mr George
General manager of the NZ Insurance Co.
Inquest - Ellen McGUINNESS
- formerly Mrs ALLEN
An inquest on the body of the old woman, Ellen McGuinness,
who died at Doyleston from burns received through her clothes catching
alight while she was kindling a fire, was held on Saturday,
------- A verdict of accidental death was returned
Death of a Pioneer - PYE -
Mrs Pye, one of the pilgrims who arrived here under the auspices of the
Canterbury Association, in the Cressy in 1850 died rather
suddenly at her residence, Madras St, yesterday. She
brought with her a family who have since settled in Canterbury.
Mrs Pye formerly Mrs Allen has resided in Madras St for over 30
years, and owned considerable property there. her 2nd husband Mr
Pye, gasfitter and plumber, died some years ago.
New Plymouth - Fatal kick from a horse
- SADDLER -
Mr Godfrey Saddler, when trying to catch a horse at Urenui on
Friday last, was kicked in the stomach by the animal. He
did not feel the effects at the time, and rode into
Waitara, where he got worse, and had to be put to
bed. He passed a good night, but on Saturday morning a
doctor was sent for, but Saddler died before his arrival.
Saddler was a cadet on Mr Halcombe's
farm at Urenui and had only been out from England a few years.
Death of a missionary - MACGEORGE -
The death is reported of Miss Rosalie Macgeorge, the 1st female
missionary sent by the NZ Baptist Society to India. ------
Miss Macgeorge whose childhood
was spent and youth were spent in Dunedin. The Otago Daily Times
says that Miss BACON ( a daughter of Mr Bacon, the well-known livery
stable keeper) is another agent of the NZ missionary society in
India. Previous to leaving Dunedin, Miss Bacon spent a year
or two in the Dunedin Hospital, in order to fit herself
for her self-denying work.
Auckland - Sudden death - PIERCE -
A telegram from Auckland says that Mr G.P.Pierce, well known in
insurance circles, died suddenly yesterday afternoon in the
Waikomiti cemetery. No particulars are available.
Visitors to the Old Country.
Some old Canterbury residents left Lyttelton for the Old Country,
on board the
Ruapehu, on Saturday. Among them were Mr & Mrs T.W.Maude
and Dr Frankish,
Mr & Mrs F.Barkas,
well known and popular in musical circles, were also among the
Fatality - McGUINNESS
On Friday evening an old woman named Ellen
McGuinness, while kindling her fire in her residence at
Doyleston, fell into it, and being very feeble received
burns of so serious a nature, that she died on Saturday evening from
the effects. While her clothes were burning she succeeded in
reaching the door of the house and called for help. Mrs Ireland
heard the cries and ran to her assistance. With a bucket of water
she extinguished the flames then sent for Dr Gosset, ------- The
deceased is believed to have no relatives in the Colony, and was living
in a very miserable condition. She was sent to the Memorial Home
some time ago by the Charitable Aid board, but she declined to
Tuesday 19 May
1891 page 3
Sudden death - Mr Richard ALEXANDER
Mr Richard Alexander, aged 62, a ship master, who resided
with 2 of his daughters in Taylor's lane, died suddenly while at
the residence of Mr Charles Findlay,
42 Chester St, last night. He had appeared in good health
till evening, when walking out with one of his daughters,
he complained of pains in his back, but on resting at Mr
Findlay's house, he sat down and said he felt better. Shortly
after this and as he was enjoying a smoke, he fell back quite
dead. Dr Jennings was sent for, but his services were of no
avail. An inquest will be held at the Star and Garter Hotel this
----email for a copy
Presentation - Mr W.E.SKELTON -
On Monday evening the members of the Christchurch Septette Society met
for the purpose of making their leader Mr W.E.Skelton, a gift on the
occasion of his approaching marriage with a lady of this city.
------- lots more, email for copy. including date of
Obituary - Mr F.EDGECOMBE -
Mr F.Edgecombe, of the Government Survey Dept. died on Saturday.
He arrived in the Colony in 1860 and was one of the 1st Europeans who
went through the Uriwera country. Deceased was a brother of Mr
G.Edgecombe of the Thames.
Inquest - ALEXANDER -
An inquest touching the death of Mr R. Alexander was held yesterday
afternoon at the Star and Garter Hotel, before Mr Beetham and a
jury of whom Mr S.Carter was chosen foreman. The evidence of Mrs
Findlay and 2 other daughters of the deceased was taken,
and Dr Jennings who had held a post-mortem examination stated
that death was the result of thrombosis's of the pulmonary
artery, The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the
Funeral - McLENNAN -
The funeral of the late Mr William McLennan, of Halkett,
who was killed by a trap accident, took place on Sunday
afternoon. The regard in which the deceased was held
was manifested by the large gathering which assembled to pay its last
tribute of respect. More than 150 carriages followed the
hearse, while the horsemen numbered at least 60. The number
of persons present was not less than 800, the procession
extending over a mile. The pall bearers were Captain TOSSWELL, Messrs T.J.FORD, A.E.SAUNDERS, A.FERGUSON, KIPPENGURGER and
John BRABAZON. ----
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Personal - Dr.Courtney NEDWILL
The Otago Daily Times publishes the following news item received per
April 32d - Dr Courtney Nedwill, of Christchurch arrived in
from New Zealand, and is staying at St Georges Club.
21 May 1891 page 3
Clearing sale -
PACKER. - estate of Mr H.W. ---- email for a
A drover named William Colley, who was injured at Foxton
on Monday, died last night without having recovered
22 May 1891 page 3
Death at Rangiora - Mr George KINLEY -
Mr George Kinley, a well known stock dealer, in North Canterbury,
died at his residence, Woodend Road, last night. He
attended the Rangiora market on Tuesday, but shortly after
reaching his home in the evening he was taken seriously ill, and
the following morning no hopes of his recovery could be given.
Personal - Wanganui - PARSONS -
Mr Parsons, the well known proprietor, of the Rutland
Hotel, Wanganui, which town he served in the capacity of
Mayor and Councillor, was a visitor to Christchurch today.
Mr Parsons, who has been absent from the Colony for a 3mths visit
to Victoria, and is returning home in the Wairarapa, is
well known in sporting circles as the owner of marlborough and
Saturday 23 May
1891 page 3
Obituary - The Hon.
W.S.PETER. (special to the Star)
The Hon. W.S.Peter died at 3 o'clock this morning. The deceased
gentleman, who was 73 years old, came to South Australia
when he was about 18. he took up country there and in new south
Wales. He married in South Australia, and came to new
Zealand in 1861, and took up Anama in 1862, where he has since
lived. He leaves a wife and 3 grown up sons and 3
daughters. He was much respected by his intimate friends and
neighbours, and was one of the most successful breeders of merino
sheep in the country. He was one of New Zealand's delegates to
the Australasian Stock conference held in Sydney a few years ago.
25 May 1891 (Queens Birthday day) Page
Funeral at Kaiapoi -
On Sunday afternoon, the remains of the late Mr George Kindley
were taken through Kaiapoi to be laid in the Church of England
cemetery. A large concourse of friends and relatives took part in
(Kindley is the spelling in the paper. here)
Fire - Cust -
CROTHER - Mr W.J. Crother's store, dwellinghouse,
and stables, at Cust, were destroyed by fire at one o'clock
this morning, -----
Tuesday 26 May
1891 page 3
Obituary - Nelson -
JONES - Rev. Innes
A a London cable notifies the death of the
Rev. Innes Jones, for many years Incumbent of All Saints Church,
Dunedin - sudden death -
Edward McKane, a gold miner, 62 years of age and
unmarried, died suddenly at Waihemo.
Personal - SEARELLE -
Mr E.E.Searelle, brother of Messrs R.T. and Luscombe
Searelle, leaves Canterbury on Saturday, by the
Tainui, for the Cape. He will join his brother
Luscombe at Johannesburg, and has every prospect of doing
well. His many friends in Canterbury will be sorry to lose
him, and will all heartily wish him every success.
Fire - Great damage at Cust.
a long piece on Messrs Crothers and Co. fire at Cust. email for
27 May 1891 page 3
Wellington - Captain VEAL
Captain Veal, of Dunedin, a coastal pilot, died at the
hospital here today, from the effects of a broken leg.
Invercargill - James ROBB
At the inquest on James Robb, killed on the train at Lumsden
yesterday, the verdict was accidental death.
William WHEELER -
The flag floating at half mast above the Lyttelton Times Co's buildings
today, showed that another loss has been sustained by this
establishment. Mr William Wheeler, for many years Printer
of the Lyttelton Times, expired this morning at his late
residence, Worcester street, Linwood. ------------
Mr Wheeler was
twice married, His 1st wife died on board the EGMONT, leaving a son
who holds a position in the Telegraph dept. By his 2nd wife and
daughter of the late Mr R.Smeaton
of Lyttelton, he leaves several other children, the oldest
of whom has entered upon a successful career in the merchant
----- email for copy.
Invercargill - James ROBB
A railway brakeman named James Robb was killed today, at
Lumsden, during shunting operations. He was on the brake
lever of the truck, and it is supposed
that he slipped and in staggering back his foot caught in the frog of
the points so that he was thrown longtitudinally on the rails.
--------he was the son of Thomas Robb, who with most of his
sons, is also in the railway service. He was 20 years of
age and a favourite with his fellows and among temperance workers.
Fire at Canal Reserve -
Shortly after 2 o'clock this morning a fire occurred by which a 7
roomed house, situated on the canal reserve, was destroyed.
The house was
owned by Mr Shoolbread,
and has been in the occupation of Mr
28 May 1891
Inquest - James CLARK
An inquest into the cause of the death of James Clark ------- The
jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.
a very long column email me for a copy.
29 May 1891 page 3
Ann Woodford, Solomon Stephens, Sarah Ann Pye, Emma Martin, Edward Thomas, Edward Anderson,
Mary Ann Harrington,
Letters of Administration -
Bridget Ponsonby, Maria
Funeral Notice -
WHEELER - William Wheeler -- Worcester street, Linwood,
tomorrow afternoon, at half past 2 o'clock. The burial will
take place in the Public Cemetery.
4 February 2006