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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Mary Anne CASTLE formerly PAWSON nee LAWSON

Mary Anne CASTLE formerly PAWSON
nee LAWSON 1811 - 1880

My G G G G Grandmother Mary Ann LAWSON was born 13 April 1811 in Otley, Yorkshire, England. She married firstly on 7 January 1828 in Otley to John PAWSON.

They arrived in Port Nicholson [Wellington] onboard the 'Coromandel' 29 August 1840 with their 5 children
William [b1828],
Sarah Ann [my GGG grandmother born 1831];
John [b1834];
Jonas [b1835] and
Joseph [b1838].
Their 6th child Edwin was born and died on the journey to NZ.
They went on to have a further 5 children.
Edwin [b1842];
Hannah [b1844];
Thomas [b1846];
Mary Anne [b1848] and
Ellen [b1852].

John was during his lifetime a constable on early arrival in NZ in Thorndon Flat, Wellington. In 1848 he took up carpentering again and in 1850 he was living at Tinakori Road. Thereafter the family left for Lyttelton on the 'Queen', then on to Little Akaloa and lived in Banks Peninsula as one of the early established families. In 1857 they moved to Duvauchelles and he was the second owner of the public house there. The Pawsons were also involved in Sawmills in the area. Pawsons Valley memorialising them. Their children married into the BREITMEYER; STEVENSON [my line]; BARKER; BORRETT/BARRETT; BROWN and MAY familes. There are many descendants researching various lines and much is known about the families.
John PAWSON 1808 - c 1865

John PAWSON died supposedly on the Otago goldfields c1865 and Mary Anne remarried on 11 December 1865 at the Parish Church, Akaroa to Samuel Sharpe CASTLE.
Samuel died 16 March 1897 at Grey River Hospital, West Coast, South Island, NZ.
Mary Anne CASTLE [formerly PAWSON nee LAWSON] was a midwife and died 13 July 1880 of Cancer [6 months] in Christchurch. I do not know where she is buried. She does not appear on the Christchurch City Council online database for council cemeteries however this is not conclusive as not all records are on there.
During the course of my research, I was contacted by Sue CUERDEN of Brisbane who also had an ancestor named Samuel Sharpe CASTLE. He was born at Rotherhithe [London] on 28 December 1815 to Samuel Sharp[e] CASTLE and Elizabeth MARKS. He married Sophia SHEARMAN in 1839 in London and does not appear in England after the 1851 English census.

Sophia died 1859 and their son Henry Samuel CASTLE left for New Zealand before 1871 when he married Ellen Elizabeth WILSON at Greymouth, South Island. Is this my Samuel Sharpe CASTLE? Figures and places fit, it just needs verification.
As an aside, Henry [Samuel's son] and Ellen had a daughter Amy CASTLE [b 1880] who was the first female entomologist employed by any New Zealand museum, and one of the first woman scientists in the New Zealand public service" and worked for the Dominion Museum in Wellington. Her Dictionary of New Zealand Biography entry mentions nothing is known of her after the 1940's, however Sue Cuerden's online query states Amy died 23 February 1971 aged 90 at Ardene Court, 40 Headland Park Road [Devon, UK].
Update 15 Oct 2013: now amended in Dictionary of NZ Biography.
I am trying to make that final link between my Mary Anne's CASTLE connection and Sue's. I just need a couple of pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. If anyone can help please don't hesitate to contact me. I love the link to Amy... I often worked in the entomology department at Auckland War Memorial Museum when I commenced employment there in 2008 :-)

Monday, 27 July 2009

My extra surprise

Continuing on the hunt and return theme and building on the success of my medal purchase earlier this year, I recently bought a September 1937 framed lifesaving certificate off Unfortunately the non-intelligent seller didn't do as i suggested i.e. cardboard over the glass, wrap in bubblewrap, don't put any form of sticky tape near the object to retain the integrity of it, put plenty of fragile stickers on the outside and courier it to me, but stuck a couple of old dirty teatowels to the front adhered by strip sticking plasters, placed in a pillowslip and sent it normal post without any fragile warnings. Of course not only the glass was shattered and the frame broken but the fragile backing tore off with the item :-(   I shouldn't have been surprised the previous owner wouldn't care, afterall it had been stored in his damp garage for years. 

This certificate was awarded to Moyra HOWARD for "practical knowledge of Rescue, Releasing oneself from the Clutch of the Drowning and for ability to render aid in Resuscitating the Apparently Drowned." Written in smaller writing beside her name is "Enfield Schools LA [lifesaving association?]

Enfield was a "settlement which lies between the Waiareka and Windsor junctions on the Oamaru - Tokarahi branch line of railway" [1] and situated approximately 18 km inland from Oamaru in the South Island and

The original Enfield school was opened in 1875[2]

Moyra's certificate was signed by J G WRAITH - Chairman of the Central Executive and Alwyn E BISCOE - Chief Secretary.

Continuing to carefully disassemble the tragic mess infront of me, a couple of live silverfish fell out also eww...BUT...underneath was a 18 July 1901 London College of Music [with honours] certificate for Miss Gertrude Sophia DAWSON and her Elementary section, pianoforte playing. She was a pupil of Miss Edith E. DEBENHAM and signed by an illegible examiner with title Mus. Bac. Oxon.

Now I have 2 certificates to find relatives [family genealogists] for! Not bad for $5.50. This cloud definitely had a silver[fish] lining


Sunday, 26 July 2009

The HANSON's angel

The HANSON's angel
Originally uploaded by SandyEm

A little angel i found at the cemetery today :-)

Early Canterbury Indoor cricket pavillion

Trawling through Paperspast on the NZ National Library website, I discovered that my GGG Uncle William LODGE [1850-1913, son of Rosannah LODGE and stepson of Thomas Seth LODGE] had an indoor cricket pavilion built in Christchurch. This was beside the then Collin's Hotel [later to become The Occidental Hotel].

As far as I'm aware this would have been Christchurch's first indoor cricket facility as the pavilion at Lancaster Park was in the planning stages when this one was commenced in 1882.

The photo below is c1889 - Cricket pavillion under arrow
Thanks to Mr CH for the photo!

The Star, 21 March 1882 reports :
"Cricket will soon become as common a pastime in winter as in summer. In addition to the proposed pavilion for winter practice at Lancaster Park, Mr Lodge has commenced the erection of a similar building in Hereford street, next to Collins Hotel. The structure is to be wide enough to allow of two wickets being pitched, and owing to its proximity to the centre of the town, Mr Lodge should have plenty of patronage. A suggestion has been made to import a professional, who should divide his time between the Clubs playing on turf in the Summer, and the frequenters of these pavilions in the winter. It certainly is worth while considering whether some arrangement cannot be arrived at by which the services of a professional could thus be secured."  [1]

In April 1883 it was reported in The Press:
Winter Cricket. —A pavilion, 100 ft by 33ft, for cricketing during wet or cold weather, is being erected in Hereford street, adjoining Collins Hotel; by Mr W. H. Lodge. The roof is of corrugated iron, with canvas ceiling, and the walls are of netting, manufactured by Mr Hale. There are four "pitches" made of concrete foundations to be covered with cocoanut [sic] matting.[3]

The Star, 1 June 1882 reports on a large fire but that:
"The Cricket pavilion [sic] in front also escaped serious injury owing chiefly to its iron roof and brickwork corners."

Full article:
Hereford Street.
  ... the bell at the Lichfield street station rang, out an alarm, and was followed in a few minutes by the Chester street bell. The scene of the fire was an eight-stalled stable, with living-rooms attached, and hay loft above, situated in a lane running between Cashel and Hereford streets, and close to Collins Hotel.  The building belonged to Mr H Cooper, landlord of the hotel, and was leased to Mr W. H. Lodge, who occupied the dwelling-house with his family, and used the stable for the purposes of a livery stable.  The fire, when discovered, was bursting through the upper portion of the east end of the building, having evidently begun in the hay loft near the chimney. The Fire Brigade and regular and Fire Police were quickly on the spot, and willing hands were found in plenty to rescue the horses and furniture. Mrs Lodge, with four children, was in the building at the time, but got out without difficulty. Mr Lodge being in the lower part of the house was unaware that anything was wrong till alarmed by some person knocking at the door. The steamer Deluge was placed in position at the tank opposite the White Hart Hotel, and the hose was brought up Cashel street. Owing to the distance, some 260 yards, the water did not reach the fire till about fifteen minutes after the alarm had been given. An attempt was also made to obtain water from the Madras street sewer, but without success, as the trap of the sewer could not be opened. The flames had by this time obtained a fast hold, being fed by the hay, straw and other dry materials stored in the stable loft. A good deal of the furniture and harness had been got out, but it was evident that there was no hope of saving the building, which was burning like a match box. Fortunately, there was scarcely  any wind, and the brigade were able to confine the flames to the structure where they broke out. The brigade worked with the utmost zeal and coolness, and their well-directed efforts, in spite of the comparatively small supply of water, soon rendered the surrounding buildings perfectly secure. All the engines were out, but were not brought into play owing to the insufficient water supply. By half-past eight all danger was over, but the engine continued playing on the embers until nine o'clock. The loose box and coach-house at the back, which were connected with the structure destroyed, were only scorched. The cricket pavilion in front also escaped serious injury, owing chiefly to its iron roof and brickwork corners. During the progress of the fire some excitement prevailed among the spectators, on account of an unfounded rumour that one of the children had been left in the house. One of the upstairs rooms was occupied by two cabmen, named Scott and Walsh, who are heavy losers. It is believed that some harness belonging to one of them was saved, but Mr Scott lost a cavalry saddle and bridle, and both had all their clothes and some other property consumed. All Mr Lodge's furniture that was in the ground floor rooms was rescued, together with some from the upper storey. Mr Lodge, who is uninsured, has probably suffered loss to the amount of £100. The building was insured in the Northern office for £500. The fire brigade are entitled to great praise for the smartness they showed in discharging their duty, and the regular and fire police deserve credit for the promptitude with which they were on the ground. Fortunately, the services of thesee latter were not required to any great extent. [2]

On 15 September 1882 an advert appeared in The Press advising of the upcoming auction of William LODGE's property and the lease of the pavilion as he was retiring from the business.

 On 30 March 1883 a new owner was reported in The Press:

Shortly thereafter IN June 1883, emblazoned across The Press's advertising pages was the "NEVER ATTEMPTED BEFORE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD!" ... cricket by candlelight... probably not a good idea after the earlier fire that had occurred!

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Sunday, 19 July 2009

Thankful for early technology and an insightful Uncle!

Me - c1965

How lucky am I! I had an uncle who in the 1950's and 60's had a movie camera... a rarity in those days for the masses. A few weeks back my daughter bought a DVD with her when she came to visit and there on it were some of the home movies that my uncle took way back then including my parents as teenagers before marriage; their wedding [at St Paul's Presbyterian Church...since obliterated in the February 2011 earthquake]; me as a toddler being chased by my dad. Very precious...especially as i got to see my great grandmother as a moving person! She died before i was born. As it is mum and dads 50th wedding anniversary on 17 October 2009 this is now especially timely :-) and i only had black and white photos of their wedding. It was wonderful to see the moving footage.
These are only stills, but hopefully i will be able to rip parts of the DVD off to add to this post.

Mum and dad late teens - early 20's - c1957

Mum entering St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Cashel Street, Christchurch, NZ

After the ceremony

There is my Great grandmother Emma Johnston [nee Arbuckle] in the background.  Born 1886 and died 1961 before i was born.

Mums dad, John [Jock] Kennedy - born 1911 died 1992

Friday, 17 July 2009

Fromelles WW1 Soldier disinterments

Approximately 300 soldiers are being disinterred. There has been some concern that the project is running behind time due to weather, bad planning of toxic runoffs etc and the employment of a 'cheap' archaeological firm. However the blog seems to discount this.

Follow the news from Fromelles.

Check out the descendant database

Wish i was there helping out! Would be fabulous!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The start of my 'Life of Grime' :-)

My latest miniature project

My project will look something similar to this.

Some of the cutie items to use to dress my 'kitchen bench'.

Parts cut out and partially painted

The 'Belfast' basin

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

tiny books - cat checked and cat approved

tiny books - cat checked and cat approved
Originally uploaded by graceewhite

So this is my first post...i think i shall start with a photo of 2 of my favourite things - cats and miniatures :-)

This photo was taken by one of my lovely flickr contacts, Grace. She makes FANTASTIC miniatures and is just a lovely person :-)

Two new pages added to my website

  • - My very rewarding experience of reuniting the honourable discharge certificate and British War Medal of Private William PERREAU, Auckland Regiment with his grandson in Australia.

  • - my page relating to Constable Adam George BEGG of Auckland. Died in the execution of his duties in 1927 aged 27 and how he has become a part of my life.