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Sunday, 27 September 2009

A day doing miniatures

What a beaut day today... opened all the windows and had the warm breeze blowing through the house. It's lovely living up on a cliff face and overlooking the harbour, it draws the air through the house.

Thought i would do some more miniatures today. I have been keeping an eye out on trademe for an Atlas 150 pasta machine so that i can get the thicknesses of the clay sheets i'm making things out of. I might just end up buying one from the shop because they are just as expensive on trademe. So anyway... quite pleased with my efforts today.

For my 'Life of Grime' diorama - a mucky jar of marmalade

Pizza box

Pizza and boxes

Little Oreo cookies

Little Oreo cookies again

Jar of Liquorice Swirls

Friday, 18 September 2009

Prohibitionist and Suffragist

Rosannah LODGE, early Christchurch feminist

Thomas Seth LODGE, 2nd husband of Rosannah b c1833-1898 and
Rosannah LODGE [nee WORT/WERT] 1831-1916 with 2 of their HAMILTON grandchildren

With Temperance and Suffragist movement anniversaries this weekend, it only seems appropriate to write a bit about my great great great grandmother. So begins the story of my Rosannah.

Great Great Great Great grandma Jane WORT nee WHEELER
Mother of Rosannah
born 1803 Berkshire, Eng -  died 1876 Christchurch, NZ

She was born in London 6 April 1831, to George WORT/WERT, a hay salesman and Jane nee WHEELER. One of at least 4 daughters and I know nothing of her childhood. She was a loud voice in Christchurch for both the Temperance cause and the Women's suffrage movement, was an artificial flower maker and businesswoman.

She married firstly William Henry MACE at the age of 18 on 14 October 1849 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England. Three children were born of this union.

1 Susannah Jane - My G G grandmother

:::b 6 August 1848, Lambeth, London, England
:::d 30 April 1924, Jubilee Home, Christchurch, NZ
    Cause of death: Malignant ovarian cyst & cardiac failure
:::m 14 October 1865,Christchurch to Thomas Morton HAMILTON
:::Buried: St Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
   unmarked grave

2 William Henry
:::b 8 June 1850 Lambeth, London
:::d 7 December 1913, Riccarton, New Zealand
:::m 1stly: 6 April 1874 to Emma GRANTHAM - divorced 1892 [she
:::remarried 1898, Christchurch to Henry Edgar JONES & she
:::died 7 March 1938 in Auckland].
:::M 2ndly: 1897 to Elizabeth HAWKINS
Buried: Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch with his second wife.

He must have been a constant source of embarrassment to his mother. He was a teenage father – the infamous Christchurch Reverend Joseph Twigger’s illegitimate daughter Elizabeth Ann Twigger WILBEE having bore William a daughter - Ellen Letitia Amy WILBEE on 8 October 1869.  Elizabeth was 16 and William was 19.  Ellen went on to marry Henry MENCE and died at Wellington in 1927 after producing 10 children.  

William was a womaniser, and a drop out from Christ’s College. Considering his mother fought for prohibition and was a staunch Temperance figure in her time, he was apparently often drunk.  It seems he was well known in Christchurch and he inherited his mothers business acumen. The official cause of his death was recorded as cardiac disease and heart failure. 

William built the first Indoor Cricket Pavillion in Christchurch.

3 Lucy Susan
:::b 5 August 1853, St Mary le Strand, London

:::d 27 Sep 1863 Court Barton Farm, Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
    Cause of death: Tetanus
:::Buried at St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch


Somewhere along the line prior to 1860, Rosannah’s first marriage broke down.  Her husband William did not go ‘missing at sea’ which was what she told everyone but he was very much alive and so far I [nor others researching this line] have found any divorce details.

William MACE aged 54 who was on trial on 27 November 1879 and had been in custody since the 4th, was imprisoned in Wandsworth for 18 months for "feloniously and carnally knowing and abusing Florence Jane Sargent, a girl under 12 years of age" he pleaded guilty.

He also remarried and his second wife bore him more children.

Facts relating to Rosannah's first husband  [my G G G Grandfather]:
:::23 December 1861 – occupation listed as a Coast guard
:::1871 census – Labourer
:::1881 census – was in Wandsworth Prison

:::1 August 1881 – ‘married’ at Emmanual Church, Camberwell
:::1891 census – Labourer
:::Died 20 September 1900, Lambeth, London

    Occupation: Parish road cleaner

Rosannah married secondly to Thomas Seth LODGE, ‘Gentleman’ on 15 May 1860 at Trinity Church, Trinity Gray's Inn Road, Middlesex, ENGLAND, she was listed as spinster. It was after this that they arrived in New Zealand, according to one researcher about September 1861. There was no issue of this marriage but Rosannah’s children took their step fathers name although it seems, never formally adopted.

They promptly got stuck in to colonial life. Thomas was a sometime butcher amongst many other things. “He and John ROWLEY went into partnership as butchers. They leased part of T.S. 883, which was later Ballantyne's corner section at 10 Pounds per annum; but they were further along in Colombo Street. They assigned their lease 17 June 1861 to Samuel GOODMAN, Shoemaker. Later Thomas was in partnership with J.G. HART and later still with James NICHOLSON January 1865.”₂ Thomas also owned ‘Tom’s Cafe’. Whilst he was embroiled in his various businesses and having a go at inventing things, his wife Rosannah got on with the task of being a mouthpiece for the Temperance movement and the women's suffrage movement. She built a ‘Sailors Rest’ at 57 Gloucester Street, Christchurch and they resided next door at 55. This is approximately where the Christchurch Art Gallery is now. On the 21 June 1887 she opened the doors of ‘Lodge’s Temperance Rest’. This was demolished in 1963


The hotel was a hive of activity over the years. Articles from National Library New Zealand website show that many Saturday night soirees were held extolling the virtues of being tea total and some rather exciting events, such as the new fangdangled sciopticon 5


Rosannah's reputation appears to have been well known even before she opened the 'Rest'. She continued for years to bring entertainment to the masses via her 'Hotel', including a concert held by the sailors of Her Majestys ship Opal in aid of the 'Rest'; Bellringers of Christchurch et al. The poor were also attended to with free soup and encouragement to send children along for a bite to eat.




Thomas and Rosannah appear to have been quite characters in their time and
this is indicated by even more clippings from paperspast. [The editing facilities
on this site have nearly done my head in so this will do for now, also I cannot get some of the formatting to appear as it does in edit mode, very frustrating!].

Rosannah in later life

There are many family stories that aren't of a kind nature to Rosannah!

Thomas died on 18 October 1898 and Rosannah on 5 December 1916.

They are both buried in St Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Church Corner,Riccarton

8 December 2013: William MACE criminal notes

1. Thank you to distant cousin Linley Robinson for her research shared
2 McDonald’s Biographical Dictionary
3. Indebted to site owner ‘Vic’ of
4 Clipping accessed Star, 22 June 1887 page 5
5 Clipping accessed Star, 9 August 1887 page 2
6 Clipping accessed Star, 11 July 1889 page 1
7 Clipping accessed Star, 9 March 1888 page 2
8 Clipping accessed Star, 2 October 1888 page 3
9 Clipping accessed Star, 29 July 1887 page 2
10 Clipping accessed Star, 27 May 1889 page 2

Sunday, 13 September 2009

A few more miniatures

Found some really good tutorials on youtube and made a couple of things last night.

Above: Little potatoes. Whole, partly peeled and some cut in half.

Below: Little boy and girl cute are they!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Tenuous link to one of Canterbury's 'unsung Heroines'

The powers of "Paperspast" via the National Library New Zealand's website showed through again earlier this year when in continuing my usual trawlings of Christchurch's newspaper 'Star' online, I came across an entry for one of Canterbury's colourful colonial females - Annie Quayle TOWNEND nee MOORE c1845 - 1914. She bought 'Karewa' in Fendalton and renamed it 'Mona Vale' which still bears this name today; bequeathed the large conservatory now at the Christchurch Botanical Gardens to the city after her death; donated thousands of pounds to build a church and vicarage in Glenmark, Canterbury amongst many other notable charitable acts.

Several photos of Karewa/Mona Vale are on National Library's website here

Townend conservatory December 2005 with Santa :-)
Photo: (C) Sarndra Lees

On her death, she left many people including her servants something in her Will. Amongst these servants was my Great Great Uncle Percy Carr ROBINSON, he was a chauffeur who lived in MacMillan Avenue, Cashmere. Her gift to him was "100 pound annuity until his death and after his death, to his widow until she remarries". Ethel, Percy's wife predeceased him on 9 May 1952 and Percy died 2 September 1956.

The details of her Will are documented online Many well known Canterbury identities are listed as well as those not so well known.

I have no photo of Percy but his wife Ethel, my Great Great Aunt [1887-1952] is pictured below.