Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Sepia Saturday 249: Old Transport and an amazing discovery!

I'm writing about old transport and an amazing discovery for Sepia Saturday 249. Please see click here for more amazing Sepia Saturday stories. The following photo I just obtained a couple of hours ago from V. Baker who is currently one of three people who is helping me with some amazing genealogical discoveries. She sent me this postcard of the Ohoka Store with store transport sitting outside ready to deliver the groceries. The postcard was sent probably between 1913 and about 1919 from Mary Lord nee Meng to her friend Lizzie Baker (Clara Elizabeth Baker nee Harris). Mary was my great great grandmother.






There was a lovely message on the back too:



This postcard is interesting because of the relationship to me but also because of the historic nature of the photo. The Ohoka general store no longer exists. It was in the small town at a time when travelling long distances into Christchurch was not a daily occurance. The local store was much needed, as were the other tradesmen in the Ohoka township. I had heard about this store but had never seen a photo of it before so it is exciting to share it here.

How did I come to receive this postcard? Well, a few day ago I was emailed by a lady looking for her Baker family in Ohoka and she had come across my blog. I am not related to the Baker family but I said I had some Baker photos, taken from about 1915 to the 1920s. I didn't know anything about these Bakers apart from the fact their names were Tom and Lizzie Baker. And I had no idea what Lizzie looked like as a young girl. This lady suggested that it may be Clara Elizabeth Harris and her husband Thomas Henry Baker. I then did some digging and found an amazing photo album online with photos of Lizzie (aka Clara Elizabeth). This album has three of my relations in it as well as photos of Clara Elizabeth Baker who fills my old album from the 1890s and earlier. I found the same photos plus different ones. I managed to name so many of the photos now that it is a huge breakthrough. I have stared at these photos for twenty years, and in the last five years have really tried to do detective work, often without success.

The blog where the album is posted is an excellent one for photo buffs. You should all check it out. I'm blown away by it!  Early New Zealand Photographers and their successors.


Then I got the email of V. Baker, a lovely lady who I have swapped information with and who sent me the postcard. Genealogy is an amazing hobby just for the great people you meet along the way! So I can now confirm most of the photos and it is another mystery solved. Thank goodness for the Internet and other keen genealogists!



Clara Elizabeth Harris

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sepia Saturday 247 - Motorbikes!








Here is a picture of William Pearce and his mum Eliza Pearce for this weeks Sepia Saturday. Click here for more wonderful sepia Saturday pictures and stories!

The picture was taken at their property on Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch about 1920.  Don't you just love the old sidecar, more like a woven basket for your legs than a vehicle, with a place to put your hands under the leather weatherproof cover, to keep them warm.  Of course wearing your every day hat was necessary when posing on a bike for a photo.  From other photos we have they actually wore leather helmets a bit like aviators wore.  I don't think they would have protected the head very much.

We have dozens of these motorbike photos and even a photo of a bloke's shed from the 1920s with car and bike parked up inside.  I'm so lucky to have them.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Sepia Saturday 246: Tents!

The following photos are of the Pearce boys and an unknown friend or relation in a cute tent.  The photo was taken around 1920.  We are not sure where they are camping but it is probably somewhere quite local to the Christchurch region, New Zealand.  It looks like dry hard ground they are on and there is a building visible on the left hand side. 

One can imagine the excitement that two smaller boys would have had camping out for the night.  It looks like they are fairly well set up as it looks like some kind of lamp hanging in the back of the tent.

The Pearce family had four boys and from photos we have, they were into hunting, camping, travelling and lots of boys stuff.  My great grandad Arthur Cyril Pearce was also into photography, hence why we now have these wonderful pics from the past.

From left to right are Albert Pearce, William Pearce, Walter Pearce and a friend! And behind the camera was my great grandad!
Pearce boys camping2 EDITED BW

Saturday, 14 June 2014

The John Temperley: New Zealand Immigration Ship 1865-1866

I am currently researching the clipper ship John Temperley for my new book named, "The John Temperley:  New Zealand Immigration Ship 1865-1866,"  which is being published by Rock Your Boat Publishing hopefully by the end of 2014.

The story of the John Temperley:

Of the female immigrants, “ten were prostitutes and four ballet dancers.”

"The scandalous newspaper reports told of wild single women on board the immigrant ship John Temperley.  But what really happened on the voyage?  Were the women named as “prostitutes” and “ballet dancers” really that bad?"

"This book explores the John Temperley’s journey to Auckland in 1865 and the notorious voyage to Lyttelton in 1866, using first hand accounts and official documents.  It delves into the lives of the single women on board and uncovers the joys, sadness and tragedies of their lives."

I am at the beginning of my research and am putting out a call for help.  I'm especially interested in the single women on board.  If you have stories of their lives you would like to share for the book, PLEASE contact me on the email to the right of this post.  It will help me to tell these women's stories as accurately as possible.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Ship Zealandia: Immigration Ship 1869-1902

Our new book is called: "Shaw, Savill & Albion Co.'s Zealandia: Immigration Ship 1869-1902" by Marolyn Diver and Belinda Lansley.

It is finished and is available on Trade Me right now (July 2014).  If you live overseas it is available on Amazon in your respective country.  Please buy it to find out more about your ancestral ship!  There are details of the journeys inside, passenger lists and biographies, and what it was like to travel on the Zealandia.  When you buy our books it helps us to research, write and fund more of these books, thereby preserving New Zealand history in print.

The blurb for our book is:

"Over the span of 34 years Zealandia successfully ferried over 4000 immigrants, tourist and gentry alike to New Zealands fair shores. With 32 voyages completed she was one of Shaw, Savill & Co.'s most successful immigration ships. But her career was by no means spotless. Launched under the dark cloud of scandal and rumour caused by rival shipping companies, her long successful career was marred by two major tragedies. A fatal collision with the ship Ellen Lamb, and the tragic death of a well respected Captain during a hurricane. 

With the help of shipboard diaries, descendants information and written first hand accounts, the majestic and loyal Zealandia's story is restored and brought back to life."

NOTE:  Please make sure you have the correct ship before buying as we can't give refunds.  There was another ship called Zealandia which ran from 1858 to 1867.   We have not written about this ship, only the later ship which ran from 1869 -1902.

Here is the beautiful and elegant cover design by Strawberrymouse.



Sunday, 8 June 2014

The Ship Zealandia - Passenger List 1875


Here is a passenger list which has not been transcribed on the Internet until now.  So hopefully this will help a few people looking for their ancestors and what ship they came out on.  A new book has been written on the Zealandia.  Click here for more information on the book our book on the Shaw, Savill & Albion Co.'s Zealandia:  Immigration Ship 1869 - 1902.

 1875

London 17 July 1875 – Port Chalmers 27 October 1875
Name

Age
County
Occupation/Notes
Cabin Passengers




Pearde
Mrs.



Young
Mr.



Baldwin
Mr.



Monkhome
Mr.



Second Cabin




Unknown (7)




Free and Colonial Nominated Immigrants in Steerage
Families and Children




Crosley
Michael
28
Durham
Brickmaker

Jane
24


Collett
Thomas
29
Gloucestershire
Joiner

Lucy A.
35



Mildred L.
3



Clara E.



Henderson
Andrew
33
Down
Farm Labourer

Alice
29



John
12
T/F single men


James
9



Alice
6



Joseph
3



Mary
11 Mth


Ingram
John
27
Essex
Labourer

Eliza
25



John
4



William
1


Horne
Frederick
44
Middlesex
Tailor

Laura
38



Ellen
19
T/F Single women
Pupil Teacher

Marion
19
T/F Single women
Machinist

Frederick
14
T/F single men


Charles
11



Laura
9



Florence
3



Linford
75
T/F single men

Johnson
Peter
48
Norway
Sailmaker

Mary
31



Mary A.
16
T/F single women

McCarthy
Cornelia
34
Middlesex
Smith

Mary
31


Mitchell
Edward
38
Cornwall
Saddler

Frances A.
30



Elizabeth A.
32
T/F Single women
Servant
Suinard
Nathaniel
36
Sussex
Painter Dc

Caroline
33



Charles
11



Emma
10


Tingey
 Joseph
31
Middlesex
Painter Dc

Elizabeth 
31



Florence C.
5 mths


Wardle
Jonathan R.
29
Northumberland
Stone Mason

Jane
27



Robert R.
2



Elizabeth
56
T/F Single women

Dalley
Andrew
30
Worcestershire
Smith

Eliza A.
33



Andrew James
8 mths


Dring
Allan
24
Oxon
Labourer

Susan
21


Harvey
Robert 
33
Norfolk
Carpenter

Hephzibah
34



Thomas H.
7



Claude H.
3



Jessie M.
1 3/4 yrs


Kempster
William
28
Herts
Farm Labourer

Elizabeth
28


McElhinny
Michael
25
Donegal
Farm Labourer

Mary
27



Eliza
3



Michael
1 mth


Hegarty
Catherine
25
T/F Single Women
Servant (Travelled with McElhinny)
Quarterman
George
39
Oxon
Farmer

Emma
37



Edward
18
T/F Single Men


Emma
16
T/F Single women


George
14
T/F Single men


William
12
T/F single men


Seymour
8



Frederick
6



Linda
4



Arthur
3 mths


Thow
Andrew
33
Forfar
Farm Labourer

Wilhelmina
28


Walker
James
28
Lanarkshire
Bricklayer

Margaret
24



Isabella
4



Hugh
2 1/2



Margaret
1


Clemo
William Henry
29
Cornwall
Cabinet Maker

Ann
29


Mayhew
Robert
30
Sulfolk
Cabinet Maker

Catherine E.
28



Harriet B.
5



Elizabeth A.
4



Louisa
16 mths


Thunley
John
26
lancashire
Pointsman

Sarah A.
24



Clara E.
5



Ethel M.
3


Broughton
Theodore
25
T/F single men
Travelled with Thunley
Vaughan
John
25
Cork
Labourer

Julia
23



John
3



Mary
1


Clarke
William Joseph
33
Suffolk
Printer

Elizabeth Y.?
32



Richard J.
12
T/F Single Men


Elizabeth H.
11



Albert C.
6



William Joseph
2



Wm. Alfred
3 mths


Pollock
John
40
Dumbarton
Joiner

Hannah
40



Jane
21
T/F Single women
Servant

Christine
19
T/F Single Women
Servant

Duncan
17
T/F Single Men


John
12
T/F Single Men


Mary
10



Jessie  
8


Reeves
Isaac
52
Wiltshire
Farm Labourer

Mary A.
52



Caleb
20
T/F to Single Men


Isabella
18
T/F to Single women
Servant

Emily
10


Whiting
Isaac
43
Oxon
Farm Labourer

Emma
35



Mary A.
25
T/F Single women
Servant

Martha
19
T/F Single women
Servant
Collins
Michael
37
Clare
Farm Labourer

Bridget
27



Martin
5



Richard 
3


Single Men




Farrell
Eugene
20
Kerry
Servant
Conniham
John
22
Kerry
Labourer
Cumming
William
22
Wigtonshire
Shepherd
Cumming
Andrew
27
Wigtonshire
Shepherd
Conners
William
22
Limerick
Carpenter
Conners
David
21
Limerick
Carpenter
Fenton
Michael
23
Limerick
Labourer
Foley
Timothy
22
Kerry
Labourer
Gleeson
Patrick
30
Tipperary
Ploughman
Holman
J. Small
22
Devon
Gc. Labourer
Hill
John
27
Cambridge
Signalman
Kinsley
Joseph
27
Dublin
Shoemaker
Martin
Matthew
26
Limerick
Farm Labourer
McNeill
John
20
Derry
Labourer
McGrath
John
21
Tipperary
Farm Labourer
Norton
John
19
Leicestershire
Brickmaker
Newton
George
17
Middlesex
Labourer
Penfold
Richard
24
Surrey
Compositor
Penfold
Ann
45
T/F Single women
Nurse
Penfold
Emily
19
T/F Single women

Penfold
Walter W.
10


Quick
John
19
Kerry
Labourer
Riddle
Thomas W.
22
Kerry
Labourer
Blake
Henry
23
Wiltshire
Currier
Callanan
James
21
Galway
Labourer
Collin
Ralph
27
Durham
Blacksmith
Diver
Richard
21
Donegal
Farm Labourer
Elsom
Edward
33
Cambridge
Labourer
Hunt
Frank
22
Wiltshire
Mason
Jauncy
Henry
21
Middlesex
Smith
Jones
William
21
Limerick
Labourer
Keenan
Michael
21
Westmeath
Farm Labourer
Lien
Michael
18
Kerry
Labourer
Magher
Anthony
32
Limerick
Farm Labourer
Murphy
Lawrence
22
Limerick
Labourer
Walsh
William
24
Waterford
Labourer
Hunt
Edward
30
Wiltshire
Farm Labourer
Hunt
James
26
Wiltshire
Gardener
Hogan
Matthew
21
Clare
Gad
Lien
Patrick
20
Kerry
Labourer
McIver
Mundo
23
Rofs??
Shepherd
Matheson
Roderick
21
Rofs??
Shepherd
Duck
Stephen
26
Berkshire
Stoker
McEwan
David
26
Devon
Labourer
Wallington
Edmund
18
Kent
Labourer
O'Connell
James
21
Limerick
Ploughman
Campbell
J.W.L.
20
Sussex
Printer
Brocklebank
William
21
Cheshire
Joiner
Spencer
Edward
36
lancashire
Farmer
Spencer
William E.
11


Houngan
Terence
26
Tipperary
Labourer
Crowe
Timothy
22
Tipperary
Labourer
Leen
Patrick
21
Kerry
Labourer
Leen
Catherine
17
T/F to Single Women
Dairymaid
Brien
James
26
Kerry
Labourer
Fitzgerald
Ganett
25
Kerry
Labourer
O'Connell
Patrick
19
Limerick
Ploughman
Single Women




Baker
Alice
19
Herts
Housmaid
Connolly
Mary
25
Dublin
Saleswomen
Dowling
Catherine
23
Limerick
Housemaid
English
Sarah N.
26
Cornwall
Cook
Hadler
Mary
25
Middlesex
Dressmaker
Hadler
Ann
27
Middlesex
Milliner
Lacey
Hannah
22
Middlesex
Cook
Rainey
Margaret
23
Derry
Housemaid
Rooney
Mary J.
22
Fermanagh
Servant
Storey
Lizzie
15 1/2
Fermanagh
Nursemaid
Sharp
Ada
17
Glamorganshire
Servant
Taylor
Mary
24
Clare
Servant
McGrane
Eliza
17
Dublin
Servant
McGrath
Ellen
24
Limerick
Dairymaid
Vaughan
Honora
22
Cork
Servant
Snelgrove
Jane
22
Lancashire
Housemaid
Bryant
Rachael
28
Middlesex
Servant
Frances
Mary
20
Galway
Servant
Lawless
Bridget
19
Galway
Servant
Frances
Honor
17
Galway
Servant
Flannery
Bridget
19
Clare
Servant
Reidy
Catherine
18
Kerry
Dairymaid
Rogerson
Mrs C.
35
Dublin
Matron on board ship
McQuinn
Honorah
21
Kerry
Housemaid
Nicholl
Mary
35
Wexford
Cook
Flahue
Margaret
33
Kerry
Servant
Flahue
Maurice
14
T/F single Men

McGiverin
Mary
18
Roscommon
Servant
McGiverin
Jane
16
Roscommon
Servant
Shanahan
Ellen
21
Tipperary
Servant