Thursday, September 22, 2011

Eugene Francis Ambrose Dunkley honored

This article appeared in the Waitomo News. Click on image to enlarge it.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Allan Patrick Erikson

This lovely gentleman, whom I met about 10yrs ago, died about 3yrs ago. His parents were Hannah Hurley and Allan Theodore Erikson. I've had a few emails enquiring about Allan Theodore's extensive family over the years and am about to visit Allan Patrick's family tomorrow.

If anyone is interested in Allan Theodore Erikson's family, please leave your email address and I will endeavour to put you in touch with other family members to share information. (Not for this blog of course!).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Alice Booth's place of birth

I recently visited the spot where Alice Erikson nee Booth and some of siblings were born. Masons Flat in North Canterbury is a cross-roads with one building - not a very exciting place to start. However, what happened next was extraordinary

Since I've already blogged about it on another site I run, please visit
Genealogy New Zealand

And for those of you who want to make a similar 'pilgrimage', the  map and information will help locate 'the Grange' site. Click on the map to see a bigger image.

The Grange was on land either leased from the Church or Lincoln College. There were three Hoban brothers in the district, Thomas who married Julia Booth was the oldest. Peter who never married and Michael Joseph who did marry and remained in the district. The Grange was run in partnership, being such a big property. The land was marginal, only good for sheep. The road which ran beside the house was an informal one, probably shingled and connected their families and others to the cross roads. The Catholic services were held in the hall. Hawarden had no pub but the main road had a couple however, they were a trek. The Hobans also had contracts to shingle roads in the Amuri area.

The school at Masons Flat opened in 1881. On the opening role were the older Hoban children.
Henry William Booth dob 20th Aug 1876 started school there on the 25th October 1882, sister Mary Booth, dob 1st July 1878 started there on the 10th September 1883. On the 3rd of October 1888 both Henry and Mary left for a school in Christchurch (the role may indicate this took place on either the second of October 1888 or between 1888 and 1893, its not clear on my copy). Since Julia Hoban died in February 1892, it maybe that William and Vulenza and family left and went to Christchurch about this time. To confirm this, I'll have to wait until Christchurch National Archives gets back up and running from the earthquake damage it received.