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BAKER William Blacksmith 1882: William Baker, married to Elizabeth Jeffey, at Kaiapoi NZ,1882. Contact Anne for further details by.
BARNES William Blacksmith 1779: William Barnes, blacksmith. Born 12 February 1779. William and his family emigrated from Cranbrook, Kent to New Zealand in 1841; on the ship “Essex" . They settled in Wellington NZ . Listed in Blacksmiths of Kent and New Zealand. Contact Donald by
BARR James Blacksmith & Farrier 1849: James Barr (Snr), blacksmith & farrier. Born 5th August 1849, in Mavisbank, Little Paisley, Dunedin, NZ. James died 9th May 1929, in Dunedin, NZ). He was the son of John Barr (from Paisley, Scotland) who was one of the group of weavers who formed Little Paisley, Dunedin, NZ. In 1879, James married Martha Uren at Dunedin. Martha was born 25th Nov 1856,in Tavistock, Devon; & died 7th February 1939, Dunedin. They had two children (1) James Stewart Barr, born 1880, Dunedin, NZ & died. 20th Nov 1944, Dunedin. James (Jnr) married Ellen Lavinia Waghorne in 1921 - no issue. (2) Elizabeth Minnie Barr, born 1884, Dunedin, NZ & died 11th May 1950, Dunedin, NZ) unmarried. See also the Farriers Index. Contact Cynthia by
BARWICK John George Blacksmith 1892: John George Barwick marriage at Akaroa NZ, to Elizabeth Slater Munro 1892. Parents John and Elizabeth nee Donnett. Contact Anne for full details by.
BENNY Jack Blacksmith 1900: Jack Benny, blacksmith, farrier. In about 1900 Jack was the blacksmith in a building called the Anvil in Cubert, Newquay, Cornwall, England. This building is still there and now a village pub. The Benny family emigrated to New Zealand in 1920 and continued his business in New Plymouth as a blacksmith and farrier. Listed in Blacksmiths of Cornwall and New Zealand. Contact John by.
BRODIE William Blacksmith 1878: William Brodieblacksmith of Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula NZ 1878, witness at a marriage in Leeston. In 1883: William Brodie, married at Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula NZ 1883, to Jane Pettigrew. William was full age, born Orkney Isles. Contact Anne for full details by.
BROWN Charles Blacksmith 1897: Charles Brown, blacksmith. Taken from marriage certificate of his daughter Margaret Millar, 41, widow, born England. Charles' wife was Margaret nee Ligoe. Contact Anne for full details by.
BURTON George Alfred Blacksmith & Coachbuilder 1828: George Alfred Burton, coachbuilder, blacksmith. Born16th March 1828 at St. Pancras, Christened 29th June, 1828. Died 6th March 1904 aged 76 yrs at Lilydale, Victoria Australia. Married Elizabeth Jane Jenner. (my g.grandparents). George Alfred was blacksmith in Charlton Victoria, (where most of his 12 children were born) employing five people; in later years they lived in Lilydale together with sons Ebenezer and William Burton and also had Funeral Parlours "'Burton Bros". See Cartwrights Index for other family members. George Alfred Burton is listed in both the Blacksmiths of Australia Index & the Cartwrights Index. Contact Ruth by
CAMERON Donald Blacksmith 1881: Donald Cameron, witness at a marriage in Leeston New Zealand 1881. Contact Anne for details by.
CAMERON James Blacksmith 1905: James Cameron, married to Mabel Maria PYE, at Kowai Bush,New Zealand 1905. Contact Anne for further details by.
CAMPBELL George Blacksmith 1842: George Campbell, born 1842, Aberdeen, Scotland. Died: 9th May 1904, Auckland, New Zealand. Wife: Christina Fraser. Emigrated to New Zealand 25 May 1864. They had several children, too many to list here. Also listed in the Blacksmiths of Scotland. See the Brownsmiths Index for son George(Jnr) who was a brass moulder. Contact Cynthia by.
COULL Edward Blacksmith 1906: Edward Coull, married at Akaroa (lived Christchurch)1906 to Ethel Margaret Hammond. Contact Anne for further details by.
DRAKE William Blacksmith 1904: William Drake, Blacksmithing, gas welding. Born in South Africa in 1904 and arrived in New Zealand two years later. He set up his own business in Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand until his untimely death from polio in 1946. Contact Gail by
FINDLAY Thomas Blacksmith,Wheelwright 1864: Thomas Findlay, blacksmith,Wheelwright. Thomas trained as a wheelwright in Wigtonshire, Scotland and immigrated to New Zealand in 1864. He had a business partnership in Invercargill, New Zealand named “Anderson and Findlay - Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights”. Listed in Blacksmiths of Scotland and New Zealand plus Wheelwrigths Index. Contact Kaye by.
FRASER John Blacksmith 1861: John Fraser, blacksmith, engineer. He arrived in N.Z. 1861 from Scotland, fought in Maori wars under Von Tempsky, afterwards taking up a position as blacksmith on Sir William Russell's Estate. Later he moved to Canterbury, and started a business at Springfield, and was the blacksmith for the Cobb&Co Coaches as they were going through to Arthurs Pass and to the West Coast. Contact Mary by
GIBBS George Blacksmith 1904: George Gibbs, married at Duvauchelle, Banks Peninsula NZ,1904 to Edith Barwick. Contact Anne for full details by.
GIBSON Andrew Blacksmith 1860: Andrew Gibson, blackasmith. Born 14 Nov 1860 Renwicktown, Marlborough, New Zealand to parents John William Gibson and Annie Brydon. Andrew Gibson is the grandson of the well known John Gibson of Kaituna who was one of the first settlers in Nelson, New Zealand arriving on the Fifeshire 1 Feb 1842. Andrew Gibson married Annie McIsaac in Blenheim, 21 Jul 1889. Andrew was a Blacksmith by trade with own business until he moved from the area and had his brother William take over the business. The family continued to live at Ureni, Taranaki, and Andrew as Blacksmith. His wife died in 1947, and his last years living at 237 Avenue Road, New Plymouth where he continued to live until the age of 92 when he died at Urenui, Taranaki, New Zealand. Buried 06 Feb 1953 Waitara. His family consisted of 6 daughters and a son, Neil Andrew Gibson. For much more information contact Cheryl by.
GILES Edward George Blacksmith 1906: Edward George Giles, married to Emily Alice Smither, at Prebbleton NZ 1906. Contact Anne for full details .
GLASSON Paul Roach Blacksmith 1911: Paul Roach Glasson, seen on marriage of daughter Mary Jane in Christchurch 1911. Paul's wife was Emily Hyde nee Crompton. Contact Anne for further details by.
GRANT James Blacksmith 1870: James Grant. Sometime in the ?early 1870's he moved from Glenshee,Perthsire, Scotland to New Zealand. Wife: Nancy Crombie, married in Wyndham NZ, 1876. They moved to Temuka approx 1887. He has been listed in the Gladstone and Geraldine electoral rolls as a Blacksmith living in Temuka with his own business, which included (at different times) his brother William,(Carriage Builder) son Peter (Blacksmith)and other son David (Coach Builder).He was then listed as Blacksmith in Herataunga St,Hastings in 1908,1911 & 1914 in the Hawkes Bay Elctoral roll. They all were listed at some point in the Stones directories also. See also Blacksmiths of Scotland & Cartwights Indexes. Contact Vicki by. or Gaynor by
GRANT Peter Blacksmith 1876: Peter Grant, born New Zealand after 1876. See Blacksmiths of New Zealand & Scotland for his parents James Grant & Nancy nee Crombie. See Cartwrights Index for brother David & Uncle William. Contact Vicki by.
HARRIS John Blacksmith 1882: John Harris, married to Elizabeth Haynes, at Kaiapoi NZ 1882. Contact Anne for further details by.
HAYES John Blacksmith 1877: John Hayes, Southbridge, witness to a marriage 1877. Contact Anne for full details by.
HESLOP George Blacksmith 1893: George Heslop, witness to marriage of John Heslop (blacksmith,listed in this index) at Irwell NZ 1893. Contact Anne for full details by.
HESLOP John Blacksmith 1893: John Heslop, married at Irwell NZ 1893, son of William and Ruth nee Griffiths. Contact Anne for full details by.
HESLOP Joseph Blacksmith 1903: Jospeh Heslop, married at Leeston NZ 1903, aged 25, son of William and Ruth nee Griffiths. Contact Anne for full details by.
HESLOP William Blacksmith 1893: William Heslop, son John married at Irwell NZ 1893. In 1903 son Joseph married at Irwell. William's wife was Ruth nee GRIFFITHS. Contact Anne for full details by.
HUMPHREYS Richard Blacksmith 1902: Richard Humphries, seen on marriage of daughter Susan Jane at Lincoln, 1902. Richard's wife was Susan nee Shakespear. Contact Anne for further details by.
HUNT David Blacksmith 1968: David Hunt was born in New Zealand in 1968 to Peter and Margaret Hunt. David currently is a working Blacksmith in North Yorkshire. Also listed in Blacksmiths of Yorkshire. Contact Wayne by.
HUTCHISON David Blacksmith 1867: David Hutchison, blacksmith. NOTICE. THE PARTNERSHIP hitherto existing between David Hutchison and James Mclntyre as Blacksmiths, in Onehunga, has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent. All debts due to the said firm to be paid to James Mclntire, and all claims in connection with the firm will be settled by him. DAVID HUTCHISON, JAMES McINTYRE. Witness —W. Davies. Onehunga, April 13th, 1867. (NZ Herald, Vol IV, 15 Apr 1867). Contact David by.
JOHNSTONE George Blacksmith(Master) 1840: George Johnstone, master blacksmith. Born 4th September 1840 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. George died aged 42yrs on 29th November 1882, in Methven, New Zealand. Wife: Janet Cameron Scott born 6th March 1843 in Redgorton, Perthshire, Scotland. Married: 7th December 1866 in St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Christchurch . Janet died aged 59yrs on 8th June 1902, in Christchurch NZ. Listed in Blacksmiths of Australia & NZ and in Blacksmiths of Scotland. Contact Ian by
JOHNSTONE John Blacksmith 1912: John Johnstone, marriage of son Robert at Akaroa NZ, 1912. John's wife was Elizabeth nee Miller. Contact Anne for further details by.
JOHNSTONE Robert Miller Blacksmith 1912: Robert Miller Johnstone, married at Akaroa NZ,1912 to Amy Ida Haylock. Son of John and Margaret nee Miller. Contact Anne for further details by.
KELLY Robert Dyson Blacksmith 1910: Robert Dyson Kelly, marriage of daughter Alice Sarah Mary at Pigeon Bay, Bank Peninsula, NZ 1910. Robert's wife was Elizabeth nee Cranefield. Contact Anne for further details by.
KELLY Robert William Blacksmith 1942: Robert William Kelly, marriage of son Albert Stanley at Akaroa NZ, 1942. Robert's wife was Gladys Emily nee Reynish. Contact Anne for further details by.
KEOGH James Blacksmith 1857: James Keogh, born abt 1857, County Wexford, Ireland,son of Patrick Keogh and Margaret Gregan Immigrated to New Zealand on the ship "Rangitikei", which arrived in Lyttleton 21 Sept. 1881. his wife Mary Hamill travelled on the same vessel. Lived in Caledonian Rd, Christchurch. A little street running off there is named after him (Keogh lane.). 1909 Christchurch Directory James Keogh- Blacksmith - ratepayer-Caledonian Rd - own. Died 1926 and buried Bromely cemetery. Also entered in Blacksmiths of New Zealand. Contact Judith by.
LAMONT William Blacksmith 1916: William Lamont, seen on marriage of daughter Euphemia at Addington, Christchurch 1911. William's wife was Catherine nee Mossie. Contact Anne for further details by.
Le PROU Edmund Blacksmith 1888: Edmund Le Prou, marriage of daughter Lucy at Akaroa Z 1888. Edmund's wife was Mary Madaline nee Gerzan. Contact Anne for full details by .
LIBBY Henry Ernest Blacksmith 1888: Henry Ernest Libby, witness to a marriage at Akaroa NZ, 1888. Contact Anne for full details by.
MARTIN Charles Roger Blacksmith, Farrier 1834: Charles Roger martin, blacksmith, farrier. Born 1834 in Canterbury City, Kent, England. Charles married (1) Caroline Styles in 1853. He served as errand boy then a blacksmith to a master blacksmith Lewis and Mary Pilcher of Herne Bay, Kent. Charles married (2) Sophia Coltma in 1874. Sailed for New Zealand arriving in Lyttelton, NZ on the 6th June 1874. Died in Lyttelton 1876. Listed in the Farriers Index plus the Blacksmiths of Kent & New Zealand Indexes. Contact Fay by
MARTIN Thomas Blacksmith 1876: Thomas Martin, Southbridge, marriage of Thomas, 28, to Janet Ross 1876. Contact Anne for full details by.
MAYZE James Blackmith and Coachbuilder 1863: James (Jaz) Mayze, was born in Scotland 1863. He migrated with his parents to Invercargill, New Zealand where he began his career as a blacksmith & coachbuilder. In 1886, he sailed for Victoria, Australia ; after spending a year at Moonee Ponds, he came to Traralgon where he settled down to do his part in creating a prosperous town and district. In the early days, Jas. Snr., became associated, in partnership, with the late Mr. Walter West, as Coachbuilder and Blacksmith. Their smithy was in Seymour Street, at the rear of where the National Bank is today. Listed in Australian Blacksmiths Index, Cartwrights Index. Contact Lin by.
McCUTCHEON William John Blacksmith 1875: William John McCutcheon, married to Anna McKIBBON, near Rangiora NZ 1875. Contact me for further details by.
McINTYRE James Blacksmith 1867: James McIntyre, blacksmith. NOTICE. THE PARTNERSHIP hitherto existing between David Hutchison and James Mclntyre as Blacksmiths, in Onehunga, has this day been DISSOLVED by mutual consent. All debts due to the said firm to be paid to James Mclntire, and all claims in connection with the firm will be settled by him. DAVID HUTCHISON, JAMES McINTYRE. Witness —W. Davies. Onehunga, April 13th, 1867. (NZ Herald, Vol IV, 15 Apr 1867). Contact David by.
McKENZIE John Blacksmith 1892: John McKenzie, married to Caroline Lilly Aldridge. John born in Scotland 1892. Contact Anne for further details by.
McLEAN John Blacksmith 1863: John McLean, witness to a marriage at Kaiapoi NZ 1863. Contact Anne for further details by.
McPHERSON Charles Blacksmith 1908: Charles McPherson, seen on marriage of daughter Margaret at Christchurch 1908. Charles' wife was Jane nee Duncan. Contact Anne for full details .
MUSKER Charles Blacksmith 1940: Charles Musker Wilson, marriage of son Leslie Richard Henry at Akaroa NZ, 1940. Charles' wife was Maud Ward Priscilla nee HUTT. Contact me for further details by.
NAISH Robert George Blacksmith 1890: Robert George Naish, married at Springston NZ, to Margaret Muir 1890. Contact Anne for further details by.
PETRIE Alexander Blacksmith 1863: Alexander Petrie, married to Mary Ann Woods, at Saltwater Creek, North Canterbury. Contact Anne for further details by.
PETTERSON Ira John Blacksmith 1938: Ira John Petterson, witness to a marriage at Akaro NZ, 1938. Contact Anne for further details by.
PRESTON John Blacksmith 1877: John Preston, witness to a marriage at Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula NZ,1877. Contact Anne for full details by.
RADFORD James Blacksmith 1873: James Radford, married, in Christchurch NZ 1873, to Ellen Asenoth Middleweek. Contact me for further details by.
ROBB John Blacksmith 1883: John Robb, marriage at Leeston NZ 1883, of daughter Jessie, 22, born Scotland. John's wife Margaret/Marjorie Givan/Givens. Contact Anne for full details by.
ROBB John Givens Blacksmith 1890: John Givens Robb, marriage at Doyleston NZ 1890, of John Givens, aged 23, born Scotland, son of John and Marjorie nee GIVENS. Contact Anne for full details by.
ROWE William Blacksmith 1892: William Rowe, marriage of daughter Elizabeth at Akaroa NZ 1892. William's wife was Selina nee Trenwith. Contact Anne for full details by.
SMITH George Blacksmith 1899: George Smith, marriage at Akaroa NZ, to Jean Ann McDonald 1899. Contact Anne for full details by.
SMITH George William Blacksmith 1847: George William Smith, born 1847 in Bryansford, Co. Down, Ireland. George was 2yrs old when he came to New Zealand in 1849 on the "Oriental Queen"Parents: William (was a 'Fencible') & Sarah. The family settled at Onehunga NZ. George William Smith served his apprenticeship as a Blacksmith with James McIntyre, engineer and blacksmith of Onehunga. He was a Blacksmith in the Waikato region of New Zealand, probably between 1872 and 1887 and ran his own business in Morrinsville and had branches in Waitoa and Richmond. He was in Dargaville for a short period after that, before returning to the family seat in Auckland. George married Ellen Mary Redwood who was born on board the ship 'Egmont' on the way to New Zealand in 1855. Her father John was commissioned to supervise the building of the Onehunga Blockhouse in 1860. George died on September 9th 1928 aged 81yrs. Contact Isabella by.
STEEL Joseph Robinson Blacksmith 1832: Joseph Robinson Smith, born in Addingham, Yorkshire, in 1832, was married in 1857 and shortly afterwards emigrated to Victoria Australia, going to goldfields there, his wife following the following year. In 1863 the family moved from Victoria to Christchurch, New Zealand, where Joseph set up his business as a blacksmith, trading as the Victorian Shoeing Forge. He had, in the old coaching days, a contract with Cable & Co to keep their horses shod. About 1872 Joseph moved to Winslow, near Ashburton, and did a short spell of farming before again setting himself up as a blacksmith under the name of Victorian Carriage Works. Before leaving England Joseph had done a short course in dentistry, and in Ashburton he used to put his dentistry skills into practice, dusting off the forge and seating the patient thereon, then pulling out the offending tooth with his pliers. In 1897 Joseph's two sons took over the business. Joseph died in 1919 in Ashburton, New Zealand. Contact Jan by.
STEWART Colin Blacksmith 1905: Colin Stewart, married at Akaroa NZ, 1905 to Harriet Jones. Contact Anne for further details by.
TELFAR Alexander Blacksmith 1836: Alexander Telfar, blacksmith. Born on 23 Mar 1836 at Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Parents: James Telfar [a blacksmith] and Mary nee McLean. He emigrated to New Zealand in the early 1860s, and after spending time in Otago went to Taranaki during the New Zealand Land Wars with the Otago Contingent about 1865. He was stationed at Urenui with Captain Goode's forces and was later awarded a Crown Grant of 50 acres of land there. Alex established a smithy at Urenui on his land, the size of which doubled when he purchased another 50-acre block. Alex married Mary Johnson at New Plymouth, Taranaki, in 1870 and the couple raised a family of 3 sons. Alex died at Urenui on 18 October 1902 at the age of 67 and was buried at Urenui Cemetery the following day. Listed in Blacksmiths of Scotland and New Zealand. Contact Norma by
THOMPSON William Blacksmith 1899: William Thompson, witness to a marriage at Leeston NZ,1899. Contact Anne for full details by.
THOMSON William Blacksmith 1860: William Thomson, blacksmith. Born 28 Oct. 1860 in Kaiapoi and by the 1880s was smithing at the Pass. A little before Williams birth his Aunt Georgina Gilbert married John Burgess in 1858 at Kaiapoi and by 1860 they were living and working in The Mackenzie eventually running the Burke Pass Hotel and the Post Office. William married Emily Boston (aka Amelia Elizabeth Boston born 7th February 1867) the maid from the Burke Pass Hotel at Fairlie Creek in 1888?. Witnesses to the marriage were Georgina Burgess' daughter Ellen Isabella Bain and George Foster son of William's Step-uncle George Foster. For much more information contact John by.
THORNE John Blacksmith 1840: John Thorne, blacksmith. Born 1840, Newnham, Gloucestershire, England. Died 1923. John worked as blacksmith from at least 1869 - 1893 and also as Postmaster. John is listed in Blacksmiths of Gloucestershire and New Zealand. Lots of Thorne information can be found on rootsweb, just google for Thorne family trees. Contact Russell by
TILLYSHORT Thomas Henry Blacksmith 1907: Thomas Henry Tillyshort, seen on certificate as witness to a marriage in Christchurch 1907. Contact Anne for further details by
TRAIL William Blacksmith 1863: William Trail, witness to a marriage at Kaiapoi NZ 1863. Contact Anne further details by
VOIGHT Johannes Carl Blacksmith & Wheelwright 1880: Johannes Carl Voigt, blacksmith & wheelwright. He went by the name of John Charles Voight as it sounded less German. Born in 1880 in Queensland, Australia. Died in 1964 in New Zealand. He came to New Zealand with his family after his mother died in1885? When first in NZ he worked for Turnbulls as a wheelwright at Waikiwi and Invercargill. In 1901 John went of to the Boer War along with another man named Watts (who later, in 1905, married John’s sister Ruth Voight). In 1907 John had a blacksmith business in Waipahi which he kept until 1913; then the family moved to Pleasant Point, near Timaru. His main business here was on the main street near the town hall. The only other Smithy in the area was in Totara Valley and this was managed by a Mr. Anderws. In 1919 John bought a farm of 400 acres not far from Albury. He sold the farm in the 1950s and retired to Geraldine. He was one of those men who was already ready to help others out; he was also a great Church man. In WW1 he was the local recruiting officer. Also listed in the Wheelwrights Index. Contact Graeme by
WALLACE John Blacksmith 1805: John Wallace, master blacksmith. Born about 1805, Scotland. The 1841 Scottish census lists John as 36yrs, living at Hunter Street, Dundee with wife Magdalene (nee Burns) 40yrs. Children: Martha 12yrs; Margaret 8yrs; Robert 3yrs; Agnes 2yrs. John and Magdalene Burns married n 1836, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1842. Occupation listed as blacksmith on ship’s record. Seeking any information on his family in Scotland. Listed in Blacksmiths of Scotland and New Zealand. Contact Brenda by
WILSON Alexander Blacksmith 1911: Alexander Wilson, seen on marriage of son Alexander in Christchurch 1911. Alexander jnr was aged 54, born in Edinburgh. The wife of Alexander snr was Catherine nee Collinson. Contact Anne for further details by.
WILSON Charles Musker Blacksmith 1940: Charles Musker Wilson, marriage of son Leslie Richard Henry at Akaroa NZ, 1940. Charles' wife was Maud Ward Priscilla nee HUTT. Contact Anne for further details by.
WRIGHT John Blacksmith 1838: John Wright, blacksmith. John was shown as Blacksmith living at Otarahiko on the Hokianga Harbour in Busby's 1838 census of the Hokianga, as married with 2 children. In the 1848 census he has 4 children. He appears in the census until 1857. I believe one of these children was my Great grandfather, Charles Wright, b 1833 d 1874 Kaeo, New Zealand. URL ww@irishtype3dna.org/ Contact Dennis by
YOUNG Robert George Blacksmith 1878: Robert George Young, married at Lincoln NZ, to Eliza Broome 1878. Contact Anne for further details by.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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