The first mention of Robert noted in official records was in the Freeholder's List dated October 1882 where he was listed as owner of 5 acres in Mangawhai valued at £40 15. In the 1893 Waitemata electoral roll he appeared at Mangawhai with occupation of "settler". 1893 was the year New Zealand women received the right to vote, and the following year both he and wife Annie appeared in the rolls. Annie was listed in 1911 as a widow in the Marsden electoral roll. Her family were miners from the Waihi area. There is a family legend she was once a school teacher 11.
Robert Henry was the first police constable in the Mangawhai district. Then the district constables were not members of the police force, but members of the community who were paid an annual retainer to act in their community as policeman when required. He held the position from 22 Feb 1892 until his death on the 20 Sept 1901 9, 14. Recorded in a Journal of the House of Representatives is that Robert Henry Moir of Mangawhai gave evidence in 1898 to the Commission of Enquiry into the kaurie gum industry, the harvesting of which was once an important employer of labour and secondary source of income for North Island farmers, particularly during the winter months 10. This enquiry led to the passing of the Kauri Gum Industry Act of 1898. An anecdote concerning kaurie gum harvesting and him carrying out his constabulary duties appeared in the book This Valley in the Hills (Maungaturoto) as follows:-
"Another hazard to road maintenance were gumdiggers. Constable Moir of Mangawhai, obtained a conviction against one, Joe Allen, for digging gum on a public road. He claimed the 5 pound reward offered by the council, and was paid it. But from then on the amount of the reward was a sum equal to the amount of the fine upon conviction" !
Children of Robert Henry Moir and Annie Joll were:1. Annie Moir "Nancy" born 5 Jul. 1890 11 Mangawhai; died 14 May 1973 Auckland 11. She did not marry and lived her later life at Henderson 11.
1. Annie Moir
+ 2. Richard Gordon Moir
3. Leslie Robert Garshore Moir
4. Edward Charles Moir
2. Richard Gordon Moir born 19 Jun. 1892 11, 6 reg Mangawhai; died 29 Aug. 1966 11 Auckland; buried Soldier's Section of Waikumete Cemetery, West Auckland. He married 17 Jun. 1924 11in Mangawhai, Ethel Maud Waller b. England.
He served overseas in WW I and returned suffering from the effects of gas. Thereafter he spent a considerable time in the Evelyn Firth Home for Invalid Soldiers at Parnell in Auckland. His wife Ethel who was born in England, grew up in Mangawhai, arriving in New Zealand when only a toddler. Before moving to Auckland in the late 1940s they lived on a farm at Cole Hill just outside Mangawhai. Their sons and daughters were all born at the nearest maternity home located at Paparoa about 30 kilometres west of Mangawhai 11.3. Leslie Robert Garshore Moir born 17 Jul. 1894 11, 5; died 28 Aug. 1980 Ranfurly Soldiers Home, Three Kings 11; buried in the Soldier's Section of the Waikumete Cemetery, West Auckland.
Children of Richard Gordon Moir and Ethel Maud Waller were:
5. Annie Florette Moir
6. Richard Gordon Moir
7. Gwendoline Ruth Moir
8. Jean Caroline Moir
9. Leslie Robert Moir
10. Edward Charles Moir
4. Edward Charles Moir born 27 Oct. 1896 11, 7; died 30 Mar. 1978 11; buried Whangarei Cemetery. He did not marry and lived his later years in Mangawhai 11.Likewise to his older brother Richard Gordon he served in WW I in France. He did not marry and in his later life lived with his sister Nancy at Henderson 11.
5. Annie Florette Moir "Nancy" born 1924 11
1 Photocopy of original form titled: "Statement of the Services of Quarter Master William Moir". Undated but likely ca.1853 - copy retained by William Moir - provided courtesy Orrin and Judith Brown of NZ.
2 Date from cemetery headstone - transcriptions by W. & H. D. Parkinson, NZ, dated June 1984.
3 NZ BDM Indexes #1901-1343
4 Ibid #1889-1854
5 Ibid #1894-2375
6 Ibid #1892-2173
7 Ibid #1896-3543
8 Ibid #1932-175
9 The Rock & the Sky (1975, published New Zealand)
10 Microfiche titled "Witnesses who gave evidence, 1858 to 1935 to Commissions & Committees as published in the Journals of the House of Representatives". H - 12 Appendix. Page 56.
11 Moir Family History & Genealogy dated 13 Dec 2000 - compiled by Lynette Westcott, NZ.
12 Indexes to BDM notices in the The Southern Cross newspaper 1843-1858 - microfiche held by Auckland Library - issue of 14th Jan 1851 - "On Sunday, the 12th instant, at Mount St, the Lady of William Moir, Esq, 58 Regiment, of a son". For this index also see
13 Email dated 16 Jun 2001 from Lynette Westcott advised - death indexes held by the Auckland Library compiled from newspaper notices list - Annie Moir (nee Joll) died 4th June 1941 at a private hospital, Auckland and living at the time of her death at Grange Road, Henderson. In her 77th year she was the eldest daughter of Richard and Lucy Joll - cremated Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland.
14 Email advice of 13 Apr 2001 from Lynette Westcott - details as advised to her by the N.Z. Police Department.
15 NZSG microfiche titled: "Freeholders List - October 1882".
Researched and compiled J. Raymond, Brisbane, Australia, last updated 28 Sept. 2001
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