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Agnes Davidson HUNTER

Edwin Henry MEADE

  • Born: 1870
  • Marriage: Agnes Davidson HUNTER on 23 Feb 1899 in Kurow, Otago, New Zealand 220
  • Died: 25 May 1946, Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand at age 76
  • Buried: Palmerston Cemetery, Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand

bullet   Another name for Edwin was Ted, Edwin, Edward Henry.


bullet  General Notes:

Military Service No. 4-1521 (taken from gravestone)

Ted and agnes lived in Clinton they had a fish and chip shop, ted loved his rugby and travelled by train to Invercargil for big matches

James Meade, Recalls Edward Henry and Agnes Davidson Meade living in Botting St, Opoho, Dunedin (now evans St).

They had a dairy farm 8-10 cows, also had a 4 wheel express with canopy - horse drawn and he moved furniture and goods, business was based in the exchange (then a busy centre of Dunedin), his horse was named Dolly
They then shifted to Round hill near manuka creek abt 1922/23 and (Jim) James Meade (3/4) is sure that the cows travelled by foot 3-4 were lost because they ate "toot" and were poisoned (something like bloat today).
Edward Henry had 300 acres for a start, later bought a next door farm, making 650 acres in all.
For some reason he had to sell it for next to nothing around 1937.
He was shell shocked at the war and spent nearly 12 months in Montecillo was veterans home in Dunedin.
He was there during the Duke of Yorks visit.
Jim Meade (James) also told Rita Evans that Edward Henry and Agnes had a fish shop in the Catlins, maybe Tahakopa
From Jim Meade - When Edward and Agnes lived at Opoho, one day the valley minister called and went inside to have a cup of tea. The family had a tame cockatoo which was sitting on its cage. Apparently Gladys used to tease it and poke a stick at it, must have done so where upon the cockatoo, in front of the Rev, said "you Buggar". It seems there was silence and quite an awkward moment. When the family shifted to Manuka creek Gladys and Bill Ridley (with Bill and Lexie) lived nearby and the cockatoo lived in the trees as well as its cage and always attacked only Gladys, the bird had to be caged for her to come to the house. Gladys lived in 3 houses around Manuka creek, Bill was rabbiting. Bill and Gladys had a white leghorn rooster, which was to be given to Edward and Agnes, so they got out the children's water paints and painted it all colours - was quite a sight the multi-coloured rooster, when given to Edward.

Jim started school at Caversham and boarded with Teanie and Jack Maxwell while in the pimers. After standard 1 he went to Manuka creek school and used to ride a big draft horse, he used to collect the mail and had to deliver it to all the neighbours. It was just on dark when he arrived home after school and the mail delivery. His school bag was a sugar bag with the top turned down and a rope on either end. The family and times were hard and money wasn't easy to come by.

When Edward and Agnes lived at Manuka creek they went to Clinton to visit the McIndoe's who had a sheep farm on the right hand side between Clinton and Wairuna, also the williamson's who lived on the left hand side of the road in Clinton going south. It now seems that both the McIdoe's and the Williamson's may have been relatives on either Ted or Agnes's side of the family.

Jim was 10 or 12 he remembers going in the ford T in the early 30's to visit the McIndoe's one Sunday at Wairuna/Clinton.
Jim also says Edward's half brother having a 1934 Ford V8 - 2 tonne with self help written on its sides.
Jim also remembers he used to take a bottle of milk to Gladys and Bill at Manuka creek and his horse used to trip, one day this happened and Jim got cut and he went to the nearest house the McCorkindales and they cleaned and patched him up, then sent him on his way again, minus milk.

Jim Meade remembers Manuka creek house of Edward Henry and Agnes Davidson. A sod house with 1 main large room, 1 bedrooom, 1 pantry. Jim and frank slept in a wooden floor tent outside. Agnes washed in a copper tub down a slope at the bottom was a pool, this water she used for the washing. The sod hut had an iron roof. There was a family named cousins who were very good friends, he was a railway ganger, they had 3-4 boys and a daughter, margaret irene Cousins. The farm was levelled out in 1946.

"Dolly" was the only transport until 1931/32 when Ted bought his first car a 1927 model T ford till then Dolly had carried them 3 1/2 miles to Round hill station and was tethered while Ted and Agnes went to milton, presumably for food stocks etc. Round hill was a small station, manuka creek much larger and that was further away. After round hill they bought a house just south of the Milton Bridge within a few months they were flooded and decided to move away, then going to Palmerston where he lived until he died in May 1946. We found his service No. 4 - 1521 on his headstone.

Ted enrolled in the army on 15 august when aged 44. Was a sapper in the tunnellers section H.Q. No. Relief. RSA have the dates as 15 Aug 1914 - 13/12/?. Ted seved at Passchendaele & France then was sent home with was wounds and had been gassed. he spent 2-3 periods in Montecillo.

Jim Meade remembers Manuka Creek house of Edward Henry and Agnes Davidson Hunter
A sod house with 1 main large room, 1 bedroom, 1 pantry. Jim anf Frank the 2 boys slept in a wooden floor tent outside. Agnes washed in a copper tub down a slope at the bottom was a pool, which water she used for the washing. The sod hut had an iron roof. There was a family, surname Cousins who were very good friends - he was a railway ganger, they had 3 or 4 boys and a daughter margartet Irene COUSINS. The farm was levelled out in 1946.

Aaccording to school records the Meade family were in clinton 4 feb 1917.

23 oct 1905 children at macandrew Rd school before this date, the school record clearly states family as being at CLINTON!!

Oct 1905 - Oct 1906, Dolly at Forbury school, Melbourne Rd, St Kilda.

Feb1908 - May 1908 Annie Lizzie at Forbury School, Douglas St, St Kilda

17 April 1912, Clinton, Charlotte Ellen Meade born

Aug 1914 Edward Henry Meade enrolled in the army and went overseas to Passchendaele and france.

Feb 1918 Gladys Violet, North East Valley School, to 26 oct 1920

8 May 1922 a photo of Frank at NEV Scool, address Botting St, Opoho, now Evans St, Opoho.

1922/1923 When Clarence James was 3 or 4 moved to Round Hill, Manuka Creek

1937 Jim remembers leaving Mnuka Creek
1937/1938 Manuka Creek - Charlotte Ellen met her future husband there. George Evans was gold mining there.
1945 from a newspaper cutting in 1960 - Agnes said she had lived in Palmerston for 15 years.

Agnes and Edward Meade were in Manuka in 1925

Niece of Edward Henry Meades cousin a Tania Woodbury - Ansetts only woman
pilot captain says she is looking forward to a new career in the skies. The
27yr old has been a first officer for the airline for 4yrs, graduated
recently for dash 8 aircraft. An Alma Clelland of 57 Richmond St Petone is
an aunt of Tania Woodbury. This was from Jim Meade- no date was a newspaper

Electorial role
1905, lived at Melbourne St, Dunedin with wife Agnes Davidson (nee hunter), Edwin described as a labourer


Edwin married Agnes Davidson HUNTER, daughter of George HUNTER and Ann Wilson LINDSAY, on 23 Feb 1899 in Kurow, Otago, New Zealand.220 (Agnes Davidson HUNTER was born on 4 Apr 1874 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand,221 died on 25 Apr 1966 in Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand and was buried in Hautapu Cemetery, Cambridge, Waikato, New Zealand.)

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