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William SNOW

  • Born: 21 Oct 1798, Exeter, , Devonshire, England
  • Christened: 21 Oct 1798, St. Sidwell's, Exeter, Devonshire, England
  • Marriage: Mary HEWISH on 31 Aug 1820 in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 3 Feb 1874, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand at age 75
  • Buried: 5 Feb 1874, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand

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He was the King's gold lace maker by occupation in London. It is believed that the depression in the cloth trade in the period following the Napoleonic Wars resulted in a general exodus of people from England to find new fortunes and a better life for themselves and their families in New Zealand. Before leaving England, William purchased for 300 Pd's an agreement from the New Zealand Land Co. and an entitlement to 101acres of land in Nelson, comprising 1 acre town section, 10 acres of suburban land and the rest on the Walmea Plains at Richmond. The New Zealand Land Co. was a scheme initiated by Edward Gibbon Wakefield for emigrants of exemplary character. It is believed that William, prior to leaving for New Zealand, spent sometime in London training as a Tailor, perhaps a family tradition as well as farming. William was a business man and active in community politics. Emigrated on the vessel "London" Departing 10th April 1842. Immediately on arrival in Nelson, William and Mary built a mud and thatched roof house on their town section. On the original survey map of Nelson, this part is known as Snow's Gardens. William was reputed to have provisioned many early Nelsonian's during a short term period in those early days of settlement. Later the Snow's built a store on the corner of Hardy and Trafalgar St's and sold everything from a needle to a haystack. After 13 years as storekeepers they sold this business to Ninian Lockhart and retired to a home they built on the top of Snow's Hill on their suburban lot. In the early 1860's, the home and land were sold to the Nelson College board and is now known as College Hill. William and Mary then bought the still present gabled and slate roofed homestead and extensive grounds at the corner of Waimea St and Waimea Road where they lived until their deaths. William died 3 February 1874,aged 76 and Mary died 13th July 1884, aged 87. William had dissipated much of his estate with his gambling and liking for alcohol, but Mary's estate at her death was still considerable. (Information provided by Yvonne Jenkins. )
Advert placed by William Snow T. Snow - 30/8/1857
Advert. Victoria House Drapery Haberdashery Hosiery Grocery. Oilmen's Stores Crystal China and Earthenware and which from his former experience in the same trade are of a Quality not to be excelled and for cheapness not to be surpassed. Country orders despatched with attention and punctuality. Butter, eggs and other Produce taken in the usual way. Goods stored at a reasonable charge.


William married Mary HEWISH, daughter of Andrew HEWISH and Rebecca ESWORTHY, on 31 Aug 1820 in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devonshire, England. (Mary HEWISH was born on 1 May 1799 in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devonshire, England, christened on 26 May 1799 in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devonshire, England, died on 13 Jul 1884 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried on 15 Jul 1884 in Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.)

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