Mary Ann SOUTHEE
- Born: Abt 1825, Berkshire, England
- Christened: 1 Jun 1835, Birchington, Kent, , England
- Marriage (1): Richard CLIFTON in 1854 in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
- Marriage (2): Reuben SHORT in Apr 1862 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Died: 16 Jun 1925, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. aged about 100
From the EVENING POST - 27 April 1912
OLD IDENTITIES - GOLDEN WEDDING
A golden wedding is not an event of frequent occurrence, and therefore of more than passing interest, particularly so when representatives of four generations are present at the gathering. Such an event - a family reunion - took place in the Masonic Hall, Berthampore, last evening, in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Short
s golden wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Short are now residing at Palmerston North, but were for forty-three years residents of Brooklyn. They are still enjoying the best of health, although both are over the age of eighty (Mrs. Short being eighty-three and her husband eighty-one). They are among our earliest pioneers, when our city was in its infancy.
Mrs. Short (nee Mary Ann Southy sic) arrived in Wellington on the 17th March, 1841, in the Lady Nugent, and Mr. Short in the Big London a year later.
Life in the old pioneer days was not all sunshine, and, though they shared the hardships which were the common lot of the sturdy pioneer, the old couple are hale and hearty. Mrs. Short was married in 1855 to Richard Clifton, at the Taita, Lower Hutt, where Mr. Clifton met his death about five years later by the fall of a tree at the time of the big flood at the Hutt. There were two daughters and a son by this marriage - Mrs. G. Key, Tasman-street, Wellington, Mrs. A. Rice, Happy Valley, and Mr. S. Clifton, Waikanae.
In 1862, at Lower Hutt, Mrs. Clifton married Mr. Reuben Short, eldest son of the late Mr. James Short, of Happy Valley. By this marriage there were two daughters and one son (deceased). Mrs. J. Tremain, of Palmerston North, and Mrs. C. Rasmussen, of Brooklyn. Except for a few years on the Ballarat diggings, Mr. Short spent the best part of his life in this city. He was a prominent figure in Wellington
s first Labour Day demonstration, being in charge of a team of bullocks. Earlier still he was a dairy farmer at Ohiro.
Mrs. Short was born in Berkshire, England, and was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Southy, of Lower Hutt. Mr. Short
s native place was Wiltshire.
Besides being in honour of Mr. and Mrs. Short
s golden wedding, the reunion was also in celebration of the thirty-ninth anniversary of Mr. G. Key
s wedding with Mr. Short
s eldest daughter. In all, there are sixty-six descendants of Mrs. Short surviving, there being four daughters, one son, twenty-nine grandchildren, and, with the exception of three or four, all were present last evening, the youngest in the gathering being three weeks old.
On behalf of the grandchildren, Mr. T. R. Key, the eldest grandchild, (Thomas Richard Key 1875-1963, then aged 37) presented Mrs. Short with a purse of sovereigns. During the evening musical items were given, and, with dances and games, a very pleasant time was spent.
Mary married Richard CLIFTON, son of Richard CLIFTON and Margaret PHILPOTT, in 1854 in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. (Richard CLIFTON was born on 18 Jul 1832 in Egerton, Kent England and died on 4 Oct 1858 in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.) The cause of his death was By a fall of a tree at the time of the big flood at the Hutt in 1858.
Mary next married Reuben SHORT, son of James SHORT and Charlotte TRIM, in Apr 1862 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. (Reuben SHORT was born in 1832 in Donhead, Wiltshire, England and died on 6 Jul 1922.)