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Elizabeth Atkinson TOLLIS

  • Born: 20 Aug 1799, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Christened: 15 Sep 1799, Church Of England, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Marriage: Thomas HANSEN on 25 Dec 1815 in Paramatta, New South Wales, Australia
  • Buried: 25 Mar 1867, Te Puna, Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand

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Although she may have spent some time with Thomas' second family, by the time whe was sixteen she was married to Thomas Hansen on Christmas Day, 1815, at St Johns Church in Parramatta, by Samuel Marsden. Elizabeth, shown as being from Richmond parish had obviously left her father's home and was probably in service to a family there. The main witness to the marriage was Thomas Tollis, some indication that he maintained an interest in his first child. As events transpired this was the only one of his children's marriages that Thomas was to see. Thomas Hansen, supposedly from Parramatta, according to the marriage certificate, had actually been part of the entourage that had accompanied Samuel Marsden when he established a missionary settlement in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, December 1814. His father, also named Thomas Hansen, had captained the brig "Active" which took the missionaries to New Zealand, and his sister Hannah was married to John King, one of the three missionaries who manned this first mission base. Marsden had been rather anxious about having an unmarried male European remain in New Zealand, he should be married. Elizabeth Tollis, probably part of Samuel Marsden's parish, may have been recommended as a very suitable choice. She was not a convict, her father was part of the Governor's Body guard, she was living independently of her family and having been born in Sydney in the early days, she was used to poineering. Almost immediatly after the marriage, the Hansens returned to New Zealand. They settled next to the mission and riase a family of eleven children without a single loss. Their first child, Hannah, was the second white girl born in New Zealand, spent most of her life there and was buried at Russell in the Bay of Islands in 1907, in her ninetieth year. The family of Thomas Hansen and Elizabeth Tollis is regarded as the first European, non-missionary family to settle and remain in New Zealand. Their descendants celebrated their 175th Anniversary in NZ in 1990, when the rest of that country was celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi. A memorial plaque has been erected on the land where they lived at Oihi, Bay of Islands it reads; IN MEMORY OF THOMAS HANSEN 1785-1874 WHO ARRIVED AT OIHI DECEMBER 1814 ON THE BRIG ACTIVE NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST EUROPEAN NON MISSIONARY SETTLER ALSO ELIZABETH HANSEN (NEE TOLLIS) 1799-1867 WHO ARRIVED AT OIHI FEBRUARY 1816 ON THE BRIG ACTIVE THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY THEIR MANY DESCENDANTS AND UNVEILED BY HER EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL DAME CATHEINE TIZARD G.C.M.G.,D.B.E., ON 23RD FEBRUARY 1991


Elizabeth married Thomas HANSEN, son of Capt. Thomas HANSEN and Hannah COATS, on 25 Dec 1815 in Paramatta, New South Wales, Australia. (Thomas HANSEN was born on 30 May 1785 in Stepney, Middlesex, England, christened in St. George In The East, Stepney, London, England, died on 4 Mar 1874 in Russell, Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand and was buried on 8 Mar 1874 in Te Puna, Bay Of Islands, Northland, New Zealand.)

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