Otago Witness December 29 1898 page 22
Obituaries unless otherwise stated
1st to 3rd January Adam TF arrived 1858 January 1st to 3rd Anderson Captain of the Waikare February 24 Arthur Thomas long resident of Lawrence May 29 Bellamy Edward author of "Looking Backwards" May 24 Bessemer Sir H aged 85 March 16 Bracken Thomas poet aged 55 March 16 Brown Robert an old settler of Henly February 17 Cain Dr R.C Archbishop of Rockhampton March 5 Cargill John Death announced February 8 Clements Charles executed at Dunedin April 12 Cook George barrister and solicitor aged 82 April 11 Dobson Sir William L of Hobart March 18 Dodgshun Rev. Charles ("Lewis Carroll") January 15 Fenton Ex-Judge of Native Land Court April 23 Forsaith Mr and Mrs TS arrived 1838 celebrate diamond wedding May 17 Gisbourne Hon. W. NZ statesman January 10 Gladstone Right Hon W E aged 88 May 19 Gladstone Mr buried at Westminster Abbey May 28 Haggitt BC aged 60 February 1 Hall Rev. George Waihola aged 78 March 1 Hodgkins MW aged 65 February 8 Harrold arrived 1848 by Bernicia May 22 Hawker Henry old resident Clutha May 20 Houghton EP traffic manager USS Co. aged 55 March 30 Johnstone John Fairfax March 12 Kalnosky Count aged 66 February 13 Kemp Major famous Maori chief aged 75 April 15 Kirle Professor aged 70 March Maskell W M registrar NZ University May 1 Marks Henry Stacy aged 68 January 11 Meade Sir Robert Colonial Office January 10 Miller Mrs Marion passenger by Philip Laing April 1 Mills Mrs of Green Island aged 71 arrived 1849 February 25 Milstead Mrs death announced arrived Ajax 1849 March 9 McGill Sarah aged 65 old resident of Port February 28 McMillan Angus aged 78 arrived by ship Mooltan 1849 March 6 Nicolimi Signor Patti's husband January 19 Orton Arthur Tichborne claimant April 1 Palmer Sir Arthur Lieutenant Governor Queensland March 20 Parnel Mrs mother CS Parnell March 26 playfair Lord May 31 Pyke Mrs relict Hon V Pyke aged 73 May 7 Payne James novelist March 26 Raynbird H and A Thom drowned Otago Harbour March 24 Robinson S J cricketer April 22 Selwyn Bishop aged 53 February 13 Stansfield Right Hon. J. aged 78 February 18 Tennyson Frederick aged 88 February 28 Thom A and H Raynbird drowned Otago Harbour March 24 Thornton Rev. Robert Waikiwi aged 53 April 1 Tunzleman John von who explored Wakatipu before goldfields May 20 Urquhart Mrs Harry Palmerston April 29 Villiers Right Hon. C P January 17 Vecker Father of Winton February Willard Miss Frances aged 59 February March 18 Williams Colonel NZ War veteran March 17 Wilson Mrs W early Milton settler February 15
Helen Alty, barque, lost on voyage to Klondyke; 40 drowned March 24 Laira, barque, sank by Wakatipu at Victoria wharf April 2 Laira Court of Inquiry May 4 Laira sold May 9 Mataura s.s. wrecked entrance Magellan strait January 27 Mecca and Lindula collision 53 lives lost May 27 Rotoiti ss arrives - new steamer USS Co. Manawatu USS Co. vessel sunk in Hobson's Bay by collision with ss Edina April 27 Great storm on Australian east coast eight vessels and 33 lives lost May 6 Terrific weather great loss of life English Channel and North Sea March 28 Fiftieth anniversary arrival Philip Laing celebrated April 15
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Bismarck Prince July 30 Baden-Powell Sir G.S. November 21 Bain Mrs James aged 77 arrived Otago 1849 September 24 Barkly Sir Henry aged 83 October 22 Barr Archibald chief postmaster in Otago for 30 years August 20 Barron Mrs, mother Hon. J.G. Ward; aged 68 November 10 Bayard Hon. Mr T F aged 70 September 29 Begg Adam aged 86 arrived Blundell 1848 August 18 Bell Sir F D NZ statesman July 15 Bell George Meredith Wantwood June 9 Black William novelist aged 57 December 11 Brebner Mrs Mary passenger by John Wickliffe July 12 Bunbury Mr C old resident of Dunedin aged 83 September 29 Buchanan John F.L.S. early colonist of Otago aged 79 October 18 Byrnes Mr T J. Premier of Queensland September 28 Caird Professor August 1 Campbell James old resident Blue Spur October 22 Castro Rev. C de Castro formerly in Trust Office arrived NZ early fifties Chapman Robert arrived Blundell 1848 September 10 Chinn Mr H E death June 18 Chisholm John September 10 Cooper G.S. aged 73 August 16 Dawson Matthew renowned English horsetrainer August 19 Mrs Dick shot by Mrs McWilliam in Wellington October 27 Fairchild Captain many years in charge Government steamer July 4 Finlay Robert aged 72 old identity July 23 Fenton Ven. Archdeacon first Anglican clergyman for Otago June 28 Forsaith Rev. aged 84 November 30 Foster Rev. G first Anglican minister at Timaru September 24 Fowler Sir John aged 81 November 22 Gibbs Mr W S dead, accountant August 12 Grant Mr F hotelkeeper Milton September 27 Grey Lady wife of Sir G Grey September 6 Grey Sir G George aged 86 September 20 Grey Sir G buried at St Paul's London September 27 Hookham Henry one time chess champion of NZ November 24 Houlahan M aged 58 December 20 Kane Bro. G.M. Orangemen December 21 Kilgor Mrs J arrived Otago Feb. 15 1854 September 20 Kitching Mr J F Treviot December 18 Jenkins WG arrived Victoria 1851, NZ 1862 July 7 Jenner Bishop September 21 Jenner Sir W famous physician December 13 Lathom Lord aged 61 November 20 Larnach Hon. W. J. M Funeral October 17 Lindsay Mrs John death announced; 38 years Balclutha district October 21 Lipton Sir T proposes to build a yacht to compete for America Cup August 3 Lynn-Linton novelist aged 76 July 15 McLelland William schoolmaster' arrived 1860 July 9 McAuliffe James of Caversham shot July 16 McFarlane Duncan arrived 1858 August 30 Manning Justice Sydney aged 87 August 8 Mantelli king of Samoa August 22 Martin Lady (Helen Faucit) actress October 31 Meir Herr founder Nord Deutsher Lloyd November 20 Miller Walter aged 71; arrived Otago 1849; Miller's Flat named after him. July 15 Moore Charles aged 62 August 14 Mouat Charles M July 28 Nelson Samuel dies in Green Island Church September 4 Plimsoll Samuel arrived Southland 1832 June 3 Printz George September 8 Pullar Alexander arrived Otago 1860 July 12 Queen of Denmark aged 81 September 29 Reed GM journalist November 12 Rees W G Wakatipu pioneer aged 71 October 31 Ronaldson Mrs wife of Rev. W Ronaldson September 13 Ross John dog catches a Notornis Mantelli August 7 Rothschild Ferdinand James de, baron aged 59 December 17 Scott JK murdered Motu July 22 Shand John death announced arrived by the Phoebe Dunbar 1850 October 19 Sheppard Hon Joseph M.L.C. October 25 Somerville William arrived by Blundrell 1848 June 29 Smith Joseph death July 30 see July 22 Scott Stewart Hon. W. Downie M.L.C. aged 57 Thomson Boy F J killed by Morington tram December 10 Tyson James Australian runholder aged 78 December 4 Ulyett cricketer June 20 Wadie Henry usher Supreme Court arrived 1858 August 30 Winchilsea Earl September 8
C.C. Funk, barque, wrecked Flinders Island, 11 drowned August 14 Clan Drummond wrecked Bay of Biscay, 37 drowned December 4 Derwent, s.s. collides with Mahinapu at Queen's wharf, Melbourne December 15 Grafton wrecked off the coast of Tasmania June 18 Hollinwood burning of ship at sea September 12 Mapourika, s.s. ashore at Greymouth October 1 Mohegan wrecked on Manacle rocks Falmouth; 80 lives lost October 15 Mokoia, arrival of the , U.S.S. Co.'s new steamer Southern Cross sails from London for Antarctica August 23 Southern Cross with M Borchgrevinck's Antarctica arrives in Hobart December 28 Southern Cross sails for Antarctica from Hobart December 17
Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 page 33 ANDERSON - On the 24th February, at the hospital, Captain John J. Anderson (late s.s. Waikare); aged 57 years Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 Page 23
Captain John Anderson We regret to record the death of Captain John Anderson, which occurred in the hospital at 3 a.m. on the 23 ult., as the result of the injuries he sustained on the steamer Waikare at Preservation Inlet early in the month. Captain Anderson joined the service of the Union Steam Ship Company nearly 22 years ago, and since that time was constantly in their employment. He was in charge of a great number of ships, and had a successful and honourable career. Prior to his joining the Union Company he was for 11 years in the New Zealand pilot service, and for two years as first mate in the employment in the New Zealand Steam Navigation Company. He joined the Union Company as first officer of the Taranaki in July, 1876, when the steamer and others of the New Zealand Steam Navigation Company's became the property of the Union Company. He then held a master's mariner's foreign-going certificate, and was promoted to be master of the s.s. Wellington in March, 1881. He subsequently commanded the Wanaka, the Penguin, the Rotorua, the Hauroto, the Tekapo, the Rotokino, the Waihora, and the Manapouri, and was transferred from the last-mentioned steamer to the command of the company's new steamer the Waikare in August last. For a long time Captain Anderson was a resident of Dunedin - his home was here, - but some years since he removed to Sydney on account of the health of his children. His home has since been in Sydney, and his wife died there. He leaves two sons, one of whom is an officer in the services of the Adelaide Steam Navigation Company. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, a large number of the deceased's friends following his remains from the hospital to the place of interment at the Southern Cemetery. Among those present were many of the Union Steam Ship Company's employees, besides a representative gathering of citizens. The coffin was covered with a memorial wreath forwarded by the offices of the Waikare. It was a beautiful design, in front of an anchor, the ship's name appearing on the fluke in leaves of red carnations on a background of white summer chrysanthemums. The Shipmasters' Association of New Zealand sent a handsome anchor, composed of very choice greenhouse flowers and maidenhair fern, with the letters "S.A.N.Z." made with blue and white flowers. The seamen of the Waikare sent a lovely anchor, and the Port Chalmers staff of the Union Company a beautiful wreath of greenhouse flowers and maidenhair fern. Floral tributes were also sent by the Union Company's head office staff, the Melbourne, Hobart, Christchurch, Wellington, Lyttelton, and Westport staffs, the cooks of the Waikare, the local shipmasters, the hospital nurses, and a large number of private individuals.
Otago Witness Thursday February 24 1898 Page 19 column 4 Mr Thomas Bracken
Mr Thomas Bracken died peacefully in the presence of his wife and Charles, his 12 year old son, Mr A. Thomson, and Mr J.P. Armstrong, in the Dunedin Hospital on the 16th at a quarter to 10 in the evening, from goitre, a trouble with he had been afflicted for some years. The deceased gentleman was b. on December 21 1843, in Ireland, and arrived in Victoria at the age of 12. "After experiencing," says Mr Mennell in his "Australasian Biography," "the ups and downs of colonial life for several years Mr Bracken went to Otago in 1869, and connected himself shortly afterwards with journalism in that province. He was connected with the Otago Guardian in the first year or two of its existence, and subsequently founded a weekly paper called the Saturday Advertiser, which he conducted with ability." Mr bracken, on ceasing his connection with the Advertiser, left Dunedin, the occasion being marked by a public presentation. He returned to Dunedin, and was connected for some years with the Morning Herald, which was subsequently the Evening Herald, until the property was sold. He paid a visit to Australia, where he engaged in press work and in lecturing, and it was during his residence on the other side that he wrote his beautiful poem "God's Own Country," in which he pays a tribute of praise to New Zealand. On coming back to this colony he received an appointment as parliament reader, which he held for some years, and which he resigned on account of the development of the goitre. On leaving Wellington he once more took up residence in Dunedin, and here his friends rallied round him and afforded him substantial help. During the last two years he joined the Roman Catholic Church. Mr Bracken's parliamentary career was not a long one. In 1881 he was elected to represent Dunedin Central in the House of Representatives, securing 340 votes, while Mr Cargill polled 320, Mr Bastings 263, Mr Dickson 76, and Mr Graham 43. At the election of 1884 Mr Bracken lost his seat, being defeated by Mr J.B. Bradshaw, who polled 499 votes to Mr Bracken's 496. Mr Bracken entered Parliament again in October of 1886, having been re-elected for Dunedin on Mr Bradshaw's death. On that occasion Mr Bracken polled 501 votes, Mr W. Hutchison 255, Mr C.R. Chapman 80, and Mr Darling 3. He did not offer himself as a candidate at the general election of 1887. As a politician Mr Bracken was a staunch supporter of Liberal measures, but was never a bitter man. When returning thanks for his election in December, 1881, he declared "that he was tired to no party, and would work for all classes - for justice to all." He had many warm friends on both sides of the House. In his nature there was a great deal of real Irish humour, and his famous exploit in the House, when he recited the poem "Behave Yoursel' Afore Folk," will long be remembered in the history of the New Zealand Parliament. Among his other comical productions which flowed from his pen were sketches entitled "Paddy Murphy on Lambton Kay," which he contributed to his paper with much success. It is his larger works, however, that brought fame to him. These included "Paddy Murphy's Budget," "Lays of the Land of the Maori and Moa," "Beyond the Tomb, and Other Poems," "Flowers of the Freeland," "Pulpit Lectures," and "Musings in Maori Land" (Dunedin, 1890)his last and fullest collection. Mr Bracken was connected with several friendly societies in Dunedin, in which he took a deep interest, and for a number of years he was a prominent member of the Caledonian Society, to whom more than one of his poems is dedicated. The funeral of the late Mr Thomas Bracken took place on the 18th inst. The remains were followed from the hospital to their last resting place in the Northern Cemetery by a number of leading citizens, amongst whom were Messrs A. Thomson, J.P. Armstrong, D.R. White, R. Wilson, James McIndoe, James Watson, H.J. Walter, W. Reid, John McIndoe, J. Liston, S.G. Smith, J.R. Thornton, A. Burton, W. Hutchinson. D. McNiccol, D.H. Hastings, A. Sligo, M.H.R., W.A.W. Wathen, Rev. Dr. Waddell, and the Hon. D. Pinkerton.
Ballads of Thomas Bracken. 1975 1st edition. The Dunmore Press, Palmerston North.
The poems of Thomas Bracken, the author of God Defend New Zealand, who died in 1898.
In Praise of NZ: God's Own Country; The Tramp of the Fire Brigade; Dunedin from the Bay; etc ...
Bracken: Poet, journalist, politician, b. Clones, Ireland 21 December, 1843; d. at Dunedin, New Zealand, 16 February, 1898. Having lost his parents he emigrated in his twelfth year to Victoria, Australia where he worked at many jobs and learned much about life that stood to him in his writings and later on in life. He went to Otago, New Zealand, as a shearer in 1869, and published there a small volume of verse, "Flights among the Flax", which brought him into some notice. In Dunedin, he was associated with the commercial staffs of "The New Zealand Tablet", "The Otago Guardian", and the "Morning Herald", and was founder and part proprietor of the "Saturday Advertiser", which was a literary and commercial success only so long as he directly controlled it. He was twice returned to Parliament (in 1884 and 1886) for Dunedin in the Liberal interest. He died in the Dunedin hospital. He is best known in New Zealand and Australia for his verse. Other poetic publications in book form : "Flowers of the Freeland"; "Behind the Tomb and Other Poems"; "The Land of the Maori and the Moa"; Bracken's themes are mostly local and colonial. He often used the pseudonyms Paddy Murphy and Didymus.
The Timaru Herald January 1 1870. The Boy and the Year by Thomas Bracken, Waimate
Evening Post, 21 December 1943, Page 7
New Zealand's national poet, Thomas Bracken, author of "Not Understood," was born in Ireland one hundred years ago today, writes B.M. The poem that made Bracken renowned is frequently published in England and America without mentioning the author's name; very often over the signature "Anonymous"; and occasionally it has been appropriated by some individual and published as being the fruitage of his own brain. The origin of the poem has been a matter of speculation, but an account of the circumstances that gave rise to it has been recently given by an admirer of the poet who was on friendly terms with a gentleman associated with Bracken in a journal in Dunedin and had the circumstances related to him by Bracken's contemporary; Bracken had applied for the editorship of a recently-established Catholic journal, but was unsuccessful because of certain views which he held. Shortly after, the poem "Not Understood" appeared. Bracken's first contact with Australia was as a lad of 13, when he was sent out to an uncle at Geelong, a farmer. A life on the land did not appeal to the youngster and he became an apprentice to chemistry, and later came to New Zealand, arriving here in 1869. Later in life he returned to Australia, but his heart was in New Zealand. Back here, he wrote the poem, "God's Own Country," which, with others, was published in a volume in Wellington in 1893. The volume, which was dedicated to James Mills, as a tribute to his work in fostering trade between Australia and "God's Own Country," contained a! note concerning the title he bestowed on New Zealand: "A New Zealander walking along Collins Street, Melbourne, met a countryman and inquired, 'How do you like Australia?' 'Oh, it's a wonderful country,' replied the other, 'but I would sooner live in "God's own country." Thomas Bracken was born in a j small town in Ireland named Clonee on December 21, 1843. Clonee, with a population of 500, is on the high road leading from Dublin to Enniscorthy, County Meath, Ireland in Bracken's time was undergoing great stress political turmoil, the great famine of the forties, and the fine flower of the j nation's youth streaming to other countries for the living that eluded them' in their own depleted Ireland of half its population. Left an orphan, young Bracken in his teens was sent out to an uncle in Australia, having lived in Ireland sufficiently long to acquire the taste inherent in his countrymen—a love of poetry and song. The dozen years which Bracken spent in Australia added to his experience of life and furnished him with pabulem for his literary career. He immortalised his impressions of the infant town as viewed from the deck of the sailing ship in "Dunedin From the Bay."
JOURNALISM IN DUNEDIN. Tom Bracken was associated with some of Dunedin's earliest papers. He joined a journal called "The Otago Guardian," and later founded, in collaboration with the Hon. John Bathgate, an early Parliamentarian, "The Saturday Advertiser," Mr. Bathgate providing the financial and the poet the intellectual capital. It was while he was editing this paper that Bracken inaugurated a competition for the musical setting of the poem which he hoped to have adopted as New Zealand's National Anthem. In order to obtain the best setting the services of three of Australia's leading musicians were obtained to judge the competition. In making the award they were to act independently of each other, and, remarkable to relate, each, adjudged a young schoolmasters effort as being the best. His name was J. J. Woods, of Lawrence, a small town some fifty miles from Dunedin, who. composed the musical setting on the night conditions of the competition arrived at his home town. "God Defend New Zealand" is now established as the Dominion's national song. The Government of New Zealand recently purchased the copyright of "God Defend New Zealand" from the music firm holding it, so that the public might be free to publish and use it. In the late seventies Bracken aspired to Parliamentary honours and was, elected to represent Dunedin in the House of Representatives in 1881. He brought to the deliberations of Parliament something of his rollicking Irish temperament. On one occasion when a contentious issue provoked a debate that detracted from the dignity of Parliament, Tom recited a poem, the title of which indicates its tenor, "Behave Yourself Afore Folk." A request by a member that he sing it was responded to and members with any pretentions to vocal powers joined in the chorus with the poet. Bracken died in Dunedin in 1898.
Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 Page 23 Obituaries
Mr Robert Brown on the 17th inst. Robert Brown, or Bob Brown was a halfcaste. His father was one of those adventurous spirits who sought the shoes of New Zealand in the early days to engage in seal fishing, and his mother was a Maori women belonging to a tribe on Stewart Island. Her name was Whare Rimu and her father was Tapui, of the hapu or sub-tribe, Kaite Ruahikihiki Kai te Oteumarewa te Ruapu me te Puhi o Rakuriora. "Bob" Brown was born at Codfish Island, which heleft as a boy, coming to Waikouaiti. There he was married to Jane Palmer, a halfcaste, daughter of Edward Palmer, one of the early whalers. He came out with his wife to the Taieri kaika near Henley some 48 years ago, where he lived till the time of his death. He was a first class pit sawyer. He was also a good carpenter, and built his own and several other houses. He used to do his own horseshoeing. He suffered a lot from asthma. Latterly he was seized with consumption, supervening upon influenza. His wife predeceased him by three years, and of his family of 10, six are left to mourn their loss. The latter are the wife of Mr Thos. Pratt, M.H.R., the wife of Mr E. Palmer at Taieri Mouth, and the widow of Captain Howell at Riverton. He was buried in the Native Cemetery at the kaika, last Sunday, the funeral service being conducted by some members of the Plymouth Brethren. One incident of the funeral was the wailing of a relative in true Maori style as the coffin was taken away from the house which struck the European ear as being both wild and mournful.
Obituary - Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 Page 23 Mr D. Bannatyne
The death occurred on Tuesday of another old identity in the person of Mr D. Bannatyne of Waihola, whom the outbreak of the gold diggings brought from Victoria by the Asa Elridge in January 1862. On arrival here Mr Bannatyne engaged in storing keeping and hotel keeping at Wetherstones for some time, after-wards coming to Dunedin to take the Sussex Hotel. Of late years he has been living on his farm at Waihola, but his death occurred in his old home the Sussex Hotel, where he was nursed by his eldest daughter, the present proprietress. The deceased was a prominent Mason during his residence in Dunedin.
page 29 Death Cargill - On the 2nd January, 1898, at Landsdowne, British Columbia, John Cargill (one of the Otago pioneers); in his seventy-seventh year. Otago Witness Feb. 17th 1898 page 23 column 3 Death of Mr John Cargill
Information has been received of the death at Landsdowne, in the Okanagan district, British Columbia, of Mr John Cargill, brother of his Worship the Mayor, who was a prominent figure in the early history of this portion of the colony. While a young man Mr Cargill served for a short time in the Royal Navy, and spent two or three years on the West India station in the brig Ringdove and the frigate Seringapatam, having left the service and returned to Great Britain he made a voyage about 1841 to Tasmanian and Port Phillip, and, after a cruise among the Pacific Islands, settled in Ceylon, where he was engaged as a coffee planter up to the year 1846. Returning, once more to England he was in time to assist his father, Captain Cargill, in the formation of the Otago settlement, and he came out with him in the John Wickliff. He was one of the earliest runholders in Otago. His first run was on the coast line at Tokomairiro. He afterwards took up the Taieri Plain. On the outbreak of the diggings he removed to what was then looked upon as back country, taking up what afterwards became the well-known Teviot run. Here he joined in partnership with his son-in-law, Mr E.R. Anderson, and Cargill and Anderson's run was long known as one of the finest in the South Island, having a flock of 55,000 well-bred merino sheep. They afterwards took up a large property in the south, known as Gladfield. Unfortunately, owing to the irruption of rabbits and the breakdown in wool values, their ventures resulted in heavy loss, their experience being shared by many of the pioneer settlers, and both Mr Cargill and Mr Anderson turned their eyes to other countries. Mr Cargill left New Zealand for England in 1884. He found his way to British Columbia about 1887, and continued to reside there, with his youngest daughter, up to the time of his death, which occurred at the ripe age of 77 years. While in Otago he took an active part and leading part in the political movements of the time. He was one of the first representatives of the province elected to the General Assembly which met in Auckland immediately after the constitution of the provinces, being returned unopposed in October, 1853, in conjunction with Mr W.H. Cutten, to represent the country district of Otago. Mr Cargill went up to Auckland in the company with his father and the late Mr J. Macandrew to attend the parliamentary session. In 1855 he was elected member of the Tokomairiro district, and in the same year was re-elected M.H.R. for the Dunedin country district with his father. Mr Cargill also took a lively interest in the volunteer movement. During one of his visits to the Home country he joined the Edinburgh corps and became ensign therein; he also attended the School of Musketry at Hythe, and obtained a certificate as a first-class marksman. On returning to the colony he used his knowledge to help in the establishment of volunteering, and he became and continued for some years colonel in the command of the militia and volunteers in the Dunedin district. Mr Cargill was married, shortly after his arrival in the colony, to the eldest daughter of the late Mr John Jones, but she died in January 1868, and he subsequently married a daughter of the late Dr Featherson. Of the first marriage there was a family of four daughters and two sons. Charlotte, the eldest daughter, married Mr Charles Ireland (son of Mr Ireland,Q.C.), barrister, and now resides with him and their family in British Columbia; Madeline married John, son of the late Mr J. Hyde Harris, and now lives in Europe with one daughter; the third daughter married Mr. E.R. Anderson, and she also resides in Europe; the youngest daughter is in British Columbia, and was with her father at the time of his death; and the sons John and Edward, who have settled in British Columbia. The family of the second marriage consisted of three children, of whom two survive, - the elder son being a doctor of medicine at present in South Africa, and the younger son being with his mother in England. The deceased gentleman was a man of high personal character, who won warm esteem of his fellow colonists.
age 29 Otago Witness Feb. 17th 1898 Death Hodgkins - On the 9th February, at Nevada, Roslyn, William Mathew Hodgkins in his sixty-fifth year. Otago Witness Feb. 17th 1898 page 9 column 2 Death of Mr W.M. Hodgkins Our readers will learn with much regret of the death, which occurred shortly after 2 o'clock on the 9th, of Mr W.M. Hodgkins, solicitor, of this city (Dunedin).
The late William Mathew Hodgkins was born in Liverpool in June 1833. When a youth he was employed for some years in London in the Patents Office, which he left in 1856 to take up a poet in Waterlow and Sons' establishment. He afterwards went to Paris, where he resided for two years in the Latin Quarter (rendered famous in "Trilby"), during which time he gained a good knowledge of art, and thus laid the foundation for many successes which attended his efforts in that direction in later years. He came out to Melbourne in 1859 in the ship White Star, and after a stay there of a few months he left in the Aldinga for New Zealand, arriving in Otago early in 1860. In Dunedin he entered the service of the legal firm of Gillies and Richmond, and subsequently he became an articled clerk to Messrs Howorth and Barton. Some years later, on Mr Barton's retirement, he joined Mr Howorth in the business, but for the last 13 years he had been practising alone. He never took any active part in politics or municipal affairs. Outside his business he devoted himself to the study of art, in which, he is well known, he rose to a position of considerable emenence, so that he ranked as a worker in water colours with two of the greatest of New Zealand artists - John Gully and J.C. Richmond. In the pursuance of his art studies he travelled over a great part of the colony, and everywhere in his journeys he faithfully depicted many of the world-famed beauty spots of our colony. There is little doubt that the works of his brush and pencil will be appreciated more and more as time goes on. He was one of the principal founders of the Otago Art Society, which was formed in 1876. The late Mr Irvine was its first president, on his death in 1880 Mr Hodgkins was unanimously elected in his stead - a post which he held continuously up to the time of his death. For the last 18 months he had been ailing. The cause of death being Bright's disease. In 1866 Mr Hodgkins married Miss Parker, daughter of Mr John S. Parker, who was at one time coroner of Sydney. He is survived by his widow and six of a family - four sons and two daughters. Each of the daughters - one of whom is the wife of Mr W.H. Field, solicitor, of Wellington - possesses in a marked degree the artistic ability of her father. The funeral took place on Friday. The remains were followed from the deceased gentleman's late resident in Roslyn to the Northern Cemetery by a representative gathering of the legal profession and of the Otago Art Society, and as the cortege passed along the main thoroughfare its numbers were swelled by constant additions. Amongst those who were present were Dr Scott, Messrs John White, J.F. Woodhouse, E.P. Kenyon, J.R. Sinclair, F.R. Chapman, E.R. Ussher, John Davie, R.S. Cantrell, P. Goyen, L.W. Wilson, A. Carrick, T.S. Graham, H. Webb, A. Holmes, John Wilkinson, J.A. Park, A.H. Burton, W.E. Reynolds, L.H. Reynolds, J. Mitchell, F.H. Morice, F. Mallard, H. Turton, R.S. McGowan, R. Haweridge, E.B. Hayward, C.F. Glegg, W.H. Pearson, and Hon. W.D. Stewart.
Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 page 3 Mrs Sarah McGill
M'Gill - On the 23rd February, at her residence, Elm row, Dunedin, Sarah, relict of the late Captain Neil McGill; aged 66 years. Deeply regretted. Wellington and Melbourne papers please copy. Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 Page 23 Mrs Sarah McGill Another old identity passed away last week in the person of the late Mrs Sarah McGill, who was buried at Port Chalmers on Saturday. The deceased lady was born at Paisley in the year 1833, and after her marriage accompanied her husband, the late Captain Neil McGill to Melbourne in the early fifties. Shortly afterwards Captain and Mrs McGill came to Port Chalmers and settled down, and there three of their family were born. Captain McGill was master of the p.s. Samson and other vessels for many years, and both the deceased lady and he were highly respected at the Port.
Otago Witness Thursday March 3 1898 Page 23 Obituary Mrs John Mills
The funeral of another old identity took place on Friday last, when the remains of Mr John Mills were interred in the Green island Cemetery. Mrs Mills, whose death occurred at the ripe old age of 71, was the eldest daughter of the late Mr David Calder, of Forbury, who arrived in the colony with his family by the ship Mariner in the year 1849. Shortly after their arrival, his daughter, the deceased lady, was married to Mr John Mills, who was one of the passengers in the Philip Laing. Mr and Mrs Mills were the first settlers in the Green Island district, and as the case with nearly all the first settlers, Mrs Mills led a very active life. She was a thorough business women. Mrs Mills leaves a grown-up family of three sons and six daughters, all of whom are residents of Otago, two of the daughters and one son holding positions under the Education Board. Mrs Mills's death will be felt keenly by relatives and friends, and the Green Island district is made poorer by the removal of so worthy and respected a resident.
Otago Witness Thursday March 17 1898 Page 13 column 4 Death of Mr Cunningham Smith
London, March 9 The late Mr W. Cunningham Smith was a son of a member of the firm of Lewis, Potter, and Co., of Glasgow, and came to Otago about 18 years ago. He was at first employed on stations that are now the property of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, but subsequently, with two partners, took up the Haldon run, in the Mackenzie Country, and worked it for about 10 or 12 years, when they sold the run and dissolved partnership. Mr Smith was them employed by the New Zealand and Australian Land Company, and took charge of the Dunedin office. Next he became manager in Dunedin for the New Zealand Refrigerating Company, and, retiring from his position in 1894, accepted the position of manager of the Southland Frozen Meat Company, this involving his departure for Invercargill. Prior to his leaving Dunedin he was presented by the merchants and others with a substantial purse of sovereigns as a token of their esteem. He had held the office of the president and also that of treasurer of the Otago Agricultural and Pastoral Society just before his removal from Dunedin. He was next offered a superior appointment by the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company to go to London to take charge of the company's produce department. To fulfill this engagement Mr Smith left Dunedin on the 24th December 1896. He was not then in the best of health. He was about 55 or 56 years of age. He was married to the widow of the late Mr James Davidson, and she accompanied him to England. There were no children born of the marriage.
Otago Daily Times March 22 1892
Many of the early settlers will regret to hear of the death of Mr Mark DALE, formerly inspector of stock, which occurred at Milburn. The deceased gentleman, who was 75 years of age, was a native of Yorkshire and resided for some time at Sledmere, where, we understand, he was a tenant to Sir Tatton Sykes. He came out to Victoria about 35 years ago and arrived in Otago early in the 60s. He was employed as a drover for the firm of Messrs. Wright, Stephenson & Co., when travelling was no easy task. He subsequently became sub-inspector of sheep, with control of the Waitahuna district. On his retirement from that office he purchased a farm at Milburn and he has remained in that district ever since. Being an excellent judge of sheep, he was frequently chosen to act in that capacity at shows in both Otago and Canterbury. Of late years, his health has been failing and he died after a few days illness at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr John Sutherland, at Milburn.
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