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SARA MALYON - TE PUKE MIDWIFE 1881-1915.
(Thanks to Val Gibbons)

Sara JAMES was born in Llanstephan, Carmarthen, South Wales in 1845. In 1871 she married Joseph MALYON of Bennington, Hertfordshire and they had two daughters, Eleanor and Florence. In 1878 the Malyon’s came to New Zealand – Joseph as farm manager to Captain Hugh STEWART and Sara as nursemaid and companion to Mrs STEWART and her son Mervyn. They sailed on the LADY JOCELYN, leaving London in May 1878 and arriving in Auckland in August. (This is not to be mistaken for the LADY JOCELYN voyage, which came to Tauranga in 1881). The family then went by steamer to Bowentown near Katikati. Two children, David and then Edith were born around this time. In 1881, Te Puke was surveyed and Joseph balloted for and received a 50 acre lot on No 3 Road. Joseph made his way to Te Puke over the Papamoa hills by horseback while Sara and the four children came by steamer, first to Maketu, then by Maori canoe to Canaan Landing and then on to Te Puke by horseback. In Te Puke, Sara and Joseph had another three daughters.

Sara had some nursing in training in England and upon arrival in Te Puke was soon in demand as midwife and nurse. She traveled all over the district and assisted with over 400 births. It is said that she never lost a baby at birth. Around 1906 Sara turned her home, (on the corner of Malyon Street and Station Road), into a maternity hospital known as Glynavon. She ran this until at least 1915. Sara made two trips back to Britain, one in 1907 and the second in 1914.

Sara died on 30 September 1926 at the age of 81 years. She is buried with Joseph at the Te Puke Cemetery. The following are from her private hospital records. If you recognise any of the names we would love to hear from you.

SURNAME CHRISTIAN RESIDENCE ADMITTED AGE CONFNMNT SX DOCTOR DSCHRG M B
ADAMSON Alice Mrs Papamoa, Te Puke 19Aug1912 36 29Aug1912 F L FT 12Sep1912 G G BF
BAYLISS Emma Marion Te Puke 13Jan1912 32 16Jan1912 M L FT Dr Britten I 30Jan1912 G G BF
BIDDELL (Should Be RIDDELL) Cecilia Papamoa, Te Puke 15Aug1911 43 15Aug1911 F L FT N 30Aug1911 G G BF
BLAIR Beatrice Minnieoy? Papamoa, Te Puke 12Nov1912 29 12Nov1912 M L FT N 26Nov1912 G G BF
BLAKER Mary Anne Tauranga 08Aug1910 24 14Aug1910 M L FT Dr Britten N 08Sep1910 G G BF
COLLINS Alice Gilmore Te Puke 12Jul1911 24 13Jul1911 F L FT Dr Britten I G G BF
COURTNEY Hannah Te Puke 02Apr1911 29 29Apr1911 M L FT N 10May1911 G G BF
DIPROSE Elsie Eden Maungarangi 10Jun1912 34 14Jun1912 M L FT N 30Jun1912 G G BF
DIPROSE Rachel Isabella Paengaroa 26Jun1910 27 01Jul1910 F L FT Dr Britten I 15Jul1910 G G BF
DOUGLAS Mary Lillian No 3 Road, Te Puke 19Jun1911 29 19Jun1911 M L FT N 03Jul1911 G G BF
DOUGLAS Mary Lillian No 2 Road, Te Puke 28Feb1907 26 28Feb1907 M L FT N 14Mar1907 G G BF
ELMSLEY Letisha Ann Waerenga, Waikato 02Mar1911 35 08Mar1911 F L FT Dr Britten I 25Mar1911 G G BF
ELWIN Florence Adelene Rangiuru 05Dec1912 33 05Dec1912 F L FT Dr Young N 18Dec1912 G G BF
GALE Gale Te Puke 26Jul1915 22 28Jul1915 F L FT N 09Aug1915 G G BF
GORDON Agnes Te Matai 24Oct1911 39 25Oct1911 M L FT N 07Nov1911 G G BF
GORDON Mary Ellen Te Matai 29Aug1913 28 31Aug1913 F/F L 7M Dr Young I 14Sep1913 G G BF
GORDON Mary Ellen Te Matai 30Apr1915 30 17May1915 M L FT N 01Jun1915 G G BF
GUILFORD Gertrude Mary No 2 Road, Te Puke 11Jun1915 35 11Jun1915 M L FT N G G BF
HARMAN Winifred Mrs Paengaroa 29Mar1913 35 29Mar1913 F L FT Dr Young I 13Apr1913 G G BF
HARRIS Edith Mary Te Puke 10Jan1911 32 12Jan1911 F L FT N 24Jan1911 G G BF
HARRISON Evangalene Mrs Te Puke 26May1912 31 29May1912 F/M L FT N 14Jun1912 G G BF
HOOPS Amy Pongakawa 09Jun1911 28 10Jun1911 F L FT N - G G BF
HOOPS Amy Mrs Pongakawa 21Jul1912 29 08Aug1912 M L FT 22Aug1912 G G BF
JARRETT (Should be GARRETT) Edith Papamoa, Te Puke 24May1906 26 04Jun1906 F L FT N 30Jun1906 G G BO
JONES Lucy Gertrude Papamoa, Te Puke 14Oct1906 23 07Nov1906 F L FT Dr Hurst I 25Nov1906 G G BF
McFETRIDGE Dora Kate Paengaroa 14Jul1911 31 22Jul1911 M L FT Dr Britten I 05Aug1911 G G BF
McGLASHAN Maude Maketu 20Apr1912 24 15May1912 M L FT N 02Jun1912 G G BF
McLACHLAN Julia Anne Jeken Matata 28Mar1911 45 08Apr1911 F L FT N 24Apr1911 G G BF
MUTTON Matilda No 2 Road, Te Puke --Apr1908 22 --Apr1908 F L FT N - G G BF
POTIKI Mary Paeroa Mills 10May1908 30 10May1908 F L FT N 27May1907 G G BF
POTIKI Mary Te Puke 23Oct1912 34 23Oct1912 M L FT N 05Nov1912 G G BF
PRENTIS Lucy Ethel Maud Maketu 05Oct1910 39 26Oct1910 F L FT N 11Nov1910 G G BF
REID France Eliza Mrs Papamoa, Te Puke 20Feb1913 23 02Mar1913 M L FT Dr Young I 16Mar1913 G G BF
RENDALL Florence May Mrs Maketu 30Jul1912 29 01Aug1912 M L FT Dr Young I 17Aug1912 G G BF
ROSS Elizabeth Mrs Paengaroa 07May1912 12May1912 F L FT N 25May1912 G G BF
SHEPPERD Annie Miln No 4 Road, Te Puke 21Jun1910 31 22Jun1910 F L FT Dr Britten I 05Jul1910 G G BF
SINCLAIR Clara Pongakawa 12Jan1910 13Jan1910 F L FT Dr Britten I 21Feb1910 G G BF
TANNER Florence Mildred Katikati 15Jun1911 35 24Jun1911 M L FT Dr Britten I 07Jul1911 G G BF
WHYMAN Josephine Te Matai Sawmill 28Jan1912 29 29Jan1912 M L FT N 13Feb1912 G G BF
WRIGHT Edith Florence Harriett Maketu 17May1910 38 01Sep1910 F L FT Dr Britten I 22Sep1910 G G BO
WRIGHT Elvina Maud Te Puke 30Nov1911 19 10Dec1911 F L FT N 23Dec1911 G G BF

L Living/Dead
FT Full Term
I Instruments
BF Breastfed
BO Bottlefed


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