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AUCKLAND WEEKLY NEWS
DIVORCES
1915 - 1918
M - W

These are extracts from the Auckland Weekly News - available on microfilm at the Auckland City Library. I do not personally have any more information than is shown here. Thanks to Jacqueline Walles for these.

MACKAY
Petitioner MACKAY, Ivy Alice
Respondent MACKAY, Ernest Henry
Married 1913
Paper [AWN 21.11.1918]

MANTELL
Petitioner MANTELL, Bessie
Respondent MANELL, John Thomas
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

MANTELL
Petitioner MANTELL, Bessie, Ponsonby
Respondent MANELL, John Thomas
Charge Desertion
Comment Decree nisi, child to petitioner.
Paper [AWN 17.08.1916]

MAY
Petitioner MAY, Horace Knight
Respondent MAY, Emily Lydia
Charge Desertion
Paper [AWN 14.11.1918]

McDONALD
Petitioner McDONALD, Patrick, labourer, Harbour Board
Respondent McDONALD, Mary Jane
Co-respondent CORBY, Michael
Charge Misconduct
Married 1901
Issue 6 children
Paper. [AWN 17.02.1916]

McGOWAN
Petitioner McGOWAN, Anstruther
Respondent McGOWAN, Alice M
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 14.02.1918]

McKAY
Petitioner McKAY, Ernest Henry
Respondent LAFITTE, Ivy Alice md April 1913, Auckland
Respondent CHIDGEY, Pearl Catherine, md September 1917, Christchurch
Charge Charged with bigamy
Paper [AWN 19.09.1918]

McKENZIE
Petitioner McKENZIE, Ellen Mary
Respondent McKENZIE, Hector Charles Ash
Comment Decree absolute granted by Mr Justice STRINGER in the Auckland Supreme Court on Thursday. Custody of children was granted to the petitioner in each case, subject to leave being reserved to the respondent to apply for the right of access to the children.
Paper [AWN 20.05.1915] and [AWN 30.03.1916]

McKENZIE
Petitioner McKENZIE, Evelyn M
Respondent McKENZIE, Alexander
Charge Desertion
Married October 1907, Auckland Registry Office
Comment Married after a week’s acquaintance, the bride being 18.
Paper [AWN 22.11.1917]

McKEOWN
Petitioner McKEOWN, Edgar Charles
Respondent McKEOWN, Grace
Charge Desertion
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916] and [AWN 17.08.1916]

McKINNON
Petitioner McKINNON, Charlotte Elizabeth Margaret
Respondent McKINNON, William
Married March 1914
Issue 1 child
Comment Separation Order.
Paper [AWN 06.07.1916]

McLEOD
Petitioner McLEOD, Ada L
Respondent McLEOD, Alexander, ex Policeman, Onehunga
Charge Misconduct
Paper [AWN 15.08.1918]

McLEOD
Petitioner McLEOD, Alexander J
Respondent McLEOD, Helen R
Co-respondent CURTIS, George (missing since the disappearance of s.s. Wairuna)
Married April 1915 Auckland
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 13.12.1917] and [AWN 14.02.1918]

McNIEL
Petitioner McNIEL, Winifred
Respondent McNIEL, James
Comment Custody of child to petitioner
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916] and [AWN 03.05.1917]

McPHERSON
Petitioner McPHERSON, Helena May
Respondent McPHERSON, Samuel
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

MILGREN
Petitioner MILGREN, Ross S
Respondent MILGREN, Annie M
Co-respondent SIMPSON, William
Charge Adultery
Married 1906
Issue 2 children
Paper [AWN 12.12.1918]

MITCHELL
Petitioner MITCHELL, Clara
Respondent MITCHELL, Alfred Cobie/Colin, bigamist
Comment Decree nisi:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916] and [AWN 17.08.1916]

MOORE
Petitioner MOORE, Frank
Respondent MOORE, Lilly
Co-respondent POWELL, Richard, aka Richard WALLACE
Married 1897 Whangaroa
Issue 9 children
Comment Decree nisi. Petitioner to have custody of the 9 children of the marriage except for 1 son & 1 daughter.
Paper [AWN 04.05.1916] and [AWN 25.05.1916]

MOORE
Petitioner MOORE, Frederick William, Stores Clerk, General Post Office, Auckland
Respondent MOORE, Ethel Harriet Te Tuniarako
Co-respondent MARTIN, Aubrey Beauclere, Mechanic
Married 1908
Paper [AWN 20.05.1915]

MOORE
Petitioner MOORE, Minnie
Respondent MOORE, Robert Forbes
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916] and [AWN 09.11.1916]

MORAN
Petitioner MORAN, Ruth
Respondent MORAN, Joseph Michael
Charge Desertion
Married March 1909
Issue 1 child
Paper [AWN 21.11.1918]

MORGAN
Petitioner MORGAN, Ellen
Respondent MORGAN, William
Charge Adultery
Married Auckland 1906.
Paper [AWN 25.05.1916]

MORGAN
Petitioner MORGAN, Hannah
Respondent MORGAN, John
Charge Desertion
Married Wales 1888
Paper [AWN 30.05.1918]

MORRIS
Petitioner MORRIS, Edward, Machinist, Mt Eden
Respondent MORRIS, Elizabeth May
Co-respondent POLAND, Thomas
Married 30 March 1909
Issue 3 children.
Comment Custody of children to petitioner. Decree Nisi
Paper AWN 01.06.1916]

MORROW
Petitioner MORROW, Mary Luchia
Respondent MORROW, Alfred John
Married Sept 1911, St Patrick’s Cathedral
Paper [AWN 20.05.1915]

MOULDEN
Comment Decrees absolute granted by Mr Justice Cooper at the Auckland Supreme Court last week:
Paper [AWN 27.09.1917]

MOYLAN
Petitioner MOYLAN, Ellen
Respondent MOYLAN, James
Charge Adultery
Issue 3 children
Paper [AWN 05.12.1918]

MUNDY
Petitioner MUNDY, Charles
Respondent MUNDY, Henrietta
Charge Misconduct
Married Helensville, January 1898
Paper [AWN 15.08.1918]

MUNSON
Petitioner MUNSON, Doretta
Respondent MUNSON, Francis John, Manager of Printing Office
Charge Desertion & cruelty
Married Westport 1902
Issue 4 children
Comment Decree nisi
Paper [AWN 01.06.1916]

MURPHY
Petitioner MURPHY, Edith Agnes
Respondent MURPHY, Edmund
Charge Desertion
Paper [AWN 14.11.1918]

MURRAY
Petitioner MURRAY, Adam Beattie, Constable, Auckland
Respondent MURRAY, Mary
Married Onehunga, 20 April 1907
Issue 1 child
Comment Decree nisi granted to be made absolute in three months.
Paper [AWN 11.11.1915]

MURRAY
Petitioner MURRAY, Mary Henrietta
Respondent MURRAY, John
Charge Misconduct.
Married August 1900,
Issue 3 children.
Comment Decree Nisi.
Paper [AWN 18.05.1916]

MURRAY
Petitioner MURRAY, Robert
Respondent MURRAY, Eliza
Co-respondent MEACLEM, Robert Irvine
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

NEVILLE
Comment Decree absolute granted by Mr Justice Cooper at the Auckland Supreme Court last week:
Paper [AWN 27.09.1917]

NEVILLE
Petitioner NEVILLE, Lucie Matilda
Respondent NEVILLE, William Robert
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

NEWTON
Petitioner NEWTON, Arthur John
Respondent NEWTON, Ada Violet
Co-respondent CASEY, Albert Henry
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

NIELSEN
Petitioner NIELSEN, Morten Jorgen Martinus
Respondent NIELSEN, Alice
Co-respondent FORBES, Alfred J
Married March 1901 at Dannevirke.
Issue Three children
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 25.05.1916]

O’CALLAHAN
Petitioner O’CALLAHAN, John H
Respondent O’CALLAHAN, Elizabeth C
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 14.02.1918]

O’CONNOR
Petitioner O’CONNOR, Edward, Auckland, boilermaker
Respondent O’CONNOR, Mary
Co-respondent SWINDLEY, Richard
Charge Adultery
Married 1901
Paper [AWN 12.12.1918]

O’LEARY
Petitioner O’LEARY, Henry Herbert
Respondent O’LEARY, Ethel Leila Jeannie
Co-respondent CARDWELL, Thomas
Married Christchurch 1909
Issue No children
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 25.05.1916]

OLSEN
Petitioner OLSEN, Ellen
Respondent OLSEN, Hilliard
Charge Misconduct
Paper [AWN 30.05.1918]

PARNELL
Petitioner PARNELL, George T
Respondent PARNELL, Ruby Hannah
Charge Misconduct
Married June 1907 when respondent was aged 16 ˝ .
Comment Respondent left in 1916
Paper [AWN 23.08.1917

PARSONS
Petitioner PARSONS, Alexander Archibald
Respondent PARSONS, Elizabeth Esther
Co-respondent MARTIN, Harold
Married Devonport 26 Sept 1910
Paper [AWN 19.08.1915]

PETCH
Petitioner PETCH, Robert J
Respondent PETCH, Emily
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 14.02.1918]

PHARE
Petitioner PHARE, Francis Tucker
Respondent PHARE, Susan
Co-respondent COLLETT, Norman; PROSSER, Elliott
Married February 1912
Issue 2 children
Paper. [AWN 17.02.1916]

PINKER
Petitioner PINKER, Pera
Respondent PINKER, Benjamin George
Married Rotorua 1912
Paper [AWN 17.02.1916]

POTTER
Petitioner POTTER, Amy Barbara
Respondent POTTER, Arthur Percival
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

POTTER
Petitioner POTTER, Amy Barbara
Respondent POTTER, Arthur Percival, farmer
Charge Adultery & desertion
Married Masterton 30 Sept 1903
Issue 3 children
Comment Decree Nisi, children to petitioner. Petitioner presently living at Birkenhead with her father who was also keeping the children
Paper [AWN 17.08.1916]

POWELKA
Petitioner POWELKA, Mrs
Respondent POWELKA, J J
Married 1909, Ashhurst.
Comment Husband deserted 1910 and was later sentenced to 21 yrs imprisonment. Decree nisi granted, to be made absolute in three months.
Paper [AWN 16.12.1915]

PROHL
Petitioner PROHL, Alice Mary
Respondent PROHL, Carl Wilhelm
Paper [AWN 15.08.1918]

RAMSAY
Comment Decrees absolute granted by Mr Justice Cooper at the Auckland Supreme Court last week:
Paper [AWN 27.09.1917]

REYNOLDS
Petitioner REYNOLDS, Harriet Anne
Respondent REYNOLDS, Arthur Broad
Charge Desertion & adultery
Married 25 Dec 1888, Christchurch
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 01.06.1916]

RICHARDS
Petitioner RICHARDS, Marjorie J O
Respondent RICHARDS, Joseph Foote
Charge May 1912
Married Desertion two weeks after marriage
Paper [AWN 30.05.1918]

RIGBY
Petitioner RIGBY, Eliza Annie
Respondent RIGBY, Walter Story, civil engineer
Charge Desertion
Married 1903 Wellington
Issue 2 children
Paper [AWN 13.09.1917]

RIVETT-CARNAC
Petitioner RIVETT-CARNAC, Adelina Pattie
Respondent RIVETT-CARNAC, Vernon C
Issue 4 children
Paper [AWN 07.11.1918]

ROSANOWSKI
Comment Decrees absolute granted by Mr Justice Cooper at the Auckland Supreme Court last week:
Paper [AWN 27.09.1917]

RUTLEDGE
Petitioner RUTLEDGE, James Thomas
Respondent RUTLEDGE, Sarah Jane
Co-respondent CLOSE, William Alfred
Married St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland on 22 Dec 1909.
Issue 4 children
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

SANDFORD
Petitioner SANDFORD, Ethel Holmwood
Respondent SANDFORD, Ernest Herbert
Co-respondent Misconduct & desertion
Comment Custody of the 3 children to the petitioner.
Paper [AWN 31.08.1916]

SAVORY
Petitioner SAVORY, Frederick William, engineer, Mt Eden
Respondent SAVORY, Leonida Augusta, a widow with 3 children from previous marriage at time of marriage to Petitoner.
Charge ‘Constructional’ desertion
Married Church of the Epiphany, Karangahape Rd, 15 Dec 1909 Both born Auckland.
Paper [AWN 25.05.1916]

SCARFF
Petitioner SCARFF, William, soldier, 40th Reinforcements
Respondent SCARFF, Carlotta
Co-respondent CASEY, John
Married 5 Nov 1914
Comment Hamilton
Paper [AWN 20.06.1918]

SCEATS
Petitioner SCEATS, Gertrude Elizabeth
Respondent SCEATS, John Roberts
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

SERONG
Petitioner SERONG, John Joseph
Respondent SERONG, Agnes Virginia
Co-respondent SMITH, Henry
Married Auckland 22 Nov 1913
Comment Respondent was a widow at time of marriage to SERONG. Lived Auckland & Pokeno.
Paper AWN 19.08.1915]

SHANKS
Petitioner SHANKS, Margaret
Respondent SHANKS, James S, farmer, Kaukapakapa
Paper [AWN 29.08.1918]

SHIELLS
Petitioner SHIELLS, Helen
Respondent SHIELLS, Vincent Radcliffe
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

SHIELLS
Petitioner SHIELLS, Helen
Respondent SHIELLS, Vincent Radcliffe
Charge Non-maintenance
Married 1908
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 31.08.1916]

SIMMONS
Petitioner SIMMONS, Henry James, Cook on a sailing ship
Respondent SIMMONS, Sarah Ann
Co-respondent McMINN, James
Married March 1902
Paper [AWN 20.05.1915]

SKINNER
Petitioner SKINNER, Raynor Woolfe
Respondent SKINNER, Albert Edward
Married Auckland 11 Oct 1909
Paper [AWN 20.05.1915]

SMART
Petitioner SMART, William
Respondent SMART, May Stewart
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

SMITHER
Petitioner SMITHER, Leonard George
Respondent SMITHER, Inga Mary
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

STEELE
Petitioner STEELE, Walter T
Respondent STEELE, Alice A
Co-respondent MATHEW, Sydney H
Married 1906 London
Paper [AWN 22.11.1917]

STEVENSON
Petitioner STEVENSON, Mary A
Respondent STEVENSON, Ernest O
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 14.02.1918]

STOKES
Petitioner STOKES, Susan
Respondent STOKES, Henry
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

STONE
Petitioner STONE, Emily Norah
Respondent STONE, Charles E
Charge Misconduct
Paper [AWN 15.08.1918]

TAYLOR
Petitioner TAYLOR, Martha
Respondent TAYLOR, Samuel George
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

THOMAS
Petitioner THOMAS, Alfred S
Respondent THOMAS, Margaret E
Charge Desertion; adultery
Married 1903
Issue 5 children
Paper [AWN 12.12.1918]

THORBURN
Petitioner THORBURN, Ivy Florence.
Respondent THORBURN, George Ernest
Charge Misconduct & desertion – adjourned
Paper [AWN 02.03.1916]

UNDERDOWN
Respondent UNDERDOWN, Richard, Barman
Co-respondent UNDERDOWN, Eileen
Married Freeman’s Bay 14 April 1912
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 01.06.1916

URLICH
Petitioner URLICH, Ruby
Respondent URLICH, George Steve
Married Registry Office, Auckland, 1908
Issue 2 children
Comment Habitual drunkenness, failure to maintain & persistent cruelty
Paper [AWN 09.03.1916]

WALKER
Petitioner WALKER, Gilbert Phipps
Respondent WALKER, Emma Catherine
Co-respondent HUNT, James
Issue 1 child of the marriage
Comment Hamilton
Paper [AWN 20.06.1918]

WALSH
Petitioner WALSH, Mary Susanna
Respondent WALSH, Michael Joseph
Charge Drunkenness & cruelty.
Paper [AWN 19.09.1918]

WATTS
Petitioner WATTS, Annie M
Respondent WATTS, Thomas D
Married 1903
Issue 8 children
Paper [AWN 05.12.1918]

WHITE
Petitioner WHITE, Annie
Respondent WHITE, Francis George Henry, master mariner
Charge Misconduct
Married Auckland 1897
Issue 1 daughter
Paper [AWN 17.02.1916]

WHITE
Petitioner WHITE, Mary Alice
Respondent WHITE, Stephen John, paper ruler
Charge Desertion
Married Sept 1895
Paper AWN 09.03.1916]

WHITE
Petitioner WHITE, Mary Alice
Respondent WHITE, Stephen John
Comment Decree Absolute, Auckland Supreme Court
Paper [AWN 13.07.1916]

WHITE
Petitioner WHITE, Annie
Respondent WHITE, Stephen George
Issue Children to petitioner
Comment Decree Absolute, Auckland Supreme Court
Paper [AWN 13.07.1916]

WHYTE
Petitioner WHYTE, Violet Rose
Respondent WHYTE, Edward
Charge Bigamy
Paper [AWN 30.05.1918]

WI KATENE
Petitioner WI KATENE, Ngiha
Respondent WI KTENE, Rosie
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

WILEY
Petitioner WILEY, Marguerite Mary
Respondent WILEY, Alfred
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

WILKINSON
Petitioner WILKINSON, Susan H
Respondent WILKINSON, Bertram K
Married 1909 Dunedin
Paper [AWN 13.12.1917]

WILLIAMS
Petitioner WILLIAMS, Alice.
Respondent WILLIAMS, William
Married Invercargill 1907
Paper [AWN 23.08.1917]

WILLIAMS
Petitioner WILLIAMS, Emily
Respondent WILLIAMS, Howell Richard Robert
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

WILSON
Petitioner WILSON, Adelaide Beatrice
Respondent WILSON, William
Comment Before the Judge alone:
Paper [AWN 10.08.1916]

WILSON
Petitioner WILSON, Edwin, Auckland
Respondent WILSON, Ivy Christine
Married 29 Dec 1908, Havelock North Presbyterian Church
Comment Decree nisi to be made absolute in 3 months
Paper . [AWN 18.11.1915]

WINTER
Petitioner WINTER, Andrew
Respondent WINTER, Mabel Alice
Co-respondent GOLDBERG, Henry William
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

WISE
Petitioner WISE, Bertha
Respondent WISE, Frank William, hairdresser, Auckland
Charge Misconduct
Married Wellington, March 1909,
Issue No children.
Comment Decree Nisi
Paper [AWN 25.05.1916]

WOSKETT
Petitioner WOSKETT, George H
Respondent WOSKTT, Laura S
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 14.02.1918]

WRACK
Petitioner WRACK, Aileen Anna Maria Stephenson
Respondent WRACK, Charles Stephenson
Comment Divorce petition
Paper [AWN 09.11.1916]

WRIGHT
Petitioner WRIGHT, Annie
Respondent WRIGHT, James Bonnar
Married Christchurch 30 June 1884
Comment Lived Auckland, Kaitaia, Gisborne.
Paper [AWN 19.08.1915]


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