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New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Today at 20:42 »
Thanks Lu & Minniehaha.

Must up the farm.

Annie SHEPHERD, was still at WAIUKU in January 1863.   [6th paragraph]

Just love these accounts. Europeans did not have a Manoply on pioneering.

By July 1864 she had shifted her business to Onehunga.  DSC 13-7-1864 page 1 [classified advert] and DSC 4-5-1865, page 1.  So in keeping with her family tale.

PS -  You never know what you are going to find late at night. Was searching Onehunga & Shepherd when I came upon a Railways compensation report. Acquiring land for the Main Trunk Railway, which went through the middle of my Gt Grand Father's farming operations of that time. His name was in clear print, so unsure why my previous hunts had not found it. Recently spent hours searching deeds & title indexes, looking for references to the acquisition, and or land offered in compensation. At that time he was a lease holder of Crown owned land, and no two documents used the same description for the identity which was the trustee for the land. Was unsure if any documentation would have been in the name of the Crown Identity or that of the Lease holder.  But I digress.

Have a great weekend.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Today at 09:03 »

Re your  reply #23,  Mr “B” = Mr BATKIN, Annie’s brother in law.

Below a continuation of the quote in that thread. At that time Mr BATKIN, was felling bush, like his neighbours, in an endeavour to establish pastures of English grasses. Note Messes B., will probably be POTTS, or RONALDS, from the published passenger lists. B, P & R can be similar from a hand writing perspective. Must say I'm a little surprised that Annie's account of the passengers she spent 100 [?] days with, don't necessarily marry up that well. Another reason I struggled to identify the Simlah, as the vessel they travelled on.

“One day we were astonished to hear that Mr B. had taken three young men as cadets, and to my surprise they were our fellow passengers, the Messrs B. We had not liked them much on board, but not wishing to discourage my sister, I said nothing, but felt glad that my husband thought of staying in Auckland and fetching me soon. "It was heavy work bush-falling; my sister and I, with the children, used to go out and see Mr B. and the brothers B. logging up, I think they called it, and they made such enormous fires, it was a pretty sight at night. Though such heavy work they seemed to like it.……….. There was one paddock that had been cut down at first and was now sown in grass. No need of a plough, the seed was roughly cast, and came up most abundantly. My brother-in-law said he would rather have one hundred acres of bush land, after it had been cleared, than have five hundred acres of fern land. They worked like labouring men from early morning until dark, and in the evening we used to light fires round the house to keep the mosquitos off. They were terrible, but having curtains round the beds, we were safe from their bites, and I rather liked to hear them singing outside.”

Thank you once again. Can only spend a little time on it tonight, and hope to visit the Waiuku Museum on Sunday afternoon when they open to the public; my farm willing.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Today at 02:18 »
Hi ladies.

You are flying high. Thanks. Will look into tonight. While at Morrinsville today I approached a colleague of a retired man named DARWICK whom I did business with for many years after leaving school.

Await with interest to see if Mr DARWICK sees fit to get back to me.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Yesterday at 19:44 »
Morning all.

From a weary eyed researcher. Was well after 1am before I got to bed and what should be a busy day ahead again today, so research time limited.

Lu I have supplied my work in progress WORD file to Minniehaha, as we have exchanged research in the past re an unclaimed body. But only too happy to forward same to any NZ board members who PM me an email address. I've got too many open projects on the go, but this one covers the same teritory as the MYERS research, so I have run with it as well.

No time now, but will read with interest your research into the Taranaki branch and their experience during the Taranaki conflict.

Hopefully there is famly out there that will appreciate our colating some of their heritage and giving it new life.



New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Yesterday at 11:52 »
Gee !

While I’ve been otherwise engaged, this thread has gained wings. Thank you to all who have contributed. So another late night checking out your discoveries.

The ss Simlah was one I had had a look at, as it’s destination was advertised as New Plymouth, but was hesitant as the Waikato Times advert had added (1853) following the word Christmas. So to my mind it was a toss up if the sailing was in the new year of 1853 or 1854.

Minniehaha your find especially the letter re Cpt TURNBULL gives initials against the SHEPHERD’S & child, which other press passenger lists do not. A clincher.

One child came out with them, and confirmed in passenger list re sailing from Taranaki 17/10/1853 to Auckland.
Especially also the part about going for shelter in Kawhia. So in just two days we have gone from no proof, as to whom the author was, to good evidence now.

I would tend to place more weight upon what Annie wrote, [but acknowledging it was written as a tale for the Grand Kids, 37 years after the event,] than obituary material supplied by person’s unknown.

The Charles Edwin SHEPHERD obit rests well with his Mother’s account, but is his age a little out for a Middlesex birth in late 1852? Perhaps I should also return to MOTAT who hold the best NEW ZEALAND FARMER archive, to see what he published.

However there is some leeway appearing, from the facts that we have been able to establish. I have not been able to find a death listing for son James born at Waiuku 24/10/1860 and according to Grandmama, died shortly after his father’s death 21/11/1861.

I did go looking for a Miss KEET, [the reported unmarried sister] in the Taranaki press, and then NZ wide, without success. Wondering if that was a mis-spelt name by the person who published it.

Attached another edited quote with reference to the married sister at new Plymouth that they set out to link up with.

My sister (the unmarried one) was waiting for me on the beach, and my brother-in-law (Mr B.) just arrived as we landed. He had only heard the night before of the arrival of our vessel, and lived three miles away, hence the delay. The walk of three miles on a dreadful bush road nearly finished me, it being all mud and deep ruts. I gave up once or twice, but after a rest started again………… When we arrived at the farm where they lived, my brother-in-law cooed, and my sister and her little boy came out to meet us. How she surprised me, when she left England she was a slight graceful woman, she was now fat and ruddy……………. My brother-in-law was in partnership with Mr 0. B. They have both attained high positions in New Zealand, so I do not mention their names.

Will add a couple of attachments.

Thanks, must run.


30/10/20 Edit replaced passenger table. Ship left out. Half asleep.

New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 19:53 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks John. 

The joys of reading / transcribing hand writing. There is an extended blended family out there who probably are in ignorance of this series, as published, and would love to have a copy.

Must dash, or I'll miss the garbage man.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 09:52 GMT (UK)  »
PS Finding the complete series, see thread posts #72 & #73.


New Zealand / Re: PAPERS PAST - Part V
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 09:45 GMT (UK)  »
Clipping examples of where the continuing series has NOT been linked. Not found using "GRANDMAMA'S STORY" nor "By A Waikato Lady".  So went to the publication listings, and page image searching, on possible days of publication, as per table above.


New Zealand / Re: PAPERS PAST - Part V
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 09:40 GMT (UK)  »

Herewith an exercise in searching out a series within a regular newspaper. One article caught, my eye when undertaking some pioneer research. It took me three goes to complete the series, which I'm about to offer to descendants, including further research by members of this forum and volunteers from the Waiuku Museum.

As stated in an earlier post, just because you DONT GET A HIT, it does not mean that the item is not in print. Try alternative search criteria.

Examples attached, plus link to GRANDMAMA'S Story thread.

Keep up your good work.


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