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New Zealand / DUNEDIN Archives- Look ups.
« on: Wednesday 05 May 21 04:08 BST (UK)  »

I have a feeling that we don't have a Rootschatter in Dunedin who may be able to do look ups but thought I would ask, just in case.

These 'incidents' were reported in the newspaper & Gazette but I am interested to know what the court documents may reveal.


New Zealand / Beaconsfield - its boundaries
« on: Friday 30 April 21 08:46 BST (UK)  »
Hi, this question is directed at those with knowledge of the area.

I have always understood Beaconsfield to have been [note past tense] a small farming community roughly running along the top of the Kilmog Hill**

**Which is north of Dunedin & south of Waikouaiti, [and notorious for its slips on State Highway One!]

However this photograph would seem to extend the boundaries much further than I thought.

The Beaconsfield name in connection with the Kilmog is no longer, this area being known as Merton.


New Zealand / John Lewis GORDON- did he set foot in New Zealand?
« on: Tuesday 27 April 21 07:57 BST (UK)  »
I have found nothing about this man, my main interest being as to whether or not he was connected to Flora GORDON** whose name appears underneath his in the "Unclaimed Letters" column in 1864. His name can also be found in a similar column in 1863 but Flora's is not there.

[**I know all about Flora Gordon after her arrival in New Zealand around 1864, but nothing prior to this. It is thought she was Scottish born; married William Carter in Dunedin in 1864. The details of her sad life are well documented in Papers Past.]


New Zealand Completed Requests / ANZAC DAY- Lay a Digital Poppy
« on: Sunday 25 April 21 00:38 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that we can a lay a digital poppy in remembrance of our war heroes.

"A great way to honour someone who served is to lay a digital poppy on their Roll of Honour record in our Online Cenotaph. Simply search for the person you would like to honour, then click the 'Lay a poppy for 2021' button."

"Lest We Forget"


New Zealand / Dunedin's first execution. What happened to the children?
« on: Tuesday 20 April 21 02:31 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

I am researching the family of Captain William Andrew JARVEY & his wife catherine* Jane.

Family arrived in 1864 [5 children]

[Incorrectly recorded as Charlotte Jane in NZ BDM]

In 1906 NZ Truth summarised the main facts of the sad story.

In 1864 when Catherine was murdered, the newspapers both here and in Australia were full of reports about the trials, of which there were two.

The trial naming the children who gave evidence:

‘A systematic poisoner’…..

Report from Truth Australia [1913]

Death notice for Catherine Jane Jarvey [1864]

Buried in Dunedin:

1865/10269   Jarvey   William Andrew**   44Y
1864/8470   Jarvey   Charlotte Jane   40Y
1864/8301   Jarvey   Charlotte   14Y
1864/8298   Jarvey   Archibald   6Y

**Incorrectly shown as being interred many years later. This record is in the process of being amended by the Dunedin City Council. Mistake probably made when re-interred.

From newspaper reports, Captain William Andrew Jarvey may have been born in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

At the time of the execution which took place on 24.10.1865, there were five living children:

Elizabeth Ann, aged 20
Andrew, aged 13 ,the eldest (surviving (?) son
England, aged 9
Frank, age unknown but probably younger than England.
Name of fifth child unknown.

After the death of their mother, this advertisement was placed: [5 children]

I may have to pass this on to Rootschat Australia but in the meantime can anyone discover what happened to the surviving children?


New Zealand Completed Requests / CROSS presentation?
« on: Saturday 30 January 21 23:12 GMT (UK)  »
Hello All,

Happy New Year!

Hubby has been going through "stuff" with a view to a clean out and downsizing. As there are now no older family members to ask, we are left wondering as to who may have been the recipient of a rather nice gold cross suitable for wearing around the neck. Possible R.C. or maybe Anglican? The inscription on the reverse says-

"CLARICE FROM GRANDPA". And a date below which appears to be 8.8.1944. [The year is definitely 1944].

We have no idea as to Clarice is/was but hubby's parents died in 1973 so the cross must have been in their possession prior to that. I'm sure we won't find out anything about the owner but perhaps someone could enlighten me as to when in a person's life such a cross may have been presented to them.


New Zealand Completed Requests / AUCKLAND archives look up.
« on: Monday 28 December 20 19:47 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning,

Would someone be able to do a look up (any old time) for me please?

Not sure what my relation, long deceased, was doing in this neck of the woods but found this in archives:


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