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New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Thursday 29 October 20 11:52 GMT (UK)  »
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.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 08:17 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you Minniehaha.

I have not got as far as the remarriage, though information from the Waiuku Museum, about a published tree on MY HERITAGE, hinted about the IWERSON connection.

This series, and another by an "Own Correspondent" which arose out of the Franklan attractions that were part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, became part of an exercise I started, as a reply to EMMERSON, re tricks to finding, and filling, the gaps in PapersPast search hits.

Claiming to be a TRUE STORY, it still proved to be a hard nut to crack, with only initials used. I was unable to pinpoint the ship they sailed out upon, and as few newspapers were being published in the 1850's provinces, it was hard to get a positive tie in.  Even at Waiuku the original cemetery records were lost in a fire, so the on line ones only start from just after 1900. Finding the intestate Court documents, gave us some good, original data, to work with.

I've got so many pioneer stories on the go at the moment, it's hard to do them all justice, but only too happy to share my findings with descendants etc.

Full credit to those pioneering ladies who came out with their husbands. They may have been young, and naive, when they left the UK, but really rose to the challenge of surviving in out back New Zealand.


New Zealand / Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 04:46 GMT (UK)  »
Hello from NZ.

Annie Curme SHEPHERD, nee KEET and,

James [Jas] Edward SHEPHERD [Aberdeen]
Died of a heart attack at Waiuku, New Zealand 21/11/1861

Married Kensington England, 7/2/1852

1853 Emigrated to New Plymouth, via Auckland, New Zealand.

To descendants interested in Annie’s 12,000 word, newspaper published, serial account, of their first 10 pioneering years living, and trading, with Maori communities; please feel free to make contact via the RootsChat messaging service, or by referral, through an existing RootsChat member.

In this instance, Annie's by line was “By a Waikato Lady” however my research, in conjunction with that of volunteers at the Waiuku Museum, now have sufficient supporting data, to believe Annie was the author.

The published account, is a fantastic heritage item, if today’s descendants are unaware of it’s existence.

When my research is complete, a WORD document of over 20, A4 double column pages of text, plus newspaper clippings, court documents etc will be available free of charge.

As I don’t subscribe to family tree sites, others who do, might like to bring this offer to the attention of tree publishers.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Birmingham in Wellington, New Zealand?
« on: Saturday 24 October 20 10:50 BST (UK)  »
Hello Brentor Boy.

Down south is not my patch, so while I was looking for early postal records, you posted right to the point.  Should have re-checked the thread before, I published my penny worth. I just know that a lot of names used on the early surveys, have become history, as settlements progressed through the years.

Happy hunting Minniehaha.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Birmingham in Wellington, New Zealand?
« on: Saturday 24 October 20 10:32 BST (UK)  »
Hello Minniehaha.

Wellington or Wellington Province ??

In the early surveys of the Rangitikei - Manuwatu, there were a number of blocks named after UK Cities, including the Manchester Block, NZ TIMES 26/9/1874 page 2.

There are a limited number of press clippings referring to Birmingham Post Office [plus railway station on Archway]

Oroua Coal Creek Block and Pohangina Valley / River will lead to some. Wanganui Chronicle 22/3/1890; Wanganui Herald 3, 5 & 8/4/1890 brings up some adds, but I found little reference after 1900 so presumably the service closed or had a name change.  Don't know if this is any help to your quest.


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