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New Zealand / Re: Kendal
« on: Sunday 01 November 20 23:56 GMT (UK)  »
Hello and welcome to the NZ board.

In for lunch but no time to help you now. Others will be along soon.

It might help them, if you indicated any of the NZ resourses listed above that you have consulted, saving them from looking those avenues up, before consulting some of their specialist research avenues.

Papers Past will have some papers digitised that will go up to WWII but not further due to our privacy laws.


New Zealand Completed Requests / November 2020 COVID-19
« on: Sunday 01 November 20 23:48 GMT (UK)  »

Just sent out a research update to fellow researchers and family.

Immediately a reply came back from a UK pensioner.


At least you can get around and go to Museums. We are about to enter
into a second lockdown, thanks to all the young people partying and
assembling in crowds as if there was nothing wrong, so all museums,
archives and "unnecessary" shops will be close again and little chance
of getting down to Kew [National Archives], I imagine, before the new year. Not even clear
if our annual trip down ........ for Christmas will be on, as we don't
know whether the hotel will be open by then - or even, alas, whether it
will have finally gone under financially.
End Quote.

We in NZ have a lot to be thankful for, but at a heavy cost for some families in health and employment.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Saturday 31 October 20 19:01 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Lu and Minniehaha.

I was not at the computer checking the thread yesterday during the day, so missed your finding of THE THREE SISTERS. I just jumped on line when I discovered about the journal account.

Interesting that the title of the story and per chance the boat Annie and James returned to Auckland on was named THREE SISTERS.  Simlah arrived in roadstead off New Plymouth on August 10th 1853, and the SHEPERD'S set sail for their Auckland return on October 17th 1853.

I'm not related [as far as I know] to the people being discussed here. Or at least in that time period of historic records. My interest is in the pioneers, more so than the genealogy of the living. Until October 27th, I had no idea who the author of the series was. BUT it's been an interesting voyage of discovery since then. It's a talented crew contributing to this board.

Michael Hammerson [user name] and I [Fresh Fields] were/are interested in the account because it describes the land and those living on it, in the years leading up to the Charles MYERS [x2] joining the military campaigns.

Interesting about THE PLOUGH AND THE PAKEHA, I'll have to find my copy. Believe I have one somewhere, gifted from the publisher. I started researching my family pioneer's in the 1970's so have read [and forgotten] a lot of the historic works, written by the Cambridge historians. Erris PARKER included, who's research is the foundation of the Cambridge Museum.

While we are rediscovering research done previously, the advance of material and it's scope by Papers Past, will have made more press clippings available. I've catalogued quite a number now. Should anyone care to contact me.

Quite a number of years ago, per chance, I came upon a large series by THE WARRIGAL, giving a detailed account of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, in the late 1880's which I consider significant, but it is still hidden away in the WEEKEND PRESS in Christchurch because it is not digitised, in it's original form, and therefore is not quoted by historians covering the area of it's descriptive account.

What I learned from from trying to dig out copies of all the published chapters of the series, I used to locate GRANDMAMA'S tale.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Saturday 31 October 20 09:19 GMT (UK)  »

A link to something very interesting just found. Why did I not find it three days ago ?

Saved you ladies some hard work.  Nice to be filling out Annie's story though, with supporting evidence.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Saturday 31 October 20 04:02 GMT (UK)  »
Adding to Lu’s #8 posting.

Marriage registration date for Annie Curme SHEPPERD and Captain Peter IWERSON was 5/12/1865.

1860’s Shipping Intelligence reports see him first entering the Manukau Harbour on the 32 Ton ss Darling 29/8/1864, and then from several other voyages. Then from 19/11/1964 on the 52 ton Schooner Excelsior, for quite a number of calls, mainly from West Coast shipping ports, until 15/8/1866. There was one report of a Captain IWERSON, Mastering the Mary Ann Christina, from Lyttleton to Auckland 7/4/1865.

In the Greymouth River Argus on the 20/9/1866 is reported the enquiry into the loss of the Excelsior, on the river bar. It was claimed that under the prevailing conditions, the tug boat engaged, had insufficient power for the task at hand.

In September 1867 Mrs IWERSON gave notice that she was retiring from her Onehunga business.

By the 1880’s she and Peter were establishing themselves at Whatawhata. Annie started operating a store and agency. In March 1894 they are credited with building a Hall for the Whatawhata community.

After the death of Peter, she sold her Whatawhata business to Mr SIMCOCK in October 1907.


New Zealand / Re: Annie Curme SHEPHERD nee KEET.
« on: Friday 30 October 20 20:42 GMT (UK)  »
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: Friday 30 October 20 09:03 GMT (UK)  »

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: Friday 30 October 20 02:18 GMT (UK)  »
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: Thursday 29 October 20 19:44 GMT (UK)  »
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.



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