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Looking for Info on George Henry HALFACRE, born approx 1871/1872 in Hampshire, England (and other relatives)

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Re: Looking for Info on George Henry HALFACRE, born approx 1871/1872 in Hampshire, England (and other relatives)

Posted: 4 Jul 2009 10:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: HEDGES, NICHOLSON, BROWN, HALFACRE, CHRISTENSEN, BEATTIE, DRIVER, WILSON, REDDINGTON, BURKE, CHAPMAN, EVEREST, BLACKMAN, KEIG, FINLAY
Hi again Philippa

Firstly thanks for all the info you have posted. I would love to be able to get some copies of photos if you don't mind of any of the people I have mentioned in this below post, as well as a copy of this article from The Press in 1937 if you don't mind?

Secondly not sure if you are interested or already aware of this, but thought you might like to know if not. If you go to: http://www.timaru.govt.nz/index.asp?sidenav=servnav.html&... and then click on “online database search” and then type in the surname field HALFACRE (leaving the other fields blank) and hit the search button. It will bring up a record for Albert John HALFACRE. If you click on his record you will notice that someone has actually taken some photographs of his plaque, as well as his wife’s, Daisy Jane HALFACRE that you are able to view and safe to your computer should you wish to do so.

Here is all the info I know to date. If you are able to fill in any blanks I would be very appreciative.

One question that perhaps your family might be able to assist me with is that apparently my great-great grandmother, Georgina Harriet and her mother, Ann arrived in New Zealand in 1864 aboard the vessel, the British Empire. Apparently she was also an only child. Family legend has it that she is the daughter of royalty and that her mother worked at Buckingham Palace as a seamstress. There real surname is supposedly WILSON, but they changed it to DRIVER on there arrival at Lyttelton in New Zealand. Unsure why they would change there surname for? Are you aware if this story is fact or fiction?

Firstly I am the daughter of John Leonard HEDGES (born 1956 in Dunedin, New Zealand) and Patricia Ann NICHOLSON (born 1955 in Dunedin, New Zealand). Dad is the youngest of ten siblings (the oldest sibling, a girl was adopted out at birth; there was also a child that was stillborn and a half sister)

John's parents (my grandparents) were Thomas Cyril HEDGES (born on 09 April 1908 in Hastings, Sussex, England and who died in Dunedin, New Zealand on 04 July 1983) and Phyllis Irene BROWN (born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 23 February 1916 and died in Dunedin, New Zealand on 13 December 1987). Thomas was married once before to a person named Anetta Gwendoline CHRISTENSEN (my grandfather’s ex wife) on 26 May 1937 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on 20 January 1907 and died in Dunedin, New Zealand on 14 April 1996. They had a daughter together (so a half-sister for my father, John and his siblings) named Pauline Ingrid HEDGES who according to there divorce papers was born on 08 August 1938.

Phyllis’s parents (my great-grandparents) were William Leslie Ronald BROWN (who was born on 18 August 1893 in Kowai Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand and died on 08 January 1967 in Ohangi Road, Normanby, New Zealand but whose usual residence was in Lower Hutt, New Zealand) and Mabel Susan BEATTIE (born on 06 May 1893 in Cotterill Street, Christchurch, New Zealand and died on 27 October 1966 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand).

William Leslie Ronald Brown’s parents were George James BROWN and Georgina Harriet DRIVER (my great-great grandparents).

George James BROWN (great-great father)
* Born: 07 May 1858 in Sandy Creek (today known as Tarnagulla), Victoria, Australia
* Died: 1943 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1943/30546.
* Married: Georgina Harriet DRIVER (great-great grandmother) in 1877 at a friend’s house in Sheffield, New Zealand by Rev. Potter as there were no churches in the area at the time. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1877/3147.
* Info about Spouse: Georgina was born in approx. 1859 in London England. She died in New Zealand in 1940. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1940/25706.

They had eleven children:

#01: Georgina Viva BROWN (my great-great aunt)
* Born: 1878 in Kowai Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1878/5521.
* Died: 1958 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1958/26709.
* Married: Philip REDDINGTON (my great-great uncle by marriage). Don’t know anything about him.
* Children: I have learned from you that they had at least one child named Clarence Arthur Brown REDDINGTON (your Grandfather). Unsure about any other children at this stage.

#02: George Albert BROWN (my great-great uncle)
* Born: 1880 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1880/3292.
* Died: 1958 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1958/23093. Believe this is the correct record for this person, however I am yet to confirm or deny this.
* Marriage: From what I can tell, it appears as though George never married and/or had any children.

#03: Amy Winifred BROWN (my great-great aunt)
* Born: 29 April 1882 in Kowai Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1882/7769.
* Died: 20 March 1960 aged 78 years in Rangiora, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1960/20295.
* Married: George Henry HALFACRE (my great-great uncle by marriage) at St Paul’s Church in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand on 08 February 1915 aged 33 years old. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1915/13425.
* Info about Spouse: George Henry HALFACRE was born on 11 February 1872 in Odiham, Hampshire, England and died on 21 June 1963 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1963/39547.
* Children: A girl who was born on 28 April 1916 in Christchurch, New Zealand and who died on 30 April 1916 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

#04: Janet Harriet BROWN (my great-great aunt)
* Born: 1884 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1884/15314.
* Died: 1973 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1973/39275.
* Married: Charles Frank Stanley BURKE (my great-great uncle by marriage) in New Zealand in 1906. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1906/3552. I have been unable at this stage to find details on Charles’s birth or death records.
* Children: They had at least one child I am aware of, a girl named Rosa Florence Georgina BURKE. She was born in New Zealand in 1906. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1906/21654 and died in New Zealand in 1999. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1999/9922. It appears as though she never married.

#05: Evaline Rose BROWN (my great-great aunt)
* Born: 1887 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1887/17999.
* Died: 1957 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1957/24364.
* Married: Leonard CHAPMAN (my great-great uncle by marriage) in 1914. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1914/4943.
* Info about Spouse: Leonard was born in New Zealand in 1887. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1887/17948. He died in New Zealand in 1966. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1966/41514.
* Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

#06: Allan Philip BROWN (my great-great uncle)
* Born: 1889 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1889/9975.
* Died: 1953 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Registration Number: 1953/33913.
* Married: Carrie EVEREST (great-great aunt by marriage) in New Zealand in 1910. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1910/7266.
* Info about Spouse: Carrie was born in New Zealand in 1892. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1892/7510 and died in New Zealand in 1961. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1961/33217.
Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

#07: Leonard Harold BROWN (great-great uncle)
* Born: 22 September 1981 in Kowai Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1891/15531.
* Died: 1978 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1978/36646.
* Married: Ethel Alice BEATTIE (great-great aunt) in New Zealand in 1918. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1918/341.
* Info about Spouse: Ethel was born in New Zealand in 1891. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1891/5856. She died in New Zealand in 1962. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1962/23956.
*Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

#08: William Leslie Ronald BROWN (great-great uncle)
* Born: 1893 in Kowai Bush, Canterbury, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1893/13813.
* Died: 1967 in Ohangi Road, Normanby, New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1967/32087.
* Married: Mabel Susan BEATTIE (great-great aunt) at St. Andrew’s Marae in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26 August 1915.
* Info on Spouse: Mabel was born in New Zealand in 1893. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1893/8089. She died in New Zealand in 1966. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1966/43249.
* Children:
# Phyllis Irene BROWN (grandmother) – born on 23 February 1916 in Christchurch, New Zealand and died on 13 December 1987 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She married Thomas Cyril HEDGES (grandfather) on 31 March 1943 at the Methodist Parsonage, 56 Royal Terrace, Dunedin, New Zealand.
# Francis Richard George BROWN (great uncle) – born 1919 in New Zealand (believe exact date is 27 June) and died on 14 July 1942 aged 23 years. He was single so no wife or children. He was killed in action at the Battle of El Alamein in the Western Desert in Egypt during WWII. He is buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. Grave Reference: XXVIII. G. 7.
# Alice Doreen BROWN (great aunt) – born on 31 May 1932 in Dunedin, New Zealand. She died aged 75 years old on 21 May 2007 in Wellington, New Zealand. She married Len CHRISTENSEN (great uncle by marriage) and had some children. Rest of these details are currently unknown to me at this stage.
# Malcolm BROWN (great uncle) – don’t know any other details aside from his name and the fact he was possibly born in New Zealand around 1923.

#09: Ida Dorothy BROWN (great-great aunt)
* Born: 1896 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1896/10298
* Died: 1985 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1985/33810
* Married: Albert William BLACKMAN (great-great uncle by marriage) in New Zealand in 1926. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1926/2764.
* Info about Spouse: He died in New Zealand in 1986. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1986/33568. Believe he was born on 07 May 1904, unsure where though (don’t believe he was born in New Zealand, so where???)
* Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

#10: Graham Holmes BROWN (great-great uncle)
* Born: 1900 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1900/13669 in New Zealand
* Died: 1970 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1970/33943 in New Zealand
* Married: Edna Emmalene Adelaide KEIG (great-great aunt by marriage), but am unsure when and where at this stage.
* Info about Spouse: Edna was born in 1906 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1906/15884 and died in New Zealand in 1983. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1983/45671.
* Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

#11: Beatrix Sylvia Edna BROWN (great-great aunt)
* Born: 1903 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1903/13274
* Died: 1981 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Birth Registration Number: 1981/44392
* Married: Morris Buchanan FINLAY (great-great uncle by marriage) in 1924 in New Zealand. Refer to NZ Marriage Registration Number: 1924/5424.
* Info about Spouse: I believe that Morris was born in 1904 (but where???). He died in New Zealand in 1975. Refer to NZ Death Registration Number: 1975/32017.
* Children: Unsure at this stage if they had any children, and if so how many.

Kind regards,

Michaela
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