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Sunday, 9 March 2014

A spot of fishing and a cuppa... early 1900's style


Meet my latest acquisition...I saw it and had to have it...yes the bidding was tense but I snaffled it for $4.  It's turned into an interesting exercise just researching the name of the person it was sent to let alone for the wonderful few seconds frozen in time it represents.
 
 

 
Link to larger view on flickr
 
The handwriting at the bottom edge states
"Can you recognise anyone in this group"
 
I just adore the posing in this. The man far right with waders and fishing rod; the girl centre front with her kettle and the boy sitting, far right, with the fry pan in front of him.  The ladies look dressed up quite finely [note the hat hanging from the top of the tent] and so do the man and boy in the back row.  Even the younger children look dressed in what was probably their best clothes. 
 
 
 
 
The Maori boy standing centre left with the camp stool in front of him looks almost dressed for cricket.
 
 

 
Another two lads wear their finery. The fellow on the left - a tie pin and the fellow on the right his fob chain.


 
 
 One little girl appears to have shoes with hobnails on the soles.


And who is the tent manufacturer?
 
  
 
The ubiquitous tea chest of the time, partially hidden behind the legs of the young Maori lad.  This one appears to have the letters QBEC in a diamond and extoling the fact the tea was purest choice from Ceylon. However I could be wrong.
 
 
 It would be really lovely to know who the people were and where this was taken.

 
The card is addressed to:
Mr H Harre,
School Teacher,
Taihape,
N.Z.
and the communication beside address:
"Recd [received] postcards
to-night am
sending "decent"
ones in a day or
two
Yrs
in [illegible]

 
 
reverse of post card
 
 

This dates the postcard to probably post 1910 as Horace passed the various teachers examinations held in January 1910 in the Wanganui Education District and was listed as Taihape. [1]  He was born 2 December 1890[3]
 In June 1911, he was appointed as teacher at Waiata. [10]
Horace Romano HARRE, schoolteacher enlisted in WW1 and embarked on board the Maunganui on 9 May 1918. Next of kin noted as his father John HARRE, head teacher, Raurimu.[2]
In September of 1917, H R Harre, acting head teacher, Glen Oroua -  tendered his resignation.  [7]
 
The Auckland Star issue dated 12 September 1925 announced that on August 18 H R HARRE of Apiti had wed at St Andrew's Church, Epsom to Miss Susy JACK of Mount Eden and that their present address was at Apiti.[13]
 
Horace Romano HARRE, retired school teacher of Mairangi Bay died 1972. [4]

Horace had a brother Garnett Colquhoun HARRE who was also a school teacher.[5] Garnett taught at Pohonui until 1914 and thence on to Carnarvon[6] as sole teacher. [8]  He was thought of highly. [9] Another brother, William Knight HARRE [11] saw action in WW1 and was wounded early on in the war.  He returned home on board the Maheno, arriving in Auckland about 30 December 1915.[12]
 
Horace, Garnett aka Garnet and William's parents were John and Frances Emily [nee BAKER] HARRE.  They married c1884 [14] and also had other issue - Hannah Lily  HARRE b c 1887;  Frances Annie HARRE b c1893.  Frances died c 1895 aged 30. [15] There is a John HARRE who died aged 82 c1938 which would fit the age of her husband.[16]
 
A nice tie in is Horace and Susy's son  also named Horace Romano Harré [shown below in 2011], born 18 December 1927 in Apiti, known widely as Rom Harré, a distinguished British philosopher and psychologist.  His Facebook entry states He is currently Director of the LSE's Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.  Rom kindly replied to my email confirming it must have been his father.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Romano_Harr%C3%A9
 
 
 












 


Sources:

[1]

[2]
http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/108637.detail?Ordinal=2&c_surname_search=harre

[3]
NZ Dept Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: death entry 1972/34858
[4]
[5]
[6]
[7]
[8]
[9]
[10]
[11]
[12]
[13]
 
[14]
NZ Department of Internal Affairs historical BDM indexes: marriage entry 1884/997
 
[15]
NZ Department of Internal Affairs historical BDM indexes: death entry 1895/1465
 
[16]
NZ Department of Internal Affairs historical BDM indexes: death entry 1938/25336
 
 

 













©2014 Sarndra Lees

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Auckland War Memorial Museum remembers Christchurch - 3rd Anniversary of the devastating quake of 22 February 2011

Indelibly etched into my psyche for the rest of my life, it is nice to see this catastrophic event remembered in Auckland.  The effects of this earthquake and subsequent ones are far reaching - a few of us that work here have family and friends that have suffered and still are suffering on an emotional level.
This commemoration is a more low key one than the first commemoration at the museum and rightfully so, we are moving on and the sharp edges of loss, despair and emotional upheaval are blurring a bit...I said ... a bit.  We still have to remember that we've lost childhood roots and homes, our families and acquaintances have had their social structures torn out from under them, the rebuild is slow and frustrations still torment. It is important to remember to support those still going through turmoil.
Just my 'bands 4 hope' and I
Nearly to the hour

all in a row
North entrance
North entrance



South entrance


information





Christchurch earthquake remembered Part 2
-There was much footage in this that I hadn't seen before
















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Saturday, 1 February 2014

I wish I knew the wee boys name....

I saw this photograph for sale by a New Zealand vendor and had to purchase it.  Such a lovely thing and such a shame there is no photographer identification.
 
 

 
 
I'm theorising that this dapper wee [probably blonde haired and blue eyed] fellow's dad died in World War 1 albeit he looks rather a happy wee chap with his little thumbs tucked into his pockets.  It seems his mother, has made him into his fathers 'mini-me', wearing almost a miniature uniform with a 'kerchief tucked into his breast pocket.
 
A flower that looks suspiciously like the Oxeye daisy is placed in the left lapel - maybe a favourite of the man whose memory inspired the photo originally?  Or maybe to form a connection between the wee boy and the lost sailor - being that daisies represent innocence, gentleness and purity.
 
An animal skin appears to be hiding a chair or similar that the boy is standing on and the backdrop gives the feeling of being outdoors.
 
 
 



On close inspection of his hat I can barely make out the battle cruiser's name on the brim.
"HMS ROYALIST" and there appears above the wording an embroidered anchor with Laurel and a badge with the image of a moustached man...maybe the boys father.
 
 
Forward 6-inch gun and bridge on Royalist
 
HMS Royalist  of the Royal Navy fought in the Battle of Jutland on the 31 May to 1 June 1916.  She survived the battle and in February 1917 was reassigned to the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron of the Grand Fleet. She survived to the end of the First World War.
 
Maybe the lad's daddy didn't survive, or maybe the photo is earlier and the boy is in fancy dress to represent an earlier HMS Royalist in the 1880's-90's to the Pacific and connections with war in Samoa.  Whatever the story, it's a reminder to put notes with your precious family photographs.  Never assume that your stories will stay within living memory or that other people won't find them interesting in 100 years.





©2014 Sarndra Lees

Friday, 31 January 2014

Chief Post Office, 31 Cathedral Square, Christchurch c1906-1910

Another recent purchase is this postcard of the 'Chief' Post Office in Christchurch - a wonderful snap of bygone Edwardian days. The first telephone exchange in New Zealand was launched from here.[1] 

 
 
My hometown prided itself on and identified with the Victorian and Edwardian architecture pre quakes.  The architectural magnificence in and around the city centre changed  forever dramatically due to destructon and/or demolition of damaged buildings after the devastating earthquakes starting late 2010.  The building now has an uncertain future since these events.  From 2000, it had housed the Christchurch tourist information centre, along with a café and office space.


The postcard depicts a pretty scene, with a hubbub of people going about their everyday life, toting parasols and driving hansom cabs.   Some skirts are skimming just above the ankles so dated to just after the turn of the 20th century with the clock face showing 11.35, nearing lunch time.
 
In the background can be seen a sign indicating where 'Gilby's' was situated - in the Royal Exchange Buildings.  Gilby's College Ltd was a Shorthand/Typing training institution [they also had a branch in Wellington]. One celebrated attendee was Ettie Rout, journalist, writer, businesswoman, but best known as a staunch worker in the field of sex hygiene during WW1 - who by 1902 was "one of the first Government-appointed shorthand writers working in the Supreme Court and on commissions of enquiry."[2]
 
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CHP19190927.2.84.2
Click on picture for a larger view of this 1919 advertisement
 
To the far right of the card, the original premises of McKenzie and Willis can be seen.  This business was founded in 1906 and is still active.  They were situated in the Royal Exchange Buildings until 1928 when the buildings were purchased by Christchurch Cinemas for reconstruction as the Regent Theatre.[3]  It was the "first major Edwardian building erected in the square. It was the last of six cinemas to be developed around Cathedral Square, and at the time it opened it was considered to be the grandest theatre in the city."[4]
 
 
 
 
The rear of the postcard
 








Sources:
[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Post_Office,_Christchurch
[2]
Jane Tolerton. 'Rout, Ettie Annie', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 28-Jan-2014
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies
/3r31/rout-ettie-annie

[3]
http://www.mckenzieandwillis.co.nz/History-Ethos
[4]
http://www.historic.org.nz/theregister/heritagelost/lostheritagecantyearthquakes/lostheritagecanterburyearthquakeschristchurcha-c.aspx?sc_lang=en





©2014 Sarndra Lees

Thursday, 30 January 2014

1950's view of the Cenotaph at Auckland War Memorial Museum

Another recent purchase is this postcard of the Cenotaph at Auckland War Memorial Museum.  I love it!

The view is quite different these days because from the level this was snapped at, the trees now block the vista.  This is evidenced in the second photo which I took on 21 April 2012 at the 24th Battalion Beat Retreat.

Note the fabulous old vehicle in the background - no doubt it wasn't old then! Now where the car is there is a gun from the HMS New Zealand instead.





Circa 1955 view of the Cenotaph - click picture for larger view




http://www.flickr.com/photos/porkynz/sets/72157629864919517/with/7098347159/
Similar view at the 24th Battalion Beat Retreat - click picture to go to beat retreat set
 
 

Written on the reverse is:
23rd Nov. 1955
Dear Jean
Well here I am in
Auckland.  Had a most enjoyable
trip up.
My brother arrives here
sometime this afternoon.
In  the meantime a friend is
calling  for me here & we are going
out to lunch together.
Love to your Mum & Dad.  Trusting
you are all keeping well.
Love to yourself
from Edith B
xxxx










©2014 Sarndra Lees

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Old Christchurch Public Library and waiting to see Montgomery

Recently I've had a little burst of postcard purchases.  I just had to grab this one of the old Christchurch Public library as not only is it a piece of history lost to the earthquakes of 2010-2011 but my dad told me a wee anecdote when I was staying with my parents over Christmas just gone.


Electric trams ran from 1905 in Christchurch so that places the photo used in the postcard after this.
 
 
Close up of detail on the postcard.  Note the bicycles in the stand to the right
  
As a 10 year old in July 1947 my dad remembers travelling by tram into the city with his schoolmates and standing outside the library for several hours waiting to catch a glimpse of Field Marshal Montgomery passing in his car.  With his little legs aching and clutching his flag to wave as Montgomery's car passed, it finally appeared but as a blur...taking only seconds to zoom past much to the disappointment of my dad.

Here is a fabulous photo of Montgomery waving to the crowds in Christchurch.  I'm sure it can't be too far away from where my dad as a wee boy would have been standing...


 


My dads class photo taken 2 months after the Montgomery trip to town. Standard 3 Woolston primary school - 2nd to last  row and 4th from left







LINKS:
History of the Library
http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/Places/Buildings/LibraryChambers/

The demolition of the Library through the eyes of a former employee
http://cclblog.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/goodbye-old-friend/



©2014 Sarndra Lees

Monday, 25 November 2013

Sydenham Carriage Works


This week I purchased a lovely example of an advertising postcard and even better because it's one for a business from my lovely hometown Christchurch.



Front


Rear


Edward Jones Carriage Builder, Sydenham Carriage Works. Colombo Street. 
"Mr. Jones arrived in the Colony in 1863 by the ship “Lancashire Witch,” and is a native of Stourbridge, Worcestershire. He learnt his trade under his father in England, and on arriving in New Zealand worked at his calling for various employers for about five years before starting on his own account in Tuam Street, Christchurch. This business he conducted for about ten years, selling it out then and purchasing the present concern in 1880. Mr. Jones has made many improvements in several classes of vehicles, especially in four-wheelers, vans, and steel-framed roadsters, and imports steel and other requisites. The premises cover about a quarter of an acre of ground".[1]


In 1893 Edward put forward a patent for "an improved brake for road vehicles".[6]

In 1902 Edward was a City Councillor for the Waltham ward[2] and attended the dedication of the drinking fountain at the corner of Sydenham Park on 9 August that year to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward.  This drinking fountain is still standing today, near the intersection of Brougham and Colombo Streets - surviving even through the earthquakes.



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Paperspast records the death notice of his third son. Walter Albert, who married Sarah Jane SINTON c1902[5].  Walter resided at 70 Barbadoes Street at time of death in October 1908 aged 36. He had been suffering ill health for years.[4] He too was a coach builder and is buried in Sydenham Cemetery

Using the NZ Department of internal Affairs historic BDM indexes I cross referenced Walters birth entry and found that his mother and Edward's wife was 'Louisa'.  By then doing a search for Louisa Jones having issue and whose husband was an Edward, I came up with these as some of the possible children:

John Samuel born 1867. 
There is a person of this name buried at Bromley Cemetery aged 70 in 1937 - the ages match.[7]

Ada Alice 1868

Edward Henry 1869

William Joseph 1874

Jabez Albert 1877
Buried Barbadoes Street Cemetery, February 1878, aged 8 months [8]


Charles Ernest 1878 

Olwyn Whitehouse's website has some information relating to the marriage of Edward to Louisa HARPER and their eldest daughter's Emma Louisa's line.

NB: Emma does not appear in the historic births, deaths and marriages index on NZ Department of Internal Affairs, however I often find errors on here that impact search results.





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Death


Obituary -The Press, 8 November 1912


Mr Edward Jones; JP., a well-known local coachbuilder, died yesterday morning at his residence, 35 Byron Street, Sydenham. He arrived in Christchurch in the year 1863 and was well known in political and civic matters, having been on the Sydenham Council 25 years, on the Sydenham School Committee for 15 years, and president of the Sydenham Money Club for 37 years. He was also an officer in Orange and Oddfellow lodges, and was chairman for the Hon. W. P. Reeves when he was elected to represent a Christchurch seat. Mr Reeves presented him with a set of books on political subjects on his leaving for England to take up the Agent-Generalship. He leaves a widow, four sons, and three daughters. [3]

Edward was buried on the 10 November 1912 at Barbadoes Street Cemetery, Christchurch.











Sources:
[1]
Encyclopaedia of New Zealand - Canterbury Provincial District volume.
[2]
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Cyc03Cycl-t1-body1-d3-d59-d1.html
[3]
Press, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14507, 8 November 1912, Page 5
[4]
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TS19081023.2.38&srpos=17&e=-------10--11----0edward+jones+sydenham--
[5]
NZ Dept of Internal Affairs: Marriage registration 1902/3483
[6]
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=CHP18930404.2.12&srpos=5&e=-------10--1----2edward+jones+sydenham--
[7]
http://librarydata.christchurch.org.nz/Cemeteries/interment.asp?id=104609
[8]
http://librarydata.christchurch.org.nz/Cemeteries/interment.asp?id=154765
NB: cemetery database has forenames transposed.




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