Rachel Barnard and Alfred Charles Martis
ALFRED CHARLES MARTIS was b: Nov 14 1886 in East Maitland, New South Wales, Occ: tailor; WW1 10734 – Army (his military record available online at Archway; he died 12 Oct 1918 in Wanganui aged 31Y
Alfred's father was Albert Thomas Theophilus Martis ( b: 9 Sep 1857 West Indies; d: Sep 9 1928 aged 71Y at Wanganui; bur: Aramoho Cemetery, Whanganui) His parent's names are not known but they were slaves on a plantation in Barbados, West Indies. Albert resolved he would have a life of freedom and stowed away on a trading ship owned by a Scottish couple (names is known) He was lucky and got a good education and a law degree from a University in Scotland and could also speak several languages. He was however unable to get a job as a lawyer as in those days for a black person was unheard of so took a job as a cook on a ship to Australia. (Src: Patricia Hughes; Whikipedia)
Albert met his wife Harriet (Letty) Suckling in Sydney - it is said she had been sent to Australia ; name(b: July 9 1862 Ketting Hill, Middlesex - her father Charles Suckling; she d: 15 May 1956 at Titahi Bay, Porirua, Wgtn aged 93Y)
Their Martis children were :
1 Christopher Herbert Martis (b: 12 Dec 1883 Brisbane, Queensland; alias “George Williams” mar: 1924 NZ to Margaret Edith Dobson (nee Macrandall); Residence: 1936 - city, Bourke, Victoria, Australia; d: 10 May 1965 Magill, Norwood, Sth Aus; Bur Dudly Park Cem. Norwood)
A Mr Wilson paid for Albert and family to go to Wellington NZ and he got a job at the Wanganui Court and was in his 71st year in 1928 when he died. NZ Death Cert no.1928/4860 Albert and Harriet married in Sydney NSW Australia marriage cert no.463/1885 Info given by Sharron Jennings.
27 Mar 1909 - PERSONAL.
Alfred mar: 1912 (1) ANNIE MACKIE (b: 1897 dau of Bathia and George Johnson Mackie. Alfred divorced from first wife 30 Jan 1917 (her Parents not yet authenticated..)
4 Jun 1913: A NEW TAILOR. Mr A. C. Martis, who has -commenced business on his own account as the high-class tailor, is no stronger to the public of Wianganui. For some years he has been absent from the town, in which time he was gaining come of the best English and Continental experience in the trade, being cutter to a leading London house of tailors. He was also for some time in Paris, and latterly with the leading finm in Johannesburg. To say that he has not profited by his wide experience would be farcical, as he is considered by those who have placed their orders with, him to be a cutter and tailor that would be difficult to beat, both as regards style and finish of the garments turned out by him. Mr Martis has secured premises in Guyton St., which are next to McGruer and Co.'s new buildings. He has an excellent range of the newest and most fashionable suitings, and other cloths, which are well worthy of inspection. We feel sure that he 'will be successful in his undertaking, and join with his many friends in wishing him a long and prosperous career.
Their daughter, FELICITY ALFREDA MARTIS was born 1916 in Wanganui. After her mother's death was raised in a Catholic orphanage in Wellington. She died 1963. She married 1939 GERALD GREY. Children of FELICITY MARTIS and GERALD GREY are: GERALD GREY and JUDITH GREY
27 Oct 1915 ELEVENTH REINFORCEMENTS. N.C.O's. leave FOR TRENTHAM
Advert 17 Nov 1915 CHRISTMAS IS NEAR. YOU MAY NEED A NEW SUIT. NOW IS THE TIME TO PLACE YOUR ORDER. Having purchased from C. A. Martis who has enlisted, a part of his stock, you can get A SMART TAILORED SUIT for £3 15s. FIT and WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEED. Usual Price £5 10s. All work executed on premises. A limited number only. CALL TO-DAY AND SECURE ONE. COOKS LITTLE TAILOR SHOP, Opposite McGruer’s. avenue. COOK’S
He mar: (2) RACHEL DEY 29 Jul 1918 in Registrars Office, Wanganui, daughter of PETER DEY and MARGARET SMITH. She was b: 24 Jul 1887 in Mosgiel, Otago, Occ: Music teacher and died 14 Sep 1921 aged 34Y in Wellington Hospital, Wellington. Her first marriage was on 23 1908 at the St George's Church Naseby Otago to Moses Blyton "Tozy" Barnard.
14 Oct 1918 . The members of the Queen Alexandra Band will meet at the bandroom to-morrow (Tuesday), at 1.15, for the purpose of taking part in the funeral of their late member, Sergt.-Major A. C. Martis.
16 Oct 1918 It will come as a shock to many to read this morning of the death of Mr. A. C. Martis, tailor, of Wanganui. The circumstances are distressing. On Saturday he had an operation performed, on his throat, and all was well until a while later, when he suddenly expired during a fit. He was a returned soldier, and had suffered from malaria, which, it is thought, was responsible for his untimely decease. Mr Martis went away as a private in an early reinforcement, and that he was a good soldier may be judged from the fact that he returned a few months ago as a Sergt--Major. Much sympathy will be felt for his widow and relatives. The funeral, which will be military, is to take place to-morrow, and all returned soldiers are asked to be present. The Queen Alexandra's Own Military Band, of which deceased was a member, will be in attendance.
THANKS. MRS A. C. MARTIS, of 27 Niblett Street, wishes to thank all kind friends for their tokens of sympathy in her recent sad bereavement.
24th Oct 1918 - WANTED Known.—That Mr Douglas D. Earles, Tailor, Victoria Avenue, has, on behalf of Mrs , Martis. kindly volunteered to complete all unfinished orclers undertaken by the late A. C. Martis. For orders, apply Public Trust Office
12 Oct 1920 In Memorium - MARTIS.—In loving memory of our dear son, Sergt.-Major A. C. Martis, who passed away on 12th October, 1918 Death gave no time to say farewell To those he loved so dear. (Inserted by his loving parents, brothers and sisters.)