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Amy Sarah Clark & George Stanley Chisholm

AMY SARAH CLARK  was b: 26 Nov 1882 in Waiuku daughter of Sarah Elizabeth and Alfred Clark; Occ: Chemist; she d: 10 Nov 1971 in at home, 134 Britomart Street, Wellington;  Crem. 13 Nov 1971 at Karori Cemetery

Amy mar: 18 Aug 1908 in Presbyterian Church, Lawrence to George Stanley* Chisholm b: 05 Jul 1873 in Wellington, son of JOSEPH CHISHOLM and ELIZABETH GELL;  Occ. Accountant; he d: 26 Jul 1973 in Brentwood Hospital, Wellington

Intention to Marry: Year 1908 District: Gabriels; Notice Date: 18 Aug Cert CHISHOLM, George Stanley, Accountant, 35, Bachelor, Residence Wellington, there 28 years; CLARK, Amy Sarah, Chemist, 25, Spinster, Residence Lawrence, there 4 months; Marriage Place: Presbyterian Church, Lawrence; Celebrant: Rev. R. Scott-Allan

Evening Post, 12 Sept 1908: CHISHOLM— CLARK.— On the 20th August, at the Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, by the Rev. Scott-Allen, George Stanley, 6th son of J. W. Chishohn, of' Wellington, to Amy Sarah, eldest daughter ot Alfred Clark, of Lawrence.

1908 Tuapeka Times,  22 Aug 1908: WEDDING BELLS. CHISHOLM— CLARK. A very pretty wedding, and one that created a good deal of local interest, was solemnised in the Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, on Thursday morning by the Rev. R. Scott Allan, in the presence of a large congregation of ladies. The contracting parties were Mr G. Stanley Chisholm, accountant in the Phoenix Assurance Co., Wellington, and a member of a very old and well known Wellington family, and Miss Amy Clark, eldest daughter of Mr Alfred Clark, postmaster, Lawrence. The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, looked charming in a gown of ivory mousseline de soie trimmed with satin bands and Valenciennes lace surmounted with the orthodox veil and orange blossoms and carrying a most artistically arranged shower bouquet. She was attended by her sister, Miss Nellie Clark, as bridesmaid, who was attired in a smart costume of cream serge trimmed with green and cream silk braid, and wore a very pretty hat of chip straw trimmed with large roses. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of violets and maiden-hair fern. Mr Thomas, of Christchurch, supported the bridegroom as best man. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a handsome gold watch and chain and to the bridesmaid a beautiful gold bracelet set with pearls and sapphires. At the conclusion of the ceremony, which was an impressive one, the wedding march was played by Miss Robertson as the bridal party left the church. The wedding guests then assembled at the residence of the bride's parents, Peet St. where, after the usual congratulations had been extended to the newly married couple, the wedding breakfast was partaken of and the usual toasts incidental to so felicitous an occasion duly honoured. Shortly before 3 o'clock the wedding party left by conveyance for WaitaEuna where the newly married couple took train for Dunedin en route for the north, carrying with them the best wishes of their numerous friends for their future happiness and also a liberal sprinkling of rice and confetti. The young couple were the recipients of a very large number of handsome presents. The bride's travelling dress was a dark green costume smartly trimmed with silk braid and a charming hat of saxe blue chip trimmed with green ribbon and large roses.

1901 - George Stanley CHISHOLM; Occ: Clerk for the Phoenix Insurance Co.

1904 - Source: NZ Govt Gazette 1922 (P 99 Vol 1) Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists Cert. No. 752 Date of Registration: 12 April 1904; CHISHOLM, Amy Sarah, Wellington 

1919 - Electoral Rolls - living Wellington Suburbs

(Condensed - Memories by daughter Joyce)

George Stanley Chisholm born 5th Jul 1873 at Wellington, the 8th child of Joseph and Elizabeth Chisholm. The family lived in Hopper Street before moving north to a farm at Mosston, Wanganui where Stan attended the Mosston School from May 1879 till April 1882.

They returned to Wellington - Stan was first enrolled a Wesleyan Day school and 1884, progressed to Mt. Cook Boys for the next 5 years and having completed Std 7, he left aged 15 yrs.

Chisholm family life centred round the Taranaki Street Wesleyan Church. Stan played both hockey and cricket for his Church teams and took a keen interest in Church's Youth Activities and later worked with Bible Class instruction. And this led to his being President of the Wellington Young Men's Bible Class Union.

Stan married 18 Aug 1908 at the Presbyterian Church, Lawrence. His bride, Amy Sarah Clark, was an academically gifted girl who, in 1896, earned a scholarship from Otaki Primary School to attend Wellington Girls College for two years. After finishing College, Amy gained an apprenticeship with a lady pharmacist on Lambton Quay. To enter a profession such as pharmacy was a most unusual step for a woman at the end of the 19th century - Amy was the only female in her pharmacy class, which she attended concurrently while serving her apprenticeship. She qualified in 1904 and later moved to Nelson, where she was the Dispenser for two Nelson doctors, the Drs. Gibbs, before returning to Lawrence where her parents were living, four months before marrying Stan in 1908.

Stan had bought a section in Derwent Road at Island Bay and built his home for Amy. Their house was a large kauri villa, and was by the standards of the day, a substantial one and the Chisholms lived there for almost twenty years. Their three children, Joyce (1909), Alan (1911) and Bob (1914) were all born and spent their childhood at Island Bay, going to the local Island Bay Primary School along the Parade from where they lived. Joyce wrote of the very happy and secure childhood they had there. Amy, their mother was considered an excellent homemaker, keeping the house interior immaculate, tending a lovely flower garden in the front and a garden full of vegetables at the back and also kept hens. Each week a lady came in to boil the clothes in the copper in the morning and in the afternoon do the house cleaning. Four times a year, a dressmaker arrived to make the season's clothes. Stan joined the tennis and bowling clubs and they all attended the local Presbyterian Church. With just a line of sand hills between them and the sea, there were adventures a plenty for the children and their dog, Pickles and a place in the washhouse out the back for their sandy shoes when they came home.

Stan readily found employment at fire insurance despite having no formal qualifications and became an accountant and land agent. The economic situation deteriorated in the 1920s, and this saw Stan unsuccessfully try running a Motor Repair business and became bankrupt in 1928. In an effort to restore family financés Amy opened a pharmacy in Rona Bay with the funding help of Sharland & Co but Stan's chauvinistic attitude led to friction in the home. He rigidly opposed the role change despite the reality of the situation, believing it was man's place to support the family - Amy's place was in the home.

Nect, the  opportunity arose for Stan to buy a Movie Theatre business - talking pictures had just arrived. Again, his judgement was wrong at a crucial time with the country plunging into a deep economic depression. Something new like the talking movies was just too expensive for the ordinary citizen so the business didn't survive. Joyce and Alan by now had left school. The couple agreed if they were to stay together, they should live back in town, so Amy bought a shop in Upland Road, Kelburn and moved to Raroa Road.

Following World War 2, Stan returned to his first interest, insurance but at age sixty, Stan was too old for Government Relief work, so was left sitting unoccupied and unhappy around the home and Amy with her pharmacy continued supporting the family. Their relationship finally reached breaking point, and with Joyce married and Bob away from home, Stan and Amy officially separated. Amy bought and moved into a house in Glen Road, where she lived till almost the end of her days. She kept her pharmacy for a few years and in 1952, thinking of five growing grandchildren, she invested her savings in a beach bach at Waikanae for her family's use something appreciated by her descendants.

Estranged from Amy, Stan lived alone in a series of flats for the rest of his life making Sunday visits to family. He returned to working in the insurance field, and ironically did very well - when well into his eighties he could still be seen walking the streets to see his insurance clients and often stopping to socialise with them.

Stan, become very deaf in his old age and when just on 94 he was knocked over by a car. The accident left his pelvis and hip joints out of balance and left him and unable to enjoy the activity which had meant so much to him over his last years - walking.

He had to go into care in the Brentwood Private Hospital in Karori where he lived for the last six years of his life. The Hospital turned on a celebration when Stan turned one hundred  - the Queen sent a telegram and the Dominion reported on the event. Mentally still alert, he was mostly confined to his bed and died three weeks later. Amy, the mother of his children, in her last years had contracted Altzheimer's Disease and had died two years previously in the Elizabeth Memorial Home in Wellington.

Their children:

Joyce Amy Chisholm (b: 05 Dec 1909 in Wellington; Occ: Teacher; d: 27 Oct 2007 in Wellington) mar: 5th May 1938 in Kelburn Presbyterian Church, Wellington to Thomas Wilson Ross (b: 02 Apr 1909 in Wellington Died: 26 Nov 1984 in Wellington)

Their family: Rosemary; John  and Janet (Jenny) Ross

ii Alan Stanley Chisholm (b: 20 Sep 1911 in Wellington d: 04 Apr 1986 in Wellington; Crem: Karori) Mar: 4 Sep 1945 in Calder Yorkshire to Hope (Parry b: 20 Dec 1920 in Yorkshire; d: 08 Jan 1986 in Wellington.

Their family: Anne and  Paul Chisholm

iii Robert (Bob) Stanley Chisholm (b: 14 Dec 1914 in Wellington d: 13 Jun 1945 in Near Wervershof, Holland)

Death: CHISHOLM, George Stanley, aged 100 years, on July 26, 1973, at Brentwood Hospital. Loved father of Joyce (Mrs. T.W. Ross), Alan and the late Bob. A service will be held in Wesley Church, Taranaki Street at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) and thereafter to the Crematorium Chapel, Karori.

Links from this page contain précis of research written by Joyce Ross about her Chisholm heritage for descendants of Joseph and Elizabeth Chisholm, the parents of George Stanley Chisholm.

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