Mary Louisa Benbow & Robert Callard

Mary Louisa Benbow was born to Elizabeth Benbow in 1878 at Kakahu, Geraldine. Her mother married Benjamin Trumper 30 Dec 1879 at Ladymore, the home of Mary's grandparents William and Mary.

Louisa and Robert Callard married 21 Jan 1902 at Ohape, Temuka

Robert's parents were Samuel Callard (b: 1811 in Rattery Devon to parents Thomas and Joan Callard; Occ: Farmer; d: 1881 in Newton Abbot ) and Charlotte nee Bryant (b: 1825 in Devon d: 1877 in Newton Abbot) Their Callard children: 

a Samuel Callard (b: 1845 in Tormoham)

b Mary Jane Callard (b: 07 May 1847 in Tormoham; d: 1907 in Newton Abbot) mar: John Taylor (b: 1853) Occ: Chemist

c Sarah Ann Callard (b: 1851 in Coombeignhead, Devon; d: 1901 in Newton Abbot) mar:  William Henry Harwood (b: 1849 in Newton Abbot) Occ: Baker

d Thomas Callard (b: 1854 in Coombeignhead, Devon) Occ: Stonemason mar: Mary Ann Hannaford (b: 1854 ) Their children Frederick G Callard (1884 1975) and Daisy Callard (1887 )

e George Callard (b: 1856 in Coombeignhead, Devon) Occ: Agricultural Labourer, mar: Emma Baker (b: 1857 in North Tawton; d: 1908 in St Thomas) Their children

George H Callard (b:1880)  Catherine B Callard (b:1882) Jessie Florence Callard (b:1884 1961) Edith O Callard (b: 1887) William A Callard (b: 1889) Eldred J Callard (b: 1891) Edmond C Callard (b: 1893) Cecil R Callard b: 1895) Winifred M Callard (b: 1898)

f John Callard (b: 1859 in Coombeignhead, Devon) Occ: Farmer

g William Callard (b: 1861 in Coombeignhead, Devon) Occ: Mason, mar: Louise Martin (b: 1865 in Stoke in Teignhead) Their children:

Malinda Callard (b; 1888) Reginald Thomas Callard (b: 1891) William R Callard (b: 1891)  Amy Gladys Callard (b: 1898) 

h Robert Callard (b: 1865 in Coombeinteignhead, Devon, England; d: 01 Sep 1946 in Temuka Bur: 03 Sep 1946 Temuka Cemetery) mar: Mary Louisa* Benbow (b: 1878 in Geraldine d: 20 Oct 1931 in Winchester, Temuka; Bur: 22 Oct 1931 Temuka Cemetery)

i Lucy Ann Callard (b: 1867 in Coombeignhead, Devon; d: 1935 in Newton Abbot) mar: Alexander Northway (b: 1866)  Occ: Baker

j Eliza Callard (b: 1869 in Coombeignhead, Devon, d: 22 Aug 1939 Grove Terrace, Teignmouth) mar: Albert Joseph Mann; Occ: Butcher (d: 1933 in Teignmouth)

Their son Alfred Ernest Mann (b: 1889 d: 1979)

Louisa and Robert Callard were to have no family but became guardians of Louise's sister Violet's child. Gladys Eileen Trumper was born 18 Oct 1903 and attended the Winchester School (Admission Date 17 Oct 1910; Parent / Guardian Mrs Callard; Address Winchester) and the Timaru South School (Admission Date 9 Feb 1914)

Gladys married RUPERT HARRY PARKER 18 Nov 1928 at Birmingham, England and died 01 Mar 1987 in England.Children of GLADYS TRUMPER and RUPERT PARKER:

i. FREDERICK THOMAS PARKER, was born 05 Aug 1929 in England, and died 28 Dec 1988 in England. He married OLIVE MARY ASTON 18 Sep 1954 in England. b. 05 Aug 1929, England;




ii. EDNA MAY PARKER was born 05 Apr 1931 in England. She married (1) JOHN LEONARD GREGORY Children of EDNA PARKER and JOHN GREGORY are:



  •                 ii.  RICHARD GREGORY and partner NICHOLA TURTON. Family are 


    After their divorce 1979 Edna Gregory remarried  EDWARD JAMES ANSDELL

  • iii. ROBERT GEOFFREY PARKER, b. 29 Jun 1936, England; m. CHRISTINE EMERY, Jun 1968.

    In the 1881 at age 15 years Robert Callard worked as a farm servant at Newton Abbot for F.William H. Fragel age 42 and wife Eliza J. Fragel 35 with 2 children John G. Fragel 17 and Gertrude E. Fragel 15

    It is not know when Robert immigrated to New Zealand but in the Timaru Herald, 20 May 1899 - "Messrs Guinness and LeCren report the sale of the following property on account of the Assets Realisation Board, 234 acres of the Eskbank estate, to Messrs Callard and Cross. "The Eskbank Estate  seven miles from St. Andrews railway station, was offered at auction for the Assets Realisation Board. In all 4810 acres were divided into 21 farms."

    Departures: Press  12 June 1889:  The Shaw-Savill and Albion Company's
    R.M.S.S. "Coptic", 4448 tons, Captain George Burton, for London, via Rio de Janeiro, Teneriffe and Plymouth, on May 17th. Passengers: steerage - Robert Callard

    Robert returned to NZ where his marriage to Louise was in 1902. In the Press, 7 April 1911: "Canterbury Land Board: In connection with the application of Robert Callard, of Winchester, for tha tenancy of part of Haehaetemoana Riverbed it was decided to grant the applicant the tenancy of the portion of the riverbed adjoining the area already occupied by him at a rental of 1 per annum."

    1911 - Electorate: Ashburton Number: 939 Surname: Callard Given Name: Robert
    Residence: Smithfield Road, Winchester; Occ: farmer

    After Louisa's death on 20 Oct 1931,  Robert Callard left for England as a passenger on the Remuera 23 Jan 1935, no doubt to see Gladys and family members and returned to Temuka. He died 1 Sep 1945 aged 81 years and his service was at St Peters Anglican Church on 3 Sep 1946 for burials at the Temuka Cemetery Section B  Block 8  Plot 599