Raybert Arthur Mattingley & Bertha Louisa Robbins   Family Chart
 
RAYBERT ARTHUR KENNETH MATTINGLEY was Sarah and Thomas Mattingley's youngest child. He was b: 19 Mar 1899 at Temuka.
 
Raybert was admitted to Temuka School  2nd Nov 1904; and in 1912 and in 1913 he attended Timaru Main School where he was awarded the three certificates on the left:
The first is a Certificate of Proficiency for Raybert A K Mattingley, aged 13 years, eight months, and dated December 9, 1912; the second is a Good Attendance Certificate of the First Class also for Raybert Mattingley, stating he was present every time the school was open during the period of twelve months ending December, 1912. Dated 20 December; the third is a Certificate of Discharge from the New Zealand Junior Cadets made out to Robert A K Mattingley and dated February 14, 1913. The certificate says his conduct and character during his service with the Junior Cadets were ‘Exemplary’ and it confirmed his date of birth as 19/3/99. He played in the Salvation Army Brass Band.
Marriage of Raybert and Bertha Mattingley

Raybert's skill was as a cabinet maker in Timaru and mar: 23 Mar 1920 Bertha Louisa Robbins, (daughter of George Robbins and Ellen nee Ward b: 08 Dec 1898 at Morven. ) The wood dust started to affect Raybert's  lungs and he was advised to do outdoor work and in 1927 was farming at  Kowhiterangi on the West Coast

The difficult times came and in the depression he lost the farm, then worked on a relative’s farm at Hunter, near Waimate, for a year before shifting to Christchurch in 1936.

The family rented a house in Edgeware Road, St Albans which Raybert later bought. He got work with the Christchurch City Council three days a week on road repairs.  He later got a full-time job with the Christchurch City Council driving a grader until he retired.  He drove the grader in a sub-division in Bexley where, it is thought, Mattingley Street was named after him.

He was a ‘no nonsense’ hard working man who could turn his hand to anything. On 30/3/1925 he paid £30 deposit for a 1919 Model T Ford to Cecil Wood Ford Dealers in Timaru.  He remodelled it over a period and also built two caravans.  This car eventually finished up in a playground in Prebbleton.  He had collected tools from the time he left school and if he didn’t have the right tool for a job he would make it.

Raybert and Bertha celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary From Left: Ken, Ray, Bertha, Joan & Don.

Bertha and Raybert celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Mar 1970. She d: 29 May 1972 aged 73 yrs in Christchurch and Raybert passed away 22 Jul 1983 aged 84 yrs at Christchurch. They are bur. at Memorial Park Cemetery, Christchurch.

Children of RAYBERT and Bertha MATTINGLEY:

1. SBC MATTINGLEY b: 22 Aug. 1924.
 
2. KENNETH (KEN) MATTINGLEY, b Westcoast snf went to Hunter School He m. GWENDOLINE FLEET. A farmer he moved to Hinds, Mid Canterbury and in later years he took up flying achieved his private pilot's licence and enjoyed aerobatics
 
Children of KENNETH MATTINGLEY and GWENDOLINE FLEET are:
i. PAMELA MARY MATTINGLEY mar: IAN VINCENT WILKINS b: 1950; a farmer; d. 06 Aug 1995 aged 55 yrs; bur: 10/08/1995 at Ashburton Cemetery
 
ii. LESLIE MALCOLM MATTINGLEY mar: SANDRA MAREE CHAPMAN
 
iii. SHIRLEY CHRISTINE MATTINGLEY mar: ROSS CLIFFORD KNAPP
 
iv. ALAN KENNETH MATTINGLEY, b. 09 Aug 1961; d. 13 Mar 2001 aged 39 yrs; bur: 19/03/2001 Ashburton Cemetery.
 
v. ELAINE DENISE MATTINGLEY
3. JOAN OLIVE MATTINGLEY; Educated at the Hunter School mar: JAMES ARTHUR PERRY
 
Children of JOAN MATTINGLEY and JAMES PERRY are:
i. GREGORY JAMES PERRY, mar: ALISON BREARS Their children are LOGAN THOMAS and KARINA REBECCA PERRY
 
ii. CAROLYN LOUISE PERRY
4. DONALD (DON) CEDRIC MATTINGLEY was by trade a cabinet maker, then owner of "Don Mattingley Motors"in ChCh. He mar: DOROTHY ELWOOD (b: 23 Jun 1933 in Milport Scotland; d: 16 Dec 2015 in Christchurch)
 
Children of DONALD MATTINGLEY and DOROTHY ELWOOD are:
i. GRANT IAN MATTINGLEY
 
ii. LYNDA JOY MATTINGLEY

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