William Richard Creed

WILLIAM RICHARD CREED was born abt. 1852 at Gravesend, Kent, England, the son of William Alexander Creed (1825- d. 1851 by drowning) and Phoebe Constant (1828-1901). Occupation: Carrier, Coach Proprietor;

He had arrived to NZ in 1859 on the ship "Regina" with his mother Phoebe (she mar: the following year 4 Aug. 1860 to William (Billy) Fisher and d: 1886 aged 54 yrs) leaving Gravesend 29 Aug 1859) and arr: Lyttelton 4 Dec 1859.
CREED PHOEBE 28 NURSE
CREED WILLIAM RICHARD 7

They first resided in a hut on Highfield Station and during the 1870's William started carrying mail by pack horse to Kaikoura and Claverley.

William's first marriage was to MARION HILL HAMILON  in 1876 and he had 12 children by his first wife and three by his second marriage to MARY POWIS in 1900. He established a coaching business in the township with big stables on the corner of Hawkswood and Lowry Streets, and his home was on the corner of Hawkeswood and Montrose Streets.

Tho fir<t passenger train through to Waiau left on tho 15 Dec 1919 from the Christchurch railway station at 7 30 a.m. and arrived at its dotinatinn at 1 p.m. It was a red-lettcr day in tho history of the Amuri a day of celebrating "the old order changeth and gives way to the new" and commendation was given to 2 coachmen - Wm Creed who had worked hard to push for the line and to Tom Derrett who received loud applause,

William lived at Waiau until his death in 1928 when the house was taken over by William Edward Creed, a son of his second marriage.William Richard Creed d: 20 December 1928 and is bur: at Waiau cemetery.

Children of WILLIAM RICHARD CREED and MARION (Minnie or Mina ) HILL HAMILTON (b: 1856 Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of ALEXANDER HAMILTON and ANNIE MCGUIRE; she d: 01/11/1896 Waiau, Canterbury):  

i HELEN FANNY CONSTANT CREED (b; 1876 d; 1950 Waiau)

ii. ALEXANDER AMOS CREED (b. 1878; Occu: Labourer d. 22 September 1910, Waiau, Waiau Cemetery) Did not marry

iii. PHOEBE MARION SOPHIA CREED (b. 1879; d. 1951) She mar: WilliAM VALENTINE MOCKETT (b: 1883 to father H J Mockett, Amberley; d: 1942) Presbyterian Church, Waiau on 14 Dec 1906.

Their children: (A) MINNIE IRENE MOCKETT (b. 1907); (B) FRANCES GRACE MOCKETT (b. 1913) mar. DARCY CHRISTOPHER.

iv. WILLIAM HUBERT PERCIVAL CREED, b. 1880, Waiau, Labourer d. 22 November 1944, Christchurch Did not marry Bur: Waiau cemetery  - Sergeant. War Veteran. Canty Mounted Rifles. DSM Medal

v. ALBERT GEORGE CREED (b. 1882; d. 21 July 1959) Albert drove coaches from Waiau to Kaikoura at age 13! He mar: IVY BEATRICE KNIGHT in 1920. She died 28/04/1949 They are buried at the Waiau Cemetery.

Their children: (A) FRANCIS HOWARD CREED (b. 1921; d. 1939 WW2) (B) BARTLETT (BART) ERIC CREED (b. 11 April 1923, d: 2011) mar. JOYCE HEWITT. (C) ROSS ALBERT CREED, b. 1930; mar. AlDYTH DAVID.

xi. THOMAS RICHARD CREED b.1884 NZEF; Service No. 21663 Killed in action; Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Richard Creed, of Waiau, North Canterbury. CEMETERY/MEMORIAL BELGIUM - MESSINES RIDGE (N.Z.) MEMORIAL; Regiment - Canterbury Bn. 2nd; killed in action June 08, 1917,

xii. ETHEL BEATRICE CREED, b. 1886; d. 1967.She mar: LAWRENCE STOVE 1907.

Their children: (A) HERBERT STOVE (B) WILLIAM STOVE.

xiii. AMY BELL CREED (b. 1887; d. 1965) She mar: JAMES FITZGIBBONS in 1910.

Their children: (A) RUTH FITZGIBBONS; (B). RONALD FITZGIBBONS; (C) TED FITZGIBBONS; (D). MARTIN FITZGIBBONS; (E) CLAUDE FITZGIBBONS; (F). EDNA FITZGIBBONS; (G). MATTHEW FITZGIBBONS.(H) MARION FITZGIBBONS. (I) COLLEEN FITZGIBBONS. (J) NOELINE FITZGIBBONS. (K) JOSEPH FITZGIBBONS.

ix. ROSE IVY CREED, b. 1889; d. 1975. She mar: GEORGE JAMES POWIS in 1909.

Their children: (A) CLARENCE POWIS, m. ELSIE MOORE. (B) EDNA POWIS.

x. ANNIE EDITH CREED, (b. 23 Feb. 1891; d.3 Mar 1969) She mar: JACK DOWER 1912.

Their children: (A) JOHN DOWER. (B) ARCHIBALD WILLIAM DOWER. (D) ALBERT HAMILTON DOWER. (E) GWENDA MILLICENT DOWER. (F) REGINALD STEVE DOWER.

xi. CLAUDE HAMILTON CREED, (b. 1893; d. 1963) He mar: IVY FLORENCE SMITH in 1916.

Their children: (A) RUSSELL CREED. (B) GEOFFREY CREED.(C) MAURICE CREED. (D) ALINE CREED.

xii. RUTH AGNES CREED, b. 1895; d. 27 December 1957. Buried Waiau Cemetery

Children of WILLIAM CREED and MARY POWIS (b: 1870 Woodend to parents EDWARD JOHN POWIS (1839-1901) and JANE BELL (1851-1904) Mary d: 19 Aug 1930, bur: Waiau Cem.) are:

i. DORIS JEAN LOUISA CREED, b. Nov 14 1901 at Oxford St, Lyttelton; d. 01 August 1995; mar. GEORGE CONE.

ii. WILLIAM EDWARD CREED died 13/07/1977 aged 73 years bur. Waiau

iii. ERIC JACK CREED (b. 3 September 1905, d: 1982) He married MARGARET FARROW.

Their children are: (A) RICHARD CREED. (B) MURRAY CREED. (C) HUNTlY CREED. 
(D) HELEN FANNY CONSTANCE (CISSIE) CREED ( b. 1876; d. 08 September 1950) She mar: HERBERT JOHN PENWEll - he died 23 January 1914 and they are buried in the Balcairn Cemetery.


 
Helen and Bert were married at the residence of Henry Penwell ‘Helmwood’, North Road Kaiapoi on the 16th August 1900. The officiating minister was John Orchard, and the witnesses were listed as: Ernest Monk farmer, Kaiapoi, William Richard Creed, Waiau, and Phoebe Creed, Waiau.
Back Row: Charles Jones, Alice Jones, Maude Kerr, Henry Jones, May Ives holding Phyllis, unknown, unknown, Emily Jones, Clara Penwell (age 21), unknown (holding a baby).
Second to back row: Mabel (May) Penwell (age 16),William Penwell (age 27), Henry Penwell (age 66), Betsy Penwell (age 46), Joseph Penwell (age 29), unknown, Arthur Penwell (19), unknown.
Seated: Ernest Monk (later married Clara Penwell), Herbert (Bert) Penwell (age 24), Helen (nee Creed) Penwell, Phoebe Creed, Ruth Creed, William Richard Creed, Phoebe (Creed- senior?).
Front Row (kneeling): Colin Penwell (age 8), Annie Creed, small boy (? Creed), Ernest Penwell (age 5), Elsie Penwell (age 13), Frank Penwell (age 11).

Ref. "Cobb Coaches Back on the South Island, the firm of G.W. Riley opened up a passenger coach service twice weekly from Blenheim to Clarence in the year 1881 which was taken over by J.W.Allen in 1885. Allen joined partners with W. McRae in 1887 and expanded the coach service out to Kaikoura and to Waiau. W.Creed took over the coach services in later years, when it is recounted that the Waiau coach ran into trouble one winter's day on the cutting near the south bank of the Conway River which was well known as a trouble spot.
Percy Creed was the driver of a fully laden coach of passengers and freight, using a five horse team, when the horses swung around a corner too fast on the icy road and lost their footing, causing the coach to swing wide and across the road towards the edge of a steep cliff. The coach and horses were precariously balanced over the edge for some time before help came, when the horses and coach were safely pulled back onto the road again. The passengers and horses were all badly shaken, but unhurt."


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