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
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.
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.
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,
xii. ETHEL BEATRICE CREED, b. 1886; d.
1967.She mar: LAWRENCE STOVE 1907.
xii. ETHEL BEATRICE CREED, b. 1886; d. 1967.She mar: LAWRENCE STOVE 1907.
xiii. AMY BELL CREED (b. 1887; d. 1965) She mar: JAMES FITZGIBBONS in 1910.
ix. ROSE IVY CREED, b. 1889; d. 1975. She mar: GEORGE JAMES POWIS in 1909.
x. ANNIE EDITH CREED, (b. 23 Feb. 1891; d.3 Mar 1969) She mar: JACK DOWER 1912.
xi. CLAUDE HAMILTON CREED, (b. 1893; d. 1963) He mar: IVY FLORENCE SMITH in 1916.
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.
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.
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