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Flinders Hursthouse (b: 05 May 1848 in New Plymouth d: 21 Sep 1914 in New Plymouth
The photo above is in Puke Ariki Heritage collections - "Unknown Hursthouse man circa 1860-80" (stated it could be Helen and John Hursthouses son Richmond) I believe the photo to be Flinders Hursthouse, their youngest son; that possibly mother Helen and daughter Kate Emma were all photographed at the same time after their return to Taranaki from Nelson.
His mother Helen Hursthouse wrote from Taranaki on Mar. 7th 1864 to her sister Lely Richmond in Dunedin:
Flinders is just the same as when you left - only I think he is becoming rather a dandy - he buys a great deal of Macassar oil and scented soap and looks very clean and smart. Mrs T King would have no fear for a boy with such a "beautiful countenance and such nice manners", so you can see he can be a gentleman and has his admirers
(Helen was caring for her infant grandson Norman. Daughter Helen Maria McDonald died a month after Norman's birth in Aug 1863)
Flinder's love for Norman continues as intense as ever and is fully returned - Wilson too, is very fond of him and Richmond is beginning to tolerate him.)
(1864: Volunteers and Militiamen Private Flinders Hursthouse
Image (1) 1873 Jan 4: Flinders Hursthouse advertised his purchase of a tobacco outlet on the main street of New Plymouth
1873 May 31: Taranaki Herald: Post Office Letter Box. We have been requested by the Postmaster to announce that for the convenience of the public, a letter-box has been placed at the shop of Mr. F. Hursthouse, tobacconist, which will be cleared twice a day, viz., at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. When a steamer is in, persons are requested to take their letters to the chief office if they wish them forwarded by that opportunity.
Image (2) 1873 Sep 27: The business failed and is put up for sale
1880 Apr 14: THE WAIMATE PLAINS. [from the Hawera Star.]
Everything is proceeding very satisfactorily on the Plains. Hughes' and Dingle's contracts have been completed and taken over by Mr. Wright, the Overseer of Works, and the time allowed will soon have elapsed for the completion of the middlecontract, which wasletto Messrs. Gordon and Vincent. Two more contracts, comprising about four miles, have been let and signed for from the Kapnni Bridge towards Oeo, and a third contract, of about two miles in length, has also been let, but has not yet been signed for. At Oeo there are 150 men of the A.C. Force, and 50 of the unemployed, constantly at work whilst at the Werekino Camp, two miles from the Stony River, a similar numbor is engaged in road formation. Mr. F. Hursthouse is surveying a bush track leading from Stratford towards Opunake, and a party of 30 experienced bush men, under the superintendence of Mr. Bayley, are pushing- ahead with the clearing of the line. The road which is being made from Stony River to Opunake will be midway between Parihaka and the sea coast. It will be carried about three miles inland, whilst Parihaka is situated six miles from the coast. All the works are being carried out under the superintendence of Mr. C. W. Hursthouse, the Government Engineer.
1884 Jan 8: THE MAIN NORTH LINE OF RAILWAY. MR. CARKEEK RETURNED.
Last evening Mr. Carkeek arrived in New Plymouth, after having been engaged exploring the proposed line of railway via Mokau. We have ascertained that he and his party experienced most unfavourable weather for their work, all the rivers being swollen with the constant rain. As regards the result of the exploration, Mr. Carkeek is reticent, but we have been definitely informed that there was no truth in the telegram received from Auckland yesterday to the effect that Mr. Uarkeek had found quite impracticable country for a railway route. On the contrary, the ground, although decidedly rough and broken in places, presents no great engineering difficulties so far as it has yet been explored. Mr. Carkeek's party were at one time within a few miles of Mr. Rochford's party the latter was enabled to go through, but some of Mr. Carkeek's party were knocked up, and it was deemed necessary to return for medical assistance. Three of the party were lost in the bush for about a week on the road back to Pukearuhe, and suffered severely from hunger and fatigue. Mr. Julian hurt himself by a severe strain, aud two of his mates were sent with him to bring him to New Plymouth, and one of them (Mr. F. Hursthouse) became ill with fever on the homeward journey, which rendered their movements very protracted. Before reaching the White Cliffs Mr. Carkeek saw them, and took them to the constabulary station, where Captain Messenger treated them with every kindness, placing the sick men in the hospital and sending for medical aid.
1884 Mar 27: ACCIDENT AT MOKAU.
An accident which was nearly attended with fatal results occurred on the Mokau River on Monday last. It appears that Mr. Perham, the Marine Surveyor, with his party, were engaged surveying the mouth of the Mokau River, when the boat capsized, and the inmates of the boat were immersed in the water. It appears the boat they were in was a small one, about ten feet long, and in going out a wave caught her, and she was swamped and slink. Those who were on shore were powerless, as they had no means of rendering them any assistance. Mr. Pool, who cpuld not swim, went into the water as far as he was able, and pushed out to them a steer-oar, two other men doing the same thing, and on two of them, Mr; Perham managed to get washed ashore. Seeing Mr. Skinner in difficulties in the water, Mr. Dugdale stripped and went in to his help, and brought him in, Mr. Skinner having got the cramp. Mr. Perham had a narrow escape, and was fast sinking from exhaustion when he got hold of the oars which were pushed to him. Mr. Flinders Hursthouse also had considerable difficulty in getting ashore, owing to the strong current that was running out at the time. Altogether the party had a narrow escape for their lives. The boat afterwards drifted to sea northwards.
1886 May 1: Mr. Flinders Hursthouse, brother of Mr. Hursthonse, M.H.R. for Motueka, who is one of our oldest settlers, had his left leg shattered at Waitara, yesterday afternoon, through the capsizing of a dray. Dr. Wanetall, who happened to be at Waitara at the time, was immediately called in, and attended the sufferer. Mr. Hursthouse was brought by the evening train to the Hospital, where the fracture was further treated by Dr. O'Carroll, who removed from the leg a splinter of bone some five inches in length.
1902 Jul 1: "Asleep in the Deep." FISHERMEN CAUSE ANXIETY:
Some anxiety was felt on Monday night for the safety of two fishermen, Mr F: Hursthouse and a Chinaman who goes by the name of "George" who pvi out in their boats in the morning, and did not turn up at the usual time. As there was a strong breeze off the land, which increased towards evening, it was conjectured the boats had been blown northwards. The returned fishing boats which had been down the coast could give no report of Hursthouse or the Chinaman, and a boat which put off for search round the Sugar Loaves had no success. At about 2.30 this morning the men turned up, stating they had been blown several miles out to sea. They confessad to no doubts as to their ability to get back to land, and one of them had shown his confidence to the extent of slumbering peacefully throughout a good deal of the time in which they were in their precarious situation. Nevertheless there is no doubt that the men had a very risky time, and had the wind increased or the weather changed suddenly, the affair hardly have resulted as happily as it did.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 21 September 1914 Mr. C. W. Hursthouse, accompanied by his brother, Mr. Flinders Hursthouse, and a party of six men, has cut a track through from Stratford to the Mount, and from thence to Opunake. They were accompanied by a native called Waitara, from Mawhitiwhiti, who was taken as a guide. The country is, generally speaking, level, and but little of it is broken. The bush is patchy in some instances the growth is small, whilst in other places some of the largest rata trees found on this coast were passed on the journey. The land is of first-class quality, and there would be little or no difficulty in making a road right through Irom Stratford to Opunake. It took only about eight or nine days to finish this important exploration, and as the distance is over 20 miles, Mr. Hursthouse and his men must have worked very hard indeed. We shall look to his report with much interest, as soon, as it is published.
Taranaki Daily News, 23 Sept 1914: DEATH. HURSTHOUSE.T-On September 21, accidentally drowned at Moturoa, Flinders Hursthouse; aged 60 years.
FATAL ACCIDENT. DREDGE RUNS A FISHING BOAT DOWN. ONE LIFE LOST
NEW PLYMOUTH, Sep. 21. Ihe Harbor Board dredge Paritutu ran down a fishing boat off the breakwater this morning. One of the occupants, Flinders Hursthouse, though only a short time in tlle water succumbed to shock, being in a bad state of health. He was an elderly man, brother to the late C. Wilson Hurstl house.
Wanganui Chronicle , 2 February 1915 NEW PLYMOUTH.
At the Supreme Court to-day no bill was returned in the charge of manslaughter preferred against Ernest Albert Burton, mate of the Harbour Board's dredge Paritutu, in connection with, the death of Flinders Hursthouse, who was drowned from his fishiftg boat in September last as a result of tho dredge cutting down th e boat.
Hawera & Normanby Star,22 Sept 1914: THE LATE MR. HURSTHOUSE.
INTERESTING REMINISCENCES Flinders Hursthouse, whose death was recorded on Monday, was the youngest son of Mr John Hursthouse who practised as a solicitor before coming to New Zealand, and was one of the first settlers on the Carrington road. He may also be remembered as the author of well-known song "The Farmed Club." The other sons of John Hurtsthouse were Messrs Wilson Hursthouse and Richmond Hursthouse. both of whom were well, known public men. the former having occupied the position of chief engineer, Public Works Department, and the latter having been a member of Parliament. The youngest son, who has just met death, was born in New Plymouth, and there being no schools —not even an office to register his, birth—at the time, his early education was undertaken by his mother. Subsequently he joined a survey party, and was occupied in that work in the back blocks for many years, but when his health gave way he settled down at Moturoa. bought a boat, and earned a livelihood by fishing. Deceased was connected with the Humphries. Richmonds. Atkinsons and Mr Percy Smith, also with Sir John Franklin, and Captain Matthew Flinders, the last named being well known for his important survey and navigating work in Australia, and as the author of a book giving a descriptive account of his work. He was greatly esteemed by those who knew him best, being regarded as a thorough "white" man. He was unmarried, and during the last 20 years or more he suffered from chronic asthma. It is considered that his death practically resulted from shock and not from the immersion itself. A nephew of deceased's is in practice as a dentist in New Plymouth. His mother died a few years ago at Motneka.—Daily News. "Fifty-one," who went to school with the deceased, adds: "Flynn was the last of the original family of Hursthouses. The statement that he was a 'white' man is true in every sense of the word; he had no enemies."
Hawera & Normanby Star, 24 September 1914: The large attendance at the funeral of the late Mr. Flinders Hursthouse, at New Plymouth on Wednesday, included several military veterans, the deceased having been a private in No. 1 Company of the Taranaki Bushrangers, who served during the Maori war under the captaincy of his uncle, Sir Harry Atkinson.
The late Mr. Flanders Hursthouse, of. New Plymouth, who was accidentally drowned at Moturoa on Monday, states the "Taranaki News," was the youngest son of Mr. John Hursthouse, who practised as a solicitor before coming to New Zealand, and was one of the first settlers. He is also remembered! as the author of the well-known song "The Farmers' Club." The other sons of Mr. John Hursthouse were Messrs. Wilson Hursthouse and Richmond Hursthouse, both of whom were well-known public men, the former having occupied the position off chief engineer of the Public Works Department and the latter having been a member of Parliament. Mr. Flinders Hursthouse was "connected with the Humphries, Richmond*s, Atkinsons and Mr. Percy Smith, also with Sir John Franklin and Mr. Matthew Flinders, the celebrated explorer and surveyor of the Australian-coasts.
Dominion, 30 September 1914: SEQUEL TO A COLLISION FATALITY
MATE OF A DREDGE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER: At the inquest to-day. concerning the death 4 of Flinders Hursthouse, an old man who. was drowned off New Plymouth on Monday, September 21 last, as the result of the Harbour Board's dredge colliding with his fishing, boat, the latter, being at anchor—the jury returned a verdict amounting to manslaughter against Burton, 'the, mate of the dredge, who was in charge at the time, on the grounds of his negligent management of the vessel. After, the-.inquest •'Burton was formally charged and remanded.
1 Oct 1914: A FISHERMAN'S DEATH CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. Sept. 29. An inquest was held to-day concerning the death of Flinders Hursthouse, an old resident, who was drowned oft New Plymouth on Monday, September 221, as the result of the Harbour Board's dredge colliding with his fishing boat, which was at anchor. The jury returned a vei-dict amounting to manslaughter against Burton, the mate of the dredge, who was in charge at the time, on the ground of negl'gent management of the vessel. Aftea* the inquest Burton was formally charged and remanded.
1915 Feb 2; CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER - NO BILL RETURNED
( NEW PLYMOUTH) In the Supreme Court to-day. no bill was returned in the charge of manslaughter preferred against Ernest Aldert Burton, mate of thc Harbour Board's dredge Paritutu, in connexion with the death of Flinders Hursthouse, who was drowned from his fishing-boat in Septembor last as the result of the dredge cutting down the boat.
1915 Feb: NEW PLYMOUTH: At an inquest, to-day concerning the death of Flinders Hursthouse, an old man who was drowned off New Plymouth on Monday, September 21, as the result of -the Harbor Board's dredge colliding with his fishing boat, the latter's being at anchor, the jury returned a verdict amounting to manslaughter against Burton, mate of the dredge who was in charge at the time, on grounds of negligent management of the vessel. After the inquest Burton was formally charged and remanded.
TE HENUI Cemetery: Flinders HURSTHOUSE;
Moturoa (Fisherman) Age at Death: 66 Years
Date of Death: 21 Sept 1914
Date of Burial: 22 Sep 1914 TE HENUI
Location: Not Known