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Hulton Joseph trained as a doctor at St Bartholomews Hospital, London. Having just qualified, he travelled to NZ from Plymouth (13/7/1863) on the "Owen Glendowner"as Surgeon Superintendent and arrived at Auckland (19/9/1863).
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Skinners Pioneer Medical Men of Taranaki : (Page 93) In 1863/64 a large body of what were termed “Military Settlers” were recruited for service in Taranaki , from the “gold rushes” of Victoria and Otago. Numbers of unsuccessful seekers, of a fine type in fill physical vigour, were eager to accept Militaru Service and escape the desperately hard times that had fallen on them. To the various Companies into which the Military Settlers were drafted, surgeons were appointed amongst them Dr Webber a well know military surgeon.
Gudgeon in his work on the “New Zealand Wars” says "Everyone acquainted with the late Dr Webber, of the Taranaki Military settlers knew him to be one of the bravest of the brave and though an excellent surgeon, he was by no means at heart a non-combatant officer.” He then went on to relate a very plucky action by Assistant-Surgeon Webber at the wreck of the S. S. Alexandra (see on right). Hultan received a medal for his exploits at White Cliffs which son Henry collected on his behalf in 1890.
Taranaki Herald, 27 August 1864, MARRIAGE: WEBBER-CURTIS
On the 10th instant, by the Rev. J. Whiteley, Hulton J. Webber, Esq., M.R.C.S., fourth son of William Webber, Esq., F.R.C.S., of Tunbridge Wells, to Helen Jecks, youngest daughter of George Curtis, Esq., J.P., of Omata, Taranaki, N.Z
Taranaki Herald, 25 Nov. BIRTH. On the 20th inst., at his residence, in Brougham Street New Plymouth, Taranaki, the wife of Hulton J. Webber, Esq. of a son. (Henry Preston Webber
Escessive drinking was to be the cause of his early death aged just 27 years on the 5th Feb 1868 at
his home at New Plymouth and Hulton Webber was buried at Te Henui, location now unknown. Helen remarried Thomas William Mace on 24 May 1872 at Omata
Son Henry Preston Webber b: 20 Nov 1865 in New Plymouth d: 25 Oct 1915 in Omata
Taranaki Herald, 25 July 1890: A residence is being erected on Miranda street for our well-known townsman Mr H. Webber, who is about to take unto himself a wife.
The marriage of Mr H.
Preston Webber, only son of the late Hulton J. Webber, M.R.C.S.E. to
Miss Marion Blair only daughter of W. Blair, Esq., Blair Athol, took
place, on Wednesday, September Ist, 1890. The Rev. H. H.
Brown performed the ceremony in the presence of a large number of
visitors, the Straford English Church being quite full. Mr Corkill
presided at the organ, and, assisted by some members of the choir, two
hymns were sung during the ceremony. The wedding party then proceeded to
Blair Athol, the residence of the bride's father, where the wedding
breakfast was held, which was attended by a large number of guests. In the
evening a most enjoyable dance was held at the Town Hall, and was well
attended, dancing being kept up until two o'clock. We wish the young
couple every prosperity and happiness.
Their 14 children:
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