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Richard Henry Seccombe (b: 1859 in New Plymouth son of William Henry Seccombe (1827-1909) and Eliza Jane nee Hammerton (1829-1873); bur: 02 Jul 1896 in Opunake)
He mar: on 25 Feb 1882 at the Omata Church, Taranaki to Maude Alice Newsham. Witnesses were Richard Northwood and Mary Jane Harrison. Maude was b: 10 Mar 1861 in New Plymouth to Father: Thomas Newsham and Mother: Mary Louisa Lethbridge.
Richard Seccombe's grandparents arrived at New Plymouth on the 'Amelia Thompson' on 3rd September, 1841 with 187 Devonshire emigrants. They sailed from London 25 March 1841 and arrived 5½ months later with a call at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for four days then onward to Wellington, for a fortnight stop. (The 447 ton vessel had been named after the owner's wife.)
The Plymouth Company of New Zealand arranged immigrants embarkation to the New-Plymouth Settlement and among the Steerage Passengers (under the control of William Dawson, Commander, James Evans. Surgeon - Superintendent. William Brydges, Secretary) were listed:
Richard Seccombe, age 35, Occupation Agriculture; wife Sally (nee Burt) age 33, and their sons William Henry, 8 and John aged 7 yrs.
William Henry Seccombe (1827-1909)
married Eliza Jane Hamerton 12 JUL 1856, the daughter of Holden Hamerton
and Eliza Alexander (she was born 24 JAN 1829, and died 28 FEB
Richard Henry Seccombe married Maude Alice Newsham (b: 10 Mar 1861 New Plymouth, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Louisa Newsham; d: 24 Nov 1947 Auckland) They had 4 children.
In 1883 Richard was a saddler and harness maker and was appointed poundkeeper and ranger at Opunake in 1894. He died 1896 aged 37 yrs at Opunake where he was a Tobacconist. Their four children:
1 Eva May* Seccombe (b: 11 Jan 1884 in Opunake d: 21 Jun 1963 in Auckland Bur. 24/Jun 1963 Waiikumete Cem) Mar: 24 Feb 1904 to Barrett Honeyfield, farmer, (b: 09 Mar 1870 in Oakura Father: William Henry Honeyfield Mother: Sarah Barrett (Rawiniae Waikuaiua); d: 24 Jan 1933 in Auckland). Their son
2 Aileen Olive Seccombe (b: 02 Dec 1890 in Opunake d: 15 Sep 1955 in Palmerston Nth, Burial: Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston Nth) Mar: 01 Sep 1915 to Adam Kilpatrick (b: 22 Aug 1892 Father: Adam Mother: Mary Scholes, d: 14 Aug 1939 in Inglewood) Children
3 Arthur Percy Seccombe (b: 03 Nov 1891 in Opunake, d: 01 Jul 1989 in Wanganui) Mar: 04 Dec 1915 to Mildred Wilson (b: 1894 d: 06 Oct 1968) Arthur served WW1 in Samoa. On his return from war, he worked as Stationmaster at Opua, Hikurangi and Huntly before he moved to Taihape as a railways Goods shed agent where he remined for 58 years and retired in the 1950's. In WWII, he served in the Home Guard. Their children:
4 Vera Maude Seccombe (b: 24 Feb 1894 in Opunake d: 23 Mar 1931)
Maude Alice Seccombe nee Newsham (b: 10 Mar 1861, d: 24 Nov 1947 aged 87 yrs in Auckland and was buried 25-Nov-1947 at Waikumete) She was widowed at age 36 yrs and remarried on 2nd Mar 1898 to Walter Staite (Born: 24 Oct 1861, Died: 19 May 1943 in Auckland aged 81 yrs; Bur: 21 May 1943 at Waikumete Cem: K Row 1, Plot 43)
Walter and Maude Alice Staite had four children:
1 John (Jack) Staite (b: 11 Oct 1898 in Oakura d: 21 Jun 1980 in Tauranga; Bur Pyes Pa Cemetery D03.21) Mar: 20 Feb 1924 to Mary Elizabeth Montgomerie (b: 28 Aug 1895, Father: Alexander Montgomery, Mother: Emily May; d: 26 Mar 1983 in Tauranga) Their son
2 Lewis Walter Staite (b: 09 May 1901 in Oakura, a farmer, he d: 09 Sep 1984 in Palmerston North where he is buried) Mar: 1931 Bertha Hinemoa Harris (b: 17 Feb. 1900; Father: James Harris, Mother: Margaret Elizabeth; d: 11 Jul 1956 in Palmerston North)
3 Grace Caroline Staite (b: 19 Jun 1903 in Oakura, d: 05 Nov 1904 in New Plymouth)
4 Mona Mary Staite (b: 19 Jun 1903 in Oakura; NNZAF WW2) Mar: 1935 to Otto Albert Friedlander (Born: 27 May 1882, Father: Rudolph Friedlander Mother: Helena; Occupation Company Dir; Died: 08 Feb 1944 in Auckland)IMPERIAL COMMISSIONS – New Zealanders Nominated Company Sergeant Major O A FRIEDLANDER, Divisional Engineers In Nov 1915 Sergeant Major Otto Albert Friedlander, of Ashburton, joined the British section of the Ist Company of New Zealand Engineers in England
Notes: WALTER STAITE of Oakura (9 miles from New Plymouth)Hotelkeeper in April, 1902 applied for an Accommodation License. He served on the Oakura Library committee. The children attended the Oakura school until 1908 when the license of the Oakura Hotel was transferred to Donald McKinnori Bain. In 1911, Walter is living at Moturoa, occ: labourer and the children transferred to the New Plymouth West End School. The family lived on the South Road and 11 Nov 1918 they moved to Auckland