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William and Sarah Stanger
Sarah Hursthouse was b: 17 Aug 1809 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire to parents Father: Charles Hursthouse (1781-1854) and Mother: Mary Jecks (1785-1821). She d: 04 May 1873 in Hunstanton, Norfolk
(Src: S.P.Smith Account) Sarah appears to have taken charge of the family after her mother's death in 1829. Letters to family members show her to be of an affectionate nature and well educated. She and sister Hannah (mother of S.P.S.) were educated by Helen Wilson (later, the wife of Sarah's brother John Hursthouse)
William (Dr) Stanger was born 27 Sep 1811 in Fleet, Lincolnshire, England Baptised: 1853 TYDD-ST. MARY, LINCOLN Parents - Father: William STANGER (Abt 1765-1822); Mother: Mary DENT (Abt 1770-1865) Williamdied 14 Mar 1854 in Durban, South Africa Bur: 16 Mar 1854 West Street Cemetery, Durban;
Sarah mar: 22 Sep 1842 in Lowestoft Parish Church to the Hon. Dr William Stanger, a doctor of medicine and geologist, a member of the first Niger Expedition which was sent out by the African Civilisation Society in 1840. He was later appointed Surveyor of Cape Town and in 1845 was sent to Natal as the first Surveyor General of Natal, the appointment he held until his death in 1854.
(Src: S.P.Smith Account) Dr Stanger was a talented man and scientific, who had been in New Zealand in 1814 and was one of the Government Niger Expedition which met with such disasters through fever on that unhealthy river. He and Dr McWilliam, the Senior M.D. took the ship under steam, Dr Stanger acting as engineer whilst the other steered over the bar to Fernanderpo as all the officers and crew were ill. He and his wife left England for the Cape 25th Jan 1843 appointed by Sir George Napier, afterwards confirmed by the Queen to be Surveyor General of the new Colony of Natal (Durban) where their first child was born.
Dr Stanger died in Natal 14 March 1854. My Aunt Sarah died in Hunstanton 4th May 1873. The doctor was much beloved and respected by all who knew him; his letter are very interesting reading. After her return to England, she and her children lived with Uncle William Jecks at Franningham Hall near Norwich.
Newspaper, The Lancet, 1854, Jan. 7th page 699-700. Dr. William Stanger.
Natal papers record the death of Dr. Stanger, the Government Surveyor-General of the Port Natal district, on the 14th of March. Dr. Stanger was only in his forty-second year, and seems to have fallen a victim to an ill-judged application of the so-called hydropathic treatment. He had travelled from Maritzburg to Port Natal on horseback, and, in order to relieve the fatigue he felt, was induced to submit to the application of the "wet shed," The next day inflammation of the lungs took place, which carried him off in one week.
Dr. Stanger was born at Wisbeach, in Cambridgeshire, and educated at Edinburgh, where he took his degree of Doctor of Medicine. He subsequently visited Australia, and returned to England and settled in London, where he commenced the practice of his profession. His knowledge of natural history and his enterprising character recommended him to those who were engaged in fitting out the Niger expedition, which turned out so disastrously in 1841. During the voyage up the Niger, Dr. Stanger was one of the few who were not prostrated by the terrible fever which raged on board the ships, and it was mainly owing to his energy, in conjunction with Dr. Macwilliam, that one of the steamers was brought down the river. Although not attacked with the fever, his strong frame never wholly threw off the effects of exposure to the pestilential swamps of the Niger. The scientific results of this expedition were small, and nobody regretted this more acutely than Dr. Stanger, who had anticipated a rich harvest along the banks of the river.
On his return to England, he obtained the appointment of Surveyor-General to the new colony of Natal. Here his services were of great importance to the colony, and perhaps there is no individual in that community whose loss could have been so deeply felt. Dr. Stanger performed the duties attached to bis office laboriously and conscientiously, and had little time afforded him to reduce to form his numerous observations on Natural History. One of his last contributions to this science was the discovery of a plant belonging to the family of Cy vails, possessing characters differing from any hitherto found in that family. This plant has been named, after him, Stangeria, and a very interesting specimen is now producing its peculiar fruit in the Royal Gardens at Kew Athenaeum, June 17th.
1 Mary Alice Stanger Born: 20 May 1845 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa Died: 14 May 1930 in 202 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, Northamptonshire
2 William Harry Stanger Born: 25 Sep 1847 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa Died: 13 Feb 1903 in 33 Ladbrooke Grove, London Married: Abt. Sep 1875 in Gedney, Lincoln, England to Arabella Jessica Rogers Born: Abt. Mar 1845 in Braceborough, Lincolnshire, England Father: George Rogers, Mother: Isabelle.
William Stanger following his study at Kings College London took up appointments in the War Office as Instructor of Engines. Following a time in Brazil as Locomotive Superintendent to Ciera Railway he return to London in 1873 to take up the appointment as advisory clerk and inspector of railway materials for the Trinidad Railways in the office for the Crown Agents for the Colonies.
In 1874 William Stanger left the Crown
Agents office and set up a private practice as an Inspection Engineer at
23 Queen Anne's Gate, London.
Stanger Ltd was formed in 1874 and
since developed an enviable reputation for materials testing and
consultancy. In 1999 the routine cementitous analysis and bridge testing
businesses were transferred to Tarmac plc. The Materials Science business
now provides metallurgical and Engineering Services testing and
consultancy, building investigation, inspection and Quality monitoring
services from its NAMAS accredited laboratory in St
3 Hannah Edith Stanger Born: 21 Aug 1851 in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa Died: 1937 Married: Abt. Sep 1873 in Norfolk, England to Joseph Elliott Johnson Smith Born: Abt. Dec 1849 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Father: Joseph Smith Mother: Penelope Eldred Elliot Died: 1934
4 Charles Hursthouse Stanger Born: 30 Oct 1852 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Died: 26 May 1931 in Sydney Burial: Rookwood Cemetery Married: 23 Dec 1886 in Sydney, Australia to Sarah Clarice (Corrie) Bravey Died: 21 Oct 1889 in Auckland
*2nd Wife of  Charles
Hursthouse Stanger: Married: 22 Nov 1900 in St. Johns, Darlinghurst,
Sydney to Grace Emily Whyte
Father: William Athenry Whyte The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW :30 May 1931 LATE MR. C. H. STANGER. a Rev. William Hursthouse Stanger
Born: 10 Mar 1902 b Frederick J Willian Stanger Born:
1904 c James Theodore Stanger Born: 1908
in Ryde NSW Died: 09 Jun 1910 d Harry Andrew Stanger Born: 1909
Died: 2001 in Melbourne, Australia
mar. Elizabeth Mary
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW :30 May 1931 LATE MR. C. H. STANGER.
a Rev. William Hursthouse Stanger Born: 10 Mar 1902
b Frederick J Willian Stanger Born: 1904
c James Theodore Stanger Born: 1908 in Ryde NSW Died: 09 Jun 1910
d Harry Andrew Stanger Born: 1909 Died: 2001 in Melbourne, Australia mar. Elizabeth Mary