Frederick Peter and Ellen Young
FREDERICK PETER PELVIN was born 21st Jun 1870 in Timaru. He was admitted to Clarmont school 16th July 1878, and he passed Std 3 in Sept. 1881.
His father Richard moved his family to the Waimate area and Fred became a first day pupil at the Ikawai School when it opened 1882.
Fred was a mill owner at Waitaki and with his brother Charles, they operated their threshing mills in the Waikakihi distrist from the Waiho River Boundary to the Wairaki and as far as Stonewall. They also did chaff cutting and hauled both grain and wool to the railway at Glenavy and fred farmed at the Waitaki settlement. (Photo of Fred and Charles with a Fowler traction engine) In mid-January 1899, Fred was driving his traction engine to Waimate for repairs with his brother Charles. He ran short of water in the Gorge and pulled up beside a waterhole to fill the boiler. The hose was too short to reach the water from their position, and on trying to get nearer, the engine ran over the bank and rolled twice into the hole. Fred hung on and ended up underneath in about six feet of water. Luckily he was not stunned, and managed to crawl out backwards, and his brother, who had been able to jump off, pulled him out on the bank. Mr S. J. Adams was passing at the time, and drove the two men to town when it was found that no serious injury had been done. The engine was considerably damaged. The cause of the mishap was found to be the breaking of the steering gear and vigorous attempts were needed to get it out of the hole.
On the 25th July 1900 Fred married ELLEN (NELLIE) YOUNG at the house Mr Hewitt at Waimate (note on the marriage certificate below, she signed as Helen). She was the daughter of GUSTAVE YOUNG and JESSIE DUNCAN and had been born in 1873 in Melbourne, Victoria. Witnesses were Mary Hewitt and Fred's brother, Arthur Ernest Pelvin, farmer of Redcliff. The celebrant was Rev George Barclay.
Fred and Nellie had five children:
i. ROLAND HILL (Roy) PELVIN, b. 06 Mar 1902, Glenavy (his mother's name registered as Nellie). While living at Waitaki he attended the Tawai School until 1913 when he was at the Gore Main School. He was a concrete worker and he did not marry. In retirement lived at 44 SHETLAND STREET, DUNEDIN and he died 25 Aug 1980 at Dunedin Hospital. His cremation was on 28 Aug 1980, at Dunedin and his Ashes interred Andersons Bay Cemetery.
ii. STELLA PELVIN, was born 24 Oct 1903 in Glenavy (her mother's name registered as Ellen), and was baptised at the Waihao Anglican Church 16 Jan 1905. The Parish register gives her mother's christian names as Ellen Hansford. On 11th Feb 1908 she was admitted to the Tawai school and last day 20 Dec 1911, and the following year lived with her grandparents at Avenue Road and went to the Waimaitai School then to Gore School back to Tawai and in March 1914 was at the Musselburgh School, Dunedin. 1918 Stella attended Dunedin Technical Classes. She married ROBERT LEWIN WYNYARD 30 Jan 1930, the son of MONTAGUE HARRISON WYNYARD and LUCY ALICE SHEPPARD - he was born 11 Feb 1902 in Onehunga. In 26 Jul 1989 they were living at 3/8 Domett Avenue, Epsom, Auckland when he died and was cremated at Purewa Cemetery. Stella died 27 Jun 1996 in Auckland - their names are recorded on the Wynyard headstone at St Andrews Anglican Church and yard, Epsom, Auckland. Children of STELLA PELVIN and ROBERT WYNYARD are:
iii. STANLEY EDISON was born 19 May 1906 in Glenavy (his mother's name registered as Ellen). He was baptised at the Waihao Anglican Parish Church and attended the Taiwai school - admission date 30 Sep 1912 and left 25 Apr 1913 for Gore and then to the Musselburgh School Dunedin in 1914. He married EILEEN MARGARET CUMMOCK on 12 May 1933, Stanley died 27 Aug 1986 aged 80 years in Dunstan Hospital, Clyde, and was buried at the Alexandra Cemetery.
Eileen was born 19 Apr 1909 in Dunedin, Otago, the daughter of JAMES CUMMOCK and ELLEN BIRNIE and died 22 Jun 1991 in 69 Killarney St, Alexandra. Their daughters of are:
iv. GLADYS MARY was born 29 Nov 1908 in Glenavy, baptised Jan 6, 1909 at Glenavy (her mother's name registered as Ellen). She attended the Musselburgh School, admission 17 Mar 1914. She married JOHN JAMES REEVES on 21 Jan 1933, the son of JOHN REEVES and ROSE KITTO. He was born 1905 in Waipori, and worked on the Waterfront at Lyttelton and died 11 Dec 1976 in Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch where he was cremated on 14 Dec 1976. Gladys died 23 May 2010 in Christchurch aged 101 years.
v. ALLAN PELVIN, b. 28 Oct 1914, St Kilda, Dunedin where he attended Mussleburgh School; His Occupation: Stores Worker with NAC. and died 23 May 2002, Christchurch age 85 years. In 1940, Allan married THELMA IRENE MARIA DENNISON who was born 21 Aug 1916 in Waimea, Hokitika, Westland the youngest of nine children, and died 10 May 2005 in Christchurch.
Children of ALLAN PELVIN and THELMA DENNISON born at Christchurch are:
Fred was a taxi proprieter at Dunedin when he died 30 November 1918 duing the influenza epidemic aged 48 years in hospital at Dunedin. He was buried at the Andersons Bay Cemetery 02 Dec 1918, (Block 52., Plot 0030)
To have an income while bringing up her growing family, Nellie took in boarders - in 1919, she lived at 9 Queen's Drive, South Dunedin with Ellen Josephine and Victor James Quelch who was an ironmonger and their daughter, Elizabeth Muriel Quelch. In 1922 at 6 Richardson Street, St Kilda, a retired couple Alice and James Hurley and on the Caversham roll in 1925 with son Roland, a labourer and daughter Stella.
Ellen died 11th March 1952 at Christchurch and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery on the 14th March.
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