George Pelvin was born 3rd September 1867 at Claremont, Timaru and with the family moved to Waimate in 1882 to live.
School Records - Name PELVIN George; School Claremont;
Admission Date 16 Jul 1878; Parent / Guardian Richard Pelvin; Address Claremont; Last School None;
George left school for work on 4th October 1881 when aged 14 years.
A talented musician like other family members his talent was recognised in the community.
North Otago Times, 4 July 1887 - CONCERT AT REDCLIFF.
The annual concert and dance was held in the schoolhouse on Thursday evening last. Favored with a beautiful moonlight evening, the settlers from the surrounding districts were well represented, there being at least 200 present. Mr George Oliver occupied the chair. He said he had to thank those who had come to countenance the concert, and he took great pleasure in seeing so many from a distance. Like a great many others, the School Committee was ambitious at the present time, and the members had made up thsir minds to do something in the way of a Jubilee, so they had called this the Jubilee concert in honor of the fiftieth year of Her Majestie's reign, and he felt certain from the talent they had with them that night, from Timaru, Waimate, Papakaio, as well as local, it would be the most enoyable concert they had ever had.
The following programme was rendered, a great many of the items being encored - Miss Fleming (Oamaru), pianofort selection, Scotch airs; Miss Smith (Papakaio), "The Irish Immigrants Farewell ; Mr C. Strachan (VVaimate), comic song, "There's goln; to be a wedding," and as an eccore he gave the humorous song, "There's ays & muckie slippy stane at ilk body's door," Mr and Miss Fleming "(Oamaru), duet, "The Crookit Bawbea' which was loudly applauded, the last verse being repeated in response to an encore; Mr Christie (Waimate), recitation, "The most econnomical woman that I knew ;" Miss Bella Mackay (Waimate), song, "When the good ship's going;" Mr Mitchell, comic song in character, "Far, far away," and in response to an encore he gave a couple of extempory verses having a local application; Mr T. Black (Walmate), comic song, "A strong stamp of an Irish girl," and at an encore, song, " A braw Scottish girl"; Miss Roberts (Waiho), song, "Oh, no, I'll never marry;" Mr Walls (Oamaru) sang this old favorite, " The Death of Nelson;" Mrs Roberts (Waiho), song, "Rather."
The first part of the programme was brought to a close by Mr Calder (Walmate) dancing the Highland fling in costume to the strain of the bagpipes manipulated by Mr Finlayson. After an interval of 10 minutes the second part was opened by Messrs Patrick and Kerr (Waimate), piano and violin, playing "The Royal March ;" Miss Fleming, song, "Daily's Raveneo;" Mr Walls, Cold the airts the wind can blaw ;*' Mr T. BUck, song, " Eighteenpence;" Miss Henderson (Waitaki North), song, " The Lady, Dog, and Gun," and, as an encore, "March, march along;" Mr Fleming, song, "Pat Mollony," and, in response to an encore, he said that Instead of a song he would give them recitation. He had never given a recitation in that locality, but probably they might havr seen that a newspaper endeavorad to make him famous over the "The nose of Captain Freer," so he would let them hear about the "Capts. nose." The recitation created roars of laughter, and was loudly applauded. Mrs Scolio sang, "Far away;" Mr Mitchell, song, ' His Lordship winked to the counsel;" Mrs Robert, song, " You'd better bide a wee ;" Mr Calder, dance, in costume, Mr Finlayson playing on the pipes ; Mr Streohan, song, "The Mulligan Guards." brought the second part of the programme to a close with a selection on the bagpipes, "The Athol Gathering." Mr Oliver called for three hearty cheers for the performers, which were lustily given, and a like compliment was given to the chairman. Miss Fleming and Mrs Roberts played the accompaniment during the evening.
At the conclusion of the concert all present were hospitably entertained at supper by the Misses Oliver (2) and Mr Henderson, assisted by members of the School Committee.
The room having been cleared dancing followed, which was continued till daylight. Mr George Pelvin (violin) assisted by Messrs Kerr and Mitchel! (piano), and Mr George Aikenhead (M.C.), together worked strenuously in making the dancing a great sucess. The entertainment as a whole was much superior to the general run of country entertainments, and was decidedly the best ever held in the district.
Newspaper: In the Midst of Life We are in Death
News has just come that Mr George Pelvin died in Waimate yesterday evening. He was a strong, good young man and the pride of his faily. He was part owner of a threshing mill and traction engine, which he had been working up to a few days ago, and at which he caught a cold or had an attack of influenza but nothing serious was apprehended. Suddenly, however, he has received "the call" which is coming to us all, and the whole community here are in sympathy with the bereaved family, whose sorrow, having come in a day, is all the worse to bear. He died at Waimate 27th Aril, 1890.
Timaru Herald, Volume L, Issue 4830, 29 April 1890, Page 2
PELVIN. On the 27th inst., At the Waimate Hospital, George, fifth son of Richard and Elizabeth Pelvin, late of Timaru, aged 22 years. Deeply regretted.
George is buried at Waimate Old Cemetery Location R03.12