William Pelvin

WILLIAM PELVIN, youngest of twins was b. 27 Feb 1892, Glenavy to parents Charles and Jessie Pelvin; d: 20 Dec 1964 at Loburn and was bur: in the Rangiora Park Cemetery.

William was enrolled at Tawai school on 28th Oct 1897 with twin brother Charles ; On completion Std 4, he left for Waimate District High School. 1917 he was working on his fatherís farm.

He mar: NATALIE STELLA MIDDLEBROOK on 1st Aug 1917 at the Registrars Office, Christchurch. Witnesses were his sister Elizabeth Ann Pelvin of 7 Bath St, Christchurch, machinist, and Jinnie McAuliffe, 304 Hereford St, Christchurch.

Natalie was b: 8 Sep 1892 at Kimberley, South Africa, the daughter of a noted photographer John Joseph Ernest (1863-1943) and Florence Beatrice (nee Caldecott) Middlebrook (1868-1950). Other siblings were Emily Lotte (1890 - 1970) Marion Elizabeth (1893 - 1979) and Eric Lionel Middlebrook (1894 - 1973)

The flourishing diamond mines in Kimberley brought hundreds of workers and photographers to the area beginning in 1867. J.E. Middlebrook followed soon thereafter in the early 1870s, and set up his photography studio, The Premier Studio, on West Street West and he had a second studio in Durban, "Opposite the Club." Middlebrook photographed the landscape, farms, cities, and people of South Africa. His photographs of the Zulu people are considered to be theatrical, deliberating portraying the native people in an idyllic, romantic, and exotic light. (In archives is a photo of a Cohorn mortar with a line of unidentified men (possibly Boer Republic fighters) behind it, near Ladysmith, Natal, South Africa taken between 1899 and 1902 by J E Middlebrook of Durban.) Natalieís father also wrote a book on the "Uth African Aborigines" which was published in Durban, Kimberley.

The Middlebrook family lived 1904 at Collingwood St, Nelson and in February 1904 Natalie was enrolled at the Central School. They moved 7 Mar 1907 to live at 18 Hereford St, where Natalie in April attended the Christchurch East School - she left end of Aug. for the Opawa School

On the electoral 1922, William is a farmer of Taiwai, Glenavy, Waitaki and in 1936, he took over the orchard at Lowburn from his father-in-law Mr J E Middlebrook

Natalie had no children, and she died on 4th Oct 1977 at the Jubilee Home, Woolston, Christchurch and was bur: at Rangiora on the 6th October.