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James White & Sarah Barnard


 JAMES WHITE BARNARD (the son of WILLIAM  and Sarah nee Tanner - his grandfather was John Barnard of Somerset) James was born 30th March, 1863 in Hackney, London, Middlesex, and died 03 Dec 1938 in Kaiapoi where he was buried at Kaiapoi Public Cemetery aged 75 years.

James Barnard was a butcher and  worked first for the Parnham's Butchery in Charles Street opposite Trousselot Park at Kaiapoi. He married SARAH HENEY on 27th November, 1889, the 4th daughter of DAVID HENEY and ELIZABETH MCALISTER of Kaiapoi. (Her name is incorrectly recorded in marriage registry as  Henly) Sarah was born 1867, but she sadly died giving birth to SB twins on 17 Sep 1890 aged 23 years at  Raven Street, Kaiapoi. She was buried at the Kaiapoi Public Cemetery

James remarried Sarah's sister LIZZIE HENEY on 31 Aug 1891,  at the house of David Heney, Cust. Lizzie was born 1864 in Ireland. Marriage witnesses - David Heney farmer, Cust and Maggie Heney, Kaiapoi. Lizzie died 13 Jun 1943 aged 80 years, a widow at 68 Charles st, Kaiapoi and was buried with her husband at Kaiapoi Public Cemetery.

On 1st March 1899, the paper reported on a mile cycling race on the Beach Road, Kaiapoi, witnessed by a large number of people, between Samuel Hardy and James Barnard, resulting in favour of the former, somewhat easily. He was the Kaiapoi delegate for the Fireman's conference at Marlborough at Picton in March 1900.

In 1910, James and his family shifted to the living quarters behind the Kaiapoi Cooperative Butchery in High St now Williams where Mr Barnard was manager. In  1914 James White was the mayor of Kaiapoi and was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace in June and was chairman of the Kaiapoi Patriotic Committee during those first World War Years.

 After a time, the family moved to Rangiora and for about 3 years owned a butchery opposite the present Bank of New Zealand before moving back to Kaiapoi Butchery and also owned a slaughterhouse. He retired in 1922 and the family lived at Charles Street and had a farm. James Barnard continued to serve on the Council for many years -. at least to 1931. He died aged 75 years in 1938 (clergy Rev Stephenson) and is buried in Kaiapoi Cemetery .

In the book "Old Kaiapoi" Lizzie wrote of her early days of the Kaiapoi settlement. The Heney family lived   at the beach Road about 1 mile from the sea. She was a pupil at Mathews School and remembers the Beach Road as a bullock track through "Wild Irishman" flax, niggerheads and manuka. In the home the cooking fascilities were necessarily primitive - a "crane" or pivotted rod holding the utensils over the open fire. As children, the Heneys gathered shells from the old Maori dumps and burnt them for lime when their father needed mortar. Her parents had a dairy farm and prepared salted butter in tubs to be sent to England. The need for recreation was met by races on draughthorses and Mrs Whit remembers the Volunteers in their red coats riding the rather clumsy steeds. Sports were held in the Kaikainui paddocks (now Wilcock St) and the children were able to buy gingerbread squares at one penny each; these were the only sweets available.

There was plenty of whitebait in the season and pukekos were boiled for soup and wekas for oil - then thought to be good for rheumatics. She recalled the early shipping -  the 'John Bullock,' - two hundred tons - the schooner * Anne,' the ' Sturt,' the steamers 'Koomerang,' ' Ringaroma,' and ' Moa '- the last was a paddle steamer. The sailing vessel 'Isabella Jackson' (Captain Watson) was lost after leaving Kaiapoi. Lizzie's brothers saw her clear the bar, and then came home. A few hours later, a man on the Amberley beach noticed a ship in full sail some distance out, but after a short interval was surprised when there was no sight of anything on the sea. It was thought that she turned turtle shortly after the man saw her but no trace of the  Isabella Jackson was ever found. The shipping trade gradually died away, killed, by the railways and then, by motor-vehicles."

JAMES BARNARD and LIZZIE HENEY had three children:

1. RALPH WHITE BARNARD  was born 30 Aug 1892 in Kaiapoi, and died aged 63 years on 26 Jun 1956 in Kaiapoi Burial: Bromley Cemetery, Christchurch. He married FLORENCE EDITH BAIRD 1923. She was born 1898, and was the daughter of Annie and Joseph Baird. She died 23 Apr 1970 in Kaiapoi aged 72 Yrs, and was cremated at Harewood Cemetery.

21 January 1898 - At Kaiapoi on Wednesday two brothers named Christie and a lad named Barnard, were playing in a boat on the river, when the younger of the Christies fell in the water, pulling the little fellow Barnard with him. The other boy promptly pulled his brother into the boat, and as he did so he held the lad Barnard by the hair, and then the brothers together pulled their comrade out of the water. Had it not been for the elder brother's good sense and self-possession, the accident would probably have ended fatally. The ages of the three boys ranged from about five to nine years.

1914 Ralph was living at Charles St, Kaipoi, butcher and WW1 - First Reserves; living at Kaiapoi; Occupation farmer; Recruiting district North Canterbury; 1922 electoral roll; living at High St, Kaiapoi; butcher; 1927 Residing Willock Street, Occupation Farmer with wife Florence; 1938 - 1954 Kaiapoi electoral roll living at Cass St, Kaipoi; dealer, with wife Florence?


i. HERBERT JAMES BARNARD was born 03 Jun 1924 in Kaiapoi, and died 07 Sep 1999 in Kaiapoi. He married 1947 to DORIS EDNA ROBERTSON. She was born 03 Feb 1922 in Christchurch, and died 19 Sep 1987 in Kaiapoi. Their children Karen Lee and Julia Jan Barnard.  Herbert's Time Line:
1954 Hurunui electoral roll; living at Greggs Rd, Clarkville; skin buyer with wife Doris
1963 Rangiora electorate roll. Living at Greige Rd, farmer
1975 Rangiora electorate; living at Griegs Rd, Clarkville, farmer with wife Doris clerk; 1981 to 1990 Rangiora electorate: 44 Feldwick Drive Kaiapoi, Retired farmer with wife Doris Edna

1999 Bur 10th Sep Denomination Anglican, Clergy Rev Courage.Bur: Kaiapoi Public Cemetery Lived at 1/44 Shannon Place, Belfast, Canterbury. Their 4 children:

i Karen Lee Barnard Mar: to Roger Lee Miller

ii Maree Kay (Kate) Barnard Mar: to Barry Raymond Smart Their 2 children David James Barnard and Constance May Smart 

iii Julia Jan Barnard Mar: to Christopher Guy Main

iv Clare Lyn Barnard Mar: (1) Lance Williams Their son Levi Williams

*2nd Husband of Clare Lyn Barnard: Julian Lenzer Gordon Their family  Kim and Lauren Gordon

ii. NOREEN BETTY BARNARD, b. 17 Feb 1926, Christchurch; d. 1999; m. KEITH EDWARD PETERSON Timeline for Keith Edward Peterson

1949 - Residence Hurunui, Canterbury

1954 - Residence: Lyttelton, Canterbury
1957 - Residence: Ashburton, Canterbury
1963 - 1981 Residence: Ashburton, Canterbury
Their children; Gary Jan and Rosemary Peterson
2. FLORENCE EVALINE BARNARD  was born 1894 in Kaiapoi. She married ERNEST BRISTOW 20 Sep 1917 at the Church of St Bartholomew, Kaiapoi, he was son of HENRY BRISTOW and JESSIE HUNT. Witnesses to marriage J W Barnard, Butcher, Kaiapoi, R Barnard, Butcher, Kiapoi; Ernest was born 1888 in Sproxton, England.

Source - Women in Business- "Waimakariri" - Florence Bristow would have not regarded herself as anything unusual, yet she began working in the butchery business in the early part of the twentieth century. Florence began her work in the trade with her father, J.Barnard, in Parnham's Butchery which was next to the coal yard in Charles Street, Kaiapoi. In 1910 the Barnard family shifted to the living quarters behind the Kaiapoi Co-operative Butchery in High Street (Williams Street). Florence's father advertised his intention to renovate the premises and to modernise the smallgoods department. After a time Barnards moved again, this time to Rangiora where they had a shop opposite the Bank of New Zealand. Florence learnt the trade by watching her father, all the time thinking, that upon leaving school she was destined to stay at home and help her mother. However it was the butchery business that absorbed her interests. When she married it was to one of her father's employees, Ernest Bristow, and it was probably at this point she was accepted as a part of the butchery business. Florence saw a lot of changes in the butchery business throughout her association with it. She could remember the sight of a tethered horse walking in circles in a vacant section behind the shop in High Street (Williams Street). The horse's actions were turning the shaft of the sausage- making machine. That shop was the thirteenth shop in Kaiapoi to have a telephone installed in it and the first to have a refrigerator. Lighting in the shop was first provided by kerosene lamps, then by acetylene gas and fmally in 1918 by electricity. In Florence's early days in the shop there was no glass in the windows and so at night wooden shutters had to be pulled across. The slaughterhouse for the butchery was at Waverley and this meant early starts for the butchers who had to go out and collect the carcasses for the day. Florence was usually in the shop at 7 a.m. during the week and at 4 a.m. on Saturdays. The killing for the week was done on Sunday which after the family usually had a picnic lunch and maybe a bonfire. After their marriage Florence and Ernest moved from the living quarters behind the shop. This did not mean that Florence gave up the shop work. She always filled in when any of the men were sick. By the time the Bristow children, two daughters and one son, had grown up the whole family worked in the shop.

As was commonplace for all shops the Bristows had a delivery service. In the early days they had two horses and drays for deliveries, one on each side of the river. The horses were grazed in a paddock in Carew Street. On Fridays the dray would go right up to East Eyreton and ill Tuesdays it would go to Clarkvilleand Ohoka. There was no delivery charge, with payment for the meat being on a monthly account. Florence did her share of loading up the dray and driving as well. When she reached a customer she would cut up the meat for her. By 1945 only one horse was still being used as the shop had bought two Model T. Fords and then a Model A. Deliveries were down to once a week by 1945. The meat was loaded into a specially made box but was still cut up to the customers requirements. The town deliveries were done on a bicycle with a tray. Only at the end of the time that Florence was associated with the shop were there many window displays. The reason being that it was not until that time that the shop sold rolled roasts. During World War Two people in Kaiapoi had no need to worry about meat rationing as the shop had a slaughter house and there were farms all around.

Florence remembered charging one shilling for two and a half pounds of sausages and two shillings and sixpence for a large forequarter. Kennett's Bakery got a special discount on the mince. It paid four and a half pence a pound whereas ordinary customers paid six pence a pound. The shop made all its goods except for saveloys and German sausage which it bought from Steels in Christchurch.

In her retirement Florence Bristow bought her meat from Cattermole's Butchery. She could be sure of the quality of the product because Athol Cattermole had learnt the trade in Bristow's shop.


i. MORRICE HENRY BRISTOW,  was born 07 May 1918, and died 03 Feb 1991. He married SHIRLEY ELIZABETH TAYLOR (her Father: Raymond Taylor Mother: Hilda Vaughan Wheeler) Their 7 children: Susan Patricia; Jill; Phillipa Jane; Barnabas Ernest;  Jennifer Mary Bristow Born: 20 Feb 1951 Died: 07 Jan 1953 aged 23 months; James White Timothy; Kathrine Louise Hamilton Bristow 

 iiJESSIE GWENYTH BRISTOW who married LOCHART DONALD EASTERN in 1952. He was born 06 Sep 1920, and died 29 Aug 1993.
iii ELMA KATHLEEN BARNARD  was born 18 August 1895 in Kaiapoi, and died 17 Apr 1973 in Auckland. She married JAMES LESLEY WYLIE on 04 Nov 1913. He was born 1893, and died 16 Mar 1960 aged 68 years  in Auckland. Buried at Waikumete RSA Block
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