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Nellie Jane & James Alexander Norrie

Nellie Jane Clark was b: 16 Apr 1889 in Rakaia to parents Alfred and Sarah Elizabeth Clark; she d: 17 May 1990 in Porirua Hospital aged 101 yrs, Crem. 21 May 1990 at Whena Tapu Cem. 

She mar: 06 Jun 1912 in Wellington to James Alexander Norrie b: 27 Jun 1887 in Gore son of JOHN NORRIE (1861-1938) and CATHERINE FISHER (1860-1945); Occ: Solicitor; he d: 27 Jul 1966 in Public Hospital, Lower Hutt; Crem. 30 Jul 1966 at Karori Cem.)

His parents, John and Catherine Norrie's children born in NZ were:

i....John William Fairfax Norrie b 1885; 
ii...James Alexander Norrie  b:1887
iii..Robert Colquhoun Norrie b: 1891
iv...Edwin Rolland Norrie b: 1892

James's father, John Norrie was a keen all round sportsman, a Lawn bowler, a footballer and cricketer playing for the Gore Clubs, at Lawrence 1905 chaired the school committee and on the committee of the Tokomairiro Farmer's Club and Steward for the Beaumont Jockey Club, the NZ Farmers Union at Milton,

James Alexander's Timeline:

Otago Witness , 1 Sept 1909: A bitterly cold wind blew over the Caledonian Ground yesterday afternoon when the students of Otago University held their annual inter-faculty sports. J A Norrie 440 YARDS championship, J. Norrie (Law) 3; He ran also in the 220 yds Flat championship. (Abt this time James competed at singles lawn tennis)

James Norrie

Evening Post, 30 July 1913: Mr. J. A, Norrie, of the Dunedin Magistrate's Court staff, the well-known ex-Otago wing three-quartef, has been promoted to the position of Clerk of the Court at Taumarunui.

1921: NORRIE, J.A. Occ: Estates Admin Clerk Srce: NZ Gazette Type: Public Trust Dept

1903 Auckland Star,  25 Sept 1903: Mr James A. Norrie to be a cadet in the Magistrate's and Warden's Courts at Lawrence.

1907 Tuapeka Times, 21 Dec:  Among those who have received intimation of having passed the first section of the law examination is Mr James A Norrie, late cadet in the Magistrate's Court, Lawrence, and an ex-pupil of the Lawrence District High School.

1909 Tuapeka Times,  29 Dec: We are pleased to note the success an ex-pupil of the Lawrence District High School in the recent law examinations, viz., Mr James A. Norrie, of the Magistrate's Court, Dunedin, has passed the final section of the solicitor's examination.

1910 JAMES NORRIE. (Photo right) The dashing wing three-quarter of Dunedin Varsity, James was an Otago rep. in 1910, and ought to be picked for the forthcoming University rep. team which is going to do the grand tour of New Zealand.

1913 Press, 29 July, Mr J. A. Norrie. of the Dunedin Magistrate's Court Stalf, and the wellknown ex-Otago wing three-quarter, has been promoted to the position of Clerk of tho Court at Taumarunui.1914

1913: Otago Daily Times, 8 Aug: On Wednesday afternoon a few legal and other friends met Mr J. A. Norrie, of the local Magistrate's Court office, and presented him with a set of pipes as an expression of their esteem on the eve of his departure for Naseby as clerk of the court. Mr B. S. Irwin made the presentation, and expressed his sense of Mr Norrie's courtesy and kindness, the sentiments being echoed by Messrs C. N. Scurr, A. C. Smith, and A V. Fraser. The recipient suitably responded.

Yesterday afternoon members of the local staffs of both the Magistrate's and Supreme Court offices met to say good-bye to Mr Norrie. and took occasion to present him with a 400-day clock. The presentation was made bv Mr H. Widdowson, S.M., who expressed his regret at Mr Norrie's departure, the other members of the staff speaking in a similar strain. Mr Norrie replied in fitting terms.

1919 Dominion, 17 Oct: Gazetted: Appointment of J. A. Norrie as clerk of the Court at Gore.

1920: Secretary of the Island Bay Surf and Life Saving Club

1920; Otago Daily Times, 21 Feb: Mr J. A. Norrie, clerk of the Magistrate's and Warden's Court at Gore during the past six months, has been notified of his transfer to the Public Trust Office staff in Wellington. Mr. Norrie expects to leave Gore the middle of next month

1921 NORRIE, J.A. Estates Admin. Clerk Wellington (Src. NZ Gazette)

1930: Secretary/Treasurer of the Island Bay Municipal Electors Assoc.

1938 J A Norrie; Wellington City Librarian 

1966 His usual place of residence prior to death was 1 Hardwarden Flats, Stevens Grove, Lower Hutt. The death certificate states he lived all his life in New Zealand but there is a handwritten note that he was 3 years overseas.

Children of NELLIE CLARK and JAMES NORRIE are:

i Wynne Nance Norrie (b: 3 Aug 1914 in Dunedin; d: 20 Nov 2007, Wellington) Mar: 13 Jun 1942 in St Johns Church, Wellington to Henry Herbert Bunckenburg (b: 28 May 1912 in Wellington son of parents Henry John Bunckenburg (1874 -1951) and mother Ethel Maud HAWKINS (1883 - 1950); he d: 20 Nov 2007 Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington) (Spelling is also found recorded as Bunckenberg)

Marriage: 13 Jun 1942 St. John's Church, Wellington between Henry Herbert BUNCKENBERG, 30, Army Officer, Bachelor, born Wtgn, residence Trentham, parents Henry John Bunckenberg, Carpenter and Ethel Maud nee HAWKINS ...and... Wynne Nance NORRIE, 27, Spinster, born Dunedin, residence Wellington, parents James Alexander Norrie, Solicitor and Nellie Jane nee CLARK
Witnesses:  Joy Vyvian Norrie, Typiste, Wellington; Lawrence William Bunckenburg, Boilermaker, Wellington (Henry's brother)

Dominion Post: Death: BUNCKENBURG Wynne Nance: On Nov 20 2007 aged 93y. Loved wife of the late Henry and mother of Alison and Roger. Our thanks to the staff of the Elizabeth Memorial Hospital for the excellent care

Their Children:

1 Alison Wynne Bunckenberg b: Wellington mar: Anthony (Tony) Maxwell Russell b: Australia Their family:

 Christine Anne; Scott Anthony Russell and Kathryn Louise Russell

2 Roger Henry Bunckenberg b: Wellington

Tribute is given to Henry Bunckenburg whose expertise impacted greatly the careers of hundreds of New Zealand Quantity Surveyors and he was honored by the  launching in 1986 of the H H Bunckenburg Memorial Trust.

Carpenter: Prior to the Second World War, Henry was a carpenter and Secretary of the St Johns Church Willis Street, Sunday school.

War time Medical Officer: He saw war service first in the Middle East, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer in the position of Regimental Sergeant Major 4th Field Ambulance Corp Nov 1939-Nov 1941 and later was returned to the Trentham Military Camp as Captain, Adjutant Medical Training Depot, Trentham, Jan 1942-Sep 1944. He rose to the rank of Major and Officer in Command Sep 1944-Jan 1945 and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (ED) for his territorial service.

Quantity Surveyor:  On return to civilian life he became a quantity surveyor with the Housing Department under Arch Jones, rising rapidly to the position of his assistant - a position he was to hold until his retirement.

Henry had to qualify as a QSINZ member by passing the examinations of the day. He immediately became deeply involved in all of the affairs of the then fledgling institute. He served both at branch and national level, was the Wellington Council Member for many years including Chairman of the Wellington Branch Board 1947-48 and 1951-52. He was President of QSINZ on two occasions; 1954 and for two consecutive years 1961 - 1963. He was the author of the Quantity Surveyors Handbook 1966.

Educator: A well known tutor and mentor of QS students who started the first Cadet school for QS's at this Ministry of Works and was the first lecturer at Wellington Technical College for QS subjects which led an intensive training programme for Ministry of Works Cadet QS's over a 3 year period. He was also awarded the MBE believed to be for his service in post wartime resettlement training for ex-servicemen and his other voluntary community service. NZIQS awarded Henry a Fellowship and Life Membership in 1973.

For 3 years, 1974 to 76, the Ministry of Works ran a QS cadet training school, to bring the QS numbers back up, and put nearly all new cadets through a training program in Wellington. H H Bunckenburg was asked to come out of retirement to run the school set up in a rabbit-warren of an old house, in Sydney St. East, Wellington, opposite Parliament.

ii Joy Vivian Norrie (b: 17 Oct 1918 in Naseby, Otago; d: 13 Dec 2010 in Napier) mar: 01 May 1944 Ivor Rangiihia Matheson Cooper (b: 14 Aug 1914 in Dunedin to parents Robert Alfred and Mary Ann Prentice Cooper; he d: 13 Sep 2001 in Napier) Their family:

a Bruce Matheson Cooper (b: Wellington) Mar: in Timaru to Prudence Ann Osbourn (b: Timaru) Their 2 sons are:

 Aaron James and Vaughan Roger Cooper

b Robert Clark Cooper (b: Wellington) mar: Heather Belle MacDonald (b: Palmerston North)  Their daughters are:

Helen Joy;  Emily Ann and Marnie Jane Cooper

*2nd Wife; Robert Clark Cooper mar: Leanne Marie Black b: Hawera - Their sons are:

Andrew Robert and David Cameron Cooper

c Jane Ann Cooper b: Palmerston Nth mar: 24 Jan 1969 to Russell Lee (b: 28 May 1945 Riverton; d: 11 Feb 1981 in Napier) Their 3 children:

Michael Russell; Deborah Jane and Sarah Ann Lee


iii. Marie Jean Norrie (b: Takapau, Hawkes Bay) mar: 1945 Thomas (Tom) Heber Johnson (b: 20 Dec 1918; d: 18 Sep 2011 Hastings aged 92Y Headstone/Memorial Inscription "JOHNSON Thomas Heber (Tom) 20.12.1918 - 18.9.2011 Aged 92 years `A true gentleman` Husband of Marie; Father of Norrie, Jean, Mary, Sally & Ian; Much loved and well respected")

Rank: Sergeant in Army World War II, Address on enlisment - 88 Carlyle Street, Napier; NOK Mrs M. Johnson;  Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941).

Evening Post, 2 Feb. 1945 ENGAGEMENTS: JOHNSON - NORRIE. The engagement is announced of Marie Jean, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Norrie, Hataitai, to Tom, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Johnson, Napier.

Their family are:

a Norrie Johnson b: Napier mar: Barbara Ann Pinfold b: Dannevirke

*2nd mar: Norrie Johnson mar: 19 Feb 1970 Christine Andra Nielsen (b: 15 Feb 1948 at Marton, Rangitikei; d: 29 Nov 1988 in Auckland) Their 2 sons:

Matthew Benjamin Norrie and  James Thomas Oliver Johnson

b Janet Marie Johnson (b: Napier)  mar: Raymond Keith Batten (b: Hamilton) Their son is:

Brent Raymond Batten

c Mary Lynn Johnson (b:Napier) mar: Graeme Alexander McHattie (b:  Masterton)  Their son is:

 Samuel Alexander McHattie

d Sally Ann Johnson (b: Napier) mar: Allan James Davies (b: Te Kopuru) Their family:

Jemma Louise Davies; Sinom Thomas and Sophie Marie Davies

e Ian Richard Johnson (b: Napier) mar: to Nicola Susan Moore b: Christchurch  Children are:

Zachery Thomas and Neesha Mary Johnson

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