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LOUISA TAYLOR BARTRUM daughter of George and Sarah Bartrum, was born 3 Apr 1858 in Ferry Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch, and Bapt: 1859 by Rev. Fendall at the Lower Heathcote Church.She d: 09 Jun 1907 at Sockburn.

Louise mar: CHARLES HENRY* TRUSCOTT OPIE 18 May 1880 in Glentunnel. He was b: 1853 in St Blazey, Cornwall, England, and , and d: 23 Jul 1925 in Christchurch. CHAT Opie as he was always known, arrived at Lyttelton, Canterbury in Dec. 1862 on the "Mermaid" His mother Peternell nee Truscott was b: 1820 in Calstock, Cornwall, England where she mar: Francis Opie in 1841. He was a farmer and Inn Keeper at Stithians. They had 3 children - Francis b: 1845, Chat in 1853 and Mary Anna Maria Truscott Opie in 1856. Their father Francis  d. 1861 aged 51Y and mother Peternell remar. John Manaton in 1862 just a week before the Mermaid sailed He was a widower with two children and the Manaton family settled in Christchurch. Peternell's sister Eliza and brother-in-law John Keast, a saddler, also immigrated with them on the Mermaid.

The following is from "Pleasant Point - A History" (O.P. Oliver. Pleasant Point) "The new school, consisting of two rooms, together with a headmaster's residence, was erected in Harris Street on the site where our localswimming baths and neighbouring residence are situated. Mr Chas Opie was appointed Headmaster. As attendance increased, an infant room was added two years later. Miss Mary Ann Opie, assistant to her brother, was appointed to the infant room."

Marriages - Alfred William Gaze & Mary Anna Maria Truscott OPIE mar: 16 November 1878 at St Mary's Church, Oxford.ages: 23 / 23; occ: Gentleman; witness: Charles Henry Adolphus Truscott Opie, schoolmaster, Pleasant Point.

1889 Land Near Glentunnel Leased to G Opie (Charles H A T Opie)

 Chat Opie mar: Louisa Taylor Bartrum on 18 May 1880, Glentunnel

1911 Chairman of the North Canterbury Education Board

New Zealand Herald, 23 July 1925;  MR. CHARLES HENRY OPIE. The death took place at New Brighton (*29 Nelson St)  Christchurch to-day of Mr. Charles Henry Opie at the age of 73 years. Mr. Opie was for many years a well-known member of public bodies in Christchurch. Born at Meadow Mine, Lake Superior, U.S.A.. Mr. Opie came to New Zealand with his mother when quite a child, his father having died. After attending Canterbury College under Sir Julius Von Haast and Professors MacMillan Brown and Blokerton, Mr. Opie took up teaching in the early seventies in St. Michael's day school, continuing in the profession until 1900. In 1902 Mr. Opie was elected to a seat on the North Canterbury Education Board and held it until July, 1920. He occupied the position of chairman on three different occasions. He served as a member of the Christchurch Technical College Board for many years occupying the position of chairman for several terms. For 21 years he was a member of the Canterbury College Board of Governors. He was also a member of the Council of Education. In 1911 ho was Mayor of New Brighton. For many years he was a member of the South Waimakariri River Board and since the inception of Waimakariri River Trust, was a member of that body. Mr. Opie was twice married, his first wife being a daughter of the late Mr. Geo Stothert Bartrum. She died in 1907 leaving eight children. In 1914 Mr. Opie mar: Miss Glanville. (Dorcas Mary Glanville 1881-1948, Parents Ann and James Glanville)


1. DAU OPIE (b. 19 Oct 1881, SBC Schoolhouse, Glentunnel; d. 1881, SBC)

2. LOUIE WINIFRED OPIE (b. 1882, Glentunnel Canterbury; d. 1961) mar: in 1923 widower RICHARD CLEAVE JOUGHIN (b. 1856, Isle of Man; Occ: Signwriter and painter living at Harrow St, ChCh when he d. 1925 aged 69Y)

His first mar: in 1883 was to Annie Moore (1862 - 1921) They had 2 children: William Cleave Joughin (1884 - 1966) and Myra Gladys Joughin (1893 - 1951)

Louie before her marriage, was for several years Principal of the Maori Girls' College at Ohoka. In 1944 Mrs. Louie Joughin is on the staff of the Hukarere Maori Girls' School, Napier.  

3. FRANK BARTRUM OPIE (b:20 Apr 1884 in Schoolhouse, Glentunnel, d: 1942 aged 58Y. Bur: Linwood Cemetery) Occ: Carpenter, on School Committee South Malvern District; mar: 1911 to DULCIE MARIE BARBOUR. (b:1884 in Weedons, Canterbury, d: 26 Oct 1933 in Christchurch)

Children of FRANK OPIE and DULCIE BARBOUR are:

i. RAYMOND HARROLD OPIE (b. 25 Jul 1906; d. 1998) mar;  Irene Thelma Drinkwater b: 06 Jan 1911 d: 2011

Three children: Althea; Gloria and Melville Opie

ii. PAULINE ETHEL TRIXIE* OPIE (b. 22 June 1913; mar. 1949 to RONALD DOUGLAS  KENNARD. Lived in Opawa (b:30 June 1912; d: 1981) 

iii. JOYCE MARY LOUISA OPIE (b. 15 Dec 1917; d. 01 Aug 1989, Christchurch) mar: 1939 to John Onslow Johnson (b: 1914; d: 28 Sep 1979 in Westport; Bur: Christchurch)

Son - Ronald Onslow Johnson

iv GWEN LILLIAS DULCIE OPIE (b. 27 Nov 1911; d. 1994) mar. 1930 to ARTHUR VIVIAN COULL; Trade - Fitter;(b. 1909; d. 1968 aged 59Y)

3 children

v. CHARLES WILLIAM OPIE (b. 1920; d. 1936)

vi. AUDREY RITA OPIE (b. 21 Apr 1923; d. 1989) mar. 1956 to CLAUDE VICTOR KNOWLES  (b. 24 Dec 1920; WW2 Serviceman; d. 2000)

vii. PATRICIA OPIE (b. 27 Feb 1924; d. 1996) mar. 1949 to RONALD DOUGLAS KENNARD, b. 30 Jun 1912; d. 1981.

viii. SELWYN GEORGE OPIE (b. 16 Sep 1925; d. 2009) mar. 1953 to BEVERLEY YVONNE WOODSFORD (b. 23 Jan 1929; d. 2001)

2 children

ix. ASHLEY FRANK STEPHEN OPIE (b. 1928; d. 1932 aged 4Y)

4. GWEN LILLIAS (LEILA) FANNY OPIE ( 9 Dec 1886, Schoolhouse, Glentunnel; Occ: Teacher;d. Jan 1944, Ceylon. MA B Sc NZ (1917-1944) Principal of the C.M.S. Missionery Girls' College Ceylon (Columbo Sri Lanka)

1928 Waiapu Church Gazette, 2 Jan: A Family Record. Miss Gwen Opie, M.A., M.Sc, after a short furlough in New Zealand has returned to her important post as Principal of the C.M.S. Girls' College in Colombo. Her sister, Miss Rita Opie, who graduated two years ago at Canterbury College with Honours in Botany, has accepted a post at the same school. Another sister, Miss Vivenne Opie is on the staff of the C.M.S. Hospital at Rhanaghat, near Calcutta. The eldest sister was, until her marriage, for several years Principal of the Maori Girls' College at Ohoka. It is surely a unique record for four sisters to engage in missionary work.

DEATH IN CEYLON News has been received of the death of Miss Gwen Opie, who for the last 27 years has been principal of the Girls' College at Colombo, Ceylon. Miss Opie is a graduate, with honours, of the University of New Zealand, both in arts and science, and given years of service to the girls of Ceylon. Miss Opie was helped by youngest sister, Rita at the college for some 17 years. 

5. VIVIENNE ALICE OPIE, b. 05 Oct 1888, Schoolhouse, Glentunnel; d. 1972.

CMS Missionary Ceylon 2 Dec 1936: Nurse V Opie is conducting the hospital and carrying out evangelistic work at Ranaghat, Calcutta In 1944 Miss Vivienne Opie is the matron of the hospital at Ranaghat, Bengal

6 RONALD OPIE  was b: 31 Oct 1890, and d: 16 Aug 1918 in Christchurch Hospital.

The 1911 Festival of Empire was held at the Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of King George V. part of the festivities, an inter-empire sports meeting was held. Teams from Great Britain, Canada and Australasia competed. The Australasian team of nine included and Opie was one of four New Zealanders. He won the Crewe Hundred, a top amateur sprint in those days, but was injured before the Festival meeting and did not compete. In running Ronald Opie came second in the 220-yards race and third in the 100 yards and also won a number of New Zealand titles

Ronald was a Schoolmaster at West Eyreton, Canterbury in 1914 when he mar: BERTHA EMILY GADD, the daughter of CHARLES GADD and SARAH. She was b: 15 Jun 1893, and d: 1982. 

Famous Sprinter - MR RONALD OPIE. Inquest,

At the Hospital  an enquiry  was held into the death of Ronald Opie, who met with a serious motor-cycle accident on July 13th, and died in tho Hospital on Friday.  falling from his motor-cycle on the Papanui road and received severe injuries to his hqad, and was picked up unconscious.

The tram rails were raised above the road level in this locality. In reply to questions from Mr C. H. A. T. Opie, the father of the deceased, witness said that, in his opinion, the rails were so raised above the road, as to bo dangerous to anyone riding as deceased was. He thought it was highly probable that these caused the motor-cycle to skid. A witness stated that the deceased was on his right side of the road when the accident ocourred. After the fell he lay between the railsThe Coroner returned a verdict that deceased died from meningitis, the result of a fractured skull, caused by injuries received from a fall from motor-cycle.

THE FUNERAL. The cortege for the funeral of Mr Opie left the home of tho deceased's father, Mr C. H. A. T. Opie, at New Brighton, about half-past one, for the Upper Riccarton Church, and a very large number of relatives and friends followed the body to tho graveside. The chief mourners were: The widow of the deceased; her father and mother, Mr and Mrs Gaad, Mr C. H. A. T. Opie, Messrs F. and C. Opie, brothers of the deceased, and his three sisters. The funeral service conducted by the Rev. C. G. Mutter who also conducted the service at the grave, was verv largely attended. A largo number of beautiful wreaths and other floral tributes were sent by friends and organisations with which the deceased had been connected, Mr Opie, who waź to have proceeded to camp to-day, is the well known Canterbury athlete

Children of RONALD OPIE and BERTHA GADD are:

i. CHARLES MALCOLM OPIE, b. 15 Dec 1913; d. 1983.

ii. FLORENCE LOUISE OPIE, b. Dec 1915; d. 2001; mar. 1938 to DAN CALWELL.

iii. BETTY WINIFRED OPIE, b. 05 Feb 1918; d. 1988; mar. 1934 to FRANK WILLIAM PALMER; b. 14 Feb 1912; d. 1982.

iv. MARGARET OTIRA VIVIEN OPIE, b. 14 Jul 1918; d. 2005; mar. 1938 to ALAN MURDOCH BRUCE,  b. 01 Jun 1910 son of Murdoch Bruce, Jr. and Irene Zohrab; he was a grain and seed merchant with Murdoch Bruce and Company from 1941 to 1966 at Ashburton. He d. 1991.

Their 4 Children:

Pamela Jan Bruce mar: Anthony Robert;

Vivienne Gay Bruce mar: Ian Guildford Lane Their sons are Keryn Vivienne Lane and Duncan Guildford Lane

Anthony Malcolm Murdoch Bruce mar: Joyce

John Alan Bruce mar: Barbara Ann Paterson

7. CHARLES OPIE (b. 31 Oct 1890; Occ: Funeral director, Auckland; 1910; d: 1953) He mar: 1913 to KATHERINE BROWNE FINLAY (b: 07 Aug 1885 in Dimfernline, Scotland, d: 1972)

i. JOAN OPIE (b. 15 Jun 1914; d. 20120 mar: 1940  to Hugh Vaughan Mountfort (b: 13 Apr 1915 d: 2004)

Their children are; Jacqueline; Malcolm;  Douglas and Christopher Mountfort

ii. ALAN CHARLES TRUSCOTT OPIE, b. 02 Jun 1916;1973 - Justice of the Peace; d. 2006; mar: 1947 to Valmai Small b: 28 Jul 1918 d: 2006

  • Corporal Opie wrote of the situation in which he was wounded: "'Late in the afternoon ... we were in the process of shifting to better defensive positions when troops appeared on our front. The forward sections immediately fired upon them, whereupon the approaching infantry gave our "friendly troops" sign--the raising of tin hats on their rifles--and continued in their leisurely approach. This was somewhat confusing and by now there was heavy machine-gun fire from one flank. It was at this stage that I was seriously wounded by MG fire and immediately after this the approaching infantry gave up their pretence and attacked in earnest. The forward sections had not had time to prepare their positions and the enemy simply over-ran them and forced them to stand up. This of course cramped the style of the supporting sections, who could not fire without hitting their own men, and they in turn were over-run. I was lying in a shell hole while this was going on, having been hit while taking ammo up to the forward sections. The Germans took little interest in me after ascertaining that I could not walk. After they passed me they came under heavy fire from the Vickers guns and I noticed that a German officer was having some trouble in getting his men to advance in the face of it." The exact truth of the matter may never be known, but it is suggested that German forces sent a false message from a captured South African wireless to the New Zealand forces and informed them to expect a (non-existent) South African contingent coming through their lines at any moment. The great majority of the remainder of 24 Battalion's A and D Companies fell victim to the ruse. (Burdon, R. (1959). p. 79)
  • Their children are Gregory, Adrienne and Michael Opie

    iii. DONALD OTIRA BARTRUM OPIE, b. 29 Mar 1918; d. 1989. mar: NANCE JEANETTE AUSTIN Their Children are:


    iv. GEORGE BARTRUM OPIE (b. 24 Mar 1920; d. 1999) Mar: OLIVE JEAN KIRK  

    Their Children:  Catherine Gail and Myles Kirk Opie

    v. DUDLEY JOHN* OPIE (b. 1925;  d. 1 Mar 1943 WW2 Canada) Killed in air crash - recognition. 

    vi. HAMISH GILBERT OPIE ( b. 09 Jun 1926; d. 1995) Tangitu - Framer, mar: DAPHNE ALICE BLUNDELL  
    Their children: Rodney John, Julie Dianne

    vii. MAURICE ALEXANDER OPIE (b. 14 Apr 1930; d. 2012)

    xiii. RITA MARY OPIE, b. 25 May 1924 mar CAMPBELL BUCKERIDGE (b: 20 Jun 1919 d: 06 Aug 1999 in Katikati Bur: Waihi Public Cem

    Their Children are Kerry and Clifford Buckeridge

    ix JOYCE OPIE mar; ARTHUR GEORGE HARRISON (b: 9 Aug 1923; d: 1993)

  • Their Children are: Dianne, Neil, William and Wendy Harrison 

    8. OTIRA OPIE was born 25 Aug 1894, and died 1962 aged 67Y. He mar: KATE ESTHER McGOWAN. She was born 19 Oct 1886, and died 1976.

    1915 Colonist, 12 Jan: from the Royal Australian Military College, Staff Cadets Otira Opie appointed Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Artillery.

    1915 Evening Post, 21 April: 4th REINFORCEMENTS LIST OF COMMISSIONS Howitzer Battery.No. 5 18-Pounder Battery. Major Gilbert James Beattie, E Battery, New Zealand x Field Artillery.  Lieutenant Otira Opie, Royal New Zealand Artillery single; 29 Nelson Street, New Brighton, Christchurch;

    1912 Press, 2 March: "Mr Otira Opie, who recently gained a Senior National Scholarship, has also won a Military Scholarship. Mr Opie has decided to accept the latter. He left Wellington yesterday afternoon by the Ulamaroa en route for Sydney. thence ho will proceed to the Royal Military College of Australasia at Duntroon.

    WW1 Capt Otira Opie

    They had 3 children - Keith, Lynda and Stephen.

    9. AGNES RITA* TRUSCOTT OPIE b: 23 Sep 1901 d: 23 Sep 1990 at Christchurch

    Death: OPIE, Agnes Rita Truscott - On Sept 23, 1990, at Christchurch(peacefully), beloved youngest daughter of the late Charles Henry Adolphus Truscott (Opie) and Louisa, loved sister of the late Winifred, Gwen Lilias, Vivienne, Frank, Ronald, Charles and Otira, and loved aunt of all her nieces and nephews; aged 89 years. Cut flowers will be gratefully accepted,or if desired, a donation to the C.M.S. Missionary Society, would be appreciated, and may be left at the service. The Funeral service will commence in St Augustine's Anglican Church, Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere,on Wednesday, September 26, at 2.30 p.m., private thereafter. J. Lamb,Trotter and Son, F.D.A.N.Z.

    Obituary:  Miss Agnes Rita Truscott Opie taught in Sri Lanka for many years, died in Christchurch recently aged 89. Miss Opie, born at Springfield in 1901, was the youngest of eight children and the youngest of four daughters who all served as missionaries and teachers in New Zealand and overseas. She was a member of the Student Christian Movement while attending Canterbury university College. On gaining an MA degree in botany and training as a teacher, she took up a position on the staff of Ladies' College, Colombo where her sister, Miss Gwen Opie, had been principal at the college since1917.

    In 1947, Miss Opie was appointed principal of the Church Missionary Society Girls' school at Kotte, Sri Lanka, where she stayed until retiring in 1956. During her retirement Miss Opie lived with her sisters, Vivienne and Winifred, in Cashmere. She continued an "open house", giving support to Sinhalese (sic)immigrants and students who came to New Zealand to study. Miss Opie continued corresponding with her past pupils and their children and retained an intense interest in their families.Miss Opie was a resident of the Bishops park Retirement Village for six years. Memorial services are to be held in Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand