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 MARY JANE BARTRUM  was b: 29 Dec 1859 in Ferry Road, Bapt: 22 Apr 1860 Heathcote Valley, Christchurch, and d: 28 Feb 1937 in Gresson's Rd, Waikuku, Canterbury.  She mar: 15 Jan 1886 to ROBERT JAMES ROBINSON at the residence of the bride's father, Ashley St, Rangiora. Robert was born 1854, he farmed at Waikuku where he d: 29 Aug 1932 aged 78Y

Marriage 1886 - ROBINSON - BARTRUM - on 15 January at the residence of the brides father, Ashley Street, Rangiora by Rev. W. Rowse - Robert James Robinson to Mary J. Bartrum, Rangiora 

(Waikuku Church 1403 Main North Road, Waikuku (SH 1) near Gressons Road where the Robinsons had their farm. The Waikuku Methodists were the last settlers of this faith to provide themselves with a church.The foundation stone dated 7 Dec 1899 of the Methodist church opened for service on 8 February 1900. This was a small building that accommodated 80 people and was built for £179 on land donated by Charles Skevington. The front porch, with its side gables and paired Gothic windows, is a lovely addition. The last Methodist service was held on 2nd December, 1990 and the property sold to a Gospel Church Outreach group. This church is Category II on the Historic Places Trust Register.

11 May 1904: HORSE STEALING. A gelding, valued at £40, was the property of Robert James Robinson at Waikuku. Robert Charles Stevenson pleaded "Guilty" to an indictment charging him with stealing a gelding , on March 12th. Robert James Robinson said hehad no previous knowledge of Stevenson and the accused had been in his employ for a fortnight, and behaved during that time. The Crown Prosecutor stated that during the past ten years, the accused had spent the greater part of his time in jail. In 1894. at Masterton he had earned one month, in 1896 at Wellington eighteen months for horse stealing, in 1896 four months for theft, two years at Nelson in 1893, three  years at Wellington in 1900 for assault, robbery and theft, six months for escaping from prison, and three months at Rangiora in March last for bicycle stealing. His Honour passed a sentence of five years imprisonment.

21 Nov 1902: WAIKUKU SCHOOL. The annual concert in aid of the Waikuku School Prize Fund was held on Friday night, Mr F. McDonald, chairman of the committee, presiding. An interesting musical programme was gone through, and prizes were presented aa follows: Standard vi: Percy Robinson, Standard ii. Jane Robinson first prize,  Wesley Robinson (second prize). Standard i -Fred Robinson, Attendance Prizes: Fred Robinson, and Jane Robinson.

Press, 19 April 1917 - MILITARY SERVICE BOARDS. CANTERBURY NO. 1 BOARD. SITTING AT RANGIORA: Robert James Robinson appealed on behalf of his ploughman Samuel W. Robinson, Waikuku. Appellant stated that he was 63 years of age, and had four sons, three of whom were in the First Division. One was serving and one, a cripple. His farm consisted of about 580 acres, and he was unable to get a man to help in its working. Provided that he could get the labour, he intended sowing 200 acres of wheat. An adjournment was granted until the end of May in order that it might be seen what'was done in the matter of cropping.


i. ROBERT PURSEY ROBINSON, b. 4 Aug 1890; Occ: farmer; d. 08 May 1945 at  Waikuku, Nth Canterbury aged 54Y; Bur: 10 May at the Methodist Cemetery,  Rangiora;  mar. 1925 to AGNES JANE BEATON b. 20 Aug 1897; d. 1995, Waikuku.

1919 Press, 18 Jan; WOODEND. The anniversary services of the Waikuku Methodist Sunday school were held on Sunday last, the preacher being th Rev. Mr Beckett (Sydenham). The annual Sunday School report was presented by Mr P. Robinson (superintendent).

The floods on 22 feb 1936 devastated  both DB and RP Robinson's farms

CROPS RUINED HOMES, FLOODED RIVER BURSTS BANKS: Bursting its banks at three places near Fernside, the Ashley River, in high flood after yesterday's torrential rain, devastated thousands of acres of wheat crops, drowned hundreds of head of »tock, and caused much damage to the homes of farmers from Coldstream to Waikuku Beach. Fortunately the wall of water did not take a direct course through Waikuku. Had it done so, it is considered by residents that nothing would have saved their homes from destruction. The flood swept down toward Woodend, cutting through tho Main North Road a few hundred yards on the north side of the Woodend Church, and ran to the north through Waikuku and on to the sea. There has never within tho memory of old residents been such a disastrous flood at Waikuku. Thousands of sheaves of wheat were tossed against fences and across roads, sheep, pigs, cattle and fowls were drowned, and houses were invaded, some to a depth of five feet. Standing crops have been ruined. The flood waters began to subside at Waikuku at about 4 o'clock this morning, and the level fell with surprising rapidity, but even lato this afternoon some of the roads wore under water to such a depth that cars could not get through, and as far as tho eye could see there were hugo patches of water covering farm lauds. Householders In Danger On one farm the loss caused has been estimated at £I0,000. Nearby at the Waikuku Wool Works, Ltd's promises, the damage has been estimated at more than £2OOO. At Waikuku Beach the householders were in direct danger, and had tho tremendous pressure of water from the lagoon not forced an outlet to the sea there would certainly have been a tragedy. On Mr. D. B. Robinson's property there were considerable losses of stock. Mr. Robinson and another farmer who had been helping him to bring in stock when the flood was breaking through the farm, had to swim for their lives. By their work that night Mr. Robinson and his assistant saved 60 sheep, but in the morning all but three of these had been carried away by tho flood, and of a flock of 103 sheep only three remained. On a neighbouring farm owned by Mr. R. P. Robinson, of 12 acres of wheat not one sheaf remains. Flood Report

ii. JANE ROBINSON, b. 14 Feb 1893; d. 23 Mar 1977 aged 84 yrs. Bur; Rangiora Park Lawn Cem.

iii. SAMUEL WESLEY ROBINSON, b. 10 Mar 1894; d. 23 Jun 1962;

iv. FREDERICK GEORGE ROBINSON, b. 24 Jan 1895; Occ: before Enlistment Farmer; d. 07 Apr 1918, WW1 France. 

v. DAVID BARTRUM ROBINSON, b. 3 Nov 1903; d. (Accident) 31 Jul 1977, Christchurch Hospital. He mar: EDITH ADA GRIFFTHS 1929, daughter of SAMUEL GRIFFITHS and ELEANOR FINCH. She was b: 24 Mar 1907, and d: 1978.