Isabel McKee Cone & Albert Edward Cree

Cree family - Albert, Carol, Isabel and Kenneth

Cree family - Albert, Carol, Isabel and Kenneth

ISABEL MCKEE CONE was b: on 30 Jan, 1893 at Kaiapoi to parents Frederick William Cone and Helen (Nellie) Bowie nee Wilson; Isabel d: January 27th, 1976 at Christchurch and was bur. 29 Jan 1976 at Bromley Cemetery, ChCh.

Education: From Fitzroy 07 Aug 1899 to Inglewood Primary where on 4 Nov 1907, she left for home.

Isabel mar: ALBERT EDWARD CREE Albert Edward Cree on 16 December 1919 in Papanui Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, New Zealand. His  mother was AGNES HYSLOP GORDON and his father Rev JAMES CREE.

Albert's father was known as James Warnock (b. abt. 1842 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland to parents James Warnock & Janet Falconer. When his Father died in 1851, James went to live with his paternal Grandmother, Agnes Cree (her first husband had been Walter Warnock). It is believed that James was adopted by them, taking the Cree surname.

James Warnock Cree was noted in 29 May 1867 as a Minister of the Gospel under the Presbytery of London and became Minister at Shrewsbury, England in 1868 to 1871 when he emigrated to New Zealand. He was at Leeston, Canterbury 28.2.1872; (Brookside Church enlarged and Manse built 1873; Leeston  Church built in 1879). James was Moderator of Christchurch Presbytery 1874 and in 1876 Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Canterbury & Church Extension Society. He was offered the Moderatorship of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (Northern) in 1889 but declined the honour due to his numerous pastoral duties in the Ellesmere district. Deposed from Ministry in the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand in 31 Dec 1890 he was summarily removed from the charge and declared to be no longer a minister of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. He went farming at Rangitata (Ruapuna / Mayfield area) after 1891 and d: 13 May 1899  (Src: Register N Z Presbyterian Church)

James and Agnes Cree had 2 sons:

(1) James Gordon Cree (b: 1872; d: 67 Hagley street on July 3, 1938, at Christchurch elder son of the late Rev. J. W. Cree aged 66 years and only brother of A. E. Cree of 2 Merlewood avenue, Cashmere Hills.(Formerly of Ruapuna.) mar: Their son Keith Sturdie CREE, B.A. (b 8 Nov 1914 Christchurch; mar: (1)  25 Feb 1944 Mabel Olive (b 18.4.1917; d  9.1977); mar: (2) after retirement to Murray Florence Margaret b -  m .
Time line: Theological Hall, Dunedin 1941-43; Ordained locum tenens Mosgiel  DnP 16.12.1943; St Andrews Invercargill  SP  30.1.1944; Chaplain  2nd  NZ Expeditionary Forces; Alexandra COP  30..8.1951; St Marks Upper Riccarton ChP 8.5.1958 res 31.8.1961; Chaplain RNZAF Wigram Christchurch 1961 res 1.9.1966; PSSA  Chaplain  & Field Officer  SCP  14.2.1967; Ecumenical Hospital Chaplain Timaru 1972 - retired 31.8.1976; Died 5.8.1983 Timaru

(2) Albert Edward Cree (b; on 19 Mar 1883 in Leeston and d: on Oct 25, 1951 in Christchurch.)

WEDDING: On Dec 16, 1919 at the Papanui Presbyterian Church, the wedding took place of Miss Isabel Cone, daughter of Mr F. W. Cone, Papanui, to Mr A. E. Cree, son of the late Rev. J. W. Cree, of Leeston. The Rev. D. D. Kodger was the officiating clergyman. The service was fully choral, the church being beautifully decorated by friends and crowded to overflowing. Mrs Ward presided at the organ. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming white georgette gown, with overdress of ivory silk faille trimmed with pearls. It was completed with a wedding veil arranged in mob cap style, with sprays of orange blossoms. The bridesmaids were the Misses Leonie and Florence Cone, sisters of the bride. The Misses Myrtle Cree and Freda Cone were flower girls. They were frocked rspectively in pink and blue crepe de Chine, and all wore black hats. The bride's going-away toilette was a saxe blue costume worn over a salmon-pink blouse, hat of black and blue georgette, with pink and blue roses.

Mr D. G. Wilson accompanied the bridegroom as best man, and Mr F. C. Hunt as groomsman. After the wedding, a reception was held at 50 Langdon's Road, Papanui, the residence of the bride's parents, who also entertained a number of friends in the evening in honour of the event. A feature of the toasts honoured at the wedding tea was that a good deal of the speech-making was done by ladies. The toast of the bride's sisters was acknowledged by Miss Evelyn Cone, while Miss Florence Cone proposed that of the returned soldiers. Mrs Rodger responded to the toast of the officiating clergyman and his wife.


15 Feb 1901: The Christohurch Shorthand Writers' Association hass received the following speed certificates from Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons:  Albert. E.Cree. 100 words per minute

Jan 1906: Accountants' and auditors' examination: Partial pass as associate fellow: A. E. Cree

1909: On the executive of the Presbyterian Bible Class Union of NZ

20 May 1916: ENLISTMENTS: Yesterday sixty men registered in Christchurch for active service: among them: Albert E. Cree, 73 Forfar stret, St. Albans, accountant

12 June 1917: NEW KEEP-IT-DARK MINES. The statutory meeting of the above company was held on Friday last at the Industrial Boom, Canterbury Hall. Mr B. Wilson was appointed managing director of the company, and Mr A. E. Cree auditor 

Both Isabel and Albert supported St Davids Church and over the years competed with garden and produce exhibits at their Autumn show.

22 Oct 1931: 91st MAIREHAU Presbyterian Sunday School anniversary was celebrated with several social functions and special church services held. Mr J. R. Walter was founder and has been superintendent of the Sunday School since its inception, except when away on active service, when his place was taken by Mr A. E Cree,

27 August 1932: Mr A. E. Cree, of Cashmere Hills recently secretary and chief for New Zealand to Thomas Borthwiek and Sons (Australasia) is now reported to be making satisfactory progress towards recovery from the serious illness he developed a fortnight ago. It is likely that it will be several weeks before he wll be convalescent.

New Zealand Herald, 27 Jan 1933; Mr. A. E. Cree, formerly secretary and chief accountant in New Zealand for Thomas Borthwick and Sons (Australasia), Limited, has been appointed accountant to the Wheat Purchase Board

26 Aug 1938: Treasurer's financial statement was presented by Mr A. E. Cree at the meeting of the Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church held recently, the Rev. James Robertson presiding

2 Dec 1943: For the first time two women, Mesdames A. E. Cree (secretary) and G. M. Jackson (president), were elected to the committee of the Christchurch Presbyterian Social Service Association Ladies Orphanage Auxiliary at the annual meeting of the Christchurch Presbytery held yesterday. 

Albert Edward Cree was living in 2 Merlewood Avenue, Christchurch and died on 25 October 1951 in , New Zealand. He was buried on 27 Oct 1951 in Bromley Cem.

Children of ISABEL CONE and ALBERT CREE are:
i KENNETH GORDON CREE B. Sc. (b: 1924 in Christchurch; d: 11 Jan 2015 Chch while watching Praise Be

BIRTHS. August 25 th, at Nurse Bethune's, 6 Cashel street West, to Mr and Mrs A. E. Cree, of Cashmere Hills, a boy.

Ken's Time Line:

1948-1950: Theological Hall, Dunedin
14 Aug 1952: Ordained Cheviot Christchurch Presbytery
8 Aug 1956: Knox New Plymouth
20 Feb 1964: Ngaio Wellington Presbytery
2 Sept 1971: St Columba Christchurch
Sept 1978: St Aidans Mairehau Christchurch
Banks Peninsula (Akaroa Christchurch Presbytery ) 4 July 1985 - he retired 31 August 1989, but continued in parish for further two months.

Ken mar: 25 Feb 1956 in Knox Presbyterian Church, Gonville, Wanganui to Margaret (Peggy) Bullock (b: Palmerston North - her father: Albert Bullock and mother: Florence Maybe Ward)

Their family:
i. RICHARD ALLAN CREE (b. New Plymouth).
ii. ALISON MARION CREE (b. New Plymouth); mar: MARCUS JAMES SIMONS at Christchurch (son of Popke Hendrich Simons and Mary Alice Fitzsimmons b: Christchurch)
iii. ANDREW GORDON CREE (b. New Plymouth).
iv. ALISTAIR ALBERT CREE (b. New Plymouth) mar: RUTH ELAINE COCHRANE, daughter of Thomas James Cochrane and Mary Betty Copland. They had two children - Rowan Albert and Lewis Copland.
v. MICHAEL JOHN CREE (b: Wellington).
vi. GILLIAN CAROL CREE (b: Wellington); mar: ANDREW STEPHEN DOUGHTY at Christchurch (b: Hamilton, son of Graham David Doughty and Audrey Barbara Scroggie).
ii CAROL SHEILA CREE was b: Christmas Day 1927 in Christchurch, and d: 09 Jan 2017 in Hoon Hay Rest Home, Christchurch aged 89Y.

Carol was a part of the Cashmere Presbyterian Church congregation for her whole life, apart from three years when she taught in Oamaru. Her parents were deeply committed to the establishment of the parish, and in the first Annual Report, her father was Secretary–Treasurer. She was an infant at the laying of the foundation stone on September 15th 1928, and for the opening of the church on 24th August 1929. The vows taken at her baptism were well fulfilled!

She spoke of memories of walking up the hill to church and greeting people on the way, definitely formally and not being over-familiar by using first names! Equally definitely there was no talking in church, and the children were to be silent - Sunday School in the afternoon and Bible Class was the hour before the 11.00am service.

Starting school at a small school which was attached to St Augustine’s Church in those days, Carol then went to Cashmere Primary School, Christchurch Girls’ High School and Canterbury University College. No sooner had she earned her M.A. in 1948 than she was eagerly grasped and thrust into a life-long career of teaching Mathematics and Science – at Christchurch Girls’ High School, at Waitaki Girls High School, and then Avonside Girls’ where she became Head of Mathematics. She enjoyed venturing overseas to explore Europe with a friend, and with her mother.

Carol joined the choir when she was fifteen, and she has continued in it until the Easter music 2012 - often that meant two services on a Sunday. She also was involved with the Harmonic Choir, and since her retirement she has played the clarinet, enjoying music-making with the orchestra at Cashmere High School. She was active in APW and Forum.

When she was ordained an elder in 1970, her initial role was to clean linen from the communion services (which was placed on the back of the pews in those days), but in the actual Session meetings the men made the play and did most of the speaking! However, in due course, Carol became a joint chair of the Pastoral Committee and provided leadership in the caring ministry in the parish. In 1912 she was released from those responsibilities as an Elder Emerita.

CREE, Carol Sheila: Passed away peacefully at Hoon Hay Rest Home on Monday Jan 9, 2017, aged 89Y. Sister of the late Ken, loved sister-in-law of Peggy. Much loved aunt of Richard, Alison and Marcus, Andrew and Simone, Alistair and Ruth, Michael, Gillian and Andrew. Great aunt to Rowan and Lewis, Ethan and Ellen, and Kaitlynn. Former teacher at Avonside Girls High School. Many thanks to all the staff at Hoon Hay Rest Home for all their loving care of Carol. A funeral service for Carol was held at the Cashmere Presbyterian Church, 2 MacMillan Ave, Cashmere, at 11.00am on Friday January 13, 2017 followed by a private cremation.

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