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Henry John Guildford Time Line   (1851 - 1880)

Henry John Guildford was b: 21 Nov 1846 at Easton Royal, Wiltshire to parents John and Ann Guilford. His Christening Date: 27 Dec 1846 Place: Easton, Wiltshire.

The family immigrated to Lyttelton, New Zealand, arriving on the 7th Feb 1851.

Education: In those first years of the Canterbury province, parental concern that their children receive schooling was left to the provincial Christchurch Council who established a denomination school system. They operated with some provincial funding to supplement the weekly fees of parents. Henry John Guildford, the youngest of John Guilford's 3 sons, gained an education at the High Street Wesleyan church School pictured below. (artist unknown).

(It was not until 1863 when public money was allocated that this denominational system was abandoned in an attempt to achieve  some universal standard and yet take in regard appreciation of the value of child labour needed on farms and much later, in 1875 some training of teachers started and the quality of their work started to be evaluated.) Having education, allowed Henry to later undertake clerical work as a career and he desired his children to have this same advantage.

Near the end of his life, in his diary, Henry stated "I left my father's home the end of August 1862. I was a fool of the first water by not doing as my father wished, but being the only child living at home, during my school time, also a sickly one, I had been somewhat pampered and spoilt. Anyhow, I had my wish and left a good home and as I knew nothing of work, it can be understood that in my attempt to earn a living, I got many knocks, and encountered some very hard times.
My first attempt was going to sea in that good Brig
"Mountain Maid". Capt. Vandewood, then trading between Sydney and New Zealand ports but mostly to Lyttelton. On her I saw enough to put all thoughts of the sea out of my head and eventually left her in Auckland where I was employed in various ways.
In 1867 I went down to my brother William who then had the hotel at Pleasant Valley, and started bushwork, at which I was no "Ringer" but kept at this occupation in various parts of New Zealand, often varied by working with carpenters up to and after the time of my marriage in 1875.".

Both John and brother James assisted in the building of brother William's home at Pleasant Valley and took an intereest in local community sporting activities.

4 Nov 1868 John returned to to live with his father at 23 Papanui Road, Christchurch. Occ: Horse Breaker, He went alone to Hospital on the 9th and was attended to by Doctor Turnbull. A week later was discharged. Charge L1.10s.

Press: 12 April 1872: MAGISTRATES' COURTS. CHCH: Civil Cases. Trustees of Aylmer and Berry's Estate v H Guildford, claim of L8 19s 3d no appearance of either party nonsuited, with costs.

20 Oct 1873 Lyttelton Times: Accident. A serious accident happened the other day to Mr John Guildford of the Papanui Road. He was at work in a gravel pit at Riccarton and while in the act of stooping, the side of the pit caved in and about four hundrdweight og gravel fell from a height of 6 or 7ft upon his back. He was promptly conveyed to town and received immediate medical treatment.


Otago Witness 25 Aug 1874: Passenger H J Guildford arr. "Beautiful Star" s.s. 146 tons, Cpt Peterson from Timaru, Union Steamship Co Agent.

GUILDFORD - COWAN: At the home of Mr Jno. Reay, Owake Flat, on the 8th October, 1875 by the Rev. W. Bannerman, H. J. GUILDFORD youngest son of Mr J. GUILDFORD Papanui Road, Christchurch, Canterbury, to Jane, second daughter of Mr R. Cowan, Sandymount, Peninsula, Otago.

Clutha Leader: 9 March 1876: The following notes are from Catlin's River: M'Pherson and M'Kenzie of the Owaka Saw Mills, Catlin's River, are engaged in putting down a half moon tramway, about half a mile above the mills. The half circle will, embrace sixty chains from end to end, and supply the mill with from 20 to 30 logs a day. The tramway is being laid by H. J. Guilford, contractor.
Otago Witness: 17 Mar 1877: PORTOBELLO ROAD BOARD: The principal business was the acceptance of tenders for work on the county and district roads. Accepted:  From Mr Forbes's to the Portobello Road Church,  Mr Guildford's tender, L19;  Dick and Paton's Road, Mr Guildford'a tender, L37
Otago Witness; 7 Jul 1877;  At the Portobello Road Board meeting held on at the Board Room, Harbour Cone, under the Chairmanship of W A Wilson, the committee passed a resolution specifying the duties of Clerk to include also Collector of Taxes, and it was decided to call for tenders from parties willing to undertake the work of the two former offices to be combined. Mr W. Geary was appointed Treasurer, and Henry J Guildford was appointed 4 Aug 1877 to the position of Clerk to succeed George J Clark and receive L10 per annum for doing the accountants' duties therewith. His first duty was to remove the Board's papers and effects to the changed meeting venue at the Cemetery Reserve Office at Portobello and prepare an abstract of Board accounts of the previous year for publication.
Otago Witness: 25 Aug 1877: OTAGO PENINSULA;  ACCOUNT OF THE PORTOBELLO ROAD BOARD DISTRICT For the year ending the 30th June. W. A. WILSON Chairman. H. J. GUILDFORD, Clerk.
Otago Witness:  17 Nov 1877: The Rate Book can be seen at Mr W.R, Latham's Store, Portobello, until noon on Saturday, the Ist of Dec 1877, and all objections thereto must be lodged at the Board's Office, Portobello, on or before that time.  H. J. GUILDFORD, Portobello, 5th Nov 1877; Clerk
Otago Witness:  6 Apr 1878: PORTOBELLO ROAD BOARD. APPLICATION having been made to the Portobello Road Board to CLOSE the Road Line between Section 4, Block VL, Sections 29, 27, 25, 23, 21, 19, and 17, Block V, Portobello Bay District, and sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 2 of 27, Block 11, Otago Peninsula: Notice is Hereby Given that a plan of the road line and sections can be seen at Mr W R Latham's Store, Portobello for 12  weeks from the date hereof. H. J. GUILDFORD, Clerk to the Board.
Otago Witness, 17 Aug 1878: In answer to an advertisement inviting the Peninsula settlers to meet at the Sandymoant Schoolbouse on the 10th instant, to consider the adviseability of forming an Agricultural and Pastoral Society for the County, a considerable number attended, there being settlers from every subdivision of the Peniniula present. Mr H. J. Guildford  stated at this meeting held on tht 22nd June last, l7 only being present, it was  resolved " That all then present should try and Induce as many of their friends as possible to attend the movement, and that a Sub-Committee had been also appointed to procure copies of the rules of kindred societies, and any other information bearing upon ths subject they were able to research." Having received copies of rules from several different societies, a meeting of the Sub Committee had been held, and they had unanimously  decided to form a Society, the rules (with slight alterations) of the Waikouaiti and Shag Valley Society. He then read the rules recommended. On the motion it was unanimously resolved: " That an Agricultural and Pastoral Society for the Peninsula County be at once formed, and that the designation there-of be 'The Otago Peninsula Agricultural and Pastoral Society,'  that the rules recommended by the Sub-Committee be adopted, that the annual subscription of members of the Society be one guinea per annum.and that the rules recommended by the subcommittee be adopted"

Otago Witness; 23 Nov 1878: PROPERTY SALES. Wright, Stevenson, and Co. report the sale of sections The following was the result of the tale of Seatoun township, held by Mr Donald Reid at Watson's on 16th inst. There was very large attendance, and the bidding throughout was brisk. A number of the allotments contained less than a quarter-acre, some of them only one-eighth, and these being the best situated brought highest prices. Out of 121 sections offered, only 16 remained unsold. Sections 43 and 44 to purchaser, Mr Guildford, L20 each

Otago Daily Times: Aug 1878: H J Guildford along with others signed this testimonial: To Mr Thomas Tiley, teacher of the Portobello District School from the year 1864 up to I878. At a meeting of the settlers in this district held August the 24th, 1878, for the purpose of certifying to the excellent character of Mr Tiley as a Christian, a gentleman, a neighbour, and as a teacher, We, the undersigned, repudiate the action of the present School Committee in stating that the children attending school have not made satisfactory progress. The action the School Committee has seen fit to take, we understand, has led to your resigning your position as head master of the Portobello School, taking into consideration that the majority of the children have to travel from two to four miles to reach the school; the labour some of them have to undergo on account of the high tides, and the bad state of the roads the consequent irregular attendance: also the want of sympathy on the part of some of  the committee. We feel that the committee's action towards you is manifestly unjust, and we hereby certify that for the last fourteen years you have borne an excellent Christian character; as a neighbour, we have always found you honest, kind, and most obliging, in short, a gentleman in the full sense of the word, as a scholar, we believe you to be possessed of the necessary qualifications for the position you have so long and honourably held in our midst; and while we deeply regret your removal from this place, and the consequent loss of your services, we sincerely wish that all prosperity may be your portion wherever your future lot may be cast. (Signed...) The meeting expressed it's lack of confidence in the current school committee.

Otago Daily Times; 24 Sept 1878: PORTOBELLO ROAD DISTRICT. A PUBLIC Meeting of Ratepayers of  the above district will take place at th Board's.Office, at 12 o'clock noon on Saturday, the 25th inst, to decide whether a road line between section 4 block VI, sections 29, 27, 25, 23, 21,19, and 17, block V, Portobello Bay survey, and section; 23, 24, 25, 2& 27, and 2 of 27, block H, Otago Peninsula, be stopped or not. H. J. GUILDFORD, Clerk to the Board.
Otago Witness: 1 Feb 1879: SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTIONS. PORTOBELLO. About fifty householders attended the annual meeting, which was held at the Portobello School on Monday night last. Jas. Seaton, Esq. occupied the chair. There were eleven candidates proposed for the position of committee men for the ensuing year. Result of the poll: Joseph Young 37; John Geary 26; George M'Cariney 34; Henry Duckmanton 19; John Kerr 34; Alexander Clark 17;  Thos Porterfiold 16; H. J. Guildford 30; William Christie 15; Joseph Cross 28; The first seven form the new Committee. Mr John Kerr having protosted against Mr Guildford's election, on account of his residence not being in the school district, requested the Chairman to forward his protest along with the result of the poll to the Education Office. A vote of thanks to the chair terminated the proceedings.
Otago Witness, 15 Feb 1879: PORTOBELLO ROAD BOARD. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Valuation Lists for the respective Subdivisions of the above Board, for the Year 1879 80, are now open for inspection until 15th Feb next.
For the Portobello Subdivision: At Mr W. R. Latham's store, Portobello.
For the Broadway Subdivision: At Mr Geo. Green's house, Broad Bay.
For the Sandymount Subdivision: At Mr W. Riddell's house, end of Sandymount road.
All objections thereto must be left at the Portobello Road Board Office, Portobello, on or before the 15th day of February, 1879, addressed to the Assessment Court ; and a copy of every such objection addressed to the undersigned must be left at the Board's Office, Portobello, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court. H. J. GUILDFORD, , Clerk to the Boards; January 15th, 1879.
Otago Witness: 1 Mar 1879: PORTOBELLO ROAD BOARD:  Granted - From H. J. Guildford, clerk to the Board, asking for an increase to his salary. It was resolved that the salary should be raised L10 per annum, or altogether L38 15s year.
Otago Witness: 3 May 1879: Mr Guildford, of Portobello has a just grievance at the present time. It appears that on the 27th of January last he was elected a member of the local School Committee, but a protest was entered against his return on the ground that he resided outside the School district. The chairman of the meeting at which the elections were made was thereupon requested by the householder who preferred the protest to forward it to the Education Board, but whether this was actually done seems rather doubtful. However, Mr Guildford has not since been advised of the meetings of the Portobello School Committee, and on the 8th ultimo, when he presented himself at one of the meetings, he was informed by the chairman that he had been disqualified, or at all events declared so. He was consequently not allowed to join in the deliberations of the Committee, despite his positive assurance that the protest was groundless. The only course left open to him was, manifestly, to lay the facts of the case before the Board. With this object in view he presented himself at the meeting of the Board on the 24th. Here his troubles did not end. He was actually allowed to stand in one corner of the Boardroom for 10 or 15 minutes before anybody condescended to observe his presence and exhibit the common courtesy of offering him a seat, although this was owing to inadvertence rather than to studied neglect. At length, however, one of the, members chanced to catch sight of the stranger's form in the corner, and pointed to a vacant chair, the hint being promptly taken. Presently his communication praying the Board to hear him in explanation of his position came round for consideration, and the secretary, was in the act of reading it when a certain member, who was either afraid that he might lose his dinner, for the hour of refreshment drew nigh, and there was a heavy pile of correspondence yet to deal with, or who had some other business to attend to, interacted, "Oh, it's no good reading all that." Mr Guildford naturally concluded that it was high time for him to interpose, and he accordingly did so, but was cut short in the middle of his statement. This appeared like adding insult to injury, and another member, with a better sense of what was just under the circumstances than his colleague, ventured to suggest that Mr Guildford's case should be dealt with. Several inquiries were then made, and the matter ended in the Board denying that they had declared him to be disqualified. They instructed the secretary to forward a communication to that effect to him. The position being an uncomfortable one, it is only right to Mr Guildford that the matter should be fully investigated without delay. Letter of Support
Otago Witness,  24 May 1879: NEW ZEALAND GAZETTE. Wgtn, May 15th. A number of proclamations are gazetted making reserves and changing the purposes of others in different parts of the Colony. Appointed Registrar of Companies and Maori Titles for the Portobello Road District, Henry J. Guilford.
24 June 1879: Mr Guildford resides on Section 8, block VII, Portobello Survey District, situated within the Broad Bay School District
Otago Witness: 16 Aug 1879: PORTOBELLO ROAD DISTRICT. NOTICE: The ACCOUNTS of the above for the year ending 30th JUNE 1879, are OPEN to the INSPECTION of RATEPAYERS and others interested from this date up to the hour of Noon of AUGUST 20th, the time of the Board's Annual Meeting. Also, That the Rate for the Current Year is now due and payable to the Collector. H. J. GUILDFORD, Clerk and Collector. August 7th, 1879.
Otago Witness: 7 Aug 1880: THE NEW ZEALAND GAZETTE: The following assessors under the Property Assessment Act, 1879, have been appointed: Henry John Guilford, of Portobello, the outlying district of the County of Peninsula, consisting of the Native reserves comprised in said county.
Otago Witness, 14 Feb 1880; PORTOBELLO ROAD DISTRICT; VALUATION NOTICE;  Year 1880-81. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the until the 15th February, 1880, at the following places:- Portobello Subdivision, at Mr W. R. LATHAM'S Store; Broad Bay Subdivision, at the house of Mr Brady GEORGE GREEN; Sandymount Subdivision, at the house of Sandymount RIDDELL. All objections thereto must be left at the Portobello Road Board Office, Portobello, on or before the 15th day of February, 1880, addressed to the " Assessment Court," and a Copy of every such objection must be left at the same office, addressed to the undersigned, not less than seven days before the next sitting of the said Court of Assessment for the Portobello Road District. H. J. GUILDFORD, Clerk to Board. Jan 14th, 1880
Otago Witness: 28 Feb 1880: A case was brought at Wednesday's Police Court against a settler on the Peninsula for allowing his cattle to wander on a district road. Mr Stout appeared for the defence, and succeeded in getting a dismissal on the ground that the Town and Country Police Ordinance, under which the case was brought, required it to be proved that the alleged offender was wilfully guilty. The informant, Mr Guildford, clerk of the local Board, said he would bring a fresh action. Afterwards some cases brought from Ravensbourne were dismissed upon the same ground. The only which conviction can apparently be obtained under the Ordinance is when a person is seen to turn out his stock upon the road.
Otago Witness, 24 April 1880:  Under the Patronage of the Otago Peninsula Agricultural and Pastoral Society. First Series of Quarterly Sales. R W. CAPSTICK & C0.  will sell by auction, at Highcliff Hotel, on the Portobello road, on Thursday, 13th May, 1880, at 12 o'olock, Horses, Cattle, Sheep, &c, &o. N.B.. All who are desirous of exhibiting stock at the above sale are invited to forward particulars to Dick, Esq., Sandymount; Henry Guilford, Esq., Portobello; Mr John Wells, Highcliff Hotel ; or to R W. CAPSTICK & CO., Auctioneers, Moray Place (opposite Normal School), Dunedin
1880 - Surname GUILDFORD Forenames Henry John; Address Portobello; Age Over 20 ; Sex M ; Event Description HR Electoral Roll ; Event Place Electoral District of Caversham ;
Date 1879-80 ; Source Title HR ER Caversham Electorate ; Page No 8 ; Publication Date 1880 ; Comments household; Portobello Bay survey, section 8, block 7
Otago Witness: 7 Aug 1880: THE NEW ZEALAND GAZETTE: The following assessors under the Property Assessment Act, 1879, have been appointed: Henry John Guilford, of Portobello, the outlying district of the County of Peninsula, consisting of the Native reserves comprised in said county;
Evening Post: 23 Aug 1880: H. J. Guildford, clerk to the Portobello Road Board, was arrested to-day on a charge of embezzling the funds of the Board.
Otago Witness:  28 Aug 1880: Henry J. Guildford was charged on remand at the City Police Court on Wednesday with having embezzled L200, the property of the Portobello Road Board. Mr D. Stewart appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Hislop for the defendant. On the application of Mr Stewart, the accused was remanded for a week, bail being allowed in a surety of his own recognisance for L400, and two others of L200 each.
Otago Witness:  4 Sep 1880: Charge of Embezzlement. The charge against Henry J. Guildford, of embezzling L200 from the Portobello Road Board, was commenced at the City Police Court on Wednesday. Mr Dennison appeared for the prosecution, and Mr Stout for the defendant. William Alexander Wilson stated that for several years he was chairman of the Portobello Road Board, and that he had resigned office last Saturday. He produced the minute book of the Board, showing that the prisoner was appointed clerk and collector on the 4th of August, 1877, and that Mr Geary was appointed treasurer on the 15th of August, 1877. On the 18th of August last witness found the document produced in an envelope at the Board's office. It read as follows: "Mr Wilson, I have stolen L220 2s 4 1/2d  of the Board's money, and have given myself up to the police. Guildford." It was in the prisoner's handwriting. Witness produced the Road Board's rate-book and cash-book. The latter contained memoranda in the prisoner's handwriting.
The receipts for rates from Mrs Fleming on the 14th May, and J. Simpson on the 8th of June, in the rate-book were in prisoner's handwriting. It was customary for the prisoner to pay all money received into the bank, Mary Fleming gave evidence as to paying L3 8s 9d rates to the prisoner on the 22nd of April, for which she got the receipt produced. Norman William M'lntosh, sub-accountant in the National Bank, stated that he received a communication from the prisoner on the 22nd of April, enclosing Ll3 10s 3d, and L114 5s 11d, to be placed to the Board's account. The amounts were placed to the credit of the Board. James Simpson, sexton, a ratepayer of the Portobello Road district, produced a receipt from the prisoner for 10s 6d rates. William Geary, treasurer to the Board, stated that he had never received any money from the prisoner. The case was then adjourned till Friday.
Otago Witness: Accidents and Offences; 18 Sep 1880: Two charges of embezzlement were preferred against H. J. Guilford at the City Police Court on Saturday. In one of the cases, in which it was alleged that the accused had embezzled the sum of L200, the property of the Portobello Road Board, no evidence was offered, and the information was dismissed. The other case, a charge of embezzling the sum of L3 8s 9d from the same body, was adjourned until the 16th.
Otago Witness: 25 Sept 1880: Henry J. Guildford, late clerk of the Portobello Road Board, was brought before Mr Watt, S.M., at the Police Court on the 16th, on two remanded charges of embezzling the sums of L3 8s 9d and 10s 6d respectively, the property; of the Road Board. The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to six calendar months imprisonment, with hard labour.

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