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Sarah Ann and Ernest Dorant

Sarah Ann Guilford (b: 1857 in Glebe NSW, dau: of James and Rebecca Guilford; she d: Nov 10 1905 aged 48Y - her burial 13 Nov was at Karori Cem., Plot number 95

Marlborough Express, 16 May 1874; MARRIAGE: On April 2, at Greymouth, West Coast, by the Rev. N. Watkins, M.A., Charles Annesley Ernest, youngest son of J. A Dorant, Esq., Deputy Clerk of the Peace of County of Hertfordshire, England, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr James Guilford, late of Blenheim. (this was at the house of Mrs Olsen, Greason Street, Greymouth.)

Charles Annesley Ernest* Dorant (Bapt: 2 Oct 1853 Abbey, St Albans, Hertford, England - his parents were James Annesley Dorant and mother Harriet nee Ensor)

Their 6 children were:

i Sarah Ann Dorant (b: 9 Aug 1875 in Greymouth, West Coast; (Education: School Mt Cook Infants Wellington - Parent / Guardian Mrs Guilford; Address - Cambridge Rd - Birthdate - 6yrs 4mths; Comment - Father's occ. Storekeeper ; Admission Date 27 Feb 1882; 1885 Mount Cook Girls School; 1888 Lower Hutt; 1893 Electoral roll - living at Sydney St, spinster ) She mar: 1896 to Charles Henry Hall (b: Mar 1848 Finsbury, Middlesex to Parents Thomas Wray Hall and mother Frances nee Lamerton; Bapt Jan 9 Finsbury St Luke, Middlesex; d: 29 Dec 1920 Khandallah, Wellington, NZ) Their 8 children: 

a Mary Jane Dorant (Hall)  (b: 08 Oct 1893; d: 1977) Mar: 1919  to Ernest Tinsley Jackson (b: 1896 ;d: 1959)

b Edith Helen Dorant (Hall)  b: 21 Apr 1895; d: 1895 Mar: 1922 to George Miles (?)

c Florence Mary Hall Dorant (Hall) (b: 21 Apr 1895; d: 1977) Mar 1919 to Mark Jonah Bailey (b: 1889; d: 1959)

d Thomas Wray Lamerton Hall (b: 24 Jan 1900; d: 1973) Mar: 1920 to Emily Elizabeth Lawrence (b: 26 Nov 1897; d: 1977)

e William James Annesley Hall (b: 07 May 1902; d: 1981) Mar: 1925 to Ruby Alice Churcher (b: 18 Sep 1904; d: 1976)

f Clifton Vincent Arthur Hall (b: 28 Jun 1904; d: 1973)

g Nancy Jean Hall (b: 08 Aug 1913; d: 1984) Mar: 1st Husband in 1930 to Arthur Leslie Delahenty (27 Mar 1907; 1984)

... *2nd Husband of [g] Nancy Jean Hall: Mar: 1943 to Henry Edward Thompson (b: 1884; d: 1953 in Wellington; Bur: Crem Karori Cem)

... *3rd Husband of [g] Nancy Jean Hall: Mar: 1956 to Gilbert William Jackson (b: 26 Dec 1913; d: 1986 )

h Henry Leonard Hall (b: 28 Jun 1917 d: 1974 in Auckland  Crem. Birkenhead-Glenfield Cem) Mar: 1938  to Joan Elizabeth Walker (b: 1912; d: 1975 Crem. Birkenhead-Glenfield Cem)

ii Emily (Emma) Florence Joyce Dorant (b: 29 Oct 1877; Enrolled 24 jul 1882 Mt Cook Infants Wellington, home address Sussex Square; d: 26 Jun 1929 in Dunedin Bur: 28 Jun 1929 Andersons Bay, Dunedin) Mar: 26 Dec 1898 to Arthur Thomas Joyce (b: 25 Dec 1873 in Bristol, Avon, England; Father: Milliman Thomas Joyce Mother: Hester Joyce Harwood; Admitted Mornington School, Dunedin  4 Feb 1885; admitted Outram School 17 May 1886 - last day 04 Jun 1886 for Hindon; occ: a labourer; d: 22 Dec 1945 a resident of Talboys Home, Dunedin; Bur: 24 Dec 1945 Andersons Bay Cem., Dunedin - NZ resident for 71 years from England) Their 6 children:t

a Arthur Milliman James Joyce (b: 1 Oct 1900; occ: CTB Employee; labourer Christchurch; d: 29 Sep 1958)

b Ernest Francis Joyce (b: 12 May 1902; d: 26 Feb 1917 in Dunedin Bur: 28 Feb 1917 Dunedin)

c Eric Abel Joyce (b: 07 Jun 1903; d: 22 Jun 1953)

d Emily Katherine Joyce (b: 25 Feb 1905; admitted Mornington School 1 Feb 1910 - last day - 1 May 1915 home address 128 Elgin Rd Mgtn; d: 1990) Mar: 1927 to Ernest Stuart Fallowfield (b: 1887; mlitary call-up 1917, farmer Taieri Beach, Bruce County; d: 1952)

e Rebecca Floria (Ruby) Joyce (b: 27 Jan 1907; admitted 5 Feb 1912 Mornington School - home addess 128 Elgin Rd M'gtn; admitted 2 Feb 1914 Balfour School; admitted 19 Feb 1917 East Taieri school; d: 1980) Mar: 1932  to William Booth Geeson (b: 1896; d: 1962 Bur: Andersons Bay Cem., Dunedin)

f Alice Hester Enid Joyce (b: 14 Oct 1911 Dunedin; occ: schoolgirl; d: 20 Sep 1923 in Dunedin, 11Y 11mths; lived Mosgiel Junction; Bur: 23 Sep 1923 Dunedin)

iii Rebecca Harriet Dorant (b: 1879)

iv Alice Frances Dorant (b: 1881)

v Ernest James Annesley Dorant (b: 1883)

vi William Henry Dorant (b: 03 Sep 1884; 1893 attended Thorndon School; 1895 attended Johnsonville School; d: 1952 in Owaka; Bur: Queenstown Cem)

Evening Star ,  22 Nov 1916 Passed fit for active service by the medical officers at the Kensington" Drill Hall; 1952 Owaka & Queenstown shepherd; WW1 Service record

vii Mary Dorant (b: Jun 1893 (mother Sara Ann Dorant - no father's name given) enrolled 12 Feb 1902 Te Aro School Parent / Guardian Salvation Army Home;

Notes for Charles Annesley Ernest* and Sarah Ann Dorant:

Nelson Evening Mail;  6 February 1878; Stanton v. Dorant. A fraud summons to compel payment of 3 18s 9d and 9s costs. Defendant did not appear, and an order was made that the amount claimed must be paid on or before the 20th day of February, or in default defendant to be imprisoned for fourteen days.

Nelson Evening Mail: 4 July 1879; Larcenary: Ernest Dorant an operator in the Telegraph Office, was charged with stealing 10 16s Id from W. C. Peacock, an operator in the same office The following evidence was taken - William Tucker the manager: on 2nd June Mr Peacock made a complaint about the loss ot some money from his dressing room. A few days later he had a conversation in his room with the prisoner,and told him that the whole of the money could be traced to him, and recommended him to effect some sort of compromise. Prisoner made some proposals  as to monthly payments to Mr Peacock, which the latter declined to accept. Walter Chamberlain Peacock received a cheque for 12 14s on the 31st May, cashed it, paid some away, and put 10 16s Id into his trousers pocket, and hung them up in his dressing room, which the other operators could enter if it was not locked. That was on Saturday night, and on Monday morning he missed the money and made complaint to Mr Tucker. He called him into his room where the prisoner was, and some terms were proposed, either by Dorant himself or with his Consent, but he (the prosecutor) would no accept them.
Henry Halliday saw Dorant go into the prosecutor's dressing-room on the Sunday evening. His business did not call him there. He was not away more than half a minute. Frank Stanton was in the Panama Hotel on Sunday, the lst June, with the prisoner, who shouted drinks, and pulled a roll of notes out of his pocket. He appeared to be very flush of money. Five days later he asked the witness if he thought his father would lend him some money, as, if he could not get it, he would be shunted. Witness told him he had better ask himself as his father had a good deal of trouble in getting back the last amount he had borrowed.  Emma Holland, barmaid at the Panama the Panama Hotel, deposed to prisoner having a bundle of notea in bis possession on Sunday, the Ist June.! He had often been at the hotel before, but she never saw him with so much money. Prisoner, who reserved his defence, was commuted for trial at the next sittings of the District Court, held on the 2lst inst.

Nelson Evening Mail,  21 July 1879; DISTRICT COURT; Mr Adams addressed the jury, Mr Burny commented upon the doubtful nature of the evidence. Peacock the prosecutor, had received a cheque out of which he had made certain payments and then put a sum of money, he had not the least idea how much, as he never counted it, in the pocket of a pair of trousers hanging up in his dressing room, which was open not only to the other operators, but to his friends, who were frequently in and out. The only evidence of the prisoner having been there was that given by Halliday, who said that he went to the room, but was only absent half a minute, in which time he was supposed to have gone into the room, searched the clothes hanging up there, found the missing money, and walked off with it. The evidence for the prosecution also went to show that there was a window through which the trowsers might have been reached from outside and the money abstracted. So far the evidence was of a most trivial character. Then came the offer of the compromise. This would be damaging to the prisoner but for the surrounding circumstances. Called into Mr Tucker's (the manager's) room he was suddenly told that the money had been traced to him, and it was suggested that he should make some compromise. It was a weak thing for him to do, but it should be remembered that he had a wife and three children to provide for, and no doubt the thought of these influenced him in what he did. Abruptly told that the money had been traced to him, and seeing that, if there was any even circumstantial evidenca of this, he must lose his situation, he agreed to make a compromise if he could possibly raise the money elsewhere. He failed in doing this, and then found what a false position he had placed himself in by too ready a compliance with the suggestion made to him. Then with regard to the notes he was said to have had in his possession. It turned out upon cross-examination that neither of the witnesses were prepared to swear that they were notes they saw in his hand. They believed them to be, but could not be positive on the subject. Mr Bunny concluded with an earnest appeal to the jury to give their careful consideration to the whole of the evidence, and to decide whether there were not such reasonable doubts in their minds of the prisoner's guilt as to perfectly justify them in pronouncing him not guilty. His Honor then summed up the evidence, which he said was partly circumstantial and' partly based upon the prisoner's own confession. They must, however, remember that although a confession might on the face of it be generally accepted as true still there were occasions on which it might be made from motives either of hope or fear. It was for them to judge of the circumstances under which this confessioa was made, and to decide whether they considered it true, or due to some such motive, and if tbe former they were bound to convict. His Honor briefly alluded to the other sal.'ent points in the evidence, and the jury then retired, and after a few minutes absence returned with a verdict of not guilty.

Sailed Jul 22 for Wellington steamer Taiaroa, 228, Petersen, for Picton and Wellington. Passengers:  Mesdames Dorant and 3 children and Dorant,

Mr District Judge Broad, Nelson Date: 10 October 1879 Subject: With copy of notes taken at trial of Ernest Dorant

Evening Post, 16 Aug 1882: Meeting of the the Benovolent Institute: Mrs E Turner wrote to contradict a rumour that she was receiving rations for supporting the Dorant children stating that, as the committee was aware, this was not the case.

Evening Post, 12 Oct 1885: Detective Campbell this afternoon also apprehended two men named Joseph Guilford and Ernest Dorant on a charge of stealing a quantity of food from the meat safe of Mrs. Olsen, residing in Mulgrave-street. The prisoners will appear before the Magistrate's Court to-morrow morning

Marlborough Express, 1 June 1886 TUESDAY, JUNE Ist. CIVIL CASES, E. Dorant (Para) v. A. T. Thompson. Claim for 3 10s for wages. Mr McNab for the plaintiff. 2 11s 9d was paid into Court. The question at issue was whether plaintiff, a mill-hand, was to be paid 6s or 7s per day. Judgment was given for the amount paid into Court, with no order as to costs.

Star, 8 April 1891: A MAD WOMAN; NEW PLYMOUTH; When the Oreti arrived from Wellington last evening, it was discovered that a mad woman was on board. Her name was Sarah Ann Dorant, resident in Wellington, who had stowed herself on board the steamer. When she was discovered on the passage there was a great deal of excitement, as the woman tried to throw herself overboard. She took her clothes and boots off and pitched them overboard, and did many strange acts. The captain ordered her to be confined below. On her arrival, a constable was sent for, and had great difficulty in bringing the woman to New Plymouth. She was charged this morning at the Police Court with being a lunatic, and remanded for medical examination.

Taranaki Herald, 10 April 1891; The woman Sarah Ann Dorant, who behaved so outrageously on the s.s. Oreti the other day, and who was brought before the Court as a lunatic, was sent to the Wellington Asylum this (Friday) morning. The woman was examined in the gaol by Drs. O'Carroll and Leatham, who certified to her being mad.