William Patrick  and Mary Guilford

Thorndon, Wellington, 1880s  Src:

Thorndon, Wellington, circa 1880s, photographed by James Bragge from the vicinity of Hill Street. Looks towards Government House and the harbour with reclamation works in the background. Bragge's wagon is on the right

WILLIAM PATRICK GUILFORD (son of JOHN SYDNEY Guilford (1867-1896) and Sarah Elizabeth Carroll (1871 - 1945); was b: 17 May 1895 in Wellington, and d: 14 Nov 1951 in Christchurch aged 56Y; bur: 16 Nov 1951 Ruru Lawn Cem;  Block no: 1A, Plot no: 399) His residential address: 105 Nayland St, ChCh; occ Labourer. 

William attended the Convent school at Thorndon, Wellington 1900

Military Service: Army 1914 - 1918; WW1 5/586;  Rank Driver, body or draft - 1st NZRB; unit or Regt Army Service Corps, single, Occ: Watersider Wgtn; Last NZ address S.S.Duchess, Wellington Ferry Company; Next of kin; Mrs S. E. Guilford, mother living at 35 Glenbervie Terrace, Wellington. Military District - Wellington; Body on Embarkation - 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade; Embarkation Unit - Army Service Corps; Embarkation Date - 9 Oct 1915 from Wellington, New Zealand Destination - Suez, Egypt

Occ: farmer at Mokauiti, William mar: 5th Jun 1920 at the Wellington Registrars Office to MARY (MOLLY) ANDERSON daughter of JOHN AUGUST ANDERSON and MARGARET MALONEY.  (Mary was b: 17 Jul 1896 in Deborah Bay, Port Chalmers, Otago, and d; 29 Aug 1953 in Christchurch aged 56Y; bur: 1 Sep 1953 Bromley Cem., Block: 21, Plot: 178)

Historic Carey's Bay- renowned for its fishing fleet and boat building of which both industries have survived to this present day.

Otago Daily Times: 5 Apr 1926: When Mr and Mrs V. Lawson returned to their home at Carey Bay on Friday night they heard someone in the grocery store adjoining their dwelling. Mrs Lawson motored back to the police station for assistance. Meanwhile the intruder, who had gained access through a back window, had taken off his boots to prevent his movements being heard, had slipped out of the store after rifling the till and making up a handy parcel of tobacco He was rounded up by two men who were passing, and was takcn in charge by Constables Bush and Edward. He was then identified as William Patrick Guilford, a resident of Deborah Bay.

5 May 1926; PRISONERS SENTENCED. The following prisoners, who had pleaded guilty in the lower court, were brought up for sentence: — breaking, entering, and theft. William Patrick Guilford, who had pleaded guilty to breaking, entering, and theft, was placed in the dock. Mr C J. L. White, who appeared for the Prisoner, said he was 30 years of age, and was married. He was residing with his wife and three young children at Deborah Bay. Port Chalmers The accused was born in Wellington, and lived their until the war broke out, alter which he went away with the forces. Later he returned to his home suffering from a gunshot wound in the left arm and injuries to his head. He was granted a permanent pension of £45 per annum. Later he went to live on a soldiers’ farm in the North Island, where he remained for two years and a-half. He had a desperate struggle to make ends meet, and eventually had to abandon the farm. He then came to Port Chalmers, and had lived there over since. During his residence at the port his conduct had been most excellent, he had been workihg on the waterfront, but he had a hard struggle to make a living. In fact, since his return from the war his life had been one continuous struggle, His Honor would see that there was one previous conviction against the prisoner. This was the result of a drunken spree in which two others were involved. The three accused were convicted of stealing fowls each of them being convicted and fined £2 and costs. So far as the present offence was concerned, it was also the result of drink. He had apparently gone to Port Chalmers from his home at Deborah Bay in the evening to bring home some liquor. He secured the liquor and drank a portion of it, and then attached the parcel to his bicycle. He had to pass the complainant's store, and broke into it. Counsel understood that he remained in the store a considerable time, for he had smoked a whole packet of cigarettes. This indicated that he did not know what he was doing. After the theft prisoner’s house was searched, and nothing of an incriminating nature was found. In view of all these circumstances and also of the fact that his wife was in bad health, he would appeal to his Honor to give the prisoner a chance. The Probation Officer (Mr F. G. Gumming) handed in a report to his Honor. Mr F. B. Adams (Crown Prosecutor) said he had nothing to add to the police report. In answer to his Honor, Mr White, after consulting with his client, said a prohibition order had been taken out against the prisoner in September and was consequently still in force. His Honor said the probation officer had recommended a period of probation, and he was prepared to adopt that recommendation. The prisoner would be released on probation for a period of three years, the conditions being that he abstained from the use of alcoholic linuor during that period: that he renewed the prohibition order from time to time; that the work which he undertook be approved by the probation officer; that the probation officer be kept fully advised of the man’s earnings; that he make restitution of £1 7s 0d, balance of stolen money not recovered: and that he paid the cost of repairing a window of house into which he had broken. He would also be required to pay the costs of prosecution. amounting to £2 3s 10,1. Three months would be allowed in which to find the money.

Otago Daily Times: 29 Jul 1930: THEFT OP OATS. The magistrate gave his reserved decision in the case in which William Guilford, were charged with the theft of a bag of oats valued at 15s, the property of the Dunedin City Corporation. His Worship stated that Mr J. G. Neill, who appeared for the accused, had contended that it had not been shown that the oats had been stolen, He had to find whether there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to enable him to decide whether there was a case to answer. He had no reasonable doubt that oats had been taken away from the corporatism yard. It had been shown that the accused’s car had similar marks to one which had taken the oats away from the yard, that there were oats in the accused’s car, and that the wife in Guilford's hearing had asked a neighbour to say that the oats had been bought from him. In addition, it had been shown that the male accused had stated that there were no oats at his home and that when detectives made a search they found oats hidden in a place where one would not expect them to be. Guilford had also stated to a witness that his wife had "given the show away.” The male accused would be convicted, but the ease against his wife would be dismissed. Guilford would be remanded in custody until Friday for a report from the probation officer.

Otago Daily Times: 2 Aug 1930:  THEFT OF OATS: William Patrick Guilford, appeared for sentence, having previously pleaded guilty to the theft of oats valued at 15s, property of the City Corporation. After perusing the probation officer’s report, his Worship said that he was hesitant about giving the accused a second chance, more especially as when he was previously on probation he did not appear to realise his obligations. On account of his wife and family, however, he would be convicted and admitted to probation for 12 months, a special condition being that his car should be disposed of and the amount devoted towards liquidating his debts. The accused did not appear to appreciate his position and asked to be allowed to retain the car, which, he said, belonged to his wife. His Worship, remarked the accused’s attitude showed that he had the mentality of a child, warned him that he must not use the car again under any circumstances - the probation officer to attend to the disposal of the car.


i. MARGARET JUNE GUILFORD (b. 02 Aug 1921; d. 2010); mar. 1949 to GEORGE THOMAS COUTTIE, (b. 10 Jun 1922; d. 1989).

ii EVELYN MARY GUILFORD (b. 04 Apr 1923; attended East Gore School 1933; d. 1995; mar: 1952 to WILLIAM OSWALD ADAM (b: 10 Sep 1912 son of father Richard Parker Neville Adam and mother Mary Jane nee Fryer; d: 1992)

iii WILLIAM JOHN CARROLL GUILFORD, b. 20 May 1925, 46 Constitution St. Port Chalmers, Otago; 1931  School Gore East; occ:  Accountant; d. 26 Apr 1977, Oamaru.) Mar: 05 Feb 1955 in Church Our Lady, Sumner to PATRICIA MARRIS (b: 27 Dec 1935 in Wellington to father: Guy Digby Marris and mother: Ines Anne Burt; she d: 1998) Their family:

a William Grant Guilford mar: Sandra Fay Forsyth

b Shaun Peter Guilford (b: 06 May 1959 in Christchurch; d: 07 May 1959 in Christchurch Bur: 08 May 1959 Ruru Lawn Cem.)

c Parry John Guilford mar: Annette May

d Sarah Jane Guilford b: 24 Jul 1963 in Oamaru d: 26 Jul 1963 in Oamaru; Bur: Old Oamaru Cemetery

iv ELIZABETH MAUREEN GUILFORD (b. 12 Dec 1928, 17 Chalmers St., North East Valley, Dunedin; d: 2000)  Mar: 1952 to Ronald Gordon Bell (b: 8 Aug 1927; d: 1999)

v SYBIL PATRICIA GUILFORD (b: 10 Aug 1934; d: 1998)

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