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GRACE FINCH  was born 10 Sep 1880 to parents Thomas and Jane Finch at Alexandra, and died 01 Jun 1966  in Simla Terrace Napier aged 86Y. She married 08 May 1906 to PETER WILLIAM GEORGE BARLOW , son of PETER WILLIAM BARLOW. who was born 1874, and died 11 Jul 1955 at Napier aged They were cremated at Wharerangi Cemetery and their ashes interred Rose Beds Section Sec 7 Plot 20  Remembrance Inscription: P.W.BARLOW 1874-1955. Grace BARLOW 1881-1966 

In 1910 P. W. G. Barlow, Opotiki, is listed with other LICENSED SURVEYORS OF THE DOMINION and in 1916 his occupation given as "Licensed Surveyor at Auckland". The family moved to Napier where "Mr. P. W. G. Barlow, chief draughtsman and land transfer draughtsman, Napier, has been appointed chief surveyor, Napier."

His words are quoted in "'The Shock of '31' By Geoff Conly, AH & AW Reed Ltd

1931 Earthquake Survivor Stories: Mr P.W Barlow, chief surveyor with the Napier branch of the Lands and Survey Department, had just completed drafts of letters to be typed when the room began to shake. He pushed his large swivel chair out from his desk, lay on the floor, put his legs under the desk and his head under the chair. He felt the culmination of the earthquake as a violent shake, 'similar to the shaking a fox terrier given when killing a rat' he said. Then came the big crash. Bricks were raining into the room and the dust was so thick he could not see his hand 25 centimetres away from his face.

In 1951 in his retirement  Peter William George Barlow wrote several manuscripts - these are housed in the Alexander Turnbull Library at Wellington. One describes his life as a surveyor, living in the bush, the daily routines, the lives of women and some of the changes that have taken place since these early years. He delivered a recorded talk about his experineces on 2YZ , 12th Oct 1950,  and wrote about "Strange freaks of nature in New Zealand" His obituary was in the Daily Telegraph, on 12 June 1955

 Children of GRACE FINCH and PETER BARLOW are:

i PETER WILLIAM BARLOW (b: 27 Sep 1906 in Opotiki; a career in the Bank of New Zealand; d: 1987 in Wellington) Mar: 1933 to JOAN ETHEL LOVELESS HILL (b: 31 May 1910, Father: Henry Ewart Hill, Mother: Ethel Louisa Watkins; d: 02 Jun 1990 at 9 Ashford Mews, Alandale Village, Hamilton and was cremated at Hamilton Park Cemetery) 

Their children are  Annette, Peter, Diane and Roger Barlow

ii HUBERT CRAWFORD BARLOW  (b: 03 Apr 1909 in Opotiki; a Lancaster navigator during WW2, he became General Manager of Hawkes Bay Farmers Co-op; Crem: 1977 in Hawkes Bay) Mar: 1941 to IRENE DORA BONE (b: 24 Mar 1919, d: 1986 in Hawkes Bay

Their children are  John, Anne, Philip, Ralph and Hugh Barlow

iii RICHARD (DICK) HEWSON BARLOW (b: 1912 in Opotiki d: 15 Jul 1967 in Lower Hutt, Wellington Crem: Karori Cemetery) Mar: 1940 to VIOLET MARY STEEL (b: 13 Nov 1907 d: 1994)

Their son was  Robert (Bob) Barlow (b: 1947 Wellington, d: 2007 Apia Samoa)

iv GRACE BARLOW (b: 15 Dec 1913 d: 2006 in Wanganui) Mar: 1936 to JAMES CECIL MEALE (b: 14 Jan 1909 d: 1993 in Wanagnui)

Their family:  Alison, David, Christopher and Barbara Meale

v  GEORGE FINCH BARLOW (b: 08 Dec 1917 d: 11 May 1977 at Rotorua where he was cremated, aged 59 ys) Mar: 1946 to EMMA JANE GARNETT (b: Born: 4 Nov 1914 Died: 1976 Crem: at Rotorua aged 61 yrs)

Their 2 children are Graeme and Susan (Sue) Barlow


Two children - Robyn and Paul Barlow.