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Oswald Maberley & Catherine Curtis

Oswald Maberley Curtis (b: 31 May 1854 in Omata, Taranaki; Bapt: 09 Jul 1854 Omata Church; d: 05 Jun 1909 in Stratford Bur: Stratford Cemetery) Mar: 22 Oct 1885 in Waingongoro Rd, Hawera to Catherine Rose Ralfe (b: 13 Jul 1867 in Wainui, Canterbury to parents Pilcher Frederick Ralfe and Isabella nee Bates; she d: 27 Mar 1955 in Stratford)

Taranaki Herald,  6 Nov 1885: MARRIAGE. CURTIS— RALFE: On the 22nd October, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. H H. Brown, Oswald Mabbrly, fourth son of George Curtis, Esq., of Omata, Taranaki, to CATHERINE ROSE, only daughter of Pilcher T. Ralfe, Esq , of Stratford, Taranaki. Canterbury papers please copy 

 Taranaki Herald, 8 June 1909: DEATH.  CURTIS.— At his residence, Stratford, on June 5, 1909, Oswald Maberly Curtis, beloved husband of Catherine Rose Curtis, aged 56 years

OBITUARY: At midnight on Saturday information was received in New Plymoulh of the sudden death at Stratford of Mr Oswald Maberly Curtis. On two or three occasions in the past year or so his health has caused some anxiety to his friends, but lately he has looked and felt better than he has been lor some time. On Saturday night he retired about 10.30 feeling all right. Half an hour later Mrs Curtis noticed that he was breathing strangely and she sent tor the doctor, but before the latter's arrival he was dead heart failure being the cause of death. He was the fourth son of the late Mr George Curtis, of Omata and was born at Omata on May 31 1854 and spent bis boyhood and early manhood on the farm and assisting in general store business, then carried on by his brother at Omata. In 1877, in partnership with three brothers he started the Stratford store, and later managed an Inglewood branch until that was sold to Mr. C. O. Smith, when he returned to Stratford. When trouble with the Maoris was anticipated in 1879-81 and a volunteer force for the Mountain Road was raised by the late Colonel Trimble, Mr. Curtis held a commission as lieutenant in the Stratford corps. In 1885 Mr. Curtis married Miss Catherine Rose Ralfe, daughter of Mr P. F. Ralfe, of Waingagoro Road, Cardiff, who with two sons and three daughters survives him. Mr. Curtis was for some years chairman of directors of the Stratford Bacon Curing Company, and at the time of his death occupied a similar position with regard to Stratford Printing and Publishing Company, Ltd. He was an enthusiastic member of the Stratford Bowling Club, which owes to him much of its success. The funeral leaves the residence Stratford for Kopuatawa Cemetery, East Road, at 3 p.m. to-morrow

STRATFORD: Taranaki Herald June 9. One ot the longest, it not the longest funeral cortege Stratford has seen attended yesterday the remains of Mr. Oswald M. Curtis to their resting place in Kopuatama Cemetery. The Rev. J. Miller Thompson, Presbyterian minister, officiated. In the course of a few words of personal reference at the close, he truly said that by those who best knew the deceased he was best loved. His reputation in the community for upright dealing and unassuming kindliness had borne the test of many years' acquaintance. It is certain that although Mr. Curtis had not, at least of late years, been prominently in the public eye, yet few have had so great a share in the development of the town and district from the small and doubtful beginnings in the seventies to the present comparatively advanced stage of importance and prosperity. His too early death deprives many of us of a true friend and pleasant companion and the district of a valuable business instinct of a high standard of commercial integrity.

NZ Truth 19 June 1909: Died recently at Stratford, Oswald Maberley Curtis, Chairman of Directors of the Stratford Bacon Curing Company and also Chairman of Directors ot the Stratford Printing and Publishing Company, Ltd. When trouble with the Maoris was anticipated in 1879-81 and a volunteer force for the Mountain road was raised by the late Colonel Trimble, Mr Curtis held a commission as lieutenant in the Stratford corps.

i Leslie Ralfe Curtis b: 10 Oct 1888 in Inglewood, Taranaki; d: 27 Nov 1987 in Auckland Bur: Te Henui Cemetery, New Ply; Mar: 26 Dec 1917 to Nora Bessie Lyford (b: 5 Apr 1890  Wolverhampton, Eng; d: 04 Mar 1977 in New Plymouth) Their 2 daughters:

1 Joan Lyford Curtis (b: 06 Dec 1918 d: 22 Aug 1983) Mar: 18 Aug 1941 in New Ply; to Arthur Walter Britton (b: 30 Jun 1908 Argentina to parents William Arthur Britton and Anna Dora Heuer, WW2 d: 24 Sep 1993 Hamilton) Children are Anne, Peter, David, Richard, John and Elizabeth.

2 Shirley May Lyford Curtis (b: 06 Jun 1921 Mar: 05 Apr 1947 to John Carvossoe Stephen Tonkin (b: 4 May 1920; d: 03 Jun 1988) Family are Leslie John and Heather Shirley Tonkin

ii Elsie Ralfe Curtis (b: 17 Dec 1892 in New Ply. d: 07 Nov 1969 in New Plymouth Bur: Stratford Cem.) Mar: 13 Sep 1915 in Stratford to Robert Buchanan Anderson (b: 6 Apr 1884 d: 17 Aug 1942) Children are:

a Cora Anderson (b: 09 Jul 1916 d: 1989) Mar: 01 Jun 1965 to Hector Henry Simpson (b: 1907; d: 13 May 1970 New Plymouth)

b Patricia Anderson (b: 16 Sep 1919 d: 2000) Mar: 15 Jul 1965 to James Clover Birkett (b: 28 May 1917; d: 1994) 

c Marion Craig Anderson b: Stratford Mar: to Douglas Jordon. Children are Beth and Roger

d Elsie Maberly Anderson (b: 23 Nov 1925 in Stratford d: 2007) Mar: 22 Feb 1958 in New Ply. to  Donald Oliver (b: 02 May 1924 d: 1990) Children are Robert, Bruce, Helen and Ian

iii Gladys Ralfe Curtis (b: 10 Aug 1896 in Stratford; d: 15 Nov 1976) Mar: 04 Aug 1919 to William Francis Clouston (b: 20 Dec 1887 WW1 d: 04 Sep 1967)

a Gladys Clouston (b: 08 Sep 1920 d: 15 Sep 1920)

b William Maberly Clouston (b: 02 Oct 1922 d: 1999 Ret. Farmer Bur: Burkes Pass next of kin W J Clouston

c John Oswald Clouston (b: 28 Sep 1925 d: 1998) Mar: 09 Jun 1951 to Ailsa Beryl Thomson (b: 15 Apr 1925 d: 02 Jan 1988) Children are William and Peta

iv Millie Ralfe Curtis (b: 27 Dec 1897 in Stratford, d: 14 Aug 1987) Mar: 07 Nov 1922 to George Harold Freer Clark (b: 25 Jul 1891 WW1 d: 30 Jan 1976)

v Vera Ralfe Curtis (b: 27 Dec 1897 in Stratford, d: 09 Jul 1907 aged 9 yrs) 

vi Roy Ralfe Curtis (b: 19 Dec 1899 in Stratford, d: 15 Apr 1956 in Stratford Bur: Stratford Cem) Mar: 02 Feb 1928 to Doris Ella Sugden Lund (b: 11 Nov 1904 d: 16 Jun 1952)

a William Oswald Curtis b: Stratford Mar: Patricia Rae Richards. Children are Dianne, Marilyn and Robert

b Frances Jill Curtis b: Stratford Mar: 15 Sep 1951 in Stratford to Douglas Alexander Green (b: 20 Aug 1928 d: 17 Jan 1967) Children are Warren and Joanne; *2nd Husband of Frances Jill Curtis: Douglas McKenzie

c Janet Ralfe Curtis b: Stratford mar: Brian Charles Reid Children are Doris, Steven, Christine and Heather