Children of RICHARD PELVIN and JANET GEDDES are:
1. ROSE GEBBIE
PELVIN born 09 Jun 1887, Glenavy, South Canterbury. Rose started
school at Tawai in Nov 1893 (her birthdate was recorded as 04 Jun 1886)and
left school after Std 6. She played the Church Organ but sadly she died 07
Dec 1918, due to the flu epidemic; burial on 09 Dec 1918,
Waimate Old Cemetery Plot 236RO
2. ISABELLA PELVIN - Bella was
born 11 Sep 1888 in Glenavy, South Canterbury. In November 1893, she
was admitted as a new entrant to the Tawai school and in 12 Nov 1900 she
next attended the Waimataitai school; parent/guardian PELVIN R; Address -
St John's Wood, Avenue Rd;
2. ISABELLA PELVIN - Bella was born 11 Sep 1888 in Glenavy, South Canterbury. In November 1893, she was admitted as a new entrant to the Tawai school and in 12 Nov 1900 she next attended the Waimataitai school; parent/guardian PELVIN R; Address - St John's Wood, Avenue Rd;
Bella married WILLIAM LEONARD MAXWELL MILNER, on 04 Sep 1912. He was the son of SAMUEL MILNER, a farmer and JANE MURRAY. He was born 1881 in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and the family immigrated to New Zealand in 1910.
The Register of the Waitaki, later Morven, Presbyterian Parish of Waihao reads: William Milner age 31, Bachelor, Attendant at a Mental Hospital, residence present Glenavy, Usual Christchurch to Isabella age 23, Spinster; Nurse Mental Hospital; Residence present Glenavy; Usual Christchurch; Witnesses George Andrew Pelvin, Farmer, Tawai and Elizabeth Ann Pelvin, domestic duties, Tawai. Married at the residence of Richard Charles Pelvin, Glenavy by Rev Robert Dickie
William died Thursday, 24 October 1935 aged 56 years and was buried Friday, 25 October 1935. His occupation stated as Gardener. He had been 25 years in New Zealand and at the time of death their home was at 38 Mather Road, Hallswell, ChCh. Bella died 02 Dec 1943 aged 53 years and her burial took place on 04 Dec 1943. Bella and William are buried at the Sydenham Cemetery, Christchurch.The headstone at Sydenham Cemetery; Area 3, Row R, reads: "William Leonard Milner 1878 - 1935, Isabella 1889 - 1943"
Children of ISABELLA PELVIN and WILLIAM MILNER are:
i. JEAN GEDDES MILNER was born 22 Dec 1912 at Christchurch, and died 27 Apr 1997 aged 84 years in Christchurch. She married ARTHUR LESLEY CHAMBERS in 1942. Arthur was born 05 Jan 1912 and was a Fitter & Turner. He died 2 September 1978 aged 66 years. Both Jean and Arthur are buried at Sydenham Cemetery
ii. MAXWELL MILNER was born 1914 in Avonside, Christchurch, and died 1980 in Avonside, Christchurch. On 15 September 1945 he married NANCY MARY NEAVE at Avonside, Christchurch. She was the daughter of Francis Digby Neave, a sheepfarmer and Ethelberta Washbourne and was born at Christchurch. Their 2 children are daughter JUDITH ADRIANNE and son BRUCE MILNER, married with two married daughters in America.
iii. IDA PROFFIT MILNER, b. 1917, Avonside, Christchurch; married ALEXANDER THOMPSON BLUE in 1941.
iv.HEATHER BELL MILNER, b. 1918, Avonside, Christchurch.
v. JESSIE PELVIN MILNER was born 1922 in
Avonside, Christchurch, and died 25 Jul 2001 in Christchurch,(Funeral
Notice: 2.30 pm Thursday 27 Jul 2001 at Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairaket Rd,
Chrstchurch (Lamb and Hayward) In 1944 Jessie married ALAN FRANK
CURGENVEN. He was born Mar 1916 in Wellington to parents Frank Leslie
(Richard) CURGENVEN and Alice May (Dolly) MARSH.
vi Alison Winifred Milner Born at Avonside, Christchurch
PELVIN was born 31 Dec 1889 in Glenavy, and died 20 Jul 1980 in
Alfriston, Manurewa, Auckland.
1904 Otago Witness, 3 February 1904; NATIONAL
SCHOLARSHIPS. EXAMINATION RESULTS, WELLINGTON, January 28. The following
candidates have qualified for national scholarships, the marks gained by
each being appended: South Canterbury. — Isabella Iverach 539, Jessie
Pelvin 473, Mary Mills 466, Gertrude Neober 461.
1910 Evening Post, 21 February 1910; TEACHERS' PASSES.CERTIFICATE EXAMINATIONS.Jessie Pelvin, Christchurch Teachers Training College – Primary
1910, School teacher - Pleasant Point School
Jessie married LINDSAY HALL JEFFERIS son of BENJAMIN JEFFERIS and
CATHERINE LINDSAY on 11 Feb 1914 at the home of Richard Charles Pelvin,
Glenavy. He was born 12 Sep 1883, and died 02 Oct 1962 in Alfriston,
1921 Jessie JEFFERIS - Date 1921; Place
Oromahoe; Occupation Native School Teacher; Source NZ Gazette 1921; Page
LINDSAY HALL JEFFERIS: 1914, Occupation Farmer,
Address Keri Keri, Bay of Islands; WW1 - Category 2nd Reserves;
Children of JESSIE PELVIN and LINDSAY JEFFERIS
i. RICHARD GEORGE HALL JEFFERIS was born 03 May
1916 in Bay of Islands, Northland, and died 27 Jul 1991 in Auckland.He was
a retired Freezing Worker. Burial: RSA Section Papakura Cemetery, South
Auckland. He married FLORENCE MARY MARKHAM 1954. She was born 07 Nov 1920
in Drury, Papkura, and died 27 Aug 1967 in Manurewa and is buried at
ii. CATHERINE LINDSAY (RENEE) JEFFERIS was born in Whangarei, Northland. She married GEORGE LEONARD MARQUAND 1947 who was born 23 Aug 1918 in Hamilton, Waikato and was a Company Manager at Hamilton where he died 14 Jun 1967 and is buried at Hamilton Park Cemetery The Marquand children are:
ii. LOUIS CARLYLE JEFFERIS, born July 1st 1923
at Russell, Northland and passed away 14 Jun 2009 at Auckland. Louis
married JOCELYN (JOY) ADAMS who was born at Gisborne, Poverty
iv. EUGENE WILLS JEFFERIS was born in Tauranga,
Bay of Plenty and married to JOYCE MARION CLINCH. Children of EUGENE
JEFFERIS and JOYCE CLINCH are:
4. GEORGE ANDREW PELVIN, born 07 Apr 1891, Redcliff, Waimate and attended the Taiwai School starting 13 Apr 1896 and left after Std 5.George enlisted WW1 on 17 January 1916 , his Rank as Private with the Machine Gun Battalion, No 13638 and gave his occupation as engine driver and religion as Presbyterian. His training was undertaken at Trentham and Featherston and embarked on the 27 May 1916 from Wellington for England and saw action with the Machine Gunners in France.
Private Pelvin was wounded and taken to
hospital in England where he died of heart failure following an operation
at Walton-on-Thames Hospital on Monday 26 Nov. 1917. After his
death, his medals were sent to his parents from England
and issued as follows: British War Medal on 9 November 1921; Victory
Medal on 20 September 1922; Scroll on 24 June 1921 and Plaque on 15
George Andrew Pelvin is
buried at Brookside Cemetery which is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot
and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the
A324 from the village of Pirbright. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood
Cemetery (The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and
women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many
of battle wounds, in the London district.
ANDREW PELVIN Private
George Andrew Pelvin is buried at Brookside Cemetery which is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district.
5. CHARLES PELVIN
b. 27 Feb 1892 the eldest of
twins; d. 13 Aug 1975, Loburn, Rangiora. CHARLES enrolled at the Tawai
School on 28 Oct 1897; home address Waitaki. He left after Std 3
for home doing farm work. He was a great dance band pianist before
and after World War 1 and a very clever man with machinery,
especially motor engines, bikes and cars.
(Report by Vicky Duncan for a ChCh paper)
When a North Island couple bought a Lowburn
orchard, they found they had also acquired an old identity of the
district, Charlie Pelvin, 82.
In the 1930's, there was not much local demand
for apples, and most of those grown at Lowburn were exported. Becase of
the high quality required of export apples, there was a lot of waste fruit
which was just right for making into cider. There was no secret in making
good cider, according to Mr Pelvin. But he said his "snake juice" had to
be 18% alcohol or it would not keep. The apple juice was squeezed out of
bags and put into barrels, then 4 lb of sugar was added to a gallon of
juice. The amount had to be precise or the cider turned into vinegar.
"Once we did not have enough sugar in a batch and had to tip it out. We
poured it out along a long line of weeping willows and they died with the
potency of the stuff." From the tree stump he was sitting on, Mr Pelvin
waved his hand across the road where the trees had been, and pointed to
the one weeping willow that survived.
Maturing time for the cider was nine months and
by all accounts it was a refreshing drink. A writer in 1932 described it
as "a satisfactory substitute for Olympian nectar on a hot day with a
dusty road behind and another ahead."
Mrs A Watson, of a nearby orchard, says Mr Pelvin always keeps up with what the young folk are doing, and does not miss a thing. He has his little quirkes but these only endear him to his Lowburn friends. "Sometimes he will just lie down in the orchard or by the roadside and go to sleep. They say he slept in a chair for a year until someone gave him a bed," said Mrs Watson. When he is not talking to friends, or keeping up with the young ones, Mr Pelvin still finds time to help out in the orchard, but cider these days is out of the question. "Apples and sugar are too dear now" he says.
6. WILLIAM PELVIN,
youngest of twins; b. 27 Feb 1892, Glenavy; d. 1965, Loburn; married
NATALIE STELLA MIDDLEBROOK on 1st Aug 1917 at the Registrars Office,
Christchurch. Witnesses were Elizabeth Ann Pelvin of 7 Bath St,
Christchurch, machinist, and Jinnie McAuliffe, 304 Hereford St,
Chirtchurch, married. They had no family. Natalie was born 1892 at
Kimberley, South Africa , the daughter of John Ernest and Florence
Beatrice (nee Coldecott) Middlebrook, and she died on 4th Oct 1977 at the
Jubilee Home, Woolston, Christchurch and was buried 6th October at
JOHN (JACK) GEDDES PELVIN was born 10 Sep 1893 in Waitaki North, South
Canterbury. School Tawai - Admission Date 28 Nov 1898;
Birthdate recorded as 11 Sep 1893; left for Farm Work after Std 5
They returned to New Zealand when his son was 6 weeks old (1919) stayed three years (1922 - Electorate Waitaki; John Geddes, Glenavy, labourer) before returning to Broken Hill in 1922 where he was always known as "Big Jack".
JACK died 1946 in Broken Hill, NSW Australia. Their two sons were:
8. ELIZABETH ANNIE (NAN) PELVIN was born 08 Aug 1896 in Glenavy, In 1917 she was a machinist living 7 Bath St., ChristChurch. She married WILLIAM DONALDSON BRUNSDEN 12 Jul 1922 in St Davids Church, Sydenham, son of WILLIAM BRUNSDEN and ELIZABETH ALLISON. Witnesses to marriage Charles Bourke, storekeeper, Lincoln; and Irene Pelvin, Tawai, Glenavy; minister J D Webster. William was born 1889 in Avonside, Christchurch, and died 1956.
School Records - PELVIN Anne; School Tawai;
Admission Date 4 Nov 1901; Parent / Guardian Mr Charles Pelvin; Address
The Lauriston store and post office had originally opened in March 1880 and James Den whose farm adjoined was appointed Postmaster. William Brunsden succeeded a Mr Smith in Aug 1922. Mail was dispatched at 7.17 am with an extra mail at 7.20 pm daily plus on two days a week at 10.30 am. Salary £25. In February 1925 the Health Department placed the Postmaster and his family in isolation because of the outbreak of Poliomyelitus
1925 - Ashburton Guardian 17/2/1925
1925 - Ashburton Guardian 18/2/1925
1925 Ashburton Guardian 19/2/1925
We find the Brunsdens playing an active role in the community - 13 June 1929: W Brunsden elected to Lauriston Soldiers Memorial Hall Comittee previous meeting held in Mr Brunsden's shop, and in the years 1929 - 30; 1932 -36 - W D Brunsden is president of the Laureston Cricket club and W D Brunsden elected to School Committee 1st June 1931 and 22 in July Mrs W D Brunsden elected to the committee of the Country Women's Institute.
Memories - Doug Fyfe reminescing on school days at Laureston 1920's 1930's remembers "Mr Brunsden donating a tin of boiled sweets for the annual school picnic. A real treat in those days. The Brunsdens owned one of the first radios in the district - a colonel Model Majestic."
The Lauriston Store was sold by Bill (snr) in
1936 and the family moved to Australia for young Bill to get polio
treatment from Sister
Kenny and a farewell Social was held - this report in the Ashburton
Guardian Newspaper 26/4/1937. The Lauriston Hall was filled to capacity on
Thursday evening on the occasion of a farewell social tendered to Mr and
Mrs W D Brunsden and their son Billy. The evening was devoted to dancing,
the music being supplied by Cook's orchestra (Lydhurst) with extras by Mr
S Drew and Mr J Cretney.The duties of Masters of Ceremonies were performed
by Messrs R F Letham and H Farquhar.
(The next polio threat, New Zealand schools did not open until March in 1948.School closed in October 1947 and re opened April 1948. Correspondence Lessons were sent to the pupils' homes for the month of February.) Research by Julie Rush
9. ELLEN PELVIN, b. 15 Jan 1898, Waitaki North; Elder of twins d. 16 Jan 1898, Waimate. Burial: 18 January at Waimate Old Cemetery; Plot 235 Burial records state “Lived one day”
10. MARGARET PELVIN, b. 15 Jan 1898, Waitaki North; Younger of twins, Stillborn, d. 15 Jan 1898, Waimate. Burial 18 January
11. CLARENCE CECIL
PELVIN, b. 27 Jul 1901, Waitaki North; d. 03 Jul 1908, Waimate.
Burial: Waimate Old Cemetery; Plot 236; Religion: Presbyterian
Oamaru - Several sons of Mr Charles Pelvin,
farmer at Redcliff, were working in a gravel pit yesterday when the sides
fell in, covering one of the workers to the waist and entirely burying a
smaller brother,aged 6 years. When the child was uncovered it was found
that he had been suffocated and his life was extinct. 12. IRENE (RENE) PELVIN was b: 04 Aug 1903 in Glenavy,
Waitaki North, Bapt: 10 Jul 1904, Waitaki, Pesbyterian Parish of Waihao and d:
1970 in Otahuhu, Auckland.
12. IRENE (RENE) PELVIN was b: 04 Aug 1903 in Glenavy,
Waitaki North, Bapt: 10 Jul 1904, Waitaki, Pesbyterian Parish of Waihao and d:
1970 in Otahuhu, Auckland.
In 1925 Rene mar:
DAVID HERALD in Oamaru where he was b: in 1895 - he d: Dec 1960 in Otahuhu,
IRENE and DAVID's daughter is:
13. LINDA LILIAN PELVIN b. 10 Dec 1906, Waitaki
North; d. 1972, Christchurch; Baptism: 25 Feb 1931, Waitaki Presbyterian Church,
Linda mar: (1) REGINALD PORTIOUS HAMILTON, 18 Jun 1941, Registrars Office, Christchurch; b. 1906, Southbridge, Canterbury; (this marriage was dissolved 14 Feb 1949 Christchurch)
Linda mar: (2) FREDERICK CHARLES CLARK in 1961; he d. 1966, Deborah, North Otago. Occ: 1941 Farmer Coalgate
14. NORMAN PELVIN was b: 08 Aug 1909 in Glenavy,
Waitaki North, Bapt: 25 Feb 1931, Waitaki Presbyterian Church, Waihao and d: 11
Jun 1985 in Devonport, Auckland.
He mar: RITA THELMA UNSWORTH 06 Feb 1937 in Lower Waitaki. She was b: 15 Oct 1910 in 8 Herbert Street, Wellington, the daughter of HENRY UNSWORTH and MARTHA LARGE and d: 1990 in Devonport, Auckland. Their three children are:
Ngaire mar: (2) GRAHAM LLEWELLYN WATSON