Genies' Jottings

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Deaths, In Memoriam, Obituaries 

From: From the Southern Cross

This magazine is recorded on microfilm and can be accessed at the Auckland City Library.

ATKINS - - At his residence, Parnell, near Auckland, on Wednesday, the 25th instant, after ten days’ suffering from acute dysentery, Thomas Ringrose Atkins, Esquire, JP, Inspector of the Armed Police, in the 39th year of his age.

Captain Atkins’ career was passed in the service of the Emperor of Austria and of the Queen of Portugal, and by both of these Sovereigns his services were rewarded with honors. He arrived in this colony in the year 1843 and during the panic occasioned at Auckland by the sacking of Kororarika in the year 1845, upon the raising of a Volunteer Rifle Company, he was unanimously chosen captain, and upon the enrolment of the Auckland Battallion of the New Zealand Militia, a captain’s commission was conferred upon him, and the command of one of the companies raised for active [service] was given to him at the commencement of the campaign which ended in the fall of Ruapekapeka; he was placed in command of the volunteers who accompanied that expedition, and throughout that arduous and trying service, his coolness and gallantry, and the energy with which he carried out the operations entrusted to him, gained for him the marked thanks of His Excellency the Governor-in-Chief, of Colonel Despard, C.B., commanding the forces, and of Captain Graham, C.B., the senior naval officer in command, and was the theme of general admiration in the camp. Upon the formation of the Armed Police Force, Captain Atkyns (sic) was appointed Inspector at Auckland and held that appointment until his death; and to his exertions solely is to be attributed the state of efficiency and high discipline to which that force has been brought.

His remains were interred in St Paul’s burial ground on the 26th instant, with Masonic honors, all the Brother Masons in Auckland being present. The Armed Police Force attended the ceremony, and furnished the carrying party. The Pall was borne by Major Grey, Brigade Major Greenwood, the Colonial Treasurer, the Sheriff and Drs Thompson and Bannatyne of the 58th Regt., supported by four Master Masons.

The Chief Mourners were followed by His Excellency the Governor-in-chief, the Colonial Secretary, the Civil Secretary, the Private Secretaries to His Excellency the Governor-in-chief and His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Major General Dean Pitt, K.H., Lieut Colonel Wynyard, C.B., Lieut Colonel Bolton, R.E., and the Military and Civil Officers of the Garrison, by the Civil Officers of the Government and by a large concourse of the Principal Inhabitants of the town and district. – Captain Atkyns married Susanna Augusta, third daughter of the late Colonel Greene, of Kilmanahan Castle, in the County of Tipperary and has left his widow with four young children to lament his loss. [SX 28 April 1849]

BLOOMFIELD - At Grove Cottage, Waimate, the residence of Mr G Clarke, after a long and painful Affliction, Rebecca, third d/o the late Rev E Bloomfield, aged 44 yrs. The deceased – whose retired and unassuming habits rendered the circle of her acquaintances comparatively small – was greatly esteemed by those who did know her and her amiable character and Christian virtues will long be remembered by her bereaved relations. Her loss is deeply felt by the circle of her friends – but while they mourn, they also rejoice, knowing that their loss is her eternal gain. Her remains were interred at Waimate burying ground. [SX 16 July 1850]

BOLTON - At Wahapu on 24th May 1852, five days after her confinement of a stillborn child, Elizabeth Jane, the beloved wife of Colour Sergeant William Bolton, 58th Regt, aged 18 yrs. [SX 28 May 1852]

BOYLAN - On the 2nd inst, Maria Louisa, infant daughter of Mr & Mrs Boylan. Residence Queen street. [SX 3 Feb 1852]

BRIDGEHAM - At Chester Square, London, on 16th August 1851, James Bridgeham Esq, of The Grove, in the Island of Jersey, in the 86th year of his age. The deceased gentleman was for many years Brigade Major of the Yeomanry of the Co. Sligo. His remains were removed for interment to the family vault at St Heliers. [SX 30 March 1852]

CLARKE - On Wednesday the 20th inst., Agnes Thompson, youngest daughter of Mr Archibald Clarke of Shortland-street, aged 10 months. [SX 22 March 1850]

CLIFTON - At Auckland on the 26th inst., Sergeant Major William Clifton, 58th Regt. Sgt Major Clifton had been upwards of 12 years in the Regiment and served at Ruapekapeka and in the campaign in the north of New Zealand with credit to himself. His death is deeply lamented by the officers and the whole of his Regiment. [SX 28 May 1852]

COMMONS - At her residence, Chapel-street, on Saturday 22nd inst., after a short illness of three weeks, Mary Speirs, wife of Mr John Commons, aged 24 yrs. [SX 25 May 1852]

CONRY - - At his residence, lower Queen-street, Auckland, on Monday the 15th inst, Thomas Edward Conry Esq, solicitor, in his 39th year. Roman Catholic cemetery. [SX 16 April 1850]

CONWAY - On the 16th inst. at his residence, West Queen-street, Mr John Conway, publican. [SX 17 Sept 1852]

DERROM - Mr Richard DERROM, Barrack-master, after four days illness, on Wednesday 3rd January 1844, aged 56 yrs, being 40 yrs in the service of his country. [SX 6 Jan 1844]

DINGWALL - On Wednesday, 21st July 1852, John Dingwall, eldest son of Alexander Dingwall, West Queen-street. [SX 23 July 1852]

FORBES - Died, at Onehunga on the 7th inst., Mr Robert Forbes, aged 45 yrs, son of the late Baillie Forbes, of Inverury, Aberdeenshire. [SX 14 Apr 1849]

GARDINER - At Taranaki on 26th November 1850, Agnes the wife of Robert Bar Gardiner. [SX 17 Dec 1850]

GORRIE - On Thursday 21st inst, of water in the chest, Margaret Johnston, fourth d/o William Gorrie of Shortland-street, aged 6 yrs. [SX 23 Sept 1848]

GRAHAM - On the 23rd instant, at his residence, Glenburn, near Auckland, Mr Thomas Graham, in the 57th year of his age. The late Mr Graham was an Australasian – not merely a New Zealand – Colonist; - having been among the foremost of that mighty stream of emigration which raised Van Diemen’s Land from a penal settlement of New South Wales to the condition of a great and energetic Colony. Shortly afterwards, in consequence of a wider field, Mr Graham was induced to repair to Sydney where, for several years, he filled the office of Superintendent, and was instrumental in the embellishment of the magnificent Government Gardens situated in Farm Cove. For many of the later years of his life, Mr Graham had been a resident in Auckland, having been, as we are informed, located on the island of Waiheki prior to the Treaty of Waitangi, and the acknowledgement of New Zealand as a British Colony. [SX 27 July 1852]

GRAHAME - At the Glebe, Sydney, on 31st October 1852 (much and deservedly esteemed by his friends and acquaintances), John Grahame Esq, aged 35 yrs. [SX 12 Nov 1852]

HAY - On Monday the 18th inst, after a short but painful illness, in the 30th year of his age, Lt A M’Leod Hay of the 58th Regt, eldest s/o the late Col. Hay, Westerton, Morayshire. NB: This officer served with his Regiment during the operations in the North and South of NZ and died universally lamented by his brother officers. [SX 23 Sept 1848]

INCHES - At Remuera, during the night of Saturday, Mr James Nairne Inches, an old resident, both of this Colony, New South Wales & Van Diemens Land. Mr Inches was of a highly respectable family in Perthshire, whence he emigrated about eight and twenty years since. He was present at the regatta on Thursday and returned home complaining of a pain in the bowels, which we have been told terminated in inflammation. From what we have heard we fear the unfortunate gentleman’s decease was precipitated through the absence of medical attendance. At all events, we regret to say, he died in a state of extreme destitution. [SX 3 Feb 1852]

- From the Southern Cross, Friday 13 February 1852

- TO CORRESPONDENTS:- We beg to decline all controversial correspondence relative to the late Mr Inches. When we penned our obituary notice of the unfortunate gentleman, - general report and particular information acquainted us that "he died in a state of extreme destitution". Mr Edward Parker of Remuera denies the accuracy of our statement and sent us a letter to that effect. That letter we paused to insert, until, as we publicly intimated, we had had "an opportunity of testing the accuracy of the information on which we first relied." This would not suit the impatience of Mr Parker to belaud himself in print; and in the interim, whilst we were making those enquiries, which fully substantiate the correctness of our first statement, Mr Parker’s letter has been published by our contemporary. We refer those who take any interest in the matter to Mr Parker’s own epistle, as the best evidence of the accuracy of our passing notice.

INCHES - On the 22nd November 1851, at the Royal Crescent, Glasgow, Charles Inches, M.D., Surgeon, R.N., aged 58, much respected as an officer and a gentleman, both in and out of the service, and will be sincerely regretted by a large circle of attached friends and sorrowing relatives. Hampshire Telegraph

- [The late Dr Charles Inches was as generally known as he was deservedly esteemed in the Australian Colonies, with which he was long and intimately connected; not6 merely from having made many voyages as Surgeon Superintendent of convict ships, but in consequence of his having for several years satisfactorily filled the office of Australian Emigration Agent, in Scotland Yard, Whitehall. Dr Inches three times experienced shipwreck – First, in the Cambrian, frigate, Captain Hamilton, immediately subsequent to the battle of Navarino. Next, on the east coast of Van Diemen’s Land, in the Leith Australian Company’s ship, Portland. And again in the Medora, from Sydney to London on the shoals off the entrance to Babia. By the failure of the Bank of Australia, the savings of the best fifteen years of Dr Inches’ professional life were entirely swept away; and in 1844, his last visit in charge of convicts to Tasmania, by the ship London, was paid, in the sanguine but unavailing hope that something for his children might be saved from that gigantic bankruptcy. Dr Inches received several subsequent appointments from the Admiralty but these, [due to] declining health compelled him successively to relinquish. There are few who have possessed a warmer heart or a kindlier spirit than the late justly regretted Dr Charles Inches.- Ed., S.C.] [SX15 June 1852]

KITCHEN - At Melbourne, Mr John Kitchen, who fell down dead, about the middle of August.

The deceased Mr Kitchen was for a considerable time in the United Service Gazette employment but came out to Sydney in the year 1841, and successively held various situations as short-hand reporter to the local press, as also that of Printer to the Government of New South Wales. Mr Kitchen was for some time in connection with the Auckland press, as editor of the Auckland Chronicle : he afterwards visited Hobart Town and Melbourne, places in which his talents as a short-hand reporter secured to him the support of the public press. [SX 28 Sept 1852]

LAYE - - At sea on board the Vimeira on 25th April 1852, aged 15 months, Rose, the infant daughter of Capt Laye, 58th Regt. [SX 12 Nov 1852]

LORRIGAN - In consequence of a fall from his horse, on Tuesday 27th inst., in the 62nd year of his age, Mr Daniel Lorrigan of Auckland and late of Ballyslough, Co. Limerick. [SX 31 Dec 1852]

LUNDON - On 10th May 1852, John, eldest son of Mr David Lundon, aged 12 yrs. [SX 11 May 1852]

MAIBEN - The friends of the late Dr Maiben are respectfully requested to attend his funeral from his residence in Queen-street to the place of interment this afternoon at half past 3 o’clock. [SX 16 March 1852]

MATSON - At Brookside on Saturday morning, Isabel, daughter of Major Matson, aged 4 mths. [SX 27 Nov 1849]

MATSON - At Brookside on Sunday last, after a painful illness, Isabella, the beloved wife of Major Matson and only d/o Baron de Thierry, aged 22 yrs, most severely lamented. [SX 19 March 1850]

McDONALD - On the 23rd inst., at his residence in Fore-street, universally respected, Mr William McDonald, fourth s/o the late Capt Alex McDonald of Moy, Invernesshire, aged 45 yrs. [SX 24 July 1849]

McLENNAN - At Russell on 27th October 1844, Mr Ewen McLennan, much and justly regretted – Mr McLennan was one of the first and most successful settlers both at Auckland and Russell. [SX 9 Nov 1844]

M’VAY - At his residence, Freeman’s Bay, on Wednesday 1st December 1852, Mr John M’Vay, aged 39 yrs. [SX 8 Dec 1852]

NATHAN - On Saturday last, the infant d/o Mr David Nathan of Shortland Crescent. [SX 31 Aug 1844]

PANTON - On Wednesday evening the 13th inst, after a long and painful illness, Agnes Hayes, second d/o Rev George A Panton, Presbyterian Church, Auckland. [SX 15 Feb 1850]

PANTON - At 25 Archibald Place, Edinburgh, on 31st May 1852, Benjamin Wright, aged 6 months, youngest son of Rev G A Panton. [SX 7 Dec 1852]

PATTERSON - On 14th September 1852, at the residence of her second son, John Hunter Patterson Esq, Victoria, aged 79 yrs, Katharine, widow of the late Myles Patterson Esq, of Hunterston, River Shannon, Van Diemens Land, and maternal aunt of Mr David Burn of this city. [SX 12 Nov 1852]

PEACOCK - In Princes-street, on the 16th inst., of the croup, Ellen Louisa, youngest daughter of Mr E A Peacock, aged 2 yrs. [SX 18 July 1851]

PURCHAS - On Wednesday, 18th September 1850, at The Parsonage, Onehunga, Mary Anne, youngest child of Rev A G Purchas, aged 4 ½ months. [SX 20 Sept 1850]

ROBERTON - At her residence, Durham-lane, Mary Gordon, relict of the late Mr Roberton, farmer, of Friers, near Kelso, Scotland, aged 77 yrs. Interred Presbyterian burying ground. [SX 22 March 1850]

SEAL - - On Tuesday, 2nd inst., at his residence Macquarie-street, Hobart-town, Charles Seal Esq, aged 51 yrs. [SX 14 Dec 1852]

SHARP - At Mechanic’s Bay on the 2nd inst, Mr Archibald Sharp, ship-builder, aged 43 yrs. [SX 3 Feb 1849]

SINCLAIR - Died very suddenly, at his residence, Lower Queen-street, on Monday the 23rd inst., Dudley Sinclair Esq, eldest son of Sir George Sinclair, Baronet. –The deceased was one of the first band of enterprising and respectable settlers who emigrated to this colony under the auspices of the New Zealand Company. At the formation of Auckland, Mr Sinclair however abandoned Port Nicholson and took up his residence in this place, with the rise and progress of which he was intimately connected. Independent of his very extensive speculations in land, Mr Sinclair was also engaged for the last two years in mercantile transactions. We believe his main object in coming to this colony was to make an effort to redeem his patrimonial estates from liabilities incurred by his grandfather, the late celebrated Sir John Sinclair, who from a patriotic desire to diffuse general and useful knowledge among his countrymen expended vast sums of money in the publication of various works on statistics and agriculture. From the accurate and business habits of Mr Dudley Sinclair, there is little doubt, had his life been prolonged, but he would have accomplished the praiseworthy object he had in view. His sudden and lamented death has cast a general gloom over this settlement, where the place which he occupied will not easily be filled up. Mr Sinclair had much of the peculiar talents of his grandfather and had he been brought up to official business, he would unquestionably have attained distinction. His premature death must be a sad blow to his very numerous and highly respectable relations and connexions. His remains were on Wednesday last attended to the Church of England burying ground by all the respectable inhabitants of the settlement. [SX 28 Sept 1844] [In handwriting at the bottom of the page ‘Cut his throat with a razor’]

STOKES - At Wellington on Sunday 1st August 1852, at Te Aro, after a protracted illness, Margaret the beloved wife of Robert Stokes Esq. [SX 7 Sept 1852]

THOMPSON - Died at his residence, near Wexford, on the 7th of October last, Lieutenant Colonel Thompson, formerly of the 27th Regiment, after a long illness, borne with the most exemplary patience and resignation. Lieutenant Colonel Thompson commenced his military career in 1794 in the Donegal Militia, from which he was soon after appointed to the Derry regiment, raised by the loyal citizens of Londonderry at the commence-ment of the war with France and commanded by Colonel Napier, father of the Historian. On this regiment being drafted into the 43rd Light Infantry, he was gazetted to that most distinguished corps, the 27th, or Enniskillen regiment of foot, and proceeded with it immediately afterwards to the West Indies. Served with the force there under Sir Ralph Abercromby at the capture of St Lucia, and was present as Lieutenant of the Grenadier Company at the storming of Morne Fortunce?, where bother the other Officers of the Company were killed. He was present at the capture of Grenada, and the various engagements with the Maroons. In the expedition to Holland under the Duke of York in 1799, he was in the actions of the 27th of August, 10th and 19th of September and 2nd and 6th of October. Served in the expedition to Quiberon Bay, the attack on Ferrolo under Sir James Poulteney in 1800, and the expedition to Vigo; at the Egyptian campaign of 1804; afterwards at Naples, Sicily and Calabria; commanded the Grenadier Company of the 27th at the battle of Maida in 1806; was present at the capture of Ischia and Procida in 1809; at the campaign on the Eastern coast of Spain, under Sir John Murray, including the taking of Alcoy, battles of Biar and Castella, and the siege of Tarragona and finally at the capture of Paris by the Allied Army in 1815. –His Commissions bore date: Lieutenant 27th Regiment, September 1795; Captain, May 1800; Major, February 1808; Lieutenant Colonel, June 1814. He closed his distinguished service in 1825 and after suffering many years from a succession of paralytic attacks, died beloved and respected by all who knew him. [SX 14 April 1849]

TUCKER - Died at Woodland Villa, on Monday, the 26th instant, Henry TUCKER, Esq, R.N, in his fifty-seventh year. The late Mr Tucker entered the Naval service at an early age, his first ship being the old war-going Calliope. In 1825 he obtained his promotion; and, previous to the formation of a settlement at Auckland, he was wrecked in H M ship Buffalo of which vessel he was purser. Upon the arrival of Governor Hobson, Mr Tucker was requested to remain in the colony and to undertake the office of Colonial Storekeeper. To this he consented, occupying that position for several years. In 1846 Mr Tucker returned to England, where he was shortly afterwards appointed Paymaster and Purser of HM steam-sloop Acheron – a post which ill health compelled him to relinquish about twelve months since. Mr Tucker’s constitution which had been greatly impaired by long West India service, now rapidly gave way, and for the last three or four months his sufferings (borne with much fortitude and resignation) were of a very painful description. All hope of recovery had long been abandoned, and on Monday night nature sunk under the unequal contest. Having been so recently on active service, the funeral, which took place on Wednesday, presented somewhat of a martial character, the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, and surmounted with the hat and sword of the deceased, being carried to the grave by a party of Blue Jackets landed for that purpose by Captain Oliver. Capt Rough, executor, followed, with the deceased’s youngest son, as chief mourner; Dr Sinclair, Messrs W S Grahame, Connell, Fairburn, Outhwaite & Burn, as pall-bearers. Then came a party of seamen and marines, followed by the officers of H M Ship Fly, the Governor, Lieut-Colonel Wynyard, C.B., Captain Timbrell, and a long and highly respectable train of civilians; amongst whom were Mr Dudor and Mr Oliver, two of the deceased’s shipmates in the Buffalo. The late Mr Tucker may, without the smallest approach to monument or eulogy, be affirmed to have been a worthy, upright man. Sailors are accurate judges of character, and the soubriquet – "Honest" Ben Tucker" – which, according to Captain Edward Stanley was the appellation given him by his messmates, proved the high estimation in which he was held. [SX 30 Aug 1850]

VARNER - On Monday 22nd inst., after a few days illness, Mr Thoms Varner, aged 27 yrs. [SX 23 April 1850]

VERNON - At Manukau, on the 4th inst., William Gordon Vernon, aged 28 yrs, s/o the late Capt William Vernon, Ayrshire, Scotland. [SX 7 June 1850]

WALLACE - At the Tamaki, on the 16th inst., Robert, fourth s/o Mr Archibald Wallace, blacksmith, of the same place. [SX 19 May 1849]

WHITE - On Wednesday 3rd November 1852, after a short illness, Eliza Leigh, third d/o Mr Francis White, aged 15 yrs. Residence, West Queen-street. [SX 2 Nov 1852]

- At the Glebe, Sydney, on 31st October 1852 (much and deservedly esteemed by his friends and acquaintances), John Grahame Esq, aged 35 yrs. [SX 12 Nov 1852]


Every care possible has been taken with these records but, as usual, remember to check original sources of **everything** for yourself.

Transcribed: January, 2001 by Jackie Walles, New Zealand


March, 2001