Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pascoe Family

While doing some work on the Crozier family (married to Mary Ann Waters) I noticed that someone in the UK had started to do some work on Alice Evelyn Pascoe's family tree, but didn't have all the dates and details, so I thought I'd post on them briefly in case it's of some help to someone.

William Augustus Pascoe was born on 18 December 1871 in Peterborough, Northants, in the United Kingdom. On 21 February 1894 he married Ellen Bevin (born in Kent on 24 July 1873) in Palmerston North, New Zealand.  At the time son Leonard went to war in 1918, the family were living at Totaranui, 19 Fitzroy Street, Palmerston North, which they had bought in 1912.  William worked as a carpenter.  This article talks about what became of their home.

William and Ellen had eleven children - three boys and eight girls - namely:

Frank Augustus Pascoe was born in 1894 and died as a five month old infant on 6 April 1895
Gladys May Pascoe was born in 1895
Leonard Victor Pascoe was born on 23 September 1897
William Pascoe was born in 1898
Evelyn Alice Pascoe was born in 1900
Elma Mary Pascoe was born in 1901
Ivy Pascoe was born in 1903
Eileen Pearl Pascoe was born in 1905
Frances Myrtle Pascoe was born on 21 May 1907
Ellen Winifried Pascoe was born on 30 May 1909
Mavis Leonie Pascoe was born in August 1916 and died as a two months old infant on 23 October 1916

Both infants, Frank and Mavis, are buried together at the Terrace End Cemetery in Palmerston North.

Gladys was the eldest surviving Pascoe child.  In 1922 she married Edward George Turner.  Gladys and Edward lived at 39 Willis Street, Palmerston North.  Gladys spent many years as a widow, as Edward (a truck driver) died aged 55 on 8 November 1945 - he was buried at Kelvin Grove Cemetery.  Gladys died on 21 January 1991 at the age of 95.  Gladys' ashes were interred at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery.  She was a widow at the time of her death and she and her husband are listed as being Anglican.  

Leonard married Constance Helen McSherry (born in 1894) in 1923.  Leonard served in WWI. Leonard died in 1983 and Constance died in 1978.

William Jr appears to have worked as a postal officer in Palmerston North.  This is referred to in the 20 October 1927 account in the Evening Post of a shooting accident concerning William Arthur Foster.  
It is likely that William married Laura Alice Donnelly in 1926.  Laura died on 28 May 2002 at the grand age of 97.  Prior to her death her address was listed as 2 Signal Street, Marton and her occupation was given as housewife.  Her ashes were interred at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery.
William remained in the employ of the NZ Post Office throughout his working career.  He died on 24 November 1980, aged 82 years.  His previous address had been 100 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North.  He is buried at the Kelving Grove Cemetery.

Evelyn's life and marriage is noted in the post about the Crozier family, who she married into.

Elma Mary married Joseph Henry Silson in 1926.  Joseph and Elma lived in Manson Street, Palmerston North.  Joseph was a Lutheran Schoolmaster.  Unfortunately he died at the young age of 29 on 13 January 1933.  He is buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery.  It is unclear what then happened to Elma, but it is likely that she remarried.  

Ivy never married.  She worked as a Registered Nurse, and died on 21 April 1999 aged 95 years.  She was cremated at the Kelvin Grove Crematorium.

I'm unsure whatever became of Eileen Pearl.  I can't find any marriage or any death for her at this point either.  

Frances Myrtle married a Mr Stratton and died in 2001 at the impressive age of 94.

Ellen Winifred married a Mr Bell and died in 2005 at the equally impressive age of 96.

Patriarch, William Augustus Pascoe died on 26 October 1943 aged 73 years.  Matriarch, Ellen Pascoe died on 10 April 1965 aged 91 years.  Both are buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery in Palmerston North.  

Crozier family

Mary Ann Waters was another of John and Eleanor Waters' daughters, and another cousin of Herbert Bertram, Alister's Great Grandfather.  Mary Ann was born on 20 June 1869.  In 1897 she married Charles Edwin Crozier (1871 - 1945) and they appear to have settled in Palmerston North, where they lived at 35 Limbrick Street.  

Charles and Mary Ann had four sons:

Guy Neville Crozier (22 September 1897 - 1983) married Gladys Hansine Eberhard (6 March 1899 - 1981) in 1923.  The couple settled in Palmerston North

Robert Hector Crozier (1900 - 1960) married Evelyn Alice Pascoe (13 February 1900 - 1987, Auckland) in 1925.  Robert and Evelyn had five sons together and farmed in the Kaipara area.  Following Robert's death Evelyn married a Mr McEvoy.

Kenneth Noel Crozier (1906 - 21 May 1967) married Elsinore Martha Crozier (9 June 1911 - 13 January 2001).  Kenneth and Elsinore are buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery in Palmerston North.  Elsinore had worked as a dressmaker.  At the time of his death Kenneth was living at 481 Featherston Street, Palmerston North and his occupation at the time of death was listed as Company Director.

Ronald Charles Crozier (19 April 1910 - 18 March 1988).  He never appears to have married.  Ronald died in Palmerston North at the age of 77.  He was cremated at Kelvin Grove Cemetery.  Prior to his death, Ronald was a Grocer and lived at 26 Matamau Street, Palmerston North.

The children all appear to have attended All Saints School in Palmerston North.  

Charles took an active part in community life.  He is listed as having been part of a jury in Feilding in September 1904, in respect of an alleged arson case and a bigamy case!  
Mary Ann died on 2 August 1940 at the age of 70.  She is buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery with Charles, who died on 6 August 1945 aged 74.  Death records show that the Croziers were Presbyterian.  

The Grierson family

Emily Helen Waters was one of the daughters of John and Eleanor Waters.  She was a cousin, therefore, of Alister's Great Grandfather, Herbert Bertram. Emily was born in 1874.

Emily lived in Lower Hutt and on Tuesday 18 October 1898 she married Archibald Grierson at the Church of St John (C. of E.) in Johnsonville by Rev. J.W. Chapman.  Their wedding was noted in the 20 October 1898 edition of the Evening Post:

At St. John's Church, Johnsonville, on Tuesday, Mr. Archie Grierson was married to Miss Emily H. Waters, fifth daughter of Mr. John Waters, Clerk to the Johnsonville Town Board. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Chapman, in the presence of a large congregation. Mr. C. Bould, acted as best man.. The bride, who was given away by her brother, was robed in cream repp cloth, with silk and chiffon trimmings. The bridesmaids, who were attired in cream, with floral hats, were Miss Ada Waters, Miss Ethel Grierson, and Miss Annie Waters, each of whom wore gold brooches, the gift of the bridegroom. 

Together Emily and Archie had a number of children:

John Percival Grierson was born in 1900.   (died 1957)

Myra Dorothea Grierson was born on 20 March 1902.  Myra married Guy Rolfe Hoggard in 1922.  Guy was a little older than Myra - he had been born on 27 October 1887.    Guy and Myra had at least one daughter - Nancy Myra Hoggard, born 20 October 1923.  I believe Nancy married someone Gabric and died in 2002.  Myra died in 1976, and Guy died in 1983. 

Twins, Beryl Eveline Grierson and Esma Linda Grierson were born on 11 July 1904.  Esma married Eric Lund (11 May 1896 - 1980) in 1926 and died in 1997.

Freda Grierson was born around 1915.

In 1923, Emily and Archie celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary.  

Later, during the late 1920s and 1930s, Archie would become a Lower Hutt Borough Councillor.

Emily lived to a grand old age, dying at the age of 91 in 1966. Archie had predeceased her, dying in 1959 at the age of 85.

Archie's family
Archie, born in 1874, was the eldest son of John Grierson of 51 Britannia Street, Petone.  John Grierson was born in 1839 and died on 24 September 1929.

John Grierson was married to Margaret and they had the following children:

1874 Archibald Grierson married 1898 Emily Waters
1876 Margaret Rankin Grierson married 1904 David Smith
1877 Hannah Grierson died in 1962 unmarried
1878 Ethel Flora Grierson died in 1969 unmarried
1879 Charles Hall Grierson died in 1902 at the young age of 23. 

There is a Margaret Grierson buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery, who died in 1879. I suspect she was John Grierson's wife and Archie's mother.

Other than Archie, Margaret was the only one of the Grierson children to marry and have children.  She and David Smith had the following children:
1904 Ethel Margaret Smith
1905 David Henry Smith
1907 Leslie Peter Smith
1909 Rita Helen Rankin Smith

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Evelyn Bertram nee Bruce 1885 - 1964

Evelyn Susan Bertram was the wife of Rev. Ivo Bertram, Alister's Great Uncle, and was the mother of Rhodes Scholar, James Munro Bertram.

I thought I should try to include something about her family:

Evelyn's parents were George and Wilhelmina Bruce nee Sutherland.  George was born around 1838 and Wilhelmina was born around 1857.  They married in 1878 according to the Hawke's Bay Herald dated 27 April 1878:

BRUCE— SUTHERLAND— At the Manse, Dunedin, on the 11th March, by the Rev. Dr Stuart, George Bruce, Esq., of Napier, Hawke's Bay, to Wilhelmina Sutherland, youngest daughter of the late John Sutherland, Esq., of Mataikuna, Castle Point, Wellington. 

George and Wilhelmina went on to have the following six children:

Rosina Mary "Rose" Bruce in 1879
Jessie Annabell Bruce in 1881
Eveline Susan "Evelyn" Bruce in 1885
Georgina Mina Bruce in 1887
Hector John Gordon Bruce in 1889
Isabel McNair Bruce in 1898

George died on 3 November 1905, aged 67.  On the same day the obituary was published in the Poverty Bay Herald, it was also noted:

The Rev. Mr Bertram, of Devonport, Auckland, formerly minister of the Presbyterian charge at Ormond, is revisiting the district.

The paper then records news of Mr Bruce's death and his life:

With much regret the news will be received of tho death of one of our best known settlers, Mr George Bruce, which occurred at his residence, Yarrowbraes, Ormond, this morning. Mr Bruce, who was born at Campbelltown, Argyllshire, came to New Zealand when a very young man and engaged in shepherding in the South Island for a number of years. He eventually came north and took up land at Waikari, Hawke's Bay, where he resided for a number of years, and was married. 

Over 26 years ago Mr Bruce sold out from Waikari, and came to Poverty Bay, purchasing from Mr Hollier the picturesque property near Ormond where he established his home. The deceased gentleman, who was in every way a sterling settler, was greatly respected by all who knew him. He was closely identified with the establishment of the Presbyterian church at Ormond, and but for his generous and ever ready assistance the charge would not have prospered in the manner it has done. He leaves a widow, five daughters, and one son to mourn his loss, to whom much sincere sympathy will be extended.

Hector Bruce was the only son in a family with five sisters.  He married Winifred Margaret Faithfull in 1920.  He seems to have settled in Kawakawa, and had five children:  Douglas, Gordon, Jessie, Betty and Wilhelmina.  

Rose Bruce, the eldest sister, married Hector Bruce McAra in 1908. Their wedding was recorded in the Poverty Bay Herald on 14 March 1908:

The wedding of Miss Rose M. Bruce, eldest daughter of the late Mr George Bruce, of Yarrow Braes, Ormond, to Mr Hector M. McAra, second son of Mr R. McAra. late of Waitahuna, Otago, which took place at the residence of the bride's mother,  Yarrow Braes, Ormond, yesterday, proved a very pretty function. 

The ceremonv took place on the lawn under the shade of the oldest willow trees in Poverty Bay, and was performed by the bride's brother-in-law, the Rev. J. Bertram, of Devonport. Auckland. The bride, who wore a handsome dress of white silk radium, with satin and ... trimmings, bridal veil and orange wreath, and carried a magnificent showed bouquet,  was given away by Mr J. W. Bright, manager of the N.Z. Loan and Mercantile Agency Company at Gisborne. 

Of the bridesmaids, Miss Jessie Bruce wore a cream voile, with white velvet trimmings; Miss Georgina Bruce cream voile trimmed with satin and lace; Miss Isabel Bruce a white silk, each carrying a beautiful bouquet. The bridegroom was attended by Mr Hector. J. Bruce brother of the bride. After the ceremony, the wedding party sat down to a sumptuous wedding breakfast. The Rev. Mr Bertram, in a few, happy remarks, proposed the health of the newlymarried couple, wishing them every happiness and prosperity in their future career, and was followed by Messrs Walker ancl Bright in the same strain, to which the bridegroom responded in an appropriate manner. 

The toast of the bridesmaids was proposed by Mr McAra, and responded to by Mr Reginald G. Burgess. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a handsome gold bangle, and to each of the bridesmaids a gold brooch, the bride's present to the bridegroom being gold sleeve links. The magnificent display of wedding presents indicated the high esteem and respect in which the happy couple were held. Early in the afternoon Mr and Mrs McAra drove away to their new home at Hawera. The bride's going-away dress was a navy blue costume, with blue hat trimmed with white feathers.
Rose and Hector lived in Gisborne.   They had at least one son, George Hector McAra, named for her father and born on 1 January 1909.  George grew up to marry Bernice and he died on 9 June 1998.  He had one child, a daughter named after his mother and grandmother - Wilhemina Rosina McAra, who was born and died in 1933 and is buried with her parents at Taruheru cemetery.  They may well have had a son, Winton Bruce McAra born 16 August 1935 and died 30 December 2009, buried at Taruheru cemetery also.  

Hector died aged 79 on 19 February 1955 and Rose died on 20 March 1967.  They are both buried at the Taruheru cemetery in Gisborne.  

Jessie Bruce never married and died on 8 August 1970 at the age of 89.  

Georgina Bruce married Reginald Bertram Burgess in 1908.  Reginald had been, it seems, a friend of her brother in law.  This account of their wedding was published in the Poverty Bay Herald on 21 October 1908.

A very pretty wedding of considerable social interest took place at the Presbyterian, Church at Ormond this afternoon: The bridegroom was Mr Reginald Bertram Burgess, of Manchester, England, and the bride Miss Georgina. M. Bruce, fourth daughter of the late Mr George Bruce of "Yarrow Braes," Ormond.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Walker, of Ormond. The church was prettily decorated with flowers and ferns by the girl friends of the bride. The bride, who was given away by Mr J. W. Bright, was attired in a handsome Empire Princess gown of white Oriental satin, festooned with ropes of pearls, and draped with silk Duchesse lace, caught up with orange blossom and white heather. She wore a beautiful hand-embroidered veil and wreath of orange blossoms, and carried a lovely shower bouquet. Miss Isabel Bruce (sister of the bride) and Miss Nan Jeffrey acted as bridesmaids, and wore dresses of white China silk, made Empire style, and trimmed with Valenciennes lace, with bonnets of chiffon, and they carried baskets of flowers.

Mr David Scott, of "The Willows," was best man and Mr Hector Bruce groomsman. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a handsome gold watch bracelet, set with garnets, and to the bridesmaids a gold pendant and a brooch. After the service, the guests drove down to "Yarrow Braes," where a reception was held. Refreshments were served in a marquee on the lawn in front of the house.

The bride's travelling dress was a dark blue tailor made costume with hat of tulle and pink roses. The happy couple leave by the Westralia for Rotorua and Auckland, via the Wanganui river.

Mrs Bruce (mother of the bride) wore a handsome black silk dress with hat to match; Mrs McAra (sister of the bride), brown voile and brown hat; Miss Bruce, princess dress of fine white French lawn, with white hat and cream roses; Mrs J. W. Bright, handsome black silk and hat to match; Mrs McAra (aunt) brown silk voile and brown hat; Miss McAra, dainty white muslin and white hat.

I'm unsure what became of Isabel Bruce.  

Matriarch Wilhelmina Bruce died in 1935 aged 78 years.  

Monday, July 4, 2011

Ivo Edgar Bertram 1871 - 1940

Ivo Edgar Bertram was born on 29 July 1871.  He was the fourth child and second son of James and Christina Bertram and was the elder brother of Alister's great grandfather, Herbert Bertram.  

Following James' death in 1883, times must have been initially difficult.  Presumably Ivo had to leave school.  On 13 July 1887, the Wanganui Chronicle recorded the following, indicating that Ivo spent some time as a woodworking apprentice.  He would have been about 16 years of age at the time:

The takings at the Exhibition yesterday were £35, £10 being taken for reserved seats, and £21 at the door on the evening. Amongst the exhibits' shown at the Exhibition by Mr John Anderson are a side board with glass back, an umbrella and hat hall stand, a duchess toilet table, and a pedestal duchess table, all- of which are beautifully inlaid with fancy woods, and elegantly finished. These exhibits are of especial interest as they are the work of Wanganui youths who are apprenticed to Mr Anderson. The first two article were made by Thomas Wright, the third by Albert Brandon, and the fourth by Ivo Bertram.  The workmanship is extremely creditable to the youths, and also to the establishment from which it was turned out. 

Over time, Ivo must have made a decision to enter the Church.  He received a scholarship from the Presbyterian Church, which was noted by the Wanganui Chronicle on 7 March 1893:

The many friends of Mr Ivo Bertram, of this town, will be pleased to learn that he has been successful in winning a Presbyterian Church scholarship, tenable for three years. Mr Bertram leaves at the end of this month for Dunedin to pursue his studies at the Otago University.

On 4 April 1893, the Wanganui Chronicle recorded:

On Good Friday evening the teachers to St. Paul's Sunday School met and presented Mr Ivo Bertram, with a handsome reference Bible, as a mark of the respect in which he was held by them. Mr Bertram has been connected with the school for many years, and has earned the respect and good will of all with whom he has been associated.

While at University, Ivo was president of the Students' Christian Union.  By 1897, Ivo must have completed his studies at Otago University, in which year he received first class results for his degree in Political Economy.  Later, prior to his ordination, he also spent some time in Poverty Bay.

On 8 February 1901 the Hawera & Normanby Star recorded Ivo's ordination as a Presbyterian Minister: 

The ordination and induction of the Rev. Ivo E. Bertram to the charge of the Presbyterian Church at Hawera took place on Thursday afternoon. Notwithstanding the inclement weather, there was a large gathering in the church, settlers from distant parts of the district being present. At the commencement of the ceremony, Rev. Philip, of Manaia (interim moderator), entered the church and announced that in the absence of Rev. Doull, Presbytery clerk, it devolved upon him to give notice to any that could show cause why the Rev. Ivo Bertram should not be appointed to the charge to come forward and state their objection. He dealt with the tests Mr Bertram had been subjected to by the Presbytery, and the examinations had all been passed with distinction. There being no dissentient to Mr Bertram's appointment, Rev. Philip then withdrew to the vestry, returning with the following members of the Wanganui Presbytery :— Rev. Roes (Turakina), C. Mc Donald (Waverley), Osborne (New Plymouth), Ryburn (Wanganui), and Messrs Newing and Sutherland, elders. The local elders also occupied a seat in front. After prayers, reading a portion of the Scripture, and singing, a sermon was delivered by Mr Philip, the text being taken from Acts 26. At the conclusion of the sermon, the preacher addressed the candidate, and the licentiate was questioned according to the form of the church, and duly ordained by the Rev Philip. The charge to the minister was read by the Rev Osborne, and the charge to the congregation by Rev C. MoDonald, each addressing a few words to the licentiate appropriate to the oooasion. The ordination prayer was then proceeded with, and, after singing and prayer, the Benediction was pronounced. Throughout, the proceedings were solemn and impressive.

Ivo worked in and around Hawera and Normanby in Taranaki for the early part of the 20th century.

In the 10 September 1906 edition of the Wanganui Herald, the marriage of Ivo to Evelyn Bruce was announced.  By this stage, Ivo had been working in Poverty Bay and had obviously met Miss Bruce while there.  Evelyn was some fourteen years younger than Ivo, having been born in 1885.  She was therefore just 21 and he was 35 at the time of their marriage:

The Poverty Bay Herald reports that on Friday afternoon, at Ormond, the Rev. Ivo Bertram, M.A., of Auckland, was married at the Presbyterian Church to Miss Evelyn S. Bruce, third daughter of the late Mr G. Bruce, of Yarrow-braes, Ormond. The Rev. Walker conducted the ceremony. Misses Rose, Jessie, Georgiana and Isabel Bruce, sisters of the bride, and Miss Bertram, sister of the bridegroom, were the bridesmaids. Mr and Mrs Bertram left by the Tarawera for Auckland, on the following morning.

Ivo and Evelyn had two sons, George Bruce Bertram on 11 November 1907 and James Munro Bertram born on 11 August 1910.  I believe the following at two professional photographs taken of the family prior to them travelling overseas - probably taken early in 1911:

Thanks to Sir George Grey Special Collections, 
Auckland Libraries 31-64303

In early 1911, Ivo and his family travelled to Glasgow, so he could complete his studies.  On 22 February 1911 the Hawera & Normanby Star reported:

The Rev. Ivo Bertram, of the Devonport Presbyterian Church. Auckland who is on the eve of his departure for Edinburgh, to pursue a further course of study, was the recipient of a handsome present from the congregation at a farewell social. The present took the form of a cheque for a substantial amount The Rev. Bertram was at one time stationed in Hawera.

After 18 months away, in 1912, Ivo and family returned to New Zealand from Glasgow.  The following article appeared in the Wanganui Chronicle , Issue 12856, 27 August 1912, Page 2:


The Rev. Ivo Bertram, accompanied by Mrs. Bertram, returned to Auckland by the Wellington express on Thursday, after an absence of 18 months. Mr. Bertram, who is well known in Wanganui, was seen by a representative of the "Auckland Star" at the Presbyterian Manse, Devonport, and, in course of conversation, touched upon labour conditions as they appeared to him while in Glasgow, completing his postgraduate course. "I can only claim to have been a looker-on," said Mr. Bertram, "but when I saw the conditions under which the people work, the places where they have to live, and considered the pay they received, I could not help wondering whether modern industrial progress was really worth all the sacrifice it entails upon the workers. Going there as I did from a country where the conditions are so different, and where, with comparatively few exceptions, we are all workers, I may say that my sympathies were with the labouring people, and I was not surprised at the attempts made to better their position. I cannot say that I got into close touch with the workers in Glasgow, and attending the University did not leave me much time to study labour problems, much as I am interested in them, but I heard and read a good deal about the strike in London. Then there were one or two strikes in Glasgow while I was there.  It seems to me that the conditions of the workers at Home are terribly hard, and I do not wonder at the present prevailing feeling of unrest. The reason is not far to seek, for the men's income is so small that it is hard to see how they can make ends meet. The wage of a dock worker is difficult to ascertain definitely, as he has so much broken time, but some of the men on regular wages in other employment get very low pay. For instance, I was informed that some porters on railways only receive 10s. per week, and they have to look for the rest of their remuneration in the way of tips. Other railway men get as low as 17s. to 18s. per week, and a signalman, whose position is a fairly responsible one 3 does not exceed in many instance 27s. 6d. per week. Can you wonder, therefore, that my sympathies are entirely with the workers in their effort to improve their conditions? I was also informed that at the docks some men who do very heavy work are paid 20s. per week, and in the shops a joiner receives about 375. 6d. The ironworkers at the dock get better pay ranging, I was informed, from £2 up to £2 10s. in some instances." "Was there any rioting when the strikes were on in Glasgow?" "Well, there was some fighting around the docks at times. That mostly arose from the shipmasters trying to land perishable goods when the dockers were on strike. This was resented by the men, and then there was trouble. The fact must not be lost sight of that strikes are a very serious kind of protest against bad labour conditions. The women and children have to suffer when the men are out and I know it will take them years to get over the strike which occurred while I was in Glasgow. When the coal strike was on considerable hardship resulted, for it is a far different climate to ours, and that makes a shortage of fuel a serious matter. The trouble with the coal miners, as far as I could ascertain, was that the good seams being worked out, the men could not make the same wages at the pay offered for working the poorer seams. The conditions under which the workers have to live in Glasgow are hard. Most of them can only afford two small rooms in a tenement at the wages they receive, and even then I cannot understand how they manage to keep homes going. They have no idea of homes as we understand them here.  There are practically no yards for the children to play in, and the outlook from the windows of the tenements is not inviting, but for all that the little ones seem happy enough playing in the gutters, although that is not an ideal condition by any means.

"The hours worked by many men are very, long.  They leave home at dark in the winter, and it is dark when they return at night. They get time off for breakfast and dinner, and now have the Saturday afternoon to themselves. In summer the hours of labour are 5 a.m. to 5-30 or 6 p.m., and, as I said before, I am not surprised at even the terrible strike being resorted to in order to try and improve such conditions. A serious point in these labour disputes, as far as I could learn, is the attitude of some of the employers towards what I consider to be the men's reasonable claims. It is so utterly hard, and, generally speaking, there seems to me to be very little spirit of accommodation manifested. I was, however, informed that individual employers are more reasonable in the attitude they take than the big companies, where the managers are themselves employees, and simply carry out orders.

"We had a pleasant trip back," added Mr. Bertram, "travelling across the Continent to Naples, and I am glad to be at home again amongst my people."

Even after he left the South Taranaki area, Ivo still obviously retained links with the area.  The Wanganui Chronicle recorded on 30 January 1914:

The Rev. Ivo Bertram, M.A., Presbyterian Minister at Devonport, and Mrs Bertram, have been on a short holiday visit to Hawera and Waitotara.  They return to Auckland by the Main Trunk to-day.  

By 1923, Ivo had taken up a post at a Church in Sydney, having spent time already in a parish outside of Melbourne.  The Hawera & Normanby Star reports on 9 January 1923:

The Rev. Ivo Bertram, M.A., a graduate of Otago University, who was for some years minister of the Presbyterian Church in Hawera, who was later called to a church near Melbourne, and who, at present is minister of a Sydney church, intends to spend his annual holiday this year in the Dominion, and will during the month of January occupy the pulpit of the new church in Victoria Road, Auckland, which he did so much to bring into existence before he left for Australia.

Ivo carried on his work for many years, embracing new technology and even appearing on 2YA preaching from the pulpit.  He died in 1940 and Evelyn died almost a quarter of a century later on 24 July 1964.  She was cremated and interred at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery in Palmerston North.  On 5 August 1940, the Evening Post published the following obituary for Ivo:

The Rev. Ivo E. Bertram, M.A., a retired Presbyterian minister who gave notable service to his Church in both the North and South Islands, as well as for years in Melbourne and Sydney, died at Auckland on Saturday, aged 69.
Mr. Bertram was born at Wangaehu, near Wanganui, and was educated at Wanganui and later at Otago University. He laboured for many years in Devonport and from 1915 to 1923 in Australia, first in Melbourne and then in Sydney.
Returning to New Zealand in 1924, he became minister of St. Paul's Church, Oamaru, and it was while there that he suffered a serious road accident that undermined his health and led to his resignation in 1928.
His ministry was resumed in Auckland, but illness rendered it imperative for him to retire from active work in 1936.
Mr. Bertram is survived by his wife and two sons, Mr. J. M. Bertram,. Auckland Rhodes Scholar for 1932, who is now in Manila, and Mr. G. B. Bertram, of Auckland.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Madoline Evans' family

Madoline Evans was born to Frank George Evans and his wife Hannah nee Rhodes on 29 June 1883. She was Alister's great grandmother, marrying his great grandfather Herbert Bertram in 1912.  Madoline probably met Herbert as she was a registered nurse and he was a doctor.  

Archdeacon Frank George Evans

Madoline's parents, Frank George Evan and Hannah Rhodes married on 12 April 1882 at Bishop's Court, Parnell, Auckland.  They were married by the Bishop of Auckland, assisted by Rev. B.Y. Ashwell.  

Together, Frank and Hannah had six children:

29 June 1883 Madoline Marie Evans.  In 1912, she married Dr Herbert Bertram.  Madoline died in 1975.
1885 Hilda Beatrice Evans.  Hilda never married and died in 1952 at the age of 67.
1887 Charles George James Granville Evans.  Charles never married and died in 1907 at the age of 20.
1888 Florence Edith Redman Evans m 1914 John McGregor Scott (1885 - 1930).  Florence died in 1966.
1891 Isabel Mabel Rhoda Evans m 1921 Arthur Alexander McKinnon (1862 - 1950).  
1894 Helen Marian Clara Evans died 1895 aged 6 months

Frank was Archdeacon at several churches - at the parish of St George's in Thames from March 1884 to July 1889.  Coincidentally, he succeeded Rev William Calder (who had been there from 1881 to 1884) at this parish - William's grandson Matthew was one day to marry Frank's granddaughter Joan and they were to become Alister's grandparents!  He then retired from that parish to take on the Te Aroha parish, where he stayed for a further seven years.

Hannah Evans died 1894 aged 37.  It seems likely that she died either giving birth to, or soon after the birth of youngest daughter, Helen.  The death was reported in the Auckland Star on 30 July 1894.

Our Te Aroha correspondent telegraphed to-day :—" Quite a gloom is cast over this district by the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs Evans, wife of the Rev. F. G. Evans, of St. Mark's Church. The Revs. T. A. Joughin and Mr W. Elliott, Wesleyan ministers, officiated in St. Mark's Church yesterday, which is quite unique in our ecclesiastical history. The funeral service will be conducted in the church by Archdeacon Willis, of Cambridge, at 2 o'clock to-morrow (Tuesday). Expressions of sympathy are being sent to the bereaved family from all parts of the province."

Baby Helen died early in 1895.

Around 1896, Frank appears to have headed with his family to New Plymouth.  
Frank George Evans married Mary Louisa Govett on 1898.  Their marriage was noted in the Hawera & Normanby Star on 1 November 1898.


(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.) New Plymouth, November 1. At St. Mary's Church this morning, Rev. F. G. Evans, vicar of the parish, was married to Miss Govett, daughter of Archdeacon Govett. The service was fully choral, and the church was beautifully decorated. 

Madoline must have had a good relationship with her stepmother - she is recorded as often returning to New Plymouth to visit her "parents" - not something she would have done had she held any disdain towards her step-mother.  For example the Evening Post records on 8 March 1937:

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Frank's second wife Mary died in 1943.  Frank himself died on 9 November 1947 at the age of 90, and is buried at the Te Henui Cemetery in Taranaki.  His last address has been recorded as 23 Rogan Street, New Plymouth - this is where he and Mary had lived together - a beautiful large, imposing home.  More about Archdeacon Evans to come.

Frank was born in Cheshire West in the sub district of the Chester Cathedral in 1857.  Mary was slightly older, having been born in 1853.  

Joan Katherine Calder nee Bertram

Joan Katherine Bertram was the second eldest daughter of Herbert and Madoline Bertram.  She was Alister's much loved maternal grandmother and was born on 15 October 1914.  Joan married Matthew Calder in 1943.  

The Evening Post copy of 16 February 1943 records:

A wedding unique in the annals of the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty Hunt Club took place at St. Luke's Anglican Church, Rotorua, last week, when Miss Joan Bertram, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bertram, Rotorua, was married to the Rev. Matthew Lewis Calder, second son of the Rev. Jasper Calder M.B.E., and Mrs. Calder, of the Auckland City Mission. 
The bride has been an enthusiastic follower of the hunt and her father has been master of the hunt ever since its inception. In accordance with hunting traditions, she was, therefore, granted the privilege of an official hunt wedding, and the bridegroom, who is a member of the Cambridge Hunt Club, was himself in hunting costume, while a large number of huntsmen in full regalia formed a mounted guard of honour, complete with hounds, as the couple left the church after the ceremony. The bride and bridegroom will make their home in Napier, where Mr. Calder has been appointed to the Napier Cathedral.
Joan and Matthew went on to have three children - two daughters and a son.
Here is a photograph from around 1930, from the New Zealand Museums website showing Joan on a hunt with her father, Herbert leading.

Rotorua Hunt Club - moving north Otonga Road near junction with Devon Street, front left Dr Bertram, front right Thomas Jackson, behind in order Fred Smith (Whip), Mrs Hazel Martin, Miss J Bertram, Mrs R Copeland-Smith, Mrs O'Connell