David Norman Wilkinson I (January 1810 - 17 December 1902) of Roseneath, Oriental Bay. From Ayr, Scotland. On 24 December 1842 David advertised that he was opening a Wellington Nursery. David and his wife Elizabeth/Isabella came to New Zealand from London on the ship Olympus arriving in Port Nicholson on 20 April 1841 with their eldest child, daughter Christina, who was 14 months old at the time of arrival. David was listed as being aged 28 at the time of their arrival and Elizabeth was listed as being 23. I believe that Elizabeth may have been Isabella Mary Dunlop Wilkinson (1809 - 1867) buried at Bolton Street Cemetery. This is confirmed by a newspaper report in the Wellington Independent, Volume XIX, Issue 2172, 25 February 1865, Page 3, where a report about an infanticide case refers to Isabella Wilkinson being the wife of David Wilkinson of the Wilkinson Tea Gardens in Oriental Bay. It also explains the use of "Dunlop" in family names. Isabella and Elizabeth were names which were often interchanged.
1. Christina Wilkinson (January 1840 - 1908) married Thomas Higgie Jr on 1 September 1866 by Rev. J.S. Muir. Thomas was from Wanganui. For more details on their family see here.
Of interest, is an unfortunate court case, which Christina brought against her husband and her brother David Norman Wilkinson II as executors of her father's will. Following are reports of the court case:
First, a report published in the Evening Post 16 June 1903 edition:
2. David Norman Wilkinson II (1843 - 12 May 1919) of "Glen-Lea", Grass Street, Oriental Bay. David married Annie Honor O'Meara (1852, Victoria, Australia - 29 May 1926, Wellington, NZ) in 1873. They lived at 13 Grass Street, Oriental Bay. Together they had eight children:
2.1 David Norman Wilkinson III (1874 - 1957) married Constance Amy Timperley nee Latto (1892 - 1960) in 1929. David carried on his father's business in the Nursery at Oriental Bay and although he married late, to widow Constance, they had one child:
2.1.1 Judith Wilkinson (1930+?)
2.2 John Dunlop "Jack" Wilkinson (1877 - 1937) married Ada Mary Moir (1898) (daughter of John Roger Harrison and Martha Ann Moir nee Bryan, who had married in 1894) on 10 October 1921. John worked as a metal worker and is buried at the Karori cemetery. I'm unsure what happened to Ada after John's death, but it's not impossible to consider that she may have remarried, as she was only 39 at the time of his death.
2.3 Jannette/Janet Ellen Maud Wilkinson (1880 - 1969). Janet never married. She lived with her mother until her death, and then continued to live at the house at 13 Grass Street until her own death in 1969.
2.4 William Oswell Wilkinson (1882 - 1968). I was somewhat confused about where this gentleman fit in, but I knew that he was related to David Wilkinson II and shared in his estate (see Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 8, 9 July 1927, Page 16). Thanks to Roger Wilkinson (Wilkinson descendant) I relooked at this whole family and came across the following marriage report which answered my questions and confirmed that William was David's third son - from a report in the Manawatu Standard on 21 April 1909:
"On Thursday last a quiet wedding took place, when the marriage of Miss Eva Bryant, second daughter of the later Mr T. Pascoe Bryant, and Mr William Oswell Wilkinson, third son of Mr D. N. Wilkinson, of Oriental Bay, Wellington, was solemnised at Holy Trinity Church, Ohariu Valley. The Rev. J. Vosper conducted the service. The bride was given away by her cousin, Mr Arthur Stone. The bridesmaids were Misses Babs and Lorna Bryant, sisters of the bride, and Miss May Wilkinson, sister of the bridegroom. Mr Earl Wilkinson acted as best man. "
Finally, I now know that William married Eva Ellen Bryant on 15 April 1909. Together, they had at least two children:
2.4.1 Vyvienne Joyce Wilkinson (1910)
2.4.2 Kenneth William Pascoe Wilkinson (1911)
2.5 Isabella Mary Wilkinson (1884)
2.6 George Earl Wilkinson (23 July 1886 - 9 September 1975) married Elizabeth Anne Morris (daughter of Alexander and Jane Morris) (1884 - 1 January 1958 ) in 1913. George and Elizabeth lived in Mersey Street, Oriental Parade for at least the early part of their marriage - their first daughter Jean was born there:
2.6.1 Jean Honor Wilkinson (11 July 1915, Mersey Street, Island Bay - 2007). Jean married Baker
2.6.3 Earl Gordon Wilkinson (12 February 1920 - 13 September 2012). Earl worked as a bank clerk in Wellington, and later as a bank manager in the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua. I don't believe Earl ever married.
2.6.4 Nancy May Wilkinson (30 March 1921 - 19 August 1986). Nancy married Arthur Hildreth (7 July 1920 - 2001).
2.6.5 James Stewart Wilkinson (27 June 1923 - ?)
2.7 James Gordon Wilkinson (1888 - 21 April 1920). Worked as a clerk and died aged just 32, Gordon is buried at Karori Cemetery. Gordon apparently died of the effects of influenza, which he had suffered badly from the year prior to this death. He worked for Treasury in the City, and had been educated at the Clyde Quay School. He was an amateur runner and boatsman. He never married. At the time of his death, he was listed as being his parents fifth, and youngest son, meaning that the last child listed for his parents, Arthur Wilkinson, must have already died.
2.8 May Olive Annie Wilkinson (1898 - 1985) married Francis Kennedy Gasquoine (1898 - 28 September 1968) in 1921. They had at least:
2.8.1 John Wilkinson Gasquoine (22 May 1929 - 2006)
Following Frank's death in 1968, May appears to have married again late in life, this time to Guy Hanbury Masfen (5 November 1894 - 1996).
2.9 Arthur Eric Wilkinson (1899)
Their mother Annie Honour Wilkinson died in 1926 and The Evening Post reported in its "Women in Print" section on 2 June 1926:
3. Ellen Wilkinson (1846) married William H Hales (1830, New Brunswick, Canada - July 1909, Wanganui, New Zealand) in 1869. Much more about the Hales family here.
4. Isabella Mary Wilkinson (1851 - August 1923). Isabella never married and she is buried at the Bolton Street Cemetery.