Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Deceased Estates: Thames (NZ) 1880-1928/1931-1950

A great new CD from Colonial CD Books, "Deceased Estates Listed under the New Zealand Public Trust 1880-1928/1931-1950." A quick look shows many Thames names.  There are over 2000 images taken from the NZ Gazette and the contents are fully searchable.

Below is an example that shows you the type of information that is available.


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The Thames entry on this page is for JOHN JOHNS, entry No 9, British residence: St Just Penzance, Date of order: Sept 27 1888, value of estate: under 860 Pounds, Deceased date Sept 1 1888.
John JOHNS was buried at Shortland Cemetery, Thames 3 September 1888; native of Cornwall. There is no headstone, the plot number is 1135, he was aged 59 years.

In the 1881 Thames electoral roll there are two JOHN JOHNS, both miners; one living in Pollen Street and the other  at Waiotahi Hill. The reference to St Just is common for many Thamesites in their genealogy. The cornish miners were a nationality that settled in Thames in large numbers during the gold rush. My Pascoe/Williams ancestors were from St Just in Penwith and they were just a few of the names that immigrated to New Zealand from this particular village.

Definetly a resource to add to your lookup list, for ancestors all over New Zealand.

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