at the village of Shinfield and had five sons who reached
adulthood. James 1754, Thomas 1769, and William 1772 are the
three we know most about.
sister Sarah Bint, who married Oxfordshire builder's son Henry
Soanes at Paddington, London in 1860, migrated there on the
"Lancashire Witch" with their two children, Henry and John, in 1863
and settled in the St. Albans area of Christchurch.
The Voyage of the Lancashire Witch
I also believe that his daughter, Louisa Jordan (my great aunt
who lived with us for a time) married another brother, John
Soanes, in Christchurch. Am I talking of the same
18th of April 2011
Philip Bint (1812), married a postman's
32 year old widow Elizabeth Lailey in 1839. Elizabeth born in 1807
at the Hampshire village of Monk Sherborne, daughter of Joseph &
Sarah Butler, married John Lailey (Lalley) at St James, Westminster,
Middlesex in May 1829. They had at least 5 children, James (1831),
Jane (1832), Andrew (1833-34), Emma (1834), Harriet (1836) and Ann
Elizabeth (1838), before John's death and her marriage to Philip.
The spelling of
the name 'Lailey' varies in a number of records. I have assumed this
is the correct spelling taking it from Maria's birth certificate and
several other records. Its also a fairly common surname in that part
The 1841 census
for Brookers Hill, near the church at Shinfield, shows Philip's
occupation as "postman" possibly taking over the horse & cart left
by Elizabeth's former husband. Their first child Sarah was born in
1840 and four more were added to the family by 1850. Only three
survived, Sarah (1840), Maria (1847) and their only son Philip
(1850). All three children would eventually migrate to New Zealand,
Sarah Soanes, Maria Meyer and Philip Bint.
Philip Thomas Bint's 1850
birthplace. Sandy Bottom, Sandy Lane in 1995. Wokingham is 1.5
miles to the right. Arborfield a similar distance to the left
The opening of the Great Western railway
from Bristol through Reading to Paddington, West London's main
terminal in 1841, changed his life in
at least two ways. It meant
that the fast growing postal service was gradually taken away from
the horse & cart post delivery men. The trains however, gave
speedier access to the prosperous and fast-growing West London area
with its urgent need for building and laundry workers.
Philip and Elizabeth with their daughter
Sarah (1840) moved to the recently built Kensal New Town in the
Chelsea area of West London during the mid 1840s.They were living at
6 Hollings Cottages, East Row when Maria Bint was born on the 24th
of August 1847. West Row, Middle
Row, East Row and part of Southern Row were laid out between 1841
and 1851 with small two-storey cottages, many with small front
Kensal New Town still had something of a rural character,
with many people keeping pigs and growing vegetables in their
gardens. Pony-trotting and dog stealing were also said to be popular
The area, many of whose inhabitants were
Irish, was dominated by the Western Gas Company and the huge Kensal
Cemetery, both providing work but doing little to improve the
provided the principal source of employment for the inhabitants
giving the area its nickname of ‘Soapsuds Island’. Many of the men
being comfortably supported by the labours of their wives, while
others were employed at the gasworks.
By 1850 Philip
was back in his Berkshire home area. In 1851 he was listed as a farm
worker living 3 or 4 miles away from Shinfield at Sandy Bottom,
Barkham where his only son, Philip Thomas Bint, was bornThe 1900 map above shows Uxbridge Road
north of Starch Green, Shepherds Bush in the Parish of Hammersmith.
The block of streets on the extreme left which included Adelaide
Road, Williams Terrace and Oaklands Grove, was the home of both Bint
families till Philip Bint's death in 1875 and Philip and Charlotte's
voyage to New Zealand in September 1876. The address on Philip
Thomas Bint's 1870 birth certificate was 2 Oaklands Villas, Uxbridge
We have no
indication of how long they stayed in Berkshire but in 1861 the
census records that the family, minus Sarah who had married Henry
Soanes in 1860, were back in West London. Now they were living at
Cornwall Road (Cornwall Terrace today), Notting Hill.
By 1866 they had
moved to Adelaide Road, Shepherds Bush in the parish of Hammersmith.
The 1871 census
shows 59 year old bricklayer's labourer Philip Bint and wife
Elizabeth was still living at Adelaide Road and his 20 year old son
Philip Thomas, with wife Charlotte who was 19, and 11 month old
Philip Thomas jnr, living nearby at Williams Terrace. Philip Thomas's
occupation was listed as "journeyman carpenter" and Charlotte's as
"laundress". He had married 17 year old Charlotte Allman at St
Peter's Church, Shepherds Bush in 1869.
sister of Philip's, Maria Bint, born in 1847, also moved to New Zealand and she
married successful German dairy farmer John M Meyer (born Holstein
1836) in 1877. They had seven children and finally settled at
A Dairy Farmer,
Mr Meyer's property consists of 237 acres of rich land, on which he
conducts dairying. There is a comfortable homestead, built of wood
and iron, containing eight rooms, and there are also outbuildings.
Mr Meyer was born in Holstein, Germany, in 1836, and brought up to
farming pursuits. In 1858 he emigrated to Melbourne, Victoria, where
he found employment. Four years later he came to New Zealand, for
about twenty years was employed in farm work, and subsequently
became the owner of three farms, which he disposed of in 1902. In
the same year he bought his present property, and settled at
In the year
1877 Mr. Meyer married a daughter of the late Mr. Philip Bint, of
Berkshire, England, and has five sons, two daughters, and five
grandchildren. (from an early 20th century profile)
purchases he brought the Dickson's farm when Melville retired. (see
Greetings Tom from Dunedin NZ.
First off as an introduction I’m
Donald Valpy WESTON and associated to your BINT family.
It’s been more than a decade since
I last looked into my ‘Weston’ roots so things are a bit rusty as to
sources but I can tell you that I often visited Murial SOANES in
Forfar St, Christchurch when I was in the area up to just a week or
so before her passing.
Much of what I learned came
probably via her, especially on the Soanes side. She was a wonderful
person to visit and always put on a nice morning tea.
My g-g-grandparents were Johann
Mathias MEYER (1836-1916) & Maria BINT.
Latest I have is they had 8
I come via their daughter Maria
MEYER (1882-1948) who married Thomas Alfred WESTON only son of
Alfred Thomas WESTON & Emily STREETER. They also had four daughters.
Thomas Weston & Maria Meyer had two
of each. Horace, Harold, Emma and Mable.
Harold, my father, married Phyllis
Ann Louise VALPY, her father being Philip Bree VALPY from the
Channel Islands (Jersey) hence my middle name. I was born in 1941.
On the skeleton tree I drew up in
the late 1990’s I see I do have something of the Bint line back to
one Thomas BINT who married a Sarah ? . They had John, Ann,
Hannah,Thomas, Sara and Philip BINT bc.1811.
What is curious and I find no
mention on your excellent presentation is any sign of Elizabeth
BUTTER, daughter of Joseph BUTTER. As I understand it Elizabeth
BUTTER married twice: m1: to ? LAYLEY (LAILEY) and m2: Philip
BINT (b.1811) She married Philip Bint on 15/8/1839, St Peters,
Hammersmith and the Vicar was Mathew Fielder.
It was always something of a joke
in the Weston family these two associations, Butter & Bint! While
there is a lot to plough thru having got on to your site there is a
few other points I have on the subject that may be of interest
although I certainly can’t say they are true or not.
Melville DICKSON came to NZ on the
'CHARLOTTE JANE' 28/8/1860
Ann LAILEY (LAYLEY) arrived on the 'RANDOLF' 16/12/1850
In some data that is out there my
grandfather Thomas Alfred WESTON (married Maria MEYER) is given as
Thomas Alfred WHENAUKURA which is totally wrong.
Whenuakura is a
town/district in Taranaki. (pronounced Fenakura) where apparently
Johann Mathias MEYER started out in NZ.
My NZ Weston family started from
the arrival of Alfred Thomas Weston in 1862 when he married and
settled in or about Tai Tapu on the outskirts of Christchurch for a
time, eventually the family gravitated to Ashburton some 80 miles
south of Christchurch where the family put down permanent roots and
many descendants still live.
Interestingly Alfred Thomas Weston
came from Stanmore/Staines in the UK. Served in both the British
Navy and the Merchant Marine. (Stories exist that he went to sea
against family wishes and eventually jumped ship in Lyttelton NZ,
(Canterbury), went bush for a cooling period and the rest is
There may also be a tie in with the
Dixon and Hill families as I see that Johann Mathias MEYER had
dealings with Melvile Dixon as one of the daughters of Alfred Thomas
Weston & Emily Streeter married into a Hill family!
I’ll leave you with that meantime
and study up your website.
Just one comment: A drawn up family
tree would be very helpful to sort out the twists and turns etc.
Yours etc Donald Valpy Weston
A daughter from
Elizabeth Bint's first marriage, Ann Elizabeth Lailey (Layley)
(1838-1917), was also in New Zealand long before the arrival of
Philip Thomas's family, where she had married Scottish born farmer
Melville Dickson (1832-1922) at Papanui in August 1860 . (see
Charlotte's album) She had arrived
as a single woman at Lyttleton on the Zealandia in November 1859.
Apparently travelling alone, the passenger list recorded her
occupation as 'domestic servant'.
to be from the Pitlochry area of Perthshire. It seems reasonably
certain that he is the 18 year old Moulin born farm-worker recorded
on the Logierait 1851 census.
and parish in north-east of Perthshire. The village stands about a
mile north-east of Pitlochrie, and has a post office under
Pitlochrie, a curious ruined castle of 12th century, Established and
Free churches, and a public school with about 91 scholars. - The
parish contains also Pitlochrie and Kinnaird villages, measures
about 16 miles by 81/2, and comprises 44,640 acres. Real property in
1880-81, £19,378. Pop., quoad civilia, 2066; quoad sacra, 1569. The
south-western section rises from Killiecrankie Pass and Tummel river
to summit of Benvrackie, consists mostly of hills and mountains with
interesting vales or glens, and includes some level arable land in
what is called the How.
section is divided from the south-western by a hill from 3 to 4
miles wide, and consists chiefly of glens and verdant hill-screens
of two head-streams of the river Ardle. Chief seats are Faskally,
Urrard, and Dounavourd; and the chief antiquities are the ruined
castle at Moulin village, Caledonian forts and standing stones, and
vestiges or sites of mediæval chapels. A quoad sacra parochial
church is at Tennandry. There are 3 schools for 497 scholars, and
they include new classrooms for 150. (The Gazetteer of Scotland,
transcript shows Duncan Stewart (38) a farmer of 20 acres at Mains
of Dunfallandy, born at nearby Moulin and living with sister Janet
Stewart (42), mother Isabella McRae (72) and two sons, (both
farm-workers) Melville Dickson (18) and John Stewart (11). The
census does not make it clear who Melville Dickson is the son of and
I have so far had no luck with finding the family on an 1841
In 1861 Duncan
Stewart is listed as a gardener living with his sister Janet and
mother Isabella (McGraw?)
death certificate records 70 years in New Zealand. At this time it
is not known which ship he arrived on. When he retired from farming
in 1892 he sold his 70 acre Dunsandel farm to John M Meyer, the
husband of his wife Ann's half-sister, Maria.
The couple had
eight surviving children. George Robert Dickson (1861-1932),
Melville Stewart Dickson (1861-1933), Alice Dickson (1863-1938),
Charles William Dickson (1864-1951), Clara Dickson (1867-1951),
Elizabeth Annie (Lizzie) Dickson (1870-1945), John James Dickson
(1870-1947), Maria Dickson (1873-1931)
recently made contact and kindly supplied the family photos and most
of this information.
Warwick Hill, is the great great grandson of Elizabeth Layley, who
as a widow married Philip Bint. (All the family references here -
marriage and birth certificates of her daughter - spell it that
way, but in parish records spelt in very many different ways.)
In the last
couple of days I have been following up on her daughter, Ann
Elizabeth Layley who married Melville Dickson in NZ in 1860. She
migrated to NZ in 1859 on the Zealandia. In your "Charlotte's Album"
section I was delighted to find a photo of Anne and Melville in
Rangiora, where they are both buried. I have portraits of both of
them which correlate closely to the two people standing on the
verandah, but had no photo of their home. Family lineage is -
Warwick Hill 1946 - Ronald Stewart Hill 1904 - Alice Dickson 1863 -
Anne Elizabeth Layley 1836 - Elizabeth and John Layley..
grandmother, Alice Dickson (1863-1938) married Philip John Hill
(1859-1945) at St Mathews Courtenay (Kirwee) in April 1884.
Aged only 20 when
she married, Alice is reputed to have been a very sweet-natured
person, much loved by all. There are many tales of how she would
share what little she had with her neighbours. Her nieces and
nephews enjoyed many holidays in her home, "doing nothing but a bit
of shooting" and having a lot of fun. Some of the boys were real
Alice had all her
children at home.
birth to her 14 children, she would chew a hole in the corner of a
pillow case rather than scream. Her mid-wife was Aunt Jennie, her
sister -in-law, who was not above giving the children a good
round-up if they needed it. It seems that the family was
surprisingly close-knit, considering the distances that they had to
travel to keep up with each other. John's sister, Marion, was the
god-mother for their first son, Alf.
The children all
went to Selwyn School, which Alice herself had attended. The 14
children all stayed at school until they were between 12 and 15, and
then left to work at home. Olive went and lived at Westenra's for a
while as a companion to their daughter.
Alice died at
Dunsandel on 16 September 1937 aged 76. She was making John a cup of
tea when she took off her glasses, said, "I won't be needing these
again" and collapsed. She is buried in Dunsandel Cemetery.
The death occurred at her home
at Dunsandel recently of Mrs P.J.Hill, in her 76th year. Mrs Hill
was born in Christchurch, and educated at the Selwyn School. She was
the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs M.S. Dickson. Mr Dickson arrived
in New Zealand from Scotland, in one of the First Four Ships, the
Charlotte Jane (sic) , and he was married to Miss A.E. Layley after
her arrival from England two years later in the Zealandia.
Mrs Hill is survived by her husband, three daughters and seven sons,
39 grandchildren and three great-grand-children. The daughters are
Mrs S.L.Ashbolt (Christchurch), Mrs A. Wilson (Ellesmere), and Mrs
T.R.Greer (Ashburton), and the sons are Messrs Alfred, Leicester and
Kenneth Hill (Dunsandel), Laurence Hill (Ashburton), B. Hill
(Templeton), Frank and Ronald Hill (Christchurch). Four sons
predeceased Mrs Hill.
Pall-bearers at the funeral were Messrs V. Ashbolt. S.Hill, A.Hill
and R.Wilson (grandsons), and T. Greer and A. Wilson (sons-in-law).
(The reference to Melville's arrival on the "Charlotte Jane"
we believe is erroneous - we know he was still in Scotland in 1851.
And the "Zealandia" brought Ann Elizabeth Layley to Lyttleton in
Melville Dickson by Kathy Hill 6th
Perthshire, Scotland – 1922, Christchurch, New ZealandMelville
DICKSON born sometime in 1833 (or 1834) in Logierait, Perthshire,
Scotland, was a mystery man. None of the family legends refer to his
birth or background, and no official record of his birth or baptism
has been found yet.
On 6 June, 1841
the first modern UK census took place. Each householder was required
to complete a census schedule giving the address of the household,
the names, ages, sexes, occupations and places of birth of each
individual living at the address. This is a great help in tracing
people – as long as the enumerators included them in the
survey.Duncan STEWART, Melville’s probable father, was living at
Cragganown, Out Housen, Fortingall, Perthshire and was an
agricultural labourer. Eight-year-old Melville Dickson and his
mother were not listed in the census anywhere in the UK. So where
were they? How did they get overlooked?The next census was taken on
30 March 1851. This time, Heads of households had to state their
relationship to everyone in the household, their marital status and
an 18 year-old farm servant, was living on a 20- acre farm, Mains of
Dunfallandy, with Duncan Stewart, a 38 year-old farmer. Duncan
Stewart was named as the Head of the household. The other people
present on census night were Janet Stewart, aged 42, sister; Isabel
McRAE , 72, farmer’s mother; and John Stewart, 11, son, farm
servant. Melville is listed as a son of the Head of the house.So how
come Melville’s name is Dickson, not Stewart? On his death
certificate his mother’s surname is listed as Dickson, and so is his
father’s, but no Christian names are given. Is he really the
illegitimate son of Duncan Stewart and a Miss Dickson? If so, Duncan
would have been only 20 when he and Miss Dickson were sowing their
wild oats. Illegitimate children usually took their mother’s name
and were brought up by them. So why is Melville with Duncan Stewart
in 1841? Had Miss Dickson died before 1841, so that Duncan had to
look after his son, or was Melville a very handy, youthful source of
labour for a small farm?Right now, we don’t have the answers to any
of these questions.Mains of Dunfallandy, the farm the family owned,
was 4km north-west of Logierait and 1.5km south of Pitlochry. It was
shown on an 1869 map as a farmstead with one unroofed building and
one roofed building, both attached to an enclosure. It probably
provided a scant living for the five people living there in 1851.
By 7 April, 1861,
when the next census was taken, life appeared to be even more
difficult for the family. Isabel McRAW , aged 82, a former farmer’s
wife was the Head of the house at 4 Dunfallandy. Duncan Stewart was
a gardener, and Janet Stewart was the Housekeeper. There was no
mention of the farm and both the sons, John and Melville had moved
on.A John Stewart, a 22-year-old glass stainer and painter born in
Perth, was living in London. He may be the missing son. Melville had
migrated to New Zealand and was living in Christchurch.
have not been helpful in tracing Melville’s journey to New Zealand.
One source incorrectly stated that he travelled on the Charlotte
Jane, which arrived in Lyttelton in 1850. The informant for
Melville’s death certificate claimed he had been in New Zealand for
70 years when he died in 1922. This would have meant an arrival date
of 1852.An obituary was more accurate. "Mr Melville Dickson, whose
death took place on Sunday at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr W
MAYNARD, Salisbury Street, at the advanced age of 89, ranked amongst
the early colonists, having arrived in Lyttelton about the year
Dickson arrived in Launceston from Glasgow on 21 July, 1857, aboard
the Forest Monarch. The passenger list notes that he was a
24-year-old Presbyterian farm servant who could read and write. The
Saint Andrews Immigration Society sponsored the journey. Some
records say there were 262 migrants on board the Forest Monarch,
while others state there were 144. The trip must have been
relatively smooth, because 144 people signed a testimonial to the
captain and crew. "Our voyage has been, by the blessing of God,
unusually prosperous, the general health being excellent throughout,
and not a single death having occurred on board."
There is as yet
no trace of Melville’s journey to New Zealand but Melville’s
obituary claims, "Very soon after his arrival he purchased 100 acres
of land in the vicinity of what is now St Albans, where he settled
down with his wife, who came out to be married to him in the year
1860."His wife, Anne Elizabeth LAYLEY, arrived in Lyttelton on board
the Zealandia on 30 July, 1859 just two years after Melville’s
arrival in Tasmania. She was born in Shinfield, Berkshire on 9
October, 1836, and was still living there on census night in 1851.
There is no evidence to suggest that she had met Melville before
leaving England to come to New Zealand, but it is a nice romantic
theory. It is much more likely that she met her Scot in
Christchurch.In 1860, Melville Dickson appears on the Jury List as a
labourer of Scotstoun, Papanui, and on a list of all people liable
to serve as Militiamen. He is described as a farmer of Papanui.
Roll for the election of the Canterbury Provincial Superintendent
shows Melville having the right to vote twice. He was the freeholder
of Rural Section 223 in Papanui and leased Rural Section 12223 in
Upper Selwyn. We don’t have any details of Rural Section 223
yet.Melville and Anne Layley were married in St Paul’s Papanui by
Archdeacon Matthias, on 28 August, 1860. Melville’s occupation is
given as farmer, and the witnesses were Wm THOMSON, Scott’s Toun
Gentleman, Charlotte SPARKS and R WYLDE-BROW.William Thomson was a
Scots-born politician who bought a 50-acre section in Papanui that
he called Scotstown. Scotston Street, St Albans runs through the
land he owned. He was a shareholder in the Canterbury Standard, a
Christchurch newspaper that was published from June 1854 until 1866
by Joseph BRITTAN, and was also a Canterbury Provincial Councillor
from 1855 till 1861.
was an important man in the district who could summon up support
among the locals for his causes. Melville is listed as one of those
who signed the requisition to Joseph Brittan to stand for
Christchurch Country, as a representative in the House of
Representatives, in April 1860. Young Melville knew some of the
movers and shakers in Canterbury, possibly because he worked for
them, or farmed alongside them.
A family story
refers to Melville training to be a doctor in Christchurch at one
point, but nothing has been found to back this up.
There is no
confirmation of the size of Melville’s land in Papanui yet, but his
obituary claims, "About the year 1866 he sold the property and
purchased between 300 and 400 acres at Riccarton which he farmed for
four years and then sold out. He next acquired 177 acres at
Dunsandel, which he farmed for thirty years."Again there has been no
evidence found for his land purchase in Riccarton, but at least two
of his children were born in St Albans between 1860 and 1865, and
one was born in Riccarton in 1867. The next children were born in
Dunsandel in 1870 and 1873, which confirms the family’s movements as
listed in the obituary.
On 17 July, 1871 Melville Dickson,
farmer, and William ROLLESTON, Superintendent of the Canterbury
Provincial Council signed a lease agreement for "100 acres, part of
Reserve #916 Rakaia District commencing at the North East corner of
said reserve and following Westerly along the road forming the
Northern boundary, 25 chains and extending Southerly 40 chains in a
rectangular block west of and adjoining RS 12522".
The lease term
was for 14 years and five months from 1 July 1871.
The payment for
the first seven years and five months was £7/10/- and for the
remaining seven years was £12/10/-. This was payable half yearly in
advance on the first day of May and November.
undertook to lay down at least 75 acres of the grant in "good and
permanent English grass". He was not to take more than two grain
crops off the land within any five consecutive years, and
immediately after the second crop had to sow more "good English
At the end of the
lease he had to hand back the land "with all buildings, fences,
gates, ditches and fixtures in and upon the said devised premises in
good and tenantable repair and condition of the land in a state of
good husbandlike order and condition free from Scotch thistles and
other noxious weeds." He was not
permitted to sub-let.
purchased 70 acres of land in Dunsandel, but there are no details of
Directories of 1878 and 1879 Melville is listed at both Papanui and
Selwyn. This implies he had still not sold the land in Papanui,
though living in Dunsandel.
People in the
Dunsandel district remembered the Dicksons as a lovely, refined
people. Their children Alice, Charles and Jack (John) started the
first band in Dunsandel. Alice played the piano and the boys played
the concertina. Two sons, Charles and Melville were both first day
pupils at Selwyn School, 9 October, 1871.
on the 100 acres in Selwyn expired in 1885 and life in Dunsandel
ended for Melville and Anne Dickson when they sold their freehold
property March 1892.PROPERTY SALES - "on account of Mr Melville
Dickson, 70 acres at Dunsandel, a compact little farm, to Mr J. M.
MEYER. " Anne’s stepsister, Maria BINT had married Johann Mathier
Meyer in New Zealand in 1877.From Dunsandel, Melville and Anne moved
to Southbrook, and then to Kaiapoi and finally Rangiora. In the 1911
Electoral Roll, Melville is listed as a farmer living at 19 Edward
There has been a
story that Melville had a second name "Stewart" but the evidence
found suggests this is not correct. His signature on the lease
papers for the land in Selwyn has no "S" in addition to his
Christian name, and on his marriage and death certificates he is
named as only Melville.
Anne died in
Rangiora in 1917, and was buried in the East Belt Cemetery,
Rangiora. Her tombstone is an open book with the simple inscription
A.E. Dickson, and a second page left blank - ready no doubt for
After Anne died,
Melville went to live with his daughter, Lizzie Maynard, in
Christchurch - until his death from chronic bronchitis and heart
failure in 1922.
"Death: On July
16th 1922 at the residence of his son-in-law Mr W E Maynard, 197
Salisbury Street, City, Melville, beloved husband of the late Ann
Elizabeth Dickson, late of Dunsandel in his 89th year. No mourning,
no flowers by request."
says, "Mr Dickson was of a kindly and generous disposition, and
during his long residence in Dunsandel district was always amongst
the first to render practical sympathy to those in difficulty or
He leaves a
family of four sons and four daughters. His sons are Mr Melville
Dickson, who has been in the North Island for many years; Mr C.W.
Dickson, Waikakahi, Mr George Dickson, Ayers Street, Rangiora, and
Mr John Dickson of Pareora; and daughters Mrs J HILL, Dunsandel, Mrs
J HARWOOD, Coalgate, Mrs W Maynard and Mrs S.A. WEBER, Rangiora."
to have left no will. Archives New Zealand holds no record of
probate or letters of administration being granted. Perhaps he had
given away all his possessions before he died.
It is not clear
where Melville is buried. Family stories stated that he was buried
in Papanui, but this is not so. A Burial Locator places him in
Christchurch, but the Christchurch City Council has no record
confirming this. His death notice gives no details of his funeral.
His death certificate states that he is buried in Rangiora, but
there is no official record of him being buried there. There is no
inscription for him on the blank side of his wife’s tombstone. Quite
sad, really.It would be good to be able to prove that he lies with
Just as he
presented a mystery at the beginning of his life, he has left a
mystery at its conclusion.
DICKSON 3 FEB 1861 - 1933
DICKSON b Christchurch 19 MAR 1862 – 1862
Alice DICKSON b
Christchurch 19 APR 1863 d 1938
DICKSON b St Albans 4 AUG 1864 d 1951
DICKSON b St Albans 1865 d 1832
Clara DICKSON b
Riccarton 28 AUG 1867 d 1951
DICKSON b 1869 d 1747
(Lizzie) DICKSON b Dunsandel 22 AUG 1870 d 1940
Maria DICKSON b
Dunsandel 30 MAY 1873 d 1931
Kathy Hill 6 July
|Jane Bint and Richard Wallburton
Lewis Brown, a descendant of Richard and Jane Wallburton, has
supplied most of our information about this branch of our family.
Jane Bint is one of Philip's children of whose origins we know least
about. She appears to have been born around 1850 but is not recorded
with the his family on any census form 1851-1871. Searches of both
the IGI and BMD indexes reveal nothing. Two Jane Bints born in the
early 1850s are from unrelated families. Quoting Lewis - 'The most
reliable age for Jane that I think I have at present is the one from
the emigration record. It seems for me that age would be asked for,
and given, the ship departed in August and arrived in December 1879,
it suggests that she must have been born in 1850. But if that is
accurate, then it also suggests she might have been a twin of Philip
Thomas unless he was born very early in the year, and her very late.
The other possibility is that the age on the death record of 44 is
more accurate (reported by Richard), which could take her birth year
back as far as 1847.'
On both her
marriage record and the death certificate her father is named as
Philip Bint. In addition, the fact that their named contact on the
Lady Jocelyn's register is Sarah (Bint) Soanes' family at St.
Albans, would be a very clear indication that they were related. She
is also included on early family records originating from George
Bint's daughter, Myrtle Porter (born 1906), and passed to me in 1999
by her daughter Irene Hannam. Unfortunately Jane's age is not
recorded on those pages.
is that Jane was an illegitimate daughter of Philip and her birth
recorded under her mother's name. This may account for the 1891
death record apparently showing her mother's name as Emily.
Jane married Somerset gardener, Richard
Wallbutton at Highbridge in Somerset on 15th of March 1876. He was
the son of carpenter Charles Wallbutton (1817) who lived at North
Curry in Somerset. Her residence at that time was recorded as
Highbridge and Richard had been living at Newport in South Wales.
local historians his family of carpenters had originated in the
North Perrott (Crewkerne) area of Somerset and moved to North Curry
in the late 1700s.
It appears to be
at that time Richard's surname first began to be spelt as
Wallburton. Whether this was a spelling error by a cleric, or a
deliberate act, we may never know, but that was his surname recorded
at their marriage and on the ship's passenger list.
In 1879 the
couple migrated to New Zealand on the 'Lady Jocelyn' with their two
children Frederick (aged 3) and Richard (Robert) (3 months). Their
contact in Christchurch was named as Jane's brother-in-law, Henry
Soanes, a bricklayer from Knightstown (St. Albans).
see Soanes family
From the Lady Jocelyn's passenger list
Knightstown was the district now known
generally as Edgeware in Christchurch. It was believed to have been
named after a local landowner, Henry Knight, who had lived in the
area from 1855. The name fell into disuse with the formation of the
Borough of St Albans in 1881.
settled at St Albans and in 1880 were living at Crescent Road,
Stanmore. Richard was employed as a gardener. This was the same
street where Jane's brother, carpenter Philip Bint and his family,
had their home. When Philip Bint's family moved away to Taranaki in
1890, Richard and Jane Wallburton were living at Caledonian Road,
The couple had
five children, Frederick George (1876), Richard (Robert) (1879),
Philip Charles (1881), Annie Elizabeth (1883) and James (1885-1890)
The loss of five
year old James in 1890 and the death of Jane, who was only in her
early forties in September 1891, seems to have initiated a downhill
spiral for her family. The widower Richard Wallburton, seems to have
taken solace in the bottle and from 1893 appeared in the courts and
sent to jail multiple times for mostly petty crimes relating to
drunkenness, dishonesty and theft. He ended up in hospital after
attempting suicide in December 1918. There is no indication how
long he remained there but we do know that the last years of his
life were spent in Sunnyside Mental Hospital where he died in
October 1935. Senile decay was cited as one of the conditions he had
at death. Richard, a gardener, became an alcoholic and a petty thief
in later years, and was jailed several times, including for one
period of 6 months. His convictions including stealing fruit, a hen
and a wheelbarrow, using obscene language in public, and punching a
Chinese laundryman in the nose. Lewis
When Richard Wallburton was sent to
prison in 1893 his youngest surviving son, 12 year old Philip, was
found wandering the streets and sent to Burnham Industrial School,
the equivalent of Borstal, until he was 15. Fortunately the school
system there did claim to separate the delinquent children from
those who were neglected.
INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL was situated near the Burnham railway station,
eighteen miles from Christchurch. The 1000 acre farm attached to the
school, of which between 300 and 400 acres were sown in oats and
wheat, or the growing of vegetables. All the work on the farm was
done by the older boys, about a dozen being employed under the
supervision of two farm hands. The boys were instructed in all
branches of farm work. Stock was also kept there with some of the
lads becoming expert dairymen. The garden, the poultry farm, the
laundry, workshop, fire brigade, band, and other aids to industry
and recreation were all conducted on the most approved principles,
with a view to the well-being of the pupils. The boys were
encouraged to learn useful trades, such as carpentry, tailoring,
shoemaking, and cooking, and given every facility in that
connection. A small weekly payment was made to those who displayed
special diligence and aptitude. A smart cadet corps, attached to the
school, was drilled by a qualified instructor. The discipline of a
military system was maintained at Burnham, and the bugle-call, which
sounded the boys to meals, to bed, and so on, was obeyed with
alacrity. Representatives of the various religious denominations
frequently visited the school. (from a 1903 description)
Wallburton served in South Africa during the 2nd Boer War
returning home in 1902 as a lance corporal. On Army records he had
named his next of kin as his brother Frederick. The St Albans 1905
electoral roll shows the 24 year old living at 209 Colombo Street
and employed as a brick-layer. In 1907 he married 26 year old Maude
Compton. The couple had two children, Robert (Bob) Wallburton (1908)
and Noel Lester Wallburton (1909). He fought in the Boer War; was
a bricklayer by trade; lived in Christchurch; son Bob lived in St
Kilda, Dunedin, and in earlier years worked at the Aulesbrook & Co
biscuit company, where his uncle also worked. Lewis
What was happening to Phil's older
brother Frederick George Wallburton (1876) at this time is
not at present known. His early education must have been to a
reasonable standard as the electoral roll records him as a clerk at
Lyttelton in 1900. By 1905 he had moved to North Wellington where
his occupation was ' commercial agent'. He married Victoria Olive
Smith there in April 1909. From 1911 he was employed as a manager.
The couple had two children, Ngaere Dawn Wallburton (1912) and Wayne
Richard Wallburton (1917). Frederick Wallburton joined the
Aulesbrook & Co biscuit company as a boy. In later life he was
involved in the Canterbury Rugby Union and then the New Zealand
Rugby Union management committee in 1906. He moved to Wellington
from Christchurch in 1905 and remained there until his death. Lewis
(Robert) Wallburton (1879)
Friday 12 December 1902 "YOUNG MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF. While taking an
early walk in Alexandra avenue yesterday morning, a workman named
James Murphy found the body of a young man lying close to the
rockery. The body was cold and a dark patch of blood on the right
temple showed where he had shot himself. Close beside him lay a
five-chambered revolver, two barrels of which had been recently
discharged. Although it had been raining during the night the
clothes of the deceased man were dry, and the tragedy probably
occurred in the early hours of the morning. Constable Miller, who
was on duty, was called to the spot, and with the assistance of some
civilians, placed the body in a cab, and had it taken to the City
Morgue. It was identified by Mrs. John Phillips as that of Robert
Walburton, a butcher, who arrived in Melbourne from New Zealand
about three weeks ago, and was lodging at her house for a time. From
it was learned that Walburton obtained employment with a butcher
named Owen Mills at Kensington, a few days ago, but disappeared on
Thursday last. He presented himself at his former lodgings on
Sunday, and appeared to be recovering from a carouse. He agreed to
go back to his work, but again disappeared and visited Mrs Phillips
on Wednesday. He told her that he had lost all his money, and was
going to the Theatre Royal to drown his sorrows. When the body was
taken to the morgue the sum of 7 shillings was found in the pockets.
An inquest will be held to-day.
Elizabeth Wallburton (1883) was only 8 years old when her mother
died so someone must have looked after her. In 1906 she married
builder Neil McGillivray (1879-1960). The couple had three
children, Gerald Murray McGillivray (1911), Karl Neil McGillivray
(1914) and John Robert (Jack) McGillivray (1921). Annie Wallburton
married Neil McGIllivray and raised three children in Christchurch,
spending many of their years in New Brighton. Neil McGillivray and
son Murray were builders.
See Wallburton Family Tree
I stumbled across your
Bint family tree on the internet. It was very interesting to read
about my Grandfather (Noel Lester Wallburton). He was a very proud
upright military man whom I know very little about despite the fact
that he was around when we were kids. I did know his father was a
bricklayer, who among other things laid the brick walls around Mona
Vale in Christchurch. I did meet this gentleman when I was quite
young. I seem to remember him in a home in Ashburton. I was given
his pocket watch when he died.
I will pass your link on to my sister, I know she will be very
Thank you for the info.
My thanks to Lewis Brown
for allowing me to copy his extensive research. TB
|The Allman and Edwards Families
Allman was born at Hammersmith in 1852, the daughter of dairyman
Richard Allman (1828) who was from Wraysbury in Buckinghamshire and
Suffolk born Eliza Edwards (1829).
Allman was born at Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire (now in Berkshire)
around 1831, just across the River Thames from Windsor. His father
was labourer George Allman and his mother Ann was from nearby
Thorpe, near Egham in Surrey.
Eliza Edwards from Wrentham, Suffolk at Kensington, West London on
September 29th 1851.They had at least five children Charlotte Allman
(1852), William (1855), Eliza [Jane] (1858), Robert (1865) and
Alfred (1868). The first three were born at Hammersmith, and the
others at Shepherds Bush.
Eliza was the
daughter of Sampson Edwards who was baptised at Halesworth, Suffolk
on the 25th October 1802. He was the son of Sampson and Mary. (no
birth dates available) Sampson married Hannah Ashford from
Frostenden Suffolk at Frostenden in Oct 1827.
baptised Wrentham 6th of October 1828
baptised 23rd May 1830 at Wrentham.
1831 baptised at Wrentham on 26th of November 1831.
1841 Marylebone, Middlesex
Hannah died sometime between 1851 - 1856 and he re-married at
Kensington in the December Qtr of 1857. She was Elizabeth Winslade
from Richmond in Surrey and born October 2nd 1822. Elizabeth was 20
years younger than Sampson. They had one child Jane born at Notting
Hill, London in 1858.
occupation in 1851, was 'carman' ( a sort of horse-drawn taxi
driver), in 1861 horse-keeper, and from 1871 a self employed laundry
man. The 1881 census records him as employing 13 women in his
laundry at Acton Green, Middlesex. Sampson died in January 1891.
brothers, Robert Allman (1865) and Alfred Allman (1868) remained in
the London area. Robert married Florence Annie Younger (1864) from
Boston, Lincolnshire at Fulham, West London in 1893. The couple had
a shoe repair and sales business in High Street, Chiswick. They had
Motor and cycle
engineer Alfred married Paddington born Florence Annie Dover (1867),
at Fulham in 1893. They appear to have been childless but had a
niece, Daisy Dover (1897), living with them.
researcher John Dover has pointed me to an interesting relative of
Charlotte's brother Alfred Allman with an early connection to
Taranaki, New Zealand. A man who we believe was Alf's father-in-law,
Philip Dover's older brother, Edmund Dover (1834), was listed as a
cabinet maker when living with his widowed upholsterer father at
Finsbury in 1851.
He joined the
70th Regiment (Surrey Rifles) who arrived in New Zealand from India
in 1863 and first saw action against the Maoris at Katikara River in
The regiment went
on to serve at Koheroa, Cameron Town and Orakau before returning to
Taranaki with General Duncan Cameron in 1865. The 70th returned to
England in 1866, after 17 years' service in India and New Zealand.
Dover was not with them. He had stayed on the North Island and taken
up the offer of land grants offered to former soldiers at Taranaki.
In 1868 he married Devon born widow Elizabeth Pote (nee Radford)
born 1821, who is believed to have arrived in New Zealand on board
The Blenheim from Plymouth, Devon in 1842 possibly using the name
If our sources are correct Elizabeth was 49
years old when she gave birth to their only son Philip Edmund Dover
at New Plymouth in 1869. Edmund was listed as a general dealer in
1870 and a hotel keeper at the Red House Hotel, Devon Street, in
1873. He was only 40 when he died there in 1875
19 year old Philip and 17
year old Charlotte's 1869 marriage at St Peter's, Shepherds Bush.
Both were listed as 'minors'.
Philip Thomas Bint was a 26 year
old carpenter, when he and his pregnant wife Charlotte 23, sons
Philip 6, George 4, and James 2, left London for New Zealand on
September 9th,1876,with a Government assisted passage.
At the time of Philip's family's arrival the
Soanes family were already well established in Christchurch's
building industry and it was to one of their houses at St Albans
that he and Charlotte first moved. They were later to live further
south at Dunsandel where, according to Irene Hannam's family
recollections, Charlotte went back to laundry work. One of Philip's
grand-daughters Jean Sutton, recalled that for a number of years
Charlotte worked at a boys school. Dunnsandel was where Philip's
half-sister, Ann Elizabeth Layley, and her husband Melville Dickson
had settled after their marriage at Papanui in 1860. She had arrived
on the Zealandia in 1859.
Lester Bint was
born in August 1887 and the family were again living at St Albans
(Crescent Road). He was baptised at St Matthew's Church with his 2
year old sister Bertha on the 6th of November that year.
went back to her laundry work. It is said, after each confinement,
Charlotte had a board placed across her bed so she could carry on
with the starching and ironing of lace etc.
"One of George
Bint’s grandchildren (sorry can’t remember who) gave us the
following. Philip and Charlotte Bint lived in Christchurch where
they operated a laundry. George Bint delivered the starched fronts
and stiff collars to the owners. He also served an apprenticeship to
the boot trade." Ron & Rae Bint
Philip Bint and
Charlotte were to have ten children. The one not alive when the
family photo was taken was Charles Henry Bint who was born in 1884
but only lived for seven years.
given the group photo (shown at the top of this page) several years ago I was told that according to
some family recollections it was taken at the time of Philip's
funeral and that his image was superimposed. The photo below of a
younger Philip and Charlotte from Stephanie Santaana's collection
appears to confirm that.
All the family
agree that Charlotte was used to hard work. In 1871 at 19 years old,
when she and Philip with 11 months old Philip Thomas were living at
Grove just off the busy Uxbridge Road at Shepherds Bush,
she described her occupation as 'laundress'. At that time her
in-laws Philip Bint aged 59, and Elizabeth 61, lived just around the
corner in Williams Terrace. Only half a mile away her grandfather
Sampson Edwards had a laundry business and he may possibly have
From her parents
she would also have had a fair knowledge of the dairy business.
Their plans to
migrate to New Zealand where Philip's elder sister Sarah, with her
husband Henry Soanes had lived since sailing on the "Lancashire
Witch" in 1863, did not turn to reality until after their father
Philip's death in 1875.
sister Elisa Allman (1859-1951) was another family member in New
Zealand who had also married into the Soanes family.Charlotte's
sister, Elisa Allman (1859-1951), also went to New Zealand and
married Philip's nephew, Henry Albert Soanes, at Christchurch in
1880. (see ARTHUR SOANES & 1880s TARATA) They had three sons, Arthur
Soanes (1881), Bertie (1883) and Frank (1886).
also an expert seamstress and made suits for all her sons until they
turned 21. She was a local midwife when they moved to Tarata around
flooded streams with 50lbs of stores on her back and sewed up a gash
in a labourer's leg with needle and cotton. Their Tarata property
was named "Avondale Farm".
She died in New
Plymouth on the 19th of February 1938.
(centre) as a worker with the Hygienic Laundry (Does anyone know its
One of George Bint’s grandchildren (sorry
can’t remember who) gave us the following.
Philip and Charlotte Bint lived in Christchurch where they operated
a laundry. George Bint delivered the starched fronts and stiff
collars to the owners. He also served an apprenticeship to the boot
The Bint family took up 453 acres on Kohete Road, Taranaki in 1890.
They arrived in New Plymouth by boat with vats for cheese making,
cheese press, a separator called Alexandra, a churn, Swiss-made side
saddle, stumping jacks and furniture. They moved to Ingelwood by
train then carted by Joe George’s wagon to Kaimata past five houses
and over three rivers which fortunately had bridges.
The house consisted of four
rooms of adzed weatherboard, lined with scrim and newspaper. A
shingle roof, iron chimney with bars across to hang the camp oven
and big boilers for vegetables.
Ron & Rae Bint
From "Brave Days - Pioneer Women of New Zealand" published in 1939
Philip Bint and two of his
sons producing building planks at their saw-pit near Tarata
I hope my New Zealand
friends will forgive me adding this, but its useful to me, and maybe
to others, as I find the Maori place-names sometimes difficult to
remember. It is a small section of a North Island map sent to me ten
years ago by the late Irene Hannam to which she had added notes and
markers showing the earlier movements of some of the Bint and
Rawlinson families. The scale is approximately 40 km across a grid
Many thanks to Stephanie
for the photographs