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1 DETAILS ON DEATH CERTIFICATE
When and where died: 15 May 1891 - Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
1. Cause of Death - Morbis cordis - senile decay
2. Duration of last illness - not stated
3. Medical attendant by whom certified: Dr McIntosh
4. When he last saw deceased: 12 May 1891

Name and surname of father: Richard Strong, Captain, Royal Navy
Name and maiden surname of mother: Emma Strong, formerly Worthy

Where born: Exeter, England

How long in New Zealand: 49 years

Where married: Portsmouth, England

At what age married: 20 years

To whom married: William Robert Lumsden

Issue Living: (indecipherable)

Informant: A H Moore, son-in-law. Present at Death  
Strong Emma Catherine
2 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Empson Margery Grace
3 John Strong's occupation as shown on the Marriage Certificate of Emma Catherine and William Alfred Lumsden as "Royal Navy" Strong Richard
4 Known as Aunt Nell Lumsden Ellen
5 Occupation shown on the Marriage Certificate of William Alfred and Emma Catherine Strong was Yeoman
 
Lumsden Joseph
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CABINETMAKER 
EMPSON JOHN EDWIN
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DEATH: AGED 54 YRS
MEMORIAL ERECTED BY R ATKINSON 
EMPSON SARAH ANN
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ENGINE FITTER ,RAILWAYS
TWO MARRIAGES:1864 TO ANN JOHNSON.
:1901 ANNIE BAXTER .
ANNIE BAXTER BORN 1843 DIED 1903
JOHN PROBABLY CAME TO AUSTRALIA BEFORE 18 63 ,THEN TO N.Z. AROUND 1874.
BENDIGO AND BALLERAT AUSTRALIA ,MINING. 
EMPSON JOHN EDWIN
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18 years at marriage 
Lye John Ambrose
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1876 March Thomas Overton 54 Sculcoates 9d 119 
Empson Thomas Overton
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Also EMPSON, Mary Ann buried 29 Oct 1875 Next of Kin John Edwin Empson, husband ,
occupation Cabinet Maker of Tuam Street. She was aged 56 
Craik Mary Ann
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Arrived on the Claude Hamilton 1865 from Australia

RANGEMAKER IRONFOUNDER,Engineer
marriage Witnesses to his and Sarah's marriage John and Emma Empson
DEATH: AGED 78 YRS FROM HEART DISEASE AND SYNCOPE, DR GS CLAYTON DEC 31 1910
FATHER Joseph
MOTHER Elizabeth Pickles
4 Children
MARRIED THREE TIMES
1. FRANCES B CROSS (JB) VICTORIA 1855
2. ANNE EMPSON BALLARAT AUSTRALIA 1858
3. TERESA JARVIS CH-CH NZ 1901
DEATH REG NU 507/1911 CH-CH BURIED 9 JANUARY 1911 REV JL MORTIMER 45 YEARS IN NEW ZEALAND m ust have arrived in 1865/66
Arrived on the Claude Hamilton
Copy of marriage certificate - 2564 V73C on 3 Feb 1855 at St Andrews Scots Schurch, Sydney, P resbyterian, Thomas ATKINSON Bachelor Age Not listed Parish Sydney to Frances Barratt CROSS S pinster Age Not Listed Parish Sydney, Minister John Dougall witnessess William BRAMMER, Alic e Maria BARR, Parish St Andrews Scots Church, Sydney county Cumberland comments Married in th e Church by Licence.

Info for Frances Barrett CROSS

Australia Death Register for White Hills, Victoria entry 51 Thirteenth January 1857 at 7th Wh ite Hill, Frances Barrett Atkinson Female aged 29, of Phlegmaxia Dolens for 14 days Last Dr W illiam Parr Hill on Thirteenth January 1857 Father Charles CROSS Bootmaker, mother Elizabet h CROSS, Informant ?Alice Maria Barr Friend and resident in the same house, 7th White Hill, D eputy registrar WIlliam Parr Hill Thirteenth January 1857 Hamlet of White Hills Buried Fourte enth January 1857 White Hills Cemetry Undertaker Broadbent and Hill, No Minister, witnessed b y Garret Brennan Sexton, born Buckingham, in Aus Four years New S Wales, Victoria married S t Andrews Scotch Church Sydney at 27 to Thomas Atkinson Living issue Elizabeth Frances Atkins on at 14 days.

Info for Elizabeth Frances Atkinson ::

Australia Birth Certificate Copy of entry - Birth in the District of White Hills, 166 - Twent y Ninth December 1856 Hamlet of White Hill, Elizabeth Frances Atkinson Not Present, Female, f ather Thomas Atkinson Engineer at 24 of Bradford, Yorkshire married Third February 1855 St An drews, Sydney, issue the present infant, Mother Frances Barrett Atkinson formerley Cross age d at 29 of Buckinghamshire, Informant Alice Maria Barr Friend and Resident in the same hous e 7th White Hill, Accoucher - William Parr Hill (registrar) Nurse by whom certified Mrs Shiel ds Nurse registered thirteenth January 1857 at Hamlet of White Hills by William Parr Hill (Re gistrar).

NZ Death Certificate Elizabeth Frances EMPSON, nee ATKINSON died 24 February 1897 at Christch urch Hospital of Sarcoma of ovaries, Ascites, Name of Dr W Fox seen 24 Feb 1897 Female age 40 yrs, not recorded date of birth, Born Victoria in NZ 28 yrs usual address Not Recorded date o f Burial 28 February 1897 Christchurch Cemetry, no children listed, Mothers surname Atkinso n occupation Rangemaker father Thomas Atkinson, Married aged 20 in Christchurch to Arthur Ove rton EMPSON age not recorded.
Thomas ATKINSON married Thirza JARVIS nee Swannick
Marriage Record Thomas ATKINSON m Thirza JARVIS 1894 #3717 Marriage certificate 1894 In the h ouse of Mr John Haigh, Ferry Road. Linwood, Christchurch, on November 24th 1894,Groom Thoma s ATKINSON aged 63 Rangemaker widower on June 16th 1894 born Yorkshire England, resident usua l and Present Christchurch, father Joseph ATKINSON, Blacksmith mother Elizabeth ATKINSON ne e PICKLES Bride Thirs(z)a JARVIS,aged 57 Housek__r, widow on Feb 23rd 1889, born Lincolnshire , England Residence usual and Present Christchurch, Fathers names Ridge ?Swannick. mother Tab itha ?Swannick nee Bachelor witnesses William Cox, Sydenham, Joiner and Emma Haigh, Linwood . Minister John ORCHARD
Note maiden name will probably be Swannick Or you can decipher something from it when I sen d it
Marriages in the district of Married 10th June 1858 Christs Church Ballarat Thomas Atkinson W idower 14 Jan 1857 born Bradford Yorkshire, Engineer aged 25 Residence Ballarat father Josep h Atkinson Blacksmith, mother Elizabeth Pickles Sarah Ann Empson Spinster born Hull Yorkshir e aged 17 residence Ballarat Father John Edwin Empson Cabinet Maker mother Mary Ann Craig
I Sarah Ann Empson declare I am a Member of the Church of England Married in the church by li cence. The marriage was solemnised between Thomas Atkinson and Sarah Ann Empson in the presen ce of John Empson and Emma Empson according to the rites of the Church of England By John Pot ter
Marriages in the district of Christchurch no 88 1894 in the House of Mr John Haigh, Ferry Roa d, linwood, Christchurch, November 24th 1894 Thomas Atkinson aged 63 Rangemaker Widower on Ju ne 16th 1894 Residence Christchurch Born Yorkshire, England Fathers name Joseph Atkinson Blac ksmith Mother Elizabeth Atkinson nee Pickles, Thirsa Jarvis aged 51 Housekeeper widow on Fe b 23rd 1889 born Lincolnshire England residence Christchurch father Ridge Swannack Shoemaker , mother Tabitha Swannack nee Bachelor Signed Thomas Atkinson and Thirza Jarvis witnesses Wil liam cox of Sydenham, Joiner and Emma Haigh, Linwood minister John Orchards

1893 Electoral Roll Christchurch Richard Francis, St Asaph St, ironmoulder, resident
1894 Electoral Roll Christchurch Richard Francis, St Asaph Street, ironmoulder, resident
1899 Electoral roll Christchurch Richard Francis, Lichfield St Fire Brigade Station, ironmoul der, resident
1902 Electoral Roll Christchurch Richard Francis, Lichfield St Fire Brigade Station, ironmoul der,
1908 Electoral Roll Christchurch Richard Francis, Chester St Fire Brigade Station, range make r
1911 Electoral Roll Christchurch East Supplementary Richard Francis, King George Hotel, range maker
For Thomas::
Electoral Roll 1872/73 Selwyn, 16 Atkinson Thomas, Killinchy Household Rural Section 8086 Kil linchy
Electoral Roll 1873/74 Selwyn, 20 Atkinson Thomas, Killinchy, Household Rural section 8288 Ki llinchy
Electoral Roll 1874/75 Selwyn, 16 Atkinson Thomas, Killinchy Household Rural Section 8086 Kil linchy
Electoral Roll 1875/76 Selwyn, 20 Atkinson Thomas, Killinchy, Household Rural section 8288 Ki llinch
Electoral Roll 1880/81 Christchurch 164 Atkinson Thomas residential Tuam St rangemaker
Electoral Roll 1882/4 Christchurch SouthThomas Freeholder Phillipstown ironfounder Town secti on 1018
Electoral Roll 1887 Christchurch South Thomas Freeholder Phillipstown ironfounder Town sectio n 1018
Electoral Roll 1893 Christchurch Thomas, Tuam Street, ironfounder residential also Annie Colo mbo St
Electoral Roll 1894 Christchruch Thomas, Tuam Street ironfounder residential also Annie Colom bo St
1894/5 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson Thomas, rangemaker, 83 Colombo St, ChCh
1898/9 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson Thomas, rangemaker, 83 Colombo St, ChCh
1899 Christchurch Electoral Roll Atkinson, Thomas ironfounder Tuam Street.residential also Th irza
1902 Electoral Roll Christchurch City Thomas Tuam Street Ironfounder also Thirza
1902 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson Thos, rangemaker & c, 216 Tuam St, ChCh
1904 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson Thos, rangemaker & c, 216 Tuam St, ChCh; & Herald St, Wel lington
1906 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson & son (Thos), ironfounders & rangemakers 82 High St, ChCh
1906 Wises Directory of NZ Atkinson Thos, rangemaker, 216 Tuam St, ChCh (p.r 150 Hereford St , Linwood, ChCh)
1908 Electoral Roll Christchurch South Thomas 216 Tuam Street, ironfounder also Thirza 
Atkinson Thomas
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BIOGRAPHY:
BIRTH:BORN 17 APRIL 1904 AT 276 MADRAS STR CH-CH
FATHER :ALBERT EDWARD WILLIAM WARD,DEALER,AGED 31 YRS MOTHER :ANNIE WARD NEE
COTTON ,AGED 27 YRS,BORN OAMARU, MARRIED :8 AUG 1896 CH-CH. INFORMANT A E W
WARD FATHER REGISTRAR:WILLIAMS 21 APRIL 1904
N.Z MARRIAGE REG NO TO A BLACK 1101/1925 CH-CH
WITNESS :ELIZABETH MARY HEWS AND ARTHUR JONES PLASTERER MINISTER:J S COMSEY ST
JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,C OF E DIED AGED 76 YRS 1 AUG 1980 CH-CH
DEATH REG NO 14703/1980
Christchurch Press, Saturday August 2 1980 page 59, Black, Eva Rosina Alberta (late of 117 St anmore road and Clint Lane) - On August 1, 1980, at Christchurch, loved wife of Alex Black; l oved mother of Alex, Don, Heather, Colin, Dawn, Ngaire and the late John, and a loved nana o f all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No flowers by request but alternatively dona tions to the district Nurse Maude Association, Box 5126, Papanui would be appreciated. Messag es to 7 Clare Road Christchurch 1. The Funeral service will be held in our Chapel, 19 Londo n Street, Christchurch on Monday August 4, at 2 p.m.,. privately thereafter. John Rhind Ltd.
Black, Eva Rosina Alberta - On August 1 1980, at Christchurch, loved mother of Heather (Sword ), mother-in-law of Malcolm, nana of Jenny Anderson; Patricia Jeffries and Rob, and grand nan a of Gina, Lisa, Kylie,Shannon and David.
Black, Eva Rosina Alberta - On August 1 1980, at Christchurch, loved mother of Dawn (Anderson ), mother-in-law of George, and loved nana of Richard, Barry, Karen, Linda and Carol, and gre at -grandchildren.
Black, Eva Rosina Alberta - On August 1 1980, at Christchurch, loved mother of Ngaire (Wilkin s), and loved nana of Phillip, Sheryl, and Diane. At peace until we meet again. 
Ward Eva Rosina Alberta
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BIOGRAPHY: ONLY 14 YRS OLD.
OLSO FATHER IN SAME GRAVE ONLY 43 YRS OLD 
Atkinson Thomas Henry
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BIRTH NO.798/1901 CH-CH
JOHN MAC KENZIE REGISTRAR
LIVING IN HALKETT STREET ATBIRTH . 
Black Jessie Hendry
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Birth Ref No. 575 216 Renfrew
BOILERMAKER
CAUSE OF DEATH: MALIGNANT DISEASE OF THE BOWEL FOR,4 MTHS,AGE 49 YRS
BURIAL: MINISTER TAKING THE SERVICE: J.W. WEBSTER ,PRESBYTERIAN. 31 YEARS IN N.Z.: ARRIVED 18 88: AGED 18 YRS
J SHAW UNDERTAKER ASHBURTON
3 CHILDREN JESSIE HENDRY DIED 3 FEB 1902 AGES 1 YR
BURIAL: ANGUS DIED 2 ND JUNE 1931 AGED 55 YRS
ALEXANDER BORN 2 FEB 1904
JESSIE HENDRY BORN 1901
MARRIAGE: MARRIED 85 TUAM ST, LINWOOD,CH-CH HOME OF THOMAS ATKINSON WITNESS
ROBERT ERNEST CHANEY AND AMY ELLEN EMPSON
MINISTER I.SARGINSON, CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH .
FATHER A BOILERMAKER
WIFES FATHER AN IRONFOUNDER
DEATH: JESSIE HENDRY ELDEST DAUGHTER OF ALEXANDER AND FLORRIE DIED 3 FEB 1902
AGED 1 YR HER FATHER ALEXANDER DIED 23 NOV 1919 AGED 49 YRS, ANGUS DIED 2 JUNE 1931 AGED 55 Y RS

BIOGRAPHY:
LIVED AT 8 ELLEN STREET CH-CH CENTRAL 1902.RIVETTER WITH FLORENCE
LIVED AT SANDYFORD STREET SYDENHAM 1908 .RIVITER WITH FLORENCE
LIVED 1919 AT TUARANGI HOME,NETHERBY,ASHBURTON.
DIED 23 NOV 1919 AT ASHBURTON OF MALIGNANT DISEASE OF THE BOWEL IE CANCER FOR
4 MTHS BEFORE DEATH.
Left 1 son Alexander born 1904 15yrs old .Lived with Norris family One daughter Florence Loui sa
( Eliza )born 1902 17 yrs old. 
Black Alexander
17 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Black Florence Louisa (Eliza)
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BIRTH: PHILLIPSTON SHOWN IN WISES N.Z. GUIDE OF 1974 AS THE POST OFFICE IN
FERRY ROAD,CHRISTCHURCH.
FATHER:THOMAS ATKINSON BORN:BRADFORD,YORKSHIRE. AGED:48YRS 50 YRS IN
N.Z.DIED 78 YRS
MOTHER:SARAH ANN ( ANNIE )EMPSON:BORN HULL,YORKSHIRE. AGED:37 YRS FATHER WAS A
IRONFOUNDER-RANGE MAKER-MOULDER
MOTHER WAS ASERVANT .
REGISTERED ON THE 2 JANUARY 1880.
BORN 29 NOVEMBER 1879
DIED JUNE1934 AGED 55 YRS: 24 YRS IN N.Z.
REMARRIED: JAMES WARD .LIVED IN WELLINGTON.
Buried in the Karori undertaker Morris size of grave 3 ft x 6
Florence Caroline Edith ATKINSON
Re marriage number to James WARD 2865/1923
NZ Death Registration number 1404/1925 no 219 1925, 29 March Wellington Hospital from 2 Marti n Street Wellington, Florence WARD, married Female aged 45 of Perforated Gastric Ulcer 18 hou rs, Peritonitis 18 hours, Heart Failure 2 hours Medical Attendant J Fitsimmons last seen 29 M arch 1925, Fathers name - ATKINSON, Rangemaker, Mother - Atkinson buried 31 March 1925 at Kar ori minister R F Clark, Anglican, Born Christchurch, in NZ Life, Where married Marriage 1 Chr istchurch to Alexander BLACK, Marriage 2 Wellington aged 40 to James WARD Living Issue Marria ge 1, 1 male 21 Female 19 M2 Male - Female aged 2, informant Edward ????fris (signed), undert aker, Wellington, Registrar ???hope(signed) 2 April 1925
Evening Post Deaths Monday March 30th 1925 WARD - On the 25th March 1925 at the Wellington Ho spital, Florence, beloved wife of James WARD, R.I.P
Death Florence WARD 1404/1925 Wellington Karori Cemetry records aged 45 no gravestone, no rec ords of the plot purchaser or an address.FD/Customer MORRIS
*note she had another 2 year old daughter from this marriage which had only happened less tha n 2 years before 
Atkinson Florence Caroline Edith
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Changed name by deed Poll to Patricia bought up in the catholic faith,probably by the orphana ge.Father died soon after her Mother 
Ward Pethrick
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christening ref no.573/1 127Paisley High Church, Renfrew,Scotland
MARRIAGE:ST PAULS MANSE 22 YRS SPINSTER NATIVE OF SCOTLAND.1891.
RESIDENT OF CH-CH
FATHER JOHN ,BOILER MAKER
MOTHER AGNES NEE' ISAAC WITNESSES OF CH-CH.
REGISTRAR:JOHN ELMSLIE ST PAULS PRESBY.
BIOGRAPHY: 
Black Jessie Hendry
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CHRISTENING: PARENTS THOMAS -FARMER AND ANNIE OF SOUTHBRIDGE SPONSERS: JOESPH
ATKINSON
H J UNWIN
ELIZA ELL
MINISTER:W J G BILIETT.
MARRIED: JESSIE HENRY BLACK ON THE 22 JULY 1891 ST PAULS MANSE 21 YRS
BATCHELOR
RANGE FITTER.BORN N.Z. RESIDENT CH-CH.
FATHER:THOMAS,RANGE MAKER
MOTHER:ANNIE NEE' EMPSON. 
Atkinson Thomas Henry
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CHRISTENING: REV JOHN K WILLMER
SPONSERS PARENTS THOMAS ,A BLACKSMITH, AND ANNIE ,OF KILLINCHY 
Atkinson Annie Ellen Elizabeth
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DEATH: AGED 54 YRS
MEMORIAL ERECTED BY Richard ATKINSON her son

Star Newspaper Wednesday June 16 1897 page 2
In Memoriam
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Atkinson.- In found and loving rememberance of Annie Atkinson, who departed this life on Jun e 16th 1894

I never knew my mothers worth,
nor missed the love she gave,
Until within the cold,cold earth,
Her silent form was laid.
Inserted by her loving son and daughter-in-law Richard and Nellie Atkinson.

Death
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Star Newspaper 18 June 1894

Atkinson.- June 16, at her late residence Colombo Street South, Annie, the beloved wife of M r Thomas Atkinson , in her Fity - Fifth year. Husband and eleven children deaply mourn her lo ss. Not dead , but sleeping. Bendigo and Ballerat papers please copy.




Star Newspaper Monday 18th June 1894 page 3

Supposed Poisoning
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It was reported to the police this morning that on Saturday evening Annie Atkinson, the wif e of Thomas Atkinson, of Colombo Street, died as a result of a dose of "Death to Rats," whic h she had taken in the morning. The deceased is said to have told her daughter and another pe rson that she had taken the poison. Medical assistance was obtained , but the women died abou t 10 o'clock Saturday night. A Post-mortem examination is being made by Dr Murdock, and n inq uest will be held at the A1 Hotel at 9:30 to-morrow morning.


Star newspaper page 3 19th June 1894 Tuesday.
Inquest
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An inquest touching the death of Annie Atkinson, aged 54, who died on Saturday. was held at t he A1 Hotel this morning before Mr R Beetham, coroner.Mr W G Williams was chosen forman of th e Jury, and Sergeant Wilson conducted the Inquest.
A daughter of the deceased, Florence Atkinson, aged 14, deposed that her mother had obtaine d a box containing a powder which she had mixed up in water and drank. The witness had endevo ured to get the box, but her mother had snatched it away and carriied it upstairs, saying tha t she required it to cure a pain in her side.
The husband deposed that his wife had been somewhat addicted to taking alcoholic drink, and f or the last nine days she had drunk rather heavily.
Mrs Sullivan deposed that she had been called in before Mrs Atkinson had died, and that the d eceased had said to her, " I have taken poison"
Dr James Murdock deposed that a little after eleven o'clock last Saturday he had been calle d in to see Mrs Atkinson. Had been shown a box containing "Death to Rats" one of the contitua nt parts of which was Arsenic. The deceased had admitted having two teaspoonfuls of the mixtu re. Witness had found her suffering from symptoms of Arsenical poisoning. Dr Deamer had bee n called in, and the two doctors had washed out the stomach of the deceased several times an d administered an antidote. She had evidently been suffering from alcoholic poisoning as well -- chronic in her case. Upon making a post-mortem examination of the body yesterday, had foun d that she died from arsenical poisoning. Mr Beetham said that it was evident that poisonin g had been the cause of death., and that deceased had administered that poison herself. The o nly question; therefore, for the jury was as too her state of mind. As she had been drinkin g for nine days it could fairly be assumed that she had been of unsound mind when she had tak en the poison.
The jury immediately agreed that death had resulted from arsenical poisoning administered b y the deceased herself, while in a state of temporary insanity. 
Empson Sarah Ann
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Ellen Sarah 1524/ 1876 Ellesmere 2nd Quarter 
Atkinson Ellen Sarah
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Emily Elizabeth 1289/1874 Ellesmere 3rd Quarter 
Atkinson Emily Elizabeth
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EMPSON Arthur Edward buried 6 June 1881 Next of Kin Arthur Overton EMPSON (Son of) fathers oc cupation Carpenter, of Lichfield Street aged 1 year 9 months Male 
Empson Arthur Edward
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EMPSON Arthur Overton married ATKINSON Elizabeth Frances on 26 Nov 1877 at the house of Re v J Elmslie groom aged 22 bachelor Cabinetmaker Bride aged 20 spinster witnesses Jessie ElMSL IE And Jessie BELL,. CHCH
EMPSON Arthur Overton married MUIR Ellen on 21 Jan 1899 at St Michaels Christchurch groom age d 44 Widower on 24 Feb 1897 Labourer, EMPSON Arthur Overton married ATKINSON Elizabeth Franci s on 26 Nov 1877 at the house of Rev J Elmslie groom aged 22 bachelor Cabinetmaker Bride age d 20 spinster witnesses Jessie ElMSLIE And Jessie BELL,. CHCH
EMPSON Arthur Overton married MUIR Ellen on 21 Jan 1899 at St Michaels Christchurch groom age d 44 Widower on 24 Feb 1897 Labourer, Born Adelaide residence present and usual ChCh Parent s John Edwin EMPSON cabinet maker and Mary Ann nee CRAIK Bride aged 32 Spinster born Dunedi n residence present and usual ChCh Parents Alexander MUIR, mason and Janet nee MATHER witness es William MUIR,ChCh Mrs Annie WALKER Chch SMC3
SMC3 
Empson Arthur Overton
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EMPSON Arthur Overton married MUIR Ellen on 21 Jan 1899 at St Michaels Christchurch groom age d 44 Widower on 24 Feb 1897 Labourer, Born Adelaide residence present and usual ChCh Parent s John Edwin EMPSON cabinet maker and Mary Ann nee CRAIK Bride aged 32 Spinster born Dunedi n residence present and usual ChCh Parents Alexander MUIR, mason and Janet nee MATHER witness es William MUIR,ChCh Mrs Annie WALKER Chch SMC3 
Muir Ellen
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EMPSON Doris Muriel born 11 Dec 1894 baptised 10 March 1895 parents Robert Edgar and Edith o f Linwood father Bootmaker sponsors were parents 
Empson Robert Edgar
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EMPSON Elizabeth Frances buried 28 Feb 1897 Next of Kin Arthur Overton EMPSON (husband) Resid ence Fire Brigade Station, lichfield Street aged 40 Female 
Atkinson Elizabeth Frances
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EMPSON Ernest Alfred married CHRISTOPHER Margaret on 7 Jan 1915 at Roman Catholic Cathedral C hristchurch Groom aged 24 Bachelor Plumber born Christchurch Residence present Linwood reside nce usual Linwood parents Robert Edgar bootmaker and Edith Mary nee MARSHALL, Bride aged 28 s pinster Tailoress born Christchurch Residence present and usual Waltham parents Stephen, stri ker and Mary nee BROWN witnesses George MITCHELL, Jeweler Links Road, Shirley and Kate CHRIST OPHER 17 Shakespeare Road Christchurch 
Empson Earnest Alfred
32 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Empson Fritz Ernest
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EMPSON Herbert C buried 22 August 1936 Bromley Of Mathiesons Road aged 76 
Empson Herbert Charles
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EMPSON Ivy Louisa born 23 Feb 1890 baptised 20 Sept 1901 Dau of Arthur Overton and Elizabet h Frances of 9 Stewart St sponsors Ellen EMPSON, Janet BERBER at SMC2 6797 
Empson Ivy Louisa
35 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Empson Lester Charles
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EMPSON, Ernest Charles married PRETTLEJOHNS Grace Ann on 19 June 1913 at St Lukes Christchurc h Groom aged 33 Widower on 30 Jan 1912, Musician born Ashburton, residence usual and presen t Cashmere, parents John Edwin EMPSON Engineer and Anne nee JOHNSTONE Bride aged 22 spinste r domestic born Christchurch residence usual Christchurch residence present Cashmere parent s Edmund James HILL, Boot Manufacturer, and Grace Anne LEY witnesses H W PRETTLEJOHNS Genera l Traveller 32 Cranmer Square Christchurch, Edmund PRETTLEJOHNS Chauffeur of Glendovey Rd Fen dalton.

Empson, Ernest Charles 1880 - 1970Pianist, piano teacher Ernest Charles Empson was born o n 9 March 1880 in Ashburton to Yorkshire-born parents John Edwin Empson, an engine-fitter, an d his wife, Ann Johnson. He was brought up in the household of Charles and Sophia Thompson, p arents of the painter Sydney Lough Thompson, where his precocious musical gifts were recognis ed early and encouraged by Sophia. He was educated at Christchurch East School. Empsons fi rst major teacher was the Christchurch pianist and critic Hermann Lund, one of the influentia l German musicians who shaped musical developments in late nineteenth century New Zealand. Lu nd remained an abiding influence, and in old age Empson described his playing as being of rar e loveliness. Empson quickly became an admired solo and chamber music pianist, and in 1899 al so started to teach. On 30 June 1905, at Christchurch, he married Florence (Flora) Elizabeth , the Thompsons 19-year-old daughter. They were to have three sons. After taking part in c oncerts at the New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch in 19067, Empson went t o Frankfurt am Main to study at the Hoch Conservatory. He gave a series of successful concert o concerts and recitals before moving to Berlin. There he became friends with the great violi nist Joseph Joachim, the composerpianist Ferruccio Busoni, and the pianist Artur Schnabel. H owever, with a young family and Flora ill with tuberculosis, he could not afford to study wit h Busoni, who took his select group of pupils with him on his long concert tours. Instead, o n Schnabels advice, he studied with Leopold Godowsky, whose influence on European pianists w as already profound. Through Empson that influence was to be transmitted to generations of Ne w Zealand pianists. Empsons career in Germany ended prematurely when Flora became so serio usly ill that in 1908 they had to return to Christchurch, where she died in 1912. On 19 Jun e 1913, at Christchurch, Empson married Grace Anne Prettejohns, a promising young singer an d musician, with whom he had two sons and two daughters. Professionally, he marked his retur n with a series of acclaimed recitals and his reputation quickly spread abroad. In 1917 he to ured the South East Asian concert circuit with the French-Canadian tenor Paul Dufault; a priv ately published memoir, My experiences in the east , describes this tour. He later toured Aus tralia. In 1922 Empson abruptly left Christchurch for Australia, taking with him a marrie d pupil, Ivey Violet King (nębe Manchester). His abandonment of Grace and their children creat ed some scandal and generated long-lasting family bitterness. His career, however, flourishe d in Australia where, for most of the next decade, he not only continued to give highly prais ed concerts, but became one of the busiest of pioneer radio recitalists and accompanied suc h distinguished visitors as the operatic tenor Joseph Hislop. He also examined piano and cham ber music for the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Music Exam inations Board. Ernest and Ivey married at Christchurch on 30 August 1932, the same day a s his divorce from Grace. They lived in Australia from 1936 to 1941. Following their return , Ernest became not only the most influential piano teacher of his time in New Zealand, bu t a dominant and sometimes formidable personality in Christchurchs musical life; as Frederic k Page put it, he demanded and won disciples rather than mere pupils. At some time almo st every young New Zealand pianist of note studied with him. Douglas Lilburn, Margaret Nielse n and Maurice Till were to be among the best known. The regular recitals sponsored by his Ero ica Club were features of Christchurchs musical life for many years and proved valuable test ing grounds for young pianists and a few young singers. He was an early member and presiden t of the Music Teachers Association of New Zealand and was made an OBE in 1959 for service s to music. He retired in 1968 at the age of 88 and died on 23 June 1970, survived by his thi rd wife, and by four sons and two daughters. Of commanding and leonine appearance, Ernest E mpson was immensely courteous and possessed a refinement, artistic perception and musical kno wledge that set him apart from most of his fellow teachers. He possessed, in every sense, th e grand manner and could be formidable indeed with what he perceived to be artistic shallowne ss and with rival teachers. He remained a superb pianist into old age, although he performe d infrequently in public during the last 30 years of his life. He was unique among contempora ry New Zealand piano teachers in possessing an international reputation. EDMUND BOHAN J ennings, J. M. The music teaching profession in New Zealand. Wellington, 1978 Obit. Press . 24 June 1970: 18 Page, F. A musicians journal, 19051983. Ed. J. M. Thomson & J. Paul. D unedin, 1986 Bohan, Edmund. 'Empson, Ernest Charles 1880 - 1970'. Dictionary of New Zeala nd Biography, updated 31 July 2003  
Empson Ernest Charles, O.B.E.
37 [Empson black.FTW]

EMPSON, Ernest Charles married PRETTLEJOHNS Grace Ann on 19 June 1913 at St Lukes Christchurc h Groom aged 33 Widower on 30 Jan 1912, Musician born Ashburton, residence usual and presen t Cashmere, parents John Edwin EMPSON Engineer and Anne nee JOHNSTONE Bride aged 22 spinste r domestic born Christchurch residence usual Christchurch residence present Cashmere parent s Edmund James HILL, Boot Manufacturer, and Grace Anne LEY witnesses H W PRETTLEJOHNS Genera l Traveller 32 Cranmer Square Christchurch, Edmund PRETTLEJOHNS Chauffeur of Glendovey Rd Fen dalton. 
Prettlejohns Grace Ann
38 [Empson black.FTW]

EMPSON, Florence buried 2 Feb 1912 at Linwood wife of ___ EMPSON residence Montreal Street Ch ristchurch aged 25 years 
Thompson Florence Elizabeth
39 [Empson black.FTW]

EMPSON, John Edwin buried 13 Jan 1879 Cabinet Maker of St Asaph Street aged 63 Male 
Empson John Edwin
40 [Empson black.FTW]

ENGINE FITTER ,RAILWAYS
TWO MARRIAGES:1864 TO ANN JOHNSON.
:1901 ANNIE BAXTER.
ANNIE BAXTER BORN 1843 DIED 1903
JOHN PROBABLY CAME TO AUSTRALIA BEFORE 1863 ,THEN TO N.Z. AROUND 1874.
BENDIGO AND BALLERAT AUSTRALIA ,MINING.
EMPSON, Ernest Charles Married THOMPSON Florence Elizabeth on 30 June 1905 at St Pauls Papanu i groom aged 25 Bachelor Music Teacher born Ashburton residence Usual and present Christchurc h parents John Edwin EMPSON engineer and Anne Empson nee Johnson. Bride aged 19 spinster bor n Oxford residence usual and present Christchurch. parents Charles Abel THOMPSON farmer and S ophia Matilda THOMPSON nee LOUGH Witnesses Charles A THOMPSON, Sydney L THOMPSON, S M THOMPSO N minister J A Julius
EMPSON John E buried 1 Jan 1905 aged 61 male undertakers name Barrell buried section 175B Rev d Scott 
Empson John Edwin
41 [Empson black.FTW]

Individual Record 1881 British Census




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Mary A. EMPSON Household
Female

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Other Information:
Birth Year <1817>
Birthplace Hull, York, England
Age 64
Occupation Lodging House Keeper
Marital Status W
Head of Household Mary A. EMPSON
Relation Head
Disability

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Source Information:
Dwelling 32 Dock St
Census Place Sculcoates, York, England
Family History Library Film 1342149
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 4757 / 10
Page Number 14 
Empson Mary Ann
42 [Empson black.FTW]

lost a leg in a bus accident in Wordsworth St,Christchurch
Lived in Ruskin St,Christchurch 
Atkinson Minnie Amelia Jeanette
43 [Empson black.FTW]

MARRIAGE :EVA ROSINA ALBERTA WARD AND ALEXANDER BLACK WITNESS ELIZABETH MARY
HEWS AND ARTHUR JONES ,PLASTERER OF CH-CH.
MINISTER J.F.COMSEY CHURCH OF ENGLAND.ST JOHN THE BAPTIST FATHER BOILERMAKER
BIRTH:FATHER ALEXANDER BLACK ,LABOURER,AGED 32 YRS,BORN SCOTLAND MOTHER
:FLORENCE CAROLINE EDITH BLACK NEE ATKINSON,AGED 24 YRS ,BORN LINWOOD
CH-CH.MARRIED 14 APRIL 1900 LINWOOD.
INFORMANT F C E BLACK MOTHER
REGISTRAR:F G WILLIAMS 17 FEB 1908
Funeral Director at time of death 1980
Was a baker Black and Ballie in Armagh Street Christchurch, from there he went to Stacey an d Hawker delivering bread.Then he went into the slicing department. Working at the same tim e for J Rhind and sons. 
Black Alexander
44 [Empson black.FTW]

painter 
Jones Leslie
45 [Empson black.FTW]

Poulterer Christchurch 
Atkinson John Edwin
46 [Empson Winters.FTW]

2 girls in second marriage no other information available 6 /94 
Collins
47 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Jenkins Phillip Edward
48 [Empson Winters.FTW]

adopted by Robin 
Black Rachel
49 [Empson Winters.FTW]

aged 17 years in 1998 
August Dion
50 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Marshall Elsie Jean
51 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Apparently married a Jack Jeffs there is/were three childr en a son and two daughters son named Jimmy and lived at Ma ngawhai 
Cullen Gladys May
52 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Apparently married a Miss Cole of Dargaville no other infor mation available came from Cliff Cullen of Howick.

NZSG Cemetery Records

Waipu No. 632 Charles Albert CULLEN d. 31 Dec 1981 a. 7 9 at Rest 
Cullen Charles Albert
53 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Ashs scattered in Rimutaka Forest Park
Bev was diagnosed with Multiple Scelrosis in Mar 1993.
She died of complication resulting from M.S. (aspirated pne umonia) 
Edney Beverley Anne
54 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Cave Russell Norman
55 [Empson Winters.FTW]

born 4 Herbert Rd. Mt. Eden Auckland is deceased 2/7/94 C ertificate indicates there was 1 male: maybe, 2 male: an d 1 female born earlier Margaret was divorced on18 Oct 194 9 at Auck. remarried later. 
Pulman Margaret Elizabeth
56 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Morfett Margaret Lesley
57 [Empson Winters.FTW]

both children in this marriage unknown to Karyn Briggs 2912 94 
Unknown
58 [Empson Winters.FTW]

both children in this marriage unknown to Karyn Briggs 2912 94 
Unknown
59 [Empson Winters.FTW]

both children in this marriage unknown to Karyn Briggs 2912 94 
Unknown
60 [Empson Winters.FTW]

came on ship Bebbington to N.Z. 
Empson Amelia
61 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Chanded her name to Gwendolyne Eva 2nd marriage Apparentl y died 1980's at her daughters place in Auckland. 
Cullen Gwendoline Eva
62 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Charles was Freemason in Waipukurau resigning in 192. H e was a builder at that time. 
Cullen Charles Henry
63 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Given Cherry Davida
64 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Christian name/s unknown info from Queenie Winters 100694 
Paton
65 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Christian Name/s unknown info from Queenie Winters 100694 
Cunningham
66 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hyde Colin Gordon
67 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Green Patricia Margaret
68 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Green Betty Olive Constance
69 [Empson Winters.FTW]

discovered 20/8/93 after a letter from a Cliff Cullen of Ho wick. She apparently died in an accident aged about 8-9yr s old. 030993 Death certificate indicate that Eunice die d after a horse bolted on the farm 
Cullen Eunice Lorraine
70 [Empson Winters.FTW]

divorced 17 February 1950 at Auckland 
Cullen Arthur Falconer
71 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Doug worked for New Zealand Railways for most of his workin g life as a Shunter Guard and Sub-forman in the Goods She d in Wellington. He was medically retired after a motor ve hicle accident in 1972. His interests were fishing and ga mbling He was a compulsive gambler. He had had some train ing as a pastry cook early in his working life.

Military Service went to Fiji at the start of the World Wa r II as a dispatch rider and was returned to NZ medically u nfit he said because he picked some disease that affected h is feet over there. He didn't see any active service.

On his return to N.Z. he returned to the Railways and was l ocated to Hawera.

After Gordon was born the family returned to Napier where R onald was born

He left Napier in 1955 to live and work in Wellington the t wo accompanied him. In Wellington he lived at Kaiwharawha ra Railway Settlement his Sister Annie as housekeeper. Th e two boys were left to their own devices quite a bit but d eveloped their own lifestyles around the village.

Doug and Joy were divorced 20 Feb 1959 at Napier

He married a Lena Violet Walsh in 1963 it was not a happy m arriage. They lived in the same house but definitely had s eparate lives. They lived in a State house at Porirua wher e Doud died. Cause of death was coronary insufficiency A.M .I.

Lee died about 1995 in Lower Hutt
(Research):Doug worked for New Zealand Railways before wen t on Active Service WW II and on his discharge resumed rail way employment until his accident
(Medical):Doug had a major motor vehicle accident 1972 whic h left him partially disabled for the remainder of his life 
Sylvester Douglas Stroud
72 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Elsie divorced from Fred Pasley on 14 May 1931 at Aucklan d Marriage to Noel Adams RGI 68/21670 
Cullen Elsie Ada
73 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Longman Sharyn Maie
74 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Henderson Eric James
75 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Sayliss Francis D'arcy
76 [Empson Winters.FTW]

from cemetery records 
Henderson Kevin Wylie
77 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Jeffs Harold James
78 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Jeffs Laurel
79 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Mollard John Dean
80 [Empson Winters.FTW]

He was a soldier RGI Index for death is 61/2 5803 parent s George Marshall
Bertha Collins 
Marshall Fredrick John
81 [Empson Winters.FTW]

He was married in his mothers house and possibly a sister a nd brother were the witness. Ararimu east of Drury ther e were 8 children in the family. Parents names John Pulma n d. 1932
Elizabeth MacKenzie d. 1948

Witness G. Pulman d. 1936
Annie Pulman d. 1938 John remarried 194 2 Muriel Esme Raines R.G.Index 4683 
Pulman John Alexander
82 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Sylvester Gordon Douglas
83 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Winters Violet May
84 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Alice Clark 030594 put 4 children in the family E dwin Ronald born 1920 Timothy Violet Hazel 
Winters George
85 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Winters Charles Roy
86 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hyde Fiona Marie
87 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Eric Pulman Roy died of cancer shorlty after Alis on (Lorrie) married 1943/1597 
Cobbald Roy Townsend
88 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Info from John Mollard 5/97 
Jennifer Maud
89 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Karyn Briggs she could not identify any furthe r than the surname contact Lily Baker for more info on th e Priest connection 
Priest
90 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Briggs Donna-Maree
91 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Winters Esther May
92 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Queenie Winters 
Stafford Arthur
93 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Queenie Winters 1994 married Lloma Lousea Durwar d 1948 a daughter Maye Margaret Jane also a Stanley Kenda ll Stafford is recorded in same area he married Minnie Mart ha Jane about 1931-1938 at Napier 
Stafford Lewis George
94 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Queenie Winters Married 1918 
Cave Harold Norman
95 [Empson Winters.FTW]

info from Russell Cave 150798 
Donkin Roy
96 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Info on this family from Mark Empson Ch-ch Jul 2003 
Empson Thomas
97 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Winters John Reginald
98 [Empson Winters.FTW]

Information recieved from Cliff Cullen and in one sense co roborated by my younger sister. Merle died from diptheri a and bronchiopunemonia 
Cullen Merle Alison Olive
99 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Cullen Lynette Margaret
100 At least one living individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Cullen Douglas Charles

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