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William Alfred Lumsden Print E-mail
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Sunday, 24 August 2008

William Alfred Lumsden was born in Gamrie Scotland on 5 February 1813. He had one brother James and two sisters Anne and Margaret.

William married Emma Catherine Strong on June 18 1841 and they emigrated to New Zealand about 4 days later. They landed in Wellington where he set up business as a Nurseryman and seedsman and was well recognised up to the time he went missing in the Rimutakas around 1861.

William and Emma had nine children:
Maria Louise Lumsden. Born 1842. Married Hamilton Andrews Moore.
Margaret Annie Lumsden. Born 1844 Married Alan Walter Wilson. Died 1875.
Isabella Janet Lumsden. Born 1846. Married John Albert Heaton. Died 1920.
William Alfred Lumsden. Born 1849. Married Jane Brookie. Died 1889. Emma
Catherine Lumsden. Born 1850. Married Skelly. Died 1885.
Ellen Lumsden. Born 1853. Married Tomlinson. Died 1937.
John Robert Lumsden. Born 1854. Married Maria Amon. Died 1948.
Charles Blundell Lumsden. Born 1856 Married Elizabeth Cameron. Died 1937.
Nesbitt Henry Lumsden. Born 1860. Married Jane Ninian Tait. Died 1930.

 William was the son of Joseph Lumsden and Margaret Raffan. Joseph was a gardner at Macduff.

William worked as a gardener, apparently at Kew Gardens and then as a Landscape Gardener on a number of large estates in England. It is said that one of these estates belonged to Captain Strong RN in Devon.
It appears that this is where he met with Emma Strong who was engaged to a member of the local gentry, and that Emma and William eloped and married within a few weeks of Emma's 21st birthday.  His father is shown as Joseph Lumsden, Yeoman.
His wife is shown as Emma Catherine Strong "of full age", a spinster, no profession, residing at East Stenhouse. Her father is shown as John Strong, Royal Navy.
They sailed from Plymouth on 22 June 1841 on the "Oriental".

William and Emma arrived at Oriental Bay in Wellington in a real Wellington Gale on 22 October 1941. The population of Wellington at this time was less than 1000 people.

William worked in the Wellington region as a nurseryman and was prominant in the Wellington Horticultural and Botanic Society. He was listed as an exhibition judge on at least one occasion.

William "disappeared" on a trip over the Rimutakas and his body was never found.

Some years later, Emma moved to Sanson where she was buried.

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