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From Suffolk & London, England to Wanganui (via Napier), New Zealand
George & Gertrude Holland outside their Wanganui home called 'Peasenhall', in the 1930s
This website is dedicated to the family of English emigrants George Potticary Holland (1858-1952), his first wife Emily Annie Consitt (c1863-1883), his second wife Gertrude Ruth Hayward (1859-1938), and their seven children - who were all born in New Zealand.
George and Emily married at Napier, New Zealand, in 1881 and together had two children, George Junior and Emily Annie Junior. Sadly, Emily, then aged only 20, died in May 1883, the day after little Emily Annie's birth. The new baby became known as 'Annie'.
In November 1884, the young widower married Gertrude Ruth Hayward at Napier. She had emigrated to New Zealand twelve months earlier. George and Gertrude produced another five children: Sydney Coptic (1885-1886), Frederick Alexander (1886- ), Violet Agatha (1889- ), Herbert Henry Coptic (1891- ) and Ida Constance (1893-1980). Of these, all were born at Napier except Ida, who was born in Waipukurau.
George Holland was a blacksmith, which in those days was an equivalent of a modern-day 'fitter & turner' or engineer. He had worked his passage to New Zealand as a cabin boy, before becoming an steamship engineer working on international routes. From there he gained employment as a railway blacksmith, working for NZ Railways initially at the Napier Railway workshops and then the Waipukurau Railway workshops (also on the Hawkes Bay railway line), before working out the remainder of his working life at the Eastown Railway Workshops at Wanganui.
Holland Family (England - until 1874)
Hayward Family (England - until 1883)
The Family in New Zealand from 1874 & 1883
This website started 2 January 2003. Last updated: 24 October 2006