In this next few posts I would like to share some of the images donated by the descendants of Robert Bartley (Jnr) and Esther Kerby. Thanks to all of the families who gave of their time, research and photographs.
Obituary Robert BARTLEY from New Zealand Herald Friday, 5 Sept 1913
Death of a Jerseyman in New Zealand: An Early Settler
Another of the rapidly diminishing band of early settlers, in the person of Mr Robert Bartley died yesterday at the age of 87, at his residence at Devonport.
The late Mr Bartley was born at Jersey, in the Channel Islands, in 1826, where he was brought up to the building trade. With his wife and three children, he arrived in Auckland by the ship Joseph Fletcher in 1854.
The deceased commenced business here as a builder and contractor, and carried on this work for many years. On retiring from his business he was appointed yard manager for the Kauri Timber Company, which position he held for some time.
For some years past, Mr Bartley has been living in retirement at Devonport. He took a keen interest in public affairs, and was always willing to help forward any deserving cause brought under his notice.
He leaves a widow and the following sons and daughters: Messrs Walter Bartley
(Ponsonby), Charles Bartley (Richmond Rd), Clement Bartley ( Ponsonby Rd),
Edwin Bartley (Christchurch), Mesdames J H Witheford, S G Rountree. S Gilbert & R Tudehope.
Robert and Esther's daughter Julia was born at St Helier on Christmas Eve 1851. Her baptism has not been found in the parish register at St Helier, but it likely to be recorded in the records of the Wesleyan chapel there.
In Auckland, New Zealand Julia met and married Stephen Gilbert ROUNTREE, son of Meredith Rountree and Margaret Ann GILBERT, of Co Armagh, Ireland.
Julia and Stephen were married at the Bartley home in Nelson St, Auckland on 19 Dec 1874.
The Children of Stephen Rountree and Julia Bartley
Eva 1876 - 1933 ( m Arthur Ferneyhough)
Harry 1878-1950 (m Stella Stewart)
Maud 1879 - 1965 (m Samuel Barry)
Vera 1881 - 1961 (m Percival Mourant)
Zillah 1884 - 1974 (m William Ray Ellingham)
Myrtle 1888 - 1966 (m Horace Richards)
Edward (Ted) 1890 - 1976 (m Anne Rae)
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