Friday, 23 November 2012

Robert Bartley and Esther Kerby

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.

Julia Bartley
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)

Search copy of Marriage Register Entry


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Queree Connections

Continuing with the children of Robert BARTLEY and Betsy BENEST, of St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands

Amelia Bartley and John Queree in 

New Zealand

Amelia Bartley was born in September 1841. After her father died she left Union Court and, with her siblings Louisa and Alfred, went to live with their sister Jane Hamon. Jane and Charles Hamon ran a drapery business in St Helier. Amelia was employed as their drapery assistant. Shortly after the census was taken in 1861 she married John Queree.
 John was born on Jersey about 1839, a child of John QUEREE, a mason, and Joanna GEACH, a dressmaker. His mother was born in Ireland.  He had a sister Joanna who was born in 1840.
In 1841 the family lived in Albert St, St Helier but his father died about 1850. They are recorded in the census of 1851 at 2 Columberie St. John was twelve at the time. 
1851 census Queree

In 1854 his mother remarried to Mr Shapcott. The family enlarged then with the birth of Ada Shapcott in 1855 and Mary in 1858. Mr Shapcott died about 1860. John was living at home with his mother and step-sisters in 1861, at 34 King St.  John’s mother passed away between 1862 and 1871.
1861 census Queree

About 1857 John’s sister Joanna married John Hutton SNOOK, a master mariner. Their family included Henry (1858), Joanna (1859), Adolphus (1861), John (1862), Evelyn (1863), Jessie (abt. 1866), Maude (1866), Annie May (1867).
By 1871 she was a widow with eight children of her own, as well as the care of her step sisters Ada and Mary. 
Joanna must have been a capable person as family research suggests she was an accomplished and active musician. She also worked with her brother in his business.

John Queree worked as a boot maker in the town, not far from Hamon’s drapery. He and Amelia set up home at 19 Trinity St in St Helier. Their first child John, born 1863, died as an infant.  Earnest (b 1864), Theodore (b 1865), Amelia (1868), Florence (1869), who died young, and Walter (1872) completed the family. Just after Amelia was born they moved again to 29 King St. 

 All of the Queree children went to work in their uncle Hamon's drapery business when they reached the age of 14. The footwear business was unable to support them all. 

The letters home from Auckland in the early 1880's would have been very positive in tone.
Auckland was booming. Edward was well established as an architect. Robert was looking forward to a comfortable retirement, his children having made successful careers and marriages in New Zealand. 
About 1882 John and Amelia Queree made the decision to emigrate to Auckland to join Robert and Edward and their families.
John's sister Joanna had already left St Helier. She remarried in 1881, to Thomas LE SUEUR. This couple were married and lived in Brighton, England. (BDM2b406202) Joanna died there in 1903.

All the Queree family except Earnest are listed on the passenger list of the 'Westmeath' which arrived in Auckland on the 16th of May 1883.[1]  Earnest gave his arrival date as 1884 but his ship has not yet been found.

At first John pursued his trade as a boot maker, but the Queree’s were barely settled in Auckland before the economy tightened. 
In the late 1880's and early 1890's the town experienced it’s most severe depression. In 1891 they lived at Hepburn St, with all except Earnest at home. He may have been living with his uncle Edward’s family in Devonport for several years. In 1899 the Queree’s were living in Kent St, moving later that year to Hepburn St.
Earnest carried on his earlier trade as a draperer and was employed by Milne and Choyce and later with DSC. He married Maria PHILCOX in 1889 at Devonport. Alf Bartley was best man at their wedding.

The Philcox Connection

Maria’s father was a builder in Devonport and a friend of Edward Bartley’s. William Philcox was about the same age as Edward, being born in 1838. He arrived in Auckland on 8 August 1856 aboard the Lord Burleigh.[2] He married Sarah Elizabeth Rose the year after. 
In the Jury list for 1858 he is listed as a carpenter of Barrack St. The first of their children was born at Khyber Pass, which was to be the family home until their later move to the North Shore. He may have been employed by E.I.Matthews and worked with Edward from his first days in the Colony. They were both founder members of the Eight Hour Movement in Auckland.
By 1862 he owned two other properties at 92 and 94 Albert St which he rented out.[3] He was in partnership with another carpenter, a Mr Vaughan from late 1863 until August 1866. They worked from leased premises on the corner of Albert and Wellesley St.[4]
At this time Edward was in partnership with Seering Matthews, as Matthews and Bartley. They owned their premises in Grey St. On the night of 7 February 1867 fire broke out there, completely engulfing the building and sweeping through neighbouring properties. While the property itself was insured there was a complete loss of all stock and machinery, including work in progress to complete contracts. Financially it was a particularly difficult period for the Bartley family, as the year before a rental property Edward owned on the corner of Drake St, leased to Mr Conway the shoemaker, had been gutted in a similar spreading fire. [5] 
The Matthews and Bartley partnership, begun on 2 Jan 1865 was dissolved 26 Feb 1870[6] and Edward continued as a sole trader until he and William Philcox went into partnership together about 1873. The two men shared a musical interest as well. They were founding members of the Auckland Choral Society and sang together in the Christies Minstrels in the 1860’s.
Together they had moved to Devonport and joined the parish of Holy Trinity there. Both Mr Philcox and Edward Bartley served as choir masters for the parish at various times. In 1875 they presented a pair of kneeling stools to the parish and a donation of £35 towards a new organ. [7] Later they designed and presented a new lecturn.
William Philcox died at Buchanan St Devonport in July 1917.[8] 

Maria Queree (nee Philcox) was a very talented pianist, active in the Devonport Musical Society, as were Earnest and Theo Queree, along with their Bartley cousins. The families’ interests meshed throughout Auckland arts and cultural groups.
At the Philcox home in Devonport, called “The Shrubbery” for it’s extensive gardens, she held At Home recitals from her late teens. These events, and the public accompaniments and recitals she was engaged for, brought the Philcox family into contact with most of the local and overseas talent. As she wished to continue her career after her marriage Maria needed suitable premises from which to continue the teaching, recitals and networking demanded by her profession. Her father built a home in Devonport for the young couple as a wedding gift.[10]
After her marriage Maria travelled widely, appearing regularly in recitals and concerts in Wellington. In April 1893 she advertised in the Evening Post as a tutor of pianoforte. [11]  This was the same year she made her debut in Wellington as an accompanist. The occasion was a benefit concert to raise funds for Miss Fisher to study in Melbourne.  From the beginning her Wellington engagements were steady. [12] . The couple were still resident in Auckland however.[13] Their young daughter Renee was often present at the At Home concerts as a toddler. 
Observer 3 July 1899

In later trained years Renee trained in Berlin and toured England as an accompanist in 1913, staying with her brother Theo Jnr while she was in the UK. She came back to New Zealand just before the outbreak of the war as her father had died in May 1914. [14] He was buried at Karori Cemetery with a memorial cross provided by his Auckland friends.

The Queree brothers moved to Wellington about 1900 to set up their drapery business at 116 Willis St, formerly Walsh’s.[15]Walter Queree had also been living in Auckland and joined the business in Wellington about that time. He had survived a distressing experience at New Year in 1899. He was boating at Lake Pupuke with his friends the Hall brothers. Tracey Hall, well known in amateur operatic circles, was unable to swim. He drowned on the lake despite Walter’s attempts to save him.[16]

Theo Queree was in employment as a tailor and later window dresser for Milne and Choyce. He was active as costumier for the Choral Society and amatuer operatic societies in Auckland. He designed the sets for many of theatrical events held in Devonport and was well known as a talented artist, singer and musician as well. In March 1895 he joined with Alf Bartley and his sister Amelia to perform at the concert opening the annual show of the Birkenhead and Northcote Fruitgrowers.[17] He also sang at the very fashionable occasion of a soiree at the home of R.H.Abbott, where Alf Bartley was the principle accompanist. He remained in Auckland until about October 1903 when he left for Wellington to work initially for D.I.C.[18].

Amelia Annie had stayed at home with her parents. In 1892 she met John Pollard MOUZER, a teacher, whose father and uncle were tailors. John had been born in Suffolk and immigrated with his family to New Zealand. They were married in the All Saints Church in Auckland on the 27th of December 1892. By this time her Father was in his fifties and employed as a warehouseman. 
The Mouzer’s made their home in Selwyn St in Auckland. By 1899 John Mouzer was working as a piano tuner. Unfortunately neither their finances nor their marriage had prospered and the couple separated about that time.
Amelia Bartley died in Auckland on 9 August 1903. She was buried at Purewa.

  After his wife’s death John Queree went to join his sons in Wellington. He remained there until his death in 1913 at Nurse Jackson’s private Hospital[19], suggesting that he was not in good health at the time of Amelia’s death. His remains were returned to Auckland where he was buried beside his wife on 22 June 1913.

The Children of Amelia Bartley and John Queree

John Alfred (1863-1864)
Earnest Hugh (1864-1914)
Theodore George (1865-1954)
Amelia Annie (1868-?)
Florence Louisa (1869 - ?)
Walter John (1872-1944)

[1] Auckland Evening Star 17 May 1883
[2] Daily Southern Cross 12 August 1856 p2
[3] Ibid 27 December 1862
[4] Ibid 21 August 1866; 23 August 1866 p3
[5] Ibid 8 Feb 1867 p3; 9 Feb 1867 p3; 19 Nov 1866 p4
[6] Ibid 2 March 1870
[7] Daily Southern Cross 26 Jan 1876
[8] Auckland Weekly News Obit 26 July 1917
[9] Evening Post 23 July 1917 p8
[10] The drawings for Maria’s house are held at Auckland University Architecture Library, along with the remaining Philcox papers.
[11] Evening Post 14 April 1893
[12] Ref Evening Post 19 June 1983; 20 July 1893; 9 Oct 1893
[13] Ref Evening Post 27 April 1895 where Earnest makes a submission to the Tariff Commission for free admission of musical instruments to be used for worship. Also Observer 3 Jul 1899 re: at home concert.
[14] Evening Post 15 July 1914
[15] Evening Post 26 August 1908
[16] Thames Star 3 Jan 1899
[17] Observer 2 March 1895 p 10
[18] NZ Free Lance 17 October 1903
[19] Evening Post 21 June 1913 p1

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Edward Bartley

Edward Bartley and Elizabeth Hannken in 

New Zealand

Edward was born on the 23rd of February 1839 and baptised at St Helier on the 17th of March.
He was the tenth child of Robert BARTLEY and Betsy BENEST.
At the time of the 1851 census Edward was a student living at home, aged 12. From about the age of 13 he worked in the building trade with his Father and his eldest  brother Robert. He left Jersey at the age of 15, travelling as part of the family of Robert and Esther Bartley.

Once in New Zealand, Edward worked first as a builder’s labourer and later with contractor Mr E.I.Matthews. In February 1859 he married Elizabeth HANNKEN. She was a daughter of the  German settler Frederick Hannken and his wife Eliza OTTO (nee NICOLLE). The young couple lived first in Union Street Auckland, on part of the Hannken property. They later moved to the The Strand, North Shore at Devonport.
Early Map showing the parishes on the North Shore

In the 1870’s Edward gradually shifted from building and cabinetmaking into architecture. 
During his long career Edward served as architect to the Anglican Church, the Auckland Savings Bank and the Auckland Hospital & Charitable Aid Board. By the time he was asked to supervise the construction of Saint Matthew's in the City in 1901, he had already designed more than 20 churches for various denominations. Today, his most familiar designs are his Jewish Synagogue, Princes Street; Saint John's, Ponsonby; ASB, Queen Street; and the Blind Institute Building in Parnell. All of these surviving buildings are designated Category One by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

 Edward’s wife Elizabeth was born in Sydney, Australia in October 1838 and came to New
Zealand in 1840 with her mother. The family settled first in the Coromandel, later moving to Auckland. She probably met Edward through the Auckland Choral Society. They were both amongst the foundation members in 1856.
Elizabeth died in December 1921 and was buried with Edward, and their sons Claude and Percy,  at the O’Neill’s Point Cemetery, North Shore.

Children of Edward Bartley and Elizabeth Hannken

Arthur Edward  (1859- 1940)
Frederick Adolphous (1862- 1899)
Alfred Martin (186?- 1929)
Matilda Louisa  (1867-1868)
Emily Bertha  (1869-1944)
Harold Edgar (1871- 1872)
Mabel Theresa  (1872-1873)
Albert Ernest  (1873- 1940)
May Elizabeth  (1875- 1951)
Eva Rosine  (1877- 1954)
Percival Leonard  (1878- 1908)
Amy Zealandia  (1879- 1880)
Claude Victor  (1881- 1919)

The Bartley Home in Victoria Rd Devonport

For those interested in more detail on Edward's career, his biography has been published: 
M.W.Bartley, Colonial Architect, The Career of Edward Bartley 1839 - 1919, Wellington, 2006 ISBN 1877391727. 
It is now out of print but we do intend to post excerpts on this blog in the future. If you are researching or have a particular building you are interested in please do email or post a comment to let us know how we can help you.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Louisa Bartley

  A group effort  originally created the Bartley Archive as a research resource.Thank you to everyone who donated their research and time, or who lent their family treasures. It is so satisfying to now be bringing the materials we have collected to a wider audience and a new group of researchers. Thanks also for your emails of support and requests for information.Today I am continuing the series on the children of Robert BARTLEY and Betsy BENEST.

Louisa Bartley

Louisa was the eighth child of the family. She was baptised at St Helier on the 15th of March 1835. Although the children continued to be baptised in the Town Church the family followed the Wesleyan faith. John Wesley had visited the Islands in 1787 and Methodism had a strong following on Jersey. The King St chapel was their place of worship until Wesley St was built in 1827. Louisa entered the Chapel Sunday School for training on 21 March 1852, leaving on 31 March the next year to become a Sunday School teacher.[1]
Remaining single all her life Louisa became responsible for running the family home at Union Court. She nursed her parents in their last years. When her Father passed away in 1857, she assumed  guardianship of the two youngest children Amelia and Alfred.
Robert and Edward had already emigrated to New Zealand. The family home was sold and Louisa went to live with Jane and Charles Hamon, taking Amelia and Alfred with her.
Charles Hamon then took over as the male head of the family on Jersey.
Louisa acted as housekeeper and governess to the Hamon’s large family, as well as being actively involved in the Hamon drapery business. On census forms she described her occupation as “drapery assistant”. She was clearly very much more than that to her family and to her church.
She remained active at Chapel, along with her brothers in law William Vonberg and Charles Hamon, who are recorded as trustees of the Chapel in land agreements. Despite later ill health she continued to support the family until her death on the 7th of July 1884.

[1] Jersey Archives J/C/A/A/1 Treasurers Accounts and Admissions Register Methodist Chapel, Wesley St, St Helier. 1852