Golden Wedding of Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Kneeshaw
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The Golden Wedding of Mr Thomas and Mrs E. J. Kneeshaw, of Brookside: the photograph presented to Mrs Kneeshaw by the lady members of the Brookside Presbyterian Ladies' Association. Back row - Mrs McLeary, Mrs Petrie, Mrs Brown, Mrs Wm. McMillan, Mrs John Cunningham, Mrs Wm. Cunningham, Miss McMillan, Miss Agnes McMillan, Mrs John Boag, junr. Miss L. Scott. Front row - Mrs Scott, Mrs Durward, Mrs Suttie, Mr Kneeshaw, Mrs J. Boag, senr., Mrs Kneeshaw, Mrs John McMillan, Mrs Walker, Rev. P. C. Durward.
Source: The Weekly Press, 22 Sept. 1909, p. 47
The original marriage would have been 1859 so probably before coming to New Zealand.
OBITUARY. Press, 7 February 1911 MR THOMAS KNEESHAW. •On Thursday evening, Mr Thomas Kneeshaw, of Selwyn, passed away. Mr Kneeshaw had been in failing health for some time, but was able to be up and about until a fortnight ago. Mr Kneeshaw had been for many years Selwyn, and was well known all over the district. Little more than a year ago Mr and Mrs Kneeshaw celebrated their golden wedding. Mr Kneeshaw was born in Yorkshire eighty-eight- years ago and spent his boyhood in Canada. He came as a young man to Victoria, where he stayed for a few years and finally settled in Canterbury. He took a very active interest in church work, being for many years a Methodist lay preacher and was teacher of the senior class in the Dunsandel Sunday school up to about a year ago. He is survived by his widow and by their only son, Mr John Kneeshaw who is manager of the tramway in Sydney.
Elizabeth Jane died on 18 May 1918 at her granddaughter's res. Beecroft, Sydney, Elizabeth Jane, relict of Thomas Kneeshaw, Selwyn, aged 81 year.
It is hard to identify this couple. However Kneeshaw is a rare name and there are a few references in the papers of the day which indicate that the couple were Thomas and E. J. Their son John became Superintendent of the Sydney tramways.
CHRISTCHURCH. Star , Issue 172, 30 November 1868, Page 2 CHRISTCHURCH. This Day. (Before C. C. Bowen, Esq., R.M.) Laiiceny.— John Parker was brought up in custody, charged with having stolen a pair of trousers. Detective Feast said, from information received he went to the Selwyn on Saturday evening, and in company with Mr Kneeshaw went in quest of three men. He traced them to a house some four miles beyond the river, and on searching their swags found rhe trousers produced in the one belonging to prisoner. Mr Kneeshaw, to whom they belonged, was with him and identified them. Prisoner, after being arrested and cautioned in the usual manner, said he had been to prosecutor's store and purchaser! a few things, but could not possibly account for the trousers being in the swag. Mrs Kneeshaw said her husband was a storekeeper at the Selwyn. Prisoner called at the store on Saturday last, in company with some others, and after they had gone she missed the pair of trousers produced. When prisoner and his mates first entered the store, the trousers were lying on the counter. Immediately on discovering her loss, she sent a telegram to the police. None of the men purchased a pair of trousers whilst in the store. Prisoner made no statement in defence and was committed to three months' imprisonment at hard labour.
Marriage. Kneeshaw - Glasson. - On September' 17th, at the residence of Mrs Lawrence, Barnard street, Timaru, by the Bev. J W. Cree, of Lee-ton, John, only- son of Mr Thomas Kneeshaw, Selwyn, to Annie Eliza, oldest daughter of Mr J. V. Glasson, Timarn. Timaru Herald 1880. This matches the BDM marriage for a John Kneeshaw to Annie Eliza Glasson in 1880. We know from the report of an assult at Timaru Rail;way Station in 1878 that John had been a booking clerk at Timaru Station and Mr Glasson was lesse of the Refreshment rooms and presumably Annies father.
Papers Past has a number of birth notices. One for the 7 Oct 1884 at Selwyn to the wife of John Kneeshaw, a daughter which matches the birth record of Ruby Ethel.
Star , Issue 6795, 7 March 1890, Page 3 LEESTON. j This Day. (Before E. Beetham, Esq., R.BL, Dr Gossetc and Captain Willis.) : ■ Cattle at Large.- T. James was fined ss, T. Kneeshaw 10s, and Mrs W. Maine was cautioned for allowing cattle to wander at large on public thoroughfares.
Star , Issue 7382, 21 April 1902, Page 3 DEATHS. KNEESHAW.— ApriI 18, 1902, at No. 8, Temple Street, -Stanmore, Sydney, John Glasson Knesshaw, eldest and dearly-beloved son of .John and A. E. Eneeshaw, and grandson of Thomas and E. J. Kneeshaw, of Selwyn, Canterbury; in his twenty-first year.
Received March 16, 9.20 a.m.) Obituary : John Kneeshaw, aged 53 years, late tramway traffic superintendent He was educated at Christchurch High School, and represented the Railway Department at the Dunedin Exhibition in. 1889. *Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13330, 16 March 1914, Page 3