Topic: Hurford Family Reunion 8 May 2005

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Items of memorabilia and old photos enabled those attending to catch a glimpse of the past when David and Jane Hurford sailed into New Zealand on the "Edwin Fox" back in 1880.

A great deal of talking, catching up and photograph-taking was the order of the day at a gathering of the Hurford family descendants on Sunday, May 8 to commemorate the arrival of their ancestors in Canterbury 125 years ago.

Items of memorabilia and old photos enabled those attending to catch a glimpse of the past when David and Jane Hurford sailed into New Zealand on the "Edwin Fox" back in 1880.

The couple came from Buckland St Mary in Somerset, England and with them three of their children - Samuel, John and Fanny.

The family already had connections in Canterbury, with Jane's sister living in Christchurch. After a few months in town, David obtained employment as a farm labourer in the Lincoln-Ladbrooks area. He leased a small farm near Ladbrooks, and it was here four more children - Alfred, Rosalyn, Lillian and Ellen - were born to the couple.

In 1891 the family moved to a leased farm in Doyleston named "Schrigley Ash", and over the next 14 years they leased more land adjoining their original property, the amalgamated farms becoming known as "Clovernook" and "Thornview. David and Jane's last child, a daughter Ethel, was born at Doyleston.

in 1905 the family made another move, this time purchasing a 167-acre farm on Lower Lake Road, Lakeside. This farm was sold after their son John, who was in partnership with David, died in 1907.

David and Jane then retired to a small block of land in Carston Street, Leeston until their deaths in 1930 and 1931 respectively. They are both buried at Sedgemere. Of their children:

Samuel married Margaret Anne Greenwood and they farmed Clovernook and Thornview.
John, who farmed with his father, went to the war in South Africa in 1899 as a member of the Mounted Rifles. He was discharged in 1900, invalided home and died in 1907
Fanny Hurford married Ernest Galpin, and the couple farmed at Southbridge.
Alfred (William) Hurford married Mary Rothery and farmed the Rothery farm, "Grey-stone". After Mary's death, he remarried Isabella Millar.
Rosalyn Hurford married Frederick Ludemann, and they farmed at Papakaio, North Otago.
Lillian Hurford married Walter Wilson and settled also at Papakaio for a while before going to Leeston and then purchasing a farm at Kakanui.
Of the two youngest Hurford daughters, Ellen never married.
She lived with her sister Ethel at Rolleston who had married Daniel Smith, the couple living in Ashburton before retiring to Rolleston.

Around 120 descendants attended the 125th reunion of the Hurford family at the Leeston rugby clubrooms.
The anniversary cake, made by fifth-generation member, Janice McCartin, was cut by the oldest descendant at the reunion, Mrs Margaret Bowden.
Family trees were updated and copies of the family history were made available. Much of the research was completed by Bill Hurford who had travelled over from Australia for the reunion.
Descendants had also come from all parts of New Zealand to take part in the celebrations.
Although the family name is still carried on in many other districts, it's sad to note that, like many of the other old pioneering Ellesmere families there are now no Hurford sons farming in the area where their ancestors first settled.

 

 

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