Charles Edward Moore Curtis m. Julia Ann Newth
8 Dec 1861 1888 22 Apr 1862
d. Jun 1919 d. Jan 1954
aged 58 yrs aged 92 yrs
I I I I I I I I I I
Henry Elida William Archibald Gerda Clifton Ivan Bernard Ivy Gordon Cyril
Edward Florence Ellen Leonard Raymond Irene Ashton Oswald Melba Wilson Nolan
1889 10 Feb 1891 24 Jan 1893 22 Aug 1894 21 Sep 1896 7 Aug 1898 1901 1902 1904 23 Jul 1908
d. 14 Nov 1916 d. 18 Mar 1944 d. 19 Jul 1966 d. 17 Jan 1966 d. 25 Nov 1984 d. 28 May 1972 d. 4 Jun 1962 d. 3 Mar 1959 d. 27 Sep 1973
France Greymouth Christchurch Christchurch
bur. Cite Bon Jean
Armentieres m. 1914 m. 1914 m. 1940 m. 1920 m. 1921 m. m. 1923 m. 1925 m. 1932
James Hazeldine Annie Mary Norma Wilson Edward Cooper Jessie Neilson Ellen Gamble William Tell Kathleen May Gladys Alice
Teresa McGinley 1918 - 1988 Joyce Kells ? 1901 - 21 Oct 1932 Lanini Webster Smith
1899 - 1960 31 Jul 1897 10 Apr 1907
d. 3 Sep 1941
m. 1934 m.
Evelyn Beryl Hart Gladys Seymour
I I I I I
Mavis Edna Ann Harold Keith William
Nola Ronny Hart Wilma Patricia Ann
Notes: from those that knew them well. "....." notes from Merv.
ARCHIBALD RAYMOND 1894: Most talked about member of the family. Escapades would fill the page. My Mum's favorite uncle - he could certainly charm the ladies. Nephews were not as enarmoured it would seem from the stories. "Proper Army man. Area Commander for the West Coast. Got a medal for saving peoples lives". "Worked in Lolly factory after war - boiled lollies - in the old Greymouth Bourough Coucil Buildings. Played the stock exchange." 1930 Stones Directory - Gold miner, Maori Creek. 1944 Stones Directory - Captain, MC. 5 Joyce Cres., Greymouth. 1948 Stones Directory - Tearooms, 98 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth. Died aged 71.
BERNARD OSWALD IVAN 1901: Known as Ivan. "Worked for Cyril up Glenroy Sluicing Claim between about 1938 and 1941. By this stage he was married to Beryl Hart. Had a heart condition. Had a heart attack at race course." 1930 Stones Directory - labourer, Stillwater. 1939 Stones Directory - sawmiller, Fox St., Cobden. 1944 Stones Directory - Harbour Board employee, 29 Peel St., Cobden.
Another visit - "Had TB earlier in life. Assume he didn't marry Nell Gamble (the mother of his son Harry Curtis) as her tombstone has her birth nameon it. The family apparently accidentally buried Ivan beside another Nell Gamble, but opted not to bother moving him as they fought like cat anddog anyway, and figured they were better left apart. Son Harry brought up by the Gamble family."
Kevin - " Worked a dredge at the Marawera for years. Also worked for the Harbour Board loading coal boats on the wharf. Went overseas ? Papua New Guinea - looking for gold for a company called ? Lear McMahon for a few years. Gordon supposed to go with him but his wife wouldn't allow it. Had a son Harold by ? wife Ellen Gamble and later a son Ronny to Beryl Hart. "
Died aged 60 yrs.
CHARLES EDWARD MOORE 1861: Kevin - "Charles Lived at Stillwater for many years and later moved into Peel St., Cobden, where he built the largest house there at the time.
Wife ANNIE (JULIA ANN NEWTH). "Strict and straighter than a handle of a broom". A great walker and at a good pace. She would be mistaking for a young woman from behind. I heard one story of how she would cart Silver Pine knots in a pushchair from Stillwater to Cobden for furniture for the new house there to be made up at Uddstroms Factory in Quay St., Cobden. Harold (Barney) Sutherland and his wife Anne are supposed to have been in possession of o dresser from the house. Went up to Reefton to look after Roy and other kids there while mother was hospitalised during the war.
CLIFTON ASHTON 1898: "Caught a lot of whitebait that he would take up to those Curtis families working out of Reefton. Had the Curtis coal mine at Point Elizabeth, Rapahoe - virtually from the sea cliff - winched up the cliff into bins." There is a film strip of this in National Archives that I saw many years ago. He and Jessie adopted one of Jessie's nieces. I went to stay with them in Paroa as a 15 or 16 year old. Coming from spending my life in new suburban houses the outhouse came as a big shock. I suffered terrible constipation for the week. I learnt a lot about the West Coast during that week though and have wanted to live there ever since.
Kevin - "Cliff had the Curtis mine at the 8 mile doing long wall mining. Later worked for Public Works as a diesel mechanic and he also did all the rope splicing for the mines on the Coast. Married his childhood sweetheart Jessie Kells. Also worked up at the Matukituki and Reefton. Had a Morris once but after that had a love affair with VWs. Sent to Wellington to help the folk from the Lost Tribe in a court case over settlement of ground the government wanted to take off them that was gold rich. Judge dismissed it in the end. Jessie and Cliff great cobbers of Gerda." 1930 Stones Directory - Miner, Baton. 1944 Stones Directory - fitter, Paroa.
Died aged 72 yrs.
GORDON WILSON 1904: "A good generous joker. Had a bad stomach and was getting treated by a doctor he would go up to Reefton to visit." "Helped build a boat with a Mr. Shelton called Melba". 1930 Stones Directory - Fireman, Peel St., Cobden. 1939 Stones Directory - Fireman, Peel St., Cobden. 1948 Stones Directory - labourer, 19 Peel St., Cobden.
HENRY EDWARD 1889: Quit his job in Police in ChCh to sign up and dead 8 months later. Died aged 24.
WILLIAM LEONARD 1893: Unlike his siblings, he was not a social man and kept to himself. 1930 Stones Directory - Carpenter, 47 Boundary St., Greymouth. 1939 Stones Directory - Carpenter, Preston Rd., Greymouth. 1944 Stones Directory - Carpenter, 5 Preston Rd., Greymouth. Died aged 73 yrs.