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FamNet eNewsletter July 2019

  ISSN 2253-4040

Quote:  If you’re the family photographer (and not showing up in photos), your family historian descendants will become upset with you -Anon


Editorial 1

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Regular Contributors. 1

From the Developer 1

Publishing Living Family on Family Web Sites. 1

The Nash Rambler 1

Here I go again. 1

DNA Testing for Family History. 1

Jan’s Jottings. 1

Wairarapa Wandering. 1

The Bells! 1

Digging Into Historical Records. 1

Two Wanganui Beagles 1866. 1

Chinese Corner 1

Gordon Sai Louie and Co. Onehunga. 1

Guest Contributors. 1

Ken Morris. 1

Antarctica - Link to Photobook. 1

“MIN” – Minhinnick. 1

“A Dictionary of Kiwi Slang" 1

Thinking Outside "the Box" – employ a Coffin Confessor 1

From our Libraries and Museums. 1

Auckland Libraries. 1

HeritageTalks  - Waha pū-taonga. 1

August (Family History Month) 1

Auckland Family History Expo | Tāmaki Huinga Tātai Kōrero. 1

Group News. 1

Whangarei Family History Computer Group. 1

Waikanae Family History Group. 1

Waitara Districts History & Families Research Group. 1

News and Views. 1

Various Articles worth reading: 1

Digitalisation of Australian Joint Copying Project 1

Book Reviews. 1

In conclusion. 1

Help wanted. 1

Letters to the Editor 1

NZ General Hospital Number 2 (Mount Felix) 1

Advertising with FamNet 1

A Bit of Light Relief 1

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Greetings and welcome to another issue of the FamNet newsletter.

I am bamboozled by the weather. The last week and today have been brilliant days. I have particularly enjoyed sitting in the sun at my favourite coffee spot doing my crosswords and simply soaking in the sun. I'm spending less time in front of the computer.

My daffodils are confused - they are blooming in full force. A few of my shrubs are sprouting forth. Many seedlings have suddenly appeared in my vegetable garden. I let some plants run to seed and thus I get free plants the next year. My roses are starting to think about springing into growth. They aren't waiting for me to give them a "haircut". All this so soon after winter solstice. The seasons have gone mad.

Some of my regular columnists are overseas. My source of guest contributors has dried up or gone overseas. It must be the annual migratory time for New Zealand tourists.

It seems to be a bit of a dull period in the genealogy world with very little news of note. Hence my waffling along about nothing.

Anyway, here is our latest offering. I hope it is interesting despite its apparent shortness. You could help by putting forward an article for next month. Remember the conference in Mt Roskill is getting nearer - save your pennies to shout Robert and me a coffee and talk to us.


Peter Nash

Do you want to receive this newsletter every month?

This newsletter is free. There are not many free newsletters of this length in New Zealand. I am biased but it should be an interesting read.

To subscribe is easy too. Go onto the FAMNET website - don't misspell it as I have, twice already.

The front page is lovely, but click on [Newsletters].  A page opens showing you a list of all the past newsletters, you can click the link to read one that you’re interested in.

Like the front page, the newsletters page has a place where you can log on or register.   It’s in the top right-hand corner.  Put your email here and click [Continue].   If you aren’t already on our mailing list, there will be a message “Email not in database” and a button [New User] appears.  Click this and follow the dialog to register.  It’s free and easy.  You should receive a copy every month until you unsubscribe.

Robert has assured me that he will not send begging letters to your email - apparently, he has enough money at the moment. You will not have to put in your credit card number. You will not be charged a subscription.

Tell other genealogists so they can enjoy the newsletters too.


Peter Nash

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Regular Contributors

From the Developer

Publishing Living Family on Family Web Sites

Recently there was a discussion on the NZ Rootsweb mailing list about publishing a family tree.  What are the rules about including living people?  This was a topic that I’d researched when I was setting up NZGDB (now FamNet), so I contributed what I knew, and a useful discussion with Jo Broad and others followed.  Here I’ve reviewed and enlarged what was written there.

The discussion was initiated with somebody asking what the rules were, and citing a friend’s problem where a relative had put a lot of misleading information about her people. There is a generally followed convention that information about living people is not included in published family trees, but when it is there seems that there is nothing that can be done about it.  So, what are the rules?

Remember, I’m not a lawyer, I just develop computer software.  If you need actual legal advice, go to a lawyer.  That said, here’s my understanding.

Firstly, our privacy law says that you cannot publish any information about a living person, without their permission, that might cause them harm.   Medical information is especially private: and must be kept private beyond the subject’s death – for another 20 years, I think.  However, you can publish anything you like (except their medical records) about a person once they are dead.  Except for the medical extension, dead people have no privacy rights.  Nor rights to sue for libel in cases where the information is not true.

There is no problem with a private communication: I can send you an email with all the details about my family, but that's not publication.  Nor is putting information into a system such as a medical network where access is strictly controlled.  But putting that same information on a public web site is. 

Genealogists have adopted a rule “Leave out living people”, but this is more conservative than legally necessary. After all, if newspapers published nothing about living kiwis, there'd not be much published in the NZ Herald. But we don’t have the media’s resources to manage the balance between public interest and privacy, so even though it’s hard to see how publishing the names of my three daughters could cause them harm, the safe approach which we've all taken is to publish nothing about anybody who is, or might be, alive.

Which gives us a problem!  To be really useful we want our family trees to include our own family, including ourselves, our children, grandchildren, siblings etc – i.e. living people.  No problem as long as this is kept private, but now we want to share this with others to find out more about our shared ancestors and extended family.  Most genealogy web sites allow people to control access to their trees, but only to the whole tree: if I give you access to my tree then you’ll be able to see all its records.  So, I don’t want my full tree to be published on such a site, if I publish there then I will submit a truncated version of my tree with living people removed.  Which makes it useless for sharing with a cousin.  For cousins I’ll revert to email, sending them a copy of my full tree and hoping that they don’t publish it.  But as Jo wrote in a response to my first Rootsweb post,

“I once gave a distant cousin data for our shared line, assuming that as an established genie researcher she would not put it up online, only to find it had been posted on her website, including with people who were still alive. Once given it cannot be taken back.”

I’ve been hearing such complaints for as long as I’ve been involved with genealogy, and I believe that the problem will never be solved if all we can do is depend on everybody following the correct rules.  I think that we need a technology solution, and so managing privacy automatically was one of NZGDB/FamNet’s key objectives.  A technology approach may not be perfect, but it has a better chance of succeeding than trying to educate the world about safe sharing of GEDCOMs. 

When you upload a GEDCOM to FamNet, the privacy of every record in it is individually determined: -

1.   If a death is recorded, it's public

2.   If the record has been explicitly set public by the record owner (like this record), it's public.

3.   If the subject would be over 100, then it's public.  We assume that no death has been recorded.  I know that an increasing number of people live beyond 100, but in our defence this is the same rule as the Internal Affairs follow: you can apply for certificates for people > 100.

Now we get to the records that have neither birth nor death recorded.  FamNet starts looking at the record of their descendants: -

4.   If they have a child that would be older than 80, => Public

5.   Ditto grandchild older than 50

6.   Ditto greatgrandchild older than 20

7.   Any GGGrandchildren

Like the 100-year rule, these rules are compromises trying to find a balance between always correct and being so conservative that you unduly limit useful information that has no actual risk.  You could argue that a person might live to 110, and have had children when they were aged 15, but the probabilities of these combining in any particular tree are low, and the above rules seem to work well. The only errors we’re aware of are in the conservative direction, where we have kept records private of people that are actually dead. The only privacy complaint that we've had was in the early days of NZGDB when somebody was complaining to the NZSG (but not to us) that we were disclosing his private information.  It took me a month to make contact with the complainant and find out what was wrong.  It turned out that one of the records of a dead person (therefore public) had a text note attached to it that included "Information from xxxx, email yyyy, phone zzzz": it was the use of his name, email, and phone number in this note that was his complaint.  I removed the note immediately, but it struck me at the time that the complaint was a bit silly.  I doubt that this would have met the test of "might cause harm".

The benefit of this is that you can load your complete tree into FamNet and rely on it to sort out public/private for you.  Eventually the 100-year rule will make them all public.  In the meantime, you can share the complete tree with your "family group", your list of emails (userids) to which you grant full access.   This would be considered a private communication, conceptually it's no different to you sending a copy of your complete GEDCOM by email to a family member, but you haven’t lost control: you can always withdraw their permission by editing your family group.   Also, they won’t propagate obsolete or incorrect copies of your information, firstly because if you update your information they will see the updated record, and secondly because FamNet doesn’t provide any download so they won’t copy your records into their tree, instead they will link to them.

The technology solution is not perfect however, and you should still be sensitive to publishing information that may cause distress to others.  A situation that Jo cites is of parents who have had a child die when very young who do not want this to be public knowledge.  Similarly, do you record youthful lawbreaking?  The easiest answer is to leave this out of the tree, but if you want to include it FamNet provides the ability to publish a document with a password, and to give the password an expiry data so that the document will eventually become public.  The expiry date is whatever you like – tomorrow, or 100 years hence.  I don’t know if anybody has ever used this facility.

Telling your story: Index

1.    Writing your story as notes, or with Word.  

2.    Embedding pictures in Word documents

3.    Saving Documents for Web Publication.

4.    Saving Scrapbook Items

5.    Sharing your Story: Managing your Family Group

6.    On Line Editing: More Facts, Family, GDB Links

7.    Comparing and Synchronising Records

8.    Producing and Using Charts

9.    Merging Trees.  Part 1:  Why Bother?

10.  Merging Trees.  Part 2:  Adding Records On-Line

11.  Merging Trees.  Part3.  Combining Existing Trees

12.  Finding Your Way Around FamNet (Getting Help)  

13.  FamNet – a Resource for your Grandchildren

14.  FamNet’s General Resource Databases
15.  Updating General Resource Databases

16.  Privacy

17.  Indexes: beyond Excel.

18.  Linking trees

19.  Uploading a GEDCOM file

20.  Uploading Objects to your Database

21.  Bulk-uploading Objects.  FamNet resource: Useful Databases.

Robert Barnes

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The Nash Rambler

 Here I go again.

Over the last few years that I have been writing this column I have undertaken two trips to Europe. The planning for these "grand tours" has caused much mental anguish as I fought my genealogy addiction. The great debate was spending some of my time in British repositories, visiting the areas my ancestors lived, visiting churches and churchyards etc etc and the consequent annoyance of my patient and sometimes understanding wife versus total abstinence from my addiction and consequently much happier spouse.

The first trip ended up with my addiction being served with a week roaming through Lincolnshire exploring villages, churches and churchyards, a tour through a few cemeteries in Belgium and France to visit graves of my family casualties, a wander through Highgate cemetery in London. I thought that was a compromise I could live with and I thoroughly enjoyed that trip. You see in the planning stage it was one on one and I could out negotiate my wife.

The second trip involved almost no genealogical exploring. I did get to Kew but not the Archives rather the Gardens. I photographed some graves in Charmouth but I have no ancestry down there. I visited fossil shops in Devon and purchased one but they weren't of the human kind. I was outnumbered by five to one as I fought during the planning stages. You see it was a family Christmas exercise and because it was seven years since the last one I had no show in the negotiations. I must admit to enjoying that trip.

So the score in our tour planning and the subsequent planning battles was thus 1 - 1.

Now to my problems -we are off again early next year to visit England and my two sons. Serious discussions are taking place. My sister and her husband are coming with us and we are undertaking a long-talked-about dream of visiting a "few" whisky distilleries in Scotland. One of my sons and his partner are joining us on the tour of Scotland. According to my calculations I am about a third Scottish or should I say scotch in this context. A few of my Scottish ancestors had a serious love of their national drink with at least one being legally banned from drinking in a pub in New Zealand. So you could say it is a genealogical tour in the sense that we would be seriously researching that national treasure that was a large part of my family history. But I cannot call that a win.

My problem is that my ancestors lived in Aberdeenshire on the east coast of Scotland. Where do five sixths of the travelling group want to go - the west coast of Scotland? Hmmm, I'm losing. Unfortunately five sixths of the travelling group have no interest in their ancestry. I have had a major victory in that I have gained acceptance of a circular tour of Scotland - up the west coast and down the east coast. Now we are in deep negotiations as to what the east coast tour will be and what the daily programme will be. I'm trying not to be insistent. I'm trying to suggest a few days wandering in a few villages of importance to my ancestry without exposing the real reason I want to visit those particular villages. They are extremely suspicious. But I have a trump card or two to play - these villages are in Speyside, a major whisky manufacturing area. I have to be careful because I may win but lose in that they'll sample the national drink while I wander through villages, churches and churchyards. Do I really want to do that? MMMMM!!!!! It is a terrible thing to put two addictions against one another - scotch v genealogy.

There are also two major genealogy conferences in the areas we are visiting - one in Scotland and one in London. I have mentioned the London one and that news was not received very well. I am keeping quiet about the Scottish conference but am quietly trying to be within twenty miles of the venue at the time it is being held. I'm being a little more successful but there is severe suspicion about my suggestions. It is terrible being the patriarch in my family which is unfortunately strongly matriarchal in its makeup.

Negotiations are continuing.

Regards to all

Peter Nash

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DNA Testing for Family History

From the editor: Gail has written quite a series on DNA Testing. You will see them all on the FAMNET website and they are a must-read, particularly if you are considering or have had a test done. They are easy to read and not too technical. 

Unfortunately for us Gail is overseas somewhere and cannot contribute this month.

Gail Riddell

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Index so far

Jan’s Jottings

From the editor: Like Gail, Jan is overseas at the moment, so there’s no contribution from her this month. 


Jan Gow

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Wairarapa Wandering

The Bells! 

AdeleI have a standing subscription with a great England monthly magazine, Best of British, which my sister organises for me.

Back in 2004, I can remember emailing a foundry in England for information about the bells of Carterton. I received a great response from them. They even gave me the sizes ordered back in early 1900 and the ship they came out on together with the clock from J. B Joyce of Whitchurch. I know the records for the Joyce Company are with Smiths Clocks of Derbyshire, who have taken over J B Joyce. 

But getting back to the magazine, I couldn’t find the edition, in 2017, where the foundry featured. Being inquisitive, the other month I wanted to know more as another magazine featured that foundry. 

So I emailed them again, and what a response I received. It appears a director of the Company is based in Mosman Park, Perth, and even better, I was told by the them that I would be contacted shortly. Sure enough an email arrived from Andrew Reynolds, who was due to visit New Zealand in May this year (2019) and would love to visit Carterton and view the bells from his family foundry. How is that for service!

He explained that he had to be in Hamilton for a meeting, then down to Levin, so he could visit Carterton as well. So I contacted our mayor, John Booth, and advised him about the proposed visit. I also advised a few folk that I knew would be interested to meet up with Andrew, especially the person who is what I call the caretaker of our clock tower and bells.

When he arrived, we met at Council, and walked down to the tower which is presently under wraps. It was having a makeover and being strengthened.  Andrew climbed up to the bells and tested them for us, wearing, of course, the special gear required.

I did hear later one of the shopkeepers say, gosh the bells must be back on track again heard them ring - little did they know what was going on that afternoon.

Back in 1942, Wairarapa had an earthquake and our lovely Post Office came down. I am trying to find a photograph of it as it appeared then. It was 20 years later, a replacement tower was built to hold the clock and bells, near the replaced Post Office. Sadly Carterton does not have a Post Office now -  it's in with Take Note, High Street South. I am looking forward to the bells and clock working again in town, as I miss the bells ringing.

Adele Pentony-Graham

12 Neich’s Lane

Clareville 5713

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Digging Into Historical Records  

Two Wanganui Beagles 1866

William Thomas Owen (1831-1904) was photographed by William James Harding at Wanganui in the 1860s with his two tri-colour beagles. [1] The larger “spotted” male was named ‘Regent’ and the “black and white” female was named ‘Music’. They were registered by Owen on 31 January 1866 under the provisions of the Dog Nuisance Act 1849. Previously he had registered two male retrievers, ‘Frank’ and ‘Romp’, at Wanganui in 1862. The beagles probably arrived sometime after the annual registration of ‘Frank’ in March 1864. In January 1865 there were no dogs registered under Owen’s name. [2] Were these the first beagles to arrive in New Zealand?

If it is assumed that the beagles arrived between 31 January 1865 and 31 January 1866 is there any way to prove this? Perhaps Owen travelled to Wellington to collect them? He had two brothers living there, Edward Owen (1834-1871) and Hayward Arthur Owen (1835-1915). Up till the end of 1864 they were trading as Owen Bros., merchants, commission agents, chemists and druggists. In January 1865 Edward went into partnership with Francis Sidey, and Hayward Arthur commenced business as a chemist and druggist in his own name. [3]

An examination of shipping between Wellington and Wanganui revealed that William Thomas Owen arrived at Wellington on the steamship Wanganui on 14 September 1865 and returned via the same vessel two days later. [4] Just before the steamer left a large handsome brown retriever, named ‘Frank’, glimpsed his former master Mr Owen. In his excitement he “made a leap as the steamer was casting off from the wharf, and missing his mark, plunged into the water. The wharf was crowded, and many efforts were made to induce the noble animal to swim for the steps, but he boldly struck out in the wake of the moving vessel, and in spite of threatening gestures from those on board, and the imminent danger of being struck by the fan, he held on his way, and followed the vessel for more than two miles, though it was blowing fresh from the S.E. at the time, with a nasty sea. His progress was anxiously watched from the wharf, until fearing for his safety, a boat put off, and after some considerable difficulty rescued the faithful creature, who is none the worse for his prolonged swim.” It is assumed that ‘Frank’ was returned to his owner, Mr Ramsey. The closest person of similar name residing near William Lyon’s bookshop in Willis Street, where ‘Frank’ was “generally to be seen basking in the sun” was George Ramsay (1827-1884). [5] George had resided in Wellington since 1841, was a printer by occupation and had a house in Cuba Street. Nothing was said about Owen having any other dogs.

Owen visited Wellington again in December 1865, arriving via the Wanganui on the 13th. [6] On the same day the ship James Lyster arrived from London. Included in the list of imports were “6 casks, 3 cases – Owen.” There were also 10 hogsheads (barrels) for Owen, Sidey & Co. [7] Maybe there were also two beagles in the unmentioned livestock?

The only other vessel to arrive from England before Owen returned to Wanganui was the Wild Duck from London. Other possibilities were vessels from Melbourne (3), Sydney (1) and Newcastle (1). No clues under ‘imports’ were found and similar details for local coastal vessels were not investigated.

The departure of Owen from Wellington via the Wanganui on 28 December may put the arrival of the beagles in Wanganui the same or next day. [8] This would represent the earliest date for the beagles photograph. There is a second Harding photograph of a Miss Owen that features the same patterned flooring and may have been taken about the same time. This is likely to be his daughter Olive Elizabeth Owen, aged about 14 years, if taken in 1866. [9] This in turn suggests that perhaps there should also be a photograph of his second wife, Mary Owen nee Stent (1842-1872). There is a third Harding photograph, with the same floor covering, of an unidentified woman. [10] Could this be Mary?

In October 1866 “The Protection of Certain Animals Act” was amended so as to allow for the hunting of hares with beagles. As Owen’s beagles were not registered in 1867 or 1868 perhaps they had found a new home?

At the time Owen ran a profitable Wanganui business as a chemist and druggist, wine and spirit merchant and general importer on the southwest corner of Saint Hill Street and Taupo Quay. [11-13]

The Dogs New Zealand website records that “the first beagles reported to be introduced in to New Zealand were imported in 1868 by Governor Sir George Grey.” [14] Seven pure bred beagle hounds arrived in Auckland from Kawau Island on 13 June 1868. “The dogs appear to have been reared with great care, and are stated to be of a pure breed, having been imported from the kennels of H.R.H. the late Prince Consort.” [15] They were all sold at the Haymarket by Alfred Buckland on 20 June 1868 and realised from 6s to 12s 6d each. [16] A few days later a beagle dog with a registered collar round his neck stamped with W.M. was advertised as lost. “Whoever returns the same to the Perth and Dundee Hotel will be rewarded.” [17]

On 24 April 1869 Buckland offered for sale four pure-bred beagles. [18] Could these be from the batch of seven? By September 1872 Auckland apparently had no beagles as these needed to be acquired before hare hunting could be commenced. [19]

The brothers, Robert and Every McLean, hosted the first day’s public hunting with beagles in Auckland Province at their “Bleak House estate” in Howick on 18 October 1873. [20] The Every Brother’s beagles arrived from England on the ship Berar on 03 September 1873. The voyage started with a pair named ‘Fuddler’ and ‘Cloudy’ and during the voyage ten puppies were born. [21] The owner, Dr Cunningham, sold the beagles to Alfred Buckland who in turn sold them to the Every Brothers. [22]

So up to this point there are no clues as to what happened to Owen’s two beagles ‘Regent’ and ‘Music’ or where they may have come from. It is quite possible that they were sourced from one of the beagle packs operating in Australia in 1865. To name a few there were the Hamilton Beagles of Victoria, the Quorn Hall and Melton Mowbray Beagles of Tasmania, Mr Anderson’s Beagles in New South Wales and the Flemington Beagles in Queensland.

The three Owen family photographs can be viewed as a Digital NZ story at:


[1] Alexander Turnbull Library Reference 1/4-004508-G

[2] Wanganui / Rangitikei Dog Collar Registration 1857-1868 Archives NZ Reference ACIA 16203 WP11 3/11 (R17053870)

[3] Wellington Independent 10 Jan 1865 Advertisement – Dissolution of Owen Bros and establishment of Owen, Sidey & Co.

[4] Shipping Intelligence Evening Post 14, 16 and 18 Sep 1865

[5] Evening Post 21 Sep 1865 Local and General News – Canine Sagacity

[6] Evening Post 14 Dec 1865 Shipping Intelligence

[7] Wellington Independent 14 Dec 1865 for arrival of James Lyster and 15 Dec 1865 Imports

[8] Shipping Intelligence Evening Post 28 Dec 1865 and Wellington Independent 30 Dec 1865

[9] Alexander Turnbull Library Reference 1/4-006139-G

[10] Alexander Turnbull Library Reference 1/4-006905-G

[11] Wanganui Chronicle 29 Nov 1904 The Late Mr William Thomas Owen

[12] Wanganui Electoral Rolls 1865-1868 Leasehold, Taupo Quay, house and section 42

[13] Map showing allotments in Wanganui town and suburbs 1860s Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections NZ Map 4267

[14] Dogs New Zealand – General information about the Beagle

[15] Daily Southern Cross 16 Jun 1868

[16] Daily Southern Cross 22 Jun 1868

[17] New Zealand Herald 27 Jun 1868 Lost

[18] New Zealand Herald 23 Apr 1869 For Sale

[19] West Coast Times 02 Sep 1872

[20] New Zealand Herald 22 Oct 1873 Hunting

[21] Auckland Star 03 Sep 1873 Arrival of ship Berar from London


Pandora Research

Dawn Chambers

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Chinese Corner 

Gordon Sai Louie and Co. Onehunga the 1921 census, there were 355 Chinese living in what was then Auckland city, focussed around the central business district. There were another 34 living in Newmarket borough, six in Mount Eden, 28 living in Onehunga and six in Otahuhu.

Chan Ying Kew (Gordon Sai Louie) established his fruit and vegetable grocery store here in 1929. He came to New Zealand at the age of 16 in 1894 with his uncle, Ah Chee, one of the most influential businessmen in the early years of Chinese settlement in Auckland. Sai Louie played an integral role in Ah Chee’s businesses and success and became known as an astute and clever businessman in his own right. Mr Sai Louie was a great social worker among his own people. He helped market gardeners with immigration matters, and other issues and he imported foodstuffs for the convenience of his countrymen.

The upstairs part of Sai Louie’s premises functioned as the family residence by Sai Louie and his wife, Chung Hung Lim and children Rona, Gordon, May and Ernie. Onehunga contained a small but significant Chinese community during the 1930s, including a number of market gardeners.

Two years after Sai Louie’s passing, in 1947, three of Sai Louie’s children bought the property. A fish shop in the northern half of the building was converted to hold Chinese groceries, and the back of the building was extended to house bulk supplies.  His children carried on his legacy. His daughter, May Sai Louie, worked in the shop from 1929, and is said to have been the longest-serving storekeeper in Onehunga when she retired in 1988. The property was sold by the Sai Louie family in 1996.


Helen Wong

Guest Contributors 

Ken Morris 

Antarctica - Link to Photobook

Following on my earlier articles on my trip to Antarctica and on the Shackleton Epic I have finished the photobook of the trip

And the link to a copy via Dropbox is below – will hopefully convince people to put it on the “bucket list” and don’t leave it too late.


 “MIN” – Minhinnick

Sir Gordon Edward George Minhinnick (13 June 1902 – 19 February 1992)

He was born in Cornwall and came to New Zealand in 1921 where he studied architecture for four years. In 1926 he joined the New Zealand Free Lance as cartoonist, but soon transferred to the Christchurch Sun and thence to the Auckland Sun. He joined the NZ Herald as a political cartoonist in 1930 and although he officially retired in 1976, contributed cartoons to the newspaper for more than another decade. Over 8000 of his cartoons are available online in the Auckland War Memorial Museum

The 80’s provided “rich pickings” for Min especially Robert Muldoon, as well as Economy, the Moscow Olympics, tour of South Africa, Unions & FOL, immigration and “The Falklands”







“A Dictionary of Kiwi Slang"

David Mc Gill Published 1988

A selection from A to D and I must admit some are new to me and that even though only published ~ 30 years ago a number of the “slangs” would now be “politically incorrect”



Thinking Outside "the Box" – employ a Coffin Confessor

This recent article in our local paper about an enterprising entrepreneur will provide a new source of

family history data to be collected at funerals. Not sure how to verify the information, but there is sure

to be lively discussions at the wake, if anyone still around!



Ken Morris

From our Libraries and Museums

We are offering a forum to our libraries and museums to publicise their events, and to contribute articles to this newsletter that may be of interest to our readers. Auckland Libraries makes good use of this free service, let’s see if other libraries and museums take up this offer.

For readers of this newsletter: please bring this to the attention of your local libraries etc, and encourage them to participate.

Auckland Libraries

 HeritageTalks  - Waha -taonga

Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond?


Then why not come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks | Waha -taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage?

These talks are given by experts in their field and can provide valuable insight into our histories.


When: At least fortnightly on Wednesdays, from February to November, 12pm - 1pm unless otherwise stated
Where: Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, Lorne St, Auckland
Cost: Free
Booking: All welcome. Booking recommended but not essential.


To ensure your place, please contact Research Central on 09 890 2412, or book online at

revival, and Waitangi treaty claims, positive signs of recovery emerged. Utilizing documentary footage, Haunui Royal examines key themes arising from that period, and some of the personal stories behind this renaissance.


The lost suburb of Newton East with Lynnie Howcroft, Elianna Gabriel, Jade Oskar Harvey and S’Wee H’ng

Wednesday 17 July, 12pm -1pm

Join Lynnie Howcroft and the team behind the children’s book, Barkell and Mr Arkell, Elianna Gabriel, Jade Oskar Harvey and S’Wee H’ng; They’ll discuss their tentative journey into self-publishing, and how they developed this true story of characters who lived in Newton East, 80 years before construction of the Newton Motorway Interchange. It promises to be an inspirational discussion about bringing history to life, for both adults and children.


Your DNA Heritage with Michelle Patient

Wednesday 24 July, 12pm -1pm

There is a lot of hype and misunderstanding around the results of DNA tests. Are the tests a waste of time? Or are they a valuable tool for family historians? In this talk genetic genealogist Michelle Patient will discuss what the tests can reveal. She compares the work done by different companies and explains how the results can be useful for understanding our heritage.


New Zealand Imperialism in the Cook Islands with Chris Turnbull

Wednesday 31 July, 12pm -1pm

Fifty years after the Treaty of Waitangi, colonial New Zealand was given a second opportunity to shape the new government of a Pacific polity. This talk discusses the meeting of Colonial and Island cultures in the Cook Islands and argues that Island leaders were significant in determining the outcome. Chris Turnbull, an Auckland Libraries Heritage Trust scholar in 2018/19, is currently working on a PhD about Pacific History.


August (Family History Month)

1 to 31 August 2019

Family History Month at Auckland Libraries
Various library venues around the Auckland region – check with your local library.

Auckland Family History Expo | Tāmaki Huinga Tātai Kōrero

Friday 9 August to Sunday 11 August 2019

Auckland Libraries and the Genealogical Computing Group proudly present a weekend-long event covering a wide range of topics on researching genealogy, whakapapa and family history.

Seminars • exhibitors • computer workshops • ask-an-expert sessions • research assistance • raffle prizes.

International guest speakers

•          Cyndi Ingle, US (CyndisList)

•          Nick Barratt, UK (broadcaster/historian)

•          Raymon Naisbitt, US, FamilySearch

•          Jason Reeve, AncestryAU

•          Russ Wilding, US, MyHeritage.

Local guest speakers

•          Jan Gow QM FSG

•          Andy Fenton

•          Fiona Brooker

•          Michelle Patient .... and more to be announced.


• Ancestry • Archives New Zealand •  Auckland Libraries •FamilySearch •  FamilyTree DNA FamNet •  Guild of One Name Studies •  Head to Head Productions • Hooked on Genealogy Tours/Beehive Books •  Memories In Time • Mentis •  MyHeritage •  National Army Museum (Kippenberger Research Library •  National Library of New Zealand/PapersPast •  NZ Chinese Genealogy Group •         NZ Fencible Society •  NZ Society of Genealogists Inc •    NZ Micrographics •  Wales – NZ Family History Society

Come and see us at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland. Find out more at


The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper with Cyndi Ingle

Wednesday 7 August, 12pm -1pm

Don’t give up if Google and traditional search engines fail to return useful information. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections of commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.
US genealogist Cyndi Ingle is one of the keynote speakers at the Auckland Family History Expo.

Family History & the Media – Behind the scenes of WDYTYA with Nick Barratt

Wednesday 7 August, 1.30-2.30pm

UK author, broadcaster, and historian Dr Nick Barratt is best known for his work on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? series. In this session, Nick discusses broadcast media and how the rise of the internet has transformed genealogy and family history. He will reflect on how the hit BBC series was commissioned, researched and filmed. Using case studies from the show, he explores how several celebrities changed the way the programme was made - with a profound impact on the way audiences embraced a new style of research.

Come and hear Nick tell us about what really goes on behind the scenes of these TV programmes. More opportunities to hear Nick Barratt speak at the Auckland Family History Expo.

Russ Wilding, MyHeritage

Wednesday 14 August, 12pm -1pm

Another opportunity to hear Auckland Family History Expo speaker and MyHeritage Chief Content Officer Russ advise us on using MyHeritage technologies to discover your family history. He’ll also tell us how MyHeritageDNA can become another tool in your genealogy toolbox to help find missing links and verify your research.

The Many Faces of D.B. Russell 1862-1940 with Lisa Truttman
Wednesday 21 August, 12pm -1pm

Light opera singer, entrepreneur, impresario, supposed construction engineer, agricultural expert, resident agent and manager: D.B. Russell convinced people he could do virtually anything – then left behind little record of his activities. Lisa will discuss how she researched his life via archives held in New Zealand, Australia, America and Mexico. D.B. Russell enjoyed a career on stage in the Far East and travelled through the Pacific during a time of British and New Zealand imperial activity in the area. She discovered shady deals in the Gilded Age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America, a grand Auckland canal project which never materialised, and his experience of the 1911 Mexican revolution.

Dall'altra parte del mondo: To the other side of the world with Giuseppe Gallina

Wednesday 28 August, 12pm -1pm

Giuseppe Gallina presents an illustrated talk about the evolution of Italian emigration to New Zealand which began in 1769 with the first arrival - a Venetian sailor who came on the Endeavour with James Cook.

Giuseppe explains why Italians left their homeland for this country, when they came, where they settled, the work they did, and the challenges they faced as their community grew.

Wills and probates with Marie Hickey

Wednesday 11 September, 12pm -1pm

Many researchers believe that it’s not worth looking for their ancestors’ wills, because their family didn’t have much money. This means that they miss out on vital information: Lists of household items, what happened to a particular item, or even learning about a family squabble.

This presentation will look at material from New Zealand, England, Scotland and Ireland, including websites where information may be found and why you may not find anything when you believe that there should be a will.

The growth of New Zealand towns with Hugh Dickie

Wednesday 25 September, 12pm -1pm

Enjoy an interactive visualise presentation including fascinating facts about the growth (or otherwise) of our towns and cities, including a focus on Auckland.  Misconceptions and historical myths are dealt with, as well as current trends and possible future changes.  Based on extensive new research.

5 October to 27 October 2019

Auckland Heritage Festival
Various events around the Auckland region.

See more HeritageTalks at


Nga mihi | Kind regards


Seonaid (Shona) Lewis RLIANZA | Family History Librarian

Central Auckland Research Centre, Central City Library

Heritage and Research

Auckland Libraries - Nga Whare Matauranga o Tamaki Makarau

Ph 09 890 2411| Extn (46) 2411 | Fax 09 307 7741

Auckland Libraries, Level 2, Central City Library, 44 - 46 Lorne Street, Auckland

Visit our website:

@Kintalk on Twitter / Auckland Research Centre on Facebook


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Whangarei Family History Computer Group


image001 Wayne: (09) 437 2881

 Pat: (09) 437 0692


Thursday evening venue is 6 Augusta Place, Whau Valley. Call Wayne or Pat or;

email, if you need directions.

 Saturday meetings are held in the SeniorNet rooms in James Street.

The rooms are upstairs in the Arcade leading to Orr’s Pharmacy and Tiffany’s Café, Start time 9.30 till finished before 1.30pm.






Waikanae Family History Group

WFHG Contacts: Email:

Venue: Meets every 4th Thursday morning at the Waikanae Chartered Club, 8 Elizabeth Street Waikanae, just over the Railway Crossing from 9.30am to 12 -12.30pm, every month from January to November.

Research days: at the Waikanae Public Library, 10am to 12 noon on second Wednesday of each month.



Waitara Districts History & Families Research Group

 The contact details of this group are:

Waitara Districts History & Families Research Group

Rose Cottage 33 Memorial Place


Tel: 06 – 754 – 3212



President:- Rona Hooson 

Vice President:- Doree Smith

Secretary:- Trish Smart

Treasurer:- Marilyn O’Lander



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News and Views

Various Articles worth reading:          

From the Editor: Because of space restrictions and copyright issues I cannot put the complete articles in this newsletter so here are some URLs that are worth looking at:

Digitalisation of Australian Joint Copying Project

The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) is a collection of unique historical material relating to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific dating from 1560 to 1984. 

Records filmed by the AJCP include a diverse range of material from UK Government Departments such as the Admiralty, Home Office, Colonial Office, the Dominions Office held by The National Archives of the UK and County Record Offices as well as personal archives and manuscripts of leading politicians, explorers, scientists, religious and missionary societies, convicts and businesses held by private organisations or individuals.

The project to digitise the content of the AJCP microfilm will be completed by the 30th June 2020. Content is released monthly and a summary is available on the project news page.

Detailed descriptions and digitised images of all records filmed by the AJCP are available through online finding aids. Specific searches on collections, personal, family and organisational names and subjects can also be done through Trove.


From the Editor:  I have used this major source to read the muster records of the 70th Regiment in which my famous great grandfather served or should I say spent most of his time deserting from in the 1860s. If you don't know anything about this you should spend some time reading the webpage provided above


Book Reviews

In conclusion

Help wanted

Letters to the Editor

NZ General Hospital Number 2 (Mount Felix)



Thank you very much for publishing my request regarding NZ General Hospital No 2 (Mount Felix) in the June newsletter.  I have received some interesting replies which have helped.  In the request I said I was interested in hearing from anyone who had an ancestor treated at the hospital and I should have added I would also like to hear from anyone who had an ancestor who worked there at any time.

Also, I am a volunteer with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and one of the things we do is conduct tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery which is not too far from Walton on Thames.  If anyone is planning to visit the UK and would like to visit the cemetery they can contact me and I should be able to arrange something.  If anyone has an ancestor who died in either world war and is buried at Brookwood or Walton on Thames I am able to provide a photograph of their headstone and I am happy to place a memorial cross or similar on any of the graves if they so wish.


Keep up the good work.

Best wishes


Graham Grist

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