PART THIRTEEN

 

The Stroud to South Africa (SA) and New Zealand (NZ) Line

1750 to 2010

 

Updated May 2019

 

 

This is the family line of Philip Godfrey Collett (Ref. 13R74) of Cape Province,

and Brigid Louise Schalker nee Collett (Ref. 13R129) of Grahamstown (SA).

Philip’s line is denoted by the names in capital letters,

while Brigid’s line is denoted by the underlined names

 

To date, no link has been found to connect William Collett (Ref. 13M2), or any of his siblings, to any of the other Collett family lines.  However, there were many members of the wider Collett living within a three-mile radius of Stroud at the end of the eighteenth century.  One of them was the recently discovered Charles Collett (Ref. 13O1) who sailed to a new life in New Zealand where other members of the Gloucestershire family from that area of the county had already settled.  Prior to December 2014 the family line of that Charles Collett had been included as an Appendix in Part 6 – The New Zealand Line, but has now been placed in its rightful here in Part 13, hence the change in the title of this family line.  This discovery is all thanks to Kelvin Parker in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Much of the original information used in the June 2008 edition of this family line was extracted from www.1820settlers.com and the UK Census records

 

 

 

13L1

Undiscovered Collett parents born circa 1750 and married circa 1770.  It is purely the common place of birth of the children of the three gentlemen named below which has prompted the assumption that Joseph, William and James were indeed brothers and the sons of hereto unknown parents.

 

 

 

13M1

Joseph Collett

Born circa 1772

 

13M2

WILLIAM COLLETT

Born circa 1775

 

13M3

James Collett

Born circa 1778

 

 

 

 

13M1

Joseph Collett was born around 1772 and he married Elizabeth Ricketts on 22nd July 1798 at Painswick.  All of their children were born and baptised at nearby Stroud.

 

 

 

13N1

James Collett

Baptised in 1803 at Stroud

 

13N2

William Collett

Baptised in 1805 at Stroud

 

13N3

Elizabeth Collett

Baptised in 1807 at Stroud

 

13N4

George Collett

Baptised in 1809 at Stroud

 

13N5

John Collett

Baptised in 1813 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13M2

WILLIAM COLLETT may have been born around 1775.  However, he was not the William Collett (Ref. 33M2) who was baptised at Upper Slaughter on 24th December 1765, the eldest son of William Collett and Anne Matthews, who later married Sarah Hollands on 12th August 1789.  It is established that this William Collett married Martha at Gloucester on 5th March 1797, while all of their children were born at Stroud.  Martha, who was also born around 1775, died at Burford in Oxfordshire on 21st October 1837 at the age of 62, while William had died at an earlier time, possibly around 1830.

 

 

 

13N6

JAMES LYDFORD COLLETT

Born in 1800 at Stroud

 

13N7

Joseph Collett

Born in 1803 at Stroud

 

13N8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1806 at Stroud

 

13N9

Sarah Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

13N10

Ann Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

13N11

Rhoda Collett

Date of birth unknown at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13M3

James Collett was born around 1778.  He married Priscilla Golding on 18th June 1801 at Stroud.  All of their children were baptised at Stroud and all were listed as the children of James Collett and Priscilla Golding except daughter Susanna, who was oddly recorded in the IGI as the daughter of James Collett and Susanna Golding.

 

 

 

13N12

Harriett Collett

Bapt on 04.07.1802 at Stroud

 

13N13

Charles Collett

Bapt on 04.12.1803 at Stroud

 

13N14

Charlotte Collett

Bapt on 03.11.1805 at Stroud

 

13N15

Susanna Collett

Baptised in 1808 at Stroud

 

13N16

Sophia Collett

Bapt on 08.04.1810 at Stroud

 

13N17

James Collett

Bapt on 19.04.1812 at Stroud

 

13N18

Daniel Collett

Bapt in 1814 at Stroud

 

13N19

Robert Collett

Baptised in 1818 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N1

James Collett was baptised at Stroud on 6th March 1803, the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts, and he married (1) Harriett Simms on 25th December 1826 at Stroud.  It would appear that some of their children were born at Stanley End in Stroud, although all of the baptisms took place at Stroud.  According to the 1841 Census the family was living at Butter Row in Rodborough.  On that day, the family at that time comprised James, with a rounded age of 35, and his wife Harriet aged 30, and their children Charles 14, Joseph 12, Eliza 10, William who was eight, John who was six, George who was four, Sarah who was two and Ann who was under one year old.

 

 

 

Less than a year later, a double tragedy hit the family when, first the death of Harriet Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 337) during the second quarter of 1842.  It was also there that the death of her youngest child was recorded shortly thereafter, with the death of baby Ann Collett recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 302) during the third quarter of 1842.  Following the death of his wife, the marriage of James Collett and (2) Sarah Smart, a widow from nearby Bisley, was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 566) during the last quarter of 1842.  That second marriage produced a further two children, although no baptism record for either child has been found to date, while Sarah brought with her, her youngest child Thomas Smart.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851 James Collett, aged 47 and from Wootton (?) was a haulier employing two of his sons.  His new wife Sarah from Bisley was 43 when, once again, the family was living in Stroud, but at Parliament Street.  The members of his family who were still living there with him were William Collett, aged 18, John Collett, aged 16, George Collett, aged 14, and Sarah Collett who was 12.  James’ older son Joseph was 22 and was also living nearby in Stroud on that occasion, although no trace has been found of his eldest son Charles or his daughter Eliza.  The three missing oldest children had been replaced by two new arrivals who were Harriet Collett who was seven and Samuel Collett who was four years old.  Living with the family that day was James’ elderly widowed mother Elizabeth Collett aged 84 and from Dursley and Thomas Smart who was 16 from Stroud who was a cloth carding engine operator.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861, James Collett was 58 years old, his wife Sarah was 52, and the only children still living with them at Stroud was their youngest daughter Harriet Collett who was 17 and their youngest son Samuel Collett who was 14.  After a further ten years, all of the children had left the family’s home at Rodborough, leaving just James Collett, who was 68 and working as a gardener, and Sarah Collett, who was 62.  It was later that same year, when the death of James Collett, at Rodborough, was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 202) during the third quarter of 1871, when he was 68 years old.

 

 

 

After nearly nine years as a widow, Sarah Collett from Bisley was 72 when she was living at Butter Row in Rodborough on the day of the next census in 1881, when she was described as a domestic housekeeper and formerly a woollen cloth worker.  Two years later, the death of Sarah Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 210) during the second quarter of 1883, when her age was said to be 76.

 

 

 

13O1

Charles Collett

Bapt in 1827 at Stroud

 

13O2

Joseph Collett

Born in 1829 at Stanley End

 

13O3

Eliza Collett

Born in 1831 at Stanley End

 

13O4

William Collett

Bapt in 1832 at Kings Stanley

 

13O5

John Collett

Born in 1834 at Kings Stanley

 

13O6

George Collett

Born in 1837 at Kings Stanley

 

13O7

Sarah Collett

Bapt in 1839 at Rodborough

 

13O8

Ann Collett

Born in 1841 at Rodboro’h; died 1842

 

The following are the likely children of James Collett by his second wife Sarah Smart:

 

13O9

Harriet Collett

Born in 1843 at Stroud

 

13O10

Samuel Collett

Born in 1846 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N2

William Collett was baptised at Stroud on 10th March 1805, the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts.  He married Sybil Vines on 31st July 1825 at Stroud.  All of their children were born at Stroud, but so far, no record of any member of the family has been located in any of the UK censuses, so this may indicate that they emigrated to one of the colonies.  However, in the census of 1871 William Collett was 66 when he was living in Stroud, when he was described as an inmate and a messenger.  although he was very likely a widower by then, since there was no record of his wife Sybil living with him at that time.

 

 

 

13O11

Joseph Collett

Bapt on 31.07.1825 at Stroud

 

13O12

Henry Collett

Bapt on 04.11.1827 at Stroud

 

13O13

Alfred Collett

Bapt on 14.11.1830 at Stroud

 

13O14

Mary Ann Collett

Bapt on 02.09.1832 at Stroud

 

13O15

Enos Collett

Baptised in 1837 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N3

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Stroud on 12th July 1807 and, in the census of 1841, she had a rounded age of 30 when she was living within the Stroud & Stonehouse registration district.  No further record of her as Elizabeth Collett has been found after that time, which may indicate that she was married by 1851.

 

 

 

 

13N4

George Collett was baptised at Stroud on 3rd December 1809 when he was confirmed as the son of Joseph Collett and Elizabeth Ricketts.

 

 

 

 

13N5

John Collett was born at Stroud on 31st January 1813, the youngest child of Joseph Collett and his wife Elizabeth Rickets.  By the time of the first national census in 1841, John Collett was 25 and lodging with the Scott family at Vigar Street in Eastington.  Ten years later John Collett, aged 38 and from Stroud, was working as a coachman in 1851 at Spring Hill in Eastington, a lodger with the Barnard family, when he was described as unmarried.  Between six and nine months later, John Collett married Jane Harris, the event recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 11 817) during the last quarter of 1851.

 

 

 

Their daughter Amelia, an only child, was born at Eastington just over three years after their wedding day.  The birth of that child was recorded at Wheatenhurst and was confirmed in the next census of 1861.  On that day the family of three was living at Alkerton in Eastington within the Wheatenhurst registration district.  John Collett from Stroud was 48 and employed as a gardener and house servant, his wife Jane Collett from Horsley was 37, and their daughter Amelia Collett was five years old and born at Easington.  Upon leaving school, Amelia entered into domestic service with a family in Cheltenham and was no longer living with her parents by 1871.  At that time in their lives, John and Jane were still living in Eastington, when John Collett from Stroud was 58 and a gardener and his wife Jane from Horsley was 47. 

 

 

 

During the following decade, the couple left Eastington and moved south a few miles to Wotton-under-Edge, where they were living in 1881 at a dwelling in Bradley Lane.  John Collett, age 68 and from Stroud, was a non-domestic flower gardener, while his wife Jane Collett from Horsley in Gloucestershire was 57.  Living and working in domestic service, nearby in Wotton-under-Edge, was their daughter Amelia who was 25.  Three years after that census day, their daughter was married and, after a further three years, the death of John Collett was recorded at Dursley (Ref. 6a 126) during the second quarter of 1866, when he was 73.  Two years after being widowed, Jane Collett nee Harris died at Wootton-under-Edge on 12th May 1888, her death also recorded at Dursley (Ref. 6a 148) when she was 63.

 

 

 

13O16

Amelia Collett

Born in 1855 at Eastington

 

 

 

 

13N6

JAMES LYDFORD COLLETT was born at Stroudwater in Gloucester on 14th February 1800.  At the age of 15 years he was articled to an attorney in London.  He asked his father to grant him permission to emigrate to one of the colonies but his father refused.  So he stowed away on a sailing vessel bound for Australia and was discovered and put ashore at Cape Town.  James had travelled on board the ship Salisbury which arrived at Table Bay on 8th December 1821, having set sail from England on 14th August.  His name on the emigrants’ list was amongst the party headed up by Major General Colin Campbell on which he was described as an indentured labourer.  Once in South Africa he secured work as a clerk assisting with the landing of settlers.

 

 

 

He was 23 when he married Rhoda Ann Trollip, who was 18, on 5th February 1824 at Grahamstown in Eastern Cape after she too had emigrated to South Africa.  Rhoda was born at Horningsham near Frome on 21st December 1805 the daughter of Joseph Trollip and Susanna Crouch and had sailed to South Africa the previous year onboard the ship Weymouth in Mr Hyman’s party.  At the time of their wedding James owned a small farm near Port Alfred.  He later bought farms at Olifantsfontein and at Koonap River and imported Merino sheep from New South Wales and Saxony.  In 1842 he bought three large farms in the Cradock area and in 1854 he was chosen as a member of parliament to sit on the first Cape Parliament.

 

 

 

The couple’s homestead was called Grassridge and over the years James became a successful and wealthy farmer.  He was one of the first men to breed merino sheep on a large scale and used to enter as many as 500 merino rams for sale at one time.  However, due to drought and a recession he was made bankrupt in 1862 and was forced to sell all of his many farms.  As a result, he and Rhoda were offered a cottage on Mulberry Grove by his son-in-law Joseph Trollip, before their own son John offered them accommodation at Dassie Krantz.

 

 

 

Following a frightening incident with a defiant servant, James and Rhoda were eventually moved by their son John back to Grassridge where the couple lived out the rest of their lives.  James Lydford Collett died on 10th August 1875 at Grassridge Farm, Fish River in the Cradock District of Eastern Cape at the age of seventy-five.  He was also buried at Grassridge Farm.  Rhoda Collett nee Trollip died at Rietvlei, Middelburg in November 1895.

 

 

 

Apart from his own marriage to Rhoda Trollip, three of James’ children also married members of the Trollip family.  James Lydford Collett was well educated and played an important part in the early community life of the Eastern Cape.  He was only 34 when he was nominated for the Legislative Council at the Cape Parliament in 1834, and he was a member of the committee which formed the Eastern Province Agricultural Society in 1841.

 

 

 

13O17

Rhoda Ann Collett

Born in 1824 at Bathurst, East. Cape

 

13O18

JOHN COLLETT

Born in 1826 at Grahamstown

 

13O19

Susanna Collett

Born in 1829 at Grahamstown

 

13O20

Martha Collett

Born in 1831 at Grahamstown

 

13O21

James Alexander Collett

Born in 1833 at Bathurst, East. Cape

 

13O22

William Collett

Born in 1835 at Olifantsfontein

 

13O23

Joseph Collett

Born in 1837 at Grahamstown

 

13O24

George Collett

Born in 1840 at Eastern Cape

 

13O25

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1844 at Groensfontein

 

 

 

 

13N7

Joseph Collett was baptised on 15th February 1803 at The Old Meeting House Independent Church in Stroud, the son of William and Martha Collett.  At some time in his life he was given £200 by his brother James (above), perhaps a few years after he had married Mary Benfield who was baptised at Sandhurst, north of Gloucester, on 26th February 1804, the daughter of William and Hannah Benfield.   One unconfirmed source, states the wedding took place on 10th October 1823, with the couple’s first child was born in England during the following year.  It now seems their second daughter was also born in England before the family set sail for America, where Joseph was known to be farming at Auburn in Cayuga County, New York State in 1838.  In an earlier version of this family line, Joseph Collett was said to have married Mary Benfield from Bledington who was born there in 1808 and who would have been only fifteen in 1823.  That was therefore incorrect and, in fact, that Mary Benfield married John Collett of Tewkesbury and Bredon in Worcestershire in 1829 when she was twenty-one, that pairing identified in Part 5 – The Tewkesbury Line (Ref. 5N7).

 

 

 

Another unconfirmed source of information places the Atlantic crossing of the family of labourer Joseph Collett in 1831, which would validate that both daughters were indeed born in England.  All four members of the family were named on the passenger list of the barque The Duke De Orleans which sailed into New York on 27th June 1831.  Joseph Collett was 26, Mary Collett was 27, Ann Collett was seven and Charlotte was five years of age.

 

 

 

In 1840 the family of four was recorded at the New York State township of Yorktown, while at the end of that decade just three on them were residing at the township of Skaneateles in Onondaga County, New York State, where Joseph was 45, Mary was 44 and their daughter Charlotte was 22.  All three of them were recorded as having been born in England.  The couple’s eldest daughter had left the family home to be married two years earlier.

 

 

 

During the years from 1858 to 1860 Joseph was living at Enterprise in California, possibly as part of the gold rush, after which he returned to farm in Cayuga.  However, in the census of 1860 Joseph Collett, aged 56 and from England, was a farmer still living at Skaneateles with his wife Mary Collett who was 57 and from England.  It was on 15th April 1866 that Mary Collett nee Benfield passed away at the age of 63.  She was buried at Old Sennett Cemetery in Cayuga County where a headstone marks her grave with the words Mary Collett, wife of Joseph, who died on 15 Apr 1866, aged 63 years and 3 months.

 

 

 

It was during the following year 1867, that Joseph returned to California, by sea on that occasion, as the head of a large quartz mining company.  The Voter Registration that took place on 27th October 1868 included the name of Joseph Collett from England, a resident of Enterprise in Butte County.  Less than two years later, on 13th August 1870, the census that day recorded at Mountain Spring township in Butte County listed Joseph Collett from England aged 65 as living with fellow miner J Dwinelle who was 22.  Adoniram Judson Dwinelle (named after a Baptist missionary to Burma) was born in New York on 9th January 1825 and he was Joseph's son-in-law, the husband of his eldest daughter Ann Collett, thus making the twenty-two-year-old miner living with Joseph in 1870 his grandson Judson A Dwinelle who was born at New York on 22nd February 1848.

 

 

 

The only other currently known fact about Joseph Collett is that he died in California on 26th December 1875 and was buried at Oroville in Butte County, where a headstone marks his grave.

 

 

 

13O26

Ann Collett

Born in 1824 in England

 

13O27

Charlotte Collett

Born in 1826 in England

 

 

 

 

13N8

Elizabeth Collett was born in 1806 and is known to have sailed to a new life in America, probably with her sister Sarah (below) and very likely supported by their brother Joseph who was known to be living there in the mid-1820s.  It is understood that, when Elizabeth was married for the first time, she became Elizabeth Shayler, and that her husband died before 1866, the year she married for a second time to become Elizabeth Bradley, the wife of Lucius Bradley.  There were no children arising from either marriage and it was at Cayuga County in New York State that Elizabeth Bradley nee Collett died during December 1892.

 

 

 

 

13N9

Sarah Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have followed her brother Joseph (above) to America, most likely with her sister Elizabeth (above), where she had two sons and four daughters.  It was also in America that she died.

 

 

 

 

13N10

Ann Collett, whose date of birth is not known, possibly emigrated to America with her siblings.

 

 

 

 

13N11

Rhoda Collett, whose date of birth is not known, is known to have married Thomas Arnott of Glamorgan in 1841 from where she went to live in South Africa.  By early June in 1841 Rhoda and her husband must have left Britain as she was not listed in the census either as Arnott or Collett.  Rhoda is known to have presented her husband with a son Thomas Arnott in 1843.

 

 

 

 

13N13

Charles Collett was born at Stroud in 1803, where he was baptised on 4th December 1803, the eldest son and third child of James Collett and Priscilla Golding.  Although no record of his marriage has been found, in later records his wife was Ann, with whom he had a son and namesake Charles Collett, who was baptised at Stroud on 24th June 1832, who was buried there on 25th March 1835.  By 1841 he had a daughter, when the three of them were living at George Street in Stroud at the home of Dennis Jacobs.  That day Charles Collett had a rounded age of 40 and his wife ‘named as Jane’ who had a rounded age of 30.  Their daughter Harriet Collett was not yet one year old, having been born during the third quarter of the previous year.  Almost one year later another son, also named Charles was added to their family, as confirmed in the next census of 1851.

 

 

 

It was at York Place in the Bristol parish of St Philip and St Jacob, that the family was residing on that census day, when Charles Collett from Stroud was 47 and a journeyman tailor and his wife Ann Collett was also 47 but born at Bisley.  Their two children were Harriet Collett who was 10 and Charles Collett who was nine years of age.  It was at that same address that the same family was living in 1861, when tailor Charles was 57, as was Ann – although, curiously, her place of birth was said to be Coleford.  By then Harriet was 20 and Charles junior was 19, while visiting the family was 10-year-old Alice Welsh from Bristol.

 

 

 

Both of their children left home during the 1860s, leaving Charles and Ann still living at York Place in 1871, when they were both said to be 66, Charles from Stroud and Ann from Bisley.  Eighteen months later Charles Collett died in Bristol, where his death was recorded (Ref. 6a 18) during the last quarter of 1872, when he was 68.

 

 

 

13O28

Harriet Collett

Born in 1840 at Stroud

 

13O29

Charles Collett

Born in 1842 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13N15

Susanna Collett was baptised at Stroud on 3rd July 1808, who may have been born there during the previous year.  Initially it would appear that she married William Canter and by June 1841 she and her family were living within the Stroud & Minchinhampton registration district.  William Canter and his wife Susanna were both recorded with rounded ages 30 years, while their four children were Charlotte Canter 15, Sampson Canter, who was seven, Anna Canter, who was four, and baby George Canter who was one year old.  However, new but unsubstantiated information suggests that she married William Minty and that from 1841 to her death after 1881 she and her family lived in Cheltenham.  In 1841 Susan and William both had a rounded age of 30 when they had two children, David who was 13 and Charles who was 10.  

 

 

 

By 1851 Susan Minty, a widow from Stroud, was 43 when she was living alone in Cheltenham and, during the following year, she gave birth to a daughter Emma Minty.  Although no record of Susan or Emma has been found within the census of 1861, the two of them were recorded in the census of 1871 at Burton Place in Cheltenham when Susan was 64 and Emma was 18.  Living with then was Susan’s brother Daniel Collett (below).  Ten years later Emma from Cheltenham was 28 and the wife of Albert J Gibbins.  Living with the couple at 6 Bloomsbury Street in Cheltenham were their three children Frederick A Gibbins who was eight, Louisa E Gibbins who was six and Emily S Gibbins who was one year old, all born in Cheltenham like their father.  Also staying with the family was Susan Minty, mother-in-law of Albert J Gibbins, who was a widow of 74 from Stroud.

 

 

 

 

13N18

Daniel Collett was baptised at Stroud on 2nd October 1814, the son of James Collett and Priscilla Golding.  It was on 26th December 1837 at nearby Miserden that he married Eliza Nobbs, the event recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 513), when the witnesses were Charles and Emily Smith, and Richard Collins.  According to the census in 1861 Eliza was born at East Hendred, a village near Wantage in Berkshire and by that time in their lives the childless couple was residing in the Aston district of Birmingham.  Daniel Collett from Stroud was a toll collector at the age of 47 and his wife was 52.  Upon the death of his wife, Daniel returned to Gloucestershire and in 1871 he was staying with his widowed sister Susan Minty and her daughter Emma Minty at Burton place in Cheltenham when he was 57.

 

 

 

 

13N19

Robert Collett was baptised at Stroud on 10th May 1818, the last child born to James Collett and Priscilla Golding.  What happened to Robert in his earlier years has still to be established, but by the time of the census in 1861 Robert Collett from Stroud was already married to Louisa Renrick, daughter of Jonathan and Eliza Renrick of St Endellion near Port Isaac in Cornwall.  The census that year recorded the couple and their first child living at Maria Street within the parish of St Mary Llandaff, in Cardiff.  Robert Collett from Stroud was 42 and was working as a tailor, while his much younger wife Louisa Collett from Port Isaac was 24.  Listed with them in the census return that year was their daughter Jane Ann Collett who was one year old.  Immediately after that census day, the family of three travel to Port Isaac, where Louisa gave birth to a son that same year.  Tragically, the birth of their second child coincided with the death of their daughter.

 

 

 

After the birth of their son, two more daughters were added to the family at Port Isaac, before the completed family returned to Cardiff, where they were living in 1871.  Robert Collett, a tailor from Gloucestershire, said he was 45 - when in fact he would have been 52, Louisa Collett who was 34 and born at Port Isaac, as was her three surviving children.  James E Collett was nine, Lavinia B Collett was eight and Louisa S Collett was five years old.  In 1876 the family was once again living on Maria Street in Llandaff, as they had been in 1861, and it was there that their youngest daughter died at the start of that year.

 

 

 

As a result of that second loss, the family of four was still living in Cardiff in 1881, albeit at Edward Street in the St John district.  Robert Collett was again working as a tailor, but in the census return his place of birth was said to be Thrupp, just south-east of Stroud, and despite him being 62 years old, informed the census enumerator that he was fifty.  The three other members of the family had all been born at Port Isaac and they were Robert’s wife Louisa who was 47, his son James who was 19 and Lavinia who was 17.

 

 

 

13O30

Jane Ann Collett

Born in 1860 at Pontypool

 

13O31

James Edward Collett

Born in 1861 at Port Isaac

 

13O32

Lavinia Binn Collett

Born in 1863 at Port Isaac

 

13O33

Louisa Sophia Collett

Born in 1865 at Port Isaac

 

 

 

 

13O1

Charles Collett was possibly base-born in 1825 or 1826, the latter being when his parents were married during December that year.  Although he was baptised at Stroud on 3rd June 1827, the eldest child of James Collett and his first wife Harriet Simms, he may have been born at Stanley End to the south of Stroud, where his siblings were born.  In the census of 1841, Charles Collett was the oldest child still living with his family at the age of 14.  However, it was seven years later, when he was in his early twenties, that he left Gloucestershire and sailed from England, arriving at Sydney in Australia on 4th November 1848.  It is possible that he was influenced by his cousin James Lydford Collett who had attempted to travel to Australia in 1821, but was thrown off the ship at Cape Town as a stowaway. 

 

 

 

Four years after his arrival in Australia, Charles was recorded in the south of the North Island of New Zealand when he married Maria Jones on 26th July 1852 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Aglionby (right) within the Parish of Wellington, in the County of New Munster.  At that time the country was made up of three counties.  New Ulster comprised most of the North Island, New Munster included the southern portion of the North Island and all of the South Island, and New Leinster which comprised Stewart Island.

 

 

 

Charles was 27 years old at the time of the marriage in 1852, placing his year of birth around 1825 and before his parents were married.  He and Maria were married following the reading of banns and with the consent of Maria’s father Henry Jones.  The groom was described as a butcher of full age, while the bride was recorded as a minor, being nine years younger than Charles when she was barely 18 years of age.  Maria was the first of the ten children born to Henry James Jones (1811-1902) and Mary Willett and was born at Preston Capes in Northamptonshire, England on 27th March 1834, following which she was baptised on 13th May 1834 at the Wesleyan Church in Daventry. In the census of 1841 Maria Jones was seven years old when she was still living at Preston Capes with her family.

 

 

 

Maria’s father was a notable early settler in New Zealand.  He emigrated in 1842 with his wife Mary, who was born in Oxfordshire, together with their four children, on the sailing ship ‘London’ which arrived at Port Nicholson in Wellington on 1st May of that year.  One of the children, Mary Jones who was recorded as being only six months old on the passenger list, died at sea on 18th April 1842.  As a result, Henry and Mary gave the same name to the first of their children to be born in New Zealand during the following year.  That Mary Jones, born in 1843, later married David Dixon and the couple were to have another five children in their new country.  A son, James Jones, was born in 1845 and he married Emma Hodder the daughter of fellow passengers aboard the ‘London’, Walter and Emma Hodder.  Henry James Jones was recorded as being an agricultural labourer, a farmer, and a practical herbalist.

 

 

 

The Jones family settled at Wadestown which was situated very close to Aglionby, where Charles and Maria were married, and later moved from Wadestown, a northern suburb of Wellington, to Masterton in the Wairarapa region of the North Island during 1855 where Henry Jones produced vegetables and butter for sale from his farming enterprise in Johnstone Street.  He was credited with being the first man to use a plough in Masterton and the first to start a Sunday School, and was known as the patriarch of Methodism in Masterton.  His sons also farmed in the area and Henry junior was among Masterton's first Bakers. Henry was described as being a very community minded person and between 1858 and 1865 he was a volunteer for the military, in case of an attack by the Maori.  It was in 1855 that he established the Sunday School at his home and, after 1858, the Church Society also met there.  At a meeting in Masterton in 1857 he moved a resolution on sheep or cattle farming in the Wairarapa and between 1858 and 1895 he was a local preacher with over 450 services held by him throughout the Wairarapa district.  In 1870 he sold his farm in Masterton and, with his daughter Mrs Maria Collett, he took up his residence in the township.

 

 

 

Whilst it is known that Charles was a butcher in 1852, by August 1859 when he was 34, he was the proprietor of a butcher shop at Molesworth Street in Thorndon Flat, Wellington.  Thorndon Flat was in the same area as Aglionby and Wadestown.  The first five children of Charles and Maria were born in Wellington, they being Jacob Collett, Eliza Collett, Samuel Collett, Esau Collett who sadly died before his first birthday, and Rebecca Collett.  Sometime after Rebecca was born and before the birth of the couple's next child, the family had relocated to Invercargill in the south of the South Island.  That move was confirmed when Charles Collett, who obviously had opened a butcher shop in Invercargill, came before the Magistrates Court in Southland charged with having committed the offence of “exposing for sale unwholesome meat” as reported in the Southland Times in 1863.  However, the case was dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.

 

 

 

Thirty years later the following report was published in the Southland Times on 1st July 1893, when Charles would have been about 68 years old.  “Out All Night: As Mr Kirkland of Myross Bush and Mr Horon of Invercargill happened to meet yesterday forenoon at Richmond Grove, on the East Road, they observed an elderly man, well known in town, and named Charles Collett, lying among some tussocks in a paddock.  Proceeding to the spot they found that he had evidently been out all night and, as he could not stand, they concluded that he was in a bad way.  Mr Kirkland immediately went to the police station and soon after Constables Burnett and Emmerson had Collett conveyed to the hospital.  An examination by Dr Macleod showed that Collett had fractured his right leg, between the knee and ankle, and that he was also suffering from a touch of frost-bite.  Collett, who is 66 years of age, had been drinking heavily”.

 

 

 

It was just over three years later when Charles Collett, age 71, died of heart disease on 26th September 1896 at Oteramika, five miles east of Invercargill in Southland, following which he was buried in the nearby Woodlands Cemetery on 28th September of that year.  Once again, his age would indicate that he had been born in 1825.  After Charles’ passing his widow returned to the North Island and to her father’s home in Masterton, where Maria Collett nee Jones later died on 7th May 1904 and was buried three days later in the Archer Street Cemetery in Masterton.

 

 

 

The informant for Charles’ death was his son, Charles Collett junior, who curiously did not know, or did not register, many details of his extended family.  The death certificate did confirm that only seven of his eight children, five males and two females, were still alive at the time of his death in 1896.  His grandparents were recorded as being unknown, while the place of his father’s birth was simply listed as England.  He did not know his siblings’ birth dates, nor could he accurately state the number of years that his father had been living in New Zealand when he estimated it was 50, when at best Charles senior had been in the country for only 48 years. 

 

 

 

13P1

Jacob Collett

Born in 1854 at Wellington (NZ)

 

13P2

Eliza Collett

Born in 1856 at Wellington (NZ)

 

13P3

Samuel Collett

Born in 1858 at Wellington (NZ)

 

13P4

Esau Collett

Born in 1859 at Thorndon Flat (NZ)

 

13P5

Rebecca Collett

Born in 1860 at Thorndon Flat (NZ)

 

13P6

Charles Collett

Born in 1862 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13P7

James Henry Collett

Born in 1869 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13P8

Edward Collett

Born in 1873 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13O2

Joseph Collett was born at Stanley End, Kings Stanley near Stroud, on 8th March 1829, another son of James and Harriet Collett.  At the time of the 1841 Census he was twelve years old and was living with his family in Stroud.  By 1851 he was unmarried at the age of 22 when he was a visitor at the Woolley family home on Bisley Old Road in Stroud.  His place of birth was recorded as Kings Stanley and his occupation was that of a labourer.  It was during the second quarter of 1855, that the marriage of Joseph Collett and (1) Elizabeth Evans was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 490).  Six years after that, the couple was listed in the Stroud census of 1861 at Middle Street, from where Joseph of Kings Stanley was working as a carter at the age of 32, while his wife Elizabeth from Minchinhampton was 33.  Living there with them was Elizabeth’s seventy-year-old mother.  Ten years later, the childless couple was still living in Stroud, when Joseph was 42 and a haulier, like his father, and Elizabeth was 43.  On that occasion, Joseph gave his place of birth a Stroud.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1881 they were living at Chapel Street in Stroud, where Elizabeth, aged 53, was running a lodging house and had five people staying there that day.  Joseph was 52 and was working as a general haulier like his brother William (below).  Just over two years later, Elizabeth passed away at the age of 56, her death recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 169) during the third quarter of 1883.  Within a few months of losing his wife, Joseph married (2) Julia Lavinia R Dyke who was much younger, their wedding day recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 685) during the last three months of 1883.  Seven years later, the childless couple was recorded living at Butter Row in Rodborough in 1891.  Haulier Joseph Collett was 61, Julia Collett was 35 and staying with the couple was Julia’s mother Ann Dyke who was 71.

 

 

 

By 1901, Joseph Collett from Selsley (south of Stroud) was 72 and a coal dealer who was visiting the Steele family at Church Hill in Chalford, to the east of Stroud, with his wife Julia.  She was 45 and from Tewkesbury.  During the next decade Joseph was widowed for a second time, when the death of Julia Lavinia R Collett was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 211) during the fourth quarter of 1908.  In 1911, widower Joseph Collett from Stroud was 81 and a retired haulier, who was once again living in Stroud, but as a boarder with Thomas and Clara Hawkey at 15 Upper Lypiatt Terrace on Horns Road.  It was also at that same address, just over three years later, when he passed away at the age of 85.  The death of Joseph Collett was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 428) during the last three months of 1914.  Probate of his personal effects amounting to £132 1 Shilling 9d was granted to William Chandler, a cloth worker.

 

 

 

 

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Eliza Collett was born at Stroud on 4th May 1831 and was baptised there on 29th May 1831, the third child and eldest daughter of James Collett and Harriett Sims.  While she was living with her parents in 1841, when she was 10 years old, she had left the family home in Stroud by 1851 and no trace of her anywhere else has been located.

 

 

 

 

13O4

William Collett was born at Stanley End, Kings Stanley, and was baptised at Stroud on 14th April 1833, and was eight years old in the June census of 1841, when he and his family were living at Butter Row in Rodborough.  Ten years later, the family was residing at Parliament Street in Stroud, where William Collett was 18 and working with his father as a haulier’s boy.  His place of birth was then given as Kings Stanley.  It was during the second quarter of 1858, that the marriage of William Collett and (1) Mary Ann Berry was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 169).  By 1861 she had presented William with their first child and that year, the census return recorded the family residing at Piccadilly in Stroud.  William Collett was 26 and a labourer from Stroud, Mary A Collett from Rodborough was 29, and Charles Collett from Stroud was one year old.  Staying with the young family was Francis Berry from Dursley who was 72, the father-in-law of William Collett.

 

 

 

Over the next decade, three more children were added to their family, by the end of which William Collett from Stroud was 38, when he was described as a pauper.  Also, on the day of the census in 1871, he and his family were residing in Randwick, just north of Stroud.  His wife Mary was 42 and, of their four children, the older three were born at Stroud, with latest one born after the family had settled in Randwick.  Charles W Collett was 11 years of age, Mary J Collett was nine, Rose E Collett was six and Sarah Collett who was just one year old.

 

 

 

Sadly, just prior to the next census in 1881, the death of Mary Ann Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 226) during the first three months of 1881, when she was 53.  His loss was confirmed in the census return that year, when widower William Collett from Kings Stanley was 50 and a haulier, who was living with his four children at Fair View in Randwick.  The youngest child Sarah was still attending school at the age of 11, while the three older children were all employed as woollen cloth workers.  They were Charles Collett who was 23, Maria Collett who was 21 and Rose E Collett who was 19.  Almost immediately after that census day, the marriage of William Collett and (2) Mary Ann Bennett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 600) during the second quarter of 1881. 

 

 

 

Ten years later, it was just William, his second wife Mary Ann and his daughter Sarah who were still living in Randwick, but at The Lawn.  William Collett was 56 and continuing his work as a haulier, Mary Ann Collett was 57 with occupation, and Sarah Collett was 21, also with no stated occupation.  William and his second wife were married for just less than ten years, when the death of Mary Ann Collett was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 229) during the first quarter of 1898, when she was 62.  So, once again, William was a widower in the Randwick census of 1901 when, at the age of 70 (sic) he was a carrier who said he was born at Selsley, within the parish of Kings Stanley.  Still living with him, and acting as his housekeeper, was his youngest daughter, unmarried Sarah Collett who was 30 years old and born at Randwick. 

 

 

 

Also living with Sarah and her father were three young Collett children, who were again living with Sarah in 1911 when they were said to be her sons, by which time her father had passed away.  Recorded at Stroud register office, during the first decade of the new century, were two deaths for William Collett, neither of them recorded as being born around 1833.  The first of them died in 1902, the second in 1908, both of them said to have been born around 1841.

 

 

 

13P9

Charles William Collett

Born in 1858 at Stroud

 

13P10

Mary Jane Collett

Born in 1862 at Stroud

 

13P11

Rose Emma Collett

Born in 1864 at Stroud

 

13P12

Sarah Collett

Born in 1869 at Randwick

 

 

 

 

13O5

John Collett was born at Stroud in 1834 and was six years of age in 1841 when he was living at Rodborough with his parents James and Harriet Collett.  Ten years later he was still living at his parents’ home in Stroud when he was 16.  During the middle of the next decade he married Harriet Holder and by the time of the next census in 1861 the marriage had produced three daughters, all of them born at Stroud.  The census that year listed the family as John Collett, aged 26, his wife Harriet Collett, aged 25, and their three children as Sarah Collett who was four, Eliza Collett who was two and Martha Collett who was under one year old, who sadly died not long after the day of the census.  The loss to the family was offset by the birth of a further three daughters during the 1860s. 

 

 

 

According to the census in 1871 John Collett was 38 rather than 36, while his wife Harriet was 35.  The five children living at Stroud with then on that occasion were Sarah, age 14, Eliza age 12, Harriet, who was six, Elizabeth who was three, and Alice M Collett who was not yet one year old.  Three more daughters were added to the family during the 1870s, as confirmed in the census of 1881.

 

 

 

By that time the couple’s two eldest daughter had left the family home, presumably to be married as they would have been 24 and 22 respectively.  The other members of family were living at Clark Court off Acre Street in Stroud, where all of them were confirmed as having been born at Stroud.  John Collett, age 48, was working as a labourer, and his wife Harriet, who was 45, was employed as a chairwoman.  Their daughter Harriet, aged 16, was a cloth mill hand, while daughter Elizabeth, aged 13, was a seamstress.  The next three girls were all attending school, and they were Alice, who was ten, Mary, who was seven, and Ellen who was five.  The youngest child, Lucy, was two years old.

 

 

 

John Collett died three years later in 1884, his death recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 192) during the last three months of that year, when his age was stated as being 53, rather than 50. It is also curious that an unconfirmed record on the internet say that he passed away in a lunatic asylum, which may be a reference to another John Collett.  By 1891 the widow of John Collett was still living in Stroud with her youngest child.  The census return described the pair of them as Harriet Collett age 55 and from Stroud, and Lucy Collett also from Stroud who was 12.  Living in nearby in town was Harriet’s daughter Mary Collett who was 18, while daughter Alice M Collett was 20 and was living in the Rodborough area.

 

 

 

Ten years later Harriet Collett, age 65 and a widow, and her daughter Lucy Collett, then aged 22, were both working as charwomen when they were living in Rodborough, while daughter Alice was most likely married by then.  It was just under six years after that census day in 1901 when Harriet Collett nee Holder passed away at the age of 71, her death recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 268) during the first quarter of 1907.  At that time in her life her address was recorded as The Knoll on Parliament Street in Stroud, while the day on which she died is confirmed as 12th February 1907.

 

 

 

13P13

Sarah Collett

Born in 1856 at Stroud

 

13P14

Eliza Collett

Born in 1858 at Stroud

 

13P15

Martha Collett

Born in 1860 at Stroud

 

13P16

Harriet Collett

Born in 1864 at Stroud

 

13P17

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1867 at Stroud

 

13P18

Alice M Collett

Born in 1870 at Stroud

 

13P19

Mary Collett

Born in 1873 at Stroud

 

13P20

Ellen Collett

Born in 1875 at Stroud

 

13P21

Lucy Collett

Born in 1878 at Stroud

 

 

 

 

13O6

George Collett was born at Kings Stanley, possibly in late 1836 or early in 1837 and was baptised at Stroud on 12th February 1837, the son of James and Harriet Collett.  By 1841, George was four years old when he was living in Rodborough with his family but then, following the death of his mother, his father remarried and the family moved back to Stroud and Parliament Street, where George was 14 in 1851.  On that occasion, his place of birth was said to be Kings Stanley, like his older siblings, by which time he had left school and was working as a haulier’s boy.

 

 

 

 

13O7

Sarah Collett was in 1839 at Rodborough where she was baptised on 21st July 1839, although it was at Stroud where her birth was recorded (Ref. 11 420) during the second quarter of the year.  Shortly after she was born her large family moved to Minchinhampton, where her parents, James and Harriet Collett, were living at Butter Row in 1841, when Sarah was two years old.  During the next couple of years her mother died and her father remarried, so by 1851 Sarah, at the age of 12, was living at Parliament Street in Stroud with her father and her stepmother.

 

 

 

 

13O9

Harriet Collett was born at Stroud in 1843, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 11 429) during the last three months of that year.  She was the first of the two children of James Collett and his second wife Sarah Smart.  She was seven years of age in 1851 when living with her family at Parliament Street in Stroud.  Ten years later, it was only Harriet Collett of Stroud and her brother Samuel (below) who were still living with their parents at Tower Hill in Stroud.  Harriet was 17, but had no stated occupation.

 

 

 

 

13O10

Samuel Collett was born at Stroud in 1846, the son of James Collett by his second wife Sarah Smart, his birth recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 447) during the third quarter of the year.  In the Stroud census of 1851 Samuel was four years old when he was living with his family at Parliament Street.  Ten years later it was at Tower Hill in Stroud that Samuel, aged 14 with no stated occupation, and his sister Harriet, who was 17, who were the only children still living at the home of their parents.  Not long after that Samuel made his way to London where he was recorded at the time of the next census in 1871.  Samuel Collett from Stroud in Gloucestershire was 24 and was a shoemaker lodging at the Camberwell home of William and Hannah Lilley.  No obvious record of him has been found after that time.

 

 

 

 

13O15

Enos Collett was baptised at Stroud on 16th April 1837, the youngest child of William Collett and Sybil Vines, who death was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 318) during the third quarter of that same year.  It was therefore at Stroud where he was buried on 9th September 1837.

 

 

 

 

13O16

Amelia Collett was the only child of John Collett and his second wife Jane and was born at Eastington in 1855, her birth recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 226) during the last three months of that year.  She was five years of age in Eastington census of 1861 when she was living with her parents at Alkerton.  By the time she was 15 years old, Amelia Collett from Eastington was working as a general domestic servant at the Cheltenham home of William Kirkpatrick from Scotland.  After a further ten years, unmarried Amelia Collett from Eastington was 25 when she was one of five servants at the Wotton-under-Edge home of the Ricketts family on the High Street, where she was employed as a domestic housemaid.  It should be noted that her paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Ricketts, so there may well have been a family connection of some sort.  Also, by that time, her parents were also residing nearby at Wotton-under-Edge.  Three years later, the marriage of Amelia Collett and Rufus Candy was recorded at Dursley (Ref. 6a 417) during the second quarter of 1884.

 

 

 

 

13O17

Rhoda Ann Collett was born on 27th December 1824 at Camphor's Kraal, Bathhurst in Eastern Cape (SA).  On 31st May 1842 she married her cousin Joshua Trollip at Groenfontein Farm in Cradock.  It was also at Groenfontein where Joshua was born on 17th May 1822.  He was the son of Stephen Trollip and Mary Weller and the nephew of Rhoda’s mother Rhoda Collett nee Trollip.  The marriage produced twelve children for Rhoda and Joshua and all were born within the Cradock district of Eastern Cape.  Two of the children died very young, one not quite a year old and the other at just three years of age. 

 

 

 

Rhoda Ann Trollip nee Collett died on 17th November 1898 aged 73 at Mulberry Grove in Eastern Cape and was buried at Katkop Farm in Eastern Cape, where her husband was buried following his death at Doornhoek on 16th April 1887.  One of Rhoda’s daughters, Jessie Harriet Collett Trollip, later married William Jacobus Van Heerden and their daughter Annie Van Heerden married her uncle Albert Henry Collett (Ref. 13P32) the son of John Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

13O18

JOHN COLLETT was born on 27th November 1826 at Beaufort Street in Grahamstown in Eastern Cape (SA).  On 19th July 1854 he married his cousin Mary Trollip at Doornberg Farm in Cradock.  She was the daughter of Joseph Anthony Trollip and Phoebe Whitehead and her father Joseph was the brother of John’s mother Rhoda.  All of their fourteen children were born at Grahamstown in Cradock.  Mary Trollip was nearly ten years younger than her husband, having been born at Cradock on 22nd June 1836.  In the book “A Time to Plant”, by Joan Collett nee Bladen (Ref. 13Q63), on page 211, John was described as short and calm, while, by comparison, Mary was tall and more excitable. 

 

 

 

Of their children, John and Gervase were noted as being tall, Norman was quite short, and most of them were slow spoken people, although Letty, Rosa and Norman were lively.  And with the exception of Walter, Herbert, Jessie and Dudley who had red/sandy hair, the other members of the family had dark hair.

 

 

 

In 1850 Grassridge Farm was acquired by John and Mary and, thirty-three years after, further land at Rem. Petzer Kraal, Doornberg and two other locations was added, increasing their total holding to almost 2,000 hectares in the district of Middelburg.  The purchase of those extra lands was secured with the help of Mary’s father who was the bondholder for the £2,500 mortgage.

 

 

 

By the time of his death over twenty years later, John’s total holding amounted to 6,715 hectares valued at £7,915.  In the years prior to his death the land was farmed by his son Norman and Dudley.  His estate also included two properties bought by John in Cradock Town, they being 33 Beeren Street which later became a boarding house, and business premises in Adderley Street which was later taken over by the Butler Brothers (see notes below).

 

 

 

John and Mary where founder members of the Fish River Methodist Chapel and upon the death of the couple their children place a memorial tablet in the chapel.  John, who was referred to as ‘John Collett of Grassridge’, died at Grassridge Farm in Cradock on 10th August 1908 aged 81, his wife having died there almost exactly two years earlier on 9th August 1906.  On settlement of John’s estate in 1910 his surviving twelve children each received £950 17shillings and 2pence.  In addition, a debt of £675 owed by James Butler of Adderley Street was waived due to ‘the fall in property prices’ and the fact that James’ financial position was ‘not very strong’.

 

 

 

It should be noted that James Butler was John Collett’s son-in-law, being the husband of John’s oldest daughter Letty.  His brother and business partner, Charles Butler, was also John’s brother-in-law, he having married John’s daughter Mary.

 

 

 

13P22

Walter James Collett

Born in 1855 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P23

Annie Letitia Collett

Born in 1856 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P24

Herbert Joseph Collett

Born in 1858 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P25

Jessie Marion Collett

Born in 1860 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P26

Mary Emma Collett

Born in 1862 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P27

Rosie Phoebe Collett

Born in 1864 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P28

Rosa Phoebe Collett

Born in 1865 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P29

John Owen Collett

Born in 1867 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P30

Martha Rhoda Collett

Born in 1868 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P31

Agnes Collett

Born in 1870 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P32

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1871 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P33

Gervase Chancellor Collett

Born in 1874 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P34

NORMAN HUGH COLLETT

Born in 1877 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

13P35

Dudley Templeton Collett

Born in 1878 at Grahamstown (SA)

 

 

 

 

13O19

Susanna Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 13th July 1829.  She married Richard John Maskell in January 1849 and the marriage produced seven children for the couple.  Richard was born around 1825 and Susanna died at Besterkraal, Hanover in Cape Province on 29th July 1889, following which she was buried at Dwaal Farm, Karoo in Eastern Cape.  It is interesting to note that Susanna’s eldest son was Joseph John Maskell and that he marriage Rosa Phoebe Collett (Ref. 13P28) his cousin, the daughter of Susanna’s brother John Collett (above).  The complete list of their seven children comprised Emily Jane Maskell, an unnamed infant, Martha Rhoda Maskell, Joseph John Maskell, Ellen Lavinia Maskell, Frances Ida Maskell and Maud Elizabeth Maskell.

 

 

 

 

13O20

Martha Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 29th June 1831 and she married John Trollip on 26th September 1851.  John was the son of William Trollip and Patience Everly and was born on 8th May 1828 at Daggaboer Farm in Salem, Eastern Cape.  John was also a nephew to Martha’s mother.  Martha died at Daggaboer Farm on 5th October 1891 aged 60 and her husband died the following year, just nine days after the anniversary of Martha’s passing, on 14th October 1892 at Kaffirslaagte River in Eastern Cape.  The death certificate for Martha stated that she had no children of her own, which indicates that their three children were adopted, with all of them born prior to their wedding day.  Their daughter Sophie Usher Pike was born on 5th April 1847, Louis Henry Meaker was born on 24th July 1849 and Charles Percy Fulton was born on 14th February 1851.  See Martha’s brother James (below) for a possible Usher connection.

 

 

 

 

13O21

James Alexander Collett was born at Grove Hill in Bathurst (SA) on 15th May 1833.  He married Mary Simpson on 19th January 1859 at Commemoration Church in Grahamstown.  Mary, who was born at Bathurst on 27th March 1838, was the daughter of the Reverend William Simpson and Ann Usher and the sister of Emily Simpson who married James’ brother Joseph Collett (below).  Also see Ref. 13P55 and 13Q39 for further Collett/Simpson liaisons.  James Collett died on 16th December 1910 at Colletton House in Rhyneheath, Karoo in South Africa.  He was then buried at Rhyneheath Cemetery near Graaff-Reinet in Eastern Cape.

 

 

 

13P36

Cecil Ernest Collett

Born in 1859 (SA)

 

13P37

Charles Hedley Collett

Born in 1862 (SA)

 

13P38

Annie Alicia Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)

 

13P39

Benjamin Shaw Collett

Born in 1866 (SA)

 

13P40

Denham Godlonton Collett

Born in 1869 (SA)

 

13P41

Florence Emily Collett

Born in 1872 (SA)

 

13P42

William James Collett

Born in 1874 (SA)

 

13P43

Irene Mary Collett

Born in 1879 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13O22

William Collett was born at Olifantsfontein (Elephant Fountain) in Cape Province (SA) on 7th August 1835.  William was also known as Ian and farmed land at Rietvlei near Middelburg.  He married Anna Maria Cook on 10th September 1862 at Cradock and she was the daughter of Edward Cook and Mary Frances Thornhill.  Anna was born at Nisbet Bath in Great Namaqualand on 29th May 1843.  It is established that the couple’s first five children were born at Middelburg, although it seems very likely that the remainder were also born there, in view of the fact that William was known as the father of the Middelburg branch of the Collett family.  William Collett died on 22nd March 1916 just over twelve years after his wife Anna had died on 16th October 1903, when he was buried at Rietvleil in Middelburg, Eastern Cape.

 

 

 

13P44

Dora Frances Collett

Born in 1863 (SA)

 

13P45

Harry Grey Collett

Born in 1865 (SA)

 

13P46

Edith Anna Collett

Born in 1867 (SA)

 

13P47

William Edward Collett

Born in 1869 (SA)

 

13P48

Ewart James Collett

Born in 1871 (SA)

 

13P49

Frederick Slater Collett

Born in 1873 (SA)

 

13P50

Myra Rhoda Collett

Born in 1875 (SA)

 

13P51

John Wesley Cam Collett

Born in 1877 (SA)

 

13P52

Elizabeth Martha Collett

Born in 1880 (SA)

 

13P53

George Morley Collett

Born in 1882 (SA)

 

13P54

Ethel Daisy Thornhill Collett

Born in 1884 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13O23

Joseph Collett was born on 17th July 1837 at Grahamstown (SA) where he married Emily Simpson on 4th April 1860.  Emily was born in 1842 and was the sister of Mary Simpson who married Joseph’s brother James Collett (above) and the daughter of the Reverend William Simpson and Ann Usher.  Joseph Collett died in July 1901 at Middelburg leaving Emily a widow for the next twenty-three years before she died at Grapevale in Naauwpoort, Eastern Cape on 25th December 1924.

 

 

 

13P55

Percy Every Collett

Born in 1861 (SA)

 

13P56

Alice Emmeline Collett

Born in 1862 (SA)

 

13P57

Amy Josephine Collett

Born in 1864 (SA)

 

13P58

William Arthur Collett

Born in 1865 (SA)

 

13P59

Collett Langford Collett

Born in 1868 (SA)

 

13P60

Isabel Mary Collett

Born in 1870 (SA)

 

13P61

Elizabeth Anne Collett

Born in 1871 (SA)

 

13P62

Ada Susannah Collett

Born in 1873 (SA)

 

13P63

Joseph Collett

Born in 1875 (SA)

 

13P64

Mabel Winifred Collett

Born in 1877 (SA)

 

13P65

Cecil Reginald Collett

Born in 1883 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13O24

George Collett was born on 9th April 1840 at Eastern Cape (SA), where he died during August 1879.  It was at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Cradock that he married Martha Petronella (Susanna) Adendorf on 28th April 1863.  Martha, who was born at Free State in South Africa on 15 Jul 1843, outlived her husband by almost twenty-one years and died at Daggaboersnek in Bedford, Eastern Cape on 28th June 1900.  In her Will just five of the couple’s nine children were mentioned and they were Annie, Jack, Thomas, Eva and James.  Of the others, Martha had died the year after she was born, Horatio had died just three years before his mother, leaving Richard and Norman who must have died sometime before the end of the century.

 

 

 

13P66

Horatio George Collett

Born in 1864 (SA)

 

13P67

Annie Rhoda Collett

Born in 1865 (SA)

 

13P68

John Hedley Collett

Born in 1866 (SA)

 

13P69

Richard Clifford Collett

Born in 1868 (SA)

 

13P70

Thomas Henry Collett

Born in 1869 (SA)

 

13P71

Martha Selena Collett

Born in 1870 (SA)

 

13P72

Eva Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1874 (SA)

 

13P73

James Christopher Collett

Born in 1877 (SA)

 

13P74

Norman Collett

Born in 1879 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13O25

Elizabeth Collett was born at Groensfontein in Cradock, Eastern Cape (SA), on 8th April 1844.  At the very young age of sixteen years and ten months she married Jonathon Crooks on 14th February 1861 at Mulberry Grove in Cradock.  The marriage produced five children for the couple, they being Eveline Eliza Crooks, Albert John Crooks, Amelia d' Egville Crooks, Percy Roland James Crooks and Edith Rhoda Crooks.  Elizabeth’s husband was born around 1840 and both he and Elizabeth died at Eastern Cape.  Elizabeth Crooks nee Collett died in September 1913 and was buried at Steynsburg in Eastern Cape on 22nd September 1913.

 

 

 

 

13O26

Ann Collett was born in England around 1824, the eldest of the two daughters of Joseph Collett and Mary Benfield from England.  By 1838 Ann and her family were farming at Auburn in Cayuga County, New York, while it was eight years later on 10th December 1846 when Ann married Adoniram Judson Dwinelle who was also born in New York on 9th January 1825.  Their marriage produced between six and nine children, the former confirmed by the census of 1860 for the town of Sennett in Cayuga County.  However, it was on that occasion that Ann gave her place of birth as England, rather than New York where every member of her family was born.  Judson Dwinell was 35, as was Ann, while their six sons were named as Judson A Dwinell who was 12, Joseph S Dwinelle who was 10, William who was eight, Edgar who was six, George who was four and Fred who was two years of age.

 

 

 

Ten years later Ann’s eldest son, A J Dwinelle age 22, was living at Mountain Spring in Butte County, California, with Ann’s widowed father Joseph Collett, when they were both working as miners.  It was just before the end of the century, when Ann Dwinelle nee Collett was seventy-four years old that she died in Kansas on 25th May 1899.

 

 

 

 

13O27

Charlotte Collett was born in England on 26th March 1826, the younger of the two children of Joseph Collett and Mary Benfield.  Another source says she was born in New York State, although this conflicts with the fact that her parents did not arrive in America until 1831.  Charlotte later married Joseph Glass whose parents were born in Ireland.  On 15th June 1880 at the town of Sennett in Cayuga County Joseph Glass was 55, Charlotte Glass was 53, and their children were Adelbert who was 25, Frank who was 21 and Mary who was 15, every member of the family confirmed as having been born in New York State.  Supporting the family was a servant Agnes Gardner who was 24 and from Switzerland.  This may be an indication that the family was relatively well set up financially.  It would appear that the family lived out the remained of their lives at Sennett, since it was there that Charlotte Glass nee Collett died on 10th March 1917 was buried at the Old Sennett Cemetery in Cayuga County, where her daughter Mary Glass was buried in 1922.

 

 

 

 

13O28

Harriet Collett was born at Stroud in 1840 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 11 394) during the third quarter of the year.  It is possible she was born at George Street in Stroud, where she was living with her parents in 1841 when she would have been around ten months old.  After the birth of her younger brother Charles (below), her father’s work as a tailor took the family to York Place in Bristol, where the family of four was living in 1861.  By that time in her life Harriet Collett from Stroud was 20 and working as a hat trimmer, a profession that she returned to later in her life.

 

 

 

While her parents were still living at York Place in 1871, Harriet had followed her married brother to Leeds, with whom she was living in 1871 with his wife and their first child.  Harriet Collett from Stroud was 30 and was confirmed as the sister of the head of the household Charles, when she was working as a servant.  Shortly after that day, her father passed away and her brother and his family moved to London.  By 1881 Harriet Collett was still unmarried at the age of 40 and had returned to Bristol, where she was living at Milsom Street within the St Philip and St Jacob Without, where her brother had also settled, but at Queen Parade.  On that day Harriet’s occupation was that of a hat trimmer and milliner.

 

 

 

Towards the end of the next decade, it would appear that Harriet may have had a health issue since, in the Bristol census of 1891, she was a patient in hospital in the St James district of Bristol.  Unmarried Harriet Collett from Stroud was 50 who was again described as a hat trimmer.  She obviously overcame whatever it was that placed her in hospital because, in 1901, 60-year-old Harriet was residing on City Road in Bristol St Barnabas when she was described as an almswoman and head of the household.  It was exactly the same situation in 1911 when she was 70 years old and described as an almswoman, having no occupation.  

 

 

 

She survived for nearly eleven years, when the death of Harriet Collett, aged 81, was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 210) during the last three months of 1921.

 

 

 

 

13O29

Charles Collett was born at Stroud in 1842, the son of Charles and Ann Collett who, ten years earlier, had another son Charles who died in 1835.  Certainly, when he was baptised at Stroud in 1832, his parents were confirmed as Charles and Ann Collett, although in the census of 1841, the parents of his sister Harriet (above) were recorded at Charles and Jane.  This may simply have been an error, since his parents were confirmed as Charles and Ann in the subsequent census returns.  The birth of Charles Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 11 452) during the first three months of 1842, prior to the family moving to Bristol.

 

 

 

It was at York Place in Bristol that the family was residing in 1851 when Charles Collett junior was nine years old.  It was there also that the family of four was still living in 1861, by which time Charles was 19 years of age and working as a warehouseman.  Five years after that, the marriage of Charles Collett and Rosina Jenkins was recorded at Bristol (Ref. 6a 215) during the last quarter of 1866.  The couple’s first child was born at Bristol within the next two years but, on the day of the census in 1871, the family was recorded at Leeds in Yorkshire as follows.  Charles Collett from Stroud was 29 and a warehouseman, his wife Rosina from Bristol was 30 and their son Charles A Collett was three years old and also born at Bristol.  Completing the family group was Charles’ sister Harriet Collett from Stroud who was 30 and a servant.

 

 

 

After ten years together, Charles and Rosina were living in the Hackney area of London when the second child was born, the birth of Oswald Edgar Collett recorded there (Ref. 1b 450) during the second quarter of 1876.  After a further five years, the young family was back living in Bristol, close to where Charles’ sister Harriet was also living in 1881.  According to the census return that year, they were living at Queen Parade in the parish of St Philip and St Jacob Without when Stroud born Charles Collett was 39 and a shopkeeper and a general dealer in fancy goods.  Rosina Collett was 40, Charles A Collett was 13 and Oswald E Collett from London was five years old.  

 

 

 

Tragedy struck the family six years later when, head of the household Charles, died at Bristol where his death was recorded at (Ref. 6a 15) during the third quarter of 1887, when he was 45.  Having lost her husband, Rosina and her two sons remained in Bristol but at the home of her parents on Newfoundland Street in the St Clements district of the city.  Widow Rosina Collett was 49, Charles was 23 and a tailor (as was his paternal grandfather) and Oswald was 15.  Rosina’s elderly parents were confirmed as and David and Eliza Jenkins, both in their middle-seventies.

 

 

 

During the next decade, both of her parents passed away and both of her sons left home to make their own way in the world.  So, by 1901, Rosina Collett was living alone at the age of 60, when residing at Stanley Street in Bristol, where she was living on her own means.  Nothing much is currently know about her two sons, except that the death of Oswald Edgar Collett was recorded at the Devon register office in Barnstaple (Ref. 5b 750) during the last three months of 1941, when he was 65.

 

 

 

13P75

Charles A Collett

Born in 1868 at Bristol

 

13P76

Oswald Edgar Collett

Born in 1876 at Hackney, London

 

 

 

 

13O30

Jane Ann Collett was born at Pontypool in 1860, her birth, as the first child of Robert Collett and Louisa Renrick, was recorded at Pontypool (Ref. 11a 131) during the first three months of 1860.  She was one year old in the census of 1861, when living at Maria Street in Llandaff with her parents.  Shortly thereafter, and with her mother already pregnant with Jane’s brother, the family moved to Port Isaac in Cornwall where her mother had been born.  Jane Ann Collett was only eighteen months old when her death was recorded at Bodmin (Ref. 5c 57) during the third quarter of 1861, the same quarter of the year her bother was born.  Following her death, Jane Ann Collett was buried at the Church of St Endellion on 14th July 1861.

 

 

 

 

13O31

James Edward Collett was born at Port Isaac in 1861, the only son and eldest surviving child of Robert Collett from Stroud and his wife Louisa from Port Isaac, whose birth was recorded at Bodmin (Ref. 5c 110) during the third quarter of the year.  In the census of 1871 James E Collett was nine years old, by which time he and his family were living in Cardiff where his parents, and his deceased older sister Jane, had been living in 1861.  Previously the family had not been found in the census of 1881 and the main reason was that his father Robert said he had been born at Thrupp in Gloucestershire.  However, that year, James’ father’s occupation was that of a tailor and his wife Louisa was from Port Isaac.  Living with the couple were their two surviving children, the eldest being James E Collett from Port Isaac who was 19 and a postal letter carrier.  Four years earlier his youngest sister had died in Cardiff at the age of 10 years.  Five years after the census day in 1881, the marriage of James Edward Collett and Margaret Lewis was recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 11a 375) during the third quarter of 1886.  Five years later, he and his young family were living at 69 Craddock Street in Cardiff in 1891.

 

 

 

James E Collett from Port Isaac was 29 and a letter porveeir (a postman), his wife Margaret was 28 and from Aberystwyth, and their three Cardiff born children were Louisa M Collett who was three, Robert L Collett who was two and baby Collett who was only a few days old and had not yet been baptised, nor had her birth been recorded.  Three more children were added to their family over the next ten years and in March 1901 the larger family was residing at 61 Forrest Road in Canton, Cardiff.  The census that month confirmed that James E Collett from Port Isaac was 39 and an employee of the General Post Office, where he was working as a head postman.  Curious his wife Margaret said she was 38 and born at Ponterwyd, ten miles inland from Aberystwyth.

 

 

 

Their family on that occasion comprised Louisa M Collett who was 13, Robert J Collett who was 12, Lavinia S Collett who was 10, Gwendoline M Collett who was seven, Walter J Collett who was five and Doris M Collet who was one year old.  One more child was added to the family during the next two years but, by 1911, the three eldest daughters had already left home, which was still at 61 Forrest Road in Canton.  Head of the household James Edward Collett was 49 and head postman with the GPO, Margaret was 48, Robert Lewis was 22, Walter James was 15, Doris Miriam was 11 and Hilda Collett was eight years of age, although sadly she did not survive.

 

 

 

13P77

Louisa Mary Collett

Born in 1887 at Cardiff

 

13P78

Robert Lewis Collett

Born in 1889 at Cardiff

 

13P79

Lavinia Sarah Collett

Born in 1891 at Cardiff

 

13P80

Gwendoline Margaret Collett

Born in 1893 at Cardiff

 

13P81

Walter James Collett

Born in 1895 at Cardiff

 

13P82

Doris Miriam Collett

Born in 1900 at Cardiff

 

13P83

Hilda Collett

Born in 1903 at Cardiff

 

 

 

 

13O32

Lavinia Binn Collett was born at Port Isaac in 1863, while her birth was registered at Bodmin (Ref. 5c 113) during the second quarter of that year.  She was the third of the four children of Robert and Louisa Collett with whom she was living within the St Mary district of Cardiff in 1871, when she was described as Lavinia B Collett from Port Isaac in Cornwall who was eight years old.  On the day of the next census in 1881, the family living at Edward Street in Cardiff had been reduced in size by the death in 1876 of Lavinia’s younger sister Louisa (below).  Lavinia B Collett was 17 years old and working as a dressmaker.  It was during the second quarter of 1885 that the marriage of Lavinia Been Collett and Thomas Hale was recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 11a 398), when the witnesses were Mary Jane Isaac and Watson Hubert King. 

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married Lavinia gave birth to a son, who may have been the couple’s only child.  On the occasion of the census in 1911, Lavinia Been Hale from Port Isaac was 47 and residing at 16 Miskin Street in Barry.  She had been married to Thomas Hale, who was also 47, for twenty-six years, while their son Thomas James Hales was 25.  The death of Lavinia B Hale was recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 412) during the third quarter of 1929 when she was sixty-six years of age.

 

 

 

 

13O33

Louisa Sophia Collett was born at Port Isaac in 1865, the fourth and last child of Robert Collett from Stroud and Louisa Renrick from Port Isaac.  No record of her birth at Bodmin has yet been found while, in 1871, Louisa S Collett from Port Isaac was five years old and living with her family in Cardiff, her father’s work as a tailor, had resulted in a return to Cardiff, where her parents had been living ten years earlier.  Five years later, when the family was residing at Maria Street in Cardiff, Louisa Sophia Collett died at the age of 10 years, her death recorded in Cardiff (Ref. 11a 168) during the first three months of 1876.  She was then buried at the Church of St Mary in Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

13P1

Jacob Collett was born at Wellington (NZ) on 10th July 1854, the eldest child of Charles Collett and his wife Maria Jones.  He married Mary Hannah Fisher during the early months of 1894 and the first of their three children was born later that same year.  By 1897 their family was complete, but tragically it was on 4th October 1897 that Jacob Collett died at the age of 43, following which he was buried at Gore Cemetery in Southland.  Mary was born in Wiltshire, England, during 1864 and was 19 and a servant when she sailed to New Zealand on board the sailing ship ‘Victory’ which arrived at Invercargill on 23rd December 1883.  Mary Collett nee Fisher passed away at the age of 80 in 1944 and was also buried at Gore Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q1

Horace Walter Collett

Born in 1894 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q2

Leonard Adolph Collett

Born in 1896 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q3

Pauline Millicent Collett

Born in 1898 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13P2

Eliza Collett was born at Wellington (NZ) on 23rd April 1856, the eldest daughter of Charles and Maria Collett.  She was twenty years old when she gave birth her first base-born child, the son of an unnamed man, and two years after a second base-born son was born, the father being her future husband.  Shortly after the birth, on 7th March 1879 at Invercargill, Eliza married David Low Mill, who had been born on 23rd April 1853.  Sadly, Eliza only had eighteen years of marriage with David when she died at Mandeville in Southland, New Zealand on 10th April 1897, just two weeks before her forty-first birthday.  During those eighteen years Eliza presented her husband with ten further children.  

 

 

 

Those ten children were: Jane Ethel Mill (born 1880); George Bruce Mill (born 1881) - who tragically he died when he was two years old; an unnamed child who died at birth in 1883; Maria May Mill (born 1884); Alexander Charles Mill (born 1890); Henrietta Marion Mill (born 1891); Agnes Annie Emily Mill (born 1893); Francis Albert Mill (born 1894); and Jessie Maud Mill (born in 1897).  The missing child from the list is of particular interest, since it was Eliza’s daughter Alice Low Mill (who was born during 1886) who later married Robert Barrie Collett (Ref. 13Q24).  It is therefore highly likely that Eliza Mill nee Collett died during or just after the birth of that last child.

 

 

 

Following the sudden and unexpected death of his wife, David Low very quickly married for a second time, most likely to help him look after his young family.  That action, so soon after losing his wife, may have turned the couple’s eldest son David, against his father.  Certainly, within the family, it is known there was clearly a rift between David and his father and, whilst they continued to live within the same small town, they did not speak, resulting in a break-down in their relationship.

 

 

 

A newspaper report in the Mataura Ensign of 18th April 1910 provided an insight to where the family of David Low Mill and his surviving children were living at that time, when it stated that ‘Mr David Mill has started a new industry in Mandeville.  He has a poultry yard in which are all the latest breeds of fowls’.  Mandeville is a settlement in the Southland region, 17 kilometres north-west of Gore - where his first wife was buried.  Whether Eliza’s first base-born son William stayed with her after she married, or was raised by someone else, is not known at this time.  Although it seems very likely that her second child David was living with her until around the time of the death of his mother and the remarriage of his father.  David Low Mill died Otamita in Southland on 13th September 1925 at the age of 72, following which he was also buried at Gore Cemetery in Southland.

 

 

 

13Q4

William Collett

Born in 1876 in New Zealand

 

13Q5

David Mill Collett

Born in 1878 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

13P3

Samuel Collett was born at Wellington (NZ) on 8th February 1858 and was the third child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones from England.  It was also in New Zealand that he later married the much younger Marion Nelson Spowart in 1880.  Marion was born in Scotland during 1866 and emigrated to New Zealand with her parents around 1872.  Her surname was often misspelt or misinterpreted and, apart from being a signatory on a petition for Women's Suffrage, submitted to Parliament in 1893, and being recorded as the next-of-kin of her son Leslie Collett, in his War Records, very little else is known about Marion Collett nee Spowart.

 

 

 

Conversely though, much has been written about Samuel Collett, who led a somewhat colourful life.  He would have been about three years old when the family moved from Wellington to Invercargill via Thorndon Flats and, it is assumed, that his schooling and perhaps his early working life was in the Invercargill area.  Sometime before 1889, and perhaps as early as 1880, he had his own blacksmith business on Irwell Street in Gore, just under forty miles north-east of Invercargill, where the family’s home was conveniently located adjacent to the smithy.  The establishment was known as The Gore Coach & Carriage Factory and General Shoeing Forge and catered for “engineering in all its branches and general smith work” as advertised in several issues of local papers.

 

 

 

An article in the Mataura Ensign on 3rd October 1890 reported the bad luck that had plagued Samuel Collett when the family home was burnt to the ground, and also made reference to the fact that his blacksmith shop had previously been entirely lost as a result of an earlier fire.  A fire occurred in Gore on Wednesday evening between half-past seven and eight o'clock at the residence of Mr Samuel Collett, blacksmith.  It appears that the fire originated through the bursting of a kerosene lamp in one of the front rooms.  The flames caught the wall and, with the wind happening to set in the direction of the main body of the building, its destruction was inevitable.  The fire bell was rung promptly and the brigade was quickly on the scene.  All they could do, however, was to prevent the spreading of the conflagration to the adjoining buildings, and this they did.  Mr Collett endeavoured to save as much of his property as he could, and got rather badly burned in the attempt; but fortunately there was no danger to life, as Mrs Collett and the children happened to be away.  There was insurance on the cottage, a four-roomed dwelling, and its contents, with the New Zealand Insurance Company for £130, and Mr Collett naturally congratulates himself that he does not stand to lose so heavily this time as he did on the last occasion when his whole workshop was burnt down, with not one penny of insurance on it.  General sympathy is felt for Mr Collett, who has fought a hard, uphill battle for many a long year past.’

 

 

 

Just over two years later an advert placed in the Mataura Ensign on 31st January 1893 provided an indication of the stock he had for sale and the prices he charged.  Double buggies, with folding back seats, £35 upwards; single buggies, £26 upwards; pony phaetons, in different styles, £30 ditto; [illegible] waggonettes, £40 ditto; farmers’ station waggon and buggies, with shiftable seat at back, £27 ditto; express waggon, £25 ditto; double-seated dog carts, with shiftable seats, with cushions for double seats, £18 ditto; also rustic dog-carts, £15 ditto, with shiftable seats, double-trimmed, spring-carts, £16 ditto; Tilbury carts, £12 ditto; American daisy-carts, one or two-passenger, £11 ditto; road-cart and pleasure-cart, £16 ditto (inspection invited); tip drays £17; farmer's road dray, £18; timber truck waggon, £26 (lifting on and off body extra); two-horse waggon £28; four-horse waggon, £30 to £35 (reversible shafts or pole).

 

 

 

To our Local District Farmers an Oat-Crushing Department has been added to my present business, and our farmers in the surrounding district can get Oats Crushed, while getting their horses shod or any other work or repairs done at lowest rates.  Second-hand buggies or any kind of vehicles taken in on exchange.  Repairs and repainting and the trimming will be done at low rates, and the price will be given to each party for the work to be done, when leaving the vehicle.  Having added steam power to the works, I am able to manufacture vehicles at a much lower price than before.  Intending purchasers are requested to send for an illustrated catalogue before buying elsewhere.’

 

 

 

The early Scottish settlers to the Otago and Southland areas of New Zealand brought with them their family traditions and customs, including a liking for a daily dram or two of Highland Dew, and Gore became known in New Zealand folklore as the home of Hokonui Moonshine.  The Mataura electorate voted no-licence in 1902 and Invercargill followed suit in 1905, although stills sprang up through the area and the authorities began to take an interest in the goings-on in the bush-clad hills with them mounting some of their famous raids on those illicit stills.  Samuel Collett was convicted of selling whiskey, as portrayed in the following extract from a newspaper article in the Southland Times of 1904.

 

 

 

‘Sly-Grog Selling:  At the Police Court, Gore, yesterday before Mr G. Cruickshank, S.M., the hearing of charges of illicit dealing in liquor, preferred against local residents, was begun.  Samuel Collett, charged with selling drink on 24th June, pleaded not guilty.  Inspector Mitchell said the defendant was a blacksmith, and two old friends of his were supplied with drink by him.  D. Stewart said that he called at Collett's shop with W. Stewart where they had whiskey supplied by Collett.  For a second drink he laid down a shilling, but to the best of his knowledge Collett did not ask for money.  A witness said that he had the drinks in the writing room.  It was while there that Collett asked them to have a drink.  He did not call defendant's attention to the fact of putting down the shilling, and he did not ask for money.  I had been a customer of Collett's for twelve years or more.  He suggested the second drink.  Sergeant McKenzie said that when he executed the search warrant in Collett's premises he said he gave the whiskey out of friendship.  He searched the place, and in a bedroom found a bottle of whiskey about a quarter full, in another bedroom was a lemonade bottle containing whiskey.  Collett said he did not know that the bottle was there, and that the bottle in his bedroom was for his own use.  Collett said Stewart gave him no money, but that he had put a shilling on the bench.  Detective McIlveney also gave evidence that he heard Collett say he gave the Stewarts the liquor.  He had no doubt that the shilling was mentioned.  The Defendant said that the two Stewarts came into the smithy together.  After some conversation he asked them to have a whiskey in a room where he did his writing.  Then he took them out and showed them some wheels and afterwards asked them to have another nip.  No money passed.  The Defendant was convicted and fined £50, with costs at 9 shillings. Security for appeal was fixed at £70.’

 

 

 

Just a few months after the court hearing the Gore Coach & Carriage Factory was put up for sale or lease by Samuel Collett during November 1904, when he stated that he was leaving the district.  What subsequently happened to the business is not known, nor is it known if he did leave the district for a while, because by 1917 he and Marion were once again living at Irwell Street in Gore.  At that time in his life he was recorded as being a coachbuilder when his son John Spowart Collett, another coachbuilder, left New Zealand for action in the First World War.  Samuel Collett died on 8th January 1926 and was buried in the Gore Cemetery, while his wife Marion Nelson Collett nee Spowart died twelve years later in 1938 and was also buried in the Gore Cemetery with her husband.

 

 

 

13Q6

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1884 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q7

John Spowart Collett

Born in 1887 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q8

Leslie Clifford Collett

Born in 1896 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q9

Maxwell Nelson Collett

Born in 1899 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13Q10

Florence Myrtle Collett

Born in 1905 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13P4

Esau Collett was born at Thorndon Flat in Wellington (NZ) on 9th July 1859, the child of Charles and Maria Collett.  Sadly, just six weeks later he died and was buried at Bolton Street Cemetery in Wellington on 22nd August 1859.

 

 

 

 

13P5

Rebecca Collett was born at Thorndon Flat in Wellington (NZ) on 1st September 1860, the youngest of the two daughters of Charles and Maria Collett.  It was at Riverton in Southland on 3rd March 1932 that she passed away at the age of 71.  It was during 1881 that she married John Boniface, the son of James and Agnes Boniface, who had been born in New Zealand in 1855.  They had five children who were Selina Jane Boniface (born in 1882), John Charles Boniface (born in 1883), Robert Boniface (born in 1892), Albert Alexander Boniface (born in 1898), and Eileen Rebecca Boniface (born in 1901).

 

 

 

 

13P6

Charles Collett was born at Invercargill, Southland (NZ) on 10th December 1862 and was the sixth child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  Charles was educated at Invercargill and later became a farmer and firewood merchant of Mokotua.  Mokotua is in the Southland region of New Zealand, about thirteen miles from Invercargill and forms part of the electoral district of Mataura.  On 8th November 1883 he married Agnes Hamilton who was born in New Zealand during 1866, the daughter of Mr W. Hamilton.  Their marriage produced eight sons and five daughters between 1883 and 1905.  Agnes’ brother was Doctor George Hamilton, who had settled at Petone, near Wellington, who possibly later had a practice in the Nelson area. 

 

 

 

George Hamilton was a member of the Plymouth Brethren and was a medical missionary who was a devout Christian and later went to work in Argentina and Bolivia.  Two of his sons went on to carry out his missionary work, while he has a grandson currently living in Canada.  This information has been provided by a member of the Hamilton family living in Melbourne, Australia in 2017.

 

 

 

Initially however, Charles was employed by Messrs McCallum & Company, saw-millers, for twenty years before he bought a farm of about 130 acres, although much of his time and attention were principally devoted to his firewood business.  His plant consisted of an eight horse-power traction engine for cutting and hauling firewood and a large saw-bench with two saws, one three feet and the other four feet six inches.  He sent from 400 to 500 cords of wood to Invercargill annually.  At a meeting of the Southland Land Board on 4th March 1887 amongst the business transacted was the transfer of Section 94, Block VIII, Campbelltown Hundred from O. Bartonshaw to Charles Collett and at an earlier meeting the Town Council had refused Mr Rose's request to transfer the municipal lease of Section 15, Block 44 to Charles Collett.

 

 

 

The last known address of Charles Collett was 56 Ritchie Street in Invercargill, his death occurring on 2nd May 1941, following which he was buried in Block 23 Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery, where his wife Agnes Collett nee Hamilton was later buried following her death at Mabel Bush in Invercargill on 24th July 1944.  The gravestone describes the couple as Charlie Collett, age 78, who died in 1941, and Agnes Collett, age 78, who died in 1944.  In addition, the same burial plot includes the bodies of their son James Henry Collett, who died in 1952, and his wife Elizabeth Charlotte, who died in 1968, together with their daughter Evelyn Thelma Collett who died in 1926.  One other Collett, Judith Carolyn Collett is also buried there and she died on 20th July 1950 when she was only five days old.  She was the daughter of James Charles Collett and his wife Lois, James Charles being the older brother of the aforementioned Evelyn Thelma Collett and the son of James Henry and Elizabeth Charlotte.

 

 

 

The following words were taken from an advert placed in the Wellington Evening Post in 1923.  “An application has been made and duly advertised in the 'Patent Office Journal' of the 18th October 1923, for the Restoration of Letters Patent No. 42354, dated 18th September 1919, granted to Charles Collett and James Henry Collett, both of Invercargill, New Zealand, Contractors, for an Improved Skid for Shifting Buildings and the like."  The two Colletts mentioned in the article were most likely Charles Collett, who would have been 60, and his younger brother James Henry Collett (below) who would have been 53, but alternatively may have been Charles and his son James Henry Collett who would have been 33.

 

 

 

13Q11

David William Collett

Born in 1884 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q12

Charles Alfred Collett

Born in 1885 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q13

Jessie Maria Collett

Born in 1888 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q14

James Henry Collett

Born in 1889 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q15

William Collett

Born in 1891 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q16

John Edward Collett

Born in 1892 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q17

Samuel Collett

Born in 1893 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q18

Eliza Rebekah Collett

Born in 1894 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q19

Robert Jacob Collett

Born in 1896 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q20

Rebecca Flora Collett

Born in 1898 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q21

Alice May Victoria Collett

Born in 1900 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q22

Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13Q23

Lilly Collett

Born in 1905 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13P7

James Henry Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 11th November 1869, the son of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  It was in 1892 when he married Ellen Barrie who was born in 1868.  However, by then Ellen had given birth to two base-born children, Robert Barrie Collett who was born in 1886 and Marion Dick Barrie who was born in 1888, the father possibly being James Henry Collett.  Over the following years they were blessed with a further five children.  James was 81 when he died on 21st May 1951 and was buried at Winton Cemetery in Southland, with Ellen Collett nee Barrie having passed away nearly two years earlier on 23rd July 1949 when she had been residing at New River Road in Winton, Southland.  Apart from the registration of her birth (Ref. 1888/10904), no further information has been found relating to Ellen’s daughter Marion Dick Barrie.

 

 

 

13Q24

Robert Barrie Collett

Born in 1886 in New Zealand

 

13Q25

Marion Dick Barrie

Born in 1888 in New Zealand

 

13Q26

Margaret Ellen Collett

Born in 1894 in New Zealand

 

13Q27

James (Jim) Henry Collett

Born in 1898 in New Zealand

 

13Q28

Ivy Isabell Florence Collett

Born in 1900 in New Zealand

 

13Q29

Grace Collett

Born in 1906 in New Zealand

 

13Q30

Myrtle Irene Mavis Collett

Born in 1911 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

13P8

Edward Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) in 1873, the last child of Charles Collett and Maria Jones.  The only other known fact about him is that in 1897 he married Florence Ball.

 

 

 

 

13P9

Charles William Collett was born at Stroud in 1859, the eldest child of William and Mary Ann Collett, his birth recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 277) during the second quarter of the year.  He was one year old in the Stroud census of 1861, was 11 years old in the census of 1871, and was 23 in 1881.  In the latter, he was living at Fair View in Randwick with his widowed father and his three sisters.  His occupation at that time was that of a woollen cloth worker.

 

 

 

 

13P10

Mary Jane Collett was born at Stroud in 1862, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 297) during the second quarter of the year.  Just like her brother William (above) and her sister Rose (below) her ages in the 1871 and 1881 censuses were at odds with each other.  She was stated as being aged nine years in 1871 and 21 in 1881 and for the latter her name was written as Maria Collett.  Also, in 1881, she was living with her widowed father and her siblings at Fair View in Randwick from where she was employed as a woollen cloth worker.  Four years after that day, the marriage of Mary Jane Collett and Henry Collier was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 612) during the last quarter of 1885.

 

 

 

 

13P11

Rose Emma Collett was born at Stroud in 1864, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 279) during the third quarter of the year, the third child of William and Mary Collett.  As Rose E Collett, she was six years old in the Randwick census of 1871 and was 19 in 1881 when living with her family at Fair View in Randwick.  On that latter census day Rose E Collett was working as a woollen cloth maker like her older sister and brother.  Three years later, the marriage of Rose Emma Collett was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 469) during the first quarter of 1884.

 

 

 

 

13P12

Sarah Collett was born at Randwick near the end of 1869, the youngest of the four children of William Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Berry.  Her birth was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 313) during the first quarter of 1870.  She was one year old in the Randwick census of 1871 when she was living there with her parents and her three older siblings.  Her mother died almost ten years later, leaving Sarah aged 11 living with her widowed father William and her three siblings at Fair View in Randwick.  Within a few weeks of that census day, Sarah’s father married for a second time and in 1891, Sarah Collett was 21 and not in paid work, when she was again living with her father and her stepmother, the former Mary Ann Bennett, at The Lawn in Randwick.  

 

 

 

Within twelve months of that census day, unmarried Sarah Collett gave birth to the first of her three base-born children, all three of them confirmed as having been born at Stroud, the third one specifically born at Cainscross in Stroud.  Two years after the birth of her last child, her stepmother died so, in 1901, Sarah Collett was 30 and performing the role of housekeeper for her widowed father in Randwick, where she also had her three children living at the same address.  Ten years after that, it was a similar situation, with Sarah Collett being head of the household at the age of 39, working as general domestic servant, while looking after her sons Charlie Collett who was 19, William Collett who was 17 and Richard Collett who was 14.  It was twenty-nine years later that the death of Sarah Collett, aged 70, was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 1003) during the first three months of 1940.

 

 

 

13Q31

Charles Collett

Born in 1892 at Randwick

 

13Q32

William Collett

Born in 1894 at Randwick

 

13Q33

Richard Collett

Born in 1896 at Cainscross, Stroud

 

 

 

 

13P13

Elizabeth Collett was born at Stroud in 1867 one of the nine children of John Collett and Harriet Holder.  She was three years old in the Stroud census of 1871 and in 1881 at the age of 13 she and her family were residing at Clark Court off Acre Street in Stroud.  Eight years later, and on reaching full age, the marriage of Elizabeth Collett and Charles Brownjohn (1869-1949) was recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 643) during the second quarter of 1889.  According to the next census in 1891, the childless couple was residing at Parliament Street in Stroud where Charles was 22 and a bootmaker from Somerset and his wife Elizabeth was also 22.  Their son Charles Reuben Brownjohn (1892-1958) was born at Stroud soon after and, by 1901, the family of three was still living on Parliament Street in the town.  Bootmaker Charles from Frome was 33, Elizabeth from Stroud was 32, and Reuben Brownjohn was eight years old.  After a further ten years, the three of them were still residing in Stroud, by which time Charles’ occupation was that of a postman.

 

 

 

 

13P21

Lucy Collett was born at Stroud during 1878, the last child born to John Collett by his wife Harriet Holder, who was two years old in 1881 when living with her family at Clark Court, Acre Street in Stroud, where she may have also been born.  Following the death of her father in 1884 Lucy was the only child still living with her widowed mother in 1891 when she was 12 years of age, and she was still living with her in 1901, although by then they were recorded as two charwomen living in Rodborough. Around the time of the death of her mother in 1907 at The Knoll, Parliament Street in Stroud, it would appear that Lucy married Hubert Charles Berkeley and by the time of the Stroud census in 1911 Lucy, aged 32 and from Stroud, had presented her husband Hubert with two sons.  Hubert Charles Berkeley was 28 and a cloth worker from Stroud, where the family was living with their two children Hubert George Berkeley who was two years old and Frederick John Berkeley who was only seven months old. 

 

 

 

 

13P22

Walter James Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 25th April 1855 and it was at Cradock where he married Bremmerina Rose-Innes on 2nd June 1880. She was known as Bremmy and was born during 1857.  Walter was educated at Groen Kloof (probably home schooling) and at Templeton College in Bedford.  Bremmy Collett died in November 1929 at the age of 72, while Walter James Collett survived for another fourteen years, when he died at Cradock during 1943.  However, an alternative source now suggests that Walter James Collett passed away during August 1908.

 

 

 

13Q34

a daughter Collett

Born in 1881 (SA)

 

13Q35

John Alexander Collett

Born in 1882 (SA)

 

13Q36

Olive Mary Collett

Born in 1883 (SA)

 

13Q37

George Chapman Collett

Born in 1885 (SA)

 

13Q38

Cecil Walter Collett

Born in 1887 (SA)

 

13Q39

Mildred Kate Collett

Born in 1889 (SA)

 

13Q40

Hilda Rose Collett

Born in 1891 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P23

Annie Letitia Collett, who was referred to as Letty, was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 29th August 1856.  She married James Butler on 28th March 1882 at Cradock.  James was the brother and business partner of Charles Butler who married Letty’s sister Emma Collett (below) and who together ran a company Butler Brothers from premises in Adderley Street in Cradock Town sold to them by Letty’s father John Collett.

 

 

 

James and Charles were the sons of Philip John Butler and Mary Watts.  James was born at Cradock on 22nd July 1854.  Letty was educated at Bedford and was the first of only two of the daughters of John and Mary Collett that did not stay in farming.  Letty died in 1951 while her husband had died many years before on 17th June 1923.  During their life together they had seven children and they were Mary Butler, Ernest Collett Butler, Florence Butler, Alice Butler, Ada Butler, James Butler and Kathleen Butler.

 

 

 

 

13P24

Herbert Joseph Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 14th February 1858.  He never married and during his older years he was looked after by his younger sister Jessie (below).  Herbert Joseph Collett died on 13th June 1937 aged 79 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13P25

Jessie Marion Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 29th May 1860 and like her older brother Herbert with whom she lived in their old age, she never married.  So it was, as Jessie Marion Collett, that she died on 21st December 1946, aged 88, following which she was buried two days after at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13P26

Mary Emma Collett, who was referred to as Emma, was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 4th February 1862.  It was there at Grassridge Farm that she married Charles Butler on 14th October 1891 in a double ceremony with her sister Rosa Collett (below).  Charles was the brother and business partner of James Butler who married Emma’s sister Letty Collett (above).  He was born on 11th January 1864 at Barnstaple in Devon, England and his marriage to Emma produced five children for the couple.  They were Harold Butler, Alfred Butler, Marion Butler, Joseph Butler and Dorothy Butler.

 

 

 

Emma was the second of only two daughters of John and Mary Collett who did not continue in the family business of farming.  Instead she started a newspaper in Vryburg and later, between 1927 and 1940, she was the Mayor of Cradock.  Seven years after she ceased her mayoral duties Mary Emma Butler nee Collett died at Cradock on 25th March 1947 aged 85 and was followed less than two years later by her husband who died at Uitenhage in Eastern Cape on 7th January 1949.

 

 

 

 

13P27

Rosie Phoebe Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 22nd February 1864, the daughter of John Collett and his wife Mary Trollip.  Tragically it was there also that she died just two weeks later on 6th March 1864.

 

 

 

 

13P28

Rosa Phoebe Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 8th March 1865, and it was at Cradock where she married her cousin Joseph John Maskell on 14th October 1891.  This was a double wedding with her sister Emma Collett (above) and over the following years Rosa presented Joseph with six children.  Joseph was the eldest son of Richard John Maskell and Susanna Collett (Ref. 13O20) who was nearly ten years older than Rosa, having been born in 1856.  Rosa Phoebe Maskell nee Collett died on 3rd March 1956 at Hanover District of Eastern Cape, aged 90.  The couple’s six children were Eric Maskell, Wilfred Maskell, Eileen Maskell, Edwina Maskell, John Maskell, and Kenneth Maskell.

 

 

 

 

13P29

John Owen Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 12th April 1867, the son of John and Mary Collett.  He married Kate Gedye on 11th January 1894, Kate having been born in January 1871 and baptised on 20 January 1871 at the Wesleyan Methodist in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of seven children.  John lived a long and fruitful life that produced seven children before his death at Uitenhage on 17th September 1958 when he was 91.  Kate was a widow for the next nine years until her death in 1966.

 

 

 

13Q41

Kathleen Maud Owen Collett

Born in 1894 (SA)

 

13Q42

Hazel Mary Owen Collett

Born in 1896 (SA)

 

13Q43

Leslie Owen Collett

Born in 1898 (SA)

 

13Q44

Elfreda Owen Collett

Born in 1900 (SA)

 

13Q45

Beryl Owen Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q46

Rowena Joyce Collett

Born in 1908 (SA)

 

13Q47

Kathryn Owen Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P30

Martha Rhoda Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 15th September 1868.  On 8th October 1900 at Cradock she married her cousin John Hedley Collett (Ref. 13P68), the son of George Collett and Martha Susanna Adendorf.  John was referred to as Jack by the families and had previously been married to Martha’s younger sister Agnes who died before the couple had any children of their own.  John Hedley Collett was born on 4th August 1866 and died two days after his one-hundredth birthday celebration on 6th August 1966 and was buried at Fish River Cemetery with his wife Martha who had died sixteen years earlier on 7th April 1950, at the age of 81.

 

 

 

13Q48

Winifred Martha Collett

Born in 1902 (SA)

 

13Q49

Enid Hedley Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q50

Gladys Mary Collett

Born in 1905 (SA)

 

13Q51

Joan Marion Collett

Born in 1908 (SA)

 

13Q52

John Hilton Collett

Born in 1911 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P31

Agnes Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) in 1870.  Very little is known about Agnes but it is understood she married her cousin Jack Collett aka John Hedley Collett (Ref. 13P68).  It is also believed that the marriage lasted only two years and bore no children for the couple before Agnes’ untimely death.  Widower Jack then married Agnes’ older sister Martha (above).

 

 

 

 

13P32

Albert Henry Collett, who was referred to as Bertie, was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 3rd June 1871.  He married his niece Annie Van Heerden on 20th October 1897 at Cradock.  She was the daughter of William Jacobus Van Heerden and Jessie Harriet Collett Trollip and the granddaughter of Rhoda Ann Collett and Joshua Trollip (Ref. 13O18), Rhoda being the sister of Albert’s father John Collett.  Annie was born on 13th July 1878 and during their married life together she and Albert lived at Speelmanskop Farm.  Annie Collett nee Van Heerden died on 3rd March 1958, and was followed three and a half years later by Albert Henry Collett who died on 19th October 1961, aged 90.  Both of them were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q53

Dulcie Mabel Collett

Born in 1898 (SA)

 

13Q54

Beatrice Mary Collett

Born in 1900 (SA)

 

13Q55

May Harriet Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q56

Iris Miriam Collett

Born in 1905 (SA)

 

13Q57

Albert Henry Collett

Born in 1907 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P33

Gervase Chancellor Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 10th April 1874, and he later married Rowena Gedye on 9th July 1913.  She was the daughter of James Banfield Gedye and Elizabeth Lillie Kirk and was very likely to be the younger sister of Kate Gedye who married Gervase’s older brother John Owen Collett (above).  Rowena was born on 24th June 1880 at Cosmo House in Portishead near Bristol in England and was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist in Bristol.  After her family emigrated to South Africa, she attended school at Port Elizabeth.  Rowena Collett nee Gedye died on 5th February 1971.  Gervase Chancellor Collett had died under three years earlier on 18th June 1968 at the age of 94, and both of them were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q58

Barbara Kate Collett

Born in 1914 (SA)

 

13Q59

Rowena Roslin Collett

Born in 1917 at Port Elizabeth (SA)

 

13Q60

Rona Marion Collett, known as Pam

Born in 1920 (SA)

 

13Q61

Jennifer Hope Collett

Born in 1935 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P34

NORMAN HUGH COLLETT was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 27th January 1877.  He married Gladys Isobel Hart on 28th June 1916, Gladys having been born in 1886.  During their life together they owned property at Katkop where they lived with their children.  Norman Hugh Collett died on 4th September 1966, at the age of 89, while his wife died eight years later in 1974, both of them being buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q62

Neville Norman Collett

Born in 1917 at Port Elizabeth (SA)

 

13Q63

GODFREY HUGH COLLETT

Born in 1918 at Cradock (SA)

 

13Q64

Keith Dudley Collett

Born in 1922 at Middelburg (SA)

 

13Q65

Richard John Collett

Born in 1925 at Cradock (SA)

 

13Q66

Ethlyn Collett

Born in 1926 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P35

Dudley Templeton Collett was born at Grahamstown (SA) on 9th July 1878.  He married (1) Kate Marian Jubb on 3rd March 1920 at Grahamstown.  Kate was born on 22nd March 1880 and died on 24th January 1951, following which, later that same year, Dudley married (2) Alice Jubb his sister-in-law.  He died ten years later on 19th October 1961 aged 83.  Both Dudley and Kate were buried at Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

13Q67

Joan Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P36

Cecil Ernest Collett or Ernest Cecil was born in (SA) on 31st December 1859 and he was around twelve years of age when he died in December 1871 at Legkraal in Cape Province.  He was buried at Grassridge Farm in Fish River on 25th December 1871.

 

 

 

 

13P37

Charles Hedley Collett was born in the Hanover District of Northern Cape (SA) on 21st November 1862, the son of James Collett and his wife Mary Simpson.  He later married Amy Minnie Williams with whom he had seven children.  Charles lived a long life and died in 1958.

 

 

 

13Q68

Doris Collett

Born in 1897 (SA)

 

13Q69

Lionel Hedley Collett

Born in 1898 (SA)

 

13Q70

Douglas Denham Collett

Born in 1901 (SA)

 

13Q71

Ernest Aubrey Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q72

Kathleen Mary Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)

 

13Q73

Lillian Anne Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)

 

13Q74

Margaret Rose Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P38

Annie Alicia Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in (SA) and was referred to in her father’s Will as Annie Alicia whilst, elsewhere throughout her life she was referred to as Alice.

 

 

 

 

13P39

Benjamin Shaw Collett was born on 9th December 1866 in (SA) and he married Judith Plessis with whom he had two sons.  The only other fact known about him is that he died in 1949.

 

 

 

13Q75

James William Collett

Born in 1906 (SA)

 

13Q76

Francis Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P40

Denham Godlonton Collett was born in (SA) during 1869 and died in 1942, although nothing is so far known about his life between those two years.

 

 

 

 

13P41

Florence Emily Collett was born on 21st June 1872 in (SA), the sixth child of James Collett and Mary Simpson.

 

 

 

 

13P42

William James Collett was born on 7th February 1874 in (SA) and was the seventh child of James and Mary Collett.  He was baptised at Graaf Reinet Methodist Church in Graaf-Reinet, Eastern Cape on 1st April 1878.  He later married Alice Maitland Geard with whom he had five children.

 

 

 

13Q77

Vernon Maitland Collett

Born in 1907 (SA)

 

13Q78

Neville Maitland Collett

Born in 1909 (SA)

 

13Q79

Joan Maitland Collett

Born in 1911 (SA)

 

13Q80

Ernest Maitland Collett

Born in 1914 (SA)

 

13Q81

Ruth Maitland Collett

Born in 1917 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P43

Irene Mary Collett was born in (SA) during 1879 and was the last child of James Collett and his wife Mary Simpson.  She married Joseph Mounsey Grey who was the son of George Grey and Mary Frances Cook and he died around 1910 after the birth of the couple’s five children.  Their children were Godfrey Grey, Doris Grey, Derrick Grey, Phyllis Grey and Hector Grey.  Irene Mary Grey nee Collett survived her husband by six years when she died during 1916.

 

 

 

 

13P44

Dora Frances Collett was born on 25th October 1863 in (SA) and she married John Forbes on 30th October 1899.  Dora Frances Forbes nee Collett died during 1941.

 

 

 

 

13P45

Harry Grey Collett was born at Middelburg (SA) on 20th July 1865.  It was later in his life, perhaps sometime after his older sister Irene (above) had married Joseph M Grey, that he was henceforth known as Harry Grey Collett.  During the Anglo Boer War, while Harry was on active service, he met Elizabeth Susannah Shone who was the only daughter of Mary Ann Susan Harebottle and George Clarkson Shone of Clifton in Bedford.  Elizabeth was born on 20th January 1869 at Stanley Farm in Bedford and had ten brothers.  Her grandparents, like those of her husband’s, were also 1820 settlers.

 

 

 

It was on 9th October 1900 that Harry and Elizabeth were married, the wedding ceremony taking place under a big apricot tree on the farm known as Highlands in the Steynsburg district; the farm belonged to two of Elizabeth's brothers.  Fifty years later on 9th October 1950 Harry and Elizabeth celebrated their Golden Wedding.  During their life together they have reared seven children, four sons and three daughters.

 

 

 

One daughter Alice died at the age of twenty-one while working as a nursing at the Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown.  In addition to their own children they also had sixteen grandchildren, all of whom were present at the celebration party.  A record of their day of celebration was reported in their local newspaper, and this is reproduced as the appendix at the end of this family line.  Harry Grey Collett lived for another six years and died at Middelburg on 1st February 1956 aged 91 and was followed by his wife who died there on 4th May 1957.

 

 

 

13Q82

Mary Anna Grey Collett

Born in 1901 (SA)

 

13Q83

John Grey Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q84

Alan Grey Collett

Born in 1905 (SA)

 

13Q85

Wilfred Grey Collett

Born in 1907 (SA)

 

13Q86

Alice Grey Collett

Born in 1909 (SA)

 

13Q87

Ethne Grey Collett

Born in 1912 (SA)

 

13Q88

Victoria Grey Collett

Born in 1917 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P46

Edith Anna Collett was born on 4th June 1867 in (SA), the daughter of William Collett and his wife Anna Marie Cook.  It is not known if she ever married, but it is established that she died in 1910.

 

 

 

 

13P47

William Edward Collett was born on 22nd April 1869 in (SA).  He married (1) Catherine Bremner on 17th February 1897 with whom he had four children.  Whether Catherine died after the birth of their fourth child is not known, but it is known that Edward, as he was called, later married (2) Kate Perkins.  There seemed to be a family tradition in this family to use the second Christian name in each case.  Edward lived a long life and was 91 years of age when he died in 1960.

 

 

 

13Q89

Robert William Collett

Born in 1903 (SA)

 

13Q90

Janet Mary Collett

Born in 1904 (SA)

 

13Q91

Donald Edward Bremner Collett

Born in 1906 (SA)

 

13Q92

Catherine Innes Collett

Born in 1907 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P48

Ewart James Collett was born at Wonderheuwel in Middelburg (SA) on 2nd May 1871, the son of William (Ian) Collett and his wife Anna Maria Cook.  Ewart was a military man and saw active service during the Anglo-Boer War, in the years from 1899 to 1902.  The following year he married Helen Liesching Greaves on 3rd June 1903 at Tafelberg in Cape Town.  Helen was the daughter of William Henry Gilfillan Greaves and Wilhelmina Johanna Southey and was born on 2nd May 1880.  The marriage produced five children for the couple, and all of them born at Middelburg in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.

 

 

 

He resumed his military career at the outbreak of the Great War which saw him rise to the rank of Colonel.  He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal for his contribution to the war effort.  However, he was severely affected by the mustard gas used during the campaign from which he never fully recovered and which contributed towards his death at Dunblane in Eastern Cape on 7th December 1927.  Helen lived the next fifty years of her as a widow, up until she died at Middelburg in 1968.  Ewart’s youngest son Anthony followed in his father’s footsteps and saw military active in World War Two, during which he gave his life for King and Country.

 

 

 

13Q93

Evelyn Grace Ewart Collett

Born in 1905 at Middelburg (SA)

 

13Q94

Rosalie Collett

Born in 1908 at Middelburg (SA)

 

13Q95

Georgina Pauline Ewart Collett

Born in 1910 at Middelburg (SA)

 

13Q96

Noel David Ewart Collett

Born in 1914 at Middelburg (SA)

 

13Q97

Anthony Ewart Collett

Born in 1924 at Dunblane, Middelburg

 

 

 

 

13P49

Frederick Slater Collett was born in 1873 in (SA) and his story is a particularly tragic one.  On leaving school he became a journalist and worked for the Daily Mail reporting on events in South Africa and in particular the Boer War.  He married Miss J Kannemeyer just around the turn of the century and, shortly after they were married, he left his wife to join the Corp of Scouts and served under Captain Raymond de Montmorency in the Anglo-Boer War.  The captain had been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on 2nd September 1898 during the Battle of Khartoum and his Corp of Scouts in 1900 also bore his name.

 

 

 

However, it would appear that as a result of their brief time together, Frederick’s wife was with-child around the time when he was killed in action on 23rd February 1900 at Schoeman’s Kop, Weltevreden Farm in Molteno, Eastern Cape.  That was also the same day that Captain Montmorency was killed.  Further tragedy was to strike the family when both mother and child died, possibly just shortly after or during the birth of the unnamed child.  The reference to Frederick Slater Collett in the record of journalists noted that he died at Schoeman’s Farm.

 

 

 

 

13P50

Myra Rhoda Collett was born in (SA) during 1875, the daughter of William Collett and his wife Anna Marie Cook, and she died in 1960.

 

 

 

 

13P51

John Wesley Cam Collett was born at Middelburg in Eastern Cape (SA) on 27th November 1877, the son William and Anna Marie Collett, and he died in 1938.

 

 

 

 

13P52

Elizabeth Martha Collett, who was referred to as Bessie, was born in (SA) during 1880 and she married Arthur Richmond.  Elizabeth Martha Richmond nee Collett passed away in 1945.

 

 

 

 

13P53

George Morley Collett was born in (SA) during 1882 and died during that same year.

 

 

 

 

13P54

Ethel Daisy Thornhill Collett was born in (SA) during 1884 and she later married Morien Mason and died in 1945.

 

 

 

 

13P55

Percy Every Collett was born in (SA) on 9th January 1861, the first child of Joseph Collett and Emily Simpson.  He later married Mary Every who was the sister of Frederick Every who married Percy’s sister Alice Collett (below) and, from that time onwards, Percy was known as Percy Every Collett.  The marriage produced three children for the couple.  Percy Every Collett died in 1925, following which Mary married Percy’s best friend Cyril Simpson.

 

 

 

13Q98

Cyril Simpson Collett

Born in 1891 (SA)

 

13Q99

Edgar Every Collett

Born in 1892 (SA)

 

13Q100

Muriel Baden Collett

Born in 1900 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P56

Alice Emmeline Collett was born in (SA) on 3rd August 1862 and she married Frederick Every, with whom she had seven children.  It seems very likely that Frederick was the brother of Mary Every who married Alice’s brother Percy Collett (above).  The couple’s seven children were Clarence Every, Nora Every, Ina Every, Harold Every, Eric Every, Mildred Every, and Ada Every.

 

 

 

 

13P57

Amy Josephine Collett was born in (SA) on 15th February 1864.  She married William Atkinson with whom she had five children.  They were Clement Atkinson, Harold Atkinson, Jessie Atkinson, Phyllis Atkinson, and Leo Atkinson.

 

 

 

 

13P58

William Arthur Collett was born in (SA)on 23rd October 1865, the son of Joseph Collett and Emily Simpson.

 

 

 

 

13P59

Collett Langford Collett was born in (SA) during 1868.  He married Clara Lomax in 1903 who was the daughter of the Reverend Lomax.  C L Collett died at Rockvale in Louisvale in Northern Cape in 1960.

 

 

 

13Q101

Grace Collett

Born in 1905 (SA)

 

13Q102

Joseph Arthur Collett

Born in 1907 (SA)

 

13Q103

Frances Langford Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

13Q104

Francis Lomax Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

13Q105

Wilfred Collett

Born in 1913 (SA)

 

13Q106

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1914 (SA)

 

13Q107

Cecil Collett

Born in 1917 (SA)

 

13Q108

Clara Irene Collett

Born in 1920 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P60

Isabel Mary Collett was born in (SA) during 1870 and she married Fred Leonard with whom she had four children.  They were Brian Leonard, Ellen Leonard, Cora Leonard and Neil Leonard.

 

 

 

 

13P62

Ada Susannah Collett was born at Middelburg (SA) in 1873 and she married Robert Duthie with whom she had a daughter Emily Robert Duthie.

 

 

 

 

13P63

Joseph Collett was born in (SA) during 1875 and died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

13P64

Mabel Winifred Collett, who was referred to as Winnie, was born in (SA) during 1877.  She married Clement Percival Biggs with whom she farmed land at Grapevale in Naauwpoort.  Winnie died four years short of her one hundredth birthday in 1973.  The couple’s six children were Lewellyn Biggs, Shirley Biggs, Norman Biggs, Elma Biggs, May Biggs and Rhona Biggs.

 

 

 

 

13P65

Cecil Reginald Collett was born in (SA) during 1883 and died in Zimbabwe.

 

 

 

 

13P66

Horatio George Collett was born at Knapsackfontein in Bedford, Eastern Cape (SA) on 13th February 1864.  He married Catherine (Kate) Metcalfe Rayner with whom he had just one child before his premature death on 31st August 1897 at Daggaboersnek in Bedford.

 

 

 

13Q109

Horace Rayner Collett

Born in 1895 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P67

Annie Rhoda Collett was born in (SA) on 21st May 1865, the eldest daughter of George Collett and his wife Martha Susanna Adendorf.  All that is currently known about Annie is that she died during 1931.

 

 

 

 

13P68

John Hedley Collett, who was referred to as Jack, was born on 4th August 1866 at Cradock (SA).  He married (1) Agnes Collett (Ref. 13P31) his cousin, but tragically it would appear that she only survived for two years after the wedding before she died, possibly in childbirth.  Jack then married Agnes’ older sister (2) Martha Rhoda Collett (Ref. 13P30) on 8th October 1900 at Cradock.  Agnes and Martha were the daughters of John Collett whose brother George Collett was Jack’s father.  Sadly, there were no children arising from his first marriage and the five children from his second marriage can be found listed under Martha Rhoda Collett.  John Hedley Collett was one years of age when he died on 6th August 1966.

 

 

 

 

13P69

Richard Clifford Collett was born at Cradock (SA) on 4th February 1868.  It is not known whether he was ever married but there was no reference to him in his mother’s Will following her death in 1900.  It must therefore be assumed that he had already passed away prior to the start of the twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

13P70

Thomas Henry Collett was born at Brak River in Steynsburg, Eastern Cape (SA) on 5th September 1869.  And it was also at Eastern Cape that he married Lena Henrietta Michel on 4th November 1904.  Lena was the daughter of Johan Michel and had been born at Eastern Cape, where she later died.  All four their children were born at Eastern Cape.  Thomas had followed family traditions and was a farmer with holdings at Avondale, Readsdale and Stockenstrom.  At the time of his death he left this land, plus four other areas, to his four children.  Sadly, prior to his death, his wife Lena had been suffering with mental health problems and the record of her death curiously read as follows “Lena Henrietta Michel of Stockenstrom, also known as Seymour or Mpofu, was admitted to the Mental Hospital in Queenstown on 27th November 1930.”  The rather odd obituary may point to the fact that Lena was not the wife of Thomas Collett, particularly as an earlier family history record gave the name of his wife as Ethel Michel.

 

 

 

Thomas Henry Collett died on 13th February 1946 aged 76 at Elvanwater in the house of his son-in-law Robert Marshall at Stutterheimaged.  Ten years prior to his death Thomas made his Will at Avondale on 10th August 1936 as witnessed by D F Kemp and E G Wilson.  The sole executor of the Will was Thomas’ oldest son Henry Magnus Collett who finally settled the estate on 2nd December 1947.  Only one of Thomas’ three sons wanted to continue in farming and this was Thomas Kenneth who took over the holding at Avondale.  It may be of further interest that Thomas had a life assurance policy which was left to Julius Magnus Michel, who was very likely his brother-in-law.

 

 

 

13Q110

Thora Michel Collett

Born in 1905 (SA)

 

13Q111

Henry Magnus Michel Collett

Born in 1908 (SA)

 

13Q112

Thomas Kenneth Collett

Born in 1912 (SA)

 

13Q113

Horatio Theo Collett

Born in 1917 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13P71

Martha Selena Collett was born at Cradock (SA) on 17th April 1870 and she died in 1871.

 

 

 

 

13P72

Eva Elizabeth Collett, who was also referred to as Edith, was born at Cradock (SA) on 18th January 1874.  She died on 31st December 1943 aged 69.

 

 

 

 

13P73

James Christopher Collett was born at Middelburg (SA) on 2nd May 1877.  He married Mary Isabella Annear on 12th November 1903 at Somerset End in Eastern Cape Colony.  Mary was the daughter of Samuel John Annear and Eliza Jane Webber and was born at Somerset End on 18th February 1877.  James and his older brother Thomas Henry Collett (above) had jointly entered into a mortgage bond to purchase land called The Meadows situated at Vlakfontein in Middelburg.  The bond drawn up at Cardock and Daggaboer was dated 5th January 1901.  James Christopher Collett died on 28th September 1959 at Ermelo in Transvaal.  It was also there that Mary Isabella Collett nee Annear died almost five years later on 1st September 1964.

 

 

 

13Q114

George Clifford Annear Collett

Born in 1904 (SA)

 

13Q115

John Rex Annear Collett

Born in 1906 (SA)

 

13Q116

James Max Annear Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

13Q117

Jack Annear Collett

Born in 1912 (SA)

 

13Q118

Mabel Edith Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13P74

Norman Collett was born at Middelburg (SA) in 1879.  It seems likely that he never married and that he died before the turn of the century as there was no mention of him in his mother’s Will when she died in 1900.

 

 

 

 

13P77

Louisa Mary Collett was born at Cardiff in 1887, the first child of James Edward Collett and his wife Margaret, her birth recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 11a 380) during the second quarter of that year.  She was three years old in the Cardiff census of 1891 when the family was living at 69 Craddock Street.  She baptised with her baby sister Lavinia (below) in a joint ceremony at St Mary’s Church on 14th April 1891, when her father was confirmed as James Edward Collett, a postman.  She was 13 in 1901 and by then she and her family were living at 61 Forrest Road in Canton, West Cardiff.  On completing her education, Louisa became a school teacher and, in 1911, she was 24 and living at Porth, in the Rhondda Valley, where she working as an elementary school teacher at a municipal school.  Just a few months after that day, the marriage of Louisa M Collett was recorded at Pontypridd (Ref. 11a 1026) during the third quarter of 1911.  The bridegroom was either Alfred C Rapson or Gwilym Rees.

 

 

 

 

13P78

Robert Lewis Collett was born at Cardiff on 30th March 1889 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 11a 316) during the second quarter of that year, the second child and eldest son of James Edward Collett and his wife Margaret.  He was two years old in 1891 at 67 Craddock Street in Cardiff and was 12 years of age in the Canton, Cardiff census returns in 1901, when he and his family were living at 61 Forrest Road in Canton.  It was there also that he was still living with his parents in April 1911 when Robert Lewis Collett was 22 and working as a clerk at a paper works.  Eleven years later, the marriage of Robert Lewis Collett and Lilian Elizabeth Merrett was conducted at St John’s Church in Canton on 9th January 1922, the event recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 436), when Robert was 32. Nothing more is known about Robert, except that the death of Robert Lewis Collett was recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 8b 905) during the first quarter of 1971, when he was 82.

 

 

 

 

13P79

Lavinia Sarah Collett was born at Cardiff just before the day of the census in 1891.  Her birth was recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 11a 318) during the second quarter of that year1891, where she was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 14th April 1891.  On that day, her family was living at 69 Craddock Street in Cardiff St Dyfrig, when her parents were confirmed as James Edward Collett and his wife Margaret.  Her father’s occupation was that of a postman.  Ten years later, the family was living at 61 Forrest Road in the Canton area of West Cardiff, where Lavinia S Collett was 10 years of age.  Although she was no longer living with her family at 61 Forrest Road, it was after many years that the marriage of Lavinia S Collett and Michael E Hawkins was recorded at the East Glamorgan register office (Ref. 11a 2261) during the first quarter of 1940, when she was 50 years old.

 

 

 

 

13P80

Gwendoline Margaret Collett was born at Cardiff in 1893, her birth recorded there (Ref. 11a 345) during the second quarter of the year.  In 1891 her family was living at 67 Craddock Street, but on being baptised at St Mary’s Church on 8th January 1895, the home address was stated as being 120 Craddock Street, her parents James and Margaret Collett.  After that, the family settled in the Canton area in West Cardiff, where Gwendoline was seven in 1901 and 17 in 1911.  On 15th November 1914, Gwendoline Margaret Collett was married by banns to John Stuart Ralph at St Margaret’s Church in Porth.  Their marriage produced four daughters, Margaret Ralph (born 1915), Joan Ralph (born 1917), Sybil Ralph (born 1924) and Sheila Ralph (born in 1926).

 

 

 

 

13P81

Walter James Collett was born at Cardiff, either at the end of 1895 or early in 1896, the fifth child of James and Margaret Collett, his birth recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 304) during the first quarter of 1896.  On the day of the census in 1901, Walter and his family were residing at 61 Forrest Road in the Canton district of West Cardiff.  It was there also, that they were still living in 1911, by which time Walter had already left school and was working as a telegraph messenger at the age of 15, his father being the head postman.  The marriage of Walter J Collett and Gertrude H Thomas was recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 747) during the third quarter of 1933.  After being married for twenty-two years, the death of Walter J Collett was recorded at Cardiff (Ref. 8b 220) during the second quarter of 1955, when he was 59.

 

 

 

 

13P83

Hilda Collett was born at Cardiff in 1903, the last child of James and Margaret Collett.  She was eight years old in 1911 when she and her family were living at 61 Forrest Road in the Canton area of Cardiff.  It would appear that she died when she was 22 years of age, the death of Hilda Collett being recorded at Cardiff register office (Ref. 11a 414) during the last three months of 1925.

 

 

 

 

13Q1

Horace Walter Collett was possibly born at Gore, Southland (NZ) in 1894, the eldest of the three children of Jacob Collett and Mary Hannah Fisher, since it was at Gore that he was buried in 1895 when he was just one-year old.

 

 

 

 

13Q2

Leonard Adolph Collett was born at Gore, Southland (NZ) on 22nd December 1896, the only surviving son of Jacob and Mary Hannah Collett.  Sadly, Leonard never properly knew his father because Jacob Collett died before Leonard reached his second birthday.  He was therefore raised single-handedly by his mother and around the time of the Great War they were living at Mary Street in Gore.  At that time in his life Leonard was employed as a motor mechanic at Lister’s Motor Garage in Wyndham, to the south of Gore, when he was boarding at Walkers Hotel in Wyndham.

 

 

 

It was on the 27th June 1917 that he enlisted with the New Zealand Army at Gore.  However, the result of his medical examination on that day declared that he was only Class C with a poor physique.  The full report read as follows:  ‘Leonard Adolph Collett, a British subject of Gore, born on Dec 22 1896 the son of Jacob Collett (deceased), a New Zealander, and Mary Hannah Collett from England.’  The form indicated that he was already a serving member of 14th Regiment.   ‘He was 21 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, weighing 114 lbs, had brown hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion, and was a member of the Salvation Army.’  The conclusion was that he had a problem with his lungs and that would interfere with the performance of his duties.

 

 

 

Almost one year later he was re-examined by the Medical Board on 19th June 1918 when he was passed fit, his lungs working as normal by then.  And so it was, that he was accepted into the army on 23rd September 1918 with E Company and was given the service number 90137.  Two days after he arrived in camp and just one week later, he was made a private.  However, on 28th November that year, and following the declaration of peace on 11th November, he was given leave without pay in lieu of discharge, so ending his very short military career.

 

 

 

It was ten years after the war that Leonard married Sarah Elizabeth Swain during 1928, Sarah having been born on 26th January 1905.  Leonard Adolph Collett died in New Zealand during 1987 when he was 92, leaving Sarah just nine years as a widow, when she passed away in 1996 at the age of 91.

 

 

 

 

13Q3

Pauline Millicent Collett was born at Gore (NZ) in 1898, the only daughter of Jacob Collett and Mary Hannah Fisher.  Like her brother Leonard (above), Pauline would have hardly known her father as he died at Gore in the first week of October 1897.  Pauline was also relatively young when she died in 1936.  However, she was nineteen on 13th March 1917 when she was married at Gore to John Milne McDiarmid, the son of Gilbert McDiarmid and Jemima Robertson.  Although John was ten years older than Pauline he passed away in his old age, when he died in 1965 at 78.

 

 

 

The following announcement appeared in the Mataura Ensign newspaper on 15th March 1917, and has been gratefully received from Kelvin Parker of Christchurch in New Zealand during June 2017.  “A quiet wedding took place at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs M H Collett, at Mary Street on Tuesday, when Mr John Milne McDiarmid, oldest son of the late Mr Gilbert McDiarmid of Maungatua, was married to Miss Pauline Millicent Collett (only daughter of Mrs Collett).  Miss Dorothy Wallis was bridesmaid, and Mr Leonard Collett acted as best man, while Rev. J M Simpson was the officiating clergyman.  After the ceremony luncheon was partaken of, and Mr and Mrs McDiarmid left by the 12.45 train for Queenstown, where the honeymoon is being spent.”

 

 

 

 

13Q4

William Collett was born in New Zealand during 1876 and was the first of two base-born sons of Eliza Collett by an unknown father.  It was during 1899 that he married Rose Church, the daughter of Charles and Matilda Church, with whom he had a daughter of his own.  At some time in their life the family of three lived at 20 Roy Street in Invercargill.  William Collett died at Invercargill in the first week of 1956 at the age of 80 and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 11th January 1956.  Rose Collett nee Church, who had been born in 1875, also passed away at Invercargill where she was buried with her husband on 27th May 1960, when she was 85 years of age.

 

 

 

In 1920 William Collett was one of seven founding Commissioners of the Otautau Town Board, along with his cousin Robert Barrie Collett (below).  Otautau is a small farming, forestry and milling town located inland on the western edge of the Southland Plains of New Zealand on the banks of the Aparima River and is approximately 40 kilometres north west of Invercargill.

 

 

 

13R1

Eileen Bertha Collett

Born in 1900 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q5

David Mill Collett was born in New Zealand during 1878, the second base-born child of Eliza Collett, the boy’s father being David Low Mill who married Eliza after the birth of their son.  His mother died either during, or just after, giving birth to her last child, when David was around nineteen years of age.  Perhaps as a mark of respect for his mother and following a fall-out with his father after he remarried shortly after being made a widower, David changed his surname from Mill to Collett.  From that time forward David Collett did not have a good relationship with his father, even though they lived fairly close to each other in the same small town.  David’s occupation was that of a builder and, when he was around twenty-eight-years-old, he married Helena Louisa Kempton, the daughter of William Fosse Kempton and Louisa Harriet Hudson, during 1906.  Helena was born during 1879 in New Zealand and she presented David with the three children listed below.  Prior to receiving new details from Claire Stevens nee Collett in 2017, it was written here that it was understood that David and Helena may had four other children, which now seems not to be the case.  Claire is the daughter of David and Helena’s eldest son William George.

 

 

 

David Mill Collett died at Brighton near Dunedin in New Zealand on 15th June 1958 when he was 80, while his widow was living at 29A Duncan Street in Dunedin just prior to the death of Helena Louisa Collett nee Kempton passed away on 19th May 1967 aged 88.  The Will of David Mill Collett of 165 Ocean View in Brighton, a retired builder, was made on 30th March 1957 and proved on 17th July 1958.  Within the document, he bequeathed £300 to his wife Helena Louisa Collett.  To his son William George Collett he left his rifle, ammunition, fishing gear and equipment.  All other personal belongings, tools, cash or money in savings, to be equally divided between his three children, William George Collett, David Kempton Collett and Joyce Louisa Pauley.

 

 

 

Sometime during his life, David had a book published, telling the story of his life from the day of his birth up to the time when he became a married man.  This was later serialised in the Mataura Ensign newspaper, a copy of which is currently being searched for.

 

 

 

13R2

William George Collett

Born in 1909 (NZ)

 

13R3

David Kempton Collett

Born in 1913 (NZ)

 

13R4

Joyce Louisa Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q6

Charles Henry Collett was born at Gore (NZ) in 1884, the eldest of the five children of Samuel Collett and Marion Nelson Spowart.  He married Elsie May Cuff in 1908, Elsie having been born at Invercargill in 1886.  Their marriage produced seven children, all as listed below.  Charles Henry Collett died at Gore in 1931, and was followed shortly thereafter by his wife who passed away during 1933.  Both of them were 47 and they were laid to rest together in Gore Cemetery.  Also buried in the same plot at the Gore Cemetery was Allan Raymond Collett the youngest of the seven children of Charles and Elsie.

 

 

 

At the Police Court at Gore in December 1907, a matter of months before the marriage of Charles and Elsie Collett, a case was brought by the Police against Cecil Smith of stealing a lady's silver watch, chain, and greenstone pendant, the property of his girlfriend Elsie Cuff valued at £3 10 Shillings.  Evidence was given by Charles Henry Collett, stating that he had been playing football at Balfour and when he returned to his clothes the watch, chain and greenstone pendant which had been in his vest pocket was missing. After further evidence the accused was convicted and fined £1.

 

 

 

13R5

Charles Ronald Collett

Born in 1908 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R6

Elsie May Collett

Born in 1910 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R7

Muriel Ada Collett

Born in 1911 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R8

Olive Lorna Collett

Born in 1917 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R9

Edna Mary Collett

Born in 1918 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R10

Florence Edith Collett

Born in 1919 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

13R11

Allan Raymond Collett

Born in 1927 at Gore, Southland (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q7

John Spowart Collett was born at Gore (NZ) on 3rd March 1887, the son of Samuel Collett and Marion Nelson Spowart.  He enlisted with the army at Trentham on 18th October 1815 and left New Zealand on 14th February 1916 bound for Suez and action in the First World War, and within two months he arrived in France.  Upon entry he was 28 years of age and a coachbuilder, very likely working with his father.  His military record also confirmed that he was a Presbyterian, 5 feet 5¼ inches tall, weighing 130lbs, with brown eyes and fair hair.  The only noted distinguishing mark was his appendicitis scar. 

 

 

 

He was assigned to 14th Company of 2nd Battalion on 7th March 1916 and was wounded in the forearm during September 1916, following which he was admitted to the 2nd New Zealand General Hospital at Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, England, on 19th September.  He was later transferred to Codford Hospital near Salisbury, from where he was discharged on 8th October 1916, but remained at Codford Military Depot for a further month.  A year later in December 1917 he was again wounded in action in the field.  It was with 4th Company of 1st Battalion Otago Regiment that he was based at Rouen for the whole of 1917. On 27th March 1918 he marched into Etaples, one hundred miles north of Rouen.  All through the remainder of 1918 he was wounded in action on numerous other occasions.  Private John Spowart Collett service number 8/3533 was sadly killed at Le Cateau in France on 23rd October 1918 when he was 31.  His name is listed amongst the 446 on the Grevillers (NZ) Memorial at Pas de Calais.

 

 

 

 

13Q8

Leslie Clifford Collett was born at Gore (NZ) on 14th March 1896 and at the time he entered military service on 2nd January 1917 his occupation was that of a post and telegraph cadet with the Post & Telegraph Company in Tuatapere.  He was Private Leslie Clifford Collett service number 42739 with the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment, while it was his mother Mrs Marion Collett of Irwell Street in Gore who was named as his next-of-kin.  Upon attestation at Riverton on 11th November 1916 he was 20 years and 8 months old, with blue eyes, red hair, and a fair complex, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighing 154 lbs.

 

 

 

He served a total of one year and 224 days, just 200 hundred of those days spent in New Zealand.  He was finally discharged from duty on 13th August 1918 when he was no longer physically fit for War Service on account of the wounds he received in action.  He arrived at Etaples on 11th November 1917, but it was on 10th January 1918 that he was severely injured in action in the field in France, with serious wounding to his left thigh and his left arm, a fracture of the ulna.  Within the New Zealand Evening Post newspaper published on 26th January 1918 was the regular item entitled ‘Last Night’s List’, in which on that occasion was the name of Leslie Collett.  On 6th April he was taken on board the ship ‘Marama’ which left Avonmouth for New Zealand, where he disembarked on 19th May 1918. 

 

 

 

Three years later he married Ida Evelyn Adsett during 1921, Ida having been born at Fielding in New Zealand in 1900.  Despite his injuries and the trauma of the Great War, Leslie Clifford Collett survived his wife by fifteen years when she died at Christchurch on 25th April 1964, after which he settled in Napier, where he died on 20th October 1979.

 

 

 

 

13Q9

Maxwell Nelson Collett was born at Gore (NZ) on 1st December 1899, the fourth child of Samuel and Marion Collett.  In 1927 he married Dorothy Margreutta Wilkinson who was born in New Zealand on 14th July 1900.  Maxwell Nelson Collett, so named after his mother Marion Nelson Spowart, died in New Zealand in 1980, six years after his wife Dorothy had passed away during 1974.

 

 

 

 

13Q10

Florence Myrtle Collett was born at Gore (NZ) in 1905, the only daughter and the fifth child of Samuel Collett and his wife Marion Nelson Spowart.  Tragically Florence was only 13 years old when she died on 20th November 1918 and was buried at the Gore Cemetery.  Florence's headstone also records a Memorial to her brother, 8/3533 Pte John Spowart Collett killed in action on 23rd October 1918, Beaudignies France, aged 31 years.

 

 

 

The announcement of the death of Florence Myrtle Collett was published in the Mataura Ensign, as follows: “Another death, reported this morning, was that of the only daughter of Mr and Mrs S Collett, of Irwell Street, Gore.  The deceased was almost 14 years of age, and was struck down with the malady a few days ago.  The sad news last week of her brother's death in France was a severe shock to her.  Great sympathy is felt for Mr and Mrs Collett in the double bereavement within about a week.”

 

 

 

 

13Q11

David William Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 5th June 1884, the first of the thirteen children born to Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  He did not reach his first birthday, when he died and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 3rd June 1885.

 

 

 

 

13Q12

Charles Alfred Collett was born at Invercargill on 20th October 1885, the eldest surviving son of Charles and Agnes Collett.  During his life, he was married three times; his first wife was (1) Marianne (Mary Ann) Louisa Knipe, who was known as Polly, whom he married on 15th April 1908 at Invercargill, and with whom Charles had two children.  Marianne was born at West Plains in Southland on 23rd September 1878 and, following her death in Invercargill Hospital on 30th August 1924, she was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill on 2nd September 1924.  After two year, Charles married the much younger (2) Pearl Constance Philpott during 1926 and, like his first wife, Pearl was also born at West Plains on 11th May 1897.  That second marriage produced another five children for Charles, before Pearl died at Invercargill on 10th November 1955.

 

 

 

For the next three or four years, Charles lived the life of a widower until that is, he married older widow (3) May Darling Henderson, nee Adams, during 1959.  May, who was known as Rose, was born in 1876.  Sadly, they were only married for a short while, when Rose died at Invercargill during May 1960.  It was also later that same year when Charles Alfred Collett was buried with his wife on 10th December 1960.  At the time of his passing on 8th December 1960 he was a patient at Park Hospital on Gala Street in Invercargill, when his home address was recorded as 16 Avenall Street in Invercargill.

 

 

 

13R12

Louisa Hamilton Collett

Born in 1909 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R13

William John Collett

Born in 1920 The Bluff, Campbelltown

 

The following are the children of Charles Alfred Collet by his second wife Pearl Constance Philpott:

 

13R14

Florence Emily Collett

Born in 1927 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R15

Charles Daniel Collett

Born in 1929 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R16

Raymond Edward Collett

Born in 1930 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R17

Constance Agnes Collett

Born in 1932 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R18

Violet May Collett

Born in 1934 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q13

Jessie Maria Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 27th January 1888, the previously missing daughter of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  She was twenty-three years of age when she married George Livingstone at Invercargill on 14th July 1911.  George was also born at Invercargill on 15th September 1878 and it was there too that he died on 14th December 1954.  Jessie presented George with a total of seven children at Invercargill, all as listed below.  Jessie Maria Livingstone nee Collett passed away on 13th June 1968, at the age of eighty, when she was still living in Invercargill.

 

 

 

Their seven children were: Charles David Livingstone (born 14.09.1911, died 03.10.1994), who married Winifred Esther Cannell in 1940.  Winifred had been born in 1918;  George Stanley Livingstone (born 26.03.1913, died 23.11.1997 at Riverton), who married Edna Christine Kelly in 1950, Edna having been born on 03.03.1929 who died at Riverton on 30.06.1988;  Ivy May Livingstone (born 14.04.1915, died 20.11.2003 at Invercargill), who married Vincent James O'Connor in 1938, Vincent having been born on 05.07.1910 at Invercargill, who died there on 10.02.2003;  Lillee Mavis Livingstone (born 02.05.1918, died 02.12.2007), and she married George Henry Sadlier in 1936.  He was born during 1915 and died on 15.09.1967;  David Henry Livingstone (born 03.03.1921, died 1979) and he married Ina Mavis Griffin in 1944 who was born on 07.06.1921 and died in1999;  Winifred Jessie Livingstone (dates not known) married Clive William Hawkins in 1949, who was born on 25.05.1916 and who died during1983;  Gordon Stanley Livingstone (born 1918) and he married Vera Alice Agnes Lake in 1942. His date of birth suggests he may have been the twin brother of Lillee Mavis Livingstone (above).

 

 

 

 

13Q14

James Henry Collett, was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 20th December 1889, a son of Charles and Agnes Collett.  In the electoral roll for May 1917, James Henry Collett of Makarewa – just north of Invercargill, was described as an engineer driver.  It was two days after his twentieth birthday when he married Elizabeth Charlotte Robertson on 22nd December 1919.  She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Bettie Robertson and had been born on 2nd September 1897, when her birth was curiously registered as Elizabeth Charles Robertson.  Their marriage produced a son and a daughter for the couple, with the younger child sadly dying in 1926 when she was only nine months old.  The name of Evelyn Thelma Collett is one of five mentioned as being buried in Block 23 Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.  James Henry Collett died on 27th April 1952 when he and Elizabeth were living at Chelmsford Street in Invercargill.  He was buried two days after, on 29th April in Plot 306 at the Eastern Cemetery at Invercargill, where Elizabeth was buried on 18th December 1968 following her death at Invercargill on 16th December 1968, when her address was recorded as 212 Chelmsford Street.  Also buried in the same plot is Caroline Collett, the granddaughter of James Henry Collett through his only known son James.

 

 

 

13R19

James Charles Collett

Born in 1921 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R20

Evelyn Thelma Collett

Born in 1925 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q15

William Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 10th December 1891.  He was an engineer and at some time during his life he was recorded as living at 11 Oban Street in Lawrence, Southland.  He married (1) Florence Ivy Pidgeon on 3rd March 1917, the daughter of Walter Henry Pidgeon and Elizabeth Cox, who was born at Invercargill on 28th May 1897.  That first marriage for William resulted in the birth of a daughter but, after the death of his wife at Dunedin on 1st December 1957, William married (2) Margaret Blackwood who was thirty-four years his junior, having been born on 30th October 1925.  William Collett died at Dunedin on 1st March 1971 and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery in Dunedin on 3rd March that year.  The death of his much younger second wife took place thirty-three years after his passing, during 2004.

 

 

 

13R21

Hazel Louvain Collett

Born in 1918 (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q16

John Edward Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 3rd January 1892 and he was an engineer like his older brother William (above).  He married Annie Edith Pickett on 27th December 1917, the same year that his brother William was also married.  Annie was born at West Taieri, Otago on 7th May 1896, the daughter of Charles Pickett and Annie Dunlop.  John Edward Collett died at Invercargill on 28th July 1978 and was buried at Eastern Cemetery in the town three days later.  It was almost three years after that when Annie Edith Collett, nee Pickett, passed away at Invercargill on 25th June 1981 where, four days later, she was buried with her husband.  The couple’s last address was Peacehaven in Invercargill. 

 

 

 

Footnote Note:  John and Annie’s daughter, born in 1922, who died in 1999, should not be confused with Mona Daphne Collett (Ref. 7Q2) who was born at Caversham in Dunedin in 1920, who married Alan John Campbell in 1946, and who died in 2013.  She was the daughter of George Edmund Collett and his first wife Evelyn Bell, as listed within Part 7 – The Short Australia Line.

 

 

 

13R22

Leona Daphne Collett

Born on 02.06.1922; died in 1999 (NZ)

 

13R23

another daughter Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q17

Samuel Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 14th March 1893 and he married Emily Ada Buddle on 3rd April 1918.  She was the daughter of Leonard Mount Buddle and Emma Elizabeth Colvin and was born at Invercargill on 21st August 1895.  Samuel Collett died at Invercargill on 13th December 1977 and was buried at the Charlton Park Cemetery in Gore.  Emily Ada Collett, nee Buddle, died six years later on 28th June 1983, when was she still a resident of Invercargill, and was buried in the same plot with her husband.  It is believed that Samuel and Emily had five children.

 

 

 

13R24

Leslie Leonard Mount Collett

Born in 1922 (NZ)

 

13R25

Reginald Samuel Collett

Born in 1924 (NZ)

 

13R26

Raymond Lewis Collett

Born in 1926 (NZ)

 

13R27

Samuel Charles Collett

Born in 1931 (NZ)

 

13R28

Agnes Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q18

Eliza Rebekah Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 25th December 1894 but sadly, she died shortly after on 13th March 1895, when she was only ten weeks old.

 

 

 

 

13Q19

Robert Jacob Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 3rd March 1896 and he too was an engineer like his two older brothers William and John Edward (above).  He married Nellie Constance Hood on 25th August 1920, the daughter of Frederick George Millar Hood and Gertrude Johnson, who was born on 31st August 1900.  The marriage produced at least four children before Nellie suffered a premature death, when she died at Invercargill on 7th April 1934, perhaps during childbirth, following which she was buried at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill.  At the time of the passing of Robert Jacob Collett, on 1st September 1973, he was residing at Hardy Street in Invercargill, following which he was buried with his wife at Eastern Cemetery.

 

 

 

13R29

Mavis Gwendoline Collett

Born in 1920 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R30

Alma Jean Collett

Born in 1921 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R31

Robert Reid Collett

Born in 1922 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

13R32

William Charles Collett

Born in 1928 at Invercargill (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q20

Rebecca Flora Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 1st July 1898 and she married David Winter on 1st October 1919, the son of Ernest Charles Winter and Elizabeth Hyslop.  David Winter was born at Blueskin Bay, Otago on 26th September 1896 and he fathered one child with Rebecca, David Albert Winter, who was born on 23rd April 1923 and who died at Invercargill on 28th December 1985.  It was at Eastern Cemetery in Invercargill that David Winter was buried on 5th December 1947, having died two days previously at Invercargill, where Flora was buried on 24th June 1976 following her death two days earlier.  Their last known address was Price Street in Invercargill.  Their son David Albert Winter was 62 years old when he passed away at the end of 1985, following which he was cremated on 31st December 1985 and his ashes were interred at the Southland Crematorium on 7 March 1986.  The inscription reads:  “In loving memory of David A Winter beloved husband of Anne died December 28 1985 aged 62 years.”

 

 

 

 

13Q21

Alice May Victoria Collett was born at Invercargill on 27th June 1900 and tragically she was nearly nine years old when she died there on 7th June 1909.

 

 

 

 

13Q22

Albert Edward Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) on 15th August 1901, the youngest son of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  It was on 27th December 1923 when he married Beatrice Beaumont Archer who was the daughter of James Yewlett Archer and Elizabeth Ann Lyons.  Beatrice was born at Clifton in Invercargill on 23rd June 1902 and she died on 8th June 1979 at Invercargill, where she was buried three weeks later, perhaps following a post-mortem report.  Just over five years later Albert Edward Collett passed away at Invercargill on 9th December 1984 and was reunited with his wife at Eastern Cemetery two days after.  His last address was 40 Tanner Street in Invercargill, while it is understood that Beatrice presented Albert with at least two children.

 

 

 

13R33

Gordon Albert Collett

Born in 1924 (NZ)

 

13R34

Irene Granger Collett

Born in 1929 (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q23

Lilly Collett was born at Invercargill (NZ) during June 1905 and was the last child of Charles Collett and Agnes Hamilton.  She too suffered an infant death and was buried at Eastern Cemetery on 20th June 1905. 

 

 

 

 

13Q24

Robert Barrie Collett was the base-born child of Ellen Barrie, the father's name listed as ‘not recorded’ on the New Zealand BDM Database.  Robert was born on 31st March 1886 when his mother Ellen was only 18 years old, while it was six years after the birth that she married the likely father, James Henry Collett.  It was at Otautau where Robert married his cousin Alice Low Mill who was also born in 1886, the daughter of Eliza Collett (Ref. 13P2) and David Low Mill.  In October 1917 Robert took over the boot repairing business of Mr A Macdonald, following which he established the firm of Robert B Collett, shoemaker and boot repairer of Main Street, Otautau.  He was 33 years old at that time and just four years later he sold the business during the month of May in 1921.  Together with his cousin William Collett (Ref. 13Q4) and others, Richard was one of seven founding Commissioners of the Otautau Town Board in 1920. 

 

 

 

Before Richard and his family left Otautau for Hokitika in July of 1930 the members of the Otautau Hockey Club met to bid farewell to their president Mr R B Collett; their ex-captain Mrs Collett; and a prominent player Miss Eileen Collett.  Tributes to the Colletts came from various members, noting that Mr Collett had been president for two years, Mrs Collett had been captain, vice-president and the club's delegate to the sub-union, while Miss Collett had proved a good member, and all wished them every happiness and prosperity in Hokitika.  Once settled at Hokitika on the west coast of the South Island, 20 miles south of Greymouth, Robert worked as a civil servant until the time of his retirement.  Later, as Robert died intestate, it was left to his widow Alice Low Collett to manage his affairs through probate which was carried out at the Greymouth Registry Office and her Letters of Administration are produced below.

 

 

 

“I Alice Low Collett of Hokitika, widow, make oath and say as follows:

1. That I knew Robert Barrie Collett of Hokitika, retired, now deceased, when alive and that the said Robert Barrie Collett was resident or was domiciled at Hokitika within this judicial district and that the nearest Registry Office of this Court to the place where the said Robert Barrie Collett resided or was domiciled is at Greymouth

2. That the said Robert Barrie Collett died at Hokitika on or about the 4th day of October 1956 as I am able to depose from having seen him die

3. That the said deceased was my lawful husband and that the said deceased left him surviving me this deponent his lawful widow and four children - that is to say Robert Geoffrey Collett aged 45 years, Eileen Ellen Breeze aged 43 years, Jenny Elizabeth Collett aged 40 years, and Albert James Collett aged 38 years

4. That the said deceased had never been married prior to his marriage with me

5. That since the death of the deceased I have had access to his papers and repositories and that I have searched diligently therein for any Will or testamentary writing made or signed by the said deceased and that I have been unable to find any such Will or testamentary writing

6. That I have made enquiry of the solicitor who acted for the said deceased during his lifetime and of the bankers with whom he banked and of all persons likely to know if the said deceased had made or signed any Will or testamentary writing and I have been unable to learn that the said deceased ever made or signed any such Will or testamentary writing

7. That I do verily believe that the said deceased died intestate and I am his widow

8. That to the best of my knowledge information and belief the estate and effects and credits of the said deceased to be administered by me are under the value of £2500

9. That I will well and faithfully administer the estate of the said deceased and will whenever ordered so to do after the grant of letters of administration to me filed in this Court and verify by affidavit a true full and perfect inventory of all the estate effects and credits of the said deceased which shall have come into my hands, possession or knowledge and also a full distinct and proper account of my administration of the estate which shall set forth the dates and particulars of all receipts and disbursements and show which of the same are in my opinion on account of capital and on account of income respectively.

             Sworn at Hokitika this 11th day of October 1956

             before me a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and signed by A Low Collett.

 

 

 

Robert Barrie Collett died at Hokitika on 4th October 1956 (Ref. 1956/27852) at the age of 70 and was buried two days later on 6th October at the Hokitika Cemetery, Westland in New Zealand.  His wife Alice Low Collett nee Mill passed away ten years later on 11th February 1967 and was buried in the same plot with her husband on 13th February.

 

 

 

13R35

Robert Geoffrey Collett

Born in 1911 at Otautau (NZ)

 

13R36

Eileen Ellen Collett

Born in 1913 at Otautau (NZ)

 

13R37

Jenny Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1916 at Otautau (NZ)

 

13R38

Albert James Collett

Born in 1918 at Otautau (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q25

Marion Dick Barrie was born in New Zealand during 1888 (Ref. 1888/10904) and was the base-born daughter of Ellen Barrie who married James Henry Collett in 1892, the likely father of Ellen’s earlier child, Robert Barrie Collett (above), who was born out of wedlock.  Once married Marion’s mother gave birth to five more children, although it is unclear what actually happened to Marion.  However, it is interesting to note that her second given name of Dick was the married name of Ellen Mary Collett (Ref. 6P7) who married Robert Charles Dick in 1901.  Part 6 - The New Zealand Line contains the details of Ellen’s father Thomas George Collett who established a farm in the Mangaroa Valley.  A further point of interest is that both Mangaroa, to the north of Wellington, and the Southland areas are known for timber milling and Charles Collett (Ref. 13P6) had been in the timber industry for about 20 years.

 

 

 

 

13Q26

Margaret Ellen Collett was born in New Zealand in 1894, the eldest of the five children of James Henry Collett and his wife Ellen Barrie.  She married Donald Drain in 1918 who was the son of James and Mary Drain who had been born in 1886.  Nine years earlier at the annual dance of bachelors of Spar Bush, Southland, held in 1908 at the local hall, Mr Donald Drain discharged the onerous duties of Master of Ceremonies in a most efficient manner.  Donald also acted as M C at a wedding held at Spar Bush in 1909.  Margaret Ellen Drain nee Collett died in 1965.

 

 

 

 

13Q27

James Henry Collett, who was known as Jim, was born in 1898 and he married Eileen Elizabeth Trapski in 1926.  Eileen was born on 20th May 1902, the daughter of Frederick Ferdinand Trapski and Elizabeth Caruthers.  James and Eileen had at least one known child, Donald Frederick Collett who born in 1933, and most likely one other born at a later date.  At the time of his death James Henry Collett was living in Pukerau, to the east of Gore, where he died on 23rd July 1947, following which he was buried in Block 8 Plot 4 at Pukerau Cemetery in Southland.  It was thirty-eight years after the death of her husband that Eileen died on 5th June 1985, when she was reunited with him at Pukerau Cemetery at East Street in Pukerau.

 

 

 

The epitaph on their shared headstone reads as follows:                 In Loving Memory of

James Henry

dearly loved husband of

Eileen Elizabeth Collett

who died 23rd July 1947 aged 48 years

Also the above

Eileen Elizabeth

who died 5th June 1985 aged 83 years

AT REST

 

 

 

13R39

Donald Frederick Collett

Born in 1933 at Pukerau, near Gore (NZ)

 

13R40

a possible Collett child

Born after 1933 at Pukerau, near Gore (NZ)

 

 

 

 

13Q28

Ivy Isabell Florence Collett was born in New Zealand on 20th September 1900, the daughter of James Henry Collett and Ellen Barrie.  That was the date recorded at the time of her death, whereas her birth certificate gave the year as 1902 (Ref. 1902/20365).  She was nineteen when she married Douglas McIntosh in 1919, the son of Charles McIntosh and Jessie Robertson.  Douglas was born on 9th December 1898, the birth recorded in early 1899 (Ref. 1899/1157).  Ivy Isabel Florence McIntosh nee Collett died during in 1990 (Ref. 1990/31865).  The last seventeen years of her life were spent as a widow following the death of her husband Douglas McIntosh during 1973 (Ref. 1973/35951) when his birth date was stated as being 9th December 1898.

 

 

 

 

13Q29

Grace Collett was born in New Zealand during 1906, the daughter of James and Ellen Collett.  She later married the much older James Henry Forde in 1928, James having been born in 1885.  James Henry Forde died during 1958, although it is not known when Grace Forde nee passed away.

 

 

 

 

13Q30

Myrtle Irene Mavis Collett was born in New Zealand on 25th October 1911, the last child born to James Henry Collett and Ellen Barrie.  All that is known about her is that she died in 1999.

 

 

 

 

13Q31

Charles Collett was born at The Lawn in Randwick in 1892, his birth recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 328) during the first quarter of the year.  He was the first of the three base-born sons of unmarried Sarah Collett.  Charlie Collett was nine years of age in 1901 when he and his mother and two younger brothers were living at the Randwick home of his widowed paternal grandfather William Collett.  The three brothers were again living with their mother at Randwick in 1911, when Charlie Collett from Randwick was 19 and employed at a local cloth woollen factory and mill as a cloth washer.     The death of Charles Collett, who was born at Randwick in 1892, was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 7b 515) during the third quarter of 1965, when he was 73.  Nothing further is known about him and his life.

 

 

 

 

13Q32

William Collett was born at Randwick in 1894 and his birth was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 332) during the first three months of the year.  He was living at the Randwick home of his grandfather William Collett in 1901, when he was six years old.  Ten years later he was a jobbing gardener in 1911 when he was 17 and his place of birth was confirmed as Randwick.  On that day, he and his two brothers and their unmarried mother were again living in Randwick.  It is unclear what happened to him after that time.

 

 

 

 

13Q33

Richard Collett was born at Cainscross, Stroud in 1896 and was four years old in the Randwick census of 1901.  It was also at Stroud that his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 334) during the fourth quarter of 1896.  He was four years of age in the Randwick census of 1901 and, as Richard Collett from Randwick, he was 14 years old and a newspaper seller in 1911 when living there with his family.  Four years later Richard Collett from Randwick, joined the army and, at the age of 19, he was assigned to the 15th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, service number 26890.  After the war, and presumably on completing his military service, his army record indicated that he 22 years old and a member of the Labour Corps of the 859th Field Company, no. 372725.

 

 

 

Richard was 34 years of age when he became a married man, the marriage of Richard Collett and Annie Midwinter was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 6a 780) during the last three months of 1930.  Annie was seven years younger than Richard, having been born at Stroud on 18th August 1903.  Their marriage produced two sons for the couple, the first of them born after they had been together for one year, the birth recorded at Stroud (Ref. 6a 486) during the final quarter of 1931.  The birth of their second child was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 420) during the third quarter of 1933.  In both cases, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Midwinter.

 

 

 

Later in their lives, Richard and Annie returned to the Stroud area of Gloucestershire and it was there that they both passed away within a few years of each other.  Upon his death, Richard was named as Richard H Collett, the only record so far found using that name, when his death was recorded at Stroud register office (Ref. 7b 700) during the first few months of 1969 at the age of 72.  Exactly two years later, the death of Annie Collett was also recorded there (Ref. 7b 1654) in early 1971, when she was 67.

 

 

 

13R41

Charles W R Collett

Born in 1931 at Stroud

 

13R42

George H Collett

Born in 1933 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

13Q34

An unnamed Collett daughter was born to Walter James Collett and Bremmerina Rose-Innes in (SA) during 1881, but she died shortly after the birth.

 

 

 

 

13Q35

John Alexander Collett was born in (SA) on 15th April 1882 and in 1909 he married Gladys Mitford Pringle Bowker who was the daughter of Duncan Campbell Bowker and Beatrice Scott Pringle.  She was born in 1882.  John Alexander Collett died in 1962.

 

 

 

13R43

Herbert Duncan Collett

Born in 1910 (SA)

 

13R44

Ronald Innes Collett

Born in 1912 (SA)

 

13R45

Alexander Conroy Collett

Born in 1918 (SA)

 

13R46

Beatrice Pringle Collett

Born in 1919 (SA)

 

13R47

Sheila Gladys Collett

Born in 1920 (SA)

 

13R48

Walter John Collett

Born in 1922 (SA)

 

13R49

Peter Mitford Collett

Born in 1929 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q36

Olive Mary Collett was born in (SA) on 17th December 1883.  She lived for almost ninety years and died on 25th August 1973 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13Q37

George Chapman Collett was born at either Groen Kloof or Craddock (SA) on 20th June 1885 and he later married Hilda Metcalfe Brown on 15th September 1916 at Somerset East with whom he had three children.  Hilda, who was known as Pet, was born at Cradock on 18th September 1886 and was the daughter of William Thomas Tilbrook Brown and Amy Brown Rayner.  She was educated at Vryburg in Bechuanaland (most likely home schooling) and later at the Girls Collegiate School in King Williams Town.  George Chapman Collett died at Grahamstown during 1967.

 

 

 

13R50

Derrick George Collett

Born in 1917 at Cradock (SA)

 

13R51

Amy Rayner Collett

Born in 1920 at Cradock (SA)

 

13R52

Roger Holden Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

13Q38

Cecil Walter Collett was born in (SA) during 1887 and was just nine years old when he died in 1896.

 

 

 

 

13Q39

Mildred Kate Collett was born in (SA) on 7th April 1889.  She married her distant cousin Cyril Simpson Collett (Ref. 13Q98) who was the son of Percy Collett and Mary Every.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, Thelma Collett and Walter Ralph Cyril Collett who are listed under Cyril Simpson Collett.  At some time after the birth of their two children Mildred and Cyril where divorced and Mildred later died on 30th March 1974 and was buried at the Fish River Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

13Q40

Hilda Rose Collett was born in (SA) around 1891 and she married Henry Daniel with whom she had a daughter Maureen Ethne Daniel.

 

 

 

 

13Q41

Kathleen Maud Owen Collett was born in (SA) during 1894.  She married Michael Meyer and died in 1964.

 

 

 

 

13Q42

Hazel Mary Owen Collett was born in (SA) during 1896 and she died in 1916 at the age of twenty.

 

 

 

 

13Q43

Leslie Owen Collett was born in 1898 (SA).  He married Catherine Lategan with whom he had four children.  Leslie Owen Collett died during 1952.

 

 

 

13R53

Joy Owen Collett

Born in 1926 (SA)

 

13R54

Natalie Ray Collett

Born in 1929 (SA)

 

13R55

Noel John Collett

Born in 1932 (SA)

 

13R56

Michael Owen Collett

Born in 1945 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q44

Elfreda Owen Collett was born in 1900 (SA).  She lived to be 86 and during her life she was married to Eric Butler Fear with whom she had four children.  They were John Fear, Cherry Fear, Fay Fear and Peter Fear.  Elfreda Owen Fear nee Collett died in 1986.

 

 

 

 

13Q45

Beryl Owen Collett was born in 1903 (SA) and died in 1974.

 

 

 

 

13Q46

Rowena Joyce Collett was born in 1908 (SA) and she married Frank Tilley with whom she had three children.  They were Ivan Tilley, Richard Tilley and Carolyn Tilley.

 

 

 

 

13Q47

Kathryn Owen Collett was born in 1910 (SA).  She married Frank Mahon and the marriage produced two daughters, Moira Mahon and Barbara Mahon before Kathryn died in 1986.

 

 

 

 

13Q48

Winifred Martha Collett was born on 17th April 1902 at Cradock (SA), where she married George Harvey Brown on 2nd March 1928.  George, whose sister Norma married Winifred’s brother John (below), was the son of William McLintock Brown and Charlotte Turner.  Winifred Martha Brown nee Collett died on 14th November 1968 at Cradock aged 66.  The marriage produced three children for Winifred and George and they were Una brown, Donald Brown and Ian Brown.

 

 

 

 

13Q49

Enid Hedley Collett was born on 8th October 1903 at Cradock (SA), where she lived and died on 14th August 1986.

 

 

 

 

13Q50

Gladys Mary Collett was born at Cradock (SA) on 10th November 1905 and it was there that she married Herbert Buller Kolo Colling on 2nd November 1937.  She died at Port Elizabeth on 10th April 1991 aged 85.  The marriage produced two children for the couple and they were Helen Colling and John Colling.

 

 

 

 

13Q51

Joan Marion Collett was born in (SA) on 24th February 1908 and she married Ivanhoe Benjamin Thomas Hallier in Cradock.  Ivan was the son of Benjamin Thomas Hallier and Margaretha Annie Van Heerden.  Their children were Marjorie, Thomas and Louise.  Joan Marion Hallier nee Collett died at Cradock on 27th March 1985, aged 77.  There were earlier connections between the Collett and Heerden families, so it is possible that Ivan’s mother was the former child of one such relationship.  See Ref. 13O18 and Ref. 13P32.

 

 

 

 

13Q52

John Hilton Collett was born in (SA) on 18th August 1911.  He married Norma May Brown the sister of George Brown who married John’s sister Winifred Collett (above) and who was the daughter of William McLintock Brown and Charlotte Turner.  John Hilton Collett died on 21st August 1986 aged 75.

 

 

 

13R57

Herbert Hilton Collett

Born in 1947 (SA)

 

13R58

Garth Hedley Collett

Born in 1950 (SA)

 

13R59

William John Collett

Born in 1951 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q53

Dulcie Mabel Collett was born in (SA) during 1898 and she married Fenner Moorcroft with whom she had six children.  They were William Moorcroft, Joy Moorcroft, Cecil Moorcroft, May Moorcroft, George Moorcroft, and Albert Moorcroft.  Dulcie Mabel Moorcroft nee Collett died during 1957.

 

 

 

 

13Q54

Beatrice Mary Collett was born in (SA) during 1900 and died in 1987.

 

 

 

 

13Q55

May Harriet Collett was born in (SA) during 1903 and died in 1989.

 

 

 

 

13Q57

Albert Henry Collett was born in (SA) during 1907 and he married (1) Antoinette Potgieter with whom he had one son.  Perhaps following the death of his first wife, Albert later married Alice Leonard and that marriage also produced a son for the couple.  Albert Henry Collett died in 1971, just ten years after his father and namesake had passed away at the age of 90.  See Ref. 13P60 for a previous Collett/Leonard link.

 

 

 

13R60

John Collett

Born in 1933 (SA)

 

13R61

David Leonard Collett

Born in 1943 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q58

Barbara Kate Collett, who was born in (SA) during 1914, was known as Barbie and she married Eric Fynney with whom she had just one child, Mark Fynney.

 

 

 

 

13Q59

Rowena Roslin Collett, who was known as Ros, was born at Port Elizabeth (SA) on 10th December 1917. She later married Derrick George Collett (Ref. 13R50) who was the son of George Chapman Collett and Hilda Metcalfe Brown.  The marriage produced four children for Roslin and Derrick.  Ros was educated at De Keur Farm School, Middelburg, Cape Province and Riebeeck College, Uitenhage.  Curiously, when counting back the generations, Ros would have been Derrick’s aunt, since her father was Gervase Chancellor Collett, the younger brother of Derrick’s grandfather Walter James Collett.  Rowena Roslin Collett died at Grahamstown on 3rd October 2010.

 

 

 

13R62

Carol Margaret Collett

Born in 1948 (SA)

 

13R63

Malcolm George Collett

Born in 1949, Warmbaths, Transvaal

 

13R64

Neil Christopher Collett

Born in 1952 (SA)

 

13R65

Marianne Claire Collett

Born in 1957 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q61

Jennifer Hope Collett was born in (SA) during 1935 and he married Ian Heggie and they had two children Claire and Richard.

 

 

 

 

13Q62

Neville Norman Collett was born at Port Elizabeth (SA) on 30th May 1917.  He married Nancy Glen Cuyler on 1st September 1945 at Uitenhage.  Nancy was the daughter of Jacob Glen Cuyler and Alice Lilian Walton.  Neville died on 30th November 1969 aged 52.

 

 

 

13R66

Alison Neville Collett

Born in 1947 (SA)

 

13R67

Sinclair Neville Collett

Born in 1949 (SA)

 

13R68

Lindsay Neville Collett

Born in 1951 (SA)

 

13R69

Peter Neville Collett

Born in 1954 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q63

GODFREY HUGH COLLETT was born on 11th October 1918 at Cradock (SA), where he married Joan Bladen on 9th October 1945.  Joan was born at Leeds in England during 1922 and it was Joan who, during 1990, was the author of the book “A Time to Plant” about the early Collett settlers in South Africa, commencing with James Lydford Collett who arrived at the end of 1821.  Nearly thirty years after publication, Joan’s youngest daughter, Charlotte, had taken on the task of updating the information contained therein and made contact via the Collett Family History website in 2019, seeking help.

 

 

 

13R70

Elizabeth Joan Collett

Born in 1946 (SA)

 

13R71

Judith Margaret Collett

Born in 1948 (SA)

 

13R72

Hugh David Collett

Born in 1949 (SA)

 

13R73

Alan Richard Collett

Born in 1952 (SA)

 

13R74

PHILIP GODFREY COLLETT

Born in 1954 (SA)

 

13R75

Charlotte Mary Collett

Born in 1959 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q64

Keith Dudley Collett was born at Middelburg (SA) on 21st September 1922.  He married Helen Lorraine Lawford at Cradock on 20th January 1951.

 

 

 

13R76

Norman Keith Arthur Collett

Born in 1952 (SA)

 

13R77

Edward Charles Collett

Born in 1962 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q65

Richard John Collett was born at Cradock (SA) on 1st March 1925.  He married Stella Mary Hopgood on 6th May 1950 at Uitenhage.

 

 

 

13R78

John Gordon Collett

Born in 1951 (SA)

 

13R79

Anne Mary Collett

Born in 1953 (SA)

 

13R80

Colleen Patricia Collett

Born in 1957 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q66

Ethlyn Collett was born in (SA) on 6th October 1926 and married Ronald Ashton Wentworth.  She died on 22nd May 2004 at Knysna when she was seventy-seven.  During her life she presented Ronald with three children Keith Wentworth, Graham Wentworth, and Anthony Wentworth.

 

 

 

 

13Q67

Joan Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the only child of Dudley Templeton Collett and Kate Marian Jubb who were married at Grahamstown on 3rd March 1920.   This would indicate that Joan was most likely born during the 1920s.  She later married Eric Rendall with whom she had two daughters Susan and Anita.

 

 

 

 

13Q68

Doris Collett was born in (SA) during 1897 and died during the following year.

 

 

 

 

13Q69

Lionel Hedley Collett was born in (SA) during 1898 and he married Muriel Gale.  Lionel lived a long life and died in 1984 aged 86.

 

 

 

13R81

Margaret Collett

Born in 1938 (SA)

 

13R82

Hillary Collett

Born in 1939 (SA)

 

13R83

Brian Hedley Collett

Born in 1944 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q70

Douglas Denham Collett was born in (SA) during 1901 and he is known to have married Mary Keightley with whom he had three daughters.

 

 

 

13R83

Doris Collett

Born in 1932 (SA)

 

13R85

Marina Collett

Born in 1935 (SA)

 

13R86

Wendy Collett

Born in 1938 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q71

Ernest Aubrey Collett was born in (SA) during 1903 and he married Iola Wilson.  Ernest died in 1974.

 

 

 

13R87

Hedley Collett

Born in 1931 (SA)

 

13R88

Trevor Collett

Born in 1935 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q72

Kathleen Mary Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in South Africa and married Charles Hancock, with whom she had three children.  They were Robert Hancock, Beth Hancock and Jean Hancock.

 

 

 

 

13Q73

Lillian Anne Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in South Africa and married Dennis Heher.  The couple had three children they being Gillian Heher, Edwin Heher and Anthony Heher.

 

 

 

 

13Q74

Margaret Rose Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was born in South Africa and later married when she became Margaret Rose Chard.

 

 

 

 

13Q75

James William Collett was born in (SA) during 1906.  He married Olga Benette and he later died in 1981.

 

 

 

13R89

Anthony Shaw Collett

Born in 1930 (SA)

 

13R90

Rosalie Collett

Born in 1942 (SA)

 

13R91

Judith Collett

Born in 1944 (SA)

 

 

 

 

13Q76

Francis Collett was born in (SA) during 1910 and he married Fairy M Haupt.  He was aged 74 when he died in 1984.

 

 

 

13R92

Johanna Collett

Date of birth unknown (SA)