PART FIFTY-EIGHT

 

The Line of Henry Vine Collett [Cornwall to New Zealand]

 

Updated March 2017

 

This is the family line of Alan Raymond Collett (Ref. 58R9) of Wellington in New Zealand,

and Tim (Peter Timothy) Collett (Ref. 58R16) of Bathurst in Australia

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett, who was probably born between 1800 and 1810, was married to Ann Creed and is known to have had a son Henry Vine Collett, although the later records provide conflicting information as to where he was born.  It was their son’s marriage certificate in 1856 that gave his father’s name as Henry Collett, a baker, and his mother as Ann Creed, and when his place of birth was stated as being Plymouth.

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1832 at Truro

 

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett was born on 26th November 1832 at Truro in Cornwall, although the alternative birthplace may have been Plymouth.  The date, but not the location, was noted in a family Bible held by a family member in New Zealand.  However, no baptism record has been found for him, in addition to which the story told within the family is that Henry ran away from home when he was 13, presumably just after he had finished his time at school, following which he went to sea and that may be where the Plymouth connection arises.  On the occasion of the birth of his youngest daughter Margaret, Henry acted as the informant for the birth registration because by that time his wife Martha was blind.  On the child’s birth certificate he stated that his place of birth was Truro, while at the time of his death, it was simply recorded as Cornwall. 

 

 

 

It was on 23rd September 1856 at Melbourne in Australia that labourer Henry Collett, a bachelor of 24 from Plymouth in England, married Martha Munro, also 24, who was a needlewoman from Paisley, Scotland.  Martha Munro was the daughter of farmer Daniel Munro and his wife Margaret Martin, and had been born at Paisley in Renfrewshire on 22nd November 1829.  She was baptised at Middle Church in Paisley when she was only one week old, on 29th November 1829.  At the time of the first national census in Great Britain in 1841, the only Martha Munro was 12 years old and was living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but not with her parents.

 

 

 

Although she said she was a spinster when she married Henry, it is established that before she arrived in Australia she had married Robert Jardine at Paisley Abbey on 23rd April 1853.  Once they were married Martha and Robert sailed to Australia, where they lived at the goldfields settlement of Emerald Hill in Victoria.  It was there also that their son Daniel Munro Jardine (or Daniel Munro Gardan, as recorded on his birth certificate) was born on 21st December 1855.  During the following months Martha was presumably made a widow when Robert died, leaving her free to marry Henry Collett.

 

 

 

New information about Henry Vine Collett in Australia has been kindly provided by Nancy Wilson, which reads as follows.  ”Henry Collett was aboard the ‘Ladybird’ which went to the rescue of the ‘Admella’ which was shipwrecked off the coast of Australia.  The disaster remains the greatest loss of life in the history of European Settlement in South Australia.  Of the 113 on board only 24 survived.  The tragic incident happened on 6th August 1859.  The communication of the shipwreck was very slow to get through and on 9th August the ‘Ladybird’ left harbour to assist.  However, owing to terrific large seas they were unable to help.  They returned to base and left again on 11th towing the Portland Life Boat with them which they hoped to use to rescue the stricken crew and passengers.  Henry Collett was a fireman and would have had to stay below deck and attend to his duties, for which he was awarded five pounds, a large amount of money in those days.  The men who went to the actual rescue on the life boat were awarded around twenty pounds, the captain one hundred pounds, and all those men on the life boat also received the Admella Medal.  The ‘Ladybird’ was bought by the New Zealand Navigation Company and in 1863 was turned into a steamship.  That was around the time that the family believe Henry left Australia for New Zealand.  His wife Martha Collett and three of their children arrived during 1863 but there is no record of Henry making the journey with them.  It is therefore believed that he was probably still working on the ‘Ladybird’.  Within the New Zealand records there is frequent mention of the ‘Ladybird’ leaving for Port Chalmers from the North Island, where Henry’s family lived.  In a newspaper article the ‘Ladybird’ was also referred to as bringing soldiers over from Sydney to fight in the Maori Land Wars of the 1880's.”

 

 

 

Sometime after they Henry married Martha her son Daniel adopted the name Collett.  Just over a year after they were married Martha presented Henry with a son and namesake, who was also born at Emerald Hill in Victoria.  Two more sons were born while the family was still living at Emerald Hill, and in 1863 Martha and the family left Australia.

 

According to a passenger list held at the Early Settlers Museum in Dunedin, Martha and just three children left Port Melbourne on 22nd April 1863 aboard the ship ‘Rialto’ bound for Port Chalmers.  They travelled in the forward section of the vessel, which had sailed from Ireland through Victoria to New Zealand, and were recorded as Mrs Collett, D Collett, G Collett, and an infant, assumed to be John Kilgour Collett.

 

 

 

There was however, no mention of Henry Vine Collett or his son Henry Vine Collett junior.  So it is highly likely that they either had made the journey ahead of the rest of the family or sometime after.  For the latter, there is a record of a Mr Collett as a passenger on the ‘S S Otago’ which sailed from Sydney to New Zealand on 20th January 1864.  Another record in the New Zealand Archives includes details of the declaration of bankruptcy at the Dunedin High Court of Henry Collett of Port Chalmers during 1869, in which he was described as a mariner.  It therefore seems very likely that this was indeed Henry Vine Collett.  The above photograph of the couple was very likely taken around the time when Henry was 60, while in the larger picture from which this is taken Martha is holding a baby, who was most probably one of their grandchildren. 

 

 

 

Henry Vine Collett was living at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers when he died on 12th July 1897, while his wife Martha Collett nee Munro survived him by just over five years, when she also died at Port Chalmers on 12th October 1905.  Henry’s death certificate gave his occupation as that of a fireman, and his age at the time of his passing was recorded as being 64.  That particular age indicates that he was actually born during the second half of 1832, and most likely between the months of August and December that year.  On the death certificate was also a note that he had been ill for the previous four years.

 

 

 

Once again the certificate confirmed that his father was Henry Vine Collett, who had been a baker, and that his mother was Ann Collett, formerly Creed.  In addition, it gave his place of birth as Cornwall, England, and that he had been in New Zealand for 34 years.  According to the certificate he was buried at New Cemetery in Port Chalmers on 16th July 1897, and was survived by seven male children and one female child, all of whom were only recorded by their age.  The death of Henry Vine Collett was recorded on 12th July 1897, the informant being his son Henry Collett of Port Chalmers.

 

 

 

The ages of the eight issue of Henry Collett were given as 41 (which would have been Daniel), 39 (which would have been Henry), 37 (which would have been George), 35 (which would have been John), 31 (which would have been James), 29 (which would have been William), 27 (which would have been Septimus), and 21 (which would have been Margaret).  The later death certificate for his son Henry Vine Collett also confirmation that his occupation was that of a labourer.

 

 

 

Both of them were buried in the family grave at Port Chalmers New Cemetery (Block DB/Plot 101), where just five months after Henry was buried there, he was joined by with his son John Kilgour Collett, just after Christmas in 1897.  Prior to that year Henry’s grandson William Cope Collett had been buried there in 1890, together his mother Mary Ann Collett in 1894.  Three other members of the family were later laid to rest in the same plot, including two more grandchildren.  They were ‘baby Collett’ in 1898 and Bernard Cowper Collett in 1906.  The eighth name was that of Henry Collett, the eldest son of Henry Vine Collett and Martha Collett nee Munro.  He was the husband of Mary Ann Collett nee Barlow and the father of William Cope Collett and, for some reason, the forename Vine was not mentioned on his death certificate.

 

 

 

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Daniel Munro Collett (formerly Jardine)

Born on 21.12.1855 at Emerald Hill

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born on 18.10.1857 at Emerald Hill

 

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George Collett

Born on 27.12.1859 at Emerald Hill

 

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John Kilgour Collett

Born on 18.02.1862 at Emerald Hill

 

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James Dick Collett

Born on 10.11.1865 at Port Chalmers

 

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William Collett

Born on 07.10.1867 at Port Chalmers

 

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Septimus Munro Collett

Born on 13.01.1870 at Port Chalmers

 

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Margaret Munro Collett

Born on 09.01.1876 at Port Chalmers

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Munro Collett was originally born as Daniel Jardine (or Gardan) at Emerald Hill in Victoria on 21st December 1855, the only child of Robert Jardine and his wife Martha Munro. 

 

Upon the presumed death of his father, before he was nine months old, his mother married Henry Vine Collett, following which his name was changed to Daniel Munro Collett. 

 

When he was around nine years of age his family left Australia and settled in the Port Chalmers district of Dunedin on New Zealand’s south island. 

 

Three months after his twenty-fourth birthday Daniel married Johnann Anderson on 12th April 1880, Johnann having been born around 1857.  The couple are pictured here with their first born child. 

 

 

 

Once married the couple lived at Oamaru, to the north of Dunedin, where all of the children were born.  And it was at Oamaru that Daniel Munro Collett died on 15th January 1930, with his widow surviving for a further twenty-one years, when she died on 2nd September 1951.

 

 

 

The New Zealand Archive Records list a company by the name of Anderson-Collett Limited which was founded in 1889, was passed into liquidation in 1894.  It seems highly likely that this company was a collaboration/partnership between the two families.

 

 

 

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Justina Dalziel Hundy Collett

Born in 1881 at Oamaru

 

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Martha Munro Collett

Born in 1882 at Oamaru

 

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James Dick Collett

Born in 1886 at Oamaru

 

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Albert Edward Collett

Born in 1887 at Oamaru

 

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John Collett

Born in 1889 at Oamaru

 

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Johnetta Anderson Collett

Born in 1891 at Oamaru

 

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Elizabeth Egglestone Anderson Collett

Born in 1896 at Oamaru

 

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Daniel Munro Collett

Born in 1898 at Oamaru

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born circa 1904 at Oamaru

 

 

 

 

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HENRY VINE COLLETT was born on 18th October 1857 at Emerald Hill in Victoria, which today is known as South Melbourne.  He was the eldest child of Henry Vine Collett from England and Martha Munro from Scotland.  When he was around six years old his family sailed to New Zealand and settled in Port Chalmers near the town of Dunedin on the south island.

 

Henry was twenty-eight when he married (1) Mary Ann Barlow who was around ten years younger, having been born during 1867 at Alveston, Warwickshire in England.  The wedding took place on 2nd December 1885 at the home of Mr H Collett, Constitution Street in Port Chalmers.  Mary Ann was the daughter of gardener William Barlow and his wife Lucy Barlow nee Cope, and she and her family sailed to New Zealand around 1879.

 

 

 

It was during the year following their wedding day that the first of their five children was born at South Dunedin.  Sometime after the birth the family of three left South Dunedin, when they moved to Port Chalmers where they took up residence at Constitution Street, and it was there where their remaining three children were born.  The registration of the birth of his children also gave an indication that Henry was employed around the wharf, and in addition to labourer, and watersider, he was also recorded on one occasion as a seaman. 

 

 

 

A double tragedy struck the family during the 1890s.  First they suffered the loss of their son William Cope Collett, then four years later Mary Ann Collett nee Barlow died at Port Chalmers on 9th May 1894, leaving her husband with three small children. 

 

The cause of death was recorded as ‘natural abortion’, meaning that she died during childbirth, the child also not surviving.  She had been ill for four weeks, and had been vomiting for seven days.

 

This photo, supplied by her great granddaughter Nancy Wilson, was taken shortly before she died and just a short while after the birth of her last child.

 

 

 

She was buried in Block DB, Plot 101 at the New Cemetery in Port Chalmers on 11th May 1894 where her son William Cope Collett had been buried in 1890, just after he was born.  The death certificate confirmed that Mary Ann had been born in England at Alveston in Warwickshire, had married Henry Collett ten years earlier, and had been living in New Zealand for fifteen years.  The informant of her passing was her husband Henry Collett, and her three children were listed as being a female of six years, a male of five years, and another female aged 16 months, a reference to Lucy, Henry, and Martha.  It is now known that baby Martha Munro Collett was adopted by the family of William Power Perry, and it was his daughter that Henry Vine Collett later married.

 

 

 

It was four years later on 2nd April 1898 that he married (2) Emily Amelia Perry, the youngest daughter of William Power Perry and his first wife Isabella Littleboy, who died in 1878 when Emily was one year old.  Upon the death of Isabella, her sister Eliza Littleboy travelled to New Zealand to help her widowed brother-in-law look after his four daughters and subsequently, in 1884, she married him.  Previously written here, in error, it was stated that Eliza was the mother of Emily, which this now disproves.

 

Emily Amelia Perry (pictured right) was twenty years younger than Henry and therefore capable of giving him four more children, although only her two daughters survived.

 

 

 

 

In the Electoral Roll for Chalmers, Otago in 1911, Emily Amelia Collett was residing at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers with her husband Henry Collett, a labourer, and his son Henry Vine Collett whose occupation was that of a boilermaker.  Her daughter Myra was around 12 years old and therefore too young to be included on the electoral roll.

 

 

 

 

And it was exactly the same situation three years later when the Electoral Roll for Port Chalmers included precisely the same details.  However, by that time Emily had given birth to her fourth and last child, Thora, who was born in their home on Constitution Street in Port Chalmers.  By 1919 the Electoral Roll still included the names of the three older members of the family; Emily Amelia Collett – married, Henry Collett – labourer, - Henry Vine Collett – boilermaker, and all still living at Constitution Street.  On that occasion Emily’s daughters Myra and Thora would have been around twenty and five years of age respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Vine Collett died at Port Chalmers on 10th March 1926, when his youngest child was around 12 years old.  The death certificate, made out in the name of just Henry Collett, confirmed that he was a labourer, and the son of labourer Henry Vine Collett and Martha Collett nee Munro, and that he had lived in New Zealand for 60 years, [rather than 63].  The address at which he was living at the time of his death was recorded as 34 Island Terrace in Port Chalmers, while the cause of death was given as apoplexy and heart failure.  The certificate also stated that it was just ten days earlier that he had first been taken ill, and that he was buried at Port Chalmers on 12th March.  It also gave his age at death as 60, [rather than 68], that he had been born in Melbourne, had married Mary Ann Barlow when he was 28, and that he was 39 [rather than 41] when he married Emily Amelia Perry, who was only 21.

 

 

 

 

 

The age of his widow was 48, and the ages of his living children were recorded as female 38, male 37, female 33, male [sic] 26, and female 12.  They would have been Lucy – who was actually 39, Henry, Martha, Myra who was 26 and Thora who was 12.

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Vine Collett was buried at Port Chalmers Cemetery, where his body was laid to rest in the family grave at Block DB, Plot 101, where seven other members of his family had be buried prior to 1926.  His wife survived him by twenty-six years when she died on 16th April 1952, following which she was cremated on 18th April.

 

 

 

 

 

It is worth noting here for completeness that Emily Amelia Perry may also have been known as Emma Perry, since that was the way she was described in a newspaper article published at Port Chalmers during 1896, the main focus of which was on the theft of fruit from the orchard of her father William Power Perry.

 

 

 

 

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Lucy Barlow Collett

Born in 1886 at South Dunedin

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1888 at Port Chalmers

 

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William Cope Collett

Born in 1890 at Port Chalmers

 

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Martha Munro Collett

Born in 1893 at Port Chalmers

 

The following were the children of Henry Vine Collett and his second wife Emily Amelia Perry:

 

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Baby Collett

Born in 1898 at Port Chalmers

 

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Myra Florence Collett

Born in 1899 at Port Chalmers

 

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Bernard Cowper Collett

Born in 1906 at Port Chalmers

 

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Thora Isabel Ruth Collett

Born in 1914 at Port Chalmers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Emerald Hill on 27th December 1859, the son of Henry and Martha Collett.  Although his family moved to New Zealand around 1863, George must have returned to live in Australia as an adult. 

 

He was twenty-six when he married Amy Emily Dickenson on 30th September 1886 in Australia, Amy being twenty-three, having been born at Mudgee in New South Wales during 1863. 

 

Five years after they were married, Amy’s sister Mary Dickenson married George’s brother William (below).

 

Over the first ten years of their married life together Amy presented George with six children, and all of them were born while the couple was living at Balmain North in New South Wales, although tragically only two survived.  George Collett was still living in New South Wales when he died at Lidcombe on 11th June 1931.

 

 

 

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Flora Collett

Born in 1887 at Balmain, NSW

 

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William E Collett

Born in 1888 at Balmain, NSW

 

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Oliver J Collett

Born in 1889 at Balmain, NSW

 

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Elsie Amy May Collett

Born in 1890 at Balmain, NSW

 

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Harold Stanley Collett

Born in 1891 at Balmain, NSW

 

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Norman W Collett

Born in 1893 at Balmain, NSW

 

 

 

 

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John Kilgour Collett was born at Emerald Hill on 18th February 1862, Kilgour being the surname of the midwife who assisted at the birth.  He was thirty-five and was living at Invercargill when he died on 27th December 1897, just five months after his father Henry Vine Collett had died.  John Kilgour Collett was buried on 30th December 1897 at Port Chalmers Cemetery in Dunedin where seven other members of the Collett family are buried.  See Ref. 58P14 for details.

 

 

 

 

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James Dick Collett was born at Port Chalmers, near Dunedin, New Zealand on 10th November 1865, just after his parents had moved there from Melbourne in Australia. 

 

As an adult he was living in Auckland when he married Priscilla Mary Felton on 5th October 1892.  The picture on the right was taken on that day.

 

And it was while the couple were still living in Auckland that their four children were born. 

 

Sadly their eldest son was killed during The Battle of the Somme in 1917, at a time when James and Priscilla were living at 3 Bond Street, Arch Hill at Grey Lynn in Auckland.

 

At the time that George Herbert enlisted with the army in January 1917, he stated on his attestation form that his father James Richard Collett had lived in New Zealand for 50 years rather than 52, and that his mother Mary Collett had been a resident for 45 years.

 

Dick and Mary were still living at 3 Bond Street at Arch Hill in Auckland in 1921 when the received the medals and commemorative plaque from the army for their son George.  Further tragedy struck the family in 1931, with the death of Priscilla Mary Collett nee Felton when the couple was still living in Auckland.  James Dick Collett survived his wife by a further twenty-two years, when he died at Auckland on 1st October 1953.

 

 

 

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George Herbert Collett

Born in 1893 at Auckland

 

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Myra May Collett

Born in 1895 at Auckland

 

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Elsie Marion Collett

Born in 1898 at Auckland

 

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William Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1901 at Auckland

 

 

 

 

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William Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 7th October 1867 and on 5th August 1891 he married Mary Dickenson, who was his sister-in-law, she being the sister of Amy Emily Dickenson who married William’s older brother George (above) five years earlier. 

 

Mary Dickenson was five years younger than her sister Amy, having been born at Mudgee, NSW, during 1868.

 

It seems very likely that the couple were married in New South Wales, since it was at Balmain that their first child was born.  However, the next two children were born at Port Chalmers, while their last two children were born at nearby Dunedin.

 

According to the Electoral Roll for Otago, Dunedin North in 1919, William Collett was a storeman, and listed with him was his wife Mary Collett, and his son Henry Vine Collett who was a baker like his grandfather and namesake, Henry Vine Collett.  At that time, the family of William Collett was living at 484 Leith Street, and only his eldest daughter Daisy was married and had left the family home by then.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following six years William moved the family from North Dunedin to the South Dunedin registration district perhaps for a new job.  That was confirmed in the Electoral Roll of 1925 when he and his family were living at 10 Nelson Street.  William Collett was a tinsmith, his wife was Mary and eligible to vote in the next election was their son William Edwin Collett who was a labourer.  It was the same situation three years later when the Electoral Roll for 1928 included tinsmith William, his wife Mary, and his son labourer William Edwin still at 10 Nelson Street, although later that same year William Edwin became a married man.  Living and working not far away from her family was their unmarried daughter Amelia Louisa Collett who was recorded at 15 Nelson Street. 

 

 

 

The whole family was reunited when the next listing was produced in 1931 which showed William, Mary, son William Edwin and daughter Amelia Louisa Collett residing at 15 Nelson Street where their daughter had been living three years earlier.  Where the wife of William Edwin Collett was at that time is still a mystery.  By 1936, and again in 1838, William and Mary were once again living at 10 Nelson Street when, on both occasions, it was just their unmarried daughter Amelia who was living with them. 

 

 

 

It was seven years later and, being of similar ages, it was not surprising that William and Mary both died within the same year and just less than six weeks apart.  Furthermore, they were still living at 10 Nelson Street when first William Collett died at Dunedin on 19th August 1945, and was followed by his wife Mary Collett nee Dickenson who passed away on 28th September 1945.  They were buried together in the same plot within the Andersons Bay Cemetery in Dunedin, the same grave being used by the couple’s unmarried daughter, the retired dressmaker Amelia Louise Collett, who was 92 years of age at the time of her passing in 1998.

 

 

 

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Daisy Martha May Collett

Born in 1892 at Balmain, NSW

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1893 at Port Chalmers

 

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William Edwin Collett

Born in 1896 at Port Chalmers

 

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Elsie Amy Collett

Born in 1902 at Dunedin

 

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Amelia Louise Collett

Born in 1906 at Dunedin

 

 

 

 

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Septimus Munro Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 13th January 1870, the youngest son of Henry and Martha Collett.

 

He married Isabella Ritchie Forrester on 25th December 1894, and the first of their four children was born nine months later at Port Chalmers.

 

The photograph on the right, of Septimus, Isabella and son Henry, was very likely taken around the time of his first birthday.

 

The couple’s next two children were also born at Port Chalmers, while the fourth and last child was born after the family had settled in Timaru, nearly 100 miles north of Port Chalmers.

 

 

 

In 1916, when their son Peter Forrester Collett enlisted with the New Zealand Army, Septimus and Isabel were living at 55 Hassall Street in Timaru with their family.  Also from her eldest son’s military record it would appear that during her life Isabella was more commonly referred to as Bell Collett. 

 

 

 

 

Septimus Munro Collett died at Timaru on 25th October 1950 and the probate records for Timaru in 1951 included the fact the Septimus was an engineer.  His wife Isabella, who had been born at Dunedin on 26th January 1870, died on 16th January 1964.  Greg Keay of West Harbour in Auckland and the great grandson of Septimus and Bell Collett confirmed in 2016 that the couple are buried not in Timaru, as previously thought, but one hundred miles north at the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens and Christchurch Crematorium off Linwood Avenue in Christchurch.  Their grave, Plot CH39, is situated in the rose garden behind the chapel and near to a sun dial.  Greg also informs us that, after losing her husband, widowed Isabella went to live with her married daughter – Greg’s grandmother – Isabel Richie Keay nee Collett at 36 Marston Road in Timaru.

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born in 1895 at Port Chalmers

 

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Peter Forrester Collett

Born in 1897 at Port Chalmers

 

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Isabel Ritchie Collett

Born in 1898 at Port Chalmers

 

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Bertram Harold Collett

Born in 1903 at Timaru

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Munro Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 9th January 1876, the youngest child of Henry Vine Collett and his wife Martha Munro.  Martha never saw her daughter because she was completely blind by the time of Margaret’s birth.  At the time of her birth, her family was living at Scotia Street in Port Chalmers when her father ‘Harry Collett age 43 and from Truro in Cornwall, England’ was employed as a fireman, and her mother Martha was 46. 

 

The birth certificate also confirmed that Margaret’s parents were married at Melbourne on 23.09.1856, and it was her father who registered the birth on 25th January 1876.

 

 

 

 

Margaret Munro Collett, who was also known as Maggie, never married.  She later moved to Australia and settled in the Glen Iris District of Melbourne where she worked as a housekeeper for a Mr Charmers.  Upon his death he established a trust that ensured Margaret would be well provided for.  Throughout her life she remained in close contact with the family in Melbourne, Sydney, and those still in New Zealand.  And it was at Glen Iris that she died during October 1957.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Justina Dalziel Hundy Collett was born at Oamaru in 1881, the first of the nine children of Daniel Munro Collett and his wife Johnann Anderson. 

 

In 1902 she married John Carruth Walker, who was known as Jack, and over the next seventeen years Justina presented him with six children who were all born at Oamaru.

 

They were Mavis Irene Walker (born 1903; died at Auckland in 1975), Johnetta Anderson Walker (born 1905-1990), Ellenor Carruth Walker (born 1907; died at Auckland in 1989), Justina Dalziel Hundy Walker (born 1911), John Carruth Walker (born 1913; died at Oamaru in 1988), Daniel Munro Walker (born 1919; died in Scotland during 1941).

 

Justina Dalziel Hundy Walker nee Collett died at Christchurch in 1947.

 

 

 

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Martha Munro Collett was born at Oamaru in 1882.  She must have been in her later teenage years when she was first married, and became Martha Munro Chambers, but her husband died not long after their wedding day, since it was in 1902 that she married (2) John Byrnes, pictured with her on the right on their wedding day. 

 

That second marriage produced two children for Martha and John, in the shape of Oliver Byrnes and Cyril Byrnes.

 

 

 

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James Dick Collett was born at Oamaru in 1886, the eldest son of Daniel Munro Collett and Johnann Anderson.  He was known as Jim and he married Ellen Margaret Carman in 1912.  The marriage produced no children for James, who died in 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Albert Edward Collett was born at Oamaru in 1887.  He married Jessie Moore in 1912 and they had two children.  Rather curiously a Jessie Collett, widow, was living at 247 Cambridge Terrace within the Christchurch East district of Canterbury in 1919, as recorded in the Electoral Roll.  As Albert’s wife is the only Jessie in this family line, the entry would appear not to be a reference to this Jessie, since it is known that Albert Edward Collett died in 1946, four years after his wife Jessie had passed away in 1942.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to information received from Kelvin Parker in New Zealand during 2012 it is now established that Jessie Collett of 247 Cambridge Terrace, Canterbury, was most likely the widow of William Collett (Ref. 58P4+1), about whom nothing is known except that they had a son Richard Irwin Collett (Ref. 58Q1+1) who was born on 13th July 1905.  Richard later married Flora Harriette Dominion Osborne in New Zealand during 1926 and in the Electoral Roll for Christchurch North in 1928 Richard Irwin Collett, a labourer, was living at 29 Kilmore Street.  His wife Flora was born on 25th September 1907, the daughter of Walter Gore Osborne and Fanny Eliza Rebecca Waldron who were married during 1901 in New Zealand.  The only other details so far known about this couple, is that Flora Harriett Dominion Collett nee Osborne died in New Zealand in 1996.

 

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett

Born circa 1913

 

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Winifred Iris Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Oamaru in 1889.  He married Eva Kimm in 1914 with whom he had four children.  John Collett was 63 when he died in 1952.

 

 

 

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Clive Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Iris Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Eric Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Kim Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Johnetta Anderson Collett was born at Oamaru in 1891 and she later married Alex Bartlett.  Their marriage produced two children, Bruce Bartlett, and William Bartlett who in turn married Norma Dixon.  Norma may well have been related to Ronald G Dixon who married Johnetta’s sister Elizabeth Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Egglestone Anderson Collett was born at Oamaru in 1896, the youngest daughter of Daniel Munro Collett and Johnann Anderson.  During 1920 Elizabeth married Ronald G Dixon, with whom she had three children.  Naomi Dixon, June Dixon, and Bruce Dixon.  Elizabeth Egglestone Anderson Dixon nee Collett was sixty-five when she died in 1961.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Munro Collett was born at Oamaru on 18th July 1898.  At the outbreak of the First World War Daniel was only 16 and was therefore too young to join the army.  Instead he joined the Territorial Service where he served with the 10th Regiment.  Four days after his twentieth birthday he enlisted with the New Zealand Defence Force on 22nd July 1918.  However, his time with the army was short-lived with the ending of hostilities on 11th November that same year.

 

 

 

 

His military records show that he left his mother’s home in Eden Street in Oamaru on 10th September and arrived at Trentham Camp the following day, having been assigned to B Company of 47th Reinforcement NZEF as Private D M Collett 88634.  His occupation up until then had been that of a carpenter, working for Craig & Co. in Oamaru.  It may be of interest that the same record gave his date of birth as 29th June 1898.

 

 

 

 

 

Other details in the record named his next-of-kin as Mrs Johnann Collett (mother) who had been born in Dumfries Scotland, while his father had been born in Melbourne Australia.  His age on entry was 20, and he was 5 feet 8 inches tall and 142 lbs, with dark brown hair, grey eyes, and a fresh complexion.  He was eventually discharged on 24th November 1918.

 

 

 

 

 

Just after the Great War he met Dorothea Margaret Koppert who was born in 1903, whom he married in 1921.  Later that same year their first child was born, and he was followed by a further five children all born during the 1920s.  Daniel Munro Collett died during 1966, while his widow Dorothea Margaret Collett died nine years later in 1975.  Probate for Dorothy Margaret Collett was resolved at Timaru High Court during the same year, when she was described as being a widow of Oamaru.

 

 

 

 

The photograph on the right includes four of the six children of Daniel Munro Collett and his wife Dorothea, although neither of the boys’ parents was present at that time.

 

The four children are, from right to left, James Brian Collett, Thomas Raymond Collett, Maxwell Collett, and Leonard Munro Collett.  Judging by their ages, the picture was taken around 1930. 

 

 

 

 

From the left, the three adults in the pictures are the boys’ grandfather, Daniel Munro Collett, with his step-sister Margaret Munro Collett, and his wife Johann Collett, the photograph having been taken at the family home in Oamaru in New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

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Leonard Munro Collett

Born in 1921

 

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Henry Collett

Born in 1922

 

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Maxwell Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

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Thomas Raymond Collett

Born in 1925

 

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James Brian Collett

Born in 1926

 

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Dorothy Margaret Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett was born at Oamaru around 1904, the youngest child of Daniel Munro Collett and his wife Johnann Anderson.  All that is known about him is that he died at Oamaru on 24th October 1928. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucy Barlow Collett was born at South Dunedin on 1st July 1886, the eldest child of Henry Vine Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Barlow, who lost her sight after contracting measles.  It was not until she was twenty-eight years old when she became Lucy Barlow McLean, following her marriage to Charles Andrew McLean on 19th December 1914, which took place at the home of her father at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers. 

 

On the marriage certificate Lucy’s place of birth was named as Musselburgh in Dunedin, which was very likely the home of her grandparents William and lucy Barlow.  Charles was born in New Zealand in 1891, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Connell McLean.  The only child of Lucy Collett and Charles McLean was Pearl Lenore McLean who was born at 29 Bradshaw Street in Dunedin on 30th September 1915. 

 

 

 

 

Despite being blind, whenever the family visited her home they were always impressed how neat and tidy her house was, with no speck of dust to be found anywhere.  It was even more incredible that she managed unaided to prepare all of the meals, including washing, peeling and chopping the vegetables, and then to cook them on an old coal range.  She also made soft stuffed toys for her grandchildren, who were amazed by the fact she could not see what she was doing.  Charles Andrew McLean was born at Dunedin on 28th January 1891, the son of Andrew Watson McLean and his wife Elizabeth Connell Cummock.  He died on 13th January 1960 at Balclutha Hospital, his last address being Clydevale in South Otago, New Zealand, following which he was cremated, with his ashes being buried with his son-in-law at Block 3, Plot 218 at Balclutha Lawn Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Barlow McLean nee Collett survived her husband by only just over eleven months, when she passed away at Ross Home in Dunedin on 23rd December 1960 at the age of 74.  Like her husband, her ashes were also buried in the same grave as that of her son-in-law at Balclutha Lawn Cemetery.  During his life her husband Charles had worked at Hillside Workshop in Dunedin, where he was a tinsmith working on steam locatives, carriages and wagon for the New Zealand Railways.  During that time he made little tin prams for his two granddaughters, and an engine train with carriages, plus two pond yachts for his grandson.  He was also a keen lodge member and a friend of the Navy League.

 

 

 

 

 

Their daughter Pearl (pictured here) was taught to play the piano and performed on 4ZB Radio Station during the ‘Children’s Corner’ programme.  She left school at the age of 13 to help her blind mother at home, which she did for the next two years, after which she trained as a tailoress at the Silk & Frock Shop in Dunedin.  She later worked at D H Blake, and it was there that she helped the war effort by sewing uniforms for the soldiers.

 

Pearl first married (1) Austin Joseph O’Donnell on 16th March 1944 with whom she had three children.  Austin was born on 3rd December 1912, but the marriage only lasted for just over thirteen years when he died on 27th October 1957 at their home in Clydevale, South Otago.

 

 

 

 

 

On that sad occasion his three children were 13, 11 and nine years of age.  Pearl then took her family to live at Balclutha where she took in boarders and made dresses to make ends meet.  This she did for several years, following which she later returned to Dunedin, and it was there, ten years after losing her husband, that Pearl married (2) Samuel Charles Harrison Wilson on 6th October 1967.  Samuel, who already had four grown-up children of his own, was nine years older that Pearl, having been born at Kaitangata on 26th May 1906.  It was after a further seventeen years that Pearl died at Dunedin Public Hospital on 7th December 1984, after which she was buried with her first husband at Balclutha Lawn Cemetery.  Her second husband died during 1999 at St Likes Hospital in Dunedin.

 

 

 

 

 

The three children of Pearl and Austin O’Donnell were: (a) Nancy Lenore O’Donnell who was born at Lorneville during 1944, who married Maurice Stanley Wilson on 29th June 1963, who had three children at Dunedin who were Nicholas Craig Wilson (born 1967) who is known as Craig, Gavin Charles Wilson (born 1968), and Megan Jane Wilson who was born in 1971 and who died at Dunedin on 19th June 2014.  Craig married Toni Jane Powell in 1991 and their daughter Hannah May Wilson was born in 1997, while their second child Aiden Charles Wilson was born in 2000; Gavin married Rachael Louise Watson in 2004 and their daughter Hayley Sarah Wilson was born later that year; (b) Shirley Anne O’Donnell who was born at Invercargill during 1946, and she later married Barrie William Boyd; and (c) Colin Charles Austin O’Donnell who was born at Dunedin in 1948, who married (1) Jennifer Clare Bennett on 30th August 1969 from whom he was later divorced.  Colin then married Sheryl Ann Corbishley in 1981 and their son Andrew Charles O"Donnell was born in 1985.  Andrew and his partner Amy Dyer have a son Eli Patrick O'Donnell born in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

It was Pearl’s eldest child, Nancy Wilson, who kindly provided the new information that has been used in the January 2013 update of this family line.  Today Nancy and her husband Maurice are retired and have lived in Dunedin for the past thirty-seven years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett was born at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers on 22nd May 1888, the eldest son of Henry Vine Collett and Mary Ann Barlow.  Henry was only five years old when his mother died in 1894 and previously displayed here was what was originally thought to be a picture of him taken during his teenage years, showing him wearing jockey silks.  Doubt has now been cast on this being this Henry Vine Collett, since the current day family have heard no mention of this, nor do they know of any record that might validate he started out life as a jockey.

 

 

 

 

It was the Electoral Rolls for Port Chalmers in 1911, 1914, 1919, and 1935 that confirmed he was a bachelor and on the first three occasions his occupation was that of a boilermaker, at a time when he was still living with his father Henry Collett, and his stepmother Emily Amelia Collett, at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers.  He never married and died at Dunedin on 11th October 1961 and was cremated two days after.  Probate was dealt with at Dunedin High Court, when Henry Vine Collett of Port Chalmers was simply described as retired.

 

 

 

 

 

Following his death, a funeral notice was published in the local newspaper, which read as follows:  “HENRY COLLETT – On October 11 1961, at Dunedin, Henry Vine, of 34 Island Terrace, Port Chalmers, beloved son of the later Mary and Henry Collett and loved brother of Myra (Mrs Shanks) and Thora (Mrs L Hodge), Dunedin and the late Lucy and Martha, in his seventy-fourth year.  Deeply mourned.  The funeral will leave our chapel, 78 Andrew Street, tomorrow (Friday) October 13, at the conclusion of a service commencing at 11 am for the Anderson Bay Crematorium.  Messages to Flat 4, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers.  No flower, by request. – Hope & Sons Ltd, Funeral Directors.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Cope Collett was born at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers on 13th March 1890 and also died there just a few months later on 29th June 1890 and was the first of eight members of the Collett family to be buried in Block DB, Plot 101 of Port Chalmers Cemetery on 1st July 1890.  His second forename came from his maternal grandmother Lucy Cope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martha Munro Collett was born at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers on 16th January 1893, the youngest child of Henry Vine Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Barlow.  Martha was just sixteen months old when her mother died on 9th May 1894, leaving her father with three children elder daughter Lucy, son Henry and baby Martha, to look after.  Shortly after the death of her mother, Martha Munro Collett was taken into the family of William Power Perry and his wife Eliza, and four years later her father married the youngest daughter of William Perry.  It is believed that Martha was not formally adopted by the Perry family as legal adoptions had not been put in place by that time.  Despite this, the later Will of William Power Perry referred to her as “my adopted daughter Martha Collett”.  In addition to this the Will clearly stated that he wished for her to be treated equally with his own four daughters.

 

Sadly, upon the death of William Perry, when Martha was presumably still a minor, his wife took over the management of his estate and when Eliza Perry died intestate during 1918 it was her three surviving daughters who were successful in obtaining control of the estate, with Martha being completed excluded.  Seven years earlier in 1901, when Martha was eight years old (on the right), she performed the duty of ‘flower girl’ at the wedding of Annie Rebecca Perry, daughter of William and Isabella, when she married William Clifford the great-grandfather of Janette Clifford who supplied the photo and other family details.

 

 

 

 

 

Following the disappointment of not benefiting from her adopted family’s personal effects, it was later that same year when she married Cyril Ernest Owen on 28th August 1918.  The marriage, which took place at the residence of Henry Collett [her father] at Island Terrace in Port Chalmers, produced three children for Martha and Cyril, and they were Ethel Owen, Keith Owen, and Ross Owen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Baby Collett’ unnamed was born at Mary Street in Port Chalmers on 1st October 1898, the first child of Henry Vine Collett by his second wife Emily Amelia Perry.  Sadly he died at birth and was buried two days later in the Collett family grave at the Port Chalmers Cemetery, where the records refer to him as ‘Baby Collett’.  Buried in the same plot today are: his grandparents Henry Vine Collett and Martha Collett nee Munro, with their son John Kilgour Collett; his father Henry Collett and his first wife Mary Ann Collett nee Barlow, with their son William Cope Collett, age three months; and his brother Bernard Cowper Collett (below).

 

 

 

 

It should perhaps be noted here that previously ‘Baby Collett’ was thought to be Clarence Thomas Collett.  However, new information recently received from Janette Clifford in Auckland has proved that not to be the case.  In fact Clarence Thomas Collett was born on 23rd October 1898, the son of William Henry Collett and his wife Alice Harriett Collett.  Clarence was married during 1921 and died in 1984, other than that, nothing more is known about father and son at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Myra Florence Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 16th November 1899, the second of the three children of Henry and Emily Collett.  Not long after she was born her parents moved to a dwelling at Constitution Street in Port Chalmers.  Myra later married (1) William James Downes on 27th January 1923 at the residence of the bride’s parents at 34 Island Terrace in Port Chalmers.  The marriage produced just one child for Myra and William, that being Bernard William Henry Downes who was born on 4th February 1924.  Five years later on 16th August 1929 Myra and William were divorced and four months after that Myra was married for a second time. 

 

 

 

 

It was on 18th December 1929 at the Methodist Church in Dundas Street, Dunedin that Myra Florence Downes, nee Collett, married (2) John Shanks, who was known as Jack, whose occupation was that of a shipwright.  Sometime after that Myra‘s son’s name was changed to Bernard William Henry Shanks by deed poll.  Almost two years after they were married Myra presented Jack with a son, Bruce Alexander John Shanks, who was born on 10th November 1931.  Tragically Bruce died on 16th May 1954 at Dunedin Public Hospital, the cause of death being a tumour that was discovered five years earlier.  On leaving school he had worked as a shop assistant.  Fifteen years after losing her son Myra Florence Shanks nee Collett passed away during 1969. 

 

 

 

 

 

At the outbreak of World War Two, when Bernard (Bernie) William Henry Shanks formerly Downes was only 16, he enlisted with the army but said that he was 18 to gain entry.  On returning from the war, Bernard took up the occupation of a bricklayer, and it was on 15th July 1948 that he married Betty Isobel Sneddon Wright in Dunedin.  They were married for thirty years, during which time they had seven children, including twin girls - their first two children, who were all born at Dunedin.

 

 

 

 

 

Their seven children were, the twins Glennis Lauren Shanks (who married Kenneth Rotch) and Gaynor Dwylis Shanks (who married [1] Neil Holmes [2] Ian Johnson), who were both born in 1948, Diane Adele Shanks (who married [1] Lawrence Vincent Turich [2] Surrey Dale Watts), who was born in 1950, Lorraine Betty Shanks (who partnered Kelvin Anglem and then married Pop Nuku), who was born in 1953, Sheryl Myra Marie Shanks (who married Peter Gale, partnered Barry Pitman and married Larry McQuarrie), who was born in 1955, Dawn Isobel Shanks (who married Edward Bell), who was born in 1956, and Bruce George Shanks who was born during 1958 who married Dale Garner.  Teresa Nuku, the daughter of Lorraine Betty Shanks and Pop Nuku, contacted the Collett website in 2016 to confirm her family line back to Henry Collett (Ref. 58O5), her great great grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bernard Cowper Collett was born at Wickliffe Terrace in Port Chalmers on 15th May 1906, the son of Henry and Amelia Collett.  Tragically he was only five months old when he died there on 28th October 1906, following which he was buried in the family grave at the Port Chalmers Cemetery.  In his burial record he was incorrectly described as Bernard Couper Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thora Isabel Ruth Collett was born in the family home on Constitution Street in Port Chalmers on 6th January 1914, the youngest of the two surviving children of Henry Vine Collett and his much younger second wife Emily Amelia Perry.  Thora was twenty-five when she married Leonard Langlow Hodge on 24th August 1939.  Like Thora, Leonard had also been born at Port Chalmers, but on 17th June 1913.

 

 

 

 

Leonard Langlow Hodge died suddenly at his home in North East Valley, Dunedin on 1st November 1985 and it was almost exactly 13 years later that his widow Thora Isabel Ruth Hodge nee Collett died at Wakari Hospital in Dunedin on 15th November 1998.  During their life together, the marriage had produced two sons, Wayne Leonard Henry Hodge, who was born in 1945 at Port Chalmers, and Mervyn Lionel Hodge, who was born at Dunedin during 1947.

 

 

 

 

 

Wayne married Doris Elizabeth Marsh during August 1976, with whom he had seven children.  Vickie Marie Hodge (born in 1980), Lisa Jane Hodge (born in 1981), Michael Wayne Hodge (born in 1985), Craig Leonard Hodge (born in 1987), Blair James Hodge (born in 1989), Jason Robert Hodge (born in 1992), and Julian Hodge (who was born and died on the same day, 22nd July 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

Mervyn married Rachelle Ann Hinds at Dunedin during the month of September in 1971, and they had two sons Mark Wayne Hodge (born in 1971), and Dylan Jon Hodge (born in 1973).  However, Mervyn and Rachelle were later divorced.

 

 

 

 

 

The announcement of the death of Thora Isabel Ruth Hodge nee Collett was published in the local newspaper, as follows:  “On November 15, 1998 at Wakari Hospital; in her 85th year.  Dearly loved wife of the late Leonard, loved mother and mother-in-law of Wayne and Doris, and Mervyn, loved Nana of all her grandchildren.  Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Wakari Hospital.  Privately cremated yesterday.  Messages to 12 Miller Street, Abbotsford.  Hope and Sons Ltd, Funeral Director.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flora Collett, who was born at Balmain, NSW in 1887, was possibly the first child of George Collett and Amy Emily Dickenson. 

 

Very little is known about her, and the family photograph on the right was taken in Sydney around 1905 and is inscribed with the words “Love Flora”.

 

 

 

 

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William E Collett was born at Balmain, NSW in 1888, the second of the first three children of George Collett and Amy Emily Dickenson not to survive. William barely lived for five years, when he died at Balmain in 1893.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oliver J Collett was born at Balmain, NSW in 1889 and also died there during the following year.  Oliver was the third child of George and Amy Collett who did not survive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsie Amy May Collett was born at Balmain, Sydney in New South Wales during 1890, the daughter of George Collett and Amy Emily Dickenson. 

 

She married (1) Robert A Morrison in 1909, by whom she had three sons at Balmain.  The eldest son, Robert J J Morrison was born during 1911, and he later married Mary Kirk Gilbert-Perkins. 

 

The other two sons were George S Morrison (born 1912), and Mervyn J Morrison (born 1917).

 

 

 

 

It would appear that Robert Morrison may have died during the Great War, since Elsie married (2) Arthur Frederick Jolliffe on 30th November 1922.  Arthur had been born at Ashford in Middlesex, England in 1893.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harold Stanley Collett was born at Balmain, NSW in 1891, the only surviving son of George Collett and Amy Emily Dickenson.  Over the next thirty years Harold remained living in Balmain, during which time he married Edith Leila Lincoln sometime in 1912 with whom he had a daughter and a son while the couple was still living at Balmain.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Violet Collett

Date of birth unknown at Balmain

 

 

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Harold David Collett

Born in 1918 at Balmain, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norman W Collett was born at Balmain, NSW in 1893 and was yet another child of George and Amy Collett who did not reach adulthood.  Norman’s was the fourth child death in the family of six children, when he died just a few months after he was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Herbert Collett was born at Auckland in New Zealand on 25th July 1893, the eldest child of James Dick Collett and his wife Priscilla Mary Felton.  At the time of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 George was twenty-one and he joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and served as Private G H Collett No. 51526 with the Canterbury Regiment, 1st Battalion F Company.

 

 

 

 

Tragically he was just 24 years old when he was killed in action in Belgium on 3rd December 1917, following which his body was laid to rest at Hooge Crater Cemetery, four kilometres to the east of Ieper (Ypres), grave Ref. IXA.J.11.

 

 

 

 

 

George signed up for military service at Auckland on 24th January 1917 when he confirmed he had been born there on 25th July 1893, the son of James Richard Collett of Port Chalmers and his wife Mary Collett from Auckland.  At that time he was 23 and was employed as a salesman with the company of George Hart in Lorne Street, while he was still living with his parents at 3 Bond Street, Arch Hill in Auckland.  He was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighted 9 stones 7 lbs, had auburn hair, hazel eyes, and a fair complexion.  On his medical examination form there was mentioned of a severe stomach problem seven years earlier which had resulted in absence from work for eight months, but apart from that he was declared fit for service.

 

 

 

 

 

After receiving his initial training in New Zealand, George sailed from there on 16th July 1917 and disembarked at Liverpool on 16th September.  On 26th October he left for France, and arrived at Etaples on 29th October.  It was on 10th November that he joined his battalion in the field, and just over three weeks later he was dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Myra May Collett was born at Auckland in 1895, the daughter of James and Priscilla Collett.  She married (1) Percival Child on 12th January 1921 with the result that they had two children, Verna Mary Child and Herbert Allen Child.

 

Following the death of Percival Child Myra married for a second time, when she became Myra May Sleeman.  Upon the death of her second husband Myra lived with, or entered into a relationship, with her widowed cousin William Edwin Collett (below) during 1957 or shortly thereafter.  He was a similar age to Myra, having been born at Port Chalmers in 1896.  It was just a few years after they were married that Myra May Collett, nee Collett, died at Auckland on 14th September 1964.  Almost seven years later her second husband, William Edwin Collett, died at Auckland on 10th July 1971.  Both of them were cremated at Purewa Cemetery in Auckland, but were not interred together.

 

Of her two children, Verna Mary Child married Frank Sleeman, with whom she had three children, Grant Sleeman, Janis Sleeman, and Gail Sleeman.  Herbert Allen Child married Joy Mansfield, and their family comprised Gregory Child, Gawick Child (who married Sheryl Law and had three children Jeremy, Simon, and Marcus), Wendy Child (who married Ronald Walker and had three children Kelly, Hayley, and Paula), and Mark Child.

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Sleeman married Lesley Whitehead, and their family included Sarah Sleeman (born 1981), Jessica Sleeman (born 1983), and Rebecca Sleeman (born 1986).  Janis Sleeman married Frank Housiaux who had Susan Housiaux and Laura Housiaux, while Gail Sleeman married Stephen Munce and they had Hollie Munce (born 1978), and David Munce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsie Marion Collett was born at Auckland on 21st October 1898, the youngest daughter of James Dick Collett and his wife Priscilla Mary Felton.  Elsie later married Harold Milton Scott during 1927 in New Zealand and she died 1975 in New Zealand.  Harold Milton Scott was born on 24th June 1898 and was the son of George Stuart Scott and his wife Louisa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Vine Collett was born at Auckland in 1901, the youngest child of James Dick Collett and his wife Priscilla Mary Felton.  The Electoral Register for 1928 included William Henry Vine Collett as living at Grey Lynn district of Auckland.  For years later he married Daisy Bedelia Lea during 1932 in New Zealand, Daisy having been born on 2nd December 1906, the daughter of Archibald Lea and his wife Merope Matilda.  The only other known information about him at this time, is that he was a clerk and that he was still living in Auckland when he died on 17th March 1972.  It was in the probate records at Auckland High Court, where he was described by the Department of Justice as a clerk.  His widow survived him by more than thirty years, when Daisy Bedelia Collett nee Lee passed away in New Zealand during 2003 at the age of 102.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daisy Martha May Collett was born at Balmain, NSW in 1892, the first child of William Collett and Mary Dickenson.  At the age of twenty-two she married Edward Page in 1914 and the married produced two sons, Thomas Page who married Gladys, and Eric Page who married Wilma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Vine Collett, who was known as Jack, was born at Port Chalmers on 30th May 1893, the eldest son of William and Mary Collett.  When war broke out in the summer of 1914 Henry was working as a baker, like his grandfather and namesake, Henry Vine Collett.  He was living at 14 Tukanaki Road in Dunedin and was employed by Walter Ball (Baker) of Richmond Avenue.  Prior to that time he had been a member of the Company of Dunedin City Guard, which was disbanded before the start of the war.

 

 

 

 

On 17th August he enlisted with the New Zealand Medical Corps and joined the No.1 Field Ambulance Unit as Private H V Collett 3/239.  At that time his next-of-kin was named as Wm E Collett (father) of 129 Crawford Street, South Dunedin.  On entry he was described as being 5 feet 4½ inches tall and weighing 144 lbs, with dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and of pale complexion.

 

 

 

 

 

During his active service he served a total of 4 years and 145 days, of which 3 years 339 days were spent overseas, with just 137 in New Zealand.  His first overseas posting was to Egypt where he was based from 1914 to 1916, although in May 1915 he was in the area of Dardanelles and Gallipoli.  From 1916 to 1918 he saw action in Western Europe.  It was on 27th June 1920 that he was awarded the 1914 - 1918 Star war medal.

 

 

 

 

 

The war record of Henry Vine Collett includes the following items: September 1915 disembarked from the Hospital Ship Iona ‘slightly sick’; January 1916 sailed from Malta to Egypt on board Hospital Ship Euripides ‘fit for active service’; October 1917 ‘taken sick at Rouen; there then followed a period of seven months in France when he was not at all well.  At a meeting of the Medical Board on 31st May 1918, the subject of the health of Henry Vine Collett was discussed.  The board found that, due to his exposure to the frontline fighting at Passchendaele during October 1917, he was suffering from neurasthema after shell-shock and had been withdrawn from frontline operations ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

The Board’s report continued, that by 19th May 1918, while in hospital in France, his condition had been improving, only to be set back when the hospital was bombed during an enemy attack.  It was also recorded that he had fallen out of a route march on 10th April 1918, when his condition was noted to be nervous and shaky, with marked tremors of the fingers, and giddy attacks.  The Board therefore recommended twelve months rest, with 20% pay for six months.

 

 

 

 

 

During the first week in June 1918 he was sent to England where he spent a short time in Torquay.  It was while he was at Torquay that he was fined one day’s pay for ‘breaking into camp’, which followed earlier misdemeanours of being drunk (in France in April 1917), and breaking out of camp (in in France in May 1917), the penalty for which was loss of ten day’s pay.  On 8th August Henry was taken to Plymouth where he boarded the troopship S S Paparoa bound for Auckland.  During the voyage a further meeting was held on 17th August to once again discuss the health of Private H V Collett.  However, it was not until the end of 1918 that the situation with his health reached a climax.

 

 

 

 

 

It was at a meeting of the army’s medical board in Dunedin, held on 17th December 1918, that it was agreed to finally discharge Private H V Collett 3/239 on the grounds of him not being fit for active service, and when asked how long his condition would prevail, it was stated, permanently.  As a result of their decision, he was discharged from service on 21st December to his home address of 484 Leith Street in Dunedin.  Although the entries on his medical record are barely visible, it is evident that there were 27 occasions when he was taken ill or injured, while taking care of others on frontline duty.

 

 

 

 

 

Once back in the safety of his own home, he was recorded in the Electoral Roll for Otago, Dunedin North in 1919.  By that time in his life was still living with his parents at 484 Leith Street, from where he had resumed his occupation as a baker.  It was later that same year that he became a married man.

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Vine Collett married Gladys Edith Eva Newton on 24th December 1919 and, although they were together for over forty years, it would appear that they had no children.  Three months later on 24th February 1920, Henry wrote a letter to the War Expenses Office.  The letter read as follows:

“Sir, I am writing in reference to the shilling a day whilst in camp in 1914 with the Main Body at Epsom Camp Auckland, hoping you will look into my case.  I remain your obedient servant, Private Henry Vine Collett 3/239 NZ Medical Corps, 17A Serpentine Avenue, Dunedin.”  As a result, Henry received a pay warrant for one pound, being his pay for one month.

 

 

 

 

 

In April 1923 Henry and Gladys were living at 85 Maitland Street in Dunedin, but not long after that they moved to Southland.  Less than two years later, in January 1925 Henry was still working as a baker, and by then he and Gladys were living at Otautau, where Henry was employed by Laing & Knighton (Bakers).  According to the Electoral Roll for 1928 Henry Vine Collett was living and working in Wallace (Wallacetown) in the Southland area of South Island, not far from Otautau.

 

 

 

 

 

Henry Vine (Jack) Collett died at Oamaru, fifty miles north of Port Chalmers, on 2nd January 1962, when he and Gladys were living at 2 Virgil Street in Oamaru.  Gladys survived him by nearly thirty years, when she passed away at Oamaru on 8th November 1991 at the age of 91.  Probate for Henry Vine Collett of Oamaru was resolved at Dunedin High Court during 1962, when he was referred to as a rabbiter.  This probably indicates that at some time in his life he eventually gave up the family tradition of being a baker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P30

William Edwin Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 30th June 1896, the son of William and Mary Collett.  He took an active role in both world wars, having enlisted with the New Zealand Defence Force at Trentham on 29th May 1915 when he was nearly 20.  He was assigned the service number 24/1000 and given the rank of Private.  His address on entry was 129 Crawford Street in Dunedin, and it was also at Dunedin that he said he had been born.  129 Crawford Street was his parents’ home, while it was his mother who was named as his next-of-kin, who moved to 484 Leith Street in Dunedin sometime during the war.  His occupation at the time of entry was that of a labourer working at the foundry of John McGregor & Co in Dunedin.  He was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, 9 stones in weigh, with brown eyes and a fair complexion and fair hair.  He was discharged from duty as a rifleman with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 6th June 1919 at Wellington after 3 years and 213 days, most of which was spent in Egypt and Europe.  His intended address on leaving the army was 85 Maitland Street in Dunedin, where he was still living in April 1923.

 

 

 

 

 

On leaving New Zealand in November 1915, Private William Edwin Collett eventually arrived in Egypt and saw action at Alexandria, where he was wounded.  Later on he served in France at Rouen where he suffered as a result of gas poisoning and was hospitalised in London.  His military records also indicate that he was absent without leave, drunk while on duty, and refusing to obey orders.  He was also in Rouen in early May 1919, immediately before his return to New Zealand on board the ship Kia Ora.  After presumably residing at 85 Maitland Street in Dunedin for a few years, in 1925 William was again living with his parents at 10 Nelson Street in South Dunedin in 1925, by which time he was still working as a labourer.

 

 

 

 

 

It was previously written here, that William had two partners during his life.  The first of them was Edith, with whom he may have been involved during or after the Great War.  However, no record of any married in New Zealand has been found and there is no mention of an Edith in his military records.  So perhaps they were never married.  New information received from Kelvin Parker in New Zealand in early 2017 confirms that William Edwin Collett married Gwyndoline Olive Barron in 1928, either at Dunedin or in Auckland, registration number 1928/3626.  Curiously the electoral roll for South Dunedin in 1931 included labourer William Edwin Collett who was still recorded at the home of his parents at 15 Nelson Street, maybe because he had not provided the electoral body with the new address at which he and Gwyndoline were actually living.  In later records the wife of William Edwin Collett was often named as Gwendoline Olive Collett.  In 1931 the Auckland Star newspaper revealed that Mr W E and Mrs G O Collett departed from Auckland on board the ‘Maui Pomare’ for Apia in Samoa on 25th September 1931, perhaps a belated honeymoon.

 

 

 

 

Over the years, the New Zealand Electoral Rolls confirmed that William Edwin Collett was at Dunedin North in 1919, at Dunedin South in 1928, at Ponsonby, Auckland in 1946, at Waimarino - the Bay of Plenty in 1949, at Hamilton Waikato in both 1954 and 1957, and was included on the Electoral Roll at Manukau, Auckland in 1963 and at Manurewa, Auckland in 1969.  Gwendoline Olive Barron was listed as a resident of Dunedin Central in 1911, 1914 and by 1919 was on the Dunedin South Electoral Roll.  By 1928 she was residing at both Dunedin South and Dunedin West, when her first name spelt as Gwyndoline.

 

 

 

During the Second World War William signed an oath of allegiance at Auckland on 19th June 1940 for Temporary Service in the military in order to serve his country again.  He was living at 7 Franklin Road in Ponsonby at that time and was employed as a cook, his last employer being the Westfield Freezing Works.  He was assigned to the 5th Battalion of the Auckland Regiment as Private William Edwin Collett 573910.  At that time in his life he was 45 years and 7 months of age and his birth date was confirmed as 30 June 1896 at Dunedin.  He was 5 feet 4¾ inches in height and of dark complexion, had brown eyes, with dark hair.  His religion was Presbyterian.  William's next-of-kin was his wife Gwyndoline Olive Collett of 43 Ohinerau Street at Greenlane in Auckland.  He was discharged from the Home Service on 22nd June 1942 at Wellington, having completed 350 days, for which he received the New Zealand War Service Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945.  On leaving the army his occupation was that of a hairdresser.

 

 

 

 

In 1944 the High Court in Auckland consented to the sale of property by William Edwin Collett and his wife Gwendoline Olive Collett to Kuzma Zuvich and Katiea Zuvich.  Again in 1946 the High Court granted permission for Helen Mary Philson to sell property to William and Gwendoline Collett and in 1947 the same High Court consented to the application for sale of property by William and Gwendoline Collett to James Henry Burnard.

 

 

 

 

Gwendoline Olive Collett nee Barron was 67 when she died at Hamilton, south of Auckland, on 13th July 1957, and was buried at Hamilton East Cemetery three days later on 16th July.  It was following her death when William went to live with his twice widowed cousin Myra May Sleeman, formerly Child, nee Collett (above), who was a similar age to William.  She was the daughter of William’s uncle James Collett and auntie Priscilla Collett, and she died at Auckland on 14th September 1964.  Nearly seven years later William Edwin Collett, a retired caretaker, died at Beachland in Auckland on 10th July 1971, with probate agreed at the High Court in Auckland.  Both of them were cremated and interred at Purewa Cemetery, but not together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P31

Elsie Amy Collett was born at Dunedin in 1902, the daughter of William and Mary Collett.  She later married James Robertson Fraser and had four children by him.  They were Ian Fraser, Joyce Fraser, Fergus Fraser, and Keith Fraser.  Joyce Fraser married Robert McNamara with whom she had Gleny McNamara, Ross McNamara, and Noelene McNamara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P32

Amelia Louise Collett was born at Dunedin on 4th September 1906, the youngest child of William Collett and Mary Dickenson. 

 

The first time Amelia Louisa Collett, a spinster, appeared in the Electoral Roll was in 1928 when she was living at 15 Nelson Street in South Dunedin, while her family was nearby at 10 Nelson Street.  Thereafter she continued to live with her parents at Nelson Street, right up to their deaths in 1945.

 

She was better known as Millie Collett, and it is established that she never married, but lived all of her life at Dunedin, where she died on 7th June 1998 and was buried with her parents.  The reporting of her passing was covered in the local newspaper with the following words:

 

“Amelia Louise (Millie) Collett late of Achilles Avenue and Fulton Home.  On June 7, 1998 in Dunedin Hospital; in her 92nd year.  Dearly loved daughter of the late William and Mary Collett, loved sister and sister-in-law of the late Daisy and Ted Page, Jack and Gladys Collett, Bill, Gwen and Myra Collett, and Elsie and Jim Fraser, dearly loved aunt of Tom and Gladys Page, Joyce and Bob McNamara (Balclutha, Otago), Ian and Maureen Fraser (Brisbane), Fergus and Audrey Fraser (Hastings), Keith (Sydney), and all their families.  Special thanks to the staff of Fulton Home for their loving care of Millie.  A service for Millie will be held in Gillions Chapel, 407 Hillside Road, on Wednesday June 10, at 2 pm, then to the Andersons Bay Cemetery.  Messages to 43 Gilkison Street, Dunedin.  Gillions Funeral Services.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P33

Henry Vine Collett, also known as Harry, was born at Port Chalmers on 14th October 1895, the first child born to Septimus Munro Collett and his wife Isabella Ritchie Forrester.  He originally served with the 2nd S C Regiment, and first applied to join the army at Timaru in May 1916, but was rejected because of a chest problem.  However, just one year later, when he was in better health, Henry Vine Collett enlisted as Timaru on 3rd May 1917.

 

Just over four months later, with all of the preliminaries completed Henry left the family home at Hassall Street in Timaru on 17th September and arrived at Trentham Camp during the following day.  In order to join the army he had given up his job as a tailor with Ballantyne & Co of Timaru.  He was initially assigned to the Quartermaster’s Stores as Private H V Collett 64884.

 

 

 

 

His military record confirmed that his next-of-kin was Bell Collett (mother) of Hassall Street, and that his father was Septimus Collett.  He was described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 135 lbs, with brown hair, blue eyes, and a sallow complexion, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.  His conduct sheet shows that on 6th December 1917 he was absence from duty at the Q M Stores, for which he was punished with one day spent in the brig.

 

 

 

 

 

On 18th March 1918 Henry Vine Collett was transferred from the Q M Stores at Trentham Camp when he appears to have spent some time as an Officers’ Orderly with the Homes Service Guard at Fort Balland, Mahanga Bay near Wellington.  By the time he was discharged on 16th May 1918, he was recorded as Gunner H V Collett 67/24354, when his character was described as good.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the compilation of the Electoral Roll in 1919 he was a lone resident at 244 Gloucester Street in Christchurch East district of Canterbury, where he was recorded as working as a tailor.  The only other person with the Collett name listed in the same electoral roll, was the widow Jessie Collett of 247 Cambridge Terrace. – see Ref. 58P4. 

 

He was engaged to be married around 1920, when the photographs above and to the right were taken, following which he later married Sarah Short (right), who had been born on 11th February 1898.  The marriage produced a set of twins for the couple, although sadly one of them died when he was just four years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

It would appear from the Electoral Roll for Christchurch North, in 1928, that Henry’s wife Sarah was known as Dell, since it was as Dell Collett that she was recorded that year living with Henry Vine Collett, a tailor, at 12 Lindsay Street.  Dell was also the christian name given to her grandchild, the daughter of the couple’s surviving son.  Living within the same area of Christchurch in 1928, but at 29 Kilmore Street, was Richard Irwin Collett (Ref. 58Q+1) who is mentioned under Ref, 58P4).

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah ‘Dell’ Collett, nee Short, died during February 1981, at the age of 83, when it was as ‘Dell Collett, married’ that she was recorded by the High Court in Christchurch during the period of probate.  Her husband, Henry Vine Collett, was one-hundred years old when he died at Port Chalmers on 5th July 1996, having celebrated his one hundredth birthday with his family during October of the previous year.  The probate records at Christchurch High Court described him as a retired tailor.

 

 

 

 

 

That same month, July 1996, the Christchurch Press ran the following article:  “Mr ‘Harry’ Collett.  One of New Zealand’s oldest film stars, Henry (Harry) Vine Collett, died earlier this month, aged 101.  Mr Collett spoke to ‘The Press’ in 1992 about his starring role in the 1917 film ‘The kid from Timaru’ as a 22 year-old from the New Zealand Army at Trentham.  The film was adapted from Barrie Marschel’s poem of the experiences of a young Timaru man at Gallipoli.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Collett was interviewed to help the New Zealand Film Archive launch its ‘Last Film Search’ in an effort to find and save old movie footage buried in Canterbury homes.  Marschel directed ‘The Kid From Timaru’ himself, and offered Collett a trip to Australia – saying he was a natural for film.  Mr Collett turned it down, preferring to stick to tailoring at Ballantyne’s.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Collett was born in Port Chalmers in 1895.  His family moved to Timaru then, in 1917, to Christchurch, where he remained. He enjoyed rugby and cricket, but his greatest passion was yachting.  He was often seen out on Lyttelton Harbour in his yacht ‘The Idle Hour’, which he co-owned with a friend.  He sailed it well into his eighties and was made a life member of the Banks Peninsula Cruising Club.  Mr Collett is survived by a son.”

 

 

 

 

 

Many years earlier the brothers Henry, then aged 17, and Peter Collett (below) who was 15, were involved in a incident at sea which was reported in Timaru Herald on 6th January 1913.  The article read as follows:  “Yesterday afternoon five youths, who had hired a pleasure boat and rowed out of the harbour, had a somewhat disagreeable experience, fortunately without any serious result.  Their names were Clark and James McConachie, Henry and Peter Collett, and a boy named Hawkes, the eldest of the party, Clark McConachie, being about 19 years of age, and the others 15 or 16 years.  Their adventure was due to the sudden change of wind yesterday, when a violent squall came up from the south.  The boys pushed away from the boatshed in good style, and although they found a stiff breeze blowing when they reached the harbour mouth, they decided to risk a short pull as far as the bell-buoy.  This journey was safely accomplished.  But when they were about to return the wind suddenly changed to the south-west, and blew so strongly that the boys could make no headway against it.  For some time they managed to keep the boat close to the buoy, but eventually even this was found an impossibility, so strong was the wind.  Moreover the boat was threatened with swamping by the spray that continually splashed over its sides, and the four elders prepared for a swim.  They also hoisted a signal of distress - a towel on the end of an oar.  This was seen by those on board Mr McLeod's fishing launch, which fortunately just then was passing the eastern mole in returning from the fishing ground.  Mr McLeod went to the boys' assistance and towed their boat back to the harbour, where it arrived half full of water, the lads' clothing being soaked.  The incident caused not a little excitement among those on the shore who had observed the boys' predicament, the young boatmen having a scare that they will not forget in a hurry.”

 

 

 

 

 

58Q15

Delma Lyall Collett

Born in 1925

 

 

58Q16

Vine Henry Collett

Born in 1925

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P34

Peter Forrester Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 13th January 1897, the son of Septimus and Isabella Collett.  The photograph on the right shows Peter in his army uniform between October 1916 and June 1919.  For his military records, see below.

 

It was four years after the war that he married Mary Frances Amelia McDonnell on 15th May 1922, Mary having been born in West Victoria, Australia on 7th September 1894.  Once married they settled in Sydney.

 

Tragically their daughter and eldest child died on the day she was born.

 

Peter Forrester Collett died at Caringbah in New South Wales on 8th July 1978.  Mary outlived her husband by a further four years, when she died on 30th July 1982.

 

 

 

 

On 26th September 1916 Peter was examined for suitability for the army.  He was 19 years old, had dark brown hair, grey eyes and a dark complexion, was 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighed 150 lbs.  Being class fit for duty, he enlisted a week later on 4th October and entered service with the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry Regiment at Trentham Camp on 18th October as Private P F Collett 38940.

 

 

 

 

 

Upon entry, his military the record confirmed his next-of-kin and father was Septimus Munro Collett, and his mother as Isabel Collett, both born at Dunedin, and that he was living with them at 51 Hassall Street in Timaru, from where he worked as an engineer for Parr & Company.  His religion was stated as being Presbyterian and his date and place of birth was given as 15th January 1897 at Port Chalmers.  It was also recorded that prior to this, he had served with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

Initially he was given the rank of private, but on 1st November he was promoted to Lance Corporal, and nineteen days after that he was given the temporary rank of Corporal.  On 16th February 1917 Corporal Collett sailed from New Zealand on the ‘Navua’ bound for Devonport in Plymouth, England, where he disembarked on 23rd April.  Three days later he reverted to Lance Corporal.  On 21st May he marched into Etaples, fifteen miles south of Boulogne, the main base-camp who those heading for the frontline.  It was there that the troops received intensive training in gas warfare and bayonet drill.

 

 

 

 

 

After four days in Etaples, Lance Corporal Collett reverted to Private Collett.  Just less than one month later, on 20th July, Peter was taken ill from the affects of the gas warfare and was eventually admitted into hospital in London on 2nd August, where he stayed until 12th September.  A period of convalescence followed and on 5th November he was detailed for duty as a carpenter at the Convalescence Hospital at Bloomsbury Square in the Camden area of London, this he did up until 29th April 1918.

 

 

 

 

 

It was in November 1918 that he rejoined his battalion at Etaples, the record indicating that he marched into the camp on 19th and resumed his duties on 22nd.  The next entry recorded the battalion’s return to England on 11th February 1919, following which Peter and his comrades sailed out of Tilbury Docks on the ship ‘Tofua’ on 18th April.  Prior to their arrival in New Zealand on 26th June Peter was confined to the ship’s hospital with influenza.  That happened on 19th April, and from which he was finally released on the 27th, even though his discharge papers give his final day of service as 26th April.

 

 

 

 

 

He served a total of 2 years and 252 days, of which only 149 days were served in New Zealand, and was awarded the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.  At the time he received the medals in 1924, Peter Forrester Collett was living at 428 Oxford Street in Paddington, a suburb of Sydney in Australia.  Sometime after 1950 and before 1978, Peter and Mary were living in one of the bay areas of Sydney where they were visited by their grand nephew Greg Keay, the son of Peter’s sister Isabel’s only son Victor (below).

 

 

 

 

 

58Q17

Patricia Mary Collett

Born in 1925 at Sydney

 

 

58Q18

Peter Forrester Collett

Born in 1926 at Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P35

Isabel Ritchie Collett was born at Port Chalmers on 23rd Sept 1898, the daughter of Septimus and Isabella Collett, and she may have written her name as Isobel at sometime in her life.  She later married Victor Hugh Keay in 1920 and during the following year their only child, Victor Munro Keay, was born.  Sadly for the family, Isabel’s husband died nine months before the birth of their first grandchild, when Victor Hugh Keay passed away on 23rd January 1948 at the age of 51.

 

His widow survived him by thirty-four years, when Isabel Richie Keay nee Collett died on 22nd May 1982 aged 83, following which she was buried with her husband at Timaru Cemetery - Row 134, Plot 589, where a single gravestone marks the spot.

 

 

 

 

58Q19

Victor Munro Keay

Born in 1921

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58P36

Bertram Harold Collett was born at Timaru on 7th May 1903 and was the youngest child of Septimus Munro Collett and his wife Isabella Ritchie Forrester.  When he was around twenty years of age Bert, as he was known, married Annie Margaret McFadyen who was known as Peggy, and who had been born on 14th May 1898. 

 

Their marriage produced two children for the couple, the first of which was born when they were living in Wellington.  At some time during their later life together (after 1950) Bert and Peggy resided at a dwelling on Bordesley Street in Christchurch, where Bert spent hours tinkering with old English cars.  Bertram Harold Collett died on 25th May 1990 and probate for his estate was resolved at the High Court in Christchurch.

 

 

 

 

58Q20

June Marjory Collett

Born in 1925 at Wellington

 

 

58Q21

Pam Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1933

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q1

Henry Vine Collett is believed to have been born at Oamaru around 1913, the year after his parents, Albert Edward Collett and Jessie Moore, were married.  The only other possible fact known about this particular Henry Vine Collett is that, according to the Electoral Roll, he was living in the Waitaki district of Oamaru in 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q4

Iris Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the second child of John Collett and Eva Kimm.  Later in her life Iris was married, when she became Iris Baron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q6

Kim Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the fourth child and youngest of the three sons of John Collett and Eva Kimm.  Kim Collett is known to have married Betty, but no further details are available at this time.  Sometime during the 1980s, when Kim may have been in his late forties or early fifties, he was employed by General Foods and was transferred from Dunedin to Auckland where he worked in the Sales & Marketing Department of the Tip Top Ice Cream Division, where he was involved in sales promotions and organising golf tournaments etc.  In those days he worked alongside the father of Janette Clifford who was born in 1930 and who is still alive in New Zealand in 2013.  Janette’s father, who left the company in 1989, recalls that they were of a similar age, perhaps with Kim being the slightly younger of the two of them.  He also remembers that it was not long after he had left General Foods that he had been informed by an ex-colleague of the death of Kim Collett.

 

 

 

 

Janette’s father was one of the children of Annie Perry, the daughter of William Power Perry and his wife Eliza of Port Chalmers who adopted Martha Munro Collett (Ref. 58P13) in 1893, whose youngest daughter Emily Amelia Perry married the much older Henry Vine Collett (Ref. 58O2) before the end of the nineteenth century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q7

Leonard Munro Collett was born in 1921 and was the first child of Daniel Munro Collett and his wife Dorothea Margaret Koppert.  He married Bertha Hamilton and they had two children.

 

 

 

 

58R1

Ian Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58R2

Paula Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q8

Henry Collett was born in 1922 and he later married Ngaire Nuttall, with whom he had three daughters.

 

 

 

 

58R3

Glenda Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58R4

Julie Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58R5

Vicki Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q9

Maxwell Collett, whose date of birth is not known, married Ellen Clements and she provided him with two children.

 

 

 

 

58R6

Maxwell Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58R7

Fergus Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q10

Thomas Raymond Collett was born in 1925 and was 27 years old when he married Joyce Eileen McLeod in 1952.  The marriage resulted in the birth of three children for Thomas and Joyce, who was born in 1929.

 

 

 

 

58R8

Glenys Joy Collett

Born in 1952

 

 

58R9

Alan Raymond Collett

Born in 1958

 

 

58R10

Lynette Marie Collett

Born in 1960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q11

James Brian Collett was born in 1926 and was the youngest son of Daniel and Dorothea Collett.  The only other detail known about him at this time is that he married Margaret Brown and together they had a son and a daughter.

 

 

 

 

58R11

Roger Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58R12

Faith Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q12

Dorothy Margaret Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the youngest child of Daniel Munro Collett and his wife Dorothea Margaret Koppert.  She later married William Sinclair and they had two children.  Their daughter Johnann Sinclair married Peter Williams Rev, and their son Ross Sinclair married Christina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q13

Mary Violet Collett was very likely born at Balmain in New South Wales in the years between her parent’s marriage in 1912 and the birth of her brother Harold (below) in 1918.  Molly, as she was known within the family, was the daughter of Harold Stanley Collett and Edith Leila Lincoln and was living at 76 Beattie Street in Balmain later on in her life.  At some time in her life she married Les and that relationship produced two children, possibly three.  They were Pat, Annette and Lesley.  In December 2014 it is known that her daughter Annette was still residing at 76 Beattie Street in Balmain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q14

Harold David Collett was born at Balmain in New South Wales on 22nd June 1918, one of the two children of Harold Stanley Collett and his wife Edith Leila Lincoln.  Harold was twenty-six years old when he married Mavis Alice Kenny on 24th June 1944.  Mavis, pictured on the right, was born at Paddington in New South Wales during 1924. 

 

Harold served with the armed forces during the Second World War, following enlistment at Sydney.  His service number was S/3437 and his next-of-kin was his wife Mavis.  After the war was over Mavis presented Harold with four sons during the next seven years when the couple was living at 430 President Avenue in Kirrawee to the south of Sydney.

 

 

 

 

 

Tragically the youngest son was not four months old when Mavis Alice Collett, nee Kenny, died on 13th December 1952, following which Harold and his four children moved to the south coast.  Although unconfirmed, it is understood that the premature death of their mother was caused by diphtheria.

 

 

 

 

 

58R13

Robert John Collett

Born in 1946 at Kirrawee, Sydney

 

 

58R14

Peter Collett

Born in 1948 at Kirrawee, Sydney

 

 

58R15

Alan Collett

Born in 1951 at Kirrawee, Sydney

 

 

58R16

Paul Collett

Born in 1952 at Kirrawee, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q15

Delma Lyall Collett was one half of a set of twins born on 29th March 1925 to Henry Vine Collett and his wife Sarah Short.  Tragically she was only four years old when she died in 1929.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q16

Vine Henry Collett was born on 29th March 1925, the twin brother of Delma Lyall Collett (above).  He married (1) Patricia Anne Dinnie on 17th July 1951, following which, over the next six years, Patricia presented Vine with three children.  Patricia was born on 1st January 1931 and died on 21st December 1989. 

 

Five years later, during 1994, Vine married (2) Gweneth Elaine Johnson who had been born at Greymouth, New Zealand in 1931.  That second marriage for him only lasted for around three years, when Vine Henry Collett died at Waikanae on 19th June 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

58R17

Susan Dell Collett

Born in 1952

 

 

58R18

Stephen John Collett

Born in 1954

 

 

58R19

Lynley Joy Collett

Born in 1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q17

Patricia Mary Collett was born at Sydney on 15th September 1925, the daughter of Peter Forrester Collett and Mary Frances Amelia McDonnell.  Tragically she died on the same day that she was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q18

Peter Forrester Collett was born at Sydney in 1926, the son of Peter Forrester Collett and Mary Frances Amelia McDonnell.

 

 

It was on 13th March 1948 that he married Peggy Winifred Collier.  Peggy was born at Rockdale in New South Wales in 1925. 

 

 

During the Second World War Peter served as a leading aircraftsman with the Royal Australian Air Force, in the crash boat service, and was stationed on the east coast of Australia.

 

 

58R20

Peter Timothy Collett

Born in 1949 at Arncliffe, NSW

 

 

58R21

Paul Christopher Collett

Born in 1951 at Arncliffe, NSW

 

 

58R22

Penelope Winsome Collett

Born in 1957

 

 

58R23

David Arthur Collett

Born in 1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q19

Victor Munro Keay was born in 1921, the only child of Isabel Richie Collett and Victor Hugh Keay.  Victor later married Annis Mae Spencer on 20th December 1947 and they had two sons who were born when the couple were living at Queenstown.  They were Gregory Keay who was born in October 1948 and Jeffrey Munro Paul Keay who was born during August 1950.  And it was Greg Keay who kindly provided the new information for the update of this family line in June 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Greg is married to Mistiyani, from Indonesia, and worked for multi-national accountancy firm for fifteen years in various cities in South-East Asia).  They have three children Donald (born 1977), Hamish (born 1980) and Nanda (born 1984); Hamish is married to Mayuko, from Japan, and worked in Japan for a few years.  They have three daughters, Senna - aged six in 2016, and identical twins Seira and Ciara (almost four).  Don lives in Whangarei, while Hamish is in Auckland and Nanda is working for an Australian company in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff was a high school teacher, like his mother and father, while his grandmother Isabel Richie Keay nee Collett was a piano music teacher for many years, a skill acquired from her mother Isabella.  Jeff married Robyn Hannah, from Reefton on the West Coast of the South Island, and they have a daughter Sonya and a son Jason and live in Temuka, which is about 12 miles from Timaru.  Sonya is a qualified teacher and is married to an Australian and they currently live in Newcastle with their two daughters.  Jason has just returned to Temuka after spending a number of years in British Columbia with his girlfriend.  He is a qualified mechanic, thus probably inheriting some of the Collett genes of whom many were engineers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q20

June Marjory Collett was born at Wellington in 1925, the eldest child of Bertram Harold Collett and his wife Margaret McFadyen.

 

During March 1948 she married Walter Pearse Harper who was known as Pat.  Over the following eight years June presented Pat with four children.  Lynne Harper was born in 1950 and she married John Burns, Clive Harper was born in 1952 and he married Ailsa Johnson, and Wendy Harper was born in 1955 and she married Vaughn Legros and they had three children – Anton, Janina (born circa 1980) and Liam (born circa 1997).  June’s and Pat’s last child was Grant Harper, who was born in 1956.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58Q21

Pam Elizabeth Collett was born in 1933, the youngest of the two daughters of Bertram and ‘Peggy’ Collett.  She was 21 when she married Walter Spencer Leslie on 7th January 1954.  Walter was known as Wattie, and he and Pan had a son and a daughter.  Anne Leslie was born in 1956 and she later married Peter Berry in 1974 and had Justin in 1976 and Aleasha in 1979, while Peter Leslie was born in 1961.  When Aleasha was around eighteen years old she gave birth to a son Jayden Morgan who was born in New Zealand on 27th March 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R6

Maxwell Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the eldest son of Maxwell Collett and Ellen Clements, and he later married Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R7

Fergus Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the youngest son of Maxwell Collett and Ellen Clements.  He later married Sharon with whom he had two children.

 

 

 

 

 

58S1

Tania Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

58S2

Daniel Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R8

Glenys Joy Collett was born in 1952, the eldest child of Thomas Raymond Collett and his wife Joyce Eileen McLeod.  Glenys later married Brian Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R9

Alan Raymond Collett was born in 1958, the only son of Thomas and Joyce Collett.  Alan married Michaela on 10th January 1998 at Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and during 2000 their son Daniel was born.  In 2001 the family moved to Wellington in New Zealand.  Alan provided much of the information relating to this section of the family, and in particular that of the descendants of Daniel Munro Collett (Ref. 58O1).

 

 

 

 

 

58S3

Daniel Munro Collett

Born in 2000 in Australia

 

 

58S4

Joshua Collett

Born in 2003 at Wellington, NZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R10

Lynette Marie Collett was born in 1960, the youngest of the three children of Thomas Raymond Collett and Joyce Eileen McLeod.  Lynette later married Wayne Holmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R11

Roger Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the eldest of the two children of James Brian Collett and his wife Margaret Brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R12

Faith Collett, whose date of birth is not known, was the daughter of James Brian Collett and Margaret Brown, and she later married Mark Julius.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R13

Robert John Collett was born at Kirrawee near Sydney on 29th October 1946, the eldest of the four sons of Harold David Collett and Mavis Alice Kenny.  Robert later married Marie Kathleen Cooper and they lived at Shellharbour to the south of Wollongong in New South Wales.  Their marriage produced the two children listed below.

 

 

 

 

 

58S5

Cheryl Ann Collett

Born in 1968 at Shellharbour, NSW

 

 

58S6

Rodney David Collett

Born in 1969 at Shellharbour, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R14

Peter Collett was born at Kirrawee on 13th July 1948, the second son of Harold and Mavis Collett.  It is possible that he was born when his family was residing at 430 President Avenue in Kirrawee, where they were certainly living during the following year.  It was during the early 1970s when Peter married Sherral Margaret Lawler and in 2014 they are living in Western Australia.  The marriage produced two children for Peter and Sherral, as detailed below.

 

 

 

 

 

58S7

Raelene Collett

Born in 1975 in Western Australia

 

 

58S8

Travis Collett

Born in 1977 in Western Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R15

Alan Collett was born on 8th March 1951, the third son of Harold and Mavis Collett, when his family was living at 430 President Avenue in Kirrawee to the south of Sydney.  Alan later married Shirley Ann Fry from whom he is now divorced, while both of them now reside in the South Coast area of New South Wales.  During their time together Shirley presented Alan with two children, and it is their daughter Lee, who at the end of 2014, kindly provided the new information regarding this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

58S9

Lee Therese Collett

Born in 1971 in NSW, Australia

 

 

58S10

Ashley Jason Collett

Born in 1974 in NSW, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R16

Paul Collett was born at Kirrawee on 17th August 1952 and was the last of the four sons of Harold David Collett, whose wife Mavis Alice Collett, nee Kenny, died when Paul was only four months old.  Paul was in his twenties when he married Susan Louise Collett and they had one child before they were later divorced.  Some years later Paul became a father for a second time, when his partner Susan Mai Holland presented him with another daughter.

 

 

 

 

 

58S11

Mellanie Louise Collett

Born in 1976 in NSW, Australia

 

 

58S12

Chenaye Maree Collett

Born in 1988 in NSW, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R17

Susan Dell Collett was born in 1952 the first child of Vine Henry Collett and his first wife Patricia Anne Dinnie.  She later married (1) John Corbett and their daughter Amber Corbett was born during 1974.  A decade later Susan married (2) Lewis Scott during 1985 from whom she was later divorced.  Their three children were Lewis Dion Scott, who was born in 1977, Brooke Kimberley Dell Scott, who was born in 1979, and Jade Colette Scott who was born in 1981.  Susan later married (3) Ron Blenkiron in August 1993.  They were later divorced, following which Susan married (4) John Holliver in 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R18

Stephen John Collett was born in 1954, the only son of Vine Henry Collett and Patricia Anne Dinnie. 

 

On 23rd February 1985 he married Shelley Joanne Park who had been born in 1960.  Two children were born from their marriage, and they were Katherine and Vine.  In October 1995 Steven and Patricia and their two children attended the one hundredth birthday celebration of Stephen’s grandfather Henry Vine Collett when a photograph of four male generations of the Collett family was taken which included Stephen (shown here) and his son Vine, together with his father and grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

58S13

Katherine Collett

Born in 1989

 

 

58S14

Vine Henry Aaron Collett

Born in 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R19

Lynley Joy Collett was born in 1957, the youngest of the three children of Vine Henry Collett and his first wife Patricia Anne Dinnie.  She married Rodney Cooper with whom she had a daughter Zoe Cooper, who was born in 1980, and a son Sam Cooper who was born in 1984.  Lynley and Rodney later separated, while their son Sam has a son Matthew who was born in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R20

Peter Timothy Collett was born at Arncliffe in NSW during 1949.  He was the eldest child of Peter Forrester Collett and his wife Peggy Winifred Collier, and is known by the name Tim.

 

It was on 15th April 1972 that Peter married Lynnette Mary Fitzhenry, Lynne having been born at Kogarah in NSW in 1950.

 

In the years following their wedding day the couple lived at Cronulla in NSW until 1976, when the Central Mapping Authority, where Tim worked as a cartographer, was decentralised to Bathhurst in western NSW, where they still live today.

 

 

 

 

 

It was Tim who kindly provided the details of his family line right back to the first Henry Vine Collett (Ref. 58M1).

 

 

 

 

 

58S15

Elaene Mary Collett

Born in 1977 at Bathurst, NSW

 

 

58S16

Michelle Louise Collett

Born in 1979 at Bathurst, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R21

Paul Christopher Collett was born at Arncliffe, NSW in 1951, the second son of Peter and Peggy Collett.  He married Carole Diane Johnson on 6th September 1975.  Carole had been born in 1955, but after the birth of the couple’s two sons, they were divorced.

 

 

 

 

 

58S17

Christopher Lachlan Collett

Born in 1979 at Caringbah, NSW

 

 

58S18

Michael Forrester Collett

Born in 1981 at Caringbah, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R22

Penelope Winsome Collett, known as Penny, was born in 1957, the only daughter of Peter and Peggy Collett and twin sister of David (below).  On 6th September 1980 she married David Alexander Richards who was born during 1954.  Their marriage produced three children, they being Emma Winsome Richard (born at Kogarah in 1983), Timothy Alexander Richards (born at Kogarah in 1985 who married Kate Hull on 8th May 2010), and Luke David Richards who was born on 26th August 1992, but who tragically died that same day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58R23

David Arthur Collett, the twin brother of Penny (above), was born in 1957, the youngest of the four children of Peter Forrester Collett and his wife Peggy Winifred Collie.  David married Carmen Simone Azzopardi who was born in 1959 who presented him with three children.

 

 

 

 

 

58S19

Daniel Forrester Collett

Born in 1990

 

 

58S20

Caitlin Ashleigh Collett

Born in 1992

 

 

58S21

Ashleigh Victoria Collett

Born in 1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S5

Cheryl Ann Collett was born at Shellharbour in New South Wales on 14th August 1968, the eldest of the two children of Robert John Collett and his wife Marie Kathleen Cooper.  In December 2014 Cheryl and her husband Warren James Pusell have three children and they are Naomi Pusell who was born on 20th June 1995, plus the twins Blake Pusell and Cameron Pusell who were born on 4th November 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S6

Rodney David Collett was born at Shellharbour on 23rd September 1969, the son of Robert and Marie Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S7

Raelene Collett was born in Australia on 19th March 1975, the daughter and eldest child of Peter Collett and his wife Sherral Margaret Lawler.  In 2014 Raelene is married to Gary Trueland and has four children.  They are Kyrra Nash and Jordan Nash, and William Trueland and Ada Trueland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S8

Travis Collett was born in Australia on 23rd March 1977, the second of the two children of Peter and Sherral Collett of Western Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S9

Lee Therese Collett was born in New South Wales on 2nd March 1971, the daughter and eldest of the two children of Alan and Shirley Collett.  Upon completing her education in 1989 and after leaving the family home around that same time, Lee settled in the Kirrawee area of New South Wales and in 2014 she and her husband Darren Dickenson live within the Sutherland Shire district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S10

Ashley Jason Collett was born in New South Wales on 17th March 1974, the second child of Alan Collett and Shirley Ann Fry.  In 2014 Ashley is married to Danielle with whom he has two children, the family of four living in the Wollongong area of the South Coast of New South Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

58T1

Jarran Neville Collett

Born on 09.01.1996

 

 

58T2

Bree Ann Collett

Born on 18.08.2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S11

Mellanie Louise Collett was born in New South Wales on 18th March 1976, the daughter of Paul Collett by his wife Susan Louise Collett.  In 2014 Mellanie is married to Andrew Pirie and they have two daughters, Emmaline Pirie and Elizabeth Pirie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S12

Chenaye Maree Collett was born in New South Wales on 1st July 1988, the daughter of Paul Collett and Susan Mai Holland.  By mid 2013 Chenaye had completed two double degrees at University, the first in Accounting and Marketing and the second in Environmental Health and Science.  As of December 2014 she is living and working in Sydney for Sydney City Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S14

Vine Henry Aaron Collett was born during 1991, the second of the two children of Steven John Collett Shelly Joanne Park. 

 

The photograph on the right has been extracted from a larger picture of four generations of the Collett family on the occasion of the one hundredth birthday of his great grandfather Henry Vine Collett in October 1995 when Vine was just four years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S15

Elaene Mary Collett was born at Bathurst, NSW in 1977, the eldest of the two daughters of Peter Timothy Collett and his wife Lynnette Mary Fitzhenry.  She married David Donald Williamson on 19th October 2002, David having been born at Penrith in New South Wales in 1967.  Their three children are Bryce Sean Williamson (born 2011 at New Lambton Heights, NSW), Skye Nadine Williamson (born 2006 at Maitland, NSW), and Elysia Grace Williamson (born 2008 at Maitland).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S16

Michelle Louise Collett, who is known as Shelly, was born at Bathurst, NSW in 1979 the youngest daughter of Peter and Lynette Collett.  She married Peter Solomon on 3rd March 2007, by which time they had three children.  Peter was seven years older than Shelly, with him having been born in 1972.  Their three children are Leneyah Solomon (born 1999 at Hornsby, NSW), Inari Vianne Solomon (born 2002 at Bathurst), and Ellette Mauve Solomon (born 2004 at Caloundra, Queensland).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58S17

Christopher Lachlan Collett was born at Caringbah, NSW in 1979, the eldest of the two sons of Paul Christopher Collett and his wife Carole Diane Johnson.  It was on 2nd January 2010 that he married Nicole Wilkinson.