Person Index

Anstis, Alfred Freeman

Alfred Freeman Anstis
b: 1868
d: 4 OCT 1937
Christ Church''s Web Site
254 ANSTIS Clara

254 MEAGER Elizabeth Eliza
254 MEAGER Elizabeth M
254 MEAGER Ellen Ann
254 MEAGER Henry

Alfred Freeman Anstis born 1868, came from a farming background. His father John was a ploughman farmer of no mean ability. John is reported as having entered a competition at Mr J Mabey''s Paddock Taita on 11th October 1876, with other local farmers including John Daysh and James Cudby for a prize of $5, a considerable sum back then.

His wife was Clara Meager, the daughter of Henry and his wife the former Elizabeth Welch, was born in 1870. Clara was earnest in her pursuit of a proper education, to the extent of applying to the Education Board for help with study fees to allow her to attend Thorndon School as a "pupil teacher" (Teacher''s Aid?) which was presumably superior to Taita. This was declined. Further showing her determined character Clara eventually qualified as a "pupil teacher" at Taita. She resigned in 1923 when she married Alfred, and died at the relatively young age of 59 years, in 1929. Alfred followed in 1937 and the couple are buried together at Christ Church.

See also Meager and Welch

Duke of Edinburgh sailed from London 8 September 1873 and arrived at Wellington 28 December 1873
Names as shown on passenger list
Anstis John, Aged: 32, Cornwall, Labourer
Anstis Charlotte, Aged: 31
Anstis William, Aged: 7
Ansits Edward, Aged: 7
Anstis Alfred, Aged: 5
Anstis Charlotte, Aged 2 months
Anstis Elizabeth, Aged 23, Trans to single woman, Cornwall, Cook

Evening Post 7 October 1876
Committee - John Edwards, John Daysh, John Austis (sic), James

Cudby, H. Russell, B. Rayner, and G. Pack. (sic)
C. F. Worth, Chairman. J. H. Corbett, Secretary and Treasurer.
Judges - Mr P. Bruce, Mr R. McCulloch, Mr John Blatchfield.
First Prize 5 pounds
Second Priza 3 pounds
Third Prize 2 pounds
Entrance, 5s.
Entrances will be received up to the evening of the 10th

October, at the Albion Hotal, Taita, and each competitior must

be a subscriber to the fund of 5s.

Alfred Freeman Anstis 1st Marriage Details
1893/1671, Bride: Mary Alice Harris, Groom: Alfred Freeman Anstis

Timaru Herald 21 April 1893
ANSTIS - HARRIS - On April 7th, at St. Michael''s Church, Christchurch, by the Rev. R. J. Thorpe, Alfred Freeman, third son of John Anstis, of Wellington, to Mary Alice, eldest daughter of James Harris, Timaru.

Death Details
1923/6715, Alice Mary Anstis, Aged: 48Y - Date of Death 22/6/1923 from Death Registration

Karori Cemetery
Last Name: ANSTIS
First Name: ALICE MARY
Deceased Date: 22-06-1923
Service Date: 25-06-1923
Service Provided: Cremation
Cemetery: Karori Crematorium
Record Number: 298

Evening Post 23 June 1923
ANSTIS.- On the 22nd June, 1923, at her residence, 137, Sydney street, Alice Mary Anstis; aged 40 years.
THE Friends of the late Alice Mary Austin (sic) are invited to attend her Funeral, which will leave her late residence, 137, Sydney street, on Monday, at 10 a.m., for the Cemetery Karori.
Funeral Director.


Birth Details
1870/6934, Clara Meager, no parents listed
1870/19685, Clara Meager, Mother: Elizabeth Eliza, Father: Henry

Evening Post 29 August 1888
Education Board
The case of Miss Clara Meager, a pupil teacher in the Thorndon Infants'' School, who is unable to attend classes on account of the fact that she lives at the Taita, was considered. It was stated that although she could not attend class, she could obtain instruction from Mr. Lewis, of Thorndon School, for 4s per week. The Board decided not to pay for private instruction.

Evening Post 19 December 1888
Board of Education
The monthly meeting of the Board of Education was held this morning,
Permission was given to Mr. J. J. Mahood to resign the head teachership of the Taita School at the end of the holidays.
Miss Clara Meager, pupil teacher in the Thorndon School, who lives at the Taita, asked that the cost of the instruction prescribed by the Board should be borne by that body. The Board decided that no special arrangements could be made in her case, but they resolved to transfer her to a school nearer her home at the earliest opportunity.

Evening Post 15 February 1890
The following is the pupil teachers class list of 1890, in connection with Wellington State schools:-
Fifth year -
Ellen Meager, Taita;
Third year -
Clara Meager, Hutt;

1893 Electoral Roll Ellen A Meager, Electorate: Otaki, No: 1724, Residence: Taita, Occ: Pupil teacher
1893 Electoral Roll Clara Meager, Electorate: Otaki, No: 1722, Residence: Taita, Occ: Pupil teacher

Evening Post 23 February 1897
The Teachers'' Examinations
The Classification List
The classification of pupil teachers and ex-pupil teachers of the Wellington Education district for the year 1897, on the basis of the recent pupil teachers'' examinations, is as follows:-
Ex-pupil Teachers
Clara Meager, Lower Hutt;
Second Year
Leonard Price, Taita;

Evening Post 20 September 1923
Resignations of school teachers were accepted by the Education Board yesterday as follows:-
Miss C. Meager, assistant, Hutt;

Marriage Details
1923/6195, Bride: Clara Meager, Groom: Alfred Freeman Anstis - Date of Marriage 30/10/1923 from Marriage Details

could not see a Marriage Notice in online searchable newspapers

Evening Post 26 December 1923
Hutt High School
A very enjoyable ceremony took place in the Hutt District High School grounds on Thursday afternoon, the occasion being the breaking-up for the holidays.
During the evening the chairman of the school committee took the opportunity of presenting Mrs. Anstis (nee Miss Meagre) (sic)) with a salad bowl and Miss Sinclair with a rose bowl (both teachers had retired from the school, and, in doing so, spoke in high terms of the services rendered by them in service to the school.

Hutt Valley Cemetery Records Clara Anstis
Monumental Inscription, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Date: 1929, Ref: 77
Burial Record Clara Austiss (sic), Date: 10/2/1929, Christ Church Anglican, Taita

Death Details
1929/1043, Clara Anstis, Aged: 59Y - Date of Death 10/2/1929 from Death Registration

Evening Post 11 February 1929
ANSTIS.- On the 10th February, 1929, at No. 1, Myrtle street, Lower Hutt, Clara, dearly beloved wife of Alfred Freeman Anstis, and fifth daughter of the late Henry Meager (sic) (late of Taita); aged 59 years
The Friends of Mr. Alfred Anstis are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late beloved wife, Clara, which will leave No. 1, Myrtle street, Lower Hutt, To-morrow (Tuesday), 12th February, 1929, at 2.30 p.m., for the Taita Churchyard.
J. R. Croft, Undertaker,
Hutt and Petone. Tel. 528, Hutt

Evening Post 14 February 1929
Mr. ALFRED ANSTIS and the MISSES MEAGHERS (sic), of Myrtle street, Lower Hutt, desire to thank those friends who so kindly forwarded floral tributes, letters, and telegrams, expressing their sympathy in the loss of a dear wlfe and sister. Speclal thanks to Dr. Parr and Nurse Smith.

Probate Clara Anstis, Place: Lower Hutt, Occ: Married Woman, AAOM 6029 44022, Filed: 1/3/1929, Intestate, Archives NZ, Wellington


Death Details
1937/18892, Alfred Freeman Anstis, Aged: 69Y - Date of Death 4/10/1937 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Records Alfred Freeman Anstis, Date: 4/10/1937 (sic), Burial Records Christ Church Anglican, Taita

Evening Post 5 October 1937
ANSTIS.- On October 4, 1937, at Nelson, Alfred Freeman Anstis, late of Lower Hutt.
Funeral Notice
ANSTIS.- The Friends of the late Alfred Freeman Anstis are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave the Chapel of J. R. Croft, Ltd., King''s Crescent, Lower Hutt, Tomorrow (Wednesday), October 6, 1937, at 2 p.m. for the Taita Churchyard Cemetery. J. R. Croft, Ltd. Funeral Directors, Hutt and Petone. Tels. 63-828 and 62-296
  • 1868 - Birth -
  • 4 OCT 1937 - Death -
John Anstis
1840 - 17 OCT 1894
Alfred Freeman Anstis
1868 - 4 OCT 1937
Charlotte Unknown
1843 - 10 DEC 1938
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) John Anstis
Death17 OCT 1894
Marriageto Charlotte Unknown
PARENT (F) Charlotte Unknown
Death10 DEC 1938
Marriageto John Anstis
MAlfred Freeman Anstis
Death4 OCT 1937
Marriage30 OCT 1923to Clara Meager
Marriage7 APR 1893to Alice Mary Harris at St. Michael''s Church, Christchurch
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Alfred Freeman Anstis
Death4 OCT 1937
Marriage30 OCT 1923to Clara Meager
Marriage7 APR 1893to Alice Mary Harris at St. Michael''s Church, Christchurch
FatherJohn Anstis
MotherCharlotte Unknown
PARENT (F) Clara Meager
Death10 FEB 1929
Marriage30 OCT 1923to Alfred Freeman Anstis
FatherHenry MEAGER
MotherElizabeth Eliza WELCH
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Alfred Freeman Anstis
Death4 OCT 1937
Marriage30 OCT 1923to Clara Meager
Marriage7 APR 1893to Alice Mary Harris at St. Michael''s Church, Christchurch
FatherJohn Anstis
MotherCharlotte Unknown
PARENT (F) Alice Mary Harris
Death22 JUN 1923
Marriage7 APR 1893to Alfred Freeman Anstis at St. Michael''s Church, Christchurch
Descendancy Chart
Alfred Freeman Anstis b: 1868 d: 4 OCT 1937
Clara Meager b: 1870 d: 10 FEB 1929
Alice Mary Harris b: 1875 d: 22 JUN 1923
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