Person Index

Avery, Charles

Charles Avery
b: 1851
d: 18 JUN 1917
Avery, Charles, Farmer, Pahiatua. A typical New Zealand farmer, Mr. Avery was born at the Lower Hutt on the 19th of November, 1851, and was educated at the old Provincial Government School, Taita, where his aged father still resides. In those days the children of the bush were early inured to toil. At the age of twenty-one Mr. Avery was managing one of his father''s farms at Taratahi,
near Carterton, a farm which was afterwards sold to the late Mr. Farquhar Gray, the father of Messrs. Gray Bros., referred to in the portion of this volume devoted to that part of the country. About fifteen years ago Mr. Avery took up land in the Forty-mile Bush, and entered upon its subjugation with the experience born of a practical and life-long attention to the details of the business he had in hand. His estate covers about 300 acres. About forty acres have been stumped and ploughed, and the remainder is sown in English grasses. He runs upwards of 500 sheep; he has recently relinquished dairying in favour of the less worrying, if also less profitable branch of fattening cattle for the meat markets. Though a busy man on his own farms, Mr. Avery has found time to do a good deal of hard work for the district, and many important positions have been, and still are, held by him. He was a member of the first Road Board and of the first County Council. A promoter of the Pahiatua Farmers'' Auctioneering Association, he is still a director of that body. The sheep and cattle saleyards of the Association were designed by him. In his young days he was a successful athlete in such matters as running, jumping, etc.; and when the time was ripe for the formation of an athletic society in Pahiatua, Mr. Avery was one of the chief movers. His efforts in this matter have been fitly recognised by his election as a vice-president

Mr. Chas. Avery''s Homestead.
and a trustee of the Association. He is also a vice-president of the Woedlan is Hunt Club, and rides at all hunts; and he is a member and a steward of the Pahiatua Racing Club. The picture here given of the homestead shows that hard work has been done in the past, and Mr. Avery may well now enjoy a little respite. Since the photograph was taken the grounds have been wonderfully improved. From the appearance of the lawn in front of the house, no one would guess that only a few years ago the trees had to be felled to make room for a hut by the roadside, where the gate now stands and swings—a hut of less dimensions than the hall of the present comfortable home. In 1875 Mr. Avery was married to Miss Jane Hirst, daughter of the late Mr. Sydney Hirst, of Taita, and their family consists of a son and four daughters, of whom the eldest is Miss Alice Avery, whose beautiful oil paintings adorn the drawing-room, hall, and other parts of the house. The young artist confines herself mainly to the painting of flowers, and certainly her work is very much above the quality one would expect from a lady still in her “teens.”
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District] 1897

Birth Details
1851/25, Charles Avery, Wellington - no parents listed
(Dec 2012)
1851/3917, Charles Avery, Mother: Charlotte, Father: George

Birth Details
1855/644, Jane Hirst - no parents listed

Marriage Details
1875/740, Bride: June (sic) Hirst, Groom: Charles Avery - Date of Marriage 27/2/1875 from Marriage Registration

could not see a Marriage Notice in online searchable newspapers

Death Details
1917/3596, Charles Avery, Aged: 65Y - Date of Death 18/6/1917 from Death Registration

Evening Post 18 June 1917
A Press Association message from Paihiatua states:- Charles Avery, and old and highly esteemed settler, died this morning, aged 66. He had been in ill health for some time. Deceased was a County Councillor and a late president of the Agricultural Association. He had been connected at various times with several other institutions.

Tararua District Council Cemetery Records
Interment ID: 6380
Last: Avery
First: Charles
Cemetery: Mangatainoka Pahiatua
Last Address: Pahiatua
Age: 65
Occupation: Farmer
Section: Main
Block: 4
Section/Plot Number: 4
Grave: 56
Person Classification: Adult
Marital Status: Married
Row Alpha:
Religion: Anglican
Date of Death: 18/06/1917
Date of Funeral/Burial: 20/06/1917
Time of Funeral/Burial:
Number of Burials: 1
Burial Warrant Number:
Funeral Director: C M Burt
Interment Type: Burial
Funeral Officiator: Rev Fern
Depth: 5 Feet
Comments: Headstone Inscription: In loving memory of Charles, dearly beloved husband of Jane Avery who died June 18 1917, aged 65 years. Also Jane Avery, died Aug. 31 1953 (sic), aged 78 years.

Probate Charles Avery, Place: Pahiatua, Occ: Farmer, Date of Death: 18/6/1917, AAOY W3298 74, Filed: 18/7/1917, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington

Death Details
1933/10183, Jane Avery, Aged: 77Y - Date of Death 31/8/1933 (sic) from Death Registration

Interment ID: 9378
Last: Avery
First: Jane
Cemetery: Mangatainoka Pahiatua
Section: Main
Block: 4
Section/Plot Number: 4
Grave: 55
Row Alpha:
Person Classification: Adult
Marital Status: Widow/Widower
Age: 77
Religion: Unknown
Last Address: , Wanganui
Date of Death: 31/08/1933
Number of Burials: 1
Date of Funeral/Burial: 2/09/1933 (sic)
Time of Funeral/Burial:
Burial Warrant Number:
Funeral Director:
Interment Type: Burial
Funeral Officiator:
Depth: 5 Feet
Comments: Headstone Inscription: In loving memory of Charles, dearly beloved husband of Jane Avery who died June 18 1917, aged 65 years. Also Jane Avery, died Aug. 31 1953 (sic), aged 78 years.

Probate Jane Avery, Place: Wanganui, Occ: Widow, AAOG W3559 66/33, Filed: 14/9/1933, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington
  • 1851 - Birth -
  • 18 JUN 1917 - Death -
Thomas Avery
1802 - 20 JUN 1870
George Avery
1821 - 7 OCT 1903
Elizabeth Dapson
1800 - 22 SEP 1877
Charles Avery
1851 - 18 JUN 1917
William Tandy
1805 - 21 JUL 1898
Charlotte Tandy
- 20 FEB 1877
Mary Unknown
1806 - 24 JUL 1896
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) George Avery
Death7 OCT 1903
Marriage1843to Charlotte Tandy
FatherThomas Avery
MotherElizabeth Dapson
PARENT (F) Charlotte Tandy
Death20 FEB 1877
Marriage1843to George Avery
FatherWilliam Tandy
MotherMary Unknown
FCharlotte Avery
Death4 SEP 1903
Marriage4 APR 1895to John Thomas Tuck
MCharles Avery
Death18 JUN 1917
Marriage27 FEB 1875to Jane Hirst
MGeorge Avery
Death26 JUL 1907
Marriage1876to Sarah Elizabeth Schrimshaw
FElizabeth Ann Avery
Death25 OCT 1931
Marriage23 DEC 1872to Charles Franklin Smith Burt
FMary Avery
Death19 MAR 1941
Marriageto James Brown
MJohn Avery
Death9 JAN 1857
MWilliam Avery
MThomas Avery
Death8 JUN 1940
Marriage4 JUN 1884to Ann Hall
FEllen Avery
Marriage20 NOV 1884to David Brown
FEliza Avery
Marriage25 SEP 1884to William Brown
FHarriett Charlotte Avery
Death11 SEP 1934
Marriage12 APR 1884to William KILMISTER
MStephen Avery
Death17 FEB 1923
Marriage1893to Jane Hirst
FDeborah Grace Avery
Death24 OCT 1950
FBertha Sarah Avery
Death30 NOV 1940
Marriage1894to Jacob Geange
Marriage8 JUL 1931to James Gillies at St David''s Church Manse
MAlfred Avery
MJames Avery
FConstance Avery
Birth16 JUL 1876
Death13 AUG 1972
Marriage9 SEP 1902to Ernest Edward Burrell
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Charles Avery
Death18 JUN 1917
Marriage27 FEB 1875to Jane Hirst
FatherGeorge Avery
MotherCharlotte Tandy
PARENT (F) Jane Hirst
Death31 AUG 1933
Marriage27 FEB 1875to Charles Avery
FatherSidney Hirst
MotherMary Sykes
FElizabeth Alice Avery
Marriage1898to Alfred George Cron
MCharles Avery
MGeorge Avery
Death13 MAR 1878
FMinnie Constance Avery
Death23 AUG 1879
FAnnie Avery
Death18 JUN 1965
FAmelia Avery
Death5 APR 1947
Marriage1909to John Gilbert Swainson
MNorman Leslie Avery
Death20 NOV 1919
Marriage1911to Hilda Barbara Yvonne Moore
FWinnifred Avery
Death23 JUL 1899
FElizabeth Avery
Descendancy Chart
Charles Avery b: 1851 d: 18 JUN 1917
Jane Hirst b: 1855 d: 31 AUG 1933
Charles Avery b: 1875
George Avery b: 1878 d: 13 MAR 1878
Minnie Constance Avery b: 1879 d: 23 AUG 1879
Annie Avery b: 1881 d: 18 JUN 1965
Amelia Avery b: 1883 d: 5 APR 1947
John Gilbert Swainson b: 1883 d: 1 APR 1955
Norman Leslie Avery b: 1885 d: 20 NOV 1919
Winnifred Avery b: 1889 d: 23 JUL 1899
Elizabeth Avery b: 1891
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