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Bentley, Charles

Charles Bentley
b: 1819
d: 4 DEC 1896
Evening Post 22 January 1942
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Bentley, host and hostess of the Riverside Golf Links, Taita, was celebrated recently in the Taita Hall. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends.
The parents of Mr. and Mrs. Bentley were among New Zealand''s early settlers, Mr. Bentley having arrived at Port Chalmers in the John Wickliffe in March, 1848. They had a family of nine, John being the youngest. Mr. and Mrs. Wilds, Mrs. Bentley''s parents, arrived in Lyttelton in the Mystery in April, 1859. They had seven of a family, Mrs. Bentley being the fourth child.
Mr. and Mrs. Bentley were married at Wellington on January 1, 1892, by the Rev. J. J. Lewis, Mr. Bentley having come to the North Island to follow his trade as a builder. They have spent almost all their married life in the Hutt Valley, where Mr. Bentley was occupied with mixed and dairy farming.
They have four children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, most of whom were present at the celebration. Mr. and Mrs. Bentley are members of the Hutt Valley branch of the Farmers'' Union, and the Wellington Dairy Farmers'' Association. They were among the promoters of the Taita Hall. Market Gardeners''. Ltd., the Wellington Trotting Club (of which Mr. Bentley has been a steward for 20 years), and the Petone Bowling Club.

John Wickliffe sailed from Gravesend 22 November 1847 and arrived Port Chambers 23 March 1848
Names as on the passenger list
Bentley, Charles, 26
Bentley, Harriet, 21
Bentley, John, 24

North Otago Times 17 June 1889
At the Stores, Tyne street.
At 12 o''clock.
FLEMING AND HEDLEY have received instructions from Mr Charles Bentley to sell by public auction at the above time and place -
That Valuable Freehold in the town of Oamaru, being Section 14, Block 7, together with all Buildings and Improvements thereon.
The house has six rooms, and is well finished throughout. The section is planted with fruit trees (in full bearing) and ornamental shrubs.
Altogether, this is a very good and complete property, and is supposed to be the future site of the Oamaru Railway Station.
The Property is for Positive Sale.
For further information apply to

Death Details
1882/1986, Harriet Bentley, Aged: 55Y - Date of Death 7/12/1881 from Death Registration

North Otago Times 8 December 1881
On the 7th inst., at her late residence, Humber street, Harriet, the beloved wife of Charles Bentley, in the 55th year of her age. Deeply regretted.
The funeral will leave her late residence on Friday, the 9th inst., at 2 30 o''clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Otago Witness 17 December 1881
This morning the wife of one of the oldest settlers passed away, in the 55th year of her age, We allude to Mrs Harriet Bentley, who arrived in Otago in 1848, in the ship John Wickliffe. She moved in a humble sphere but there are few women, indeed, who are blessed with a kindlier heart, and by whom benevolent acts are more un-ostentatiously performed. Having resided here since the early days she was well known, and those who knew her best respected her most, on account of her estimable "qualities." The Bentley family resided in Dunedin for several years, and many old identities will read the above with regret.


Death Details
1896/1915, Charles Bentley, Aged: 77Y - Date of Death 4/12/1896 from Death Registration

Evening Post 5 December 1896
BENTLEY.- On the 4th December, 1896, at Wellington, after a long and painful illness, Charles Bentley; aged 77 years. Oamaru and Dunedin papers please copy.
THE Friends of the late Charles Bentley are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave his daughter''s residence, Glencragie, Ngahauranga, for the Johnsonville Cemetery, on Monday, 7th instant, at 2.30 p.m.
Undertakers, 55, Molesworth-street.
Telephone 806
We regret having to record the death of Mr. Charles Bentley, of Ngahauranga, one of the pioneers of Otago, but who has been settled in this district for the last seven years. Mr. Bentley came to the colony in the John Wickliffe with one of the first parties of settlers in Otago, and in the early goldfield days was engaged as a carrier and contractor on the diggings, in which occupation he accumulated considerable means. The closing days of his life have been spent with his sons at Ngahauranga.

North Otago Times 8 December 1896
A Wellington telegram says that the death is announced of Mr Charles Bentley, of Ngahurauga, one of the pioneers of Otago, but who has bean settled in this district for the last seven years. Mr Bentley came to the colony in the John Wickliffe, with one of the first parties of settlers in Otago, and in the early goldfields days was engaged as carrier and contractor on the diggings, in which occupation he accumulated considerable means. The closing days of his life have been spent with his sons at Ngahuranga. We may mention that Mr Bentley was an Oamaru resident for some years, and removed from this place to Timaru, and thence to the North Island. Mr Bentley was a well-known citizen of Dunedin when that town consisted of a few houses, and there he lived till his sons removed to other places, when he went with them. We cannot give Mr Bentley''s age, but it must have been close upon 90 at the time of his death.

Timaru Herald 12 December 1896
BENTLEY.- At Wellington, on the 4th inst., Charles Bentley, father of Mrs. W. Collins, Woodbury; aged 76. (Arrived in Otago by the John Wycliffe in 1848.)
  • 1819 - Birth -
  • 4 DEC 1896 - Death -
Charles Bentley
1819 - 4 DEC 1896
Family Group Sheet - Child
MCharles Bentley
Death4 DEC 1896
Marriageto Harriet Unknown
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Charles Bentley
Death4 DEC 1896
Marriageto Harriet Unknown
PARENT (F) Harriet Unknown
Death7 DEC 1881
Marriageto Charles Bentley
MJohn Bentley
Death5 SEP 1943
Marriage1 JAN 1892to Esther Wilds at Wellington
FElizabeth Bentley
Death27 JAN 1897
Marriageto William Collins
MFrederick Bentley
MEdward Bentley
Death17 SEP 1942
Marriage5 SEP 1881to Louisa Palmer at Oamaru
FHarriett Bentley
Death28 JAN 1915
Marriage15 JUL 1874to John Joseph Eason at At the residence of the bridegroom''s father
MGeorge James Bentley
MCharles Bentley
FCatherine Bentley
Descendancy Chart
Charles Bentley b: 1819 d: 4 DEC 1896
Harriet Unknown b: 1826 d: 7 DEC 1881
John Bentley b: 1866 d: 5 SEP 1943
Esther Wilds b: 1868 d: 30 JUL 1959
Harriet Rubina Jessie Bentley b: 12 DEC 1894 d: 19 OCT 1985
Herbert Lewis August b: 1885 d: 1 JAN 1944
John Lewis August b: 1914 d: 26 MAY 1969
Ashley Meredith August b: 1918 d: 22 DEC 2010
Allen Ian August b: 1915 d: 26 JUN 2003
Leonard Preston Burborough b: 1923 d: 1999
Joan Esther August b: 1917 d: 17 JAN 1980
Robert Arthur Chittick b: 1914 d: 22 MAY 1974
Norman Bourne Bentley b: 1902 d: 1 MAY 1964
John Emery Bentley b: 1893 d: 5 NOV 1960
Jessie Myrtle Campbell b: 1893 d: 21 FEB 1990
Clarence Edgar Bentley b: 1898 d: 28 JUL 1963
Gertrude Alice Sanders b: 1899 d: 29 JUN 1995
James Andrew Seator b: 1921 d: 28 MAY 1992
Elizabeth Bentley b: 1850 d: 27 JAN 1897
William Collins b: 1844 d: 31 AUG 1905
Edward Bentley b: 1855 d: 17 SEP 1942
Louisa Palmer b: 1856 d: 5 JUL 1946
Harriett Bentley b: 1853 d: 28 JAN 1915
John Joseph Eason b: 1850 d: 31 OCT 1929
Charles Bentley b: 1852
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