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Unknown Cudby

Evening Post 13 May 1882
At 1 o''clock.
FRANCIS SIDEY & CO. have received instructions from Messrs. Pringle and Mason, farmers, to sell by public auction, on their premises, Taita (the late Mr. Craighead''s farm)-
5 first-class milch cows, in full milk
1 splendid trap mare, spring cart and harness
Sows, with litters
20 tons oaten hay
Roller, scarifier, wheelbarrow, grind stone
Dairy utensils, garden tools
Superior harmonium, &c., &c.
The Auctioneers call particular attention to the above lot of choice milking cows. Every lot will be sold without reserve, and regardless of the weather, the sale will positively take place on Wedneday, the 17th May, at 1 o''clock. Train leaves Wellington at 10.15 a.m., and Mr. Cudby''s Bus runs close by the farm.

Evening Post 21 October 1899
Mr C W Brown will address the electors of Epuni Riding of the Hutt County at Cudby''s Hall, Taita, next Wednesday evening.


George Cudby and Walter Thomas Cudby father John Cudby

Cudby, G. and W. T. (George Cudby and Walter Thomas Cudby) Coach, Livery and Bait Stable Proprietors and Contractors, near the Railway Station, Lower Hutt. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. This business was established in 1856 in the contracting line—coaching being added about twenty years later—by the father of the present partners (Mr. John Cudby, J.P.), who arrived in Wellington in 1842 per ship “Thomas Parks,” and who still takes an active part in public matters in the Valley. Messrs. G. and W. T. Cudby succeeded to the business in 1887. Coaches run daily to and from Taita to meet all trains arriving at the Hutt. Buggies, carriages, and saddle horses are supplied as required to picnic and other parties. Mr. George Cudby —an enthusiastic sportsman—conducts visitors on game intent to the best places for fishing and shooting in the district. The firm undertakes contracts for earthwork and construction, and supplies materials for building foundations to many of the leading contractors of the Empire City.
Title: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1897 [Wellington Provincial District]
from web site accessed 22/6/2011

Charles Cudby senior

Cudby, Charles, Senr., Builder and Undertaker, Main Road, Upper Hutt, Born at Ingrave, Essex, in 1835, Mr. Cudby married in England and came out to Sydney with his young wife, per ship “Matoka,” in 1856. After a short stay he came to Wellington by the “William and Alfred,” arriving on the 1st of May, 1857. A sawyer by trade, Mr. Cudby found work at the
picture of Charles Cudby
Lower Hutt till 1863, when he settled at the Upper Hutt, finding employment in his own line for many years. Having leased a section of forty-four acres, Mr. Cudby cleared the bush and erected a comfortable dwelling, which is specially notable by its tastefully laid out garden in front with well kept ornamental trees and pretty box borders. For about fifteen years he has conducted a growing trade as a builder and undertaker. Mr. Cudby joined the order of Odd-fellows in 1857, soon after his arrival in the Colony. For several years he served as a member of the Upper Hutt School Committee. Mrs. Cudby died in 1885, leaving fifteen children—nine sons and six daughters—to mourn their loss. Of Mr. Cudby''s family, three daughters and two sons have married, and the grandchildren already number twenty-one

James Cudby

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.

W. Cudby

Evening Post 5 September 1882
At a meeting of the members of the Taita Cricket Club, held on Saturday night, the Secretary read a report, from which it appeared that the club had a fair balance on hand to start the coming season. Out of 18 matches played during the past season the club had won 16. The club bat was won by W. Cudby, with an average of 13 1/2 runs (17 matches), W. Welch being second -with an average of 11 1/2 runs (14 matches). Besides the bat given by the club for the highest average scorer, there are two bats to be given by private members — one for the highest individual score, and one for the best bowling. The following officers were elected: — President, Mr. W. Beetham; captain, W. Cudby; secretary, W. Brown; treasurer, G. Welch; committee, J. Judd, W. Welch, W. Russell, and J. Mahony (sic). A vote of thanks to Mr. W. Welch, for presiding, terminated the proceedings.

Evening Post 20 September 1882
We are indebted to Mr. Gray, Secretary to the Post Office, for the following list of tenders for the conveyance of mails, accepted by the Department:-
Hutt Railway Station and Taita (twice daily), W. Cudby, 50 pounds;

Evening Post 27 October 1882
A cricket match was played at the Hutt on Thursday between the Taita and Lower Hutt Cricket Clubs, resulting in a victory for the former in one innings with 20 runs to spare, the Taita Club''s score being 67, and the Hutt''s 25 and 22. R. Cudby was top scorer for Taita, with 17, and A. Percy for the Hutt, with 13. W. Cudby also did some good bowling for the Taita, taking 11 wickets for 19 runs.

George Cudby

Evening Post 23 September 1898
query Hutt and Taita

Death Details
1934/17965, George Cudby, Aged: 72Y

Evening Post 18 June 1934
CUDBY.- On June 17, 1934, at the residence of his daughter, 11 Totara Crescent, Lower Hutt, George, fifth son of the late John Cudby, and beloved father of Mrs. C. Delvin, of Lower Hutt, and Mrs. A. B. Johnson, Rangiroa; aged 72 years. R.I.P.
THE Friends of the late George Cudby are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave the Roman Catholic Church, Lower Hutt, Tomorrow (Tuesday), June 19, 1934, at 9.30 a.m., for the R.C. Cemetery, Petone. Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m.
J. R. CROFT, Undertaker.
Hutt and Petone. Telephone 63-828
Mr. George. Cudby, a well-known resident of Lower Hutt, died yesterday aged 72.
The late Mr. Cudby was a son of Mr. John Cudby, who arrived in New Zealand in 1843, When the settlement of Britannia at the mouth of the Hutt River, approximately on the site where Petone now stands, was broken up, Mr Cudby''s father settled in Lower Hutt, where he established a very considerable business as carter and contractor. He was employed to supply provisions to the troops at Boulcott''s Farm, and was so engaged at the time of Rangihaeata''s raid in 1858, arriving at the scene after the raiders had been driven off. It was on this occasion that the heroic incident in connection with Bugler Allen occurred. Mr. George Cudby was born on April 18, 1862, and he took on the business of contractor on his father''s death, and also the coaching business, conveying passengers to and from the trains at the Hutt. He was present with his father at the opening of the railway line from Wellington to Lower Hutt in 1874 and was engaged with his father in the levelling of the site for the railway station at Lower-Hutt.
Although he served, on no local bodies mostly on account of his being engaged in contracts with them, Mr. Cudby took an active part in movements connected with the development of the district and was especially active in support of the formation of the River Board in 1898. In the realm of sport ho was very interested in racing, and at the time of his doath was a life member of the Wellington Racing Club. He was also a member of the Hutt Gun Club. In 1914 he left for Rangiora and was engaged in the hotel and brewery business. He continued his interest in sport and was vice-president of the North Canterbury Gun Club and president of the North Canterbury Racing Club. He retired in 1927, and after residing two years in Christchnrch he returned to Lower Hutt and lived with his daughter, Mrs. Devlin. During his residence at Lower Hutt he was a prominent member of the Hutt Bowling Club. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Devlin, Lower Hutt and Mrs. A. B. Johnson, Rangiora.


Birth Details
1897/1455, Leonore Jane Cudby, Mother: Jane, Father: George

Marriage Details
1920/6420, Bride: Leonore Jane Cudby, Groom: Clement James Devlin

Evening Post 29 June 1920
The wedding took place at St. Francis de Sales Church, Rangiora, on the 23rd June, of Mr Clement James Devlin and Miss Leonore J. Cudby, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cudby, Rangiora. The Rev Father Fogarty performed the ceremony. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming frock of white crepe de chine and georgette, beaded in pale pink and silver, with a hand-embroidered bridal veil wreathed with silver leaves and orange blossoms, and carried a shower bouquet of white orchids. Miss Myra Cudby was bridesmaid. She wore a dainty frock of pale blue georgette, trimmed with gold edging, the corsage being of gold shadow tissue, finished with a large butterfly bow. Her hat was of black tulle, swathed with blue and gold ribbon, and she carried a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. Mr. Chris Devlin was the best man. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Cudby entertained the guests at the Royal Tea Rooms. Later, Mr. and Mrs. Devlin left by car, the bride wearing a blue fawn check costume, electric blue panne velvet hat with touches of tomato and gold brocade.


Birth Details
1903/21959, Myra Beatrice Cudby, Mother: Jane, Father: George

1929/10802, Bride: Myra Beatrice Cudby, Groom: John Arnold Walter Beech Johnson


Evening Post 21 August 1936
CUDBY.- On August 20, 1936, at the Wellington Hospital, Walter Thomas, youngest son of the late John and Janette Cudby, of Lower Hutt; aged 68 years. R.I.P.
THE Friends of the late Walter Thomas Cudby are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave the Catholic Church, High Street, Lower Hutt, Tomorrow (Saturday), August 22, 1936, at the conclusion of Requiem Mass, which will be celebrated at 9 a.m., for the Petone Cemetery.
Hutt and Petone.
Tel. 63-828

Death Details
1920/12522, John Francis Cudby, Aged: 90Y

Evening Post 8 June 1920
CUDBY.- On the 8th June, 1920, at his late residence, Railway-avenue, Lower Hutt, John Francis Cudby, relict of the late Janet (sic) Cudby, in his 91st year. R.I.P.
An early settler, who grew up with the Hutt district, Mr. John Francis Cudby, died at his residence, Railway-avenue, Lower Hutt, early this morning. Mr. Cudby''s interests from early youth had been in the Hutt Valley, and his history was the history of this fertile district. No one could tell its history better than he himself, for he had experienced the events and times of which he spoke and remembered them, even when he had reached the age where, with many men, the memory becomes dim. He was born in Essex hi 1828, and came out to New Zealand with Lord Petre as a lad in 1843 in the ship Commerce Sparks. From the time of his arrival in the country to the day of his death, he resided at Lower Hutt. At first he lived and worked on the Woburn estate. Afterwards he became the owner of large livery stables near the railway station. He retired from active participation in the business some forty years ago, but continued to take a very lively interest in the affairs of the district. He possessed the hard, commonsense which was a distinguishing trait of many early settlers, and this made him a valued member of the Lower Hutt Borough Council for many years. He was also a member of the Licensing Committee, and as a Justice of the Peace for over thirty years was a familiar figure on the Hutt Magistrate''s Court Bench. He resigned from the Commission of the Peace two years ago. In the early days of the Wellington Racing Club he held the office of Clerk of the Course. In friendly society work he was a staunch supporter, and he held the record of seventy years'' membership of the Odd-fellows Lodge. Mr. Cudby enjoyed good health, in spite of his years, until two years ago. He leaves a family of five sons and three daughters. The sons are: James, living at Lower Hutt; Charles, at Dannevirke: Henry, Alfredton ; George, Rangiora.; and Walter, Lower Hutt. The daughters are: Mrs. J. Fleet, Petone; Mrs. Turner, Lower Hutt; and Mrs. E. D. Dunne, Wellington. Mrs. Cudby, who was also an early settler, having come out from Paisley, Scotland, in the Janet Nicol, died twelve years ago. At the meeting, of the Hutt County Council this morning, a motion of sympathy was passed with the deceased''s relatives, the members standing as a mark of respect.
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