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George James Tunley1

#21876, b. 29 July 1872
Last Edited=19 Dec 2008
     George James Tunley was born on 29 July 1872 in 15 Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, London, England.1,2 He was the son of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock.1 In the census of 3 April 1881 in 6 Orris Mews (House over stables), Chelsea, London, England, he was listed as the son of Harry Godfrey Tunley he was a scholar.3

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S45000] General Records Office, I hold a copy of birth certificate 1872/Q3 Marylebone Volume 1a Page 466.
  3. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 56 Folio 31 Page 54.

Annie Amelia Tunley1

#21877, b. 1870
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
     Annie Amelia Tunley was born in 1870 in 15 Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, London, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock.1 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 17 Windmill Street, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley.3 In the census of 3 April 1881 in 6 Orris Mews (House over stables), Chelsea, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley she was a scholar.4 She married Harry Young in 1890 in Fulham, London, England.5 In the census of 5 April 1891 in 16 York Road, Hammersmith, London, England, she was listed as the lodger of Harry Godfrey Tunley Harry was a milkman, he and his wife were lodging with his father in law.6

Child of Annie Amelia Tunley and Harry Young

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1870/Q3 Pancras Volume 1b Page 45.
  3. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 208 Folio 96 Page 3.
  4. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 56 Folio 31 Page 54.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1890/Q4 Fulham Volume 1a Page 458.
  6. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 38 Folio 154 Pages 29 and 30.

James Fullick1

#21878, b. 10 March 1876, d. 1940
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
James Fullick
     James Fullick was born on 10 March 1876 in Alton, Hampshire, England.2,3 He married Lilian Edith Tunley, daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock, on 6 March 1898 in Holy Innocents Church, Hammersmith, London, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by Thomas Morris and Ellen Selina Hidju. They both gave their address as 38 Raynham Road, James was a carman.4 James was listed as head of household in the census of 31 March 1901 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, James was living with his wife Lilian and their two childrenin the same house as his parents in law. He was a vending carman.5 James was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1911 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, James was a carman living with his wife and eight children in their two roomed home. His father in law signed the census sheet.6 His wife Lilian died on 20 September 1913 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, she took her own life by falling from a window.7 James died in 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England.8

Children of James Fullick and Lilian Edith Tunley

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1898/Q1 Fulham Volume 1a Page 363.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1876/Q2 Alton Volume 2c Page 16.
  4. [S46000] General Register Office, I hold a copy of marriage certificate 1898/Q1 Fulham Volume 1a Page 363.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 47 Folio 163 Page 32.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 244 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 18 Schedule Number 295.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1913/Q3 Fulham Volume 1a Page 272 age 33.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1940/Q3 Croydon Volume 2a Page 1390 age 63.
  9. [S348] E-mails between Stewart Eldridge and Jan Cooper from 6 December 2011.

Harry Young1

#21879, b. about 1871
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
     Harry Young was born about 1871 in East Grinstead, Sussex, England.2 He married Annie Amelia Tunley, daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock, in 1890 in Fulham, London, England.1 In the census of 5 April 1891 in 16 York Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the lodger of Harry Godfrey Tunley Harry was a milkman, he and his wife were lodging with his father in law.3

Child of Harry Young and Annie Amelia Tunley

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1890/Q4 Fulham Volume 1a Page 458.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 38 Folio 154 Pages 29 and 30.

Harry Joseph Young1

#21880, b. 1893
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
     Harry Joseph Young was born in 1893 in Fulham, London, England.1,2 He was the son of Harry Young and Annie Amelia Tunley.1 In the census of 31 March 1901 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the grandson of Harry Godfrey Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1911 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the grandson of Harry Godfrey Tunley Harry was a provision shop assistant.4

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1893/Q4 Fulham Volume 1a Page 187.
  3. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 47 Folio 163 Page 32.
  4. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 244 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 18 Schedule Number 294.

Matilda Frances Tunley1

#21881, b. 1866, d. 1914
Last Edited=26 Dec 2011
     Matilda Frances Tunley was born in 1866 in Fulham, London, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock.1 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 17 Windmill Street, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley.3 She married Thomas Mark Morris in 1885 in Fulham, London, England.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in 3 Masbro Chambers, Hammersmith, London, England, she was listed as the wife of Thomas Mark Morris.5 In the census of 2 April 1911 in 3 Masbro Buildings, Blythe Road, Hammersmith, London, England, she was listed as the wife of Thomas Mark Morris.6 Matilda died in 1914 in Fulham, London, England.7,8

Children of Matilda Frances Tunley and Thomas Mark Morris

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1866/Q1 Fulham Volume 1b Page 45.
  3. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 208 Folio 96 Page 3.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1885/Q4 Fulham Volume 1a Page 438.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 49 Folio 41 Page 8.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 264 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 38 Schedule Number 88.
  7. [S348] E-mails between Stewart Eldridge and Jan Cooper from 6 December 2011.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1914/Q3 Fulham Volume 1a Page 265 age 48.

Thomas Mark Morris1

#21882, b. 1864, d. 1954
Last Edited=26 Dec 2011
     Thomas Mark Morris was born in 1864 in Harlington, Middlesex, England.1,2 He married Matilda Frances Tunley, daughter of Harry Godfrey Tunley and Annie Murdock, in 1885 in Fulham, London, England.3 Thomas was listed as head of household in the census of 31 March 1901 in 3 Masbro Chambers, Hammersmith, London, England, Thomas was a Vestry Carman living with his wife and children.4 Thomas was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1911 in 3 Masbro Buildings, Blythe Road, Hammersmith, London, England, Thomas was a carman for the Borough Council living with his wife and children in their four roomed home. They had 14 children, four of which had died before 1911.5 His wife Matilda died on 1914 in Fulham, London, England.1,6 Thomas died in 1954 in Hammersmith, London, England.7

Children of Thomas Mark Morris and Matilda Frances Tunley

Sources of Information

  1. [S348] E-mails between Stewart Eldridge and Jan Cooper from 6 December 2011.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1885/Q4 Fulham Volume 1a Page 438.
  4. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 49 Folio 41 Page 8.
  5. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 264 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 38 Schedule Number 88.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1914/Q3 Fulham Volume 1a Page 265 age 48.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1954/Q3 Hammersmith Volume 5c Page 623 age 89.

Thomas John Morris1

#21883, b. 1887
Last Edited=19 Dec 2008
     Thomas John Morris was born in 1887 in Fulham, London, England.1,2 He was the son of Thomas Mark Morris and Matilda Frances Tunley.1 In the census of 31 March 1901 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the grandson of Harry Godfrey Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1911 in 38 Raynham Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the grandson of Harry Godfrey Tunley Thomas was a builders labourer.4

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1887/Q3 Fulham Volume 1a page 210.
  3. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 47 Folio 163 Page 32.
  4. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 244 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 18 Schedule Number 294.

John Richard Tunley1,2

#21884, b. 22 February 1815, d. 3 February 1881
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
     John Richard Tunley was born on 22 February 1815 in St Marylebone, London, England.1,2 He was the son of John Tunley and Susanna Mason.3 He was baptised on 24 February 1815 in St Marylebone, London, England.2,3 He married Jane Matilda Wakelin on 17 April 1838 in St George, Bloomsbury, London, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by Mary Tunley and John W Keliva. John was a cabinet maker. John gave his address as 13 Museum Street and Jane as 40 Museum Street. Jane's father was a smith and called John Wakelin.1,2,4,5 John was listed as head of household in the census of 30 March 1851 at 12 Mill Street, St Pancras, London, England, John was a cabinet maker living with his wife and children.6 John was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, John was a cabinet maker.7 John was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, John was a pianoforte maker.8 John died on 3 February 1881 in Fulham, London, England, aged 65.2,9

Children of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S348] E-mails between Stewart Eldridge and Jan Cooper from 6 December 2011.
  3. [S7] Ancestry.com - London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1838/Q2 Bloomsbury Volume 1 Page 77.
  5. [S7] Ancestry.com - London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921.
  6. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HI107 Piece 1494 Folio 246 Page 77.
  7. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  8. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1881/Q1 Fulham Volume 1a Page 152 age 65.

Jane Matilda Wakelin1,2

#21885, b. 15 December 1820, d. 29 June 1893
Last Edited=31 Jul 2012
     Jane Matilda Wakelin was baptised on 15 December 1820 in St Pancras, London, England, Her parents were John and Frances Wakelin living at 11 Chapel Street, St Pancras. Her father was a smith.2,3 She married John Richard Tunley, son of John Tunley and Susanna Mason, on 17 April 1838 in St George, Bloomsbury, London, England, after the banns had been read. The ceremony was witnessed by Mary Tunley and John W Keliva. John was a cabinet maker. John gave his address as 13 Museum Street and Jane as 40 Museum Street. Jane's father was a smith and called John Wakelin.1,2,4,5 In the census of 30 March 1851 at 12 Mill Street, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the wife of John Richard Tunley.6 In the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the wife of John Richard Tunley.7 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, she was listed as the wife of John Richard Tunley.8 Her husband John died on 3 February 1881 in Fulham, London, England, aged 65.2,9 Jane was listed as the head of the family on the census of 2 April 1881 in 19 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, Jane was a house keeper living with her three sons and two lodgers.10 Jane was listed as the head of the family of on the census of 5 April 1891 in 52 Overstone Road, Hammersmith, London, England.11 Jane died on 29 June 1893 in Fulham, London, England, aged 72.12,2

Children of Jane Matilda Wakelin and John Richard Tunley

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S348] E-mails between Stewart Eldridge and Jan Cooper from 6 December 2011.
  3. [S7] Ancestry.com - London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1838/Q2 Bloomsbury Volume 1 Page 77.
  5. [S7] Ancestry.com - London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921.
  6. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HI107 Piece 1494 Folio 246 Page 77.
  7. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  8. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1881/Q1 Fulham Volume 1a Page 152 age 65.
  10. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 57 Folio 60 Page 50.
  11. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 37 Folio 102 Page 18.
  12. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1893/Q3 Fulham Volume 1a page 139 age 73.

Joseph Francis Tunley1

#21886, b. 1855, d. 1929
Last Edited=21 Dec 2011
     Joseph Francis Tunley was born in 1855 in St Pancras, London, England.1,2 He was the son of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin.1 In the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley Joseph was a pianoforte maker.4 In the census of 2 April 1881 in 19 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of Jane Matilda Tunley Joseph was a general labourer.5 He married Emily Johnson in 1881 in Fulham, London, England.6 Joseph was listed as the head of the family on the census of 5 April 1891 in 17 Everstone Road, Hammersmith, London, England, Joseph was a painter living with his wife and four young children.7 His wife Emily died on 1920 in Lewisham, London, England.8 Joseph died in 1929 in Lewisham, London, England.9

Children of Joseph Francis Tunley and Emily Johnson

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1855/Q2 St Pancras Volume 1b Page 29.
  3. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  4. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.
  5. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 57 Folio 60 Page 50.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1881/Q2 Fulham Volume 1a Page 391.
  7. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 37 Folio 101 Page 16.
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1920/Q2 Lewisham Volume 1d Page 1104 age 67.
  9. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1929/Q3 Lewisham Volume 1d age 865 age 74.

John Richard Tunley1

#21887, b. 1857
Last Edited=19 Dec 2008
     John Richard Tunley was born in 1857 in St Pancras, London, England.1,2 He was the son of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin.1 In the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley John was a scholar.4 In the census of 2 April 1881 in 19 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of Jane Matilda Tunley John was a general labourer.5 In the census of 5 April 1891 in 52 Overstone Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of Jane Matilda Tunley John was a pianoforte maker.6

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1857/Q3 St Pancras Volume 1b Page 48.
  3. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  4. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.
  5. [S41881] UK Census 1881 (RG11) - 3 April 1881 RG11 Piece 57 Folio 60 Page 50.
  6. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 37 Folio 102 Page 18.

Thomas Frederick Tunley1

#21888, b. about 1848
Last Edited=26 Dec 2011
     Thomas Frederick Tunley was born about 1848 in St Marylebone, London, England.1 He was the son of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin.1 In the census of 30 March 1851 at 12 Mill Street, St Pancras, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley.2 In the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, he was listed as the son of John Richard Tunley Thomas was a pianoforte maker.4 He married Elizabeth Morgan in 1874 in Westminster, London, England.5 Thomas was listed as head of household in the census of 2 April 1911 in 56 Perrers Road, Fulham, London, England, Thomas was a carpenter living with his wife and daughter in their three roomed home. Thomas and Annie had eight children, only four were still alive in 1911.6

Child of Thomas Frederick Tunley and Elizabeth Morgan

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HI107 Piece 1494 Folio 246 Page 77.
  3. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  4. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1874/Q1 Westminster Volume 1a Page 367.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 246 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 20 Schedule Number 214.

Frances Hariett Tunley1

#21889, b. 1850
Last Edited=15 Oct 2012
     Frances Hariett Tunley was born in 1850 in St Marylebone, London, England.1,2 She was the daughter of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin.1 In the census of 30 March 1851 at 12 Mill Street, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of John Richard Tunley.3 In the census of 2 April 1861 in 9 North Sreet, St Pancras, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of John Richard Tunley.4 She married Crossley Bilborough in 1868 in Kensington, London, England.5 In the census of 2 April 1871 in 16 Andover Road, Hammersmith, London, England, she was listed as the daughter of John Richard Tunley.6

Sources of Information

  1. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1850/Q4 Pancras Volume 1 Page 402.
  3. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HI107 Piece 1494 Folio 246 Page 77.
  4. [S41861] UK Census 1861 (RG9) - 7 April 1861 RG9 Piece 101 Folio 35 Page 63.
  5. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1868/Q4 Kensington Volume 1a Page 83.
  6. [S41871] UK Census 1871 (RG10) - 2 April 1871 RG10 Piece 63 Folio 15 Page 21.

Elizabeth Morgan1

#21890, b. about 1849
Last Edited=26 Dec 2011
     Elizabeth Morgan was born about 1849.1 She married Thomas Frederick Tunley, son of John Richard Tunley and Jane Matilda Wakelin, in 1874 in Westminster, London, England.1 In the census of 2 April 1911 in 56 Perrers Road, Fulham, London, England, she was listed as the wife of Thomas Frederick Tunley.2

Child of Elizabeth Morgan and Thomas Frederick Tunley

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1874/Q1 Westminster Volume 1a Page 367.
  2. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 246 RG78 Piece 8 Registration District 3 Sub District 2 Enumeration District 20 Schedule Number 214.
  3. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.

Mary Ridsdale1

#21893, b. 1789
Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
     Mary Ridsdale was baptised in 1789.1 She was the daughter of William Ridsdale and Jane Reynold.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S250] Emails between John Lisle and Jan Cooper from 24 December 2008.

Elizabeth Ridsdale1

#21894, b. 1795, d. 1838
Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
     Elizabeth Ridsdale was baptised in 1795.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Ridsdale and Elizabeth Calvin.1 Elizabeth died in 1838 in Richmond, Yorkshire, England.1,2 Elizabeth was buried on 28 January 1838 in St Anne, Catterick, Yorkshire, England.1,3

Sources of Information

  1. [S250] Emails between John Lisle and Jan Cooper from 24 December 2008.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1838/Q1 Richmond Y Volume 24 Page 91?
  3. [S40013] Family History Resource File - National Burial Index - CD.

James Ridsdale1

#21895, b. about 1732
Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
     James Ridsdale married Elizabeth Robinson.1 He was born about 1732.1

Child of James Ridsdale and Elizabeth Robinson

Sources of Information

  1. [S250] Emails between John Lisle and Jan Cooper from 24 December 2008.

Elizabeth Robinson1

#21896
Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
     Elizabeth Robinson married James Ridsdale.1

Child of Elizabeth Robinson and James Ridsdale

Sources of Information

  1. [S250] Emails between John Lisle and Jan Cooper from 24 December 2008.

Ann Johnson1

#21897
Last Edited=29 Dec 2008
     Ann Johnson married George Ridsdale, son of William Ridsdale and Jane Reynold, in 1815 in Catterick, Yorkshire, England.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S250] Emails between John Lisle and Jan Cooper from 24 December 2008.

Jessie Garrett1

#21898, b. 1911
Last Edited=1 Jan 2009
     Jessie Garrett was born in 1911 in St George Hanover Square, London, England.1,2 She was the daughter of Sidney William George Garrett and Jessie Elizabeth Emily Turmaine.1

Sources of Information

  1. [S15268] E-mails between Roger Turmaine and Jan Cooper from 3 December 2005 Information came from a collaboration with Richard Smith who sadly died on 5 October 2004 in Inverness.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1911/Q3 St George Hanover Square Volume 1a Page 739.

Henry Greathead Rex Mason1

#21899, b. 3 June 1885, d. 2 April 1975
Last Edited=7 Jan 2009
Henry Greathead Rex Mason
     Henry Greathead Rex Mason was born on 3 June 1885 in Wellington, New Zealand.1 He was the son of Harry Brooks Mason and Henrietta Emma Rex.1 Henry Greathead Rex Mason was the son of Harry Brooks Mason, a compositor from Cape Town, and his Australian-born wife, Henrietta Emma Rex, who helped to form the Women's Social and Political League in 1894. Rex Mason was dux of Wellington College in 1902 and graduated MA with honours in mathematics from Victoria College in 1907. He then graduated LLB. In 1911 he moved to Pukekohe, where he set up in practice as a lawyer. On 27 December 1912, at Auckland, he married Dulcia Martina Rockell; they had two sons and two daughters. Dulcia interested her husband in Indian religions, and both were theosophists, vegetarians and teetotallers.

In 1915 Mason was elected mayor of Pukekohe and in the 1919 general election, having joined the New Zealand Labour Party after it was founded in 1916, he stood as its candidate for the Manukau seat. By the 1920s he was an influential member of the Auckland Labour Representation Committee and in 1922 and 1925 stood as candidate for Eden, very narrowly losing in 1922. He finally won the seat at a by-election in April 1926, the vote for the Reform Party having been split by the independent, ex-Reform candidate, Ellen Melville. He was to represent the seat and its successors (Auckland Suburbs, Waitakere and New Lynn) for 40 years. For some time Mason remained involved in local body politics. He was a member of the Auckland Transport Board between 1931 and 1939 and its chair from 1935 to 1939. He narrowly failed to win the mayoralty of Auckland in 1933.
Mason was keenly interested in the workings and organisation of the Labour Party and in 1931 was elected its president. After 1931 he became involved in the party's policy committee, which prepared the policy for the 1935 election, consolidating its shift away from socialism towards laying the groundwork for a welfare state in New Zealand. This reflected Mason's own social democratic rather than socialist politics. He also advocated that citizens over 55 should be paid decent pensions, welfare benefits should be paid to the unemployed and incapacitated, producers should receive a fair income, all employees should have full pay during a fortnight's annual holiday, and necessary public works should be advanced.
In common with some other Labour MPs, and many of the party's supporters, Mason believed firmly in the sole right of the state to create and issue credit and currency. In the early 1930s he was present at meetings which seem to have consolidated Labour support among farmers influenced by Douglas Social Credit. In 1934 he wrote a short pamphlet, Common sense of the money question. The booklet echoed many of his early speeches: he had called the Reform government of the 1920s 'essentially a money-lenders' Government'. Mason forged a close alliance at this time with another MP, Frank Langstone. In 1933 they jointly put to the Labour Party conference proposals for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to create credit. The party's chief financial spokesman, Walter Nash, took a more cautious approach and in the end won out. Mason never forgave him, and the issue of monetary reform proved a barrier to their becoming good friends.
In 1935, after Labour's sweeping victory, Mason was given the portfolios of attorney general and minister of justice. In 1937 he established the Law Revision Committee, responsible for later important reforms. After the 1938 election, amid increasingly acrimonious debates over caucus democracy and financial policy, he remained close to the prime minister, Michael Joseph Savage. But he also retained contacts with John A. Lee, Langstone and the other monetary reformers. When Lee was expelled from the party in 1940 after his attacks on Savage, Mason wrote to him and asked whether or not he should join Lee's breakaway organisation. He accepted Lee's advice to work from within the party.
From 1940 to 1947, under Peter Fraser's prime ministership, Mason was minister of education and from 1943 to 1946 native minister. In 1944 he published a booklet, Education today and tomorrow , which described the new state school system and was obviously strongly guided by his director of education, C. E. Beeby. The matriculation examination was abolished, and a resulting reform of the secondary school curriculum resulted in the breaking down of differences between secondary and technical high schools.
After the 1946 election, narrowly won by Labour, Mason was not elected by his colleagues in the ballot for cabinet. However, he was elected to fill a vacancy in April 1947. After the defeat of Labour in 1949, Mason continued to live in Wellington, travelling to Auckland for a monthly constituency clinic. He was an energetic opposition MP, speaking on many subjects including law reform and monetary policy. Several times between November 1950 and April 1956 he introduced the Decimal Coinage Bill into Parliament as a private member's bill. His persistence, usually without the support of his colleagues, prepared the way for the eventual introduction of decimal currency into New Zealand in 1967.
In 1957 Mason waged a particularly energetic campaign in Waitakere and was returned with a large majority. Some of his strongest supporters were members of the Yugoslav community. The first Labour government had made all naturalised New Zealanders eligible for such benefits as the old-age pension. The second Labour government promised more sensible liquor laws so that wine could be sold from an increasing number of outlets, mostly in West Auckland; this would benefit Yugoslav wine-growers. Rex Mason received much of the credit for these measures as minister of justice.
After Labour won the election in November 1957 Mason was easily elected to cabinet. He again became attorney general and minister of justice, and also served as minister of health. His major achievement was to codify all aspects of criminal law and to prepare a crimes amendment bill that was eventually passed in 1961 by the incoming National government. Considered one of the best codifications of its type, it also abolished the death penalty for murder.
By 1963 the electorate of Waitakere had grown in size so much that a new seat, New Lynn, was created, which Mason won with a comfortable majority in that year's election. Between 1963 and 1966 the Labour Party - first under Arnold Nordmeyer, and more importantly after 1965 under its new, energetic and very much younger leader, Norman Kirk - wanted to modernise itself. Many of the stalwarts of the first Labour government, including Mason, were now in their 80s and still in Parliament. In 1966 a policy was adopted whereby members of Parliament should retire at the election after they turned 70. Despite protests from some elements of the party organisation, a new candidate was selected for New Lynn in early 1966.
Mason retired from Parliament in October 1966. He was appointed a CMG in 1967 and received an honorary LLD from Victoria University of Wellington in the same year in recognition of his service as attorney general and his long interest in law reform and codification. Dulcia Mason died in 1971 and Rex on 2 April 1975 at Wellington. He was survived by two daughters and a son. He had outlived nearly all his colleagues from the first Labour government. Mason had contributed much to the direction of both the first and second Labour governments and to the creation of a welfare state in New Zealand.1 He married Dulcia Martina Rockell They had two daughters and two sons.1 His wife Dulcia died on 1971.1 Henry died on 2 April 1975 aged 89.1

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Harry Brooks Mason1

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     Harry Brooks Mason married Henrietta Emma Mason in 1884 Harry Brooks Mason was a compositor who with his wife Henrietta helped to form the Women's Social and Political League in 1894.1

Child of Harry Brooks Mason and Henrietta Emma Rex

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