Individual Notes

Note for:   Harriett Dixon,   ABT 1830 - 18 OCT 1905         Index

     Place:   Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson

Individual Note:
     Some details from IGI and G Adams

*Free BDM Record shows Marriage Registered March 1853, District: St Pancras, Frederick Constable and Harriett Dixon, Volume: 1b, Page: 180*

Frederick and Harriet Constable sailed on the Indian Queen from Liverpool to Wellington. It departed 1/11/1856 and arrived 30/1/1857.
Have not located passenger list, information from General Index at National Library

Nelson City Council Cemetery Records show Harriett Constable, Date of Death: 18/10/1905, Date of Interment: 22/10/1905, Aged: 75 years, Cemetery: Wakapuaka Cemetery, Area: Old General, Block: 4, Plot: 101, Funeral Director: None Listed, Buried with Selina (daughter) and next to Frederick (husband) and Laura (daughter)

The Nelson Evening Mail 19th October 1905 shows
Constable - On October 18th, 1905, at her residence, Nile street, Harriett, widow of the late Frederick Constable, aged 76 years. At rest
The Nelson Evening Mail 20th October 1905 shows
Funeral Notice
The Friends of Mrs H. Constable are informed that her Funeral will leave her late residence, Nile street East, on Sunday Morning, at 9 o'clock, for the New Cemetery.
G. Fleming & Sons, Funeral Directors

Individual Notes

Note for:   Mary Ann Hull,   ABT 1817 - 21 NOV 1887         Index

     Place:   Bolton Street Cemetery, Wellington

Individual Note:
     Name, Year of Birth and Death from Scholefield Papers

*New South Wales Marriage Registry Records show Marriage Registration No: V18381558 22/1838, Names: James Ames and Mary A Hull, District: CA*

Latter Day Saints IGI Records shows Details of Marriage 7/3/1838, St Philips, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, James Ames and Mary Ann Hull, Batch No: M310254, Date: 1836 - 1839, Source Call No: 0993592, Type: Film

The New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian 26th April 1854 shows
At the annual licensing day on the 17th instant, the magistrates suspended the licenses of eleven public houses in Wellington and the Hutt, chiefly we believe, on account of their selling spirituous liquors to the Natives, and allowing them to become intoxicated. There were also three new applications for licenses which were refused. The following licenses were renewed. C. E. Alzdorf, Wellington Hotel; W. Abbott, Waterloo Hotel; M. A. Ames, South Sea Hotel; W. Bannister, Crown and Anchor; C. Brown, Thistle Inn; W. Cattell, Nag's Head; T. H. Chapman, Murphy-street; J. Firth, Aurora Tavern; W. Miller, Freemason's Tavern; E. Roe, Barrett's Hotel; H. Rotermund, Abel Smith street; J. M. Taylor, Royal Hotel; M. A. Webb, Eagle Inn.

The Evening Post 16th February 1870 shows
Wanted Men to Cut 1000 Cords of Firewood
Tenders will be received up to noon Monday, 28th February, at Mr. King's (Ames) Hotel, Johnsonville; also at Mr. Mountain's, Lambton Quay, where all particulars can be obtained.
Benjamin Reeve,
16th February

Bolton Street Cemetery Record shows Mary Ann Ames, Date: 21/11/1887, Cemetery: Church of England, Plot: 215

The Evening Post 22nd November 1887 shows
Death of an Old Resident
Interesting Reminiscences
Another blank has been made in the ranks of the early colonists, by the death of Mrs. Ames, mother of the City Valuer. The sad event took place at the residence of Mr. James Ames, Sydney street, last evening, the old lady passing away at the age of 71. Mrs. Ames was married in Sydney, and her two eldest sons, George and James, were born there. In December 1840, she sailed for Wellington with her husband, who was captain of a trading vessel, and in January 1841 settled on a small island alongside of Kapiti, where her husband established a whaling station. During her residence there the terrible Wairau massacre occurred. Although many miles away from the dreadful scene, Mrs. Ames had good reason to recollect something about the affair, as she and her younger sister were the only white persons in New Zealand who knew of the intention of the Maoris to kill the settlers at Wairau in cold blood. One day, while Captain Ames and his men were absent in pursuit of whales, a number of war canoes filled with natives in fighting costume touched at the island and demanded to know whether Captain Ames and his hands were close at hand. Mrs. Ames, who was only 22 years of age, and her sister, who was four years younger, together with the children, were the only persons on the island at the time. Both women pretended not to be afraid, and they witnessed the warriors land as if the occurrence was a common one. When the natives were informed by Mrs. Ames that the men belonged to the station were absent, the two bloody thirsty chiefs, Te Rauparaha and Rangihaeata, informed her that if the white men had been present, everyone on the island would have been killed, but as they were away neither she, nor her sister nor the children would be injured if food was provided for the visitors. It is almost needless to say that Mrs. Ames and her sister lost no time in placing a meal before the hungry warriors. Before the natives left the island they acquainted the women they were on their way to Wairau to massacre the whites there. After living on the island for some time, Captain Ames and his wife and family took up their residence at Kaikoura, where a whaling station was established by the skipper. Captain Ames then came up to Wellington, and was pilot at the Heads for some time, after which he became the landlord of the South Sea Hotel, which stood on the site now occupied by Mrs. Walker's millinery establishment on Lambton quay. Captain Ames died in 1850, and his widow continued the business until 1856, when the hotel, which was brick, was thrown down by an earthquake. The shock occurred at night, and the inmates were obliged to clear out in their night dresses in order to escape. After the house was destroyed Mrs. Ames went to live at Johnsonville, and subsequently came back to town, residing here until her death. Mrs. Ames was a genial, kind hearted woman, and her many good qualities endeared her to all who knew her for any length of time, She was a faithful wife, a good mother, and an industrious settler, and her memory will long be revered by many residents of the colony. The deceased leaves six children to mourn their loss.
Note: Death certificate shows only 5 living children at the time of her death.