Topic: Charles and Ann Gilberthorpe

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Charles and Ann Gilberthorpe emigrated from England, arriving in Christchurch in 1859

 by ChristchurchCat

Charles was the eighth child of William Gilberthorpe of Conisbrough and Mary Robinson of Slade Hooton. They had been married on 8 April 1806 following the posting of banns in the Parish of St Johns, Slade Hooton. Charles was born on 9 July 1827 in Slade Hooton, and christened on the 29th of that same month. The parish register was signed by Mary but had only an ‘x’ for William. Nothing more is known about Charles until the 1851 census which shows him living in the Letwell District. He was recorded as aged 23 years, and working as a farm labourer. There is some speculation that he worked with a John Rogers on a property called Hodsock Hill, and this may be how he met Ann Rogers, his future wife.

  St John the EvangelistCharles and Ann were married in Carlton in Lindrick on 27 November 1855 following the posting of banns. Ann was the elder daughter of John Rogers and Maria Slack. John Rogers appears to have been the eldest of five children born in Woodsetts, Yorkshire, to a John Rogers and Frances Hancock. He was born on 19 March 1796. Not much is known of his wife Maria. Sometime between the 1841 and 1851 census Ann’s mother Maria died .This may have been the reason for her father John and younger sister Emma Maria emigrating to New Zealand in 1859 with Charles and Ann Gilberthorpe. William, John Rogers’ eldest son, was already in New Zealand and had paid forty-five pounds, six shillings and eight pence to assist them to come out. The New Zealand Government paid the remaining twenty pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence for their passage. They left from London on 27 April 1859 aboard the "Mary Anne", arriving in Lyttelton on 4 August 1859. Ann wrote a diary during the voyage but it was rather unremarkable in content. She mentioned that Charles was very seasick at the beginning of the trip. Also she quoted all the scriptures which were preached on during the passage. She chose to go to the chapel services . It was sad to note that several young children died on the trip. It appears that the family resided in Riccarton after they arrived, maybe with Will or the other brother James who had also come to live in New Zealand earlier. In 1861 Charles was granted a parcel of land in Yaldhurst.   He paid forty-two pounds for 21 acres.

Application for Land    Gilberthorpe cottageThey liked to call the little three roomed cottage “Carlton Villa” after the village they had come from. Later this was enlarged to five rooms. At what stage the street they lived on became Gilberthorpe’s Road is not known. The road was first mentionGilberthorpe Graveed in The Press in 1875 when the formation of 70 chains of it was discussed by the Templeton Road Board. Charles died on 7 September 1915 and Ann on 26 October 1921. Both are buried at St Saviour’s churchyard, Templeton, as are some of the Rogers family. Three children were born to Charles and Ann. Mary Maria was born on 8 April 1862, followed by William on 5 April 1865, and finally Annie on 3 January 1868. Mary Maria was a very bright child and The Press of 15 June 1875 says that she was easily the first in an exam, gaining 456 marks out of 500. These were the highest recorded that far. Mary married Arthur Jackson in 1887. They had four children: Edith, George, Will and Ethel. Edith was clever and attended Christchurch Girls’ High School. She then went on to university (Canterbury College) where she enrolled in the sciences. She learned under Ernest Rutherford who was later knighted for splitting the atom. It is understood that she gained the first MA in that subject in Canterbury and possibly New Zealand. It is interesting to note that one of her grandsons married a direct descendant of Lord Rutherford. William was also very bright and according to his elder son Reg he was Dux of Riccarton School, which he attended from the ages of 7-13 years. William wanted to become a builder and work for his Aunt Emma’s husband but, as they couldn’t board him, he became a farm labourer. At times worked as a shearer on McLeans Island, some 8 km from home. He was expected to start work at 5am. So he must have had to leave at about 3am. He probably had to work a 10 hour day, so wouldn’t have got back home till 7pm.He later farmed on 40 acres at Templeton until he retired in the late 1930s.  Not a lot is known about Annie, but there is a record of her signature on a petition for Women’s Votes dated 1893. Hers was the second signature, quite a lot further up the list than the well known Kate Sheppard. She never married and lived with her parents until their deaths and then on her own until she died in 1941. The house was then rented for some years and later used by the Presbyterians, mainly for a Sunday school, until it was demolished in the spring of 1989.

Crown Grant of LandCrown Grant of Land - 2 Yaldhurt Map

Mary Anne passenger list, page 1, together with John and Emma Rogers

Arrival of the Mary Anne in Lyttelton: Lyttelton Times, vol. XII, issue 704, 6 August 1859

Templeton Roads Board meeting: The Press, vol. XXIV, issue 3131, 13 September 1875

Stamp Duty: Sun, vol. III, issue 697, 5 May 1916

Annie Gilberthorpe death notice: The Press, vol. LXXVII, issue 23442, 24 September 1941

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Charles and Ann Gilberthorpe


First Names:Charles
Last Name:Gilberthorpe
Place of Birth:Slade Hooton