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From: "Lynda Gear" <>
Subject: Re: [NZ] Question
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 16:47:29 +1300
Hello all and thank you all for your suggestions and tips. I will
look at those websites. For those that asked, their names were:
Samuel LINTERN or LYNTON b. ca 1835, possibly in Derbyshire
Ann or Hannah Mary GIBBONS b. ca 1846 possibly in London
All I can tell you about this couple is that they were likely English.
They married in Oamaru on 9 August 1867 by special licence; I have a
"short" version of their marriage certificate, which gives no parents'
names. Their marriage notice in the newspaper misspelt Samuel's name
as LINTHORN. Their first child reportedly was born in Dunedin but
that may not be right. They were in Oamaru and Christchurch for
several years before moving to Korokoro, Petone in the North Island.
Samuel had a general store there in which opened the first post office
service in 1906. (No luck with post office archives.)
Samuel was physically ill and killed himself in 1917. I have a copy
of the coroner's report but only a white copy of his death
certificate, which gives no details of place, date of birth or
Unfortunately Hannah's death certificate only muddies the water even
more as it gives her name as Ann and her parents as a former Lord
Mayor of London and his wife. So? you say. Well, long story short:
This London mayor Sills John GIBBONS and his wife Ann nee CROOKES
certainly had a daughter of same age as my Hannah - BUT - this
daughter Ann M Gibbons still showed in England census records after my
Hannah was married in NZ.
I've searched Papers Past and no mention of Samuel before the 1867
marriage notice. Several articles later on concerning labouring
contracts and bankruptcy. I've searched the "Our Stuff" website and
put in their names and found nothing. Have looked through many sites
of passenger lists trying to find them and no luck. Possibly they met
here and maybe Samuel was following the gold. Hannah's death
certificate info just stumps me, as I wonder how the informant
would've known her mother's maiden name of Crookes unless they were in
Anyway, that's the story.
On 14/02/2008, EM & DP O'Connell <> wrote:
> Hi Lynda
> Try Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria on line.
> http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/index_search.asp?searchid=23 Many
> single men followed the gold rush to Oz then crossed the ditch subsequently.
> The second leg is also on line under Victoria Outwards to NZ.
> Perhaps in an obituary - even of the children if they came out at the same
> What names are you looking for?
> Good luck
> Elizabeth O'Connell
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Lynda Gear" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 6:08 PM
> Subject: [NZ] Question
> >I have a question: How would I find out which ship my ancestors came
> > to NZ on and from where they came?
> > They appear to have started out in Otago. I've searched through
> > Papers Past and written to the Hocken Museum in Otago, to no avail
> > regards their getting here. This couple is really bugging me because
> > I can't track down their origins. Would Archives in Wellington hold
> > this information?
> > Thanks in anticipation, Lynda