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Subject: [nz] Deans of Riccarton
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:38:06 -0500
Marlborough Express, 20 January 1911, Page 5
The death is announced from Christchurch of Mrs Jane Deans, relict of
the late Mr John Deans, of Riccarton, one-of the original settlers on
the Canterbury Plains. The late Mrs Deans was the eldest daughter of
Mr James Mclllwraith, of Auchenflower, Ayrshire. She was married in
September, 1852, and, with her husband arrived in Lyttelton in the
Minerva on the 2nd February, 1853. She shared the privations and
hardships of the pioneer days, and to the last preserved her
faculties. She was the mother of the late grandmother of Mr R. G.
Deans, the '"All Black" footballer.
Star 1 October 1908, Page 1 MR R. G. DEANS.
The death occurred yesterday, at the age of twenty-four years, of Mr
R. G. Deans, second son of the late Mr John Deans, of Riccarton. Mr
Deans, who resided at Homebush, was attacked by pneumonia a few days
ago. Mr Deans took an interest in the affairs of the Farmers' Union,
and held a seat on the provincial executive, but as a footballer he
was widely known, having for some seasons been regarded as one of the
finest players of Rugby that New Zealand has known. As a member of the
Boys' High School Old Boys' Club, which he joined after leaving the
school, he rapidly made his way to the front rank of Canterbury
football, and in 1903 he first represented the province in all its
important matches. His form in that and the following season secured
him a place in the famous All Blacks team which visited Great Britain
in 1905 [he was only 21]. He played in nineteen matches in the United
Kingdom, including the four international tests. On his return to New
Zealand, he again took part in local footbail, and during the past
three seasons he represented Canterbury. He was not able to join the
New Zealand team for Australia in the 1907 season, and an injury last
season prevented him from playing in. two of the test matches against
the British team, but he was included in the third team, and did
splendid service for New Zealand.
Robbie Deans, coach for the Wallabies, at the Rugby World Cup 2011,
was born in Cheviot in 1959 and lived up on Kilmarnock station, the
family farm, up the Blythe Valley. He and halfback brother, Bruce, 14
months younger, practised backline moves in their home paddock. Their
parents, put up goalposts on the farm. "They were the tallest in New
Zealand mate," says Deans. The Deans name has been a part of rugby at
in Christchurch for more than a century. Robbie Deans, epitomises
what Cantabrians feel they should be. He's driven to win but is honest
and direct. "I'm a great believer in looking forward. You are only as
good as your next game." Deans is proud of his deep Canterbury roots,
more so as he has aged. "They were the ones who did the hard yards."
Star 18 September 1900, Page 1
Mr John Deans, Mrs Deans's late husband, came to New Zealand in 1842.
Extracts from letters given were from letters written by the brothers
Deans to their father (they had no sister), and the one explaining
their reajsons for naming the Avon and Riccarton was from their
brother, Mr Jamas Deans, to herself. Riccarton was named after their
native parish in Ayrshire, not the adjoining bounty of Lanark. Both
the brothers took part in the planting of the first oak trees.
Star 19 June 1902, Page 3 OBITUARY.
JOHN DEANS. This morning death removed another of Canterbury's
prominent settlers in the person of Mr John Deans, of Riccarton. For
the past week it had been known that Mr Deans was very seriously ill.
Mr Deans was the only son of the late Mr John Deans, who was virtually
the pioneer of the Christchnrch portion of the Canterbury district,
having established himself on the site of the present Riccarton Estate
before the arrival of the Canterbury Pilgrims in the historical first
four ships. It was on this estate that Mr John Deans was born, and
there he continued to reside with his family up to the time of his
death. Mr Deans was educated- at the original High School (now the
West Christchurch School). He was a member of the Canterbury Yeomanry
Cadets, which were started in 1868, and afterwards joined the
Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry. Mr Deans, who was in his fiftieth year,
married a daughter of Mr R. G. Park, civil engineer, Wellington, who,
with his mother, survives him, as well as a family of one daughter and
seven sons, the eldest of whom is Captain Deans, of the Malvern
Star 18 October 1901, Page 3
DEANS.— Oct. 17, at Riccarton. Catherine, third daughter of Jonn and
Catherine Edith Deans; in her sixteenth year.
Otago Witness 20 May 1882, Page 12
Shooting at Riccarton Christchurch, May 15th. Information has just
reached town that Mr John Deans, of Riccarton, has been shot in the
shoulder on his estate, presumably by poachers. Later. The following
are full particulars respecting the shooting of Mr Deans. It appears
that Mr Deans, while walking in the bush on his estate, met a stranger
and asked him what he was doing there. The stranger replied, "What's
that to you?" Mr Deans said, "I am Mr Deans," and proceeded to lift up
a coat lying on the ground, so as to examine it. The same moment the
stranger drew a revolver, and without further parley fired at Mr
Deans, aiming at his head but he fortunately missed him. The stranger
fired again, and the bullet grazed Mr Deans' left shoulder. Mr Deans
then draw a revolver which for some time he had been accustomed to
carry for the purpose of killing stray dogs, and fired, but the
stranger at the first sight of the weapon bolted, and succeeded in
making his escape. The police are now scouring the district. The man
is known, and is wanted on other charges. It would appear that he has
been camping with a mate in the bush for some time past.
Poverty Bay Herald, 20 January 1911, Page 5
CHRISTCHURCH,; last night. The death is, announced of Mrs Jane Deans,
relict of the late John Deans, of Riccarton, one of the original
settlers on the Canterbury Plains. The late Mrs, Deans was the eldest
daughter of Mr James Mcllwriiith, of Autehenflower, Ayrshire. She was
married in September, 1852, and, with her husband, arrived at
Lyttelton in the Minerva on 2nd February, 1853. She shared the
privations and hardships of the pioneer days, and to the last
preserved all her faculties.
Marlborough Express, 24 January 1911, Page 6
The death, which took place on Thursday, at the patriarchal age of
eighty-seven years, of Mrs John Deans, senr., the widow of one of the
first possessors of the historic Riccarton Estate, removes one of the
links with the past history of Canterbury. The deceased lady, who was
the eldest daughter of Mr J. Mcllwraith, was born at Auchenflower,
Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1824. She was married in Scotland to Mr John
Deans, who had made the voyage from New Zealand for the purpose, in
September, 1852. The newly-married couple left for their new home in
the' Minerva, arriving in Lyttelton in February, 1853. Unfortunately
her married life was not of long duration, Mr Deans dying in June of
the following year, 1854 leaving an infant son. The death of her
husband in 1854, only three years after that of his brother William,
left the late Mrs Deans in the onerous, position of administering, in
conjunction with the trustees, Mr James Young Deans, of Scotland, the
late Mr W. Lyon, of Wellington, the late Mr W. G. Brittain, of
Christchurch, assisted by the late Mr Douglas Graham, for eighteen
years manager of the estate, and Mrs Conly of Hororata, large estates
and interests connected with the property during the minority of, her
son. In the discharge of the many duties depending upon her in this
respect the late Mrs Deans evinced great shrewdness, tact, and
business ability. The very exacting work in connection with the
management of a large estate was done by her with characteristic
fidelity and care. The handing over of her trust on the coming of age
of the late Mr John Deans, in 1874, an event which was made from the
connection of the family with the settlement from its infancy almost a
provincial event, and was 'he occasion of the assembling of a large
number of the principal settlers at Riccarton. Mr John. Deans, junr.,
died in June, 1902.
Evening Post, 20 October 1939, Page 12
CHRISTCHURCH WEDDING - RECEPTION AT 'CHIPPENHAM'
A wedding was celebrated, at St. Mary's Church, Merivale, on Wednesday
afternoon, when Rosemary Herbert Berthon, only daughter of the late
Mr. H. Berthon Williams, and of Mrs. Williams, Hayelock North, Hawke's
Bay, was married to John Humfrey Deans, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Deans, "Kirkstyle," Coalgate." The Yen. Archdeacon A. K. Warren
performed the ceremony, and Mr. A. Worsley was organist. The wedding
united two prominent pioneer families of Canterbury. The bridegroom is
the great-grandson of the late Mr. John Deans, who arrived in New
Zealand in 1842. The bride's mother is a grand-daughter of the late
Bishop Harper and niece of the late Sir George Harper, formerly one of
the best known and most highly esteemed, residents of Christchurch.
The bride was escorted by her uncle, Sir Hugh Acland. She wore a frock
of deep cream satin. Her beautiful veil was of Limerick lace, which
had been worn by her great-grandmother, the wife of Bishop Harper, at
her wedding, and she carried a bouquet of Marechal Niel roses and
freesias. Miss Janet Deans, who attended as bridesmaid. Mr. Patrick
Deans was his brother's best man, and Messrs. Austen, David, and
Adrian Deans were ushers. A reception was held at "Chippenham," the
home of Sir Hugh and Lady Acland. The bride travelled in a floral silk
frock and navy blue hat and coat.
Evening Post, 27 January 1939, Page 14
Mrs. Alister Deans Entertains,
One of the largest private dances held recently in Christchurch, and
certainly one of the most enjoyable, was that given on Tuesday night
by Mrs. Alister Deans, of "Morven," Darfield, in honour of her two
sons, Messrs. Austen and David Deans, states "The Press." The guests
were entertained at Riccarton House, Riccarton, where the Deans family
has lived since the early days of the province, and which on this
occasion was kindly lent for the dance by Mr. and Mrs. John Deans, of
Kirkstyle. Their daughter, Miss Nancy Deans, who will leave this week
for England, was an honoured guest. Mrs. Alister Deans wore an
attractive frock of larkspur blue chiffon with large fuchsia-coloured
flowers on the bodice.
Ashburton Guardian, 13 March 1913, Page 2 SOCIETY WEDDING.
DUNEDIN, March 12
The marriage of Miss Holdsworth, eldest daughter of Mr Chas.
Holdsworth, general manager of the Union Company to Mr James Deans, of
Homebush, Canterbury (son of the late Mr John Deans, of Riccarton),
was solemnised in St. Matthew's Church this afternoon by the Rev.
Canon Curzon Siggers, assisted by the Rev. C. R. Allen. The chief
bridesmaid was Miss Neal Holdsworth, with whom were associated Misses
Knight, Hilda Chapman, Forbes, Woodhouse, Gladstone, and Robinson. Mr
Douglas Deans was best man, and the groomsmen were Messrs A. Deans, W.
Deans, Lawrence Murchison, and Godfrey Holdsworth. The directors of
the Union Company presented, the bride with a handsome diamond and
pearl pendant Set in platinum.
Evening Post, 6 March 1931, Page 11 MASTERTON WEDDING
The marriage was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church,
Masterston, of Barbara, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Williams,
Te Parae, Masterton, and Colin, son of Mrs. Deans, Riccarton House,
Christchurch. The bridesmaids, Misses Nancy Williams, Margot Russell
(Hawkes Bay), and Marjorie Vaile (Auckland). Two small children,
Annette Beetham and Sylvia Birch, were dressed in similar frocks. Mr.
Godfrey Westonra (Cheviot) was best man, and Messrs de Bathe Brandon
(Wellington), W. Johnston, P. Borthwick, and Alister Williams were
ushers at the church.
Star 7 June 1909, Page 3 MARRIAGES.
HARRIS — DEANS— On 5th June, at the Cathedral, Hongkong, Francis,
second son of the late Archdeacon Harris, of Christchurch to Marion,
daughter of the late John Deans and Mrs Deans, of Riccarton, New
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