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From: Olwyn Whitehouse <>
Subject: [nz] She is buried In Timaru without a headstone. Flora May Toombsm. Neville Speechly 1901 and later Michael Mullin in 1918.
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:47:46 -0600


I was looking into Michael Mullin, who died in 1936 in Timaru.  He had
donated 10 stained glass windows to Timaru's Sacred Heart Basicilla,
six by bequest and I found his second wife buried in 1957  in Timaru
Cemetery without a headstone in the Free Ground section. In 1901
Neville Innes Speechly married Flora May TOMBS. Flora's father was
George Toombs, a printer and bookbinder of Christchurch and co-founder
of Whitcoulls and Toombs. In 1918 Michael Mullin married Flora May
Speechly. She contested Michael Mullin's will in 1936 and won. Michael
Mullin, a retired farmer, left an estate of a value of about £35,000,
and by his will he gave to the appellant a legacy of £200 and an
annuity of £250 during her widowhood, together with the use of a
residence and furniture. Other legacies totalling £2400 went to
various beneficiaries and the balance of the estate was directed to be
divided into 64 parts, which 27 were to be paid to nephews and nieces,
and 37 to certain religious bodies. The widow's application for
further provision was not opposed.

http://www.booksellers.co.nz/book-news/trade-news/whitcoulls-proud-kiwi-business-success-most-its-128-years

Neville's father was Edward Speechly. Edward and Robert Speechly
(brothers) arrived into Lyttelton on the "British Empire" 6 Sept.
1864.  Robert travelled as a Saloon passenger and Edward was a 2nd
Cabin passenger. Robert Speechly came out to superintend the building
of the Christchurch Cathedral.  Neville was the s/o Edward Speechly
who settled near Geraldine.

Michael Mullin - why does he have two plots at the Timaru Cemetery?
Who was he? Obit. Timaru Herald 24 Jan. 1936.

Michael Mullin, age 85.
DOD Wednesday, 22 January 1936
Block SE New Row 89 New Plot 489

Michael Mullin, age 82.
Date of Interment Friday, 24 January 1936
Block SE New Row 89 New Plot 500


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