May Aroha "Maisie" Free (1911-1981)
Born, 13 March 1911, NZ
Notes: In the 1920s the Free & Young families lived next door to each other in Queens Avenue Hamilton.
At the time of her marriage Maisie was a well known amateur actress in Auckland.
William Robert Hurworth Free 'Micky' and 'Micheal'
Receives a Good Conduct prize December 1885 from the Central School Taranaki (Taranaki Herald, 19 December 1885, page 2)
The seriousness of attempting to pass the railway crossing in Devon-street when a train is near was impressed upon a young man named William Free at the Police Court to-day (Monday). It was explained by Sergeant Stagpoole that the porter had to dash his flag in the defendant's face to keep him back. The Magistrate imposed a fine of 20s and costs. (Taranaki Herald, 18 February 1901, page 2)
Newspaper clipping, 2 December 1908 – source not identified
Free – Sloane Wedding
An unusually pretty home wedding took place on Wednesday afternoon when Miss Margaret Sloane, youngest daughter of Mrs Sloane, Marine Parade, Ponsonby, Auckland was carried to Mr. William R. H. Free of New Plymouth post office. The ceremony was performed in the drawing-room at “Dunbar”, the residence of the bride’s mother.
At half-past two o’clock, to the strains of “Lohengrin”, planed by Mrs Thorbourne, the bridal party entered the drawing-room, and stood under a beautiful wedding bell. The Rev. A. Macaulay Caldwell conducted the service. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. Dunbar Sloane, of Wellington, looked lovely in a soft white crepe de chine, with a V and panel in front of skirt of tucked chiffon lace, embossed with silk flowers. She wore a soft white tulle veil, arranged over real orange blossoms, and carried a beautiful shower bouquet.
Miss Lassie Sloane and Miss Bessie Watt attended as bridesmaids, and were charmingly frocked in white Indian muslin with pick tucks and French Valentine lace, made semi-Empire, with fichus, and large white crinoline hats wreathed with white daisies. They carried lovely shower bouquets of pick sweet peas, and wore handsome wreath brooches set with turquoises and pearls, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. H. Free acted as best man, and Mr Marples as groomsman.
After the ceremony afternoon tea was served in the dining-room and on the spacious verandah. The tea table was artistically decorated with pink sweet peas and trellis of pink silk ribbons, while four tiny wedding bells, with ribbon, were suspended over the table. The Rev. Macaulay Caldwell proposed the health of the bride and bridegroom.
The presents were numerous and valuable. Later Mr and Mrs Free departed amidst rose leaves for Howick, the bride wearing a stylish electric blue striped cloth costume and blue crinoline hat with large pale pink roses and foliage. Mrs Sloane (mother of the bride) wore a black toilette, with touches of white lace; Miss Free (New Plymouth), cream frock, with lace threaded with pale green ribbon; Miss Sloane, white silk and cream skirt; Miss Robertson, black and white floral gown, Misses M. and T. Sloane wore cream and white respectively.
Among others present were:
Mrs T. F Robertson, Mrs Sotham, Misses Tizard, Walker, Hall, Kennedy, Scott, Bellhouse, Mrs and Miss Thorburne, Mrs H. Cooke, Mrs R. Watt, Mrs Oxley., etc.
FREE, on July 14, 1942, at Auckland Hospital, William Robert Hurworth
(Micheal) loved husband of Margaret Robertson Free, of 2 Westbury Crescent,
Remuera, aged 65 years. Private Cremation yesterday.
(picture, left to right, May, Margaret & Fredie)
Little apart from the following is currently known about him. He appears in the Taranaki Crown Land Grants as being granted Section 26, Block II, Upper Waitara on 16 July 1900, and again Section 4, Aria Suburban on 28 November 1905. He witnessed the wedding registrar of the 1908 wedding of his older brother W R H Free to M R Sloane. He listed his address at the time as being in New Plymouth.
And, in Standard 4, in 1889, he was award the 'extra' prize - which is the most popular child in a class who has not otherwise got a prize. Source: Taranaki Herald, 19 December 1889, page 2.
In the 1905/6 Electoral Roll he
is listed as a Storeman living in Mokau.
Stage Coach Pioneer
Mr. H. J. Free Passes
Carrying the mail in the early days.
Roads but tracks deep in mud.
By the death in Auckland last week of Mr. H. J. Free, a link with the past has been severed and the writer of these notes was moved to recall much that will be of interest to many people still resident in Te Kuiti and the districts immediately surrounding the town. The late Mr. H. J. Free, or as everyone knew him, Henry Free, came to Te Kuiti from New Plymouth in the year 1908, and immediately afterwards founded the firm of H. J. Free and Co., livery stable proprietors and mail contractors, in the premises now occupied by Te Kuiti Motors, Ltd. In a short time the firm acquired the mail-carrying business of Mr. Bert Lewis who ran daily to Pio Pio and Aria, returning next day. The service was provided means of coaches drawn by six horses, these being changes at Pio Pio, and it will interest many to know that these coaches were made in Te Kuiti by the firm of Rutherford and Wright, Mr. Wright still being resident in Te Kuiti. They were considered as being wonderfully adapted to the needs of the roads of those times, These so-called roads cannot possibly be envisaged by the younger generation of residents, and it needed courage and skill of the highest order to negotiate them, they for the most part of the year being nothing but deep muddy tracks. One of those drivers of these coaches, Mr. Dick Pratt, is still living at Wairere, where he farms and is affectionately remembered by many who travelled on the coaches of Free and Co.
Service to Waitomo Caves,
Pioneer of Motor Buses,
Mr. Free had a very engaging personality which stood him in good stead in surmounting the many difficulties encountered.
Source: King Country Chronicle, July 15, 1940.
Very little is known about Katie. The picture (right) is from the group photograph at W R H Free and Margaret Sloane's wedding in Auckland in 1908. On the back of the photograph (written close to the time) she is described as Katie.
Obit from Taranaki Herald 13 August 1960
Mary Gretia Annie "Anna" Free
Very little is known about Mary.
Received an honourable mention in the 'Hand Bouquet by school children' at the 1893 Taranaki Horticultural Society - Spring show. source, Taranaki Herald, 25 November 1893 page 2.
Appears in the Taranaki High School awards 1896; receiving awards for; Attendance, Latin & French (she was third), and Tennis Singles. source Taranaki Herald, 19 December 1896 page 2.
She may have become a school teacher. As her first year pupil teacher exam pass (scored 608 out of 1100) is published the Taranaki Herald 28 July 1898 page 2. Although, in the 1905/6 Electoral Roll she is listed as a Librarian in Taranaki.
We know from his Will (at National Archives) that Owen Marvell died on 30 November 1955 in Hastings. He was a farmer and left his house and property in Haumoana (near Hastings) to Thomas Waterman Harland and his wife Vola Harland (I'm assuming that Vola is his daughter). He also left (pounds) 2,000 to Margaret Robertson Free of New Plymouth (a widow). The absence in his will of any mention of Mary suggests she pre-deceased him.