Above: One of the Sloane children prepares to bath.
John Robertson Sloane
The photographt to the right is of May Sloane taken about 1905.
Mary McDonald Sloane "Molly"
Molly is mentioned as 'Miss Molly Sloane' in her role as bridesmaid for her brother's wedding in 1910.
Christina Robertson Sloane
Andrew Dunbar Sloane
It is understood that Andrew Dunbar Sloane moved from Auckland to Johnsonville, Wellington due to bad asthma and the thought the climate would be more beneficial.
He initially worked as a chemist - although it's not clear how he learnt this trade.
He was also, clearly, both very social and a singer (in an age before the radio) and mixed in amateur theatre.
And, finally, he appears to be quite polilically active. He frequently appears in the Evening Post's 'Women in Print' column associated with the Pioneer Club, Reform League and various chairty type work.
It is through these connections, and throught the Johnsonville social scene, he meets his future wife, Olive Moore. In 1907 Olive is mentioned in the Evening Post a signer "she sang with marked effect. She has a true and pleasing voice." in an unnamed production where Dundar's brother, Mr Seddon Sloane, was the business manager.
In 1908 is, and his future wife, are described in the Evening Post's review, in September 1908, of:
In the Opera House last night the Mountebank Dramatic Club began a three-nights' season, in aid of the funds of the St. John Ambulance Association (Wellington Centre). A three-act comedy entitled "Our Regiment " was played. It is a cleverly-written composition, with, excellently contrasted characters; and there is in it a rich vein of humour, arising out of ludicrous situations and clever dialogue alike, - which was excellently interpreted by the various actors. The incidents of the play are supposed to take place in the town of Mudborough-on-Slush, where a retired merchant and his friend live with their families and wards. To this quiet place a regiment of cavalry comes for a few weeks, and the girls of the family immediately contract "scarlet fever," and drive the retired merchant to distraction. The philanderings and misunderstandings of the soldiers and their admires form the principal theme of the play, though there is an amusing variation formed by the love passages of a curate, who finally turns soldier to satisfy the retired merchant's friend. The latter is the uncle of the curate's sweetheart, who admires soldiers as much has his friend detests them, and who has said that his niece will never marry a curate. The retired merchant is persistent in his refusal to sanction the marriages of his daughter and niece, but he is dragooned into a tardy consent by his wife, and when his friend consents to the marriage of his own niece and the one-time curate now turned soldier, the curtain rings down and everyone is happy. Mr. W. P. Bastin was highly successful in tne part of the irascible Mr. Dobbinson, who hated soldiers and feared nobody but his wife. Excellent illustrations of the strongly-contrasted soldier characters of Captains Fetherstone and Guy Warrener were given by Messrs. Dunbar Sloane and Frank Lampen, and the comedy sketch of the Rev. John Talbot, by Mr. Middleton Scott, was pleasingly done. Dr. D. N. Isaacs was satisfactory as Mr. Ellaby. Miss Evelyn Culverwell gave a suitably acidulated representation of Mrs. Dobbinson, and the parts of the daughters and nieces were well taken by the Misses Kathleen Evensen, Olive Moore and Lottie Ogborne. Mr. Horace Graves suitably filled the small part of Batters, a servant. A pleasing feature of the entertainment was the musical assistance given by the orchestra, and the incidental singing, by Miss Olive Moore, of "The Sweetest Flower that Blows." A representaion in coloured lights of the garden scene which forms the setting of the third act, was especially well done."
Their engagement was announced in the Evening Post on 9 Feburary 1909:
Andrew married Olive Theresa Moore 30 Mar 1910 in Johnsonville,Wellington. Andrew was 32 and Olive 21.
Their wedding was covered, in some detail, in the Evening Post, 30 March 1910:
Olive was the eighth child of James Moore and Jane Philomina Mary Halliday, whose mother was a high ranking Maori Princess that was involved in the signing away of certain lands around Blenheim and Picton.
Mary’s father was James Moore. James Moore was born in County Dublin, Ireland, in 1841, and at the age of 16, after his father’s death, he came to New Zealand accompanied by his mother, Mrs Thomas Moore, nee McGovern, and sister, and brother-in –law. They arrived on 15 May 1857 by the Black Ball Line Alma. He was at Gabriel’s Gully in 1862 and was overseer and Inspector of Public roads in 1864. Marrying Mary Jane, daughter of Capt. Halliday of Blenheim by his Maori wife, a member of the Tuiti-Macdonald tribe, at St. Mary’s cathedral, Wellington. In 1866, James Moore settled on the Porirua Road where his family where all born…later moved to Johnsonville. Mrs Moore died on 4 May 1925, aged 81…(They had eight children, the youngest was Olive). Olive married Andrew Dunbar Sloane.
During the First World War, five years after he married, Andrew Dunbar Sloane, at the age of 37 was appointed army captain on the New Zealand hospital ship Maheno, which embarked for Turkey in July 1915, returning January 1916. During August and September 1915 the Maheno made five visits to Anzac cove at Gallipoli, ferrying the sick and wounded to hospitals in Egypt. Wounded men were transferred from Anzac beach to Maheno. In extreme heat, while bullets raked the decks, the nurses worked with the poor torn mangled men amid the horrible sickly odour of dysentery, disease and decay. When they first arrived at Anzac, they found ‘a destroyer and cruiser bombarding the coast immediately opposite. Several bullets came on board, which added excitement to the proceedings.’ When wounded and sick men were evacuated to Mudros (a town on the Greek island of Lemnos approximately 100 kilometres from ANZAC Cove), conditions there were only better in that the men were out of range of Turkish guns. Even the nurses and doctors on Mudros were savaged by the prevalent illnesses of dysentery, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. The flies were with them too.
While Andrew was away at war, an influenza epidemic broke out. A relative of his converted his hall in Johnsonville into a receiving hall for patients and his wife, Olive, dispensed medicine for free.
Andrew and Olive had five children, their only son Clifford, was born in 1912 at Johnsonville.
In 1913 he is the honorary Secretary of the Johnsonville Golf Club.
In 1914 he advertsing as a Chemist trading at 66 Lambton Quay.
In 1918, Andrew Dunbar Sloane set up the auctioneering firm Dunbar Sloane Ltd. He became a well known land agent and auctioneer. The company has continued to be owned by the Sloane family and run by the eldest son, in each case being called Dunbar.
In 1922 he is mentioned as one of those signing delightful songs during the the supper of the Pioneer Club (Evening Post, 2 Sept 1922 pg 13). An extract from the Evening Post in 1924 noted that he founded the auction house after he returned from the First World War, gassed at Gallipoli and unable to mix chemicals. ‘A not inconsiderable figure in Wellington’s commercial life is the erstwhile chemist, Dunbar Sloane, now wielding in place of the pestle an auctioneer’s hammer. Land is what he knocks down after first cracking it up’
In 1925 he stands as the only canidate against Peter Fraser (the incumbent and later NZ Prime Minster) in Wellington Central - he was unsuccessful.
The following gives a sense of his politics (Evening Post, 30 October 1926):
Peter Fraser's response to Dunbar's canidacy was as follows: (Evening Post, 14 October 1925)
In 1931 (Evening Post, 14 October 1931) he's mentioned as signing the official opening of the Riviera Cabaret at Porirua (his daughter, Betty Sloane, was one of the dancers).
Children of Dunbar & Olive:
A daughter: 6 Januray 1911
Walter Rutherford Sloane
Noted as passing the Dental Examinations in Dunedin - source Evening Post, page 6, 15 February 1908.
Moved to Whakatane and practised as a Denist.
The following was published in the New Zealand Free Lance on 22 February 1908.
Passed his dental exam, at Dunedin last week, with full strings of colours flying, Wallie Sloane of the Empire City. Walter is an Auckland boy by birth, but he adopted Wellington when his big brother, Dunbar, opened his pharmacy along Lambton Quay. Then the latest addition to our dental regiment hoed in to learn the gum surgery at the well-known dental -rooms of W. Bradley Struthers. But Wallie was born to it. Came down from Auckland with his mind made up for the business. He brought his hamper ashore from the Takapuna one fine morning, and walked straight up to Struther's dental surgery.
It so happened that Bradley Struthers was up to his neck in some mechanical work when a quarryman or a wharf-labourer came in with his eyes starting out of his head. The cause? A bad molar. The young Aucklander had a look at it, allowed that it was a sad arrangement, and would have to be shifted. But he didn't call Mr. Struthers. Not a bit. He took the handiest forceps, and in two-twos he had that man swearing allegiance for ever and a day to the doctrine of painless dentistry.
Wallie isn't given to talking. You might be in his company a week and he wouldn't even ask you what you thought of the weather. When boss dentist Struthers tackled him about pulling the man's molar, Wallie just reckoned that, as he'd come down from Auckland to pull teeth, the sooner he started the quicker. Now those who know say that a finer extractor than this same Walter Sloane, dental surgeon, has to be born yet. It is a natural gift. He took a sea blow before his exam., and quietly coasted down to Dunedin. The sea air, phosphorus, and one thing and another, just fitted him, and there will be a new swell dentist playing hockey this coming season in Wellington.
George Levett Sloane
Thomas Seddon Evans Sloane, "Seddie" (TWIN)
He is mentioned as the business manager' for an amateur theatre production (unnamed) held in Welling on October 1907. A production that featured Olive Moore, who later married Andrew Dundar Sloane (brother to Seddie).
Passed his dental exams in Dunedin on 16 October 1909 (18 months after his brother Walter). Noting that his usual residence at the time wasWellington.
Ruth Aroha Lassie Sloane