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Tuesday  1 December  1903
Auckland  -  01
the body of a year old female child was found on the beach at Brown's Island, Auckland.


Wednesday 2 December  1903
Pahiatua  -  McLEAN,  GUNTHER   -  02
a rake upset at Makuri,  and the driver named Mclean had a leg broken and a boy named Gunther,  13 years old, who was with him,  was so injured, he died in hospital.

Accident  -  03
MOORE  - a man named T.P. Moore, a bootmaker ----  met with a bicycle accident ----  Moore was thrown to the ground ---    


Thursday 3 December  1903
Deaths  -
CORNISH
  - 05  -  Mr Cornish,  for many years propietor of the Terminus Hotel,  died yesterday, after a protracted illness.
HERDMAN  -  06 -    2yr old daughter of Mrs Herdman of Petone,  died in hospital from burns ---------
SMITH  -  08   -  Robert of Dannevirke  manager of Weber Waiono? factory  drowned ----  parents live in Stirling, Otago ------

Licensing Committee -  07
Transfers  -  
Royal Hotel, Lyttelton -  Charles BLATCHER  to  Edwin TATTERSALL
Ocean View Hotel,  Governor's Bay -   E.J.BROWNIE  to Robert COUZENS
Cave Rock Hotel, Sumner  -  Thomas CLARK  to  Edward philip MARCH.


Saturday  5 December  1903
Auckland  -    11
JONES
-  trap driven on the tramline to pass a horse ----   one named Jones had his jaw broken -----

Rangitata Boating Tragedy  -  12
---  at 5pm Mr Frank BROWN recovered the body of ROBERTSON,  and also saw the body of TWIGG ----- MORRISON  the survivor
of the disaster -----  more --

Invercargill -  Fire  -CHILTON  -  13
-----  at Otautau,  owned and occupied by Mr R.S.Chilton  was ---  by fire. -----


Monday 7 December  1903
Auckland  - 14
LYONS
- John Lyons  a tramway company employee  -----  fell a distance of 15ft.  ---led to his death.  He was 42 years old and left a wife and 4 children.

Napier  -  14
HAWKINS 
-  Edward Hawkins,  aged about 52,  employed at Waimarama Station,  died ---   

Greymouth  -  14
WRIGHT 
- a bushman named Peter Wright was out boating  with 5 others on Lake Brunner ----- Wright was drowned,  the others were rescued.


Tuesday 8 December  1903
Wellington  -  JOHNSON  -  16
Mr William Johnson,  who had been on the staff of the General Manager of Railways since 1895,  died at his res. on Saturday.  ---- leaves a widow.  
His parents reside at Leeston, Canterbury.

Divorce  -  17
RAMSAY  - J.P.  of Masterton ----  divorce from his wife on grounds of desertion.
COLLIER  -  James of Wellington  ----   against his wife Jessie ---  on similar grounds.

Dunedin  -  Marriage -  18
Dr Stanley BATCHELOR  married -----   to Miss Florence BUTTERWORTH.  the bride was given away by her brother-in-law Dr Lindo Ferguson

Dunedin  -  missing trio  -  MATTHEWS,  BATHGATE,  FENWICK -  19
---  Mr H.J.Matthews,  State Forrester,  Mr Alexander Bathgate,  solicitor,  Mr George Fenwick,  managing director and editor of Otago Daily Times.  
left Gladbrook Station   ----------

Auckland  -  MIDDLETON,  McCABE  -  20
F. Middleton,  and Angus McCabe  were killed in the Crown Mine,  Karangahake -----  another man named McSHEEN  had his arm and shoulder injured.  
The deceased men were unmarried.

Ashburton  -  21
McCRORY 
-  Mr James McCrory  of Pendarves,  Ashburton County a resident of 25 years,  died on Sunday  aged 65.


Thursday  10 December  1903
Presentations  -  23
CANDY  -  ---  wedding presents were handed to Mr F.S.Candy  who has been promoted
COOPER  ----  who for past 18mths  ----  in the Ashburton for the Fairfield works.  --------

Marton  -  24
WILTON  -  M.H.Wilton  died this morning,  formerly a chemist of Marton  ---------

Lyttelton  -  Marriage  -  25
COOTE - LINDSAY  ---  Mr W.Coote one of the vestrymen  was married to Miss C. Lindsay  a member of the choir -----

Presentation  -  26
RUTLEDGE  -  Mr  George Robert Rutledge who is leaving ----   to go to England to complete his training as an engineer. -- a handsome travelling
                            dressing-case --  presentation made by Mr Shann -----


Friday 11 December  1903

Divorces  -  27
POPE  v   Agnes C. Pope  and Godfrey Simonsen  -  Wellington divorce Court
DOUGLAS  v  Douglas -------- lots more   -  Dunedin divorce court


Saturday  12 December  1903
Marton  -  Fire  -  28
BLACKWELL
  - --Mr J.G.Blackwell --destroyed by fire -------


Monday 14 December  1903
Divorce Court  -  29
McMASTER  v. McMASTER  and Kino,  North Otago sheep farmer-----   with Fanny Ada McMaster------  Isidore Kino  of Sydney----  Dunedin Court
MAJOR  -  Isabella Major  v. George Everett Major ---   desertion and misconduct  -----  Auckland court.

Presentation  - LITTLEJOHNMAJOR    -  30
Nelson College Old Boys' Ass.  bade farewell ---- to Mr W.S.Littlejohn,  Principal of the Boys' College ---  to take up a position at Scotch College,  East Melbourne ---  after 20 years  in Nelson.  ---  presented with a gold watch and chain.  ------
Mr Major  an assistant master is also going to the same college was likewise accorded a farewell.

Accidents  -  31
TRIMMER  -  Annie  a married woman aged 62,   fell  and died almost immediately  -  Auckland
POHIO  -  Robert at Kaiapoi Pa -------------  he is a widower about 35 years of age.


Tuesday  15 December  1903
Inquest  -  Rangiora  - b  32
MILES  -  death of Mrs Bridget Miles ------ William Miles,  deceased's husband --------

Kaiapoi  -  33
H. Pohio -----  

Lancaster Park --   35
FALVEY  -    a boy named John Falvey,  12 years old  was run over by 2 bicyclists  while crossing the track  2 small bones were broken -----  

Wellington  -   36
FLETCHER  -   Margaret Fletcher   aged 81  died at the hospital from --burns  while lifting a kettle off the fire.

Maintenance  -  37
GILBERT  -  Samuel Gilbert --------   maintenance of his wife ------   
HAY  -  James George Hay  -----  maintenance order -----

Affiliation  -  38
HOBBS 
- Andrew Hobbs  was ordered to pay the sum of 5s. a week -----  

Summary Separation  -  39
WALKER   -  Ada Walker  applied for an order for summary separation from her husband,  Alfred William Walker ----  wife custody of children
BARBER   -  Sarah Ann Barber  ---separation from her husband John Barber  ----  support of 2 young children.


Thursday  17 December  1903
Accident  -  Lyttelton  - 40
HANSEN  -    ---  Lyell Hansen  ---  behinf Messrs Forbes and Co.   --he had one rib broken  -------

Divorce  -  41
McMASTER   & KINO  ----- 


Friday  18 December  1903
Accidents  -  43
HUDSON  -  Mr John Holmes Hudson,  a retired chemist,  died suddenly last evening  ---- Auckland  - 
GOODRICK  -  Mr William R. Goodrick,  73 years old,  ----- dropped dead this morning --- Hokitika  -  
JENNINGS  -  Mr Henry Jennings of Port Levy  ---  thrown from horse  and broke his thigh -----

The following candidates have won the 4 senior entrance scholarships at the Christchurch Girls' School in the order of merit.
Lilian GRIFFIN,  West Christchurch School  1.
Agnes WERTER,  Mrs Bowen's Private School  2.
Elsie SAPSFORD,  East Christchurch High School.  3.
Blanche ROUT,  St Albans School,  4.


Monday  21 December  1903
Coromandel  -  Boating Fatality -  47
William Edgar,  James Roil  and Donald Calder  together with 3 others  P.Petley,  J. Kirk  and Leslie Roil  (age 12)  were anchored in a yacht
 near Pitas Island  -------James Roil,  Edgar and Calder ----  were drowned   --  
Roil was a married man was a blacksmith,  he leaves a wife and 4 children,   
Calder who lost an arm some years ago was an accountant,  he leaves a wife and 5 young children,  
Edgar was a miner,  aged 60.  He leaves a wife and a grown up son and daughter.

Dunedin  -  48
MADDOCK  -
  2 year old son of Mr Charles Maddock  was drowned at Cromwell ----   


Tuesday  22 December  1903
Greymouth  -  51
HUGHES  -  John    ----  died this morning.  he was one of the oldest residents on the Coast.
GILROY  -   ------  a dredge hand  named Gilroy,  while working at the North Beach dredge today got his hand mangled  --------

Presentations  -    53
PRIESTNALL -  Mr E.  was given a gold medal by the South Canterbury Boxing Assoc.,  Ashburton.
CHAMBERLAIN  -  Miss Martha on the eve of her marriage -- Amberley Town Hall ---  gave her a clock.
MATHEWS  -  Mrs R.T.   -----
BROPHY  -  Mr M.  Ashburton,  whp is retiring from from the railway service  --- was given an easy chair  by his fellow workman ----


Wednesday  23 December  1903
Pahiatua  -  56
BECKETT  -   agirl aged 9 named Beckett at Kaitawa was drowned while crossing a shallow in the Tiraumea River  with her sister.  She fell ----

Auckland  -  57
KELLY  -  Alfred Kelly  aged 30   was knocked down in Queen street ------  injured on the head.  he was conveyed to the hospital.

Blenheim -  58
GILL  -  Harold Gill became entangled in the machinery at a flax mill at Blind River ----   he died in the hospital this morning.

Invercargill  -  59
WILLIAMSON  -  Robert,  manager of the Undaunted Goldmine,  Nevis,  was killed by a fall of earth.  he was aged 40  and was unmarried.

Meeting of Creditors  -  60
RAMSEYT  -  of Rangiora,  saddler  -------  lots more -----


Thursday  24 December  1903
Nelson  -  61
DRUMMOND 
-  from Wangamoa that a Mrs Drummond was thrown out of a trap near Bird's accomodation house ---- died from injuries received -----


Monday 28 December 1903
Auckland  -  62
REYNOLDS  -   Mr A.B. Reynolds  sen  landing waiter for customs collided with 2 horses -----    
SMITH  -  Mr George ---son of fell off a building  in Halifax street ---  broke an arm. -   Nelson  - 62
BRAY  -  James Bray  aged 14  drowned while attempting to cross a creek near Albury  -   Timaru
ROSS  -  Alexander  of Redcliffe,  young man lost his life  while bathing -------   Timaru

Kaiapoi  -  Boating Accident  -  64
-- Mrs LINKLATER  and several members of her family  while out boating at kaiapoi were thrown into the water ---------   seen from beach --M
r EVANS  went to rescue  -- all of the party were rescued ---  taken to cottages of Messrs EVANS,  JOHNSON  and ANDERSON  --------

Inquest  -  LYNSKY  -  65
William Lynsky  -  William McHUGH  farmer, residing at Mandeville North --deceased was his brother in law. ------   lots more  ----
 (spelling of Lynskey  as in paper)

Death  -  66
POHIO
-  Pohio ----   some 3 weeks ago  died in hospital today -- he was a widower with no family.


Tuesday  29 December  1903
Funeral  write up  -  67
LYNSKEY
  - W.  of Ohoka took place --- interred at Rangiora Roman Catholic Cemetery  ---widow and 4 children  also Mr and Mrs M. Lynskey   of Kaiapoi,                          parents of the deceased.  (spelling of Lynskey  as in paper)

Inquest  -  68
POHIO
  - ---- of Henare Pohio  ----    Harry WAKEFIELD  a neighbour of the deceased  -----  more ------


Wednesday  30 December  1903
MONAGHAN  -   Patrick  ----  an elderly man  a labourer,  --------Gisborne  -  71


Thursday  31 December  1903
Auckland  - 
SCANLAN
   - 72  - Walter Bracewell  shot an old man  Jimmy Scanlan  outside the Britomart Hotel then shoy himself.  ----  neither was dangerously injured.
JOHNSON  -  73  -  a tram conductor  named Albert Johnson  was badly injured between 2 cars ----  he was taken to hospital.

Pahiatua  - 
KINSETT 
-  74 -    a settler living at Konini  named Alfred Kinsett,  aged 41,  married man  with several children ------  

Beverley Evans
Christchurch  NZ
18 May 2008

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