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James John Joshua Coughlan

 

married Eliza Gravener

 

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James ____ Laurence____Joseph Hyrum_____Eliza______Hetty

married Annie Rogers
1891
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Florence___Maud__Joseph___Hetti___Alfred ____ Ann ____ Albert ____ Wattie

married Dorothy Downer
1919
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(Children not listed in age order)

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James John Joshua Coughlan
was a Quartermaster in the 3rd Buffs Regiment serving in the Army during the
Indian Mutiny and the Crimean War, and was twice decorated , once by
Queen Victoria.

After leaving the army he was a Hotelier at Bedford for 18 years in a Hotel called
The Black Diamond Inn.

James married Eliza Gravener, and they had five children, Joseph Hyrum,
James, Laurence, Eliza, Hetty. Their son James carried on the business
after they retired.

Joseph Hyrum Coughlan Born at Chatham New Brumpton England 1869,
and died at Dunedin N.Z. 2.5.1941, aged 72 years, and buried at Dunedin.
He married Annie Rogers at Riverton 20.2.1891. Annie was the daughter of
Richard and Elizabeth Rogers (nee Hoban), and arrived with her parents in N.Z.
when she was 3 years old in 1873. Richard and Elizabeth are buried at Tuatapere.
Joseph and Annie had 8 children, Annie Eliza, Joseph Hyrum, Hetty Helen,
Alfred James, Albert Edward, Evelyn Maude, Florence Edith, Walter Henry.

             

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Newspaper Article taken from Otago Daily Times (Dunedin N.Z.)
Thursday 20 February, 1941.


GOLDEN WEDDING
MR. AND MRS. J.H. COUGHLAN


Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Coughlan, of Moray Place, will celebrate their golden
wedding today. They were married at Riverton on February 20, 1891. Mr. Coughlan,
who is well known in Dunedin as the former proprietor of a hairdresser's and
tobacconist shop at the corner of Dowling and High Streets, retired from business
three years ago because of ill-health.

Mr. Coughlan was born at Chatham, New Brumpton (ENGLAND). His father,
who was a quartermaster in the 3rd Buffs Regiment, served in the army during the
Indian Mutiny and the Crimean War, and was twice decorated, once by
Queen Victoria.

Mr. Coughlan has also seen war service. He served for over three years in the
Buffs Regiment at Home and on coming to New Zealand spent 12 years
with the Wallace Mounted Rifles, gaining an instructor' s certificate.
He was a sergeant in the mounted machine-gunners of the
Otago Regiment in the Great War.

Before coming to Dunedin, Mr. Coughlan was in business for about 40 years
at Tuatapere, where he was one of the original settlers. Mrs. Coughlan was born at
Ramsgate . Mr. and Mrs. Coughlan have a family of four sons and four daughters,
all of whom are now married. There are 26 grandchildren and two great
grandchildren.
The family comprises Mrs. G. Hopwood (Dunedin) Mrs. G Horell (Te Tua)
Mrs. R. Horell (Te Waiwai) Mrs. E. Adam (Mosgiel) Mr. J. Coughlan (Tuatapere)
Mr. A.E. Coughlan (Otautau) Mr. W. Coughlan (Mosgiel)
Mr. Alfred Coughlan (Glenomaru) The last named is overseas with the
2nd New Zealand Expeditionary.

(remembering that this was printed in 1941)

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AUGUST 1961

WOMAN WHO SAW RELEASE OF FIRST SPARROWS HAS 90th BIRTHDAY

Telegrams and flowers from friends and relatives were sent to
Mrs. Annie Coughlan, when her 90th Birthday was celebrated
last Saturday 28/8/1961.

Born on August 28, 1871, the second daughter and the fifth child of
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.

Mrs. Coughlan emigrated to New Zealand with her family arriving at the
Port of Bluff when she was three years, after a long voyage in the sailing ship,
the William Davis. The family settled at Seaward Bush where Mr. Rogers was
employed at the local sawmill. Later, they moved to Otautau, and Mrs. Coughlan
became one of the first pupils at the Otautau school. Her father worked for
Captain Ellis at Merrivale and she remembers the emus on the station and also
when the first sparrows were liberated in the district.

When she left school, Mrs. Coughlan worked for a tailor and in 1891 married
Joseph Hyrum Coughlan also originally from England. Mr. and Mrs. Coughlan and
their family with the Erskine family were the first settlers to take over bush
farms at Papatotara.

She remembers when the first deer were liberated in the district, and recalled the
days when a visit to Invercargill meant crossing the Waiau on horseback and,
then a ride to Orepuki, the railway terminus. The nearest doctor was at Riverton ,
a long trek in those days. Groceries were not delivered so Mrs. Coughlan made bread
for the family using a camp oven and black pine bark for firing. Mr. Coughlan
also rented a block of land from the Government which he cleared and planted.

This eventually became the Tuatapere Domain.

After the First World War, the family moved to Tuatapere,
where they ran a tobacconist store.

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