New Zealand Blayneys

the New Zealand connection


There are a number of Blayneys that came to New Zealand, most of whom I have very little information about, other than my own line and Job Blayney.

[1] Blayneys descended from Thomas Blayney born 1754
and Priscilla Sargeant born 1775 both of London.      


  • Alexander & Rebecca Blayney from London,  
    = my paternal great grandparents.
    [My mother's parents were Ernest and Arley Potter]

  • Walter Blayney of Bethnal Green (London),  
    = an cousin of Alexander, emigrating to Auckland in 1884 on the Manapouri. He died unmarried.

[2] Blayneys descended from Job Blayney of Atchan, England.
who emigrated in 1909 to NZ where he worked as a grocer in Hawera
(amazing coincidence as this is where I live).

  • Captain Charles Edward Blayney MC  

  • John Roberts & son Don Blayney  

[3] Blayneys descended from David Blayney born 1844, Dromore,
      Co Tyrone, Ireland

  • David Blayney, born 1908, who emigrated to Auckland  

  • Blayney-Sproule-Steele to NZ Blayney-Somerville  

[4] NZ Blaneys  

  • [4a] Captain John Blaney  

  • [4b] James Blaney from Scotland  

  • [4c] Edward James BLANEY son of Thomas of Irelend  

[5] "Loose end" Blayneys  

[2] Job Blayney born 1864 Atchan, England

Job BLAYNEY, born in 1864 at Atchan, England was the son of Thomas BLAYNEY (1820-1875) and Margaret JONES of Montgomeryshire, Wales. Job married Lily Emma Wilmot in 1889 at Lambeth, England and died in New Zealand in 1917. They emigrated (immigrated from my view) arriving 4Dec1909 on the SS Papanui, moving to Hawera, in Taranaki (where I live) where they ran a grocery on the corner of High Street and Wilson St.

They had two sons, Captain Charles Edward BLAYNEY MC, and John Roberts BLAYNEY, and two daughters, Phillis and Gladys Margaret. A fuller family tree, with genealogy is listed under ThomasMiner.html. It is possible that this line connects to Thomas BLAYNEY b.1770 line.

Captain Charles Edward BLAYNEY, moved with his parents from England to Hawera in 1909, Taranaki NZ but then moved up to Auckland. He returned to the UK during WWI to serve in the Royal Flying Corps, where he earned a Military Cross. He son (Peter) states that "He became a brave and resourceful aviator, saw much action and won the Military Cross." Charles returned to NZ and married Myrtle Alice Goodwin of Hawera in 1919. [156]. He Worked for a farmers co-op, then it looks like he become a BSA Factory representative in Wellington (advertising in 1926) [1510]. He flew seaplanes as a hobby but in 1929 returned to England and "got a better job", based in Sydney. Furthermore it turns out that his son is none other than the NZ born Australian artist Peter Michael BLAYNEY -see [151].

John Roberts BLAYNEY also moved with his parents from Hawera to Devonport, set up home in Mt Eden, Auckland. He married Rita May Clark and they adopted three children, the youngest being none other than Don BLAYNEY (see photo to right), "famous" UFO witness [see Internet link UFO Roundup], ex-Policeman, now a Director of Campus Security NZ Ltd (Albany, north of Auckland) [157]. Don was the second highest polling candidate in the 2004 Elections for the Albany Community Board, North Shore City Council.

I have speculated that Don is my 6th cousin (common ancestor being Thomas BLAYNEY, the wheelwright of Llanllwchaiarn born between 1675 and 1695 and dying 1761.)

For genealogy see under Job BLAYNEY in ThomasMiner.html.

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[3a] David Blayney born 1908 Outerand twd, Co. Tyrone, Ireland

1 David BLAYNEY b.1Jan1908 (Outerand Mayo, Connacht, Ireland); 
  "Eldest son of the late Joseph Todd Blayney, J.P., Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland" [1248]
  d.27Dec1984 (Auckland, NZ);
  bur.31Dec1984 (Waikumete Cem, Auckland - WESTERN LAWN A Row 1, Plot 34); 
  Occ. Grocer.
  Son of Joseph & Martha Blayney
 +(1) Ruth Rebecca QUELCH m.3Sep1932 (Devonport) [1248]
      [2nd Dau. of Mr & Mrs QUELCH of Devonport]
      dv.10Dec1943 [1249] 
  2 Maurine June BLAYNEY b.20Feb1933 (Auckland); adp. by David & Ruth
   +(1) Ivan Kenneth RAE b.12Oct1931 (Auckland); m. (Devonport, Auckland, NZ);
     d.2Apr1972 (Auckland)
    3 Living BLAYNEYs view family  (?p/w problem)
   +(2) Stewart DUNDASS 
 +(2) Jessie Melville CRAMOND
  2 Living BLAYNEYs view family  (?p/w problem)

[3b] "Blayney-Sproule-Steele" -to NZ Blayney-Somerville

1 James BLAYNEY b.1801 (1797) (Dullaghan, Fermanagh And Omagh, N.Ireland); d.16Nov1878
(Dullaghan, Tyrone);  See Ancestry of James BLAYNEY 
  [son of Chadwallader Blayney 1768-1855 and Mary Sproule 1768 - 1855 both of Dullaghan]
 + Martha Rinchey b.1811; d.1895 [1372]
  2 Seven children, incl:
  2 photo Elizabeth BLAYNEY b.1830(8)(40) (Dullaghan Dromore Co Tyrone, Ireland); 
    m.20Oct1864; d.1930 or d.15Sep1926 (Taumaranui)  
    [Gt Grandmother of Juliette COOKE (m. Ed COOKE)]
   + photo Robert Sproule SOMERVILLE b.27Feb1840 (Dullaghan, Dromore, Co. Tyrone)
     m.1864 [122]; d.~1897 (Wellington) or ~1924 (Tauaranui) [1919 in NZ BDM]
     [Son of Christopher B. Somerville b.1811/12 (Drumharvey, Tyrone); 
      d.1903 (Dullaghan, Dromore, Tyrone) and 
      Ann Sproule b.1817/19 (Greenan, Dromore, Co. Tyrone, Ireland); 
      m.13Mar1839; d.1709.
      Christopher in turn the son of Christopher SOMERVILLE b.1841 and a 
      Elizabeth BLAYNEY [1373]]

Elizabeth Somerville

Robert S Somerville
3 Christopher James Blayney SOMERVILLE b.1865 (Dromore, Tyrone); d.1927 (NZ) 3 Robert Blayney SOMERVILLE b.27Aug1867; d.3Apr1935 (Te Awamutu) Cab Proprietor, Kihikihi + Lottie POUND m.11Mar1892 [NZ BDM] 4 Clifford (Cliff) Blayney SOMERVILLE b.04Nov1910; d.8/18Mar1987 (Wellington) Builder [1502] + Dorathea Marie DILLNER m.25Mar1938 4 Lionel SOMERVILLE 3 Mary Anne Martha SOMERVILLE b.1869 (NZ); d.1870 (7 mths) (NZ) 3 William George SOMERVILLE b.22May1871 (NZ); d.11Aud1943 (Taumaranui) + Lydia Louisa HARE b.1882; m.23Dec1903; d.1957 4 Five children 3 Oliver John Wellington SOMERVILLE b.12July1873; d.19Nov1956 (both NZ) + Maria Emily Hedges b.1876; m.13Nov1893; d.1964 3 Annie Jane Elizabeth SOMERVILLE b.29May1876; d.17Jun1958 (both NZ) + Joseph Henry Gledhill 3 Albert Ambrose Nelson SOMERVILLE b.9Sep1878; d.13Oct1965 + Annie POUND b.1879; m.28Feb1900 [NZ BDM]; d.18Mar1987 4 Four children 3 Maud Mary SOMERVILLE b.31Jan1881 (NZ); d.3Nov1943 (both NZ)

[4] "Others" -more NZ Blayneys

[4a] Captain John Blaney

Capt. John J Blaney

Bridget Hannagan

Bridget Blaney

Francis Hannagan

Catherine Connor H

Rose Blaney
sings to royalty

Rose Irvine née Blaney
29Mar1902 Australia

Rose and
Capt Matthew Irivine

Rose Irvine
née Blaney

Mary Connor
née Blaney

Catherine Mary
1 photo Captain John Joseph BLANEY b.1843 (Cushendall, Country Antrim, Ireland); Master Mariner - captained a small coastal vessel around NZ's South Island. Hotelkeeper (Proprietor of the Caledonia Hotel; d.14Apr1907 in The Caledonian Hotel, Andersons Bay, Dunedin, Otago, NZ. [son of Alexander BLANEY (?d.1884< Antrim) and Rose McKAY (?d.1893, Antrim), -most probably NOT the Capt Alexander Blayney/Blaney b.1827 of Cushendall who married once to Anne Jane McAuley in 1863. There is a Mary Blaney b.1851 also claiming Alexander as her father. [1399]] +(1) photo Bridget HANNAGAN b.1842 (Dublin, Ireland); Imm.1865 on the Caribou, raised in Dunedin, NZ); m.31Dec1866 (House of Francis, Dunedin NZ); d.05Oct1903 (Dunedin) [dau. of photo Francis Hannagan b.1825 (Ballinasloe, Ireland); d.15Feb1892 (Dunedin NZ) & photo Catherine COMER b.8Apr1824 (Ireland); m.1842 (Dublin); Imm. 1865 on the Caribou; d.18Jan1868 (Dunedin)] [1463] It would appear that Bridget's father (Francis) was still married to her mother (Catherine) while he was having a second family in Australia with his subsequent wife, Mary Anne CAIRNS (1830-1907). [1464] [1465] 2 Unnamed Infant BLANEY b.8Aug1869; d.same day (Dunedin) 2 photo Rose BLANEY b.06Oct1871 (Dunedin); d.20Sep1962 (Wellington) Soprano, sang to the Royal family 1902 + photo Capt Matthew IRVINE OBE b.1865 (Dublin, but family from Antrim); m.Aug1903 (St Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin); Sheep farmer, ship captain; Awarded OBE for gallantry commanding a hospital ship in WWI; d.6Feb1930 (Ramsgate Hospital, Broadstairs, Kent, UK) 2 photo Catherine ("Kitty") Mary BLANEY b.2Apr1874 (Dunedin); d.16Feb1957 (Wellington); Singer, like Rose + Thomas Francis (Bernard) COSTELLOE b.1Apr1871 (Naseby Otago); m.7Jun1899 (Dunedin); d.18Sep1962 (Wellington) 3 Five children (Andrew John; Bernard Joseph; Mary Margaret; Rose & Thomas Francis) 2 John Alexander BLANEY b.29Jul1876; d.5Sep1877 (both Dunedin) Buried with Francis and Catherine HANNAGAN 2 photo Mary Frances BLANEY b.25May1880 (Dunedin); d.6Dec1934 (Wadestown, Wellington) Violinist, life member of the Dunedin Orchestral Society + John Joseph CONNOR m.30Jan1901; [3 sons and 3 daughters] [eldest son of Mr. J. J. Connor, of Dunedin] +(2) Annie Kelly b.~1872 (Roscommon, Ireland); em. to NZ ~1894; [2nd wife of the now widowed Capt John BLANEY who was then the hotel keeper of the Caledonian in Anderson's Bay and 30 years her senior] m.24Jul1904 (Dunedin, New Zealand); d.1Aug1961 (Dunedin) Annie took over as the proprietor of the hotel on his death in 1907. 2 Annie BLANEY b.11Sep1905; d.12Sep1905 (both Andersons Bay, Dunedin) 2 Anne BLANEY (aka Nancy [1503]) b.1906 (Andersons Bay, Dunedin); d.29Mar1970 (Dunedin) + William Rochfort TYSON b.15Jul1902; m.1936 (Dunedin); d.7Feb1989 shipping clerk in Dunedin [son of Francis Edward Tyson (accountant and Company manager) and Ida Rochfort] 3 Nancy BLANEY + William TYSON

[4b] James Blaney from Scotland

1 James BLANEY b.(Scotland)
 + Jane DONALD 
   James and Jane Emm.>1901 with parents to Kaitangata

Jane D Blaney b.1859

Frederick T POOLE family

Pvt W W Hearle
2 Jane Donaldson BLANEY b.5Feb1859 (Scotland); Emm.>1901 with parents to Kaitangata; d.1Jun1897 (Kaitanga, Clutha District, Otago) [dau. of James BLANEY and Jane DONALD] + photo Frederick Thomas POOLE b.5Mar1857 (Perth, Perthshire, Scotland); Emm 1877 on ship Timaru; [1455] m(1) 19Feb1879 (Clutha, Otago) to Jane Donaldson BLANEY; m(2) 18Aug1919 to Alice Rose Hannah ARTHUR (née FACER later HIGHLEY) (1877-1954) d.7May1940 (Kaitangata, Clutha District, Otago) Nurseryman, draper, flamiller, hoticulturalist, Mayor of Kaitangata 1899; [son of William John Poole and Emma Biggs] 3 [Seven Poole children: Jane b.1879, John b.1881, Emma b.1882, Alice (1884-1964), Florence b.1886, Winifred b.1887, Frederick James b.1893] 2 James BLANEY b.~1855; d.19Jun1935 (Balclutha, aged 80) age 21 at Wedd + Ann KNOX b.~1855/9 (Kaitangata); m.28Jul1876 age 21; d.18Dec1930 age 71 3 ?Annie Knox BLANEY b.~1890 + John McVIE b.~1890; m.18Jul1912 3 James Thomas BLANEY b.~1891; d.18Jan1946 age 54 (Balclutha); Miner; Son of James BLANEY James son of James Blaney, Kaitangata ran over 1915 3 Dora BLANEY + ___ WALLACE 2 Susannah (Susan) BLANEY b.1879; d.10Jan1944 (Dunedin) War widow c/Mrs J Blaney Castle Hill Kaitangata + photo Pvt William Walter HEARLE b.22Aug1882 (Wellington); m.09Oct1906; d.19Oct1917 (Belgium) [Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F., 2nd Bn] Quarryman

Dorothy & Edward James Blaney

[4c] Edward James BLANEY son of
Irishman Thomas BLANEY (born ~1867)

1 photo Edward James BLANEY b.1902 (Ireland); 
  d.9Sep1950 (Dunedin, NZ); Cleaner
  [son of Thomas BLANEY b.~1867 (Co., Down, Ireland) and 
   Francisca (Frances) Mary TIKEY b.26Aug1869 (Liniewko, Poland), 
   d.6Dec1956 (Otago)]
 + photo Dorothy May McLANACHAN b.7Sep1906 (Lyttelton, Christchurch or Dunedin); 
   m.24Feb1926; d.4Sep1985 (Dunedin)
   [dau. of William McLANACHAN (1879–1958) and Martha Jane REEVES b.1875]

Ted, Raymond and Richard Blaney

Edward & Rata Blaney

Ray & Shirley Blaney

Raymond Reginal Blaney

Raymond & Shirley Blaney

Richie & Dawn Blaney

James & Nola Blaney

Alan & Dorothy Kennelly
2 photo Edward ("Ted") Thomas BLANEY b.20Mar1927; Died 09Apr2013; retired bootmaker + photo Rata Mary NICHOLS b.7Oct1922; d.8Feb2001 (Dunedin) Retired seamstress [dau of John Paris & Elizabeth Babbage NICHOLS] 2 photo Raymond ("Ray") Reginald BLANEY b.1928; d.26Jun2020 age 92 Built family home (17 Rentons Rd, Mosgiel, Otago) + photo Shirley Hilda BLANEY b.~1927; d.20Jan2013 (Age 85y) 2 photo Richard ("Richie") William BLANEY b.~1930; d.16Sep2011 (Age 81y) Mosgiel Dry Cleaner [1503] + photo Dawn Marie 3 Steven Richard BLANEY b.1961; d.24Jul1982 (Mosgiel, Dunedin) Sheet Metal worker [1503] 2 photo James ("Jim") Frederick BLANEY b.2Jul1931; d.8Feb2008 + photo Nola Elaine ___ b.~1941; d.07May2017 (Age 76y) 2 photo Dorothy Patricia BLANEY b.2Mar1938; d.8Dec1978 (Dunedin) + photo Alan Russell KENNELLY b.14Jun1935 (NZ); d.20Jul2003 (Dunedin); Footwear Commission Agent Three children (Maree, Russell & Grant)

[5] "Loose ends" -more NZ Blayneys

  • Elizabth / Elizabeth BLAYNEY b. 21Jul1865 [122]
  • James BLAYNEY d.Oct1868 (miner, Greymouth) Probate 24Oct1868 (Greymouth) and 26Feb1869 (Hokitika) [122]
  • Norah Catherine BLAYNEY b.~1890 Occ. Illustrator (Aust. Dept of Agriculture and Stock) + Iwan Wassil HELMSING b.~1885; m.1912 [122] Orchard inspector (Auckland) then Scientific Illustrator (Quennsland) He developed a stipple technique unique in illustrating work, along with microscopic illustrating, wash drawings, and colour work. Both Ivan (55) and Norah (50) found dead (gassed) in their Brisbane home on 24Mar1940
  • John Blayney emigrating to Auckland in 1833 on the 3559 ton steamship British King. [155]
  • William BLAYNEY d.22June1935 (Mangatarata, Waitakaruru) [1252]; Probate 22Jul1935 [122] [1502]; Farmer William's main heir was his niece "Catherine (otherwise known as Mabel) Bell" presumably the Mabel who married Charles below. His nephew David Blayney was entitled to first offer on the land if Mabel sold.
  • Mabel Isabella Jean BLAYNEY m. Charles Frederick BELL 1934 (he d.1965) [122]
  • David BLAYNEY m. Ruth Rebecca QUELCH 1932 [122]

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