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.

Job Blayney

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, and 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 Peter BLAYNEY (artist), now resident in Australia -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 [see Internet link Community Board Members - Albany].

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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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)

"Loose ends" -other NZ Blayneys
1photo Elizabeth BLAYNEY b~1830 (Dullaghan Dromore Co Tyrone, Ireland); d.~1924 (Taumaranui)
  [Gt Grandmother of Juliette COOKE (m. Ed COOKE)]
 +photo Robert Sproule SOMERVILLE b.27Feb1840 (Dullaghan, Dromore)
   m.1864 [122]; d.~1897 (Wellington) or ~1924 Tauaranui [1919 in NZ BDM]
   Son of Christopher B. SOMERVILLE and Ann SPROULE
  2 Robert Blayney SOMERVILLE b.27Aug1867; d.3Apr1935 (Te Awamutu)
    Cab Proprietor, Kihikihi
   + Lottie POUND m.11Mar1892 [NZ BDM]  
    3 Clifford (Cliff) Blayney SOMERVILLE
    3 Lionel SOMERVILLE

Elizabeth Somerville

Robert S Somerville
2 Albert Ambrose Nelson SOMERVILLE b.9Sep1878 d.13Oct1965 + Annie POUND m.28Feb1900 [NZ BDM]

  • Elizabth 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] Both Ivan (55) and Norah (50) found dead (gassed) in their Brisbane home on 24Mar1940
  • David BLAYNEY m. Ruth Rebecca QUELCH 1932 [122]
  • Mabel Isabella Jean BLAYNEY m. Charles Frederick BELL 1934 (he d.1965) [122]
  • William BLAYNEY d.22June1935 (Mangatarata, Waitakaruru) [1252]; Probate 22Jul1935 [122]
  • William Hanson BLAYNEY sold land in Avondale 1911 [499] ?=Walter Hanson Blayney
  • John Roberts BLAYNEY and Mary Barbara BLAYNEY Probates 1983 [865]

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