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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Dolly (Dorothy Evelyn Cole) Murphy

Today my parents and I attended the funeral in Hamilton of our lovely Aunty Dolly, along with many other friends and rellies from both sides of my family. Dolly was married to my father (Mal Murphy's) brother Neville who passed away a long time ago. Dolly will be sadly missed by many friends and whanau. Because many of my cousins expressed an interest in the family history I have decided this blog is worth maintaining so I will endeavour to do so. I hope too that you will feel free to contribute either via comments, and/or emailing me anything you would like to have included. I'm posting another pic here as I think they bring things 'to life' more. The pic is of my mum and her little brother Maurice Keith Richards, with their grandfather Frank Long. He was married to Edith (nee Redward).
Their parents were Maurice Augustine and Winifred Marjorie LONG. Moss's parents were Richard Richards (I know, it's highly original!) and Mary Ann Cusack. They had a hotel in the early days of Thames called The George and there are records of a devastating fire when Richard and Mary Ann lived in Karangahake in which they lost two very young sons.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Pic of my Dad and 2 of his brothers

These are the Murphy family - my Dad Malcolm Darcy is the one at the end with the light coloured pants. In the middle is one of his older brothers Ron (Pat) and at the other end one of his younger brothers Cyril. Their father was Adelbert Murphy, and their mother was Irene Alice PENWARDEN, she later married William LAWRENCE.
Cyril and his daughters Linda, Karen and Ellen used to come and stay with our family in Thames. I have not seen or heard from them for many years now and would love it if someone who reads this and knows them could put them in touch.
Their father was Adelbert Murphy, and their mother was Irene Alice PENWARDEN, she later married William LAWRENCE.

Monday, September 19, 2005

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This is Thomas REDWARD who was born 01/06/1838. He married Mary EASON in 1871 and they had 8 children - my great grandmother Edith Mary was the oldest of these.

Family History

Welcome to our family history page. The first photo I want to share with you is that of Frank (Francis William) Long and his wife Edith Mary(nee Redward). Frank and Edith were married in Napier, New Zealand on 17/4/1897. Edith was the eldest child of Thomas and Mary Redward. Edith was born in 1872, was a member of the Women/s National Reserve, having held the position of both secretary and treasurer of the organisation. She played the organ in the Presbyterian Church and was Librarian of the Thames (N.Z.)Public Library from 1925.