Topic: Charles Hagerty (1845-1929)
Charles Hagerty was the brother of the Katikati founder George Vesey Stewart's second wife, Alice Amelia Ellen Hagerty (1856-1930).
George Vesey Stewart wrote from London: 'ALASTOR, I have only booked two by this ship, Charles Hagerty and his wife Anne. They had secured their berths in the Northumberland, but a few days before her departure their only child (a boy of 11) died of diptheria, and they were not allowed to embark for fear of infection. I have, I think, alluded to these people in a former letter, and can confidently recommend them to any Tauranga friends. Chas. Hagerty is a carpenter and ship's carptenter, a good seaman, and can put his hand to anything. His father is an old Coastguard on a good pension, and a zealous Freemason. He wife, Anna, is a first class cook, and has the highest discharges in the culinary art, one of which states that she prepared soups and jellies and other delicacies, for a ball and supper of 120 persons in a leading gentleman's West End house. She would, therefore, be a valuable aquisition to some of you Tauranga hotels, and as this couple have no encumbrance I consider that they would be found very useful, and as I know them well I can recommend them to my friends' (Bay of Plenty Times, 14 February 1884).
'About 2 a.m. yesterday Mr and Mrs Hagerty of the Gate Pa were awakened by the sound of fire in the front part of their house and had only time to hurriedly obtain a few clothes and get a few articles out at the back door before the house was in full blaze; the building is completely destroyed, but as yet no clue as to the cause of the fire is obtainable. The house was insured for £150 in the Colonial Insurance Co.' (Bay of Plenty Times, 4 December 1886).
'The little yacht belonging to Mr Hagerty, which is to be seen at anchor opposite his place, is an object of curiosity to boating men. Everything about it is small neat and in good taste from the keel to the rudder trunk: but it is the shape of the hull that attracts the curious. A nautical man the other day siad that if it had port holes it would look exactly like a frigate of Nelson's time; at any rate there is no other craft like it to be seen in these waters' (Bay of Plenty Times, 5 March 1891).
Charles died, aged 84, on 21 July 1929 (reg. 1929/6195). His death notice appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on 22 July 1929: We regret to record the death of Mr Charles Hagerty which occurred yesterday at the age of eighty-four years. The late Mr Hagerty was the son of Mr Patrick Hagerty, and was born at Portrust, Ireland, in 1845, and came to New Zealand, arriving in Auckland in 1884, where he worked at his trade of boatbuilder till his arrival in Tauranga in 1886. Mr Hagerty followed his trade here for many years and took a keen interest in yachting and rowing. Several excellent models of boats were made by Mr Hagerty and these are still on view at the cottage in Harington Street. He is survived by his widow.