Topic: Louis Gordon Kettle (1881-1980)

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Louis was the grandaughter of Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky (1828-1868), Major in the Forest Rangers.

Louis was born in Napier on 17 April 1881 (date from death registration). Her parents were Nathanial and Lena Kettle (nee Von Tempsky) who married in Waipukurau on 22 June 1880. Lena was the daughter of Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky (1828-1868), Major in the Forest Rangers. Von Tempsky was involved in the Tauranga Campaign and was killed in Taranaki in 1868.

The following photographs of Louis and her mother Lena were taken in Katikati by Emily Surtees in 1900:

Louis Gordon Kettle (1900)

Louis Gordon Kettle (1900)

Mrs and Miss Louie Kettle, 1900

Louis Gordon Kettle and her mother Lena (1900)

Four years after these photographs were taken, Louis married Charles Arthur Beauchamp Pickard Hawkins (reg.1904/7051). Their marriage was reported in the New Zealand Herald on 16 February 1904:

At Napier Cathedral on Thursday Miss j Louis Gordon Kettle, eldest daughter of Mr. N. Kettle, and a granddaughter of the late Major Von Tempsky, was married to Mr. A. C. Pickard-Hawkins. of Southampton, England, late of the 11th Hussars., and only son of the late Rev. C. E. Hawkins, of Grafton, England. The young couple leave in March for England, where they take up their residence (p. 6).

Charles served in the South African War and during World War I (Service Numbers: 735 & 11/256). Louis and Charles would have three children together:

  1. Osbert William Arthur Pickard Hawkins (1907-?) (reg. 1907/7227).
  2. Elizabeth Audrey Pickard Hawkins (1909-?) (reg. 1909/11963)
  3. Antoinette Pickard Hawkins (1914-?) (reg. 1914/10691).

It is possible that Louis and Charles divorced as in 1923 (reg. 1923/10412) she married Samuel Alexander Moffat (1878-1948) from Vancouver, Canada

Her mother Lena died in Napier on 29 March 1938 (reg. 1938/20365).

Louis died in Havlock North on 10 August 1980 (reg. 1980/37694).


Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph Record (Charles Arthur Beauchamp Pickard Hawkins).

Poppy Lady: Madam Guerin - Chapter 7c: The Empire: Dominion of Australia: Poppy.

New Zealand Herald (16 February 1904, p. 6).

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Louis Gordon Kettle (1881-1980)

First Names:Louis Gordon
Last Name:Kettle
Date of Birth:17 April 1881
Place of Birth:Napier
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:10 August 1980
Place of death:Havlock North, New Zealand
Spouses name:Charles Arthur Beauchamp Pickard Hawkins and Samuel Alexander Moffat
Date of marriage:1904 and 1923
Fathers name:Nathaniel Kettle
Fathers date of birth:30 January 1854
Fathers place of birth:Dunedin, New Zealand
Fathers date of death:27 September 1940
Fathers place of death:Napier, New Zealand
Mothers name:Lena Von Tempsky
Mothers date of birth:1 October 1859
Mothers place of birth:Sandhurst, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Mothers date of death:29 March 1938
Mothers place of death:Napier, New Zealand