Fairlight, Katikati (1900)

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Fairlight, Katikati (1900).


Hunter’s Reserve is where Katikati’s first Vicar, Reverend John Crossley lived at his home, Fairlight. Before St Peter’s Anglican Church opened in 1884, he married couples at his home, approximately where the squash courts are now. Crossley’s daughter Emily married Robert Hunter. Crossley died at Fairlight in 1878 and was the first burial in Katikati Cemetery.

Robert Hunter was born in Blackheath, Near Greenwich, Kent, England in 1850. He is thought to have arrived in New Zealand on board the 'Carisbrooke Castle' in 1875 and to have met his future wife, Emily Gertrude Crossley, on board. The couple were married in Auckland on 29 January 1876. Their first child, Gertrude Thornton Hunter, born on 14 September 1876 at Fairlight, Katikati, is said be the first European girl born and registered in the Katikati district.

Emily Surtees Photographic Collection. Photographer: Emily Surtees (nee Stewart) (eldest child of George Vesey and Margaret Stewart). Courtesy of Elizabeth Smith and Ellen McCormack (Ref: Page 51, 003).

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Fairlight, Katikati (1900)

First Names:Robert
Last Name:Hunter
Date of Birth:1850
Place of Birth:Blackheath, Greenwich, Kent, England
City:Katikati, New Zealand

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