Topic: Walter Hamilton (1883-1958)

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Walter Hamilton was born in Katikati. He was my second great uncle - Debbie McCauley.

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Walter Hamilton was born in Katikati on 5 January 1883. His parents were Katikati pioneers John and Rachel Hamilton (nee Lennard).

Walter was brought up in Katikati and then later moved to Waverley. He worked as a farmhand and was very good at breaking in horses. He lost an eye during the course of his work.

On 23 September 1908 he married Mabel Ruth Wall in Stratford, Taranaki. They had sixteen children together.

The sixteen children of Walter Hamilton:

  1. Frederick Frances Edward Walter Hamilton (1909-1957).                
  2. Doris Evelyn Hamilton (1909-1984).                                                                  
  3. Bertie James Hamilton (1910-1995).                                             
  4. Wilfred Arthur Hamilton (1911-1993).               
  5. Rita May Hamilton (1913-1948).                                                                         
  6. Thomas Henry Hamilton (1914-2001).                                                               
  7. Alfred Leslie Hamilton (1915-1994).                                                         
  8. Lottie Vera Hamilton (1916-1998).                                                                    
  9. Kathleen Ivy Hamilton (1918-1988).                                                                   
  10. Lawrence Leonard Hamilton (1919-2006).                
  11. Charles Douglas Hamilton (1920-1999).                                   
  12. Eileen Veronica Hamilton (1921-1988).                
  13. Zena Joyce Hamilton (1923-1940).                
  14. Jack Hamilton (1925- ). 
  15. Hector Gordon Hamilton (1926-1931).                
  16. Valda Ruth Hamilton (1931-2007).    

Walter started a carrying business at Whakamara firstly with horse and dray and then trucks. He carted coal from the 'railheads' and cheese etc from the dairy factories. At the same time he also had an "Ayreshire" stud which was in those days milked by hand. When the Dairy Factory closed he sold the carrying business.

Some of the family worked for their father but didn't draw wages but their accounts were paid by him. Walter didn't let the children leave school until they had at least got their proficiency certificate.    

Walter worked until he was 73 and was a very keen gardener. He died, aged 75, on 15 November 1958 in Stratford, Taranaki and was buried on 17 November 1958 in Hawera Cemetery, South Taranaki.



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Walter Hamilton (1883-1958)

First Names:Walter
Last Name:Hamilton
Date of Birth:5 January 1883
Place of Birth:Katikati
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:15 November 1958
Place of death:Stratford, Taranaki
Place of burial:Hawera Cemetery
Spouses name:Mabel Ruth Wall
Spouses date of birth:29 December 1889
Spouses place of birth:'Hope Farm', Wanganui
Spouses date of death:23 December 1970
Spouses place of death:Wanganui
Spouses place of burial:Hawera Cemetery
Date of marriage:23 September 1908
Place of marriage:Stratford, Taranaki
Fathers name:John Hamilton
Fathers date of birth:2 July 1835
Fathers place of birth:Martray, County Tyrone, Ireland
Fathers date of death:22 July 1892
Fathers place of death:Katikati
Mothers name:Rachel Lennard
Mothers date of birth:c1836
Mothers place of birth:Anglinacloy, County Tyrone, Ireland
Mothers date of death:13 August 1904
Mothers place of death:Katikati
Name of sibilings:Margaret Hamilton, Alice Hamilton, Rachel Hamilton, Jane Hamilton, Thomas Henry Hamilton, Mary (Maggie) Ann Hamilton, Thomas (Tom) Henry Hamilton, and John (Jack) Hamilton
Name of the children:Thomas Henry Hamilton, Charles Douglas Hamilton, Alfred Leslie Hamilton, Eileen Veronica Hamilton, Lottie Vera Hamilton, Zena Joyce Hamilton, Kathleen Ivy Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Hector Gordon Hamilton, Valda Ruth Hamilton, Frederick Frances Edward Walter Hamilton, Doris Evelyn Hamilton, Bertie James Hamilton, Wilfred Arthur Hamilton, Lawrence Leonard Hamilton, and Rita May Hamilton