Topic: Mary Gledstanes (nee Stewart) (1836-1919)

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The name Gledstanes has been associated with Katikati since early 1879 when Mary Gledstanes, the widowed sister of George Vesey Stewart, arrived with an adult family of sons and daughters.

The name Gledstanes has been associated with Katikati since early 1879 when Mary Gledstanes (1836-1919), a widow with an adult family of sons and daughters arrived in the district.

Mary was born in Ballygawley in Northern Ireland in 1836 and was a sister to George Vesey Stewart, the founder of Katikati. She owned 'Twickenham' which was built by John Gray in c1896. It was named after one of the Stewarts' homes in Ireland. Mary died on 31 December 1919 in Tauranga and is buried in Katikati Cemetery.

Mary's son, Edward Hornidge Gledstanes, was Secretary of No. 2 school on no less than three occasions between 1887 and 1931, serving a total of 28 years on the board. Edward farmed at a property that he named 'Levley' now called Levley Lane.

Edward later owned a farmlet of 10-12 acres where Katikati College now stands. He died in 1945 (reg. 1945/22468) during negotiations to sell the land to the Education Board. The sale eventually took place some years later. Edward's house was opposite Katikati Primary School's gates.

Edward's daughter Helen lived with her father and was for many years a teacher at Katikati Primary school.

Edward's eldest daughter Mary became a teacher and from 1906 to 1909 was sole teacher at No. 1 school at Tuapiro. Mary later married Hugh Atkinson and for many years they too lived at 'Twickenham.' Their daughter Margaret (Meg) married Hilton Rayment who built the Katikati Memorial Hall and some of the school buildings as well as the R.S.A. and many other buildings in Katikati.

by Ellen McCormack (2011).

Twickenham (1900)

Twickenham in 1900. Photo: Emily Surtees Photographic Collection.


2015 Update:

In October 2015 'Twickenham' was moved about 60 metres from 3 Mulgan Street to 8 Mulgan Street. Current owner Brenda Knight (?-2015) sold the homestead to Rick Aiken and his wife. 


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Mary Gledstanes (nee Stewart) (1836-1919)

First Names:Mary
Last Name:Stewart
Date of Birth:1836
Place of Birth:Ballygawley
Country of birth:Northern Ireland
Date of death:31 December 1919
Place of death:Tauranga
Place of burial:Katikati Cemetery
Family Surname:Gledstanes
Name of sibilings:George Vesey Stewart
Name of the children:Edward Hornidge Gledstanes