Topic: John Leslie Hume (1898-1977)

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Les Hume was a well known Katikati personality. He was a driver on the daily Waihi to Tauranga motor service. On one record occasion he had 21 adults in his 8-seater car, an epic drive which now features on one of the Katikati murals.

John Leslie Hume (1898-1977)

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John Leslie Hume was born in Auckland on 19 November 1898 to John and Jessie Taylor Hume (nee Allanach) who married in Sydney, Australia, in 1895.

John worked on the coach lines on the Napier to Taupo Road.

He left from Katikati and served during World War I (1914-1918). 

On his return in 1922 he worked in Waihi as a driver for Deverell & Crimmins on the daily Waihi to Tauranga motor service. The bad road meant that cars were often stuck in the mud. During one run, Les had 21 adult passengers in his 8-seater car. This record number is immortalised in the Katikati mural 'Overload' by Peter Nicholson of Whitanga. In 1928 the railway opened and the service wound down.

In 1922 John married Eleanor Annie Reynolds. They had twin boys together, but Eleanor died three days after giving birth. In 1926 he married Emily Georgina Elizabeth Potts.

The children of John Leslie Hume:

  1. David Reynolds Hume (1923-2003). Twin born in Tauranga in 1923. Dave served during World War II (1939-1945). He married Irene Margaret Ann Brown in 1948. He died in Katikati in 2003 and was cremated in Tauranga.
  2. John Reynolds Hume (1923-2003). Twin born in Tauranga in 1923. He married Lerline Jean Florence Warrender in 1950. John died in Katikati in 2003 and was cremated in Tauranga.
  3. Margaret Lillian Hume. She married Ronald Ernest Baker.

John died in 1977 (reg. 1977/50729). He was buried in Katikati Cemetery.



Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Cenotaph (Auckland War Memorial Museum).

The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Katikati and District by Christine Clement and Ellen McCormack.

This page was archvied at perma cc May 2017

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John Leslie Hume (1898-1977)

First Names:John Leslie
Last Name:Hume
Date of Birth:19 November 1898
Place of Birth:Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:1977
Place of death:Katikati, New Zealand
Place of burial:Katikati Cemetery
Spouses name:Eleanor Annie Reynolds and Emily Georgina Elizabeth Potts
Spouses date of birth:1899
Spouses place of birth:Tauranga, New Zealand
Spouses date of death:1923
Spouses place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Spouses place of burial:Tauranga Presbyterian Cemetery
Date of marriage:1922 and 1926
Fathers name:John Hume
Fathers date of birth:1858
Fathers place of birth:Selkirk, Scotland
Fathers date of death:14 November 1943
Fathers place of death:Aongatete, Katikati, New Zealand
Mothers name:Jessie Taylor Allanach
Mothers date of birth:c1868
Mothers date of death:13 January 1951
Mothers place of death:New Zealand
Name of the children:David Reynolds Hume, John Reynolds Hume, and Margaret Lillian Hume
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)

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