Updates – April 2014


Updates have been added to my New Zealand Genealogy Project website.  Previous updates were in December 2013.

Genealogy Project Website Masthead

Changes and updates include:

  • Additional biographical details added for Frederick Ernest Trueman (1897-1903) and Norman Edward Trueman (1903-1903) based on newspaper reports of their deaths.
  • The Site Visitors page updated to include visitor details from Google Analytics for 2013, and statistics on the 25,000 visits over four years.
  • Additional family photo added to photo page for Christian August Berkahn.
  • Photographs of Alice Jones (1894-1981) and Walter Jones (1896-1980) added to page of Family notes for David Jones.
  • New page added to site with photograph of nurse Alice Jones (1894-1981).
  • An 1894 letter from Elizabeth McLaren (nee Duxfield) to her children, in case she died, added to her biographical notes. A photograph of Elizabeth’s notebook that contains the letter is shown below.
  • New photo of St Mary’s Matawai Anglican Church added to Matawai page, replacing a previous photo from Google.
  • New page added to site with historical photographs of the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.
  • Menus and Site map page updated to include links to new pages.

People photographs were obtained during a recent visit to New Zealand. In a visit to Tairawhiti Museum in Gisborne, Dudley Meadows was very patient in looking for photos about Matawai I could use – a couple have been used for the page of photos from the Gisborne to Motuhora (Moutohora) railway.

Elizabeth Duxfield's notebook
Elizabeth Duxfield’s notebook. The 90 mm by 60 mm notebook is closed with an ivory pencil.
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George Henry Trueman Photographs


I recently obtained an old photograph album and loose photos that belonged to Harold Trueman. After Harold died, the photographs were retained by the Palmerston North City Council from when they cleaned out the house that Harold rented.  Catheryn Te Paiho contacted me about the photos and sent the collection. Some of the photographs are labelled on the back, but many are not.

I have added a page to my genealogy web site that has some of the photos.  This post has several additional photos.  Please comment if you can help identify or confirm identity.

George Henry Trueman (1876-1961) and his wife Mabel Alice Halpin (1894-1935) had a daughter (Thelma Rita 1927-1987) and two sons (Harold 1930-2011 and Alick 1932-2006). The family lived in Palmerston North. Most of the photos in the collection are of members of the family.

Labeled G Henry Trueman, Palmerston North. 160 mm x 210 mm print
Labelled G Henry Trueman, Palmerston North. George Henry Trueman.  160 mm x 210 mm print
Labeled Harold Trueman Palmerston North at the A&P Show. 88 mm x 139 mm print numbered 413-19 010/3.
Labelled Harold Trueman Palmerston North at the A&P Show. 88 mm x 139 mm print numbered 413-19 010/3.
Unlabeled 62 mm x 90 mm print. G. Henry Trueman on left, and Harold Trueman on right.
Unlabelled 62 mm x 90 mm print. George Henry Trueman on left, and Harold Trueman on right.
Unlabeled 62 mm x 90 mm print. G. Henry Trueman on right, and possibly Thelma Rita Trueman on left.
Unlabelled 62 mm x 90 mm print. George Henry Trueman on right, and undoubtedly Thelma Rita Trueman on left.
86 mm x 136 mm print labeled Harold Trueman Palmerston North.  Photo by Candid Camera Specialties, 23 Parata Street, Palmerston North, phone 677-R. Thought to be Alick and Harold Trueman.
86 mm x 136 mm print labelled Harold Trueman Palmerston North. Photo by Candid Camera Specialties, 23 Parata Street, Palmerston North, phone 677-R. Thought to be Alick Trueman (left) and Harold Trueman.
Labeled G Henry Trueman, Palmerston North. 118 mm x 80 mm print.
Labelled G Henry Trueman, Palmerston North. 118 mm x 80 mm print.
Label - Harold Trueman. 95 mm x 120 mm photograph by Fenwick Photography, Rotorua
Label – Harold Trueman. 95 mm x 120 mm photograph by Fenwick Photography, Rotorua
Labeled Thelma Rita Trueman, December 1987. 68 mm x 91 mm photo on white 96 mm x 104 backgound - KODAK FILM on black back.  There are several labeled photos of Thelma in the collection.
Labelled Thelma Rita Trueman, December 1987. 68 mm x 91 mm photo on white 96 mm x 104 backgound – KODAK FILM on black back. There are several labelled photos of Thelma in the collection.
Unlabelled 54 mm x 80 mm print. The other remaining photograph on the page is of the War Memorial, Blenheim.
Unlabelled 54 mm x 80 mm print. Thelma Spurdle Wallace (1919-2003). Graham Wallace identified photograph.
Unlabeled 52 mm x 78 mm print. In album beside group photograph of nine people. A photo of Thelma Trueman?
Unlabelled 52 mm x 78 mm print. In album beside group photograph of nine people. A photo of Thelma Trueman?
Unlabeled 82 mm x 140 mm print. Possibly Thelma Rita Trueman or her mother Mabel Trueman, nee Halpin? Imprint at bottom right - "Photo by G F Framjee, Palmerston North". George Feroza Framjee (1889-1957) was a photographer who settled in Palmerston North about 1918.
Unlabelled 82 mm x 140 mm print. Possibly Thelma Rita Trueman or her mother Mabel Trueman, nee Halpin? Imprint at bottom right – “Photo by G. F. Framjee, Palmerston North”. George Feroza Framjee (1889-1957) was a photographer who settled in Palmerston North about 1918.
Unlabelled print 50 mm x 50 mm.  Thelma Truman with brother or boyfriend?
Unlabelled print 50 mm x 50 mm. Thelma Truman with brother or boyfriend?
Unlabelled 55 mm x 80 mm print, possibly of cousins?
Unlabelled 55 mm x 80 mm print, possibly of cousins?
Unlabelled postcard by WHALLEY & Co. The Crown Studios, Palmerston North.
Unlabelled postcard by WHALLEY & Co. The Crown Studios, Palmerston North. Whalley & Co. was listed in the 1915 edition of Wise´s New Zealand Post Office Directory, but not the 1940 edition.

Annie Elizabeth TRUEMAN 1878-1941


Annie Elizabeth TRUEMAN has, until very recently, been a mystery to me.  I was unable to find her death registration, a marriage registration, or descendants.  Her school attendance records in Wellington had been found, but nothing from her adult life. Her branch of the Trueman family was a mystery.

That changed when I noticed a match on MyHeritage.com. I made contact with Murray Griffin who had loaded his tree containing details of Annie Trueman on MyHeritage.com. His tree had a partner for Annie (George ROBINSON), ten children, and over 30 descendants.

MyHeritage.com logoI was still unable to find a marriage registration, but this match did lead to considerable detail for another branch of the TRUEMAN tree. I have since been able to find additional family details from other sources.

A brief biography for Annie Elizabeth TRUEMAN is shown on my web page for the Trueman family.

Thanks Murray for providing access to your tree.