James A M Turner Family Group Record

Family Group Record of James Ashmer Mullen Turner (01 May 2016) James Ashmer Mullen TURNER b. Between 1830 and 1836, Jamaica, Long Island, Queens, New York, USA d. 26 May 1895, Wellington, New Zealand +Mary ROACHE b. Betw 1833-1835, New York, New York, USA m. 1857, New York, New York, USA d. Bef 1870, prob…

TURNER Part 4b: The Simpsons

Catherine SIMPSON was an Irish born immigrant whom had arrived at Lyttleton port on 23 July 1865 on board the ‘Indian Empire’ with her parents and siblings. Known as Kate, she was 26 years old and was listed in the Single Women’s section as a Domestic Servant from Leitrim . Kate immigrated with her parents James…

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Finding William

William James Turner – adopted son of our patriarch James Ashmer Mullin Turner and son of his first wife Mary Roache.  I thought I had lost him. I had him when he travelled from Melbourne to Dunedin with his mother and two half siblings John and Anne, but after this, I lost both William and…

So Write Like It’s Your Job

 “Even if the only shift you can manage for your job as a writer is a scant 20 minutes per day, don’t squander the time with the equivalent of break-room chatter, laziness or habitual leaning like the perpetual “ne’r do well” (look that one up some day when there’s nothing to do). Use and cherish every…

TURNER Part 4a: James Turner, Watchmaker

James Turner arrived in Hokitika with three young children in tow, only a few months after the start of the rush. James was about 31 years old. During my research, a number of letters were discovered in the archives of the West Coast Times from September 1865 that seem to bear out the following story:…

TURNER Part 4: Hokitika 1865 – 1867

When James arrived in Hokitika 1865 over it’s notorious river bar, 67 of its 246 buildings were hotels. The rush on the West Coast coincided with the decline of the Otago rush, and additional miners were attracted from Victoria, Australia where the gold rush there was also near an end. This new rush coincided with…