PICKERING, Thomas Joshua

Thomas Joshua Pickering (1876-1913) was born in Greymouth on 8 November 1876 the son of Joshua Pickering, a gold digger and Jane Pickering nee Bramwell. He married Edith Madeline Brown at the Mission Church, Lakeside, Ellesmere on 25 April 1903. He was then employed as a photographer at Leeston. He died at Leeston on 7 January 1913.

Archives New Zealand - Christchurch branch have his probate records dated 1913.
Christchurch Public Library - church record transcripts.
Rootsweb posting to Genanz-L Archives
7 Nov 1998 23:02:05


Angel said...

I am wanting information about this photograph, I think my Great Great Grandparents, John and Emma CROAT are in it. What I want to know is what date it was taken and what was the occasion or event as there is a band in amongst the towns people.


Canterbury Photography said...

sadly I have no information about who is in this photograph, what the occasion is or when it was taken.

Angel said...

I managed to track down the information I needed on this photograph and would like to share it with anyone else who is interested. I emailed the Leeston Library asking them if they had any information about the photo. The librarian there was most helpful, she contacted the archivist for the Ellesmere Historical Society who was able to help.

The photo is of a school picnic at Beachcroft c1910. George Benny gave the photo to the Society - George Edgar Benny is at the back with the white shirt and tie.

The librarian also had this to say; It must have been a Southbridge School picnic as George Benny went to Southbridge School and not Little Rakaia School which Beachcroft would have been closer to. Beachcroft is between the coast and Jollies Road which runs down from Southbridge to the Little Rakaia Huts. The Photo was given to us by a descendant of G E Benny. They must of had a brass band playing at the picnic as there are a few men with uniforms on and some carrying band instruments.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Angel! This is great info for my family tree and matches up perfectly with the info I had on George Edgar BENNY.

Alise Smith