WATKINSON, Arthur Edgar

Arthur Edgar Watkinson
Wanganui 1904-1918

succeeded William Henry Thomas Partington in Wanganui July 1904
succeeded by Edith E. Williams

born 12 May 1882, Auckland (5), New Zealand, reg. 1882/5627, son of Sarah Ann Freer and Joseph Watkinson (4), died 2 November 1918 at his residence, Helmore Street, Wanganui East aged 36 years, reg. 1918/11394 (1), buried 6 November 1918, Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland (2), area 1, block G, lot no 108B, married 19 January 1909 at the residence of the bride's mother, Mangere, Auckland by the Rev. Drake, reg. 1909/495, Elizabeth Pilkington Paul daughter of Elizabeth Pilkington and Walter Paul (3) [her half sister Dame Christina Allan Massey GBE (née Paul; 11 January 1863 – 19 April 1932) was married to William Ferguson Massey, 19th Prime Minister of New Zealand 1912-1925], born 10 October 1882, Mangere, Auckland (5), reg. 1883/1644, died 17 November 1918 Auckland. She died about 11 days after the death of her husband; both died as a result of the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Mr A. E. Watkinson, of Auckland, has bought the business of Mr W. H. Partington, photographer.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 11313, 23 July 1904 

The following appears in the current number of the "New Zealand Primitive Methodist":—On Tuesday, January 19th, a very pretty wedding was celebrated at the residence of Mrs Paul,. Mangere, Auckland, when her daughter, Elizabeth Pilkington, was united in the bonds of matrimony to Arthur Edgar, the eldest son of our respected Dominion Church treasurer, Mr J. Watkinson, of Wapiti Avenue, Epsom. The bride was beautifully attired in cream silk, wearing the customary veil and orange blossoms, and carrying a tastefully arranged shower bouquet.

The chief bridesmaid, Miss Agnes Paul, sister off the bride, was dressed in heliotrope and the second bridesmaid looked charming in a pretty blue. Two little misses, Edna and Vera Daisley, cousins of the bridegroom, daintily attired, carried baskets of flowers. Mr Percy Watkinson acted as best man, and Mr Paul was groomsman. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Drake. The company adjourned for afternoon tea, and the good wishes of those present were expressed by Mr W. F. Massey, M.P. (a near relative of the bride), Mr W. Thompson, and the Rev. E .Drake, the bridegroom gracefully, replying. Our young friends have taken up their residence in Wanganui, where the bridegroom is engaged in the photographic business.

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume L, Issue 12168, 9 March 1909

Mr. A. E. Watkinson, photographer, has received the news of his brother's death in France. Lance-Corporal Percy Watkinson was through the Gallipoli campaign, was wounded in the Somme fighting, and has now given his life for his country.
Free Lance, Volume XVII, Issue 903, 2 November 1917

 Watkinson, Arthur Edgar, 1882-1918: Upper Drop Scene, Wanganui River. 
Ref: PA7-53-15. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23021255

It is with much regret we have to announce the death of Mr A. E. Watkinson, the well-known photographer, who passed away yesterday at the early age of 37 years (sic). The deceased was about town till the middle of the week when he contracted pneumonia. The late Mr Watkinson was a quiet, unobtrusive man, of high principles while a photographer he was a clever artist. To his widow and family, parents and other relatives, we tender our sympathy.
Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXVI, Issue 17421, 4 November 1918

The death of Mr. A. E. Watkinson, photographer, at his residence, Wanganui East, on Saturday, came as a great shock to many who had not heard of his short illness, and caused genuine and widespread regret. Only a few days ago, although not really well, he had been at his studio, but pneumonia set in and claimed another victim. The late Mr. Watkinson was very well known locally and throughout New Zealand as a photographer of no mean ability. He has left a widow to whom we offer our sympathy, as also to his aged parents residing at Auckland, who, during the last few months, have lost their youngest son: another New Zealand hero, who has fallen on the Field of Honour.
Free Lance, Volume XVIII, Issue 956, 7 November 1918


Mr. A. E. Watkinson. An ex-resident of Auckland, Mr. Arthur E. Watkinson, died at Wanganui recently. Mr. Watkinson leaves a widow, who is a sister to Mrs. W. F. Massey, the wife of the Prime Minister.
New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 17002, 8 November 1918

The Prime Minister to-day received word that his wife's sister (Mrs. Watkinson), of Wanganui, had succumbed to an attack of influenza. Her husband died about a fortnight ago, and the body was taken to Auckland for interment. It was apparently in Auckland that the late Mrs. Wilkinson contracted the disease.
Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 121, 18 November 1918

an un-named nurse by Arthur Edgar Watkinson

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume LXXIV, Issue 17752, 30 December 1919

(1) Wanganui Herald, Volume LII, Issue 15652, 2 November 1918 
(2) New Zealand Herald, Volume LV, Issue 17000, 6 November 1918
(3) New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 13995, 26 February 1909
(4) marriage registered as Joseph Hathinson no. 1880/1292 
(5) Probate record

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