David Ferrier

Bookseller, Stationer, Photographer
Edinburgh, Dunedin, Christchurch, Oamaru, Timaru

born 26 July 1821 Edinburgh, Scotland
the son of William Ferrier, a bookbinder and his wife Euphemia Lawson
(married 23 May 1813 Newton, Midlothian, Scotland)
arrived 10 Sept 1869 at Port Chambers, New Zealand on the "William Davie" from Glasgow, aged 47 years
died 23 June 1902 (headstone) at the residence of his son, Wai-iti Road, Timaru  reg. 1902/5781
buried 20 June 1907 aged 80 years, row 4 plot 325 (TDC burial records - the reason for the apparent incorrect burial date is not known)

married on 8 August 1852, Angus, Scotland
Catherine Leith Lowe
born on 16 July 1827 in Wick, Caithness
the daughter of Rev. William Lowe a Scottish Congregational Minister and Janet Lowe "Jessie" nee Campbell.
died 24 March 1866 at 17 Pitt Street*, Portobello, Edinburgh
aged 38 years of Albuminous Nephritis

Timaru Herald, Volume LXXVII, Issue 11791, 24 June 1902

* Robert Louis Stevenson's cousin lived at 21 Pitt Street - http://www.robert-louis-stevenson.org/edinburgh?start=1

1. Jessie Lowe Ferrier, born about 1853, died 20 October 1928 aged 75 years at the residence of her daughter Mrs C. E. Paterson, Abbotsford Street, Hamilton, buried Hamilton East Cemetery, reg. 1928/7132,  married 15 April 1879 at Oamaru by the Rev. H. Dewsbury, Alfred Shelly Parker [1] born 1853 London, died 25 April 1934 aged 80 years at the residence of his daughter Mrs C. E. Paterson, 35 Abbotsford Street, Hamilton, buried Hamilton East Cemetery, aged 80 years, reg. 1934/18235
1a. Frederick William Parker born 31 January 1880 Stanmore Road, Christchurch, reg. 1880/1483  
1b. Louise Parker born 27 August 1881, reg. 1881/12702, married 21 November 1905 at the Trinity Congregational Church, Christchurch by the Rev. D. Hird, Charles A. Petts of Manchester, England  
1c. Catherine Lowe Parker born circa 1883 reg. 1883/882, married 2 November 1911 at the Trinity Congregational Church, Christchurch by the Rev. W. J. L. Closs, BA., Charles Edward Paterson
1d. Alfred Ernest Parker born circa 1884 reg. 1884/7486, married 28 December 1912, Christchurch, Adelaide Grace Freeman eldest daughter of George Freeman, 18 Brittan Street, Linwood         
1e. Norman Shelly Parker (or Norman Shelley Parker) born 11 December 1894 Riccarton, Christchurch, reg. 1895/3963, killed 7 June 1917 World War One , reg. 1918/48290 aged 22 years

2. William Ferrier, born 20 August 1855 at 4 George's Place, Leith, Edinburgh
3. Catherine Eliza Ferrier born 19 July 1857 at 4 George's Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh. She appears to have died young. (Statutory Births 685/06 0315)
4. son, stillborn 29 January 1862 at Sea Bank Cottage, 38 Tower Street, Portobello

also see:
Ferrier and Rock, Oamaru
William Ferrier, Timaru

1841 census
David Ferrier aged 18 years bookseller living at Sylvan Place 1, Edinburgh, the house of his parents William Ferrier, a bookbinder (born circa 1791 Midlothian, Scotland) and Euphemia Ferrier (born circa 1791 Midlothian, Scotland and George Ferrier (circa 1816), Helen Ferrier (circa 1821), Margaret Ferrier (circa 1826), John Ferrier (circa 1827), Gilbert Ferrier (circa 1829) and one female servant.

Scottish Book Trade Index, National Library of Scotland
David Ferrier bookseller Edinburgh
[David] Ferrier & [John] Trench, 23 North Bridge 1843, 44 North Bridge 1844-46
David Ferrier Bible Repository, 17 Leith Street 1847-68
Edin Dir

Applied for a patent 9 November 1854 - David Ferrier, Edinburgh, bookseller, - "Improvements in facilitating a reference to books."
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Friday, December 1, 1854; Issue 5409.

At 4 George's Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, on the 19th inst., Mrs David Ferrier, of a daughter.
Caledonian Mercury, Wednesday, July 22, 1857; Issue 21160.

1861 - census
David Ferrier aged 39 years at 4 George Place, Edinburgh, bookseller employing three others including his brother Gilbert Ferrier (born circa 1830 Edinburgh)

Ferrier - At Sea Bank Cottage, 38 Tower Street, Portobello, on the 29th ult. (29 January 1862) Mrs David Ferrier, of a son, still-born
The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Tuesday, February 4, 1862; Issue 22575.
(in 1861 Mrs Ferrier was living
at her father's house in Tower Street )

Scots Bankrupts
David Ferrier, bookseller and stationer, 17 Leith Street, Edinburgh - creditors meet in Messrs Dowells and Lyon's Rooms , 18 George Street, Edinburgh 2d (2nd) June, one o'clock - J. B. Douglas & Smith, W.S., Edinburgh, agents.
The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Wednesday, May 27, 1863; Issue 23054.

Sequestration of David Ferrier, Bookseller and Stationer, 17, Leith Street, Edinburgh. James Hogarth Balgarnie, Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh, has been elected Trustee on the estate; and David Currie, Stationer, Edinburgh, William Philip Nimmo, Bookseller there, and William Ritchie, Bookseller there, have been elected Commissioners.

The examination of the Bankrupt will take place within the Sheriff's Office, County Buildings, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, on Thursday the 18th day of June, at 12 o'clock noon. The Creditors will Meet in the Trustee's Chambers, No. 9, North St David Street, Edinburgh, on Friday tie 26th day of June 1863, at one o'clock afternoon.
Jas H. Balgarnie, Trustee.
The Edinburgh Gazette, June 9, 1863 page 745

James Hogarth Balgarnie, Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh, Trustee on the sequestrated estate of David Ferrier, Bookseller and Stationery No. 17, Leith Street, Edinburgh, hereby intimates that at the general meeting of Creditors held on the 31st ultimo, the Bankrupt made an offer of a composition of Five Shillings per pound to his Creditors on all debts due by him at the date of his sequestration, payable by equal instalments of Two Shillings and Sixpence at the date of his final discharge, and Two Shillings and Sixpence per pound at three months thereafter, and offered Mr James MacNaughton, Contractor, Ayr, and Mr Gilbert Ferrier, Bookseller, Edinburgh, as his securities; the said David Ferrier further offered to pay or provide for the whole expenses attending the sequestration and the remuneration to the Trustee. That the Creditors present at said meeting having unanimously resolved that the offer and security should be entertained for consideration, Notice is hereby given that another general meeting of Creditors will be held within the Trustee's Chambers, No. 9, North Saint David Street, Edinburgh, on Tuesday the 25th day of August current, at two o'clock afternoon, for the purpose of finally deciding on the Bankrupt's offer and the security proposed. Jas. H. Balgarnie, Trustee. Edinburgh, August 4, 1863.
The Edinburgh Gazette, August 4, 1863 page 971

The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Saturday, June 3, 1865; Issue 23691.(19th Century British Library Newspapers)

The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Friday, May 18, 1866; Issue 23988.
(19th Century British Library Newspapers)

18 December 1869 - Ferrier a librarian of the Athenæum in Dunedin was rescued from a capsized boat off Timaru with about ten others while trying to board the steamer Maori. Drowned were James Melville Balfour, Marine Engineer to the Colonial Government and A. B. Smallwood, a Union Bank teller.

27 December 1869 - Ferrier arrives at Lyttelton from Dunedin on the Maori.
Star, Issue 492, 27 December 1869, Page 2

TO THE EDITOR. Sir — Yesterday I had occasion to go to Port Chalmers, and on coming in sight of the Port from the Main Road, and seeing how narrow the water becomes at that place, and also the islands between the Port and the Peninsula, I wondered if it had ever been considered practicable to make a bulwark sufficiently strong to shut off the sea at this point; drain the land above, and run the line of railway up the centre of the valley to Dunedin. — I am, &c, David Ferrier. Walker street, August 5th.
Otago Daily Times, Issue 2652, 6 August 1870, Page 3

Otago Daily Times, Issue 2658, 13 August 1870, Page 1

Mr Ferrier said he had been asked to join the Early Closing Association in Edinburgh when first the movement was advocated. He could not agree to it, however, because he was the only one that would be closed, as the rest of the shopkeepers in his line of business at the time would not acquiesce. Subsequently, the others closed, and he followed the example, and he found that his business increased in a pecuniary way, notwithstanding that his business hours were shortened. (Hear, hear.) There were several large merchants against the movement at first. They said that their young men, instead of deriving benefit, would not know what to do with their time. These merchants, after seeing the benefits derived from the movement, joined it, and the consequence was that it became a success, which he trusted would be the result here. (Applause.)

Mr Foster moved that a sub-committee, consisting of Messrs Pratt, Lane, Black, M'Keever, Ferrier, Wolfe, and the Secretary, be appointed to obtain the names of gentlemen to discuss the movement at the public meeting, and to arrange all other necessary preliminaries. Mr W. Black seconded the resolution, which was carried unanimously. The name of Mr Ferrier was added to the Committee.
Star, Issue 1154, 28 October 1871, Page 2

Miss Ferrier mentioned in a list of ladies and girls providing tea for the eighth anniversary of the Congregational Church, Manchester Street.
Star, Issue 1224, 24 January 1872, Page 2

above - Superintendent's Roll - Canterbury 1872-73

above - The 1872-1873 Superintendent's Rolls shows David Ferrier living in North Town Belt (later Bealey Avenue) opposite Colombo Street. Part Rural Section 243B.
below - The 1873-1874 Superintendent's Rolls shows him living in Barbadoes Street, part town section 510 on the west side of Barbadoes Street by Chester Street East.

Press, Volume XXII, Issue 2666, 21 February 1874, Page 1

Manager of the Wesleyan Book Depot, Colombo Street
Press, Volume XXII, Issue 2719, 27 April 1874, Page 4

Local Industry - We have received to samples of ink manufactured by Mr Ferrier, of this town. The ink appears to be of good quality, but we shall be better able to express an option after trying it.
Star, Issue 2669, 16 October 1876, Page 2

Press, Volume XXVI, Issue 3474, 24 October 1876, Page 1

25 July 1877 - At J. G. Hawkes' auction rooms in Hereford Street a small assortment of furniture, the property of Mr Ferrier, who was leaving for Oamaru was sold by public auction.
Press, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3747, 25 July 1877, Page 4

David Ferrier, Bookseller & Stationer, Thames Street, Oamaru, respectfully intimates that has commenced business, in that central shop, in the buildings known as Waitaki House, and hopes may receive encouragement by a share of public patronage. He has opened with a select assortment of writing papers, account books, envelopes, and general stationery, suitable for law, commercial, school, and general purposes. Books suitable for presents and Sunday Schools. Hymn books for the various churches, bibles, testaments, church services, and common prayers, photographic albums, &c. Agent for the Otago Bible, Tract, and Book Society. Just received - a fine lot of brown paper and grey bags for grocers.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1686, 14 September 1877, Page 2

Itchen Street, Oamaru
by an unknown photographer

On 27 September 1877 David Ferrier first advertised that he had moved to Itchen Street next to Messrs Spence and Bee.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1697, 27 September 1877, Page 3

North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1709, 11 October 1877, Page 3

Ferrier's Fine Art Gallery.
Itchen Street, Oamaru
Pictures. Pictures. Pictures.
Oleographs, Chromographs, Watercolor, etchings, engravings and lithographs, depicting landscapes, marine and domestic scenes. A large consignment of books, consisting of general literature, juvenile books, bibles, hymn books, and common prayer books. Ferrier's Green Black Ink, specially prepared for office use and legal documents, in bottles, at 1s 6d and 3s. Ferrier's Black Ink for schools, at 6s per gallon. Grocers' confectioners' and drapers' bags. Plain or printed, to order. David Ferrier.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 780, 5 January 1878, Page 4

Star, Issue 3126, 11 April 1878, Page 1

Press, Volume XXXI, Issue 4281, 19 April 1879, Page 4

Those of our readers who take a pleasure in inspecting works of art, and particularly those who have previously had the pleasure of seeing studies from the brush of Mr Edward Gifford, will be glad to learn that a number of very beautiful watercolors and an oil-painting by that gentleman are on view to-day, and will remain until to-morrow at noon, at the establishment of Mr D. Ferrier, Itchen street.

There are four of the former two being views of New Zealand scenery, and two English coast scenes. Of the first pair, one is a reproduction in watercolors of the picture in oils, recently described in our columns, of Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, though giving in this instance an early morning instead of midday effect. To our mind it is even more pleasing than the work in oils, and is especially remarkable for the skilful treatment of the water, which, in its light and shadow, is full of life.

The other is a view of Transit Beach, at the entrance to Milford Sound, taken from the sea. The water in the foreground - through which a small vessel is seen forging her way towards the entrance of the Sound, which is seen on the left opening up behind a hazy, low headland, is lighted up by a noonday sun, the effect of which is very truthfully rendered, and the range of bare hills which forms the shore line, forms an excellent contrast to the sharp angular peaks of the distant mountains of Mitre and Pembroke, which form the background, here and there tipped with snow, and standing out boldly against a sky suffused with the light golden haze of midsummer, and fluked here and there, with light fleecy clouds. The picture is an exceedingly pleasing one, and evidences a most painstaking and faithful care truthfully to interpret nature.

The first of the English subjects is a view on the sea coast in Clovelly Court grounds, rendered famous by Kingsley in Westward Ho?" The spot chosen for the artist's subject is the edge of a cliff overhanging the sea, across which the observer looks towards Lundy Island, looming low and flush on the horizon. It is evening, and a bank of clouds overhangs the sea through rifts in which the setting sun pours a pale golden glory, lighting up a space among the surrounding darkened ocean with a very beautiful effect. Against this background the contour of the cliffs cuts sharp and clear, and the whole forms a very bold and pleasing study.

The other is also a view on the Devonshire coast, showing a rugged, rocky foreground, between which and the high bold coast line is seen an embayment of the sea, the waters white with foam as they break against a number of scattered rocks, the distance being softened by a thin white mist which is rolling in shoreward. This work, though less pronounced in its features, evidences the same care and skill to be found in all Mr Gifford's works.

The last picture to be noticed is an oil painting of Milford Sound, looking seawards. The celebrated Mitre Peak lies to the left, and the mountains known as the Lion and Pembroke the latter snow-capped are soon on the right, while at the foot of the great ranges and in the foreground of the picture are the still pellucid waters of the Sound, in which the reflection of the surrounding mountains is reproduced with great accuracy. A dull blue sky, of a tint peculiar to the locality, serves to render the painting a very striking one.

As the pictures are to be sent to Dunedin on Thursday evening lovers of art will do well to take the opportunity of inspecting them in the interval.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 1947, 24 July 1878, Page 2

A Congregational Church for Oamaru.
Sympathisers are requested to read the subjoined correspondence, and attend a meeting, to be held in harmony therewith, at the Old Tees street Hall, on the evening of Wednesday, October 9th, the meeting to commence at 7 o'clock precisely, and close at 8 o'clock. Persons unable to attend will assist if they forward their names and addresses to the Chairman at the meeting, or to Mr Ferrier, Bookseller, Itchen street, before or after the meeting,

Oamaru, October 5th, 1878. Rev. Edward Walker. Dear Sir, We, the undersigned, on behalf of ourselves and others, who believe that there is room and a growing need for a Church of the Congregational Order in Oamaru, address you, as a Congregational Minister, known to be making a short stay in our town, and request that before you leave you will oblige us by presiding at a Meeting, which we desire should be called by advertisement, of such persons, being male or female, as would wish to promote the immediate or early formation of a Congregational Church here, either by becoming members, or adherents, or promoters unattached. Hopefully awaiting your pleasure, We are, faithfully yours, Henry J. Mote. David Ferrier. James Reid. E. Piper.

Oamaru, October 5th, 1878. Messrs D. Ferrier and others. Dear Sirs.— I shall be happy to comply with your request and as I leave here next Friday, shall be glad if your meeting be called for an early date. I am, Yours very faithfully, Edward Walker.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 2011, 9 October 1878, Page 3

A Congregational Church has been formed here, to be held in the Volunteer Hall. The committee of management consist of Messrs J. T. Evens (secretary and treasurer), D. Ferrier, and Mote. The Rev Mr Maxwell, of Port Chalmers, conducted the morning and evening services. After the former the Communion service was held. The formation membership consists of eight persons. There is little doubt that this denomination will flourish, and we now luck only a Baptist Church to complete the score.
Timaru Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 1273, 18 October 1878, Page 3

North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 2782, 19 May 1881, Page 3
This notice was first published about 2 May 1881.

North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3370, 24 May 1883, Page 3

From 13 July 1883 Carter and Co., drapers, advertised from premises in Thames Street formerly occupied by D. Ferrier, bookseller.
North Otago Times, Volume XXVIII, Issue 3405, 13 July 1883, Page 2

The many friends of Mr W. Ferrier, photographer, heard with deep regret yesterday that his father, Mr David Ferrier, I had died somewhat suddenly early in the morning. The deceased was a very old identity of Timaru, and had attained the ripe age of eighty-one years.
He came to Timaru in 1873, as salesman for a Dunedin drapery firm. After a short stay he removed to Christchurch, and acted as agent for the Wesleyan Book Depot. Later he returned to Timaru with his son, Mr W. Ferrier, and he has remained here since, assisting in his son's business.
Up to the last he was hale and hearty, and was at business as usual on Saturday. The deceased gentleman was of a very kindly disposition, and was greatly respected by all who knew him.
Timaru Herald, Volume LXXVII, Issue 11791, 24 June 1902

Electoral Roll
1880-1881, Oamaru, David Ferrier, StationerElectoral Roll 1890, Timaru, David Ferrier, PhotographerElectoral Roll 1896, Timaru, David Ferrier, PhotographerElectoral Roll 1900, Timaru, David Ferrier, Photographer

[1] Mr. Alfred Shelly Parker, formerly Manager of the Christchurch branch of Messrs Butterworth Bros. Limited, was born in London in 1853, and was educated at the City of London School. He was brought up in London to the soft goods trade, and had a wholesale and retail experience extending for several years till 1874, when he came to Lyttelton per ship “Lady Jocelyn.” After several years in the service of Messrs Twentyman and Couzins as a salesman, Mr. Parker entered the employment of Messrs. Butterworth Bros, In 1881, and was promoted to the position of manager in 1890. Mr. Parker was married in 1879 to a daughter of Mr. Ferrier, of Timaru, and had three sons and two daughters. He died on the 5th of July, 1901 (sic). The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], 1903
[2] OBITUARY. MR. ALFRED S. PARKER. Mr. Alfred Shelly Parker, who died at Hamilton on April 25, was born in London 80 years ago. He arrived in New Zealand when a young man, and entered the softgoods trade at Oamaru. Subsequently he was general manager in i New Zealand for Butterworth Bros., and also for many years represented the Manchester firm of Thomas Collier. He went to live at Hamilton 10 years ago. Mr. Parker belonged to the Congregational Church, was a member of the Mercers Company of London, and also of the Masonic Order. The following children are left: Mr. A. E. Parker (Auckland), Mrs. C. E. Paterson (Hamilton) and Mrs. A. Petts (Adelaide). There are 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Auckland Star, Volume LXV, Issue 99, 28 April 1934


Alex said...

I wonder if anyone can shed any light on a album I have of a grand tour of Europe with many additional photographs of Edinburgh - all I have is a stamp reading 'GT. Ferrier. 70 George ST. Edinburgh' on the final page. Would this reference to Ferrier be connected to the Ferrier's on this site? Would this album have been purchased empty or as a completed album? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks for any responses!

Early Canterbury Photography said...

Hello Alex, your album sounds quite interesting.

Gilbert Ferrier was a bookseller and stationer at 70 George Street, Edinburgh (1). Gilbert was born about 1830 in Edinburgh and a younger brother of David Ferrier, who was also an bookseller and stationer. The photographs may have been collected during a tour of Europe and assembled in an album purchased in Ferrier's shop. Sometimes you see the labels in books showing who the bookseller was. Booksellers certainly sold empty albums for photographs. Without seeing the photographs, they could have been collected across Europe from different locations by different photographers. Photographers would often have local photographs for sale at their studios or other shops in the towns, like modern postcards now.

Alternatively Gilbert Ferrier may have been the photographer or assembled the completed albums for sale in his shop, however I have no knowledge if Gilbert Ferrier was a photographer but his brother David Ferrier is reported to have had photographs he (David) took in Edinburgh.

Is there any text shown on the photos themselves, initials for example.

I hope this helps a bit?

(1) The Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Thursday, January 8, 1863; Issue 22935.

D said...

I just wanted to note that there is a mistake with David's mother and his parents marriage. His mother was Euphemia Burden and she and William married in 1808 or 1809.

DragonLines said...

Euphemia Burdon, daughter of James Burdon & Margaret Clark/Clerk, married Wm. Ferrier, 8 Aug 1809, Edinburgh.

Dr John said...

Hi Alex,

I would like to echo Early Canterbury Photography's interest in this collection. I have been conducting a bit research into a very old dusty Bible that I found one day in my family's book collection. Thanks to your archive material/blog, I now know that I'm in possession of a Bible sold at the Bible Repository of David Ferrier on 17 Leith Street, dated 1868!