Info 6, Taine Origins
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James John TAINE, was born on the 29th January, 1817, and baptised on the 16th March, 1817, in St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, London.
His attention being directed to this country by the public notices exhibited in London by the New Zealand Company, he sailed by the “Adelaide” on the 18th September 1839. Arriving at Port Hardy on March 4th, 1840, he proceeded to Port Nicholson. He married Leocadia de Oliveira shortly after his arrival in Wellington. About six years later he again visited Porty Hardy, and was a guest for a time of Captain Stanley, of H.M.S. “Calliope,” which was sheltering there. There he met Lieut. McKillop, of Maori War fame, who later in life became an Admiral in the Turkish Navy, and died in Egypt as “McKillop Pasha.”
Mr. Taine's business premises were on Lambton Quay (site of Scoullar's furniture warehouse), and his wharf was erected by the present site of the Royal Hotel. He resided at the Hutt, by the bridge site, on the east side of the river bank. His neighbour, Mr. Rush, who was massacred by the Maoris under Mamaku and Rangihaeata, lived on the opposite side of the river. At this time Mr. Taine, who was a member of the Militia, removed his wife and young family to Wellington, and lived at Thorndon Quay until the earthquake of 1855 badly damaged his house. He then removed to the house on Wellington Terrace which later became Captain Sharp's (now, in 1929, Sir Robert Stout's).
Prior to the gold discoveries in California and Australia he was a trustee of the Debenture Association. It was owing to Mr. Taine's and Captain W. B. Rhodes' efforts that a branch of the Bank of New Zealand was opened at Wellington. He removed to Auckland in 1879, and died a few years ago at an advanced age.
John james Taine b.29jan1817 London, son of Mary & James Taine, Brick Layer, of Lad Lane c.16mar1817 St. Giles Cripplegate, london, d.17aug1914 aged 97 NZ | m.28jun1840 Wellington NZ | Leocadia De Olivera b.~1820 Lisbon, Spain d.27nov1902 Auckland NZ | cont. |====================|============|============|============|============|========//== Susannah Marie Nina Jesse Edward Arthur leocadia jane georgina sophia james banard | | | | charles effingham b.~1841 b.27jul1842 b.~1843 b.~1845 b.21jun1849 b.07aug1851 d.1920 d.08jul1918 d.1938 d.1926 d.16sep1869 d.02jan1921 | | Au | | aged 20 | m1.1869..m2.1886 m.27sep1864 m.1866 m.1869 m.1884 | | | | | | | | Charles | John Isabella Montague William william Frederick gifford jane Mosley Darling craven Webb Russell Fides Sayer Taine children cont. *no names recorded at registration, best guess as to order ==//===|============|============|============|============|============|===========|| Alfred Henry *Walter *Leocadia *Frank Charles | edgar hedley angelica john Frederick b.06dec1852 b.31mar1855 b?17mar1856 b?05jun1858 b?01aug1860 b.30nov1863 d.1941 d.1943 d.1940 d.26nov1874 d.1895 d.1949 | aged 88 age 88 age 79 aged 16 aged33 | aged 87 m.1883 ****** m.1883 ****** ****** m.15may1895 | | | Eleanor Janet Alice Wilson Glimer maria b.1863 Burgess d.1922 | =============== James tayne b.15nov1894 d.02sep1915 Gallipoli
Westport Times, 4 December 1869 MARRIED. At St. Paul's Church, Dunedin, on the 22nd Novell iber, b.y the Rev. E. G. Edwards, Montague Mosley, New Zealand Civil Serviee, Wellington, to Susannah Leccardia, eldest daughter of James J. Taine, Esq., Tainesland, Dunedin.
|Evening Post, 28th June 1900|
|A Wellington diamond Wedding
To-day is the sixtieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. James John Taine. They celebrate the occasion at Auckland where they now reside Their marriage took place at Wellington on the 8th June, 1840, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. F. J. Churton, M.A., incumbent of St. Paul's in a temporary building used for church purposes. Dr. Evans gave the bride away, Colonel Wakefield was the best man, Miss Riddiford (now .Lady Strode) and the two little daughters of Mrs. Churton were the bridesmaids.
The wedding breakfast was prepared by Mrs. Evans ; and Captain Smith R.E., Surveyor-General for the New Zealand Land Company, and a large number of guests were present. Mr. and the then Future Mrs. Taine left London on the 18th September 1839 in the good ship Adelaide, arriving at Wellington on the 7th March, 1840. After settling down Mr. Taine started business witn great energy. In 1848, with three others, he chartered the ship Artemesia for a voyage to San Francisco, gold having been discovered there. This venture resulted in a total loss. In 1851 gold was discovered in Australia. Mr. Taine, in conjunction with Messrs. Bethune and Hunter, chartered and loaded for some years many vessels for that colony.
When the Bank of New Zealand was sought to be established at Auckland and delegates were sent to Wellington, Mr. Taine and the late Captain W. B. Rhodes were most prominent supporters of the scheme. The New Zealand Insurance Company, which was also originated and started at Auckland, sent a delegate to Wellington, and Mr. Taine anel Mr. C. J. Pharazyn were appointed to carry out the views of the company, which they had the satisfaction of successfully doing. No project of any commercial standing failed to get Mr. Taine's energetic support, he being one of Wellington's most goahead citizens in the early days.
Mr. and Mrs. Taine's numerous friends will all be pleased to hear that they enjoy excellent health considering their great ages. Of their family some reside in Auckland and some at Dunedin ; while Mr. A. G. Taine and three daughters (Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Webb, and Mrs. Fildes) are the Wellington representives. It is worthy of note that this was the second marriage in New Zealand after the islands had become a British colony. A singular co-incidence is that the first four persons united in wedlock in the colony should have all lived to celebrate their diamond wedding and that they still reside in New Zealand.
|Otago Witness, 12th July 1900|
|MR AND MRS JAMES JOHN TAINE,
Who celebrated their diamond jubilee at their house in Auckland on June 28, 1900, their marriage having taken place at Wellington on June 28, 1840. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. F. J. Churton, M.A. Dr Evans gave the bride away, Colonel Wakefield was the best man, Miss Ruddiford (now Lady Strode) and the two little daughters of Mrs Churton were the bridesmaids.
Mr and Mrs Taine spent many years in Dunedin in the sixties and seventies, and two of their sons still occupy prominent positions in this city.
Mr Taine is 84 and Mrs Tame 81 years of age, and both still enjoy good health.
Their marriage was the second in New Zealand, after the islands became a British colony.
|Evening Poist, 30th January 1912|
|A WELLINGTON NONAGENARIAN -Mr. JAMES J. TAINE;
Yeterday was celebrated the ninty fifth birthday of Mr. James J. Taine. What is probably of greater interest than the fact that he is as hale and hearty nonogenarian is that he arrived in Wellington when at Man's estate,in 1840,
and has completed seventy-two years' adult residence in New Zealand. It is perhngs this fact that makes Mr. Taine and his friend and rival in age and residence, Sir John Ldgan Campbell, two of the most interesting New Zealand citizens. The Grand Old Man of Auckland is a few month Mr. Taine's senior, but Mr. Taine has slightly the longer residence here. Contemporaneous with his arrival was that of his future wife, the adopted daughter of Mr. E. G. Wakefield, Miss Leocadia de Olivera, a native of Lisbon, and almost immediately following their landing was celebrated the marriage, the first white marriage in Wellington. The clergyman was the Rev. F. J. Churton, of St Paul's, Wellington, and the temporary edifice in which the ceremony took place was a small wooden building. Dr. Evans, a director of the New Zealand Company, and the lady's guardian, gave her away. Col. Ivin Wakefield was best man, and Lady Siiode (nee Miss Riddiford) was one of tha brides-maids.
Mrs. Taine happily lived to a great age. She passed away a few years back.
It was many years ago that Mr. Tame was able to retire from business, and for the present he Is spending the summer months in what in the forties was called "the fishing village in Cook Straits"— namely, Wellington. The events of yesterday was celebrated at the residence of his eldest daughter, Mrs. W. Darling, on Wellington-terrace, where he was the recipient of many messages and tokens of felicitation from far and near. On sunny days his picturesquue figure, with silver white hair, almost to the shoulders can be seen on the Quay or in Willis street making its unaided way to the many institutions he is still interested in or taking a stroll along the Salamanca road leading to the Kelbourne Heights.
|Dominion, 3rd February 1914|
|PIONEER'S BIRTHDAY; ONE OF WELLINGTON'S FIRST SETTLERS.
Mr J. J. Tame, one of the original settlers at Wellington under the New Zealand Land Company, but now resident at. North Head, Devonport, celebrated his, 98th birthday on Thursday. Seventy-four years of adult residence in New Zealand still finds him wonderfully well, a fact which causes much gratification to his many friends, and relations.
Mr. Taine, who was born at Bath, England, in 1816, embarked for New Zealand at Gravesend on September 18th. 1839, in the ship Adelaide, Comanded by Captain Campbell, and arrived in Port Nicholson on March 7, 1840. The Adelaide dropped anchor between Somes Island and the Maori Pa at the mouth of the Hutt River. The Tory and Glenborvio also entered tho habour at the same time. That night the Hutt River rose, and flooded low-lying lands with the result that a council of pioners decided to move the settlement to the other end of the harbour, and next day a landing was effected on Pipitea beach.
On the voyage out Mr. Taine met his future wife Miss Lcocadia De'Olivcra, the adopted daughter of Mr. Edward Gibbon Wakefield, in whos' biography will be found a very pretty story relative to her childhood days in Lisbon. Shortly after landing their marriage was celebrated.
Mr. Taine vas a highly enterprising man he sucedded the late Mr. E. J. Riddiford in the service of the New Zealand Land Company, and when the tho Californian and Australian gold rushes broke out, he, in conjunction with the late Messrs.- Bothuno and Hunter, dispatched many vessels to both countries, their enterprise being well rewarded.
In 1861 Mr, Taine decided to move to Dunedin, and he resided there until 1879, when he camo to Auckland, he has spent most of his time in Auckland since then the period being broken by visits to England, the Continent, and Australia.
In Loving Remembrance
James John TAINE
27 Nov 1902
In the 83rd year of her age.
The adopted daughter of
Edward Gibbon Wakefield,
The founder of the Colony of New Zealand.
She arrived at Wellington on the ship ADELAIDE
on 7th March 1840.
|Dominion, 18 August 1914|
|The death is announced of another of New Zealand's pioneer settlers of 1840,
in the person of Mr. J. J. Taine, who died early yesterday morning at his residence, North Head, Auckland, having attained the great age of 97.
Up to a few days ago he had been enjoying splendid health, and was in complete possession of all his faculties, when an attack of bronchitis supervening on a cold, brought to a close the life of an interesting personality.
Of late years Mr. Taine was only an occasional visitor to Wellington, but his venerable figure was fairly well known here, where in 1840 he landed from the New Zealand Company's ship Adelaide, accompanied by Mrs. Taine who as Miss Leocadia De'Olivera was the adopted daughter of Edward Gibbon Wakefield.
Here and in other parts of New Zealand Mr. Taine built up a lucrative business, and in a few years he was able to retire into private life. He was a contemporary of all the men who made names for themselves at the founding of this Dominion prior and subsequent to 1840, and could converse most interestingly on such personalities as Captains Hobson and Fitzrov, our first Governors, the Wakefields, Shortlands, Bishop Selsvyn, and many others, while on the Native side he frequently met such redoubtable character
Mr. Taine leaves a numerous family in various parts of the Dominion. They are Messrs. A. and W. Taine, Dunedin; Mr. H. Taine,. Stoke; Mr. C. F. Taine, Wellington; and Mr. A. G. Taine, Auckland while the daughters are; Mrs. Darling and Mrs. Fildes, Wellington; Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Russell, Auckland. ,
The funeral will take place next Thursday, from deceased's late residence, when his body will be laid beside that of the late Mrs. Taine, at O'Neill's Private Cemetery, Auckland.
|New Zealand Heald, 30th July 1937|
|Many Concratulations:- Old ponsonby Resident - Ninty Fouth Birthday
Many messages of congratulation were received by Mrs. N. G. Russell, St. Mary's Road, Ponsonby, on her ninety-fourth birthday, which she celebrnthed yesterday.
Mrs. Russell's parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Taine, arrived in Wellington in the ship Adelaide in 1840 after a long vovage.
Her childhood was spent in that city, in company with a sister and her brother, Mr. Alfred Taine, who is now 84 years old, and lives in Grafton Road, Auckland. The three children went to a school kept by the Misses F and J. Spinks, close to which was a Maori pa, and many were the exciting encounters they had with the natives.
The marriage of Mrs. Russell took place in Duncdin in January, 1866. Twenty-one years later her husband died when visiting Melbourne, leaving her with a family of six children, all of whom are still living. Five are resident in New Zealand, while the eldest son, now over 70 years of age, lives in Brisbane.
Mrs. Russell tenjoys good health, with the full use of her faculties, and spends much of her time reading the newspapers, walking and playing cards. Treasured possessions of the Taine family are a number of parchment scripts which show that for eight generations the family had been granted the freedom of the city of London. The special dispensation-and the necessary are set out in full on the quaint documents.
|New Zealand Heald, 7th November 1938|
|Death at 95
DEATH AT 95
PONSONBY RESIDENT ; MRS. NINA RUSSELL
WELLINGTON SETTLEMENT - LINK WITH E. G. WAKEFIELD
A link with Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the foundation of Wellington has been broken by the death on Saturday of an old Ponsonby resident, Mrs. Nina Georgina Russell, of 19 St. Mary's Road, in her 96th year. Mrs. Russell was born in Lambton Quay, Wellington, then known as "the Reach," on July 29, 1843. Her father, Mr. James John Taine, had landed from the ship Adelaide on March 7, 1840, less than two months after the arrival of the New Zealand Company's survey vessel Cuba and the *first passenger ship, the Aurora. Among those who also made the. voyage in tho Adelaide was a young Spanish lady, Miss Leocadia de Oliveira, ,who, according to the family records, had been adopted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield in Portugal in 1835 as a companion to his daughter Nina. On the latter's death he sent her to Wellington under the guardianship of Dr. Samuel Evans and Mrs. Evans. He himself did not arrive in New Zealand until 1852, and he died at Wellington -10 years later.
Memories of Earthquake
On board the Adelaide a romance developed and Miss De Oliveira married Mr. Taine in St. Paul's Church, Wellington, in June, 1840. They had 13 children, of whom Mrs. Russell was the third, and both ended their days in Auckland, Mrs. Taine dying in 1902 and her husband in 1914, aged 97.
Mrs. Russell, who was christened Nina after Miss- Wakefield, had many recollections of early Wellington, where she spent her girlhood. An outstanding one was of the second severe earthquake which the town experienced. This wrecked her father's house at Thorndon. She was attending a boarding school for young ladies at Te Aro when the shock occurred. The doors and windows of the building all became jammed, and it was some time before tho panic-stricken teachers and pupils could make their escape.
Arrival in Auckland In 1866 Miss Taine married Mr. Frederick Russell, who for the next 20 years conducted a wine and spirit business in Rattray Street, Dunedin. Mr. Russell died in 1887 while on a visit to Melbourne, leaving her with a family of six children. She moved to Auckland and, after living for a long period at Devonport, settled at Ponsonby 25 years ago. Mrs. Russell, who spent her whole life in New Zealand, enjoyed good health in her later years and retained her faculties to a remarkable degree. Until about 18 months ago she regularly played cards at the houses of several friends, and she owned a large collection of prizes won at euchre tournaments. She is survived by four sons and two daughters, one of whom, Mrs. Dora O'Brien, lived with her.
There are 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A brother, Mr. Alfred Taine, who is in his 86th year, resides in Grafton Road.
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