Alfred St. George HAMERSLEY K.C. J.P., M.P., a rugby football leader, pioneer of rugby in New Zealand. Played four games for England and captain in 1874

Alfred St. George Hamersley - 8 October 1848, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire  – 25 February 1929 in a nursing home in Bournemouth, England (aged 80 years 140 days). He was a nineteenth-century solicitor and entrepreneur, and most notably an English rugby union international who played in the first ever international match, played between Scotland and England in Edinburgh on 27 March 1871. Scotland prevailed by one goal and try to England's one try. He went on to captain his country, England against Scotland on 23 Feb. 1874 at Kensington Oval, London, his last match for England and his fourth international. A few months later he immigrated to Canterbury, N.Z. via Melbourne on the steamship Somersetshire at the age of 24. The ship sailed from Plymouth on 28 April 1874 and arrived in Melbourne on 25 June 1874. He had  advertisements in the Timaru Herald by October 1874. He practiced law for about thirteen years in Timaru.

Donated by Miss Constance Hamersley in 1945 to the City of Vancouver Archives.
Of Rycote Park in Oxfordshire

Alfred attended a public boarding school from 1862- 1866 and that is where he was probably introduced to the game of rugby. Marlborough College was founded in 1843 for the education of the sons of Church of England clergy. Roughly one third of the boys were laity charged more to subsidise the clergy children. Two Masters (George E. L. Cotton 1852-58 was succeeded by George G. Bradley 1858-70) proved to be inspiring Heads. Both came from Rugby School and brought reform ideas with them. In 1869 Alf played Rugby for Marlborough Nomads (Marlborough College Old Boys, based in London), one of the oldest and best known Rugby Football Clubs in London founded in 1868. Attended Royal Military College, Woolwich 1867 - 1868.  Arthur Hamersley was a tall, powerful forward, with a reputation for working tirelessly in the scrum.  Dr. Cotton was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1858. His death by drowning in the Hooghly River in India on Oct. 6, 1866. In 2015, the ‘XV’ rugby pitch at Marlborough College, England was renamed ‘Hamersley’ whilst an engraved stone to mark the influence of Alfred St George Hamersley (C3 1862– 66) was also installed at the top of the steps leading up to the games field to leave a lasting legacy.

Marlborough College register from 1843 to 1904 inclusive
No. 161 entered 1862 Hamersley, Alfred St. George, s. of H. Hamersley, Esq., Pyrton, Tetsworth, Oxan, b. Oct. 8 1848; 1 Mids. 1866 C3. Current address: Vancouver, British Columbia Bar, Middle Temple, 1872; Legal Adviser to City of Vancouver.
No. 197 entered 1866 Knubley, Miles Jefferson, s. of the late Rev. M.P. Knubley, c/o the Rev. A.O. Hartley, Beccles, b. Nov. 15, 1851; I. Mids. 1869 C 1. New Zealand bar; Current address: Practising at Timaru. On the swim team in 1868.
No. 239 entered 1870 Hamilton, George Innes, s/o H. Hamilton Esq., 20 Wellington Square, Ayr, N.B. b. July 1, 1856; Gym Rep. 1878-4, Authors Sch. M.C. 1874. Current address:  Sheep farming, Clayton, Timaru, N.Z.
No.   79 entered 1853 Howell, William Barker s/o Rev. Canon Howell, Bridestowe, Okehampton b. June 17 1842;  Current address:  Farming: The Sisters, Pleasant Point, Timaru N.Z

A. St. G. Hamersley helped to establish the game of rugby in South Canterbury. He was one of the founders of South Canterbury and then the Canterbury Union. In 1889 he moved to Canada where he continued his sporting missionary work, helping to found Vancouver RFC and was the first president of the British Columbia Rugby Union. In 1906 he returned to Oxfordshire, England. In 1909 he established the Oxford Nomads F.C.; he was elected as the Club's first President. He soon became a MP, and in World War One was a Lieutenant Colonel, serving on the Western Front in 1917. He was a barrister by profession. 2008 was inducted into the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame that recognises special achievement and contribution to the sport of rugby union.

Early history of Timaru - Colonel Hamersley's recollections Timaru Herald 3 March 1947

Saw online the South Canterbury Museum database there was an article in the 1947 Timaru Herald. Went to the Timaru library to look up Hamersley article in TH 3/3/1947. Came away without it as somebody had clipped it out! Had to go to town so called in to the museum to talk to Tony about the Hamersley insert. They have the later TH's on microfilm as well as a new electronic reader. Hence we have the piece. As I asked for a file and not a printout it only cost $1! A great exercise as I learnt to drive the reader as well. M.T. Nov. 2012.

Spelling variations are found in Hamersley Hammersley Hameraley Hamcrsley Humersley Hamoreley.  His surname appears at least 944 times. 

Family BMDs

Alfred married Isabella Maud Snow, d/o Charles Hastings Snow and Helen Clara Piers, on 26 October 1876 in St. Peter's Church, Wellington. Isabella was born in 29th April 1853 in Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, christened on 27 July 1853 in Winterborne and Isabella died on 27 January 1955 at the age of 102. Buried with her husband in St. Mary's Churchyard Cemetery, Pyrton, England. The Auckland City Library has her obituary.

Timaru Herald 15th Nov., 1876 Marriage:
HAMERSLEY-SNOW - On the 25th October, at St. Peter's Church, Te Aro, Wellington, by the Ven. Archdeacon Stock, Alfred St. George, fourth son of Hugh Hamersley, Esq. of Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire, England, to Isabella Maud, eldest daughter of Charles Hastings Snow, Esq. of Langton Lodge, Wellington, NZ.

1932 (1878)	Hamersley Hugh St. George	born in Timaru (a delayed birth registration) d. NZ 1960 aged 81
1877 		Hamersley Cecil St. George 	born in Timaru d. aged 9 weeks
1880  4 Nov. 	Hamersley Helen Constance 	born in Timaru (did not find her birth registration) 
1882 3 Mar. 	Hamersley Harold St. George 	born in Timaru 
1888 9 June 	Hamersley Maud D'Oyley 		born Lower Hutt, N.Z.
1892 20 March 	Hamersley Alfred Hastings St. George born in B.C. Canada

Timaru Herald Birth:  On August 12, 1877 at Timaru, the wife of A. St. G. Hamersley, of a son
Timaru Herald Death: On the 13th Oct. 1877 at Timaru, of inflammation of the lungs, Cecil St. George, infant s/o Alfred St. George Hamersley, aged 9 weeks
Timaru Herald Birth:  At Timaru, on 11th November, 1878 the wife of A. St. G. Hamersley, of a son. (TH 20 Nov. 1878)
Timaru Herald Birth:  On the 2nd March, 1882, the wife of A. St. G. Hamersley, of a son. (TH 23rd March 1882)
Timaru Herald Birth:  On 8th June, 1888 at the Lower Hutt, the wife of A. St. George Hamersley, of a daughter

Hammersley, C S G 
Age at Death: 		weeks 
Date of Interment: 	Saturday, 13 October 1877 
Timaru Cemetery: 	General Block D Plot 119 
Clergy Name: 		HARPER 

Charles Hastings Snow was born on 21 May 1824 at Langton Lodge, Langton Long, Blandford, Dorset, England. He is the s/o Reverend Thomas Snow and Maynard Eliza D'Oyly. He married Helen Clara Piers, d/o Rev. Octavius Samuel Piers and Jane Tristram, in 1850 at Preston, Weymouth, Dorset, England. He died on 13 August 1900 at age 76 at Lower Hutt, NZ. He fought in the Maori Wars. Helen died in Hamilton at age 89 in April 1913. Charles and Helen Clara Piers immigrated along with their children to New Zealand arriving on 1860 on board Lord Burleigh. He was head of the Audit Department at Wellington, New Zealand. He was a banker.

Timaru Herald  Death: January 1885
HAMERSLEY - On the 2nd November, 1884, at Southsea, Hampshire, England, Hugh Hamersley, of Pyrton Manor, Oxfordshire, aged 71.

Timaru Herald, 20 December 1884, Page 2
The late Mr Hamersley. — The Times of the 4th November contains the following notice of the death of Mr Hamersley, father of Mr A. St. G. Hamersley, barrister, of Timaru — "Mr Hugh Hamersley of Pyrton Manor, Watlington, Oxfordshire, formerly High Sheriff of that County, died on Sunday at Southsea. The deceased was the second son of the late Mr Hugh Hamersley, of Pyrton Manor, and of Sandgate, Kent, by his marriage with Margaret, daughter of Mr John Bevan, of Clifton, and was born in 1813. He was educated at Harrow and at Trinity College, Cambridge was a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for Oxfordshire, and formerly Chairman of Quarter Suasions for that County. He served as High Sheriff in 1840. Mr Hamersley married in 1835 Mary Anne, daughter of Mr John Phillips, of Culham, Oxon, and was left a widower in 1877."

Press, 26 May 1892, Page 4 Birth
Hamersley - Vancouver British Columbia, on the 20th March, 1892, the wife of A. St. G. Hamersley, barrister-at-law, of son.

1901 Census Vancouver City, District Burrard, Canada pg1
The word adopted refers to the child in the previous family. 

Hamersley Alfred St. G.  	Head 		M Oct  8 1849 51 City Solicitor
Hamersley Maud F 		Wife 		M Apr 29 1853 47 
Hamersley Constance F 		Daughter 	S Nov  4 1880 20 (She became an artist)
Hamersley Harold M 		Son 		S Mar  3 1882 19 
Hamersley Maud F 		Daughter 	S Jun  9 1888 12 
Hamersley Alfred St. G.  	Son 		S Mar 20 1892  9 
Chung 				Domestic 	S Mar 19 1882 19 Cook

Hamersley, as everyone knows, is a very strong forward, and needs little training.

Rugby Football Clubs

Botanic Reserve, Nelson, Nov. 2009
On May 14, 1870, at 2pm, 36 young men played the first game of rugby in New Zealand between a Nelson College side and the Nelson Football Club at the Botanical Reserve.

Star 29 May 1874, Page 2
Football. A match, emanating from a challenge given to the captain of the football club by some English players who are anxious to play Rugby Union rules, will take place to-morrow. The English fifteen will consist as far as possible, of those who have learnt the game in England, and who are well acquainted with the above rules. The following are the sides English (blue caps) A. and J. Anderson, T. S. Baker, J. Barker, Booth, C. Bolton, Lewin, Mannington, T. W. Moore, Newton, Pardy, F. and E. Pavitt, Rhodes, and Tosswill. The Club (red caps) T. Chapman, H. and E. Cotterill, R. Dobson, Hartland, G. A. Macquarie (captain), T. R. Moore, G. Mathias, R. A, and L. Ollivier, E. O'Connell, R. Searell, J. and O. Thomson. Mr Harman has been requested to act as umpire.

Star 25 May 1874 Page 2
The alphabetical match A to L and M to Z came off on Saturday afternoon. There being some excellent bullies and dribbles made on both sides. It is to be regretted that many of the players wore iron tips, and it would be well for the captains to put a stop to such a practice. After the termination of the game a general meeting of the club was held, Mr Macquarrtin the chair. Two very important rules were passed, and Messrs F. and E. Pavitt and T. W. Ambrose were elected members.

Timaru Herald, 3 May 1875, Page 3
The Football Club found it impossible to get up the projected match between English-born and Colonial born, the number of English born members who turned up not being enough to form a side. A game was therefore arranged of Nelson and Christchurch Football Schools against the World, Rawson acting as Captain of the Schools, and Hamersley as that of their opponents. After a very tough struggle, time was called without a goal being kicked, the World obtaining five tries to the Schools one. The Club played in Mr Sealy's paddock, the open space between Elizabeth and Church streets being now partly fenced off, and the game was in a great measure spoilt by the unsuitable nature of the ground. A good ground near town for various sports, is much needed.

Timaru Herald, 17 May 1875, Page 3 FOOTBALL AT TIMARU
The Town v. Country match was played on Saturday afternoon, and a very close and exciting contest was the result. We have seldom seen a game played with so much bonhommie from beginning to end. The Town most heartily desire that this will be the first of a series of annual contests. It was very unfortunate that such heavy rain fell on Friday night, as it made the ground so slippery that the play was entirely confined to the forwards. This was a pity, as the game when a continual "scrimmage" is not an interesting one for the lookers-on. The club have to thank their fair visitors for their attendance. Their presence at any contest always leads the men to exert themselves to the utmost, and we hope they will grace any future match that may take place with their presence. The result of an hour and a half's play was a draw m favor of the Town by one try to none. The try was obtained by Hamersley, the place kick by Fraser proving a failure. A match against Christchurch is on the tapis, to be played on the Queen's birthday.
THE PLAY. The sides were composed of the following players —For the Country— R. Rutherford (captain), back; C.D. Fox, back; Black, half back'; forwards, Dennistoun, F. Raine, J. Raine, Brown, Richardson, Cooke, F. Barker, Mitchell, Moorhouse, P. F. Tancred, Howell and Cardale. For the Town— Hamersley (captain), forward; Fraser, back; Davie, back; Craig, half back forwards, Goodeve, Beswick, Turnbull, Waitt, Rawson, Miles, A. Maclean, A. Rhodes, Robertson and Mansfield. Hamersley having won the toss elected to play down the hill for the first half-time. Rutherford kicked off, the Country followed up, and forced the Town-close to their goal; a series, of scrimmages then ensued, and the forward play of the Town, helped by the hill, brought the game back to the vicinity of, the Country goal where it was kept for some time... Rutherford, by a brilliant kick, secured a poster, but no other advantage on either side was gained before time was called. The match gave the greatest to players on both sides, and to the spectators. Although the rules were not familiar to many of the players, the way in which the game went throughout, gives every promise of South Canterbury turning out a team worth bringing into the field before long.

2012  Practise boots!! The boots are all colours these days so don't look traditional any more. 
The first frost and the first rugby football practice nearly always coincide. 

Timaru Herald, 24 July 1876, Page 3 FOOTBALL MATCH
Christchurch v South Canterbury. The return football match between the Christchurch and South Canterbury Clubs was played on Saturday, in a paddock at _relaske, the property of Mr F. Archer, who had most kindly placed it at their disposal, the weather was all that could be desired, and the ground in fair order. The Christchurch team, on arrival by the 1.30 train, were met on the platform by a number of the loyal players, who greeted them heartily and took them up to the Lynwood Hotel. After lunch the two teams were taken to the round by Mr Martelli in a coach and four, the Christchureh team was composed of the flowing men, viz. J. R. Evans (Captain), T. S. Sweet and A. Cottrrill backs), W. Stringer, H. McCardell nd W. H. Atack (half backs), V. Hartland, J. Barker, C. H. Croxton, Dobson, L. M. Ollivier, F. Pilling, A. Potts, Pott's, and E. R. Deacon. Emergency men E. Paul and W. Tosswill. South Canterbury A. St G. Hamersley (captain), R. Vestenra and S. Barker (backs), C. S. Fraser and James Paterson, (half-backs), W Craig and J. McBratney, (quarter-backs) F. Barker, John Paterson, E. P. Jones, C. D. Fox, R. M. Buchannn, T. H. Rawson, L. McPherson, Murray. Mr W. F. Neilson acted as umpire for Christchurch, and Mr H. McPherson for the local team. Play began at 3.30 p.m., the all being kicked off by Hamersley who _layed from the west goal. At once both teams set to work with splendid spirit, all the forwards keeping well on the ball. The thorough training of the Christchurch team told at once, their men working like machinery, every layer knowing and doing his duty, and not interfering with his fellows. Do what the Timaru team would, the ball for the first quarter of an hour was kept with 30 yards of heir gaol, and time after time was either forced or touched down behind their line. After about 20 minutes play, McCardell, with very fine kick, sent the ball spinning over the Timaru goal. The ball was again kicked off by Hamersley, who sent it far down to his opponents' goal but it soon came back. Both teams buckled to now in good earnest, the local men doing their best to convert another goal. Once or twice they succeeded in carrying the ball well down into he enemy's camp but each time the Christchurch backs returned it with full interest. Two or three good runs were now made by Stringer, who often got near our goal. Touches and force-downs followed each other for Christchurch. while the Timaru men, though playing a losing game very luckily, could not once get behind the Christchurch touch line and when half-time was called, after 45 minutes play, their score was nothing, while that of their opponents stood at a goal kicked by McCardell, four touches-down, obtained by Deacon, Ollivier, A. Potts, and Pilling, a touch in goal and three force-downs altogether, a goal and seventeen points. After a short breathing spell the ball was again kicked out. Now a much more even game was played, scrimmage following scrimmage in the middle of the ground, and the men on both sides playing with great spirit. Christchurch, however, still added to its score, A- Potts obtaining two touches-down by some very smart play. As the time to finish approached the Timaru men made despite efforts to retrieve their fortunes, but without avail. McBratney made an exceedingly good run, but rather wildly tried a kick -without any good result, and the ball was sent back. Again and again Hamersley rallied his men for a final effort, but all to no purpose. Another attempted run by L. McPherson, who was soon collared and stopped, brought the game up to time. The latter half of the game resulted in two touches-down and six forces-down for Christchurch, while Timaru had just doubled its former score that is, had got another nothing. Three cheers by Timaru for Christchurch, and three cheers for Timaru from the brazen throats of the Christchurch men wound up the game. All the players then adjourned to a corner of the ground, where Mr Archer had most generously provided refreshments. The attendance of visitors on the ground, despite a very old wind, was exceedingly good, and encouraging to the players, a large number of ladies being present. Throughout the day the umpires carried out their duties in a way which was most satisfactory, the decisions not being disputed in a single instance. The two teams met again at dinner at the Grosvenor at 7 o'clock. Jollity and mirth ruled the board till 11 o'clock. The usual toasts were given and responded to in good style, and were interspersed with some capital songs. In conclusion we must say that severe as was the lesson taught the Timaru team by Christchurch in the first match, that lesson has been enforced in a way which will probably make them practice better for the future. We will be very glad to see the Christchurch men in Timaru again next season, when we hope our local men will make a better show.  

S.C. Football Club1876 with Hamersley holding the ball.

Timaru Herald, 21 August 1877, Page 8 TIMARU V. OAMARU.
A football match took place on August 18 at Oamaru, between a local team and one from Timaru. Through some misunderstanding, only nine men out of the fifteen left here, and the remaining number had to be borrowed from the opposition. On arrival at Oamaru, the Timaru men were met at the railway station by a number of the local Club, and were escorted to the Royal Hotel, where an excellent lunch was awaiting them. After doing justice to the good things provided, the two teams proceeded to the ground, which is situated in the middle of the town. Mr Hamersley captained the Timaru and Mr Walls the local men. Play was commenced at 1.30 p.m., the ball being kicked off by Oamaru. It was decided that only goals should count. During the first spell of 35 minutes, Timaru appeared to get the best of the scrimmages, but the ball was kept well in the centre of the ground. What the Oamaru men lost in the scrimmages they made up by their excellent back play, which was decidedly superior to that of the foreign team. Towards the middle of the spell, Booth by a splendid run succeeded iv obtaining a touch-down for Oamaru, but it did not count. After a short breathing space, the match was resumed, and for some time neither side appeared to gain any advantage. At last Craig collared the ball when near the Timaru goal, and being well supported by his comrades, it was taken right through to the Oamaru quarters, and a touch-down obtained.
    The forward play of the foreign team at the time was really brilliant. Hamersley shortly afterwards got a try at the enemy's gaol, but the ball flew very wide. A few more minutes' warm work, and time was called, the match resulting in a draw. The Oamaru team played very spiritedly throughout, and showed first-classform. The game would have been much more interesting had all the Timaru team turned up, but a number, as usual, disappointed their comrades. There is a probability of a return match taking place here on Saturday next.

The team to represent Canterbury will he chosen from the following T. S. Baker, Bolton, E. Chapman, Field, Hamerton, Hamersley, R. Hamilton, Hartland, Lewin, M'Cardell, W. Millton, L. Ollivier, D. Potts, A. Potts, G. Potts, W. Potts, Reeves, Tavender, and Verity.

Timaru Herald, 24 August 1878, Page 3 Football
INTERPROVINICAL MATCH — Canterbury V. Otago. This match, the most important of the season, will take place in Dunedin on Wednesday next, the 28th, when the following will represent Canterbury Reeves and Hamilton backs; Verity, three-quarter back Hamerton and G. Potts half backs, D. Potts, Hamersley, Goodwin, Meltan, Bolton, Lewin, Baker, B. Chapman, Tavender, Field, and P. Jones, forwards. With such a team as the above we should predict an even match, but unfortunately Canterbury have lost A. Potts and Ollivier, two splendid men behind the scrimmages, and if they were playing it would help the forwards, as G. Potts and Verity would no doubt be placed forward. We understand that the team, except Hamerton, Hamersley, and Verity, will play to-day in Christchurch against all comers, and as Verity and Hamerton have played several matches lately they will be excused, being in splendid condition Hamersley, as everyone knows, is a very strong forward, and needs little training. Goodwin, another southern man, has not done much training as far as football is concerned, but we understand he is something like Hamersley, always in good condition, besides being always in the field.

Timaru Herald, 2 September 1878, Page 2 FOOTBALL
Christchurch v. Timaru. A football match took pace in Mr Woollcombe's paddock, Waimataitai Valley, on Saturday afternoon, between terms representing Christchurch and Timaru. The former was principally composed of men from the representative team, but there were also in it three or four Timaru fellows, who were required to make up the total. The Timaru team were Bcale, Brett, Chapman, Craig, D'Emden, Fraser, Flint, Giles, Goodwin, Hamerton, Hamersley (captain), Jones, Tavender, Verity, and Knubley. Christchurch was represented by Bolton (Captain), Millton, Reeves, Johnston, Fowler, McArdell, G. Wood, C. Wood, Tregear, Hall, Chapman, Godby, Lewin, Field, and Neilson. We were glad to see an increased number of visitors on the ground, the majority of whom, as usual, were ladies. At 2.30 p.m. the players, driven in drags, appeared on the ground, and no time wasted in getting stripped. Theo two captains, Hamersley and Bolton, having tossed up, and the latter won, Hamerton kicked off for Timaru from the eastern goal, the wind being against him. The ball was well returned by McArdell and the first scrimmage took place on mid-ground. After some active play on both sides, Hamerton by smart play rushed the ball close up to the Christchurch line, and being well backed up, the foreign team were forced to touch-down in self defence. On being put into play again, the ball was driven well on to Timaru ground, and a series of stiff scrimmages took place, in which Fraser for Timaru, and Johnston for Christchurch distinguished, themselves by their smartness. ... When time was called, the ball was almost in the centre of the field. Timaru thus won by one goal and a try to nothing. Three hearty cheers were given for Christchurch was warmly returned, and another round followed for the umpires (Messrs Blundell and Godby), and so the fun ended. It must be remembered that the Christchurch men played at a considerable disadvantage, owing to having their complement made up of several strangers. Still they played strongly and pluckily throughout, and never flagged from first to last. As regards the home team, we can only say they are beginning to learn not a thing or two but a good many things which they did not know before. They have been well coached by Hamerton during the season, and now are up to contend against any team in the colony. Fraser showed up in his old form on Saturday while Hamersley was as usual a host in himself. Verity, Craig, D'Emden, Flint, and Chapman proved excellent forwards, and indeed, so did all loose who were placed there. All we can hope is that when next season corner round, the same interest will be exhibited in football here, us has been this year. THE DINNER. The dinner which took place in the Oddfellows' Hall, Sophia-street, in the evening, passed off without a hitch. Mr Hamersley taking the Chair, and Mr Bolton the vice chair. After full justice had been done to the good things provided by Mr Witt, to whom the thanks of the Club are due for the excellent spread, the toast of The Queen," and "The Christchurch team," the latter being responded to.  The Representative Team was responded to by Mr Hamersley at considerable length. He said in the match at Dunedin was one of the hardest he had ever played in, and that the Canterbury men could not have fought harder if they had been defending Plevna than they did in saving their own goal in Dunedin when the Otago men had the wind behind them. Cricket was next proposed by Mr Knubley, and responded to by Messrs Fowler and D'Emden. Mr Knubley then favored the company with a song. Mr Hamersley's next toast was Football. Then followed songs by Messrs Lewin, Humerton, Hamersley, D'Emden, and several others, no more toasts being allowed. A "Round Robin" and "The elephant walks" around, wound up one of the most pleasant evenings ever spent at a football dinner in Timaru, the footballers parting in mutual good-feeling with themselves and the world at large. Too many thanks cannot be accorded to Mr Witt for the recherché spread which he provided. The Christchurch men will leave for home to-day. Let us mention, although it has nothing to do with the football match on Saturday, that more than one of our visitors were amongst, those who rushed into the surf yesterday to save life.  

Timaru Herald, 13 August 1879, Page 8 Canterbury Rugby Union
A meeting of football players was held in the Grosvenor Hotel after the match, to consider the proposal to form an Association for the purpose of advancing the interests of the game, as played under the Rugby Union rules. Members of the South Canterbury, Christchurch, Temuka, and Ashburton Clubs were present. Mr Lewin was voted to the chair, and he explained the proposal in general terms, and submitted a draught set of bye-laws. He stated that he had been in communication with the Clubs of North Canterbury and they had expressed themselves in favor of an Association being formed. The chief objects of the Association would be to encourage the adoption of the Rugby Union game, by giving the Clubs joining the Association a better standing and a common aim, and to assure a fuller and fair, representation of the different Clubs in interprovincial matches. The Christchurch, Eastern, Rangiora, Southbridge, Ashburton, Temuka, and Timaru Clubs had expressed their approval of the scheme, and their willingness to join the Association. The following are the principal by-laws adopted and resumes of those dealing with maters of routine
No. 1 That this Association be called the 'Canterbury Rugby Union.'
No. 2 That this Union upholds the Rugby Union rules, and adopts all the, alterations and amendments that the Rugby Union of England thinks fit to make.
No 3 That the officers of the Association consist of a President, two Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer."...
A dinner was held in the evening at the Mechanics' Institute, to which about forty sat down. Mr T. B. Jones, of the Queen's Hotel, catered, and the viands which he provided were the theme of much praise, no less for the excellence of their quality than for the tasteful mannor in which they were placed on the table. Mr A. St. Q. Hamersley occupied the chair, and Mr Miles the vice-chair...

When efforts were made to standardise the playing of football in New Zealand, the form of the game associated with Rugby School was seen as the most desirable. In 1876 Kindersley Camilo Montague Lewin, who had played the Rugbeian game in England, persuaded the fledgling Christchurch Football Club to adopt it. Keen to head off Victorian Rules, Lewin, the father of Canterbury rugby, set about organising the country’s first union of rugby clubs. He found a willing partner in Timaru’s George Hamersley, a former England rugby international who had set up two clubs. Their collaboration led to the formation in 1879 of the Canterbury Rugby Union, which stretched from Rangiora in the north to Timaru in the south. 

 Star 16 July 1886, Page 1 Football
A match; past v. present players, was played yesterday afternoon at Timaru. A great amount of interest was taken in the game, as was shown by the unusually large attendance of spectators. Mr Hamersley was captain of the past players, and Mr R. M'Kay of the present. The game was well contested, the past team, notwithstanding their want of training, doing better than was expected. The present team won by 27 points to nil.

He pioneered the sport in the South Canterbury, New Zealand and was the driving force behind the formation of  British Columbia Union, Canada and the Oxfordshire Nomads, in England who later became Oxford RFC, in 1909.

Timaru Herald, 11 April 1887, Page 3
There was a large number of football players at the meeting held in Mechanics Hall last Wednesday night. The chair was taken at about 8 o'clock by Major Hamersley, the president of the club. Major Hamersley opened the proceedings by a short speech. He stated that, as president under rule 15 of the S.C.F.C., he had called a special general mooting to consider the position of the club, to appoint officers, and run the club during the ensuing season. "As President" he went on to say I vote that the meeting held on March 2nd be informal by reason of insufficient notice having been given." He then gave all present some very sound advice with regard to the good fellowship which ought to exist amongst football players in particular, all clubs in general, and resumed his seat amidst cheering. In answer to an objection rained that annual general meetings of the ,club must, under the rules, be held in March, and that, therefore, the present meeting was as much informal as the previous one." Major Hamersley stated that no club must be stopped through a deficiency in secretary's duties, and that work which should have been done in March can still be gone through in April if necessary, as in the present case. The general business of the club then went on. The report and balance-sheet were adopted, and the minutes of the last annual meeting confirmed. A resolution was passed that all members of the Timaru Football Club shall be members of the S.C.F.C." The following now members were elected Messrs Perry, Wood, Kerr, LeCren, Lovegrove, Chisholm, Cook, Hamilton, Rees, Shappere, Austin, Gooder, Ogilvie, Young, Turnbull, Morrison, Jones, E. Wilson, S. Barlow, Raymond (2), Henry Begg, Bourn, and George. The following officers were elected President, A. St. G. Hamersley vice Presidents, Captain Woolcombe, and M. J. Godby captain, George Wood vice-captain, H. Goodall secretary, G. A. Fraser treasurer A. McIntosh. The following members were elected on the committee: Messrs Shirtliffe, Hughes, Gooch, Shepherd, and Perry. Match Committee Messrs Shirtliffe, Carey, and Lough. Delegates to Rugby Union in Christchurch, Messrs McDowall, and George. The advisability of reducing the subscription from 7s 6d to 5s, after being freely discussed, was put to the meeting and the motion was carried. Mr Wood then proposed a vote of thanks to retiring officers, and the resolution was carried nem con. Before breaking up the meeting, a vote of thanks was passed to the President, with musical honours, which were rendered if not m a very harmonious, at all events m a very hearty manner. In answer Major Hamersley thanked all present for the support given to him, and gave some very valuable hints on football matters. He said he had especially noticed the want of drop kicking, not only in the local matches but all through the colonies, and pointed at what an important feature of the game this was. He then said it was his intention to present a cup to the man selected by the Match Committee as the best drop kick of the season, thereby increasing, if possible, the many obligations under which the club is to him for the unflagging interest he has ever taken in its doings, and the help and encouragement which he has always shown. The meeting then adjourned.

Star 18 May 1882, Page 3
In the football match England v. Colonies, to be played on Lancaster Park on Saturday next, the latter will be represented by Messrs E. J. and W. J. Cotterill, G. H. Helmore, A. H. Anderson, H. Lee, Fuller, W. V and E. Millton, W. Potts, L. H. Lane, If. H. Mathias, Hyman, F. Pratt, Stringer, and B. D. Harrnan. Colours, red and black. The following team will represent England Messrs Loach, Hall, Anderson, Grant, Parker, Scott, Hamersley, Spragge, Tickell, Haynes, Farr, Hussey, Rawkes, Lewin, Arundel. Any of the above who will be unable to play are requested to communicate with Mr A. H. Anderson. A tram starts at 2.35 from Cathedral Square for the ground, to which players will be admitted free. Practices are being held every morning on Cranmer square at 7 o'clock, at which all footballers who are desirous of getting into trim are invited to attend. Walking expeditions will start every Tuesday and Thursday evening from the Post-office at 8 o'clock sharp. The first of these will take place to-night.

Timaru Herald, 9 March 1888, Page 3 FOOTBALL
A meeting of delegates from various clubs in South Canterbury, for the purpose of discussion of the advisability of forming a Rugby Union, was held last evening at Messrs Hamersley and Wood's office, Timaru. The following delegates attended Messrs Wood and Goodall (South Canterbury Club), Percival and Wilson (Pirates Club), Flint and Velvin (Temuka Club), Hiskins and Fitzgerald (Geraldine Club), Churton and M'Intosh (Waimate), J. D. Hamilton (Fairlie Creek), Smith and Bennett (Winchester Club.) .. Mr Flint proposed that officers be appointed provisionally, to be confirmed at the first meeting of properly appointed delegates. The following provisional officers were then appointed Mr E. T. Rhodes (president), Messrs J. S. D'Emden, F. H. Barker, W. H. Moore, M. J. Godby, A. St. G. Hamersley, (vice-presidents), Mr McIntosh (hon. sec. and treasurer), Messrs Wood, Goodall, and MacIntosh were appointed a sub-committee to draw up rules and submit them to the next meeting of delegates. It was recommended that the annual subscription be one guinea for each delegate who will represent 30 members. The hon. secretary was instructed to write to the Canterbury Rugby Union stating what had been done at this meeting, and requesting to know what steps should be taken to become affiliated with the English Rugby Union. After the usual votes of thanks, the meeting stood adjourned until the 22nd.


Evening Post, 18 November 1939, Page 15 MR. C. S. FRASER
Timaru, This Day. The death occurred last night of Mr. Charlton Simon Fraser, aged 87. He was closely identified with the early life of Timaru, particularly in sport. He was a son of Judge John Fraser of the Supreme Court at Hong Kong. Educated in England he came to New Zealand as a young man, taking up a commercial career. For many years he was secretary of the South Canterbury Jockey Club and was the founder of one of the first Rugby clubs in New Zealand. For one season he was New Zealand tennis champion, defeating F. C. Wilding,  father of Anthony Wilding. Mr. Fraser was an ardent philatelist, at one time possessing one of the finest collections in the Dominion.

1990s programmes. Timaru’s Fraser Park, west end of Church St, near Otipua Rd was named in 1926 to honour the service to local rugby of two generations of the Fraser family. Charlton Simon Fraser, an all round athlete and footballer, later an accountant in Timaru was the founding secretary in 1875 when South Canterbury Football Club was formed. His son, Hanson Home Fraser, was president of the South Canterbury Union which helped to acquire the ground in 1923 from the South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club then named Athletic Park who had purchased the ground in 1878 from Rhodes Trust. H.H. Fraser delegate to the Rugby Union Conference April 1932. Commercialism reached Timaru in 1996 when a sponsorship deal saw the name changed to Alpine Energy Stadium. Like most provincial grounds it has seen many memorable matches.

First Day — Wednesday, May 10.
Judges— Messrs S. A. Bristol, F. W. Teschemaker, A. Turnbull, M. Studholme, C. W. Smith, W. S. Davidson, and J. H. Raine.
Judges for Walking — Messrs J. H. Raine and A. St. G. Hamersley.
Handicappers — Messrs F. W. Teschemaker, S. A. Bristol, and A. Turnbull.
Starter — Mr C. N. Orbell.
Timekeeper— Mr G. B. Parker.
Clerks of the Course— Messrs T. Teschemaker, G. J. Dennistoun, and A. W. Wright.
Assistant Secretaries — Messrs G. F. Clulee and C. H. Delamain.
It could hardly have been possible to make the sports on Wednesday in connection with the South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club a more complete success than they were. They did not exceed anticipations, for, owing to the character of the arrangements, and the number and "form" of the contestants, it was believed that if the weather was fine, the result could not fail to be what it turned out to be. It may, without exaggeration, be said that the meeting was by far the most successful that has been held under the auspices of the Club. A great part of the success was due to the state of the weather. This was nil that could be desired. The sun shone pleasantly nearly all the day, the temperature being made agreeable to both competitors and spectators by a light northerly wind. A large measure of the success was, however, owing to the character of the arrangements. For the first time the Club held their sports on a ground of their own, and one properly laid out for the purpose. The ground, which, is about ten acres in extent, is distant about a mile to the west of Timaru. It is laid down in English grass, and as it is on the summit of the downs, and the surrounding scenery is picturesque, it is very pleasantly situated. The course, we should think, it would be difficult to find the equal of in the colony. It is of the usual oval shape ; it is of such a width that there is no fear of jostling taking place on it for want of room ; it is very level, and it is covered by a fine sward. In was specially levelled for the purpose, and double-sown with a suitable English grass. A strip of ground has also been laid down for jumping purposes. The whole work was performed under the direction of a few energetic members of the Club since last sports, and they are certainly entitled to great credit for the manner in which they have had it carried out. As regarded the minor arrangements they were similar in most respects to those of previous years.
    Second Day — Thursday, May 11. The weather yesterday was all that could be desired by the Athletic Club for carrying out their second day's sports ; a mild westerly breeze blowing all day, and the rays of the sun being tempered to a nicety by light clouds. The attendance was fully equal to that on Wednesday, a large proportion of the visitors being ladies. The great interest shown by the fair sex in the different events is no doubt one of the principal reasons for them being so well contested ; and as long as their patronage is continued, we feel sure the club will flourish. ...As each successive season comes round, the Club is found to have largely increased, until it now numbers amongst its members gentlemen m all parts of. the colony. M. Gray takes the chief and most coveted prize of the meeting, the Ladies' Cup ; B. Craig the Champion Cup with 7 points ; Mr Parker's Challenge Cup will be decided after the heat is run on Tuesday between M. Gray and T. H. Rawson. The annual dinner of the Club took place in the billiard room of the Ship Hotel in the evening, and passed off in a most enjoyable manner. The ball will take place this evening in the hall of the Mechanics' Institute.

Otago Witness 16 March 1888, Page 27 A NEW RUGBY UNION
A meeting of delegates from football clubs in South Canterbury was held at the office of Messrs Hamersley and Wood, Timaru, to consider the advisability of forming a Rugby Football Union in the district. There were present Messrs G. T. Wood and H. A. Goodall (representing the South Canterbury Club), J. L. Flint and J. W. Velvin (Temuka Club), J. A. Fitzgerald and Hiskins (Geraldine Club), L. E. Perceval and S. Wilson (Pirates Club, Timaru), G. Smith and H. Bennett (Winchester Club), J. D. Hamilton (Fairlie Creek Cub), and J. Christie (Waimate Club). Mr G. T. Wood was unanimously called to preside, and explained the .reasons which had induced him and others to call the meeting. He had sent out a circular to all clubs between Ashburton and Palmerston to get an expression of opinion as to the advisability of forming a union to include the North Otago and South Canterbury districts. The clubs represented at the meeting were all favourable to a union, but North Otago did Hot care to join in, so that the matter so far as the Northern clubs were concerned was more satisfactory. He fully believed that a union would have the effect of stimulating the interest taken in football in South Canterbury, and allow the most prominent players an opportunity to appear in interprovincial contests. Personally, he believed that North Otago will be greatly benefited, but the clubs in Oamaru did not seem to cherish the idea very warmly. Some clubs had written stating they would not join, and others had answered the circular indifferently. Mr Flint, Temuka, said his club was altogether opposed to having a union to embrace North Otago. He thought there were sufficient players and sufficient clubs to form a very respectable union. Seven clubs -were represented at the meeting, and there were others which would join when the union was formed. He moved—" That a Rugby Union be formed, to be called the South Canterbury Rugby Union the southern boundary of the district to be the Waitaki river, and the headquarters to be in Timaru."
    Mr Smith, Winchester, seconded the motion.
    After discussion, Mr Christie. Waimate, moved as amendment— "That the boundaries of the district be not defined at present." So far as Waimate was concerned, if North Otago were debarred from joining his club would be thrown out of a number of matches with Oamaru teams which could be conveniently played, He favoured a union so that the pick of the teams could meet a Christchurch, Dunedin, or any other representative team.— Mr J. D. Hamilton, Fairlie Creek, seconded the amendment, which was put and lost.— The original motion carried unanimously. The election of officers was then proceeded with, and resulted as follows President, Mr E. T. Rhodes (Timaru) vice-presidents, Messrs J. 8. D'Emden (Waimate), F. H. Barker (Winchester), W. H. Moore (Geraldine), M. J. Godby (Timaru), and A. St. G. Hamersley (Timaru); hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr C. W. Macintosh (Timaru).
    It was agreed that the committee consist of delegates from each club. Every club numbering 30 members to be represented by one delegate, and over 30 two delegates, and the subscription be one guinea per delegate. Messrs Goodall, Wood, and Macintosh were appointed a committee to draw up rules and regulations for submission to a meeting of delegates on the 22nd inst. The secretary was instructed to communicate with the Canterbury Rugby Union for information of value to the new union, and also as to what steps should be taken to become affiliated with the English Rugby Union. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the conveners of the meeting, and also to the chairman, and the meeting adjourned until the 22nd inst.

S.C.R.U blazer - Similar to the old district coat of arms.  S.C.R.U blazer button 
"No Reward Without Effort."

Evening Post, 7 April 1927, Page 11
LONDON, 5th April. "It always has been a matter for regret that the Rugby code was not universally adopted throughout the Dominions," says Mr. Alfred St. George Hamersley," K.C., writing in the "Evening News." Mr. Hamersley participated in the first, English-Scottish international match, and was the originator of Rugby football in Canterbury and Vancouver. He says that all who have seen the All Blacks -realise Australia's and Canada's loss, in not adopting Rugby. He recalls the first New Zealand match in 1874, played at Ashburton, between North and South Canterbury players, who travelled fifty miles, fording rivers in coaches, and returning the same evening.
Mr. Hamersley is in his seventy-ninth year. He was called to the Bar in 1873, and practised law in New Zealand where he was colonel of the Militia, commanding a contingent at Parihaka. Later he was legal adviser to the City of Vancouver, B.C., and to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. He trained the 128th, 132nd, 135th, and 156th Oxfordshire heavy batteries for service in the European War He was member, of Parliament (C.) for the Woodstock Division, Oxford 1910-1918. He played for England at Rugby four times, being captain in 1874. He started the playing of Rugby in Canterbury and at Vancouver.

The first football match in South Canterbury was played between Timaru and Temuka at Arowhenua on 15 October 1867. The game soon became popular in the predominantly agricultural region. The arrival of a former England international in the 1874 saw the first clubs organised, and the South Canterbury Rugby Union was established in 1888.

Hamersley Cup

Timaru Herald Founder remembered in senior trophy 19/03/2010
The 2010 South Canterbury rugby club season has been launched with a focus on bringing back the lustre and tradition of days gone by. Last night at Alpine Energy Stadium the South Canterbury Rugby Union (SCRU) unveiled a new sponsor for the senior competition and a new trophy that the union hoped would serve as a reminder to South Canterbury rugby's early years. The winning club receiving the Hamersley trophy. The 86cm tall silver trophy, which cost about $7000, is named in honour of George Hamersley, who founded the South Canterbury Football Club in 1875, and later instigated the move to the South Canterbury Rugby Union name.  SCRU president said it was important to have one trophy "that will lead us into the future, while reminding us of the past". "We've had three different trophies we have played for over the years, and now with this great idea we will have a constant trophy." South Canterbury rugby historian, Jeremy Sutherland, who was integral in getting the Hamersley trophy established said Hamersley was the perfect choice to lend his name to the trophy. "The safest thing to do was to start from the beginning, and Hamersley was the beginning." SCRU chairman said it was important for the union to have a major sponsor for the senior competition, and he hoped it would continue for years to come. He said rugby had an important part to play in the South Canterbury community, and he hoped the Hamersley trophy would add to it. "This trophy will reflect all our history, and that's important. "It's not about the teams that have won it today, it's about the teams and players that have gone before them."

Club captains in 2010.  Its inscription reads: “Presented in recognition of Alfred St George Hamersley and his pioneering contribution to South Canterbury Rugby 1875”.
In 2010 the local clubs are Celtic, Geraldine, Mackenzie, Old Boys, Waimate, Temuka, Pleasant Point and Harlequins. 

On Saturday 29th July 2017 Celtic won the South Canterbury senior grade final and the Hamersley Cup for the ninth consecutive time at Alpine Energy beating the Harlequins 25-10. Pleasant Point beat Geraldine 34 -29 in the bottom four Scott Cup final.

July 27 2018. Celtic have now held the Hamersley Cup crown for a decade. At Alpine Energy Stadium, Celtic's 25-22 victory - over Waimate is the team's 10th title in a row. In New Zealand club rugby history they are the most successful club in the modern era when it comes to consecutive club titles.

Temuka is the back to back Hamersley Cup champion after beating Waimate in the final 20 to 18 at Alpine stadium, end of August 2020.

Timaru Herald 17 Feb. 1880Horses 

Timaru Herald, 30 October 1874, Page 3
Interprovincial Steeplechase. A meeting of gentlemen interested in the above was held at the Royal Hotel yesterday. It was proposed by Mr Buckley, seconded by Mr A. Turnbull, and carried that the deficiencies of the last steeplechase races be paid by voluntary subscriptions." It was further resolved "'That a club be formed, to be called the 'New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase Club.' The principal object of this club to be for the improvement of weight carrying horses, and that a committee be appointed to draw up rules and regulations, to be submitted to a subsequent meeting; such committee to consist of Messrs M. Studholme, F. Archer, F. Teschemaker, A. Turnbull, E. H. Martelli, M. Mitton, Edward Elworthy, J. Raine, G. J. Dennistoun. Three to form a quorum." The meeting then separated.
    Game Society. At meeting held at the Royal Hotel yesterday, the following gentlemen were elected as a committee to draw up rules, &c, and to organise the society, viz. Messrs F. Teschemaker, M. Studholme, G. Buckley, John Raine, A. Turnbull, E. Elworthy, W. Davidson, W. R. Cook, John T. Ford, and F. Archer, with power to add to their number. Three to form a quorum.

It is often the same people who volunteer their time, time and again.

Timaru Herald, 7 May 1873, Page 1 SOUTH CANTERBURY STEEPLECHASES.
[Stewards Hon M. McLean, Col. Packe, Hon. R. Campbell, Messrs E. Griffiths, W. C. Maxwell, P. Campbell, J. Cramond, M. Studholme, J. E. Parker, J. Stevenson, F. Teschemaker, and D. Doneen.] More favorable circumstances than those under which the steeplechases at Waimate were held on the 23rd April could not have been desired. Certainly the field was not over large, considering the liberal stakes offered, amounting to £200 for only three races, but this deficiency was more than counterbalanced by the excellent manner in which all the events were contested. The course was laid out on Mr M. Studholme's Willowbridge farm, about five miles to the south of Waimate, and most of the jumps were what might be termed stiff, comprising one water jump, a dry ditch, several gorse and timber fences, in all from twelve to fifteen. The weather was fine but not brilliant, the sun being obscured for the greater part of the day behind a thin veil of clouds. The attendance was very good, and to judge from the number of people assembled the residents of the whole of the district of Waimate, as well as the township, turned out en masse. But in addition to the local residents, a number of visitors came from pretty long distances. Timaru contributed a couple of coach loads, one from Mr Cramond's stables, and another from Mr King's, as well as a number of horsemen, and from Oamaru arrived a coach load of persons driven by Mr Swanson, and also a number of private vehicles. The arrangements on the ground were of the mufti rough and ready character to be found at country meetings. A very fair temporary grand stand had been built, from which could be seen nearly the whole of the races. For the supplying of in the shape of liquids, a couple of booths were erected, one belonging to Mr W. B. Jones, of Waimate, and the other to Mr Dixon, of the same place, both of whom were kept in a busy state for the whole day, although no drunkenness to speak of was observable.

Star 25 May 1876, Page 3
President— Mr M. Studholme. Stewards— Hon John M'Lean, Captain Clogstoun, Messrs J. T. Ford, F. Brittan, E. Martelli, J. H. Raine, A. Turnbull, J. Campbell, George Dodson, F. Archer, J. Maclean, H. Ford, E. Griffiths, P. Campbell, J. Brabazon, F. Teschemaker. Judge Mr M. Studholme. Clerk of the Course— Mr JO. W. Millett. Secretary and Treasurer— Mr A.St G. Hamersley. Handicapper— Messrs M. Studholme and G. Stead. Starter—Mr C. Lovegrove. Clerk of the Scales Mr M. Mitton. Steeplechasing in Canterbury has never as yet been a regular sport. Occasionally we have had some good programmes advertised, but as yet the number of horses that have put in an appearance has been very limited, and of these one or two have generally run clean away from everything in the race, the rest either baulking at the fences, or being too slow to have any chance. It is about seventeen years since the first steeplechase was run in Canterbury. On that occasion several gentlemen entered into a sweepstakes of 10sovs, to run their horses a four mile race across country, welter weights, gentleman riders. The event took place in the neighbourhood of the Racecourse, on which ground the horses started. The course then taken traversed Mr Willis' (now Mr Redwood's) farm, crossed the road, ran for a distance towards Avonhead, and then round the course again, ending on the Avonhead farm. This race was won by Mr Leach on his own horse Retribution, the jumps taken being subject of comment to this day. The next Steeplechase took place on the Fendalltown road, Mr Wakefield's Polka, ridden by T. Ashbolt, being the winner, Retribution, steered by Mr Martelli, second. Two or three years were then allowed to elapse without any cross- country meetings being held. In 1864 a Steeplechase was held at Riccarton, near what, now, is the Bush Inn. Mr Hawshaw Percival's ch m Jessie came in first but her correct age not having been given when she was entered, she carried less weight than she ought to have done, and the race was declared null and void. As no other horse weighed in, the race had to be run over again. This took place some six weeks after, when Mr W. Percival's mare, ridden by R. Roy, won easily. We next come to the races held on the Sandhills, on Mr Stace's farm, when Mr Percival's ch m Jessie again won, being ridden by W. Jannanay, and beating Mr Page's gr g Musician, who ought to have won, by half a mile. Our next steeplechase was held at the same place, when Mr H. Oram's horse won. After the last race at the Sandhills, steeplechasing was dropped for a while, but in 1875 an attempt was made to resuscitate the sport, and the Sandhill farm was again selected as the trysting ground. On this occasion Mousetrap, with Shenan up, won the big event, Ivanhoe running second. The second race fell to the lot of Tommy Dodd, ridden by Fred Hodge, Medora running second. The Grand National Steeplechase Club of New Zealand having decided to hold their meeting for 1876 in Christchurch, a good programme was prepared, and May 24, 1876, was the day selected for the first races to be held. The task of choosing and laying out the course fell to Mr H. P. Lance, a gentleman whom it would be hard to equal for the service, as his knowledge of what horses really can do being a guarantee that nothing unsurmountable would be presented. The waste ground of the Christchurch racecourse was that decided upon, and here Mr Lance had ditch and bank fences put up, with a post and rail fence on the top, as also some stiff black- birch posts and rails, besides a good water jump, fifteen feet wide, opposite the stand. This jump was thought by many to be too wide for the Colonial horses to clear, but the result of yesterday's running proved that even the maidens were not to be stopped by it. The racing in all the events was a credit to the horses engaged, and the Club must feel highly gratified which their first Grand National in Canterbury. The handicapping of Messrs Studholme and Stead seems to have given general satisfaction, and they deserve every credit for it, as they had no easy task to perform, so little having been known about any of the horses entered. If they erred at all it was in giving Mousetrap 11st. and Royalty only 10st. At the Sandhills last year, Mousetrap only beat Royalty by a short distance, receiving 3lbs from him. 71bs would have been quite enough for Mousetrap to have given Mr Brittan's horse yesterday, to have made it almost; a dead heat. It was considerably past one before the bell rang for saddling, when twelve out of the fourteen on the card for the Maiden Plate came to the post. The great want of punctuality on the part of the officials in getting off the horses is a matter to be deplored. The days are now short, and when the first race is late, it necessarily throws all the races for the day behind their advertised time, and it is just so easy to start at the proper time as half an hour later. If horses are not at the post at the time appointed the race should start without them. A few cases of this kind, and we should see the horses awaiting the starter at the post. Of the lot entered only Gazelle and Brunswick were scratched.

Press, 18 June 1884, Page 3 N.Z. GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASES.
Thursday, May 28. Stewards, F. Egan, T. Acland, F. Brittan, J. H. Raine, G. P. Williams, Pelham Jones, J. T. Ford, C. H. Dowding, E. Elworthy, S. A. Bristol, A. L. Barker, R.H. Rhodes, jun., M. Studholme, S. Sannders, A. Turnbull, J. Stephenson, J. Brabazon, A. St. G. Hamersley, M. J. Godby, E. G. Crisp, A. W. Wright, J. Grigg, T. Teschemaker, F. B. Dennis, W. S. Armitage, P. Campbell, A. E. Cox, H. Ford, C. N. Orbell, G. B. Starkey; Judge, C. H. Dowding; Starter, C. N. Orbell; Clerk of the Course, W. W. Dundas; Clerk of the Scales, M. Mitton; Handicapper, E. Griffith; Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, W. St. Lindsay. The morning of the Grand National meeting opened badly. The rain set in early, and it didn't look like clearing, but as midday approached the clouds dispersed and an occasional glimpse of the sun beckoned a fine afternoon.
Tally-Ho Handicap of 100 sovs with a sweepstake of 5 sovs each to go to the second horse. Amateur riders allowed 71b. Grand National Handicap winner of 1834 to carry 141b penalty. About 3 miles.
Mr H. Lunn's ch g Canard, 6 yrs, 12st 31b (Mr H. Lunn) 1
Mr J. E. Brown's b g Hard Times, 6yra, 10st (Mr P. Jones) 2
Mr F. Cotton's b g Hercules, aged, 12set 91b (Sheenan) 0
Hard Times and Hercules then sailed away, taking their jumps together. They continued in this order past the stand, where Hard Times began to show symptoms of distress, and shortly afterwards Hercules went to the front, and it looked any odds on him but at the top of the course he struck the fence heavily and broke his near hind leg. Hard Times was then holding a lead of some fifteen chains from Canard, who was taking it coolly, but Lunn, seeing Hercules fall, put on the pace, and catching Hard Times at the last fence, won easily by a couple of lengths.

1875 - was the first Secretary of the New Zealand Grand National Steeplechase Club, and organized the first Grand National at Willowbridge, South Canterbury. 

Timaru Herald, 23 December 1879, Page 3 S.C. COURSING CLUB.
A Committee meeting, of the South Canterbury Coursing Club was held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru, yesterday evening. Present Messrs A.St.G. Hamersley vice-President, in the chair), B. Thompson (vice-President), D. Maclean, W. Stewart, W. Williamson, J. Meikle, Dr Macintyre and Hayes (Treasurer), and Mr G. Bolton (Hon. Sec.)

Committee — Messrs Hamersley, G. Cooke, Jefferson, Miles and Meikle. Judge — M. Studholme. Starter— J. Meikle. Clerk of Scales — M. Milton. Clerk of Course — A. St. G. Hamersley. Handicappers — J. Meikle and W. St. Lindsay. Hon. Treasurer — W. St. Lindsay.
A capital afternoon's sport was given on Sep. 14th by the South Canterbury Hunt Club, in a steeplechase meeting of three events on the Timaru racecourse, by permission of the S.C.J.C. The weather was all that could be desired for such an occasion, and those who attended must have enjoyed the outing thoroughly. The attendance was quite as large as was anticipated, about 400 persons being present. A half-holiday had been proclaimed in town, but very few could take advantage of it to go to the meeting, owing to the special train starting a few minutes after noon. The horses engaged had all been hunted with the Timaru or Geraldine harriers during the past season, and therefore friends of the owners in most cases were present in numbers, tatting a personal interest in the performances of animals well known to them. The Grand Stand was moderately well patronised, a larger proportion of ladies than usual being present. About 200 persons went by train, and there was a good string of carriages and other private vehicles on the ground, and the expressmen were also accorded some patronage. Mr Jones, the Station Master, had made ample arrangements, and provided even an excess of train accommodation. It was of course impossible for him to estimate exactly how many carriages would be required, and fortunately for the comfort of those who went by train, be erred on the right side in his calculations. Creature comforts were dispensed in one booth on the ground by the licensee of the Shamrock Hotel. But for one unfortunate accident the meeting would have been entirely pleasurable, nothing else occurring to give rise to either regret or annoyance. In the accident referred to Mr J. H.R. King's horse fell with him in jumping a sod wall, and kicked him on the head as he scrambled to his feet again. It was immediately seen that Mr King was seriously hurt, and willing assistance was soon on the spot. Dr Macintyre examined the injured man and found him insensible, but he recovered consciousness to some extent in a short time. He was placed in an express and at once driven to town. Great regret was expressed at this misadventure.  

Timaru Herald, 7 March 1876, Page 3
Timaru Races.— A meeting of the Timaru Race Committee was held at the Ship Hotel last evening. Those were present Messrs A. St. G. Hamersley (in the chair), M. Studholme, J. W. White, J. Cramond, E.H. Martelli, H. Gardner, R. Stansell, J. R. Stansell, M. Jonas, D. Maclean, G. Cliff, and T. G. Cork (secretary). The balance-sheet for the past your was presented and adopted.  

HUNTER. 97th Class For the best hunter, first prize £5 second prize, £3 third prize, £1 to be ridden in the presence of the Judges previous to examination over fair hunting fences three trials allowed three entries or or prize. Vide Bule 12 (ten entries) John Reid one, Arthur Perry one, J.S. Rutherford one, Dr J.S. Hayes one, William Postlethwaite two, A. L. Barker one, J. Lukey one, R. Guinness one, A. St. G. Hamersley one. First prize, E.R. Guinness, second, A. St. G. Hamersley, third, J. Lukey

Timaru Herald, 6 November 1884, Page 5
Class 139 For the best boy's pony, mare or gelding, under 14 hands, and thoroughly quite to ride, to be shown in saddle and ridden (six entries) E. Elworthy, first A. St. G. Hamersley, second J. De Renzy (Jack, black gelding), commended.  

Three of Alf's maidens - Hard Times, Little Nan and Scissors. 


Timaru Herald, 10 June 1878, Page 4 CANTERBURY HUNT CLUB
The first meet of this season of the hounds of the above Club, in the neighbourhood of Timaru, took place on Saturday last. The spot arranged for the meet was Mr A. St. G Hamersley's residence at the back of the town, and by half-past one o'clock a goodly number of people, including a fair sprinkling of ladies, had collected there. The weather, which had looked like rain earlier in the day, had changed for the better, and the sun came shining out brightly at intervals. After a good supply of jumping powder had been distributed by Mr Hamersley, and everyone had enjoyed his hospitality, the hounds trotted down the road towards the Saltwater Creek. It had been originally intended to throw off in a paddock adjoining Mr Hamersley's house, but owing to the proprietor of the adjoining land having refused to allow the hounds to cross his properly a fresh place had to be chosen. This was in a field on the Blairbeg estate, on the northern side of Landsborough's road. There the pack, consisting of eight and a half couples, under the charge of Mr F. Egan, the Mister; Mr Bradley, Huntsman; and Mr Ravenhill, Acting Whipper in; picked up the sent at about 2.30 p.m. Away they went at a rattling pace across ploughed field, over a stiff gorse fence, which brought several of the field (numbering about twenty in all) to grief, and across the Saltwater Creek. They then took along the side of a steep hill, over another fence and entered a blue-gum plantation, where a slight check occurred. The Huntsman, however, soon came up and put them on the scent again. The little dogs followed it straight up the hill on the right, beyond the plantation, then doubled down again to the creek, up the banks of which and over some stiff timber they kept. The field was now considerably spread out, only the Master, Hunstman, Whipper-in, and two others being anything like up. On passing Mr Landsborough's house, the hounds took up the hill once more, and went along the top of the spur for about a quarter of a mile. They then turned sharp to the right, over a big ditch and bank, away to the left again over another similar fence, and then down a steep gully. This doubling about enabled several others of the sportsmen to get up, and when the pack began to ascend the next rise the field had increased to eight or nine. A heavy fence, on the rising ground, however, immediately afterwards brought all but the Master, Whip, and one outsider to a standstill. Before it was negotiated the pack were in full chorus half a mile away, and long ere the laggards could get up, the quarry was killed on the Wai-iti-road, the Whip being the first in. After half an hour's check the scent was again picked up in a paddock on the north side of the Wai-iti-road, only the Master and Whip getting into it. The rest of the riders preferred following down the road until the hounds, after proceeding the length of a field and a half, turned suddenly to the right, entered the road again by a gate, and took over a very high gorge fence on the other side. Only the Master and one of the field got over this fence, the others cutting across close to Mr B. J. Lane's house, and joining m the hunt lower down. The dogs now kept on straight from one field to another until they killed in one about a quarter of a mile down the road. The fences between Mr Lane's house and the finish severely tested the qualities of the horses, and only the Master, Huntsman, Whipper-in and two others were up at the finish. The stiff country which the hunt had gone over, combined with the heavy ploughed and stubble land, had, by this time, begun to tell on the horses and it was therefore decided to bring the day's sport to a conclusion. Everyone appeared thoroughly satisfied with the running, and though a good many of the riders met with "croppers," none of them were any the worse for their falls. The hounds will meet at the Levels at 1 p.m. to-morrow, and at the Arowhenua Hotel at 11.30 a.m. on Friday after which they will be taken to Oamaru.

Timaru Herald, 21 September 1883, Page 3 HUNTING
Leaving Strathconan in Mr Ashby's tandem we were about the first of Mr M. Gray's numerous guests to arrive at Ashwick. The following day caw numerous arrivals, and the party in the house at one time or another included Mr and Mrs Inman, Mr and Mrs Richardson (driving a very useful looking four-in hand), Mr and Mrs R. Rutherford (with a unicorn), Messrs Hamlyn, Armitage, Ashby, Godby, Burnley, Hamersley, Marchant, Peacock, Brown, Goodwin, C. Delamain, Jefferson, O'Connell, and three very lively boys, who I am quite sure prefer Ashwick during the hunting season to Christchureh College. Mr Hamersley on this occasion of course rode Hard Times, Mr Hamlyn kindly mounting me on a useful mare which, although not of the speediest order, did all she was asked to do in a very satisfactory manner. We had our usual luck in finding a hare, and in finding a good one too but our usual luck also attended in just failing to account for her when she was evidently dead licked... Of the meet on the 16th at Fairlie Creek (Stathconan) I shall say very little. Tuesday the 18th, was the final fixture and was at Mr F. Asbby's. This run was a fitting finale for the best fortnight's sport I have seen in New Zealand. I think for that are largely indebted to the sporting spirit pervading the district... It is a remarkable fact that horses got by Cotherstone have recently been among the best jumpers in the hunting field, including Hard Times, Earthquake, and Jumbo. In concluding my account of this very sporting fortnight, I must thank Mr Hamersley for a very satisfactory mount, Mr Ashby for a really pleasant visit, and Mr Hamlyn for the sport he showed us. We must now regretfully put away our boots and brooches for the next seven or eight months, but I trust when next we bring them to the light that it will be to meet the came cheery companions, to enjoy the same sport, and, should I be there to take part in it, may I have as good a horse as Hard Times.  


Timaru Herald, 10 September 1885, Page 6 TIMARU HOUND SHOW.
Committee Messrs P. J. Kimbell, J. S. Rutherford, W. S. Armitage, M. Stitt, G B. Starky, and P. W. Petre. Judges for Harriers and Beagles Messrs F. Cotton and T. Hardcastle; for Fox Terriers — Mr M. J. Godby. Class Stewards, for Hounds— Mr A. St. G. Hamersley; for Fox Terriers— Mr H. Ford. The gentlemen who originated the first hound show held in New Zealand have no reason to complain of the result so far as the number and quality of the exhibits were concerned, though they looked forward to a better attendance of the general public. But the thin edge of the wedge has now been inserted, and, it is to be hoped, increased interest awakened to the breeding and acquisition of first-class dogs, not only of the hound class, but of other really useful descriptions. The total number of entries was 39, including 13 the harriers, 7 in beagles, and 19 in fox terriers. The show was held in Messrs Maclean and Stewart Repository, kindly lent for the occasion. Messrs Macpherson, Filmer and Co. also supplied the timber gratis. The officers worked hard from first to last to make the show a success, and we have to thank them, and especially the Hon. Secretary, Mr W. St. Lindsay, for the assistance they accorded us. The exhibits did not seem to relish their position or one another's companies very much, judging by the amount of yelping and "tongue" they indulged in, the noise at times being almost deafening. The music, however, feel very sweetly on the ears of those who could appreciate their bark as well as their appearance. The dogs were placed on platforms running round three sides of the Repository, and tied by chains to ropes fastened to the walls...


Timaru Herald, 12 November 1877, Page 3 CRICKET
BANKERS V. THE WORLD. On Friday the Timaru cricketers took advantage of the beautiful day to finish the long-pending match, Bankers v. the World. The Bankers, with 97 already scored, closed their innings with a total of 117. The World only obtained 60 runs in their second, leaving the Bankers victors in one innings and 4 runs to spare. Owing to the match being finished sooner than was expected, a return match was started, D'Emden appearing at the wickets with Blundell to support the cause of the Bankers. The former after making 55 with great care, excepting one very difficult chance, was bowled by Hamersley.. .The World had made 20, with the loss of 2 wickets, when time was called, Hamersley and C. Perry being the not-out men.

Timaru Herald, 28 September 1878, Page 2 TIMARU CRICKET CLUB
The annual meeting was held on the 25th inst., in the Oddfellows' Hall, 23 members being present. Mr C. T. H. Perry having been voted to the chair, addressed the meeting, giving them a digest of the business to be gone through, and as it embraced matters of the utmost importance, requested their beat attention. The Secretary's report and Treasurer's balance sheet were then adopted as read. The following gentlemen were then elected members of the Club:— E. Fowler, W. J. Tennent, F. Archer, L. C. Laurence, G. J. Grant, F. J. Wilson, E. H. Tate, W. Tosswill, L. A. Macpherson, A. O. Raine, Dr J. F. Lovegrove, W. Chapman, H. W. Moore, Dr Durham, Pelham Jones. The rules were then fully gone into, each question being thoroughly argued out, Messrs Hameraley, Neilson, M. Godby, Fowler, Knubley, Fraser, and the Chairman being the principal speakers. The principal alterations were That the Captain is to be elected by the Match Committee, instead of by the eleven that there be only one Vice-President instead of two. 


Star 12 September 1874, Page 2
Supreme Court. Thursday, Sept. 10; (Before Mr Justice Gresson.) His Honor sat in the Court Chambers at 11a.m. LAW Practitioners Act and re Alfred St. George Hamersley. On the application of Mr George Harper, his Honor made orders admitting Mr Hamersley as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court. 

The Timaru Herald has ads from 16 October 1874 for the lawyer firm HAMMERSLEY & MORGAN, or HAMERSLEY & MORGAN.

Timaru Herald, 7 December 1874, Page 1
WORK done under the Land Transfer Act for the published Brokers' fees. Land for sale, and purchased improved and and its natural state.
Money lent on approved freehold securities and to take up Crown lands.
HAMERSLEY & MORGAN, Barristers and Solicitors, Opposite new Board of Office Great South Road, Timaru.

Timaru Herald, 25 January 1875, Page 2
Partnership NOTICE. I HAVE THIS DAY entered into arrangements with Mr A. St. G. HAMERSLEY, under which he joins me in practice as a Barrister, Solicitor, Conveyancer, and Land and Estate Agent, &c. The practice as above will for the future be carried on' under the style or firm, of WHITE AND HAMERSLEY. Dated, this 11th day of January, 1875. JNO. W. WHITE.
Messrs Hanmer and Harper's Agency, lately conducted, by Messes Hamersley and Morgan, has been transferred to Messrs White and Hamersley, Barristers, Solicitors, Conveyancers, Land and Estate Agents, &c.

Timaru Herald, 3 July 1877, Page 2
NOTICE. Mr Alfred St. George Hamersley, of Timaru, Barrister and Solicitor, hereby gives notice that he has, from the 2nd day of July, 1877, taken into Partnership MR MILES JEFFERSON KNUBLEY, of Timaru, Barrister and Solicitor; and that his late business will be carried on by himself and the said Miles Jefferson Knubley, in co-partnership, under the style or firm of HAMERSLEY AND KNUBLEY, at the Office where Mr Hamersley has lately been conducting his business.   

Timaru Herald 7th Dec. 1876

, 23 January 1882, Page 2
Insolvency Notice. January 19th —
Kenneth Cameron, of Winchester, shepherd.
A. St. G. Hamersley, solicitor.

He even declared bankruptcy- 26 Dec. 1881      
                      Timaru Herald 2nd Aug. 1877

Timaru Herald 6 January  187_A breeze in court

Evening Post, 7 August 1877 Page 2
Timaru 6th August. At the Chamber of Commerce meeting today a resolution was brought forward re the way the Resident Magistrate's Court is conducted, and requesting the Minister of Justice to institute inquiries as to the scene which occurred last week between the magistrate and Mr Hamersley, solicitor. The matter was referred to a committee. The Timaru Herald characterises the proceedings in Court as a disgrace to both Bench and Bar.

Press, 30 July 1877, Page 3 THE BENCH AND BAR AT TIMARU
The following "scene" is reported in the "Timaru Herald" as having formed part of the proceedings in the civil case of Robertson v Murphy, heard in the Resident Magistrate's Court there on Tuesday:— Mr White, who was for the defendant, having addressed the Bench, Mr Hamersley rose, and said that his learned friend Mr White had, he believed, carried out the old saying "If you cannot defend the case, abuse the plaintiff." This Mr White had done very well, and in addition to that ho had doubtless held a hope on the expressions which had Fallen from the Bench that lib Worship was prejudiced against the plaintiff. His Worship— What do you mean, Mr Hamersley Mr Hamersley —Your Worship, you have throughout the case allowed expressions to tall from your lips which showed you were biassed against the plaintiff. His Worship— If that is the case, I adjourn the case to the Court at Christchurch. I refuse to give judgment. Mr White—Your Worship, I would ask you to carry on the case, as by sending it-for trial at Christchurch, you will great inconvenience my client; and in addition, cause him to incur great expense in the defence of a case like the present. His Worship— I cannot give judgment after the words Mr Hamersley hits used, ha having said that I am biassed against the plaintiff. I cannot give judgment unless Mr Hamersley withdraws his statement. Mr Hamersley— I cannot withdraw my remarks, as I feel certain you are biassed against the plaintiff. His Worship then proceeded to review the facts of the case as follows:—Mr Hamersley has said that I am biassed against, the plaintiff; it is not against him but against the evidence. If a man lets an account run for three years with other dealings with the same party he must be able to prove his case more clearly. The plaintiff had sworn he had given the plaintiff £8 10s.
Mr Hamersley— will your Worship look at your notes.
His Worship— I will not be interfered with in my remarks on the case.
Mr Hamersley — your Worship, if you review the evidence I am entitled to request your Worship to refer to your notes. His Worship having read the notes re the witnesses report, and having reviewed the case nonsuited the plaintiff.
Mr White applied to his Worship to give judgment for his client in order to prevent the case being again brought on for trial.
His Worship— I give judgment for the defendant.

Evening Post, 18 November 1880, Page 2
During the hearing of a case at the Timaru R M. Court recently, a rather amusing discussion arose as to what did and what did not constitute drunkenness. One witness, on being pressed by Mr. Hamersley, defined drunkenness as the state of a man who is rendered by liquor incapable of attending to his business. Mr. Beetham here remarked that he had been 20 years on the Bench, and he could not determine what drunkenness was Inspector Pender amidst some laughter, observed that the police definition of the term was when man could not see to thread a needle.

Evening Post, 25 March 1884, Page 2 SLY-GROG SELLING
Timaru, At the R.M. Court to-day, Hugh Brosnahan was fined £20 for sly-grog soiling at Kerrytown on Sunday, 9th instant. The evidence showed that defendant's wife effected the sale, he being out of the room, and Mr. Hamersley, for the defendant, asked for a dismissal but the Bench were satisfied that defendant was privy to the sale. Notice of appeal was given, and a second information against the same defendant adjourned pending the result.

Feilding Star, 17 December 1885, Page 3 A Scene in the Timaru Court
During the hearing of a case in the R.M. Court the other day, a squall occurred, which, while it interested the spectators, rather upset the parties. Mr Hamersley was opposed to Mr Raymond on a civil case, in the course of which some letters were asked for, whereupon. Mr Raymond said he had no timely notice to produce them. His Worship commented severely upon the frequency, of this occurrence in this court. He said he intended his remarks to apply generally. Subsequently Mr Hamersley raised, come objection, on which his Worship remarked that Mr Hamersley was raising trivial points. Mr Hamersley indignantly denied this, and remarked that His Worship was making a very unfair comment.
His Worship: Hold your tongue, Mr Hamersley, and listen to me.
Counsel No, sir, I shall not listen to unfair comments.
His Worship: Mr Hamersley, I desire that you will attend to me, sir.
Counsel: (more loudly) I will not listen to this.
His Worship: Sit down Mr Hamersley.
Counsel (standing squarely planted on the floor, with his thumbs in his vest, and an intrepid air) No, sir, I stand up when I address the Bench.
His Worship: Sit down, sir:
Counsel: I will not sit down, sir, hear such comments.
His Worship (abruptly) The Court will adjourn for a quarter of an hour.
The Magistrates hereupon descended from the Bench and sought their sanctum, while the angry counsel retired into the open air and communed with himself  - the other solicitors grinned, and parties to the suit looked hopelessly on, and the Court officials grinned feebly or coughed deferentially behind their hands. 

Timaru Herald, 1 December 1886, Page 3 GERALDINE— Monday, Nov. 29th.
[Before H. C. S. Baddeley Esq., R.M.] CIVIL CASES. D. Coffee v. B. Bailey, claim for work done, £26 19s 10d and extras. Mr Hamersley for plaintiff and Mr Raymond for defendant. Mr Hamersley stated he was quite willing to submit the matter to arbitration as that a practical farmer might be requested to go over the contract to see whether the work was properly done. Mr Raymond said he would far rather the case went on, as overtime was made by his client to this effect which plaintiff fined. After some consultation, it was agree upon by both parties that Mr Postlethwaite, senior, should act as arbitrator, and upon his certificate being given that the work had been properly done according to contract, Mr Bailey to pay plaintiff whatever may be found due to him and for any extras that Mr Postlethwaite may award.

Timaru Herald, 18 January 1875, Page 3
A case of considerable interest to squatters, and storekeepers was decided m the Resident Magistrate's Court at Waimate on Thursday last. It appeared that in the latter part of 1873 a waggoner from the Hakateramea station went to a store at Waimate and presented a note from his employer, authorising the storekeeper to supply the man with some bread and cheese and tea, and one or two other articles, sufficient for his support on back journey of two or three days. It was shown that the waggoner stopped at two accommodation houses on the road up that all he wanted from the store was just sufficient, food for himself and his horses, during the internals of his journey. Seven or eight shillings, the defendant swore, should have sufficed to purchase all his needs. The waggoner find the storekeeper, however, held a different; opinion and credit was given to the former for goods valued at £13 2s 4d. Not only did the waggoner indulge, in durable conveniences, such as a new whip, a tarpaulin, and a quantity of rope, but he also took enough provisions to keep, the wolf from the door for many a long day; laid in a nice little stock of tobacco, in case he should be asked to give any fair pedestrian a lift on the way supplied himself with an abundance of  ''lollies.'' His employer very naturally objected to pay the piper for the waggoner's extravagant notions of the necessaries of life and; the storekeeper, now brought an action, against him for the amount. Mr White, and Mr Hamersley, counsel learned in the law, tried very hard and very cleverly to prove that the storekeeper was an injured innocent and the squatter an ''austere man'' for disputing the claim. But all in vain. The Magistrate could not be brought, to, believe that even a waggoner, with the dura ilia messorum in full working, could polish off eleven pounds of cheese between his regular meals m three days; or that lollies are included in the ménage of station tucker. He decided that the storekeeper had no right to give the waggoner credit for anything more than was specified in the written order, and he gave the plaintiff a lecture on his moral obligations in that respect, which was well worth all the money claimed. Unfortunately, some of the goods charged for having been used on the station, judgment had to be given for a reasonable sum as their value; and, as the defendant had not actually tendered the amount which he admitted was due, or had not paid it into Court, costs, including a heavy item for mileage in serving the summons on him at his station, had also to be given against him. The favorite legal maxim  ''A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client," is not universally accepted but still, there is no doubt that in this case an expenditure of six and eight pence would have purchased enough law to save three pounds in costs. It is amusing to notice that the only person (except, of course, the lawyers) who has reason to be satisfied with this transaction was the waggoner. He lived like a fighting-cock on that back-journey; ate cheese, sucked lollies, and smoked tobacco to his heart's content and had a nice new whip and tarpaulin and cart-ropes to make his driving easy luxuries for which both his master and the too indulgent storekeeper had to pay dearly.

Timaru Herald, 20 August 1875, Page 3
Resident Magistrate's Covet, Timaru. — At this Court, on Wednesday, before H. Woollcombe, Esq., R.M., Dr M. Dunkley, M.D., stated that he had examined the girl's leg and found it severely bruised, which must have been caused by extreme violence. The case ended the Case for the prosecution, when Mr Hamersley addressed the Court stating that the information as laid, for indecent assault, had not been proved; but a case had been clearly established against the prisoner of the most cowardly and aggravated assault, and asked the Court to convict the prisoner under the 40th section of the Offences against the Person Act, 1867. The Resident Magistrate quite concurred in the view taken by Mr. Hamersley, but stated that as the doors of the Court had been closed through the trial to the public, he thought it necessary to dismiss the case. Mr Hamersley then asked that the doors might be thrown open to the public, and the prisoner tried under the 48th section for an aggravated assault. The Resident Magistrate had no objection to this course being taken, but thought that it would not be necessary to draw another information, because, though an assault had been proved, the prisoner had undergone sufficient punishment in having been brought from Otepopo, to Timaru. He therefore would dismiss the case. The prisoner was consequently discharged.

Mrs Alfred Hamersley. Donated by Miss Constance Hamersley in 1945 to the City of Vancouver Archives. Mrs Alfred Hamersley

Marlborough Express, 16 October 1886, Page 2 THE TIMARU POISONING CASE
Christchurch, Oct. 15. Mr Joynt hinted at a defect in the indictment which charged Hall and Miss Houston with administering a poison, to wit, antimony, and got from Black the opinion that metal antimony itself was probably not poisonous, except an a state of vapour, though its compounds such as tartar emetic were poisonous. However, it was common to speak of the poison, antimony, meaning some compound of the metal. Mrs Hamersley, wife of A. H. Hamersley, solicitor, Timaru, gave evidence as to the cup of tea which someone said was intended for Mrs Hall and which witness drank, making her retch and vomit, but her evidence on this point was shaken on the cross-examination, as the was not sure from memory that it was one of the accused who said it wag Mrs Hall's tea.

Press, 1 September 1886, Page 2
Maud Hamersley— I am the wife of A. St. G. Hamersley, solicitor. I know Mr and Mrs Hall. I was at their house shortly before Mrs Hall's baby was born I had some tea at their house. I had been in good health up to that time. Mr and Mrs Hall and Miss Houston were in the room, also Mr Hamersley and Mr Smithson, but I am not quite sure about the latter. Tea was passed round and I took a cup— I think from the tray. I cannot remember if the tea was poured out in the room. When I took the tea somebody said something— either Hall or Mrs Houston—that it was Mrs Hall's tea, giving a reason that it had no so gar or mils: in it. I drank the tea. I cannot remember if they told mc more than that it was Mrs Hall's tea. I did not put milk or sugar in the tea. I drank it as it was. I remained at the house about half an hour, after drinking the tea, I drove from Hall's direct home. I was very sick during the drive and before 1 left, also when I got home. A few minutes elapsed before I felt ill after drinking the tea. I could keep nothing on my stomach. I was all right next day. The sickness continued for some time. I could not account for the sickness in any way, and I have not been so violently ill since. I retched a good deal after taking food. I know the house occupied by Hall, and was there on the Tuesday morning after prisoners were arrested. I stayed there till that Thursday following. I was in a small room upstairs. On the Wednesday evening I noticed a smell of kerosene. Mrs Ellison the nurse was with me I went up to a cupboard to see if there was kerosene there—the only cupboard in the room. I saw a tin of kerosene there round the corner of the door. You could not see it as you opened the door, as there is a chimney right in front. I saw some things, but I did not notice them sufficiently to remember and describe them. The smell of kerosene in the garret or loft was much stronger than in the room. I lifted the tin of kerosene to see how much was in it, and found it nearly full. I just took it out and put it back. I did not remove the tin. Mrs Hamersley's depositions were read over, and she signed them. The Court then at 5.10 pm. adjourned to 10.30 next morning.   

In the book North Vancover's Lonsdale Neighbourhood by Shervin Shahriari page 20 there is a photo of The Hamersley family c. 1906 with Alfred St. George Hamersley, Alfred Tommy, Maud Hamersley, Martha, Hugh, Harold and Connie.

Daily Southern Cross, 23 March 1860, Page 2
Another sail came in sight, which proved to be the Lord Burleigh, Capt. Smith, from London, and she anchored in harbour after a lengthened voyage of 126 days, detained principally by light and baffling winds. All onboard well, one birth. Passengers, Chief Cabin: Edward Maltby, Jos. Jackson, Jane Alice Stepney, James Pitcher, Eliza Recce; Charles H., Helen C., Rockfort, J. Maud, Ernest, and Gertrude Snow.

1911 Census for Woodeaton, Headington Oxfordshire
Hamersley Alfred St. George 	1849 62 
Hamersley Isabella Maud 	1854 57
Hamersley Helen Constance 	1881 30  
Hamersley Maud  D'Oly 		1889 22 

Nov. 2012  Nov. 2012 by M.T. 

He left his mark - WATLINGTON

In 1879 Alfred's property Watlington, off Otipua Road, then on the outskirts of Timaru, was subdivided into 70 sections which were sold at auction fetching between 42 and 100 pounds each. Today Watlington is a suburb of Timaru with streets named by Mr Hamersley. Watlington was incorporated into the borough in  ___. I can understand why he made his home at "Watlington." In the Timaru Herald advertisement for the auction it ends with "a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding county."  Even today in 2012 you can look down hill from the top of St. George Street and view the beautiful green countryside which must have reminded him of the old country.  A. St. George Hamersley lived at Pyrton in a manor house not far from the market town of Watlington, England. He was a follower of hounds. Market and Harborough are two parallel streets in the Watlington subdivision, Timaru and Market Harborough a market centre in Leicestershire, England, renown for hunting. In Watlington subdivision, Timaru, Melton and Mowbray streets intersect with Market Street. Melton Mowbray is a market town 30km north of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, a straight shot on the Harborough Melton Rd.  1920.

There are five hotspots on the map - click on the lower street corners. Photos taken Nov. 2012 by M.T.

Alfred and his family settled in Vancouver in 1888. He did a similar thing in British Columbia - purchased a substantial block of land at lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver in 1903 and had it subdivided in 1905. Also had a large ferry built, he named it St. George, to run across to North Vancouver and planned gardens to attract visitors. He had a mansion built and a year later in 1906 moved back to England and in 1910 became a Member of Parliament for mid Oxfordshire.

St. George, Market, Harborough, Melton and Mowbray, streets in the suburb of Watlington, Timaru were named by Mr Hamersley. Other streets in Watlington, Timaru are Somerset, Cornwall and Devon. English counties but Somerset is also the name of the ship Hamersley came out to the colonies in. Oxford was already taken as a street name in Timaru.

Miles Jefferson Knubley

Like Hamersley also educated at Marlborough College, a boarding and day school, in Wiltshite, England. Lived in Watlington, his home was on the south east corner of Mowbray Street & Bradley Street. After living in Watlington he lived in Sarah Street. He was a solicitor in Timaru for many years. He became partner of Alfred St. G. Hamersley 2nd July 1877 and like him took interest in outdoor sports. He died 9 Feb. 1938 at Timaru aged 86. He had four sons in WWI, three came back.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] 1903  page 990 Barristers And Solicitors
Knubley, Miles Jefferson, Barrister and Solicitor, George Street, Timaru.
Mr. Knubley was born in Cumberland, England, on the 15th of November, 1851. He was educated at Marlborough College, articled to Messrs W. and S. Rix, Beccles, Suffolk, and was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1875. After filling a position as managing clerk for a short time, Mr. Knubley came to New Zealand in December, 1876. The next year he was admitted a barrister and solicitor in Christchurch, and founded his present business at Timaru, where he acts as solicitor to the Timaru High, School Board, and the Timaru Gas Company. Mr. Knubley has taken a prominent interest in out door sports, and was at one time a leading member of the local football club. He has held a seat on the committee of the South Canterbury Athletic Club for fifteen years, and is now vice-president. Mr. Knubley is a member of the golf club, vice-president of the cricket club, and chairman of the South Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was married in August, 1876, to a daughter of Mr. E. M. Clissold, of Cheltenham, England, sometime of Christchurch, New Zealand, and has four sons and three daughters. The eldest son was a member of the Second New Zealand Contingent on service in South Africa.

Press, 30 October 1916, Page 9
Mr M. J. Knubley, of Timaru, received word on Friday that his son, Gunner M. A. Knubley, had died in France from wounds received in action about the middle of September. When the war broke out, Gunner Knubley was at Lautoka, Fiji, where he was manager of the Bank of New South Wales. He came to New Zealand for the purpose of enlisting, and went to the front with the Seventh Reinforcements. [Miles Alfred Knubley, 2/15, late 21/15, was in the NZ Pay Corps, was a Bombardier in the NZ Field Artillery, died of wounds 16 Oct. 1916, he was wounded on 19 Sept. 1916.]

Timaru Herald 4 Dec. 1880
Timaru Herald 4 Dec. 1880
Timaru Herald 5 Jan. 1897
Timaru Herald 5 Jan. 1897


Press, 13 April 1875, Page 2 In the Timaru Artillery
Volunteers, Alfred St. George Hamersley to be Captain, commission dated 19th March, 1875

Timaru Herald, 14 October 1876, Page 3
At the City Police Court this morning, Alf. G. Hamersley was charged, on the complaint of Wm. Crocker, with, in the Arcade on the 15th ult., with divers other persons, to the number of ten or more, riotously assaulting, and gathering together to disturb the public peace, and with unlawfully making a great noise and disturbance, and with unlawfully assaulting the said Wm. Crocker. The complaint was dismissed. Hamersley is captain of the Timaru Volunteers, and on Wednesday night the Timaru agent of the Press Association telegraphed over the country an untruthful statement, to the effect that proceedings had not been taken against him.

Timaru Herald, 1 November 1881, Page 3
(Press, Oct. 21st.) The arrival at Port of the volunteers from Timaru, Temuka, and Ashburton en route to Parihaka late Saturday afternoon, was an event which caused more than ordinary interest in the movements of our loyal defenders. The playing of music by the brass band from Christchurch and the band from Timaru as the train emerged into Lyttelton through the tunnel, brought crowds of people quickly to the railway station, and that, combined with the military appearance of the men as they formed into companies on the square immediate on the arrival of the train, had quite an enthusiastic effect upon the crowd of onlookers, part of which was manifested by the rounds of cheers that emanated from them directly the men formed, preparatory to the roll being called. The corps represented were the Timaru Artillery, Temuka and Ashburton Rifles, and from the bearing of the men when the bugle call was sounded for them to fall m prior to going on board the steamer Stella, then lying at the jetty... The officers who left m charge of the Volunteers for the front were Captain Hamersley, of Timaru Lieutenant Wardle, Timaru, and Sub-Lieutenant White, Temuka. There were also present on the occasion of the men's departure Lieutenant-Colonel Packe, Major Lean, Captain Young, Temuka, Lieutenant Wolfe, City Guards, Captain Slater, and Lieutenant Millett, C.Y.C. 

Timaru Herald, 23 November 1881, Page 2 Mr Rolleston at the Front.
The following instance of Mr Rolleston's imperturbability of character is well worth being placed on record. We may recall to the minds of our readers that Mr Bryce and Mr Rolleston entered Purihaka at the head of the Constabulary on the eventful day on which Te whiti, Tohu and Hiroki were arrested, at the risk of being made targets of by the natives, it his certainly shows that the two Ministers were possessed of no ordinary amount of courage. When the word was passed to the volunteers that there was no chance of any fighting that day, Capt Hamersley walked along the line towards Purihaka, to meet Messrs Bryce and Rolleston, hoping to gain some information from them as to what had occurred in the marae. He met them right enough, but he was quite taken aback when Mr Rolleston, instead of alluding to the affairs of the morning, asked him "How is my grass looking at Temuka?" Captain Hamersley's reply to the question is not to hand.

Parihaka was the last outbreak of trouble between Maori and Pakeha, Taranaki in the North Island.

Timaru Herald, 23 November 1881, Page 3
The interest which was taken in the return of our local Volunteers yesterday from the scene of the difficulties on the West Coast of the North Island in other words, from Parihaka— could hardly have been more marked. Long before that hour, however, the townspeople began to collect in the neighborhood of the railway station, and at the time when the whistle of the coming train was heard in the cutting near Whale's Creek about 2.30 p.m. between 2000 and 3000 people must have been present in the streets leading to the station. At 2 15 p.m. the members of the Timaru Artillery who, from fore of circumstances, had been unable to go to the front, marched on to the platform under the command of Captain Jackson, who has been acting in Captain Hamersley's place during the latter's absence. The Band were al to present. As the train drew up to the station the Band struck up Home, Sweet Home," while three ringing cheers were at the same time given by the assemblage for the men from the front." One glimpse at the faces of the men was sufficient to convince even the most casual observer that they had soon rough times, and that it had not been, all child's play with them. Their uniforms the serviceable blue serge jerseys and trousers, with leggings, of the Armed Constabulary— showed signs of wear in more than one instance, while the Scotch caps had evidently given the sun every opportunity of tanning their faced. Still they all looked well and happy, and as if they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. From Captain Hamersley down to the smallest private, one and all looked fit for work, and they have certainly gained stamina during their trip. The number of Volunteers who had been to the front, and who arrived yesterday, numbered in all 78 including 42 of the Timaru Artillery, 20 of the Ashburton Rifles, and 16 of the Temuka Rifles. The officers were Captain Hamersley, Adjutant Durham, Lieuts. Wardle and White and Staff-Surgeon Macintyre. The returning Volunteers were joined at Christchurch by Colonel Packe, the Officer Commanding the District, Lieut. Millet, A.D.C., Captain Dundas of the C.Y.C. and the Temuka Drum and Fife Band. At Ashburton, Sergeant Scott of the C.Y.C., and others joined them, and at Temuka some 18 men of the Temuka Rifles under Sergeant Brewer. The Volunteers were repeatedly cheered as they passed up from the Railway Station. On arrival opposite Mr Jonas' they turned into his Horse Repository, where they were formed two deep, their swags being still on their backs. His Worship the Mayor then ascended the auctioneer's box, and addressing Captain Hamersley and the rest of the Volunteers said the citizens of Timaru had met to accord them a hearty welcome home. We were proud to think that our Volunteers had sustained the honor of their district and their country in the manner they had done. It was usual in ancient days to get up demonstrations of this kind to returning warriors, and everyone felt inclined to keep up the custom. He could not give them laurel wreaths all round, as in the days of ancient Rome, but he would place one on the head of Captain Hamersley. (Loud cheers.) Captain Hamersley, in response, said he had very little to say. On behalf of the Volunteers he would thank them heartily for the reception given them. The Volunteer looked for no greater reward than this. They had only done their duty. If at any future time their service were called into requisition he was quite sure they would turn out to a man. (Cheers.) He hoped they would always be able to render as good an account of themselves on future occasions as they had done on this (Cheers) The men were then ordered to "pile arms," which they did, placing their swags alongside of them. They were then marched into the saleroom, where they were regaled with champagne and a spread of light victuals, to which they did full justice. Private Fullerton proposed the health of Captain Hamersley," which was drunk with zest and no heel taps. Captain Hamersley, in response, said he could never wish to command a better lot of men, and he hoped if he went to the front Again they would go with him. (Cheers.) They had done a great deal of hard work, but he had never heard one of them grumble. Their camp life, taking it altogether, had been a most pleasurable one. The only regret was that they had not served three months longer together, as that they might have known one another better. He would call for three cheers for Colonel Packe, the officer Commanding the District. The men responded to the call in right royal fashion. The Volunteers then returned to the Horse Repository, where Captain Hamersley formally dismissed them from active service. In doing so he said he hoped they would have a little more active work to do ere long, The Temuka and Ashburton men would leave by the 430 p.m. train, and be hoped they would be able to see them off. Dr Macintyre said that Captain Hamersley had spoken so often on such a multitude of subjects that he had quite taken the wind out of his sails. Two of the members of the Ashburton corps have received promotions on the field at the hands of Captain Hamersley who was in the command of the Canterbury Volunteers.

Timaru Herald, 11 November 1884, Page 3 C BATTERY, N.Z.A.
A Government parade of the C Battery was held at 8 a.m. yesterday, at which there was a fair muster. Captain Hamersley was in command, and put the men through a variety of exercise with the big gun. The corps then proceeded to Patiti Point for shot and shell practice with the howitzer and 24 pr. A couple of targets were placed in the usual positions among the reefs, at 1000 and 1500 yards respectively. The men fired in four detachments, and some extremely good work was done, considering the primitive character of the guns and sighting appliances. Both guns and appliances are probably of the most ancient pattern now to be found in use in the British service, and there are no means at all of calculating the allowance to be made for wind, which was blowing strongly all the time nevertheless some very good shots were made. The work of Q.M.B. King's detachment deserves especial mention, it being as good as we have seen anywhere with smooth-bore guns. A good many people went out to Patiti Point to witness the exercises, notwithstanding the wintry weather.

Patiti Point, 15 Nov. 2009, photo taken by me. I found a couple of paua shells on the shingle beach.

Manawatu Standard, 21 February 1885, Page 3
Christchurch, Feb. 20. Captain Hamersley, of the C. Battery Artillery, Timaru, and Captain Martin, of the H. Battery, Christchurch, offer to proceed to the Soudan, the former with 50 men from South Canterbury, and the latter with 30 members of his battery. The offer has been forwarded to Government by Colonel Leon.

Wanganui Chronicle, 24 February 1885, Page 2
Timaru, February 23. Since the offer made by Captain Hamersley for service in the Soudan he has received offers from nearly every man who went to Parihaka with him. The Volunteers here are very anxious to hear the decision of the Government on the matter, and trust that in any case the Imperial Government will be communicated with.

Star 19 June 1885, Page 4
Wellington, June 18. The following appointments in the New Zealand Militia are made: Lieutenant- Colonel Bailey, late H.M. Devon Regiment, to be Lieutenant-Colonel and command the South Canterbury Militia and Volunteer district Captain Hamersley, New Zealand Artillery Volunteers, to be Major.
New Zealand Militia District Adjutant Major Hamersley, New Zealand Militia.

Timaru Herald, 29 January 1886, Page 3 C BATTERY, N.Z.A.
A scratch match between members of the C Battery, N.Z.A., took place at the Otipua range yesterday afternoon, some thirty men taking part. Sides were picked by Major Hamersley and Lieutenant Smithson, and the match resulted a win for the former's side by 56 points. The ranges were 200, 300 and 100 yards, class firing positions.

Timaru Herald, 22 January 1887, Page 2 CRICKET
C.V.C. V. C BATTERY N.Z.A. This match took place on the T.C. Club's ground on Thursday afternoon, resulting m a win for the troopers by 49 runs. Both teams having lunched together at the Railway Refreshment Rooms, left for the ground at one o'clock, and on arriving no time was lost. Capt. Wright winning the toss from Major Hamersley sent the Artillery into the field. 

Otago Daily Times 4 March 1887, Page 2
NEW BAND INSTRUMENTS. To-night the Garrison Band was presented by Major Hamersley with a complete set of new instruments. These have just been imported by Messrs Begg and Co., of Dunedin. The instruments are of the very best description.

Timaru Herald, 25 November 1886, Page 2
Major Hamersley, who has for many years been captain of the C Battery, N.Z.A., has recently received a well-earned promotion to the rank of Major in the Regiment of Artillery. The captaincy of the battery has thus become vacant, and a meeting for the election of a captain will be held on Tuesday, 7th prox.  

Timaru Herald, 26 April 1887, Page 2
With reference to the telegram from Auckland in our yesterday's issue stating that "Dissatisfaction is said to exist among the A Battery owing to the promotion of Captain Hamersley, of Timaru, to the majority over the head of Captain Payne, who is his senior, we, feeling sure that the contents of this telegram were incorrect, made inquiries yesterday. By the New Zealand Army list corrected to 10th February, 1887, and published by the Government, we find that A. St. G. Hamersley was appointed Captain 19th March, 1875, and that H. G. Payne received his appointment on the 1st June, 1879. It will thus be seen that Major Hamersley is senior to Captain Payne by over four years. We might also mention that Captain Payne yesterday telegraphed to Major Hamersley congratulating him on his appointment, and stating that he (Captain Payne) was indignant at the unwarrantable report in the papers. 

Timaru Herald, 9 September 1887, Page 2
A military friend informs us that the new Armstrong guns for the C Battery are expected to reach Timaru m about three weeks' time. The artillerymen are quite tired of the now almost obsolete 24-pounder howitzers, and are sure to give the new guns a very warm (artillery) welcome. That the Battery are getting the Armstrongs is mainly due to the energy displayed by Major Hamersley and Captain Jackson, both of whom worked hard in this direction before leaving for the Old Country.

Nelson Evening Mail, 30 May 1904, Page 4
Says the Victoria Daily Colonist 'The pleasing news has been received from England that Hugh, the eldest son of Mr A. St G. Hamersley, K.C., city solicitor at Vancouver, has just receive his captaincy in the Royal Artillery. Capt. Hamersley entered the Royal Military College at Kingston, Ont., direct from the local high school, and graduated from there five and a half years ago, gaining a commission in the Royal Artillery. He served through South African war and was then sent India, being invalided home. He is now stationed at Yarmouth. Mr Hamersley has another son, Harold, at the Royal Artillery College, whose term expires in June next and who will also enter the army." The young military students mentioned in the foregoing have relatives in Nelson.

Evening Post, 7 August 1919, Page 7
The following names appeared in the Birthday Lists of awards and decorations:— M.C.  Major A. H. St. G. Hamersley, S.L.I. (Timaru).

Alfred Hastings St. George Hamersley born 20th March 1892 Vancouver, Canada. Youngest son of Alfred Hamersley the 2nd rugby captain of England. Haileybury College, Hertfordshire 1905-1909. Clifton RFC 1909 -1910. King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1912. Captain 1915 MC Mention in Despatches. Order of the Crown of Romania. Order of the Nile. attached Egyptian Army 1921. Major 1921. Married 1920 Violet C McComb in Marylebone, London. Married 1973 Frances E Hamersley in Westminster, London. Commandant of Police Bahrain. Retired 1961. CBE. Died 15th November 1977.

In 1888 he and his family moved to Vancouver.

Hamersley and his family left Timaru for the Jubilee celebrations in England in 1887 when New Zealand was in the throes of a depression. While overseas he met a number of people from British Columbia and the account they gave of their country induced him to make a visit. Arriving in Vancouver just after the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed , he liked the place so much that he decided to stay. Appointed city solicitor in 1889 he framed the city by-laws when the metropolis was just finding its feet. The streets then were just a river of mud in wet weather.

Thursday 14 April 1887
By the north express yesterday Mr and Mrs Hamersley left Timaru on their way to England. On the train leaving Timaru Railway station hearty cheers were given for Mr and Mrs Hamersley by the many friends who had assembled to bid them farewell. Mr Hamersley will be missed greatly in this district. He has always taken a keen interest in all manly sports. The annual meet of the South Canterbury Harriers at his house has always been one of the most pleasant meets of the year. We wish him a prosperous voyage, and hope before long to see him back in South Canterbury again.

Star 21 April 1887, Page 4
Presentation to Mr Hamersley.
Mr A. St G. Hamersley, of Timaru, who has for a number of years been a prominent figure in Canterbury in legal, volunteering and sporting circles, took his departure for the Old Country, accompanied by Mrs Hamersley, on Wednesday last. Previous to his departure a number of his friends gave him a farewell entertainment in the shape of a luncheon at Mr D. M'Guinness' Club Hotel, Timaru. The chair was taken by Captain Woollcombe, Dr M'Intyre being vice-Chairman. Captain Woollcombe (after "The Queen" had been duly honoured), in proposing Mr Hamersley's health, pointed out that those present had met together not only regretfully to bid him farewell, but also to show their appreciation of his efforts, from the time of his arrival in the Colony, to make the various undertakings with which he associated himself from football to volunteering successful. By this he had rendered good service to the Colony in encouraging the youths now growing up to engage in manly sports, a most desirable thing in a young country. The toast was most heartily received. In responding, Mr Hamersley said that from boyhood he had been accustomed to old English sports, and he thought the best service he could render to the Colony he had settled in was to encourage the young idea to engage in the same pursuits. He trusted that if he returned to New Zealand he should settle down in a district like Canterbury, which he looked upon as the most sporting in the Colony, and where he had always met with the greatest hospitality and kindness. Dr M'Intyre, in the most eloquent terms, then proposed the health of Mrs Hamersley, referring to her readiness on all occasions to second her husband's efforts to promote the social welfare of the district. This toast was most enthusiastically received, and Mr Hamersley replied with evident appreciation of Dr M'Intyre's remarks. Other toasts followed, and the company dispersed with many wishes that Mr and Mrs Hamersley would enjoy their trip.

He ceased to practise law in British Columbia when in 1895 in the Vancouver Courts an act abolishing the use of wigs in Court was passed. A. St. G. was a strong supporter of everything British. 

Back to Oxfordshire in 1906 - Burkes Peerage

Evening Post, 25 January 1910, Page 7 AN EX-NEW ZEALANDER
London, 24th January. Mr. Alfred St. George Hamersley, who has been returned for the Woodstock division of Warwickshire, was for a longtime resident in New Zealand, [Mr. Hamersley was elected as a Unionist.]

Feilding Star, 25 January 1911, Page 4
Mr A. St. G. Hamersley, the Unionist M.P. for Woodstock (North Oxfordshire),who has just been re-elected by a majority of 392, practised as a barrister in Timaru, New Zealand, and afterwards in Canada. He married a Wellington girl, Miss Isabella Maud Snow. Rugby football in Canterbury, New Zealand, owes its start to Mr Hamersley, who had a distinguished record as a footballer. He was also a cricketer. He captained the English Rugby team in 1874, and represented England four times on the football field. In New Zealand Mr Hamersley also took a keen interest in volunteering. He was captain of the C Battery, New Zealand Artillery, commanded a contingent at Parihaka, and attained the rank of Colonel (sic) in the New Zealand Militia.

Evening Post, 13 November 1911, Page 3
Replying to a query as to how he intended to spend his Parliamentary honorarium of £400 per annum, Mr A. St. George Hamersley, one-time of Timaru, writes: "I regret very much that it should have fallen to my lot to have to decide to what purpose I would devote the money granted as a salary to a member of Parliament. I consider the granting of these salaries one of the worst things that could have happened to the country as a whole, for reasons I need not go into now, as they have been so clearly expressed by all who opposed the passage of the measure. I intend to devote the amount I receive to charities and public service, so that the public will at the last get back some portion of what should never have been voted away from them."   

Evening Post, 27 February 1929, Page 12
The death is announced of Mr. Alfred St. George Hamersley at the age of 80. He practised law in New Zealand and Canada; was in command of a contingent at Parihaka; and started rugby football in Canterbury. He played for England four times. He married Miss Isabella Maud Snow, of Wellington, and leaves three sons and two daughters.

Pyrton Burial Register has the following entry - 1929 28th February Alfred St George Hamersley, abode Rycote, age 80 by P H Brown, Rector of Great Haseley. Cemetery: St Mary Church, Pyrton Oxfordshire, England. St Mary Church Pyrton Oxfordshire, England. The monuments in the nave are mostly to members of the Hamersley family; one of these is a brass tablet dated 1929 which was designed by Eric Gill. A stained glass window (1893) on the South side of Hugh Hamersley and his wife Mary. 

 The Buildings of England (Oxfordshire), by Nikolaus Pevsner mentions that there is a monument to Alfred St George Hamersley in the Chapel of St. Michael at Rycote, but gives no detail other than the date of 1929 and the inscription by Eric Gill. 

Evening Post, 16 May 1939, Page 14 Of Wellington interest
London, May 1 Captain Hugh John Cochrane Ducat- Hamersley, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, elder son of Major and Mrs. Ducat-Hamersley, of Pyrton Manor, Watlington, Oxfordshire, was married on April 29 at Holy Trinity, Brompton, to Miss Tara Newall, only daughter of. Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Newall, of Chelmarch, Eastbourne (formerly of Wellington) The Rev. W. Grainger Thompson and the Rev. Bryan S. W. Green officiated. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of off-white slipper satin and a tulle veil surmounted by a headdress of orange blossom. She carried white lilies. Miss Rosemary Webb, Miss Dawn Lawton, and Miss Virginia Escourt, Miss Rosemary Ducat-Hamersley, Miss Pamela Wilson, Miss Joan Standbridge, Miss Joan Whitcombe, Miss Joan Ingleson, and Miss Diana Webb attended the bride. They wore dresses of white georgette over white satin, and had sprays of love-in-a-mist in their hair. Lieutenant E. G. Ducat- Hamersley, R.N., was best man. After the reception the bride and bridegroom left for a yachting honeymoon on the South Coast.

Volunteers Make it Happen

An interest in boxing found Hamersley a member of the Timaru Boxing Club. One of their members was a blacksmith who showed particularly good form. The club sponsored his entry into an Australian contest, and sportsmen there were so impressed with his ability that they sent him to America. There he won the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out '"Gentleman Jim" Corbett. He was the redoubtable Bob Fitzsimmons.

Valuable is the work that you do
Outstanding in how you always come through
Loyal, sincere and full of good cheer
Untiring in your efforts while you are here
otable are the many contributions that you make
Trustworthy in every project that you undertake
Eager to reach your every goal
Effective in the way that you fulfill your role
Ready with a smile like a shining star
Special and wonderful - that's what you are
                                                                                                               Author unknown 

Alf's life in Timaru was busy. He was a successful solicitor, a land developer, member and chairman of numerous organisations and activity participated in cricket, football and exhibited in the Timaru A &P Show. He attended meetings often followed by dinners, balls and even had time to go fishing.

Timaru Herald, 28 July 1875, Page 3
South Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. A general meeting of the above Society was held in Timaru on July last. Present Messrs Luxmoore (chairman), Archer, Elworthy, S. Raine, A. Turnbull., A. St. G. Hamersley, P. Russell, Bristol, and Davidson.

Timaru Herald, 24 September 1877, Page 3
Friday evening last, the members of the Terrace Rink Club gave a carnival and ball in the hall of the Timaru Mechanics' Institute, to which over 100 ladies and gentlemen were invited. Those present appeared in fancy dresses and the costumes, both in variety and elegance, would have compared favorably with similar gatherings at much larger places than Timaru. Hamersley Mr, Captain of the Timaru Volunteer Artillery, Hamersley Mrs, Lady 19th Century.

Timaru Herald, 9 March 1888, Page 3 FANCY DRESS BALL
On Thursday night a fancy dross calico ball came off at the Mechanics' Institute. Being the first of the kind, we believes m Canterbury, we will depart from the usual practice of newspapers as to reporting private entertainments, and with the kind permission of the host and hostess (Mr and Mrs Archer), give the names of those present and the characters represented. They were as follows Archer, Mr. as a Captain of the Royal Cornwall Rangers Archer. Hamersley, Mr A. St. G., as Claud Duval Hargreaves, Miss, as Harvest; Some of the above characters were exceedingly well got up, and afforded no little amusement in their representation. The ball was a most complete success the guests not separating till 4.30 on the following morning: The dresses and the characters they supported were so good that is the intention, we hear, among the guests to have photographs of them taken so as to secure a pleasing reminiscence of the ball.

Timaru Herald, 21 October 1880, Page 2
The opening of the trout fishing season was celebrated at Winchester on Tuesday evening by Mr and Mrs Swinton, the well-known host and hostess of the Winchester Hotel, entertaining at a dinner a number of the disciples of Izaak Walton and other sporting gentlemen. At nine o'clock about twenty gentlemen sat down to a well spread table. Considering the occasion of the gathering, our readers will agree that it was very apropos that the chair should be taken by Dr Fish, who performed his duties admirably with the assistance of Mr Hamersley, who occupied the vice-chair. After ample justice had been done to the good things provided, the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were drunk and duly honored. The Chairman then rose to propose the toast of the "Angler's Society of Winchester," and in doing so congratulated the gentlemen around him on the prospect of a most successful fishing season, the river literally swarmed with trout, and it would not be the fault of the latter if good sport was not forthcoming. Captain Hamersley, when responding, related some interesting anecdotes of his experiences.  

"The social side of life and sport were infinitely better than stem officialdom to build up a community."  

ReferencesPublic Record Office of Victoria - Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923
         The Trove Digitalized Newspapers The Argus 26 June 1874 pg4 & pg1

The arrival of this wellknown steamship from London via Plymouth was telegraphed from Queens cliff yesterday forenoon. There was no mistake about this announcement on this occasion, and in the afternoon she was berthed at her old place at the Sandridge railway pier. The Somersetshire has now a fresh commander -Captain Atwood, who had sailed her ever since she was launched, having coiled up his ropes, and remained on shore, and his position is now filled by Captain Henry Farquhar Holt, formerly of the Kent and True Briton. This is Captain Holt's first essay in steam navigation, and his trip has been entirely successful. Although the weather was not all it should have been, the steamer has on this occasion completed the second fastest passage she has made out here. The voyage out has been acknowledged by the passengers to have been of a most pleasant description, and as an attestation of the opinion Captain Holt was presented by the saloon and second cabin passengers with a brief but complimentary address. The brevity of the document was amply compensated for, however, by the length of the purse which accompanied it.

  The Argus, june 26 1874, pg 1

Timaru Herald, 9 May 1879, Page 2 South Canterbury Amateur Club
The annual dinner of the Club took place in the evening m the billiard-room of the Ship Hotel, about sixty members and visitors being present. The President, Mr E. B. Parker, occupied the Chair, and the Vice- President, Mr Melville Gray, the Vice-Chair. The arrangements were admirable, the room being decorated in capital taste, with garlands of evergreens and flowers, and the walls hung with flags, and the dinner itself was pronounced by general consent the best that the Club had ever sat down to. After dinner the President briefly proposed the Queen's Health, which was received with becoming loyalty.
    Mr Wakefield, M.H.R., then proposed the toast of "Success to the South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club." In doing so he recalled the circumstances under which the Club came into existence nine years ago, and grew by degrees into a settled institution of the district. Dwelt upon the loss it had recently sustained by the dispersion of some of it most valued members, and touched feelingly upon the death of the late Mr F. W. Teschemaker, its former President referred in terms of gratification to the return of Mr Melville Gray.
    Mr Hamersley then proposed "The Judges and Officials'" in a very happy speech, in which he specially dwelt on the good service which men did who, coming from Home to settle in the colony, brought their English love of sport with them, and revived on this side of the globe, those vigorous pursuit in which their youth had been spent at Home.
    Mr Neilson proposed "The Strangers," and referred very pleasantly to the cordial welcome which the Club always gives to those who come from a distance to witness its sports and share its festivities, and particularly mentioned the kindness which the Canterbury Cricket and Football Clubs had met with, on their visit to Auckland.
    The President returned thanks on behalf of the Club. He corroborated all that had been said by the proposer of the toast, but expressed the opinion that the sports would have been much better if more attention had been given to training. He urged upon the young men of the district the necessity for self-denial and perseverance us a preparation for manly exercises, and begged them to work harder and mike more strenuous efforts to distinguish themselves.
    The Honorable Mr Clifford expressed the astonishment with which, having only just arrived from England, he found the colony so far advanced in sports, and other signs of civilisation. Thesis by GT Vincent - ‎2002

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