Marchwiel - suburb of Timaru

Suburbs north to south

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West End

Closer Settlement -  fair prices back then!

Timaru Herald, 10 January 1879, Page 3
Timaru Herald 18 Dec. 1878 page 3.SALE OF THE MARCHWIEL ESTATE.

Messrs J. T. Ford and Co., held a land sale at the Mechanics' Institute yesterday, consisting of a portion of the Marchwiel Estate, the property of Mr P. B. Luxmoore. Seven acres, three roods, and four perches were disposed of, at an average price of £221; the whole sale realising £1715. The following is a list of the sections sold : —  

Lot. Purchaser		Area. 	Price. 	
			A.R.P.  £ 
 1 A. Perry 		0 2 16 	151 
 6 A. Hart 		0 3  0 	110 
 7 A. Hart 		0 3 31 	135 
19 D. M. Ross 		0 2 11 	125 
20 D. M. Ross  		1 0  0 	160 
22 A. Perry 		0 2 32 	170 
23 A. Perry 		0 0 28 	 70 
24 A. Perry 		0 1  6 	 70 
25 A. Perry 		0 0 38 	 70 
26 J. Rice 		0 1  0 	 55 
27 G. J. Palmer 	0 1  0 	 50 
28 G. J. Palmer 	0 1  0 	 50 
29 A. Perry 		0 1  0 	 50 
30 A. Perry 		0 1  0 	 50 
31 T. McAuliffe 	0 1  0 	 50 
32 Wm. Cole 		0 1  0 	 42 
33 Wm. Cole 		0 1  0 	 42 
34 T. Alexander 	0 1  0 	 45 
35 T. Alexander 	0 1 14 	 65 

The Marchwiel Estate consisted of 7 acres 3 rods and 4 perches was disposed of in lots from 38 perches to 1 acre, realising £1,715, or an average of £221 per acre. Arthur Perry, the solicitor, lived at nearby "Beverley" since 1873 until his death in 1898, purchased seven of the lots.

Streets  Marchwiel, Timaru  Postcode 7910
 In 2001 3,741 people lived in the suburb of Marchwiel in 1,470 dwellings. Profile.

Alpine Cl
Andrew St
Argyle St
Arun St
Ayr St
Balmoral St
Braemar Pl
Cardiff St
Carlisle Pl
Cross St
Dunkirk St
Edinburgh St
Edinburgh St
Elmsdale Tce
Essex St
Forth St
Glamis St
Glen St
Goulds Rd
Grange Cl
Grantlea Dr
Grants Rd
Hartley Cres
Kelvin St
Kent St
Killick Pl
Killick Pl
Lachlan Place
Lincoln St
Lindsay St
Luxmoore Rd
Marchwiel St
Morgans Rd
Old North Rd
Pages Rd
Peel View Pl
Selwyn St
Short St
Stenhouse Dr
Stirling Pl
Tweedy St
Tyne St
Usk St
Windsor St

Mr and Mrs Luxmoore would have enjoyed an ocean view from their large house at “Marchwiel” named after Philip’s home in Wales which was destroyed in a fire before the 1960s. The site now at the junction of Macdonald and Bouverie Streets. From Evans Street it is a steep climb up Newman Street and the houses along Andrew Street are brick, split level with the garages underneath because the sections are sloping. The Old North Rd takes you north to Washdyke and Pages Rd to Kellands Hill Rd is the back way out of Timaru heading towards Levels and Pleasant Point. Mrs Luxmoore was probably a frequent visitor at "Ashbury" the home of her sister and brother-in-law Capt. B. Woollcombe that was situated near Te Weka St. All-Saints-100th-Booklet.pdf  a coloured drawing of "Ashbury" in October 1874 with croquet hoops and mallets on the front lawn. While in Timaru for the entire month of October 1874 Sir Whately Eliot was daily upon the beach adjacent to the municipality and did a set of sketches including Caroline Bay, "Lynwood" House, the Landing Place, Washdyke and "Ashbury."  October is a lovely time to visit Timaru  - gardens are at their peak and everything is so green as it is springtime. 

St. Philip and All Saints Anglican Church

St. Philip and All Saints Anglican Church, 124 Luxmoore Rd, Marchwiel offsite. St Philip’s, was dedicated in 1950, the name commemorating Philip Luxmoore, was originally in the northern part of St John’s parish.  The original All Saints wooden church was sold and converted into a house in Marchwiel Street. In 1924 a brick Methodist chapel in Evans Street was bought and became the All Saints Church. All Saints’ 50th jubilee was celebrated in 1957, the oldest member of the congregation, Mrs. G. Tapp, cut the jubilee cake. In 1978 All Saints and St Philip’s combined. A new chapel located in Luxmoore Road was constructed and consecrated in 1993 and the carved wooden altar pieces and lectern from the old church are still used in the new chapel. The alter is inscribed Memoriam Katherine Woollcombe obit June 10 1936. The alter rail is inscribed In memoriam Chrysta Woollcombe Obit. 7-3-50. The All Saint's Centennial was held on 4 Nov. 2007. The Evans Street chapel, a brick building, was deconsecrated, sold, and later redesigned as a private home. It still stands in 2010.
The two sisters, daughters of Belfield Woollcombe, (d. 1891), never married.
1936 Woollcombe Katherine Jane Luxmore 71Y died Wednesday, 10 June 1936. Her plot at the Timaru Cemetery was purchased in 1891. No headstone.
1950 Woollcombe Frances Chrysta Acland 78Y Interned at the Timaru Cemetery 9 March 1950

June 2010, photo taken by Margaret Tood.
A cabbage tree stands in front with a yew tree to the left.
Sunday Services:  9:30 am Holy Communion
1st Wednesday of month 10 an mid week communio

Flowers make a church feel warm and happy.  

Timaru Herald, 28 May 1906, Page 7 NEW CHURCH AT WAIMATAITAI.
The opening services of the new Primitive Methodist Church at Waimataitai were commenced yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock and continued in the evening at 6.30. There was a splendid attendance on both occasions, and the preacher was the Rev. J. Guy, of Christchurch. Miss Vincent presided at the organ, and a choir of about a dozen voices from the Timaru church lent their aid in singing the hymns. In the evening the preacher expressed his pleasure at finding such a nice church in the suburb. He took his text for the sermon from the 2nd Epistle of the Corinthians, 5th chapter, 20th verse. The theme of the text was reconciliation with God and he gave several illustrations of it. The opening celebration will be continued next Sunday, when the preachers will be Revs. P. J. Cossum and D. Campbell (Temuka). On next Thursday afternoon there will be held a soiree in the church, at which the Mayor will preside. Addresses will be delivered, and a good programme is being arranged by the members of the choir. And on Friday evening there will be an entertainment for the children of the congregation. The church (as yet unfinished) will seat about 100 comfortably. It is built of brick, on a foundation of concrete running from the road level in the front to a depth of about 6 feet at the back, and the whole is a very compact and neat building. The entrance is by a square porch, facing the Main North road, and above the porch is a small belfry. Inside, the walls are prettily covered with a dead rose tint, and wainscotting 4 feet in height runs around the walls. The church is lighted by Gothic headed windows, filled with tinted glass, and these give the interior a nice bright appearance. For evening services two large kerosene lamps are suspended from the ceiling. The whole will cost about £400 when completed.

The Evans Street, Chapel. 

The old All Saints Church, built in 1924, is now a private residence. The door of the church is not the original and quite modern.
The old Evans Street chapel, overlooking Ashbury Park, Timaru with the red dome of the lighthouse to the left. Photo taken by M.T. at 3.15 pm, July 2010, the sun already low in the gorgeous clear blue sky.

Philip Bouverie LUXMOORE (1834-82)

Marriage Otago Witness 27 October 1860, Page 5
At Otamatato Station, 20th Sept., by the Rev. J. C. Andrew, M.A., Philip Bouverie Luxmoore, Esq., of Marchdiel, [sic] North Wales, and of Otio, Otago, to Mary Eliza, youngest daughter of the Rev. Henry Fendall, Rector of Crambe and Hutton in the county of York, and Incumbent of the Heathcote Valley, Christchurch.

Philip was born, in 1834, at Marchwiel, a parish in the county of Denbigh, North Wales and was educated at Eton and Cambridge. He arrived in Lyttelton 7 June 1856 by the ship Westminister with the Rev. J. C. Andrew, Mrs Andrew, Miss Andrew, Charles Fendall (a brother to Mrs Andrew) and continued with Rev. J. C. Andrew till 1859, when he removed to a large run, "Akatarawa", near Hakataramea, which he worked till about 1876. Mr. Luxmoore bought 397 acres near Timaru, in 1864, and settled on that property "Sunnyside" but renamed it "Marchwiel", here he resided, until his death in July, 1882.  He married Mary Eliza Fendall, in 1860, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Henry Fendall, of Timaru and Vicar of Heathcote. They had one son, who died in infancy. Philip served as a member of the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, of which he was chairman for a number of years, and member of many other organisations. Mr. Luxmoore was always interested in the Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and was at one time its president. He died on the 30th July, 1882, at "Marchwiel", aged 48.

Mrs P.B. Luxmoore died on the 9th of August, 1903, in her seventieth year. She was the sister of Frances Anne, the second daughter of Rev. Fendall and the wife of Captain Belfield Woollcombe. Woolcombe married 1 January, 1861 at Heathcote Valley, near Christchurch. Woollcombe first home at Timaru was on the beach in 1858 then Woollcombe moved to a cob hut near the present Te Weka Street, and then built his home in this area, on 87 acres overlooking the Waimataitai estuary and lagoon, now Ashbury Park. Woollcombe died Wednesday, 22 July 1891 at age 75 and is buried at Timaru. His wife Francis Anne Woollcombe died Wednesday, 25 March 1914 at age 86. Francis Ann gave the marble pillars in St. Mary's church in the memory of Phillip. Phillip was a nephew to Dr Edward Bouverie (later Pusey) (dau. Elizabeth Bouverie b. April 25 1803 had m. Rev. James H. Montagu Luxmoore, Rector of Marchwiel, Wales. Philip was their youngest son.  Mrs Luxmoore d. March 1860.

Lyttelton Times, 5 January 1861, Page 5 Married.
January 1st, at the Heathcote Valley Church, by the Rev. Croasdaile Bowen, Belfleld Woollcombe, Lieutenant R.N. and Resident Magistrate of Timaru, to Frances Anne, second daughter of the Rev. Henry Fendall. 

Obituary Timaru Herald 31 July 1882, Page 2
Mr Luxmoore was an early settler in Canterbury, having come to the colony twenty-six or twenty-seven years ago. After a short residence on a station in Otago he lived for a few years in Heathcote Valley, near Christchurch, but about eighteen years since he bought property near Timaru, on which he has resided ever since. Though never taking any active part in politics the deceased gentlemen invariably showed warm interest in local matters, and as Chairman of various public bodies, and especially as Chairman of the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works, he has left his name which will be long remembered by those who had to deal with him in his official capacity, his courteous but firm demeanor winning respect of all. For sometime Mr Luxmoore has been seriously ill, and his death was no means unexpected. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon.


On the 6th Dec. 1855 at the parish church, Crambe, near Malton, Yorkshire, the Rev. John ANDREW, M.A., of Whitby, to Emma, youngest daughter of the Rev. Henry FENDALL, vicar of Crambe. Emma died 8 July 1878 buried St. Barnabas Churchyard Stoke, Nelson.

John Chapman ANDREW was born 9 March 1822 in Whitby, Yorkshire. Rev. Andrew died 7 Dec. 1907 Ringawhati, Otaki and was buried beside his wife in Stoke. In 1857 says the Wellington Post, Mr Andrew took up a sheep farm near the Waitaki River, and he also found time to carry out exploration work in the- Southern Alps and in the Mackenzie Country. He settled for nine years on this Waitaki sheep run before coming north to the Wairarapa in 1866.

Introduction of mice
Timaru Herald
, 4 October 1871, Page 2
Public Meeting. — On Monday evening last, a largely attended public meeting took place in the Hall of the Mechanics' Institute. His Worship the Mayor [Captain Henry Cain] occupied the chair and opened the proceedings by reading the influentially signed requisition asking him to call the meeting. He said that the meeting was called to take steps to celebrate the most important event in the history of Timaru -[hear, hear]— the turning of the first sod of the Timaru and Temuka Railway. He little expected when he landed in Timaru that he should live to see such an event take place. When he landed here there was but one hut, a woolshed, a man and his wife and two or three children. He recollected an incident that might amuse them. When they were landing the goods of a clergyman (the Revd. J. Andrews) himself and Mr George Rhodes were turning over a case out of which three or four mice ran. Mr Rhodes began to 'bless' the minister for introducing mice to the district. These mice had married and increased, and he believed the European population had kept pace with them. Timaru was now one of the most important districts in New Zealand. He hoped and trusted that turning of the first sod would lead to a prosperous future for Timaru and the surrounding districts. Mr R. Turnbull said that as his name appeared first on the requisition he had been compelled to be the first speaker. After alluding to the importance of the event to the district, and expressing his opinion that unless the people of Timaru showed by some demonstration that they were aware of its importance, they might never get the railway further than the Washdyke he expressed the thanks of the meeting to the contractors for the kindness in postponing their work till Wednesday, in deference to the popular wish. Messrs Cliff, Jonas, Crawford, and Wildie addressed the meeting, throwing out various suggestions. Ultimately it was resolved on the motion of Mr Cliff, seconded by Captain Crawford — "That the following gentlemen form a committee to get up subscriptions and arrange for amusements, &c., to celebrate the turning of the first sod of the railway, viz., His Worship the Mayor, Messrs A. Perry, Crawford, Harrison, junr., Jonas, McIntosh, Padget, Hamilton, Beldy, McRae, Wildie, W. W. Cobb, R. R. Taylor, Hibbard, White, and the mover, with power to add to their number.  

Revd. Henry FENDALL  (1795-1882)

Revd Henry FENDALL who was born 1795 Matson, Gloucestershire, had with 4 sons and 4 daughters, and died 27 May 1882 at his daughter's residence (Mrs B. Woollcombe) "Ashbury" in Timaru at the fine age of age 87 and is buried in Timaru. He and his children came out on various ships in the first decade Canterbury was established. Early in 1850 Rev. Fendall and his sons applied to the Canterbury Association for the right to select a 50 acre section.  First he sent Walpole Cheshire Fendall (1830 - 1913) at age twenty out to Canterbury on the Sir George Seymour in Dec. 1850 with instructions to claim their Rural Section 18 and paid £3/acre for it. Fendall developed the farm by draining swamp, clearing bush and scrub, fencing, ploughing and sowing grass, and planted trees for shelter and constructed a cob cottage. His bride-to-be arrived on the Ashmore. Lucy Hyacinthe SWANN (1831-1897) had been only 18 when Fendall left England and her parents had refused her permission to marry and accompany him. In 1854 they were wed in St Michael's Church in Christchurch. Walpole and Lucy Fendall soon moved to North Canterbury. They had 12 children, two of whom died in infancy. To provide an income the land was sub-divided and sub-divided by subsequent owners. The area and the suburb of Christchurch became known as Fendalton. Later moved to Pleasant Point where he built a concrete house, naming it Fendall’s Folly. Both are Lucy and Walpole are buried at St. Paul's, Papanui. In 1862 Rev. Fendall made a round trip on the Mermaid from Lyttelton to London and back. Walpole and Lucy's son Revd Frederick Philip FENDALL b. 9 July 1860 at Fendall Town followed in his grandfather's footsteps and was vicar at at Rangiora 1892-1921.
P.W. Fendall was the commanding officer of the Timaru Rifles in 1866.
Cabin passengers Miss Fendall and Miss Swann arrived in Lyttelton on the Ashmore which arrived 16 Nov. 1854.
Reference: Blain Directory Anglican History pdf 7.85MB  

St. Paul's Cemetery, Papanui

Obituary Star 1 June 1882, Page 4
The Reverend Henry Fendall, the other gentleman whose decease we have here to notice, was neither so prominent a churchman or colonist as Archdeacon Willock. Still he has been a quarter of a century in Canterbury, for he reached New Zealand in the ship Rose of Sharon, which arrived in Wellington in January, 1857 [with Francis and Mary]. Mr Fendall at once went on to Canterbury, where his son, Mr Walpole Fendall,— after whom the suburb of Fendalton is named, — had been settled for some time previous. In spite of his advanced age, the reverend gentleman undertook parochial work for many years after his arrival here. Latterly he has lived principally in South Canterbury, retaining his health and faculties - long after most of his contemporaries had, preceded him to the grave, and remaining a fine example of the mens sana in corpore sano almost to the last. Mr Fendall was eighty-seven when he died.

The Star 6 August 1884 Death
Swann - July 29 at the residence of Mr W.C. Fendall, Pleasant Point, Elizabeth Margaret Swann, aged 50 years. [She was buried at the Pleasant Point Cemetery]

Timaru Herald, 31 July 1884, Page 2
Death from an Accident. — Our Pleasant Point correspondent writes : — It is with deep regret that I report the sudden death of Miss Swan, sister to Mrs W. C. Fendall. The deceased lady had been recovering from an accident by which her leg had been broken. The doctor had paid her a visit during the afternoon, and reported her able to rise. Just as the family were at tea, a sound was heard proceeding from her room, and on entering, it was found she was dying, and in a few minutes she expired. Dr Hayes was at once communicated with and arrived about the middle of the night. [She probably died from a fat embolism or a pulmonary embolism]

The Apsley property on Wai-iti road was the property of B.J. Lane, then two miles from Timaru. 36 lots from 3 roods to 2 acres.

Timaru Herald, 4 December 1878, Page 2
At the sale of allotments in the suburb of Apsley (the property of Mr B. J. Lane), held by Messrs D. and L. Maclean at the Grosvenor Hotel yesterday, there was a good attendance and more lively competition than has characterised tales of suburban townships for some time past. Out of 36 sections, 24 were sold, the particulars being as follows : —
No. 1, for £250, to J. G. Cowan
No. 2, for £250, to R. S. Cook
Nos. 3 and 4, for £140 each, to Thomas Alexander
No. 6, for £245, to W. Ackland
No. 8, for £55, to W. Ackland
Nos. 17, 18, 19, for £70 each, to — Sederman
Nos. 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24, for £70 each, to R. Cole
Nos. 25 and 26, for £69 each, to Thomas Cooper
Nos. 34 and 35, for £70 each, to J. Macintosh
No. 36, for £135, to J. Meikle
Several of the above have again changed hands at a considerable advance on the price at which they were knocked down, the purchaser of one section having received a clear profit of £55 in the sale-room. Apsley, we may mention, is situated between two and two and a half miles from Timaru, on the Wai-iti-road, to the west of the town. No reserve was put on the sections, and the auctioneers in offering them, were left perfectly unfettered as to price. There is no doubt in our own mind that the failure of several land sales lately has been due to the extraordinary reserve placed on the properties ; which has had the effect of frightening people from bidding. Suburban allotments around Timaru cannot fail to be in active demand so long as the town continues to increase m population and wealth at the rate it is doing now. Yesterday's sale speaks well for the prospect of the sale of Beaconsfield township, Otaio, on Thursday.

Timaru Herald, 4 November 1880, Page 7
The following is the result of the sale, which was well attended, the bidding throughout being brisk : — The first property offered was the Apsley township extension, Wai-iti road, which was submitted in two lots of 25 acres each, and realised—
lot 1, £34 an acre, and lot 2, £30 do, both purchased by Mr James Craigie.
Messrs Sealy's properties came next. £15 10s per acre was offered for 291 acres at Wai-iti, but there being a reserve of £17 per acre on it, it was passed in.
The Glengummell property of 230 acres was split up into four lots. Two of these, containing in all 101 acres, were knocked down to Mr J. Black at £22 per acre for the first lot, and £16 for the second.
The Brookley property was then offered in parcels. Mr Eichbaum purchased lot-1 at £20 per acre; lot 3 at £16 per acre, and lots 7 and 8 at £16 per acre. The remaining lots were passed m at £15 per acre. The old post-office in the Main South Road and an eighth of an acre of land (frontage 33ft) was then put up, and was knocked down to Mr George Gabites at £2700. Ninety acres on Ashwick Downs became the property of Mr Thomas Hawkes, at £1 15s per acre. Half an acre in LeCren street, Timaru, with five-roomed house there on, was knocked down to Mr Ferguson for £270. A number of other lots were passed, and some of these, together with others which time did not admit of selling, are under negotiation.  

Attenburrow - sold for the trustees in the estate of the late Sarah Butler
Timaru Herald
, 1 August 1881, Page 2 Commercial Intelligence.
Timaru Herald Office, Saturday Evening. AUCTIONEERS' REPORTS. Mr Moss Jonas reports as follows : — Property. — At his rooms, on Wednesday, he submitted a number of properties. The attendance at this sale was very good, and the competition for some of the lots keen. A firm of 196 acres on the Levels Plains was sold at price equal to £1082 10s, and the sections both in Attenburrow township and the Attenborrow extension realised fair prices. The following are the particulars : —
Attenburrow, sections
No. 50 and 51, Mr LeCren, at £60 each;
Nos. 52 and 53, Mr LeCren, at £65 each.
Attenbarrow Extension — section
No. 11, Mr Perry, £31
No. 12, Mr Fraser, £34
No. 14, Mr Sullivan, £41
No. 15, Mr Fraser, £31
No. 17, Mr Daily, £37
No. 18, Mr Perry, £35
Nos. 19, 20 and 21, Mr Cook, at £31 each.
Section No. 103, in Wai-iti township, with lean-to thereon, £100, to Mr Daily. He has also sold privately 25 acres at Wai-iti, adjoining the property of Mr Reiley, to Mr S. Smith, at £45 per acre. Property continues to rise steadily in value.

    acre      - a measure of land containing 4840 square yards.
    perch    - area of measure -30½  sq yards
    rod       - a unit of square measure, 30¼ square yards (25.29 sq. m); square perch or pole.
    rod       - English linear measure, a pole or perch, equal to 5½ yards or 16½ feet (5.029 m).
    rood     - a fourth part of an acre, equal to 40 square poles or 1,210 square yards

Sir  Whately Eliot, C.E.1841-1927 

Eliot, an engineer, arrived in Timaru on 3 September 1874 as a representative to Sir John Coode, an eminent British engineer, appointed by the Provincial Government of Canterbury, to collect data to see if construction of a harbour was practical. 
Caroline Bay
1874 Oct. 2. pen drawing
Landing place, Timaru Oct. 1874
Lynwood House, Timaru Oct. 1874 [The former home of Arthur Perry in 1874 the home of George Stephens]
Near Timaru 1874 Sept. 23. sketch

Washdyke Lagoon Oct. 1874 watercolour
Washdyke watercolour

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