The Rolleston Lamp, Temuka

The William Rolleston Lamp, King St., Temuka


Star 10 February 1903, Page 3 Death
ROLLESTON.— Feb. 8, 1903, at Kapunatiki, Temuka, William Rolleston; aged seventy one years

Otago Witness, 11 February 1903, Page 30
Christchurch, February 9. The sad news of the Death of the Hon. William Rolleston was received in town this morning. A long illness terminated yesterday afternoon, when Mr Rolleston passed away at his residence, "Clandeboys," Temuka. The late Hon. William Rolleston was born on September 19, 1851, and was thus 71 years of ago at the time of his Death. He was one of a family of 10 children of the Rev. George Rolleston, M.A., of Maltby, near Doncaster, in Yorkshire. He was educated at Rossall, and entered at Emmanuel College (Cambridge) in 1851. He became a foundation scholar in 1852, and graduated in 1855 with classical honours. PROVINCIAL CAREER. In 1853 Mr Rolleston emigrated to New Zealand and settled near Lake Coleridge. He speedily began to take a public part in the affairs of the settlement, being appointed a member of the Education Commission in 1863, provincial secretary and a member of the Canterbury Board of Education in 1864, and subsequently Under-secretary for Native Affairs and Inspector of Native Schools under the Colonial Government. His abilities were recognised, and on May 22, 1868, after the resignation by Mr William Sefton Moorhouse of the office of Superintendent of the Province, Mr Rolleston was elected to the position unopposed. ...Mr Rolleston married the daughter of the late Mr Joseph Brittan. He leaves a family of nine children - five sons and four daughters. The eldest, Mr Arthur Rolleston, is a member of the firm of Wilding, Lewis, and Rolleston, in Christchurch. The second, Dr Rolleston, is at the head of one of the principal lunatic asylums in England. Mr Frank Rolleston is a barrister at Timaru — a member of the firm of Tupp and Rolleston. Mr Hector Rolleston is a magistrate of a district in the Transvaal. The youngest Mr John Rolleston is managing his father's farm at Kapunatiki. Of the four daughters, the eldest is Mrs Teschemaker; the other three — the Misses Dorothy, Margaret, and Helen Rolleston are living at home. Of Mr Rolleston's two brothers, the - eldest was Professor Rolleston, a well-known Oxford don and professor of anatomy, who founded a museum at Oxford. The other brother, who was more of the late Mr Rolleston's age, held a country living in England.  He was buried at Avonside cemetery.

Photo taken July 2014 by Bev.
On backside of headstone -William Rolleston born at Maltby, Yorkshire, Sept. 19th 1831.
For 45 years a New Zealand Colonist. having served his day and generation. he fell on sleep Feb. 8th 1093. In te, domine, speravi; non confundar in aetermum.
Elizabeth Mary, his wife born 30th March 1845, died 4th June 1940.

Press, 11 February 1903, Page 8
The funeral of the late Hon W. Rolleston left the deceased gentleman's residence at Rangitata shortly after 9 o'clock yesterday morning for tie Temuka railway station, in order that the interment might take place at Christchurch to-day. There was a representative attendance from all parts of the district, and the cortege was largely increased en route to Temuka. As the procession approached Temuka the bells were tolled, the business place were closed, and the flags on the buildings were flown at half-mast. The bearers were the deceased gentleman's these sons, Messrs A. C., F. J., and J. Rolleston, and Mr T. Teschemaker (son-in-law). Among those present Dennistoun and D. Macfarlane, of Peel Forest; Mr E. Tripp, of Orari Gorge; Mr F. Barker and Mr J. Maling, of Geraldine; Mr J. Talbot, of Temuka; Mr F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., the Hon. J. M. Twomey, M.L.C, Mr C. H. Tripp, Mr Guild, and many others. The body was brought to Christchurch by the express, and was conveyed to the residence of Mr A. C. Rolleston, Park Terrace, whence the funeral will leave to-day at 2 p.m. for the Avonside Cemetery.

August 2009. Photo taken by Margaret Todd.     William Rolleston Memorial Lamp, Temuka, dedicated by Massey, Otago Witness, 18 May 1904, apge 36.
2009                                                  1904

Otago Witness May 1904, page 36.
The Memorial Lamp erected at Temuka in Honour of the late Hon. William Rolleston. Dedicated by Mr Massey, M.H.R. in 18 May 1904.

Auckland Star, 4 May 1904, Page 7 ROLLESTON MEMORIAL UNVEITLED.
Temuka, Tuesday. Messrs. Massey and C. Lewis gave addresses here to-night to a meeting of about 800, criticising the Administration from various points of view. They had a good reception. In the afternoon a handsome granite lamppost was unveiled by Mr Massey to the memory of the late Mr W. Rolleston, in the presence of a large gathering.

Photo taken in September 2009 by Margaret Todd. Temuka sale yards in the back ground to the right.
William Rolleston Memorial Lamp
On corner of King Street and Domain Avenue, Temuka, outside former Post Office.
NZ Historic Place - Category II
Date Registered: 23-Jun-1983
Timaru District Council

Bay of Plenty Times, 4 May 1904, Page 2
Temuka, Tuesday.  Messrs Massey and C. Lewis M.H.R. gave addresses here to-night to a meeting of about 800 people, criticising the administration from various points of view. They had a good reception. In the afternoon a handsome granite lamp-post was unveiled by Mr Massey to the memory of the late Hon W. Rolleston, in the presence of a large gathering.

New Zealand Free Lance,  14 May 1904, Page 10
Mr. Massey paid a very nice tribute to the late Mr. Rolleston in unveiling a memorial to him at Temuka last week. It was a street lamp, outside the Post Office. The Leader of the Opposition concluded his eulogy by saying Mr. Rolleston was one of three "Who broke no promise, served no private end, Who gained no title, and who lost no friend." Now who were the other two? Mr. Massey didn't fill in the missing words.

Cyclopedia of NZ- Canterbury  -  He arrived at Lyttelton by the ship “Regina,” on the 15th of November, 1858.

King street, Temuka with the clock on the old library (1979) building and the phone box outside the old post office.

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