Robert Houliston

Robert Houliston

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  • Gender Male 
    Alternate Birth 1854  Spat, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 28 February 1854  Spott, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Alternate Death 29 November 1936  Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Emigration Note “Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters” arrived 3 September 1860 on the Robert Henderson.  [4
    From Here A Name Robert Houliston was a six year old lad when the family came to New Zealand. He went to school first at Balclutha, trudging down over the ridges each day. Later a school was opened at Te Houka and this he attended. After leaving primary school, he attended night classes at Balclutha for some time. He had a quick intellect and the well-known Scotch love of education.

    He married Christina Cameron at Warepa. Their house at Balclutha was being build at the time of the great '78 flood. The windows were not in at that time and the waters washed right through. All the loose timber for completing the job was washed away and never seen again. The building had to be partly dismantled to get rid of the huge deposits of silt. They later sold the Clyde Street house and moved to a small house on "Alleybank". When Robert Houliston, Snr., died, his widow took over this smaller house and the young couple moved into the larger dwelling. As well as working "Alleybank", Robert also owned "Clawbare" farm on the main south road. For convenience in working this second farm, there was a two-roomed cottage and a feeding shed for horses on this section. At this period of the colony's history, swaggers were commonplace on the roads. This cottage was a paradise for these "gentlemen of the roads". Gradually all the chairs, the table, and lining of the cottage, and even the feeding boxes in the shed were cut up and burned by these vagabonds. Eventually Robert shifted the shed over to "Alleybank" where it provided entertainment for many a day. The walls were covered with messages, verses and references to people at whose farms the swaggers called. A Cook's guide as to who would give a hand-out and where to avoid the dog. There was a note about a lady as far away as Hokitika - "01d Mother Dunn, Hokitika, avoid her". These swaggers were a real scourge. Some were genuinely seeking work; but many were just parasites. Up to 18 in one day called on Teannie Houliston and it was commonplace to have three to five sleeping in the barn. When Robert Houliston and his family left Te Houka they left a block of potatoes. These had good shaws and looked promising; but when there were dug it was found that practically all the tubers had been cleaned out by swaggers.

    When the farm was sold, Robert took his family to Kaka Point to a house belonging to Mr Shiels for a holiday. One day in Balclutha, Robert met a Mr Nelson who was erecting machinery on a dredge up the Grey River. He persuaded Robert to return with him. Robert was so taken with the West Coast that he decided to remain and sent for his family. They went by sea, sailing from Port Chalmers on the "Janet Nicol". They encountered stormy weather and were fog-bound for some time outside Westport and Greymouth and the voyage took eight days. Their daughter, Christina, had her 17th birthday on board and the captain provided a cake.

    After working on a few dredges, Robert bought a farm at Koiterangi where he resided till his death on 29th November, 1936. During a long lifetime, Robert took an active part in West Coast affairs and was at one time a member of the Land Board.

    In 1928 Robert and Christina celebrated their golden wedding. The whole district joined in this well-beloved couple's in the district hall at Koiterangi and presented them with a silver tea service.  [5
    Obituary Mr Robert Houliston

    Another of the very early settlers of the Clutha district has passed away in the person of Mr Robert Houliston who died in Hokitika on November 29 at the age of 83 years. He came with his parents to New Zealand in the ship Robert Henderson in 1860. The family settled on the Taieri for a year, and afterwards removed to a farm in the Te Houka district. Like all the early settlers he encountered many hardships. He received his education at the Balclutha School under Mr Todd (one of the first teachers in the school), and afterwards he took up contract work, including sod fencing. He also engaged in shearing, harvesting, and running a threshing mill. In 1878 he was married to Miss C. Cameron of Warepa, and lived in Balclutha until the death of his father, when he carried on the farm at Te Houka, where he was noted for his hospitality. In 1900 he removed to the West Coast and went for dredging for a time. After a few years he bought a 500 acre farm in the Kokatahi Valley, and farmed it successfully, introducing several methods of agriculture that were new on the Coast. He was a member of the Westland Board for some years, and was highly respected by all who knew him. His wife predeceased him a short time ago, and he is survived by a son and a daughter.  [6
    Died 29 November 1936  Koiterangi, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
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    Person ID I2600  Roger
    Last Modified 25 September 2008 

    Father Ancestors AncestorsRobert Houliston,   b. 1814, Lochtower, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 November 1879, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Ancestors AncestorsAlice Wright,   b. 13 May 1814, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 July 1901, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Family ID F17  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Ancestors AncestorsChristina Cameron,   b. 14 December 1858, Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 November 1935, Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 25 October 1878  Warepa, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    • In the home of Mr George Cameron
    Children 
    +  1. Male Robert Houliston,   b. 29 May 1881, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 January 1949, Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +  2. Female Christina Houliston,   b. 21 June 1884, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 October 1964, Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 26 February 2005 
    Family ID F1006  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 February 1854 - Spott, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Death - 29 November 1936 - Hokitika, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 November 1936 - Koiterangi, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Dovecothall - the house at Cockburnspath
    Dovecothall - the house at Cockburnspath
    Dovecothall is the house that Robert Houliston his wife Alice Wright, and their children lived in before leaving for New Zealand in 1860.

Their eldest daughter Ellen Shiels Houliston married William Moffat in this house.
    Helen Houliston was born here in August 1859.
    Robert Houliston and Horses - 1898
    Robert Houliston and Horses - 1898
    Picture scanned from a book
    Pioneering in South Otago
    including the Districts of Balclutha, Kaitangata, Clinton, Owaka, and the Clutha Valley
    Hon F Waite
    Otago Centennial Historical Publications 1948
    993.1
    Whitcombe & Tombes Limited
    Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron
    Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron
    A picture taken with digital camera from a copy of a picture held by Eunice H. Photographed by Roger Moffat on 24 June 2003

    Documents
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 8 September 1860.
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 8 September 1860.
    Bottom corner of page 4 lists passengers arriving on Robert Henderson at Port Chalmers.
    Shows the following families:
    "Donald Campbell, wife, son and 2 daughters";
    "Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons, 4 daughters";
    "Alexander King, wife, son and daughter";
    "Adam King, 3 sons and 5 daughters";
    and records the death of Ellen Houliston on 7 June and Jane King (wife of Adam) on 14 June.
    From http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/bin/papers?name=OW&year=1860&month=09&day=08&action=view
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860
    Article from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860
    The article talks about the arrival of the "Pladda" with John Bringans, Janet Mitchell and Bethia Breingans as passengers, the conditions in Otago at the time and concerns about the rapidly growing immigration to Otago.

    See also this history page for a transcript of this article.
    Clipping from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860.
    Clipping from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860.
    This clipping lists a number of items for sale that were brought to Dunedin on the Pladda - blankets, cloth, floorboards, wheels paper. Items of interest to all new settlers probably.
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 21 July 1860
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 21 July 1860
    Announcement from Otago Witness Newspaper of future sailing of the ship "Pladda" from Glasgow to New Zealand. Passengers listed include A Bringin, wife and child. This list was compiled in advance of the sailing and sent to New Zealand by mail. It was published in the Otago Witness on Saturday July 21 1860.

    The article also includes reference to upcoming sailings to New Zealand, including the Robert Henderson on which Robert and Alice Houliston and 9 children arrived in New Zealand a few weeks after the "Pladda" arrived on 20 August 1860.

    From http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/bin/papers?name=OW&year=1860&month=07&day=21&action=view
    School Attendance Certificate for Elizabeth Moffat - 31st December 1889
    School Attendance Certificate for Elizabeth Moffat - 31st December 1889
    Certificate is signed by Robt. Houliston - Chairman of the School Committee.
    Certificate scanned by Ewan Caldwell.

    Histories
    Article about Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron from Stan Dunn's 'Please meet.... Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron'
    Article about Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron from Stan Dunn's "Please meet.... Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron"
    The first 7 pages from the booklet made available by Stan Dunn that lists the descendants of Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron. Photocopy obtained by Roger Moffat in August 2004
    Article from 'The Clutha Leader' about a family Reunion held at 'Ellenslea'
    Article from "The Clutha Leader" about a family Reunion held at "Ellenslea"
    The article was published in "The Clutha Leader" on 7th February 1911, describing a Family Reunion held at Ellenslea attended by most of the then living descendants of William Moffat and Ellen Houliston.
    Article from 'The Clutha Leader' of Monday August 26 1929 describing the Diamond Jubliee of Te Houka School
    Article from "The Clutha Leader" of Monday August 26 1929 describing the Diamond Jubliee of Te Houka School
    This article reports on the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for the Te Houka School celebrating 60 years from 1869 to 1929. Includes mention of a number of Moffats and Houlistons in various capacities at the school or on the school committee during the 60 years.
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860
    Article from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860
    The article talks about the arrival of the "Pladda" with John Bringans, Janet Mitchell and Bethia Breingans as passengers, the conditions in Otago at the time and concerns about the rapidly growing immigration to Otago.
    Family Folklore - compiled by Peter Moffat
    Family Folklore - compiled by Peter Moffat
    A compilation of some anecdotes about some members of the Moffat family, compiled by Peter Moffat.
    Obituary from 'The Clutha Leader' for Ellen Houliston
    Obituary from "The Clutha Leader" for Ellen Houliston
    This obituary is transcribed from "The Clutha Leader" of sometime in May (after the 15th obviously) - possibly by Peter Moffat.
    Travels of the Moffats - by Peter Moffat
    Travels of the Moffats - by Peter Moffat
    This article written by Peter Moffat describes his travels in the footsteps of his ancestors in Berwickshire as he visited the farms and places where several generations of Moffat and Houliston ancestors lived and worked

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    2. [S15] GEDCOM File “Joan.ged”, from Joan van’t Wout.
    3. [S361] Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron, by Stan Dunn.
    4. [S57] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    5. [S10] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    6. [S210] Obituary from Newspaper - provided by Joan Murray.


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