Alison Wright Houliston

Alison Wright Houliston

Female 1857 - 1934  (76 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Female 
    Born 28 December 1857  Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Emigration “Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters” arrived 3 September 1860 on the Robert Henderson.  [3
    From Here A Name Alison Wright Houliston was an infant of three when the family arrived in New Zealand. She, like Robert, went to school in Balclutha and later at Te Houka. She married David Lindsay in Dunedin. They slipped off and were married before any of the family knew, much to the annoyance of Alison's mother who immediately put an announcement in the paper so that "people wouldna' think they were ashamed o' it". Their first home was at Finegand. They next lived in Ryrie Street and later build a house in Ann Street. Here they lived for the remainder of their lives.

    Alice had an inexhaustible fund of stories which she delighted in telling us. She deplored the doings of the younger generation; but could be lured into telling some quite highly-coloured tales of the mischievous doings of her own companions. Her young days were those of restrictions and crinolines. She would tell, with a twinkle, of how they discarded these hindering under-garments for tig and romps round the haystack in a paddock just out of sight of home. She was universally loved and her memory has been kept green by the family and by friends in the number of "Lindsays" who bear her name.  [4
    Died 21 August 1934  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
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    Father Robert 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 Alice 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 David Lindsay,   b. 15 December 1851, Beath, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 February 1928, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 21 May 1880  Knox Church, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Last Modified 26 February 2005 
    Family ID F1007  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 December 1857 - Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 August 1934 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • 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.
    Alice Wright, and her daughter Alison Wright Houliston
    Alice Wright, and her daughter Alison Wright Houliston
    Scanned from photo by Ewan Caldwell

    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

    Histories
    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.
    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, ID = 791.
    3. [S57] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    4. [S11] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    5. [S360] Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron, by Stan Dunn.
    6. [S1] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P., page 86.


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