James Walker

James Walker

Male 1841 - 1921  (79 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Male 
    Born 14 November 1841  Kinloss, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptism 26 November 1841  Kinloss, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate Birth 14 December 1841  Findhorn, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation Baker 
    Emigration As far as James Walker is concerned we believe he arrived in Dunedin aboard ‘Strathfieldsaye’ in 1858 although this cannot be finally confirmed. (Shipping records that say simply ’James Walker’ with no place of birth mentioned do not help.)  [3
    From Here A Name James Walker also came as an immigrant to Port Chalmers. On landing, he saw ahead of him, an open-doored corrugated iron shed in which were several men kneading dough. He marched in and demanded "Any chance of a job?", was handed an apron and began work as a baker five minutes after berthing. Here he stayed three months. Later he walked up to Dunedin, and during his time there he met Agnes.  [4
    Died 18 June 1921  Ross Home, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried after 18 June 1921  Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    Notes 
    • When he, Agnes and Lewis went to Ballarat, he would have met up with his brother George and his family who were then living in that town. While James may have been a good baker he was not a very good business man as he was made bankrupt 3 times in his career in Dunedin.This was not as uncommon as might be thought in those times nor had the same stigma attached and he seemed to come out of it. I have not been able to confirm property purchase save that of the bakery with the dwelling above it in Andersons Bay, Dunedin although he did have premises at Gt. King Street, Dunedin at one time. He is understood to have had some land at Tainui (between Andersons Bay and St Kilda) but what happened to this is not known. I’m not keen to delve into land records! [3]
    Person ID I2649  Roger
    Last Modified 16 March 2009 

    Father James Walker 
    Mother Isabella Walker 
    Family ID F8777  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Agnes Houliston,   b. 29 July 1839, Kennetsideheads, Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 July 1921, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 17 February 1863  Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Alternate Wedding 17 February 1864  Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    From Here a Name “On February 17th, 1863, at Balclutha, they were married. Their home was in Dunedin, and here Lewis was born. About this time James used to ride to Gabriel's Gully with a pack horse loaded with a sack of flour. This flour he retailed at U- per pannikin. He prospered so well at this that he later took Agnes and the small Lewis to Australia where he traded with the Ballarat miners. They started a bakery business in Sturt Street, Ballarat. Robert and Isabel were born in Ballarat. Lewis's birthday had been on the 25th September, and exactly two years later, again on September 25th, Robert was born. Agnes was given a black silk dress by a generous relation because of this coincidence. When they returned to New Zealand they set up in business at Ross Corner, Andersons Bay. They had prospered greatly in Australia and bought considerable areas of land on their return and lived well. They drove a carriage and pair and Isabella had her own roan horse which she rode dressed in well tailored habit.

    From this bakery they served almost the whole of the Otago Peninsula and their clients included the Larnachs of the Castle. Lewis later assisted with the baking and Robert drove the van. Agnes and James lived in Anderson's Bay until age forced their retirement. They then lived with Isabella (Mrs Reekie) in Castle Street until they could get rooms in Ross Home. Here James quietly died in his sleep one night. Isabella then took her mother to her home, where she died some six weeks later."  [4
    Children 
    +  1. Male Lewis Walker,   b. 25 September 1864, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 June 1938, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +  2. Male Robert Walker,   b. 25 September 1866, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  3. Female Isabella Walker,   b. 8 October 1868, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  4. Male James Walker,   b. 28 November 1870, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       5. Female Margaret Walker,   b. 20 December 1872,   d. 3 January 1873  (Age 0 years)
       6. Female Agnes Walker,   b. 15 May 1874,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  7. Female Elsie Walker,   b. 28 March 1878,   d. Yes - date unknown
       8. Stillborn Walker,   b. May 1879
       9. Stillborn Walker,   b. May 1880
     10. Female Margaret May Ann Walker,   b. 13 October 1882,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +11. Male George Ross Walker,   b. 21 January 1885,   d. Yes - date unknown
    Family ID F1002  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 February 1863 - Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Wedding - 17 February 1864 - Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - after 18 June 1921 - Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S208] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Andrew Houliston.
    2. [S206] Website of Anglo-Scottish Family History Society, Anglo-Scottish Family History Society.
    3. [S205] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda Walker.
    4. [S4] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    5. [S204] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda W.
    6. [S205] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda Walker, from Marriage Certificate.


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