Janet “Nettie” Bethia Dewar

Janet “Nettie” Bethia Dewar

Female 1889 - 1973  (84 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Female 
    Born 14 May 1889  Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate Birth 15 May 1890  Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 1 December 1973  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Funeral 4 December 1973  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremation 4 December 1973  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 4 December 1973  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt Death 8 December 1973  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
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    Notes 
    • Attended the 1960 Houliston Centenary in Balclutha. [Source 12]

      Six miles was too far for Janet Bethia to walk to school, so she was sent to live with her grandparents in Mosgiel for schooling for 2 years. At the end of that time, when she was seven, there was the move to Lowburn, and she returned home. She travelled by train to Lawrence with two Mosgiel women she knew. A memory of the journey is of the women leaning from the carriage window, catching in cups and drinking water which streamed down the inside of the Mt Stuart tunnel. At Lawrence, the shy little girl was given into the coach driver’s care and remembers standing in the roadway, pointing out her trunk, away on top of the coach. The move to Lowburn is also remembered, household goods as well as a crate of hens being transported by wagon.

      It was back to Alexandra and school there in 1899 and Janet Bethia was the recipient of the school’s first dux medal. Runner-up was William Appleton (later Sir William, a businessman in Wellington and mayor for a time). The next two years’ education were at Mosgiel District High School. This was followed by two years’ pupil teaching at Alexandra and two years at Sawyers Bay before two years at Dunedin Teachers’ Training College, during which time she passed 3 university units which gave her a B certificate in teaching. Her ambition had always been to be an infantroom teacher. She spent two years as sole teacher at Matau school, at the lower end of Inch Clutha, then moved to Alexandra to a position as infantroom mistress. She left for health reasons, had 18 months at Hampden school, then taught at Tokomairiro District High School for two years. [Source 289] [5, 6]
    Person ID I5  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 9 January 2008 

    Father John Dewar,   b. 4 October 1834, Culross, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 April 1927, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Bethia Bringans,   b. 30 October 1859, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 September 1937, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Family ID F6  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse William Ernest Moffat,   b. 20 February 1886, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 March 1979, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 14 April 1921  St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
    +  1. Male Robert Dewar Moffat,   b. 15 October 1922, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 September 2007, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +  2. Male Living
    +  3. Female Bethia Stoddart Moffat,   b. 31 August 1925, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 June 1997, Walcha, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +  4. Male Peter Watson Moffat,   b. 26 December 1926, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 February 1998, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Family ID F3  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 April 1921 - St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 December 1973 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFuneral - 4 December 1973 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremation - 4 December 1973 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 December 1973 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - 8 December 1973 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    Scanned from original photo held by Bob Moffat.
    Left to Right: John (Jack) Dewar, Janet (Nettie) Dewar, John Dewar, Bethia (Bringans) Dewar, Robert (Bert) Dewar
    John and Janet Dewar
    John and Janet Dewar
    John Dewar and his daughter Janet "Nettie" Dewar
    Dewar Family Picnic
    Dewar Family Picnic
    John Dewar is under the tree, and his daughter Janet "Nettie" in front. I'm not sure who the others are, but likely they are John Robert "Jack" Dewar, and Robert Alexander Dewar - sons of John Dewar.
    Ernest and Nettie
    Ernest and Nettie
    William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar at the 1960 Houliston Family Centenary in Balclutha.
    William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar
    William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar

    Documents
    Birth Certificate for Janet Bethia Dewar
    Birth Certificate for Janet Bethia Dewar
    Certified Copy of Entry in the Register-Book of Births in the District of East Taieri. Copy made at Mosgiel on 18th May 1911.
    Marriage Certificate for William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar
    Marriage Certificate for William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar
    Copy of Register of Marriage by Officiating Minister. Marriage in the District of Manuherikai. Signed by William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar. Witnessed by John Robert Moffat (Willam's brother), Farm Labourer, Waiwera South and Mary Etta Edgar, School Teacher, Palmerston.

    Histories
    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.
    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.
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    Written by his daughter, Janet Bethia Dewar, probably in 1973, prior to her death (the third to last paragraph mentions "a grandson (1973)".

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Certified Copy of Entry in the Register-Book of Births in the District of East Taieri.
    2. [S61] Hand Drawn Pedigree Chart, hand drawn by Ashley Moffat.
    3. [S31] eMail message titled “Some Dates for You”, from Andrew Moffat.
    4. [S62] Personal Comment to Roger Moffat, from Mum (Hilda Moffat).
    5. [S12] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    6. [S289] John Dewar - An Otago Pioneer, remembrance by his daughter, Janet Bethia Dewar.
    7. [S311] Copy of Register of Marriage for William Ernest Moffat and Janet Bethia Dewar.


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