Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”

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  • Name Title Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand” 
    Author written by Caldwell, P. 
    Source Type Booklet Detailed 
    Dated 1982 
    Editor revised by E Franklin 
    Page Number pp 16 
    Booklet Section Agnes Houliston Branch 
    Source ID S4 
    Text “Agnes Houliston Branch

    Agnes Houliston was a girl of 21 when she landed with her parents in New Zealand. Before leaving Scotland she had served as dairy maid to the Duchess of Roxburgh. There is still in the possession of the family a tiny parasol given to her at parting by the Duchess. After landing in New Zealand, she became a milliner in premises now occupied by the Elizabeth hat shop in Princes Street.

    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. 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." 
    Linked to Agnes Walker
    Elsie Walker
    George Ross Walker
    Isabella Walker
    James Walker
    Lewis Walker
    Margaret May Ann Walker
    Robert Walker
    Family/Spouse: James Walker / Agnes Houliston 

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