Given names: 
Given address: 
Cuba Street
Sheet No: 330
Central Wellington

Biographical information provided for by Agnès for the He Tohu exhibition:

Fanny Louisa Prouse was born 9 Feb 1872 in Wainuiomata. Lou spent the first part of her life looking after her parents in Wainuiomata and then lived on Cuba Street. Her family did a lot for Wellington community. They built a church (still there) it is known as the third oldest church of New Zealand.

The whole Prouse family was musical and artistic. For example, William Prouse, architect, designed the Hotel St Georges in 1929-30 (It played host to The Beatles during their 1964 tour) and co-designed the State Fire Insurance Building in Wellington. Lou’s older brother John Prouse was a leading bass-baritone. He performed internationally and was one of New Zealand’s first commercially recorded artists. Lou was also a trained singer.

Lou married her cousin John William Collier in 1911 at the age of 39 or 40. They were known as Will & Lou by their family. Will was a musician, teacher of piano and violin and prominent in the Christchurch Orchestral Society. He was a solo violinist at the Christchurch Exhibition of 1906. Their grandchildren remember the singing and music in the house. 

Related images:

Louise Prouse

Louisa with Richard and Jean taken at Wainuiomata

Louise Prouse

Louisa with Mavis Jean and Richard Vincent

Louise Prouse

Wedding photo of Will & Lou taken at 205 Lichfield Street, Christchurch, 1911

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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James Jackson Wood 4th

Posted: 21 Jul 2019

My Great Grand Mother was MARY PROUSE married JAMES JACKSON WOOD
of Wainui-o-mata
My name is also James Jackson Wood my dad was Keith Wood married Audrey Anderson
His father was Mary and James's son Earnest ERNIE married Edith May Whitcer
OF Wainui-o-mata