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Mount Roskill
Sheet No: 16
Mt Roskill

Biographical information provided by Fiona Oliver, Alexander Turnbull Library, for the He Tohu exhibition:

Agnes Whaley was born in 1825. She married Liverpool city missionary David Olphert in 1857. Two years later they set sail from Liverpool, along with a son from David’s first marriage, arriving in Auckland in 1860. They settled in Auckland, for a time on Karangahape Road. Agnes was 35 when she had her first child, also called Agnes, in 1860. David, born in 1862, died of tetanus aged 18; and Joseph, born in 1868, died at just 3 years old. They also seem to have had another son, John, who became a well-known Reverend. Agnes died on 4 September 1913.

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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Posted: 18 Jul 2019

David OLPHERT (sen). b.1815 Isle of Man - d.1890. Master boot and shoe maker. First wife, Isabella, along with several children, died of cholera in Liverpool late 1850s.
Re-married Agnes WHALEY 1855. In NZ four children: Agnes (Jnr) b.1860-d.1938; David b.1863-d.1881; John b.1866-d.1950; Joseph b.1868-d.1872.
John became Rev., posted to many Primitive Methodist churches across NZ. He married Esther SIMPSON 1891: five children inc Jaspar b.1894 - d.1946 School teacher ...