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Monday, 17 October 2011

Arthur Plaisted 1833 - 1894

Shown above is a picture of Arthur Plaisted in later life with his wife Mary Ann Kither

Arthur is a bit of a mystery, at this stage I am unaware of what he did for work whilst in Australia.  I do know that he married Mary Anne Kither, daughter of John and Harriet Kither.  They married on 3rd March 1864 in Chain of Ponds, Talunga, South Australia.  I know that they lived in Victoria after their marriage due to the fact this is where their first two sons were born.   Arthur John was born in 1865, Inglewood and died the same year.  Walter Benjamin was born in 1866 in Carlton, Victoria.  

So far I have been unable to confirm the families passage to New Zealand, however I believe that they may of arrived  early 1868 with is brother John and family.  Both families are to be found in Hokitika, Westland, New Zealand in the 1870 Electoral Roll  Once again I know that Arthur was here due to the birth of their third son Ernest Phillip William who was born 7th May 1868 in Hokitika.  John , Arthur's older brother seem to travel a lot more, with the birth of his children showing different countries.  That however is another story.  I hope to find their passenger listing to confirm when both brothers actually arrived. 

After having an daughter Marion Harriet in 1870, Hokitika, the family went to live in Newton Auckland where another six children were born.  There were:-

Frederick Thomas b. 1872
William George b. October 1875
Edwin Kither b. October 1878
Lydia Mercy b. April 1880 and died 1881
Herbert Chisholm b. 1881
Arthur Burton b. 1885 and died April 1886

By 1890, Arthur and his growning family are shown to be in Great North Road, Newton, Auckland, Arthur's occupation is listed as a Draper.  Within a year of the Electoral Roll been taken the Plaisted family had moved to Kerikeri, Northland, where their youngest daughter Nellie Anna was born on 31 March 1891.

Below is a photo of all survivng children on Nellie's Wedding Day, taken on 18th April 1911 in Whangarei.


Arthur Plaisted died on 30th August 1894 in Hukerenui South, Northland.  His wife Mary Ann  lived another 13 years and died in 1907 in Whangarei.  I hope at some stage to add more photos about Arthur and his family life from various cousins.