Davies, William Bolland

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A collection of papers belonging to William Bolland Davies.
Davies was a keen horticulturalist and seedsman with property on Frankley Road. He married Arabella Belinda James on 19 August 1878 in Auckland; she had immigrated from Nova Scotia and was a daughter of notable Auckland orchardist Captain Robert James. Together they had 6 children: Blanche Gertrude (b. 1879), Robert William James (b. 1881), Lawrence Ernest (b. 1883), Mary Louisa Amelia (b. 1885), Victor Caddy (b. 1887) and Ben Stanley (b. 1890).
William enlisted in the Taranaki Light Infantry Volunteers in 1865 where he served as a bushranger and as a trooper with the Taranaki Mounted Rifles; he was also present at the capture of Te Whiti in 1881.

Full transcript and digital copy of Davies' 'Reminiscences of the [18]50’s + 60's in Taranaki' is available.
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Indenture. Between James Cragg Sharland, William Bolland Davies and Garland Woon. Five year apprentice for Davies with Sharland and Woon in printing and publishing. 4 January 1864.

Work references for W.B. Davies from G.W. Woon and W.H. Seffern. 11 December 1867 and 6 January 1869.

Receipt. For one pound sterling for attending evening school. 21 March 1868.

Appendix P. To certify that Private Wm. Bolland Davies has been struck off the Muster Roll of the Light Infantry Volunteer Corps at his own request. 22 May 1869.

(Form B.) For Artillery, Engineer, Rifle, And Naval Volunteers. To certify that Sergt. W.B. Davies was enrolled in the Egmont Rifle Volunteers. (2 copies) 30 March 1872 and 1 April 1873.

Postcard. To W.B. Davies from M. Wetzlar. 2 April 1896.

Certificate. Taranaki Mounted Rifles 1879-1882. Trooper W.B. Davies is invited to attend a parade of volunteers. 26 June 1902.

List. “The following particulars have been collected on behalf of men who served on active service in the Maori War and have not received the N.Z. War Medal”. Includes Davies, William Bolland; Woon, William; Henwood, John Henry; Alexander Black; John Gottlub Roch; Howell, H.J.; White, William; Marsh, Esau; Marsh, Classon (?). Undated.

Hand painted ANZAC commemorative card. “WBD 25/4/17, Veteran NP”. Undated.

Form of application for NZ War Medal for William Bolland Davies. Undated.

Letter. To William from H Sharland. Undated.

Newspaper clipping. “Death of a Pioneer, Mr. William Bolland Davies. Link with Early Days Served.” Undated.

'Reminiscences of the [18]50’s + 60's in Taranaki', W Bolland Davies. 73pp. Undated.

Statement of service. Taranaki Mounted Rifle Volunteers for W.B. Davies. 1pp. Undated.

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Digital copy [PDF and individual TIFF files]. 'Reminiscences of the [18]50’s + 60's in Taranaki', W Bolland Davies. 73pp. Undated.

  Part 3

Digital file. Transcript. 'Reminiscences of the [18]50’s + 60's in Taranaki', W Bolland Davies.

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