Webber, William

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William Webber emigrated to New Plymouth from Devon on the ship Mataura in 1875, with his wife Matilda and six children. William was a police constable before leaving England and took up ropemaking after his arrival in Taranaki.
William Webber's diary, in the form of a letter sent to his sister (Aug-Nov 1875), describes daily events on board the ship Mataura.

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Diary. In letter form to 'My dear sister ' per Ship Mataura which sailed from London on route for New Zealand August 6th 1875.

  Part 2

Transcript of diary. Undated.

  Part 3

Transcript of diary. Undated, where text uncertain, words have been omitted.

  Part 4

Memorial card for Matilda webber 7 May 1926.

  Part 5

Newspaper clipping and transcript. Dated 1940, describes the discovery of newspapers of the Taranaki Herald from May 1880 displaying advertisments for William Webber, Taranaki Rope Factory, Gover St., and the history of the factory.

  Part 6

Photograph LN1153 view of cottage.

  Part 7

Photograph LN1156 view of cottage.

  Part 8

Photograph LN1155 studio portrait of Webber family. On reverse; Mrs M. Bennett, 70 Brooklands Road, New Plymouth. 2/4/1963 Loan

  Part 9

Photograph LN1154 studio portrait of Annie (?) Webber.

  Part 10

Photograph LN1157 studio portrait of William (?) Webber.

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I believe that William's wife was Matilda. "Annie" would likely have been the oldest daughter, Eliza Ann. Census records indicate that William had been a police constable in England and he took up ropemaking when he came to New Plymouth.

- Stephanie posted 4 years ago.

My great grandfather.

- Ron Webber posted 8 years ago.

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