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Elizabeth Louisa Palmer, Bessie Newman, Bessie Boberg

born March 13, 1862, Bath, England - died April 29, 1934 aged 74, Bluff, New Zealand.


Mrs A E Boberg

(From our Correspondent at Bluff )

With the death of Mrs Bessie Boberg, which took place at her residence, Foyle Street, Bluff, on Sunday, April 29 [1934], there passed away one whose connection with the port extended over a long span of years.

Born at Bath, England, 74 years ago [March 13, 1862], Miss Bessie Palmer [Elizabeth Louisa Palmer], as she then was, was married in Jersey, Channel Islands [on September 15, 1884], to Mr Henry Newman [Henry George Newman born August 16, 1846 at Jersey], the couple coming out to New Zealand a little less than 50 years ago [c1884?]. Landing in Dunedin, residence was taken up in the Otago capital, but two years later Mr and Mrs Newman came to Bluff [1886?], and with the exception of another brief stay in Dunedin and visits abroad, the deceased had lived here ever since. Mr Newman died at the port [January 1, 1898 at Bluff], his widow some years later marrying the late Mr Axel Euson Boberg [died 1914 at Bluff?].

Mrs Boberg was actively associated with the business life of Bluff practically from the time she began her residence at the port. Establishing a fish and oyster saloon on an area now occupied by railway buildings, the deceased carried on this on successfully for some years, her shop being well known to seafaring as well as local people, especially when there was a regular passenger service between Bluff and Melbourne. (The deceased for a while conducted a similar business in Dunedin). Mrs Boberg also engaged in the oystering business as owner of the vessel "Mountaineer".

At a later date a property was acquired on the south side of Gore street for a fish and oyster saloon, and it is interesting to note that this business ever since has been almost continuously conducted by members of the family, the present proprietor being Mr Bert Boberg, a son of the deceased [wife Mona]. The latter's mother, who came to New Zealand 30 years ago, died only about three years since at an advanced age, a characteristic of the family; as one of her sisters aged 88 years still resides in Bath. Mr A E Boberg died about 20 years ago.

The deceased was possess of an excellent business sense and was know to all clients for her unwavering integrity on every occasion. In addition to this she made a wide circle of friends among the residents of former years for many kindnesses done in an unostentatious manner. The respect thus acquired was evidenced by the large number of people who followed the remains to the place of interments, Bluff cemetery, and by the very numerous telegrams and letters of condolence received. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the casket by relatives and friends of the family, including one from the staff of the good office, New Zealand Railways, Dunedin. The services at the house and graveside were conducted by the Reverend W W Ewart, of St Matthews Church of England, to which denomination the deceased belonged. The pall-bearers were Messrs B Boberg (son), E Newman (son), W. Newman (stepson), T F Doyle, J Wiggins and A Porter.

Mrs Boberg is survived by two sons, and two daughters of her first marriage, namely Mr Ernest Newman (NZRD, Dunedin), Mrs W [Mary Newman] Struthers (Wellington), Mr Percy Newman, (Sydney) and Mrs B [Mabel Newman] Heaton (Timaru) and one son of the second marriage, Mr Bert Boberg (Bluff)

Children of Elizabeth Louisa Palmer Newman Boberg (Bessie) 1862 - 1934 and Henry George Newman 1846 -1898:

Henry George Newman 1846-1898 is the son of William Newman (son of William Newman, Fisherman) born 1817 in Gosport and Mary Samson (daughter of William Samson, Stonecutter of Cermo, Cornwall) born 1882 in Guernsey.
William and Mary were married 1884 at St Helier, Jersey.

He died January 1, 1898 at Bluff aged 52.

He was a survivor from the HMS Orpheus when wrecked on the bar at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour. The Orpheus was on its way from Sydney to Auckland bringing reinforcements from the Royal Marines for the war in Taranaki, as well as stores for the Royal Navy - - Manukau Heads February 7, 1863 and was Ordinary - 2nd class. He would have been only 17 at the time. I think his death later was caused by bronchitis or some lung disease caused by this event.

Elizabeth Louisa Palmer is the daughter of Emma Louise Holmes (daughter of Eliza Angel and George Holmes) born 1844 in Bath and was married first to Thomas James Palmer then secondly to Robert Cecil Fry. She died in 1931 at Bluff aged 87. She was commonly known as Granny Fry.

Mabel Irene Newman who married Bertram Lewell Heaton had children:

Family line listed by Gail Newcomb nee Griffin