Violet Alice Heald

Female 1916 - 1993  (76 years)


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  • Name Violet Alice Heald 
    Born 20 Jun 1916  Opotiki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    _UID 63EB7B8E72924B1FADCC295E7A29E870C0F3 
    Died 1993  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I15033  Treefive
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2017 

    Father William Heald,   b. 7 Jun 1889, Feilding, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1961  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Blanche Pee,   b. 7 Jul 1891, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1916, Opotiki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 30 Jul 1910  [5
    Family ID F5040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father George Alfred Robertson,   b. Abt 1876,   d. 1960, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother Holly Edith Butt,   b. Abt 1879,   d. 1955, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 1913  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F5094  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Wilfred Roy Butler,   b. Abt 1920,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1948  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F5093  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • In The Reece and the Pee Families from Shropshire (by Alison Honeyfield, 1997), a chart on page 8 notes 'Ray Butler' as a child of William and Blanche Heald, but not on the descendants' list pages 15-16. This is taken to be Violet Alice, who married Wilfred Roy Butler and was apparently known as 'Rae'. In later years, the Butlers were known to Violet's sister Thelma and her Haddock family, but contact was not as regular as that between the Haddock families. The Bulters were known by the Haddocks to have spent many years living at Rotorua, and the NZ Electoral Rolls confirm this. There seems little doubt that the 2 Violet Alices (Heald and Robertson) are the same person.

      The book also notes: 'Blanche died at Opotiki after the birth of her third child and is buried in the Opotiki Cemetery. In his sorrow, William placed his three small children in an orphanage and enlisted in the New Zealand Army. On his return he remarried, but the youngest of his children had been adopted. In Opotiki, Blanche's family was known to her Reece relations.'

      This child appears to be Violet Alice Heald, whose birth was registered at Opotiki in 1916, as recorded on the NZ Index of Births on microfiche. There is no corresponding entry in the on-line NZ Birth Index, but this Index has an entry in 1917 for a Violet Alice Robertson, parents George Alfred Robertson and his wife Holly Edith, with the child's birth date of 20 Jun 1916 (calculated by refining the 'from' and 'to' search dates on the website). The births Index on microfiche has an entry in 1917 for Violet Alice Robertson, with the registration number (3999) indicating that the birth was registered in Opotiki. The entry is a handwritten insertion into the typed index, indicating that it was probably an adoption. The logical conclusion is that Violet Alice was adopted by the Robertsons in 1917.

      Holly Edith Butt, Violet's adoptive mother, married Alice Percy Durrant in 1906 - he died in 1901 and there are no known children of the marriage. Holly then married George Alfred Robertson in 1913, and no children of that marriage have been found, although the NZ Birth Index gives access only to births 100 years or more before the search date (currently 21 Dec 2016). Future searches may reveal some children of the marriage.

      Violet married Wilfred Roy Butler in 1948.

      Roy was born about 1920. His parents had been separated for about 6 years, according to electoral roll records, and in 1919 his father Charles was in Winton, Southland, and his mother Ethel May was in Waihi. Ethel May continued to describe herself as 'married' until at least 1938, but in the 1946 electoral roll entry she was a widow. It seems that either Charles and Ethel May had a longstanding long-distance relationship with occasional visits, or they were separated and Charles may not have been Roy's father. With frequent moves from place to place, and an unusual family set-up, perhaps Roy found a kindred spirit in Violet Alice.

      It appears that Roy and Violet Alice had a son, Steven, who was a student living with them in Rotorua in the 1970s.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4688] BIR Birth Index New Zealand on microfiche, Violet Alice Heald; 2052; 1916; Reg. at Opotiki. likely child of William & Blanche, adopted out.

    2. [S3309] DTH Death Index New Zealand, Violet Alice Butler; 53968; 1993; Born 20 Jun 1916.

    3. [S1593] BIR Birth Index New Zealand on-line, Violet Alice Robertson; 20566; 1917; Holly Edith and George Alfred. Born 20 Jun 1916.

    4. [S3309] DTH Death Index New Zealand, Violeet Alice Butler; 53968; 1993; Born 20 Jun 1916.

    5. [S5514] BOK237 The Reece and the Pee Families from Shropshire (pp 1-22), BOK237., pages 1-22.

    6. [S1596] MAR Marriage Index NZ - on-line, George Alfred Robertson; Holly Edith Durrant; 5264; 1913.

    7. [S3083] MAR Marriage Index NZ - NZSG CD, Wilfred Roy Butler; Violet Alice Robertson; 06130; 1948.