Hariata Callendar[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]

Female 1836 - 1871  (35 years)


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  • Name Hariata Callendar 
    Born 1833–1836  [16
    Christened Address:
    at residence of parents 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 41C9CA123D194279BBF10F551A3549C76663 
    Died 5 May 1871  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Address:
    Provincial Hospital 
    Buried 6 May 1871  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Address:
    Church of England cemetery in the County of Eden - Symonds St 
    Person ID I1517  Treefive
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2019 

    Family William Howell,   b. 9 Dec 1823, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1905, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1860 
    Children 
     1. William Howell,   b. 1861, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1933, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Mary Howell,   b. Abt 1862, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1942, Brown's Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     3. James Howell,   b. 7 Jan 1864, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1935, Brown's Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     4. Richard Howell,   b. 23 Sep 1865, Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1945, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Thomas Howell,   b. 3 Sep 1868, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1908, Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Hariata has been the subject of extensive searches by Rex Sinnott, including government and church archives and NZSG research services. Apart from family records, mainly baptisms of some of her children, no records have been found.

      Some family sources claim that her name was Mary, as she had a daughter Mary, and in those days a daughter was named after her mother. Constance Howell remembered her grandfather William, and went to see him in Auckland Hospital in 1905 when he was dying. However Constance, knowing nothing of William's wife, assumed that she had died many years earlier. Lyn Olberg knew her grandfather William, and said that William's wife was Ann. Lyn also wrote that William's wife, said to be part Maori, died young and left Mary to care for her father and brothers.

      What we know of the name Harriet comes from the records of family members. The earliest record found so far is in the baptism register of the Northcote Anglican Church, which records the activities of the Reverend Thos Kerr, who apparently travelled in the greater Auckland area. James Howell and Richard Howell were baptised on the same day, 19th November 1865, at the residence of their parents - William and Hariata Howell of Upper Waiwera. Nearly six years later, on son Thomas's baptism entry at Waiwera on 18th June 1871, his parents are given as William and Harriet Howell. The marriage entries for children Mary and Richard give their mother as Harriet Callender (but she is Harriett Callinder on William's and Harriette Gallagher on Thomas's); and is simply Harriet on husband William's death entry. The near-uniformity of these names gives some degree of confidence that her name probably was Hariata (or Harriet) Callender.

      Rev Thomas Kerr

      The Daily Southern Cross recorded some highlights of Thomas Kerr's career:
      on 6 Jun 1865:
      'The new Church at O'Neill's Point, North Shore, was opened for Divine service, on Sunday last. Although the day was showery the building was well filled by the settlers of the neighbourhood, and visitors from North Head and the lake. The Rev. Thomas Kerr, the clergyman of the district, conducted the services, and the Rev. B. S. Ashwell, of Taupiri, preached.'

      on 10 Nov 1865, it announced the opening of the Provincial Grand Lodge. The officiating clergymen included Rev. Thomas Kerr, of North Shore, who preached the sermon. 'The rev gentleman prefaced his discourse by stating that the duty had devolved upon him that day to inaugurate a work held in the highest esteem by the Masons. It had fallen to his lot to address them as a member of their lodge; and in the absence of any fit and proper person to perform that duty.'

      on 23 Dec 1865:
      'Those of our readers who feel an interest in the North Shore will be glad to learn that arrangements have been made by the Bishop of New Zealand for holding Divine service in Trinity Church every Sunday. The respected pastor of the district, the Rev. Thomas Kerr, having to minister at several places on the North Shore, and make periodic visits to the Northern settlements, the Rev. B. Y. Ashwell, or the Rev. John Palmer, of the Melanesian mission, will conduct the service in the absence of the regular minister.'

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      On 5th May 1871, a Harriet Howell died at the Provincial Hospital (now Auckland Hospital). She was buried at the Symonds St cemetery the following day. There is no headstone. No family connections are given on death entries before 1875, however Harriet's entry records the occupation of her husband as a Boatsman; William's occupation at this time is not known. The burial record gives Harriet's age as 38, which is consistent with the ages of the 5 Howell children. Also, the same Anglican Minister, Rev E.R. Otway, conducted the burial service as baptised Thomas at Waiwera two years later. The Symonds St cemetery may have been used as the Wade (Silverdale) Anglican cemetery was not in existence in 1871, the earliest known burial there being in 1885. This Harriet is assumed to be Hariata as she is the only known Harriet Howell recorded as dying in the Auckland area at about the period that Hariata most likely died - soon after the birth of her 5th child Thomas in 1868.

      Rev Otway

      The Rev E. R. Otway was made an officiating minister under the Marriage Act by Gazette notice of 17 Dec 1870, as advised in the New Zealand Herald on 2 Jan 1871. This was well after Hariata had her children, so it is unlikely (though possible) that he married Hariata and William.)

      The archive service of the Anglican Diocese of Auckland has advised that Rev. Otway was based at Waiuku when he performed Hariata's burial service on 6 May 1871 and Thomas's baptism on 18 Jun 1871.

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      There is broad agreement that Harriet was at least part-Maori. A photo of daughter Mary as a young woman shows distinctive Maori features, and there is a history of brown-eyed, dark-skinned descendants. There is less agreement on where Harriet came from - there is no sign of the Callender name around Waiwera, or indeed in Rodney County. The far north has been mentioned, as has Tainui, with some stories of a link with Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames. The Ngati Paoa tribe have ancestral links there, and were also involved with the Mahurangi purchase in 1841, when the Government bought a large tract of land which included Waiwera and surrounding districts. The name Hariata (Harriet) is still in use by Ngati Paoa descendants.

      Paul Monin's book "Hauraki Contested" (Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, NZ, 2006) is a detailed review of the interaction between Europeans and Maori in the Coromandel area, which ended in the alienation of almost all land occupied or owned by Maori. There are no references to the name "Callendar" or any Maori synonym such as Karena. The closest European name is John Calloway (at pages 157 and 176), who in 1858-1859 built a flour mill for Paora Te Puru at Coromandel. In Feb 1863, Maori from Koputahaki received some compensation through the court (Turton was the resident magistrate) for timber destroyed in a bush fire which had begun at the timber mill of John Calloway. It is not clear if this is the same mill as that built for Paora Te Puru.

  • Sources 
    1. [S262] BOK034 Book - The Howell Family of Upper Waiwera, BOK034.

    2. [S396] Document - Callendar, Hariata, references to Callan and Ngati Paoa; article found in 2011; Publication of the North Shore City Council.

    3. [S397] Document Callendar, Hariata, Reference to Dr John B. Callan (1864-1865); date of article unknown; Callan could be the source of the name "Callendar".

    4. [S398] Document Callendar, Hariata, Hariata Callendar; November 2000; Request for information on Hariata (by Rex Sinnott).

    5. [S399] Document Callendar, Hariata, Kaiaua, Totoga Bay - protection of wahi tapu; November 2000; page 2; Refers to Kaiaua at Tologa Bay - there is also a Kaiaua in the Coromandel area.

    6. [S550] Location Waikato and Hauraki areas - Maori land, Search for land owned by Howell or Callendar, Waikato and Hauraki areas.

    7. [S579] TRE004 Family tree - Howell, William and Callendar, Hariata, TRE004.

    8. [S584] TRE035 Family tree - Howell, William and Callendar, Hariata (from files of Noleen McCathie), TRE035.

    9. [S585] TRE036 Family tree - Howell, Harold Wilfred (Betty Howell, Papakura), TRE036.

    10. [S588] TRE040 Family tree - Howell, Ronald and Fowler, Kitty (author probably Mark Howell), TRE040.

    11. [S589] TRE041 Family tree - Howell, William and Brunton, Harriet - some descendant names (author Joan McAneaney, for John Howell), TRE041.

    12. [S590] TRE042 Family tree - Horsley, Jack and Howell, Zita (Joy Spencer, Whenuapai), TRE042.

    13. [S591] TRE043 Family tree - Howell, William and Callendar, Hariata, TRE043.

    14. [S592] TRE044 Family tree - Howell, William and Callendar, Hariata (Noleen McCathie), TRE044.

    15. [S597] TRE054 Family tree Howell, William and Callendar, Hariata (Noleen McCathie), TRE054.

    16. [S78] BIR046 Birth Callendar, Hariata - unsuccessful search for birth, BIR046.

    17. [S126] DTH026 Death Howell, Harriet (Hariata), DTH026.

    18. [S92] BUR001 Burial Howell, Hariata, BUR001.