Henry George Romans

Male 1851 - 1945  (94 years)


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  • Name Henry George Romans 
    Born 9 Feb 1851  Avoca, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Sep 1945  Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Obituary 13 Sep 1945  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    _UID 66E7486605A346BDA1C62C5209BBD13151E1 
    Person ID I3163  Treefive
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2017 

    Father George Romans,   b. 1814,   d. 1900, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Bailey,   b. Abt 1808, Cheddar, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1884, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1858  Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    Family ID F1088  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Christina Jansen,   b. 1864, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1885, Arrow District, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years) 
    Married 1881  Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George Henry Romans,   b. 1881, Arrow District, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1090  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Elizabeth White Travis,   b. 25 Oct 1864, Invercargill, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1938, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1888  Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henrietta Louisa Ann Romans,   b. 6 Dec 1889, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945  (Age 55 years)
     2. Clarence Raymond Romans,   b. 1890,   d. 25 Aug 1893, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     3. Henry Clifford Romans,   b. 10 Dec 1892, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1952, Timaru, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     4. Hilda Gertrude Romans,   b. 26 Dec 1893, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ina Beatrice Romans,   b. 2 Jan 1899, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1983, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Iris Beryl Romans,   b. 16 Feb 1902, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1990  (Age 88 years)
     7. Raymond George Romans,   b. 3 Aug 1903, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Levin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Mary (Marie) Clarice Romans,   b. 3 Jan 1905, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1996, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     9. John McDonald Romans,   b. 12 Oct 1906, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Rotorua, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Reginald Everard Romans,   b. 10 Sep 1909,   d. 19 Dec 1943, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     11. Olive Travis Romans,   b. 15 Dec 1910, Arrowtown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 2006, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Henry Geo Roman's birth in the district of Fingal, Tasmania, was registered by his mother, who gave her name as Mary Anne Gilligan of Clifton Lodge.

      The Personal column of the Launceston Examiner of 1 Apr 1943 noted George's 100th birthday:

      'Born at Avoca, Tasmania, Mr George H. Romans recently celebrated his 100th birthday at Arrowtown, N. Z., where he has lived for the past [66] years. Among 400 messages of congratulation which he received was a cablegram from the King and Queen.'

      The Auckland Star of 13 Sep 1945 had an obituary for George Romans::
      DEATH AT AGE OF 102
      MR GEORGE H. ROMANS
      P. A. INVERCARGILL, this day.
      The death has occurred at Arrowtown of Mr George Henry Romans at the age of 102 years. He was born in Tasmania in 1843, and came to New Zealand in 1875. He went to Arrowtown during the gold mining boom. For many years Mr Romans took an active part in the life of Arrowtown. He had 35 years' continuous service as a borough councillor and several times refused nomination for the office of mayor. He was one of the oldest Freemasons in New Zealand. Mr Romans was interested in all forms of sport, and owned and raced several horses. His second wife died in 1938 and he is survived by four sons and six daughters. One son, Lieutenant-Colonel R. E. Romans, D.S.O., died of wounds in Italy in January, 1944.

      All of George and Mary's children were baptised at St Paul's Anglican Church in Arrowtown. The family continue to have a connection with the church, including ongoing maintenance and providing flowers for services.

      From the website of the Anglican Parish of Wakatipu in 2014:
      'St. Paul's has remained almost unchanged in over one hundred years. In 1973 a stained glass window was gifted by Mrs Sally Lusk as a memorial to her late husband. The window in a modern theme depicting the trees, hills and valleys of the area and the gold from which the town sprang, blends with, and complements the Victorian architecture of the building.
      A further stained glass window was consecrated in 1992. It was gifted by members of the Romans family as a memorial to George Henry and Mary Elizabeth Romans who worshipped at St. Paul's for many years. George Romans when he died at the age of 102 was still serving as Church Warden.'

  • Sources 
    1. [S1855] ancestry.com Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922, 9 Feb 1851 Tasmania: Henry George Romans.

    2. [S4240] BIR354 Birth Romans, Henry George, 9 Feb 1851 Fingal: Henry George Romans.

    3. [S3309] DTH Death Index New Zealand, George Henry Romans; 24655; 1945.

    4. [S4247] Ancestry.com New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1964, 1945: George Henry Romans.

    5. [S4263] TRE Romans, Henry George - Research Summary, TRE145., Kept record of family birthdays etc.

    6. [S4233] DTH632 Obituary George H. Romans, DTH632., obittuary for George H. Romans aged 102; 13 September 1945; page 6.

    7. [S1835] ancestry.com Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950, 26 Jun 1858 Tasmania: Mary Ann Gilligan and George Romans.

    8. [S4207] MAR Marriage Romans, George and Gilligan, Mary Ann.

    9. [S4241] MAR412 Marriage Romans, George and Gilligan, Mary Ann, 26 Jun 1858 Fingal, Tasmania: George Romans and Mary Ann Gilligan.