Seeking some relations . . .

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My father was born Clarence Joseph Holt, on 8 July 1914 to Winifred Alice Holt of Auckland and Patrick Thomas Ryan (aka Thomas) of Gisborne, the son of Patrick and Rhoda Ryan of Gisborne.

A few months after his birth Clarence was taken to the Home of Compassion (Saint Vincent’s) orphanage Auckland, and adopted by Robert and Frances Wilson of Putaruru in 1916. He was renamed Stephen Joseph Wilson.

In 1921 Winifred married Frank MacCarthy Morrogh. They had eight children. It appears that the birth of Clarence Joseph Holt (Stephen Joseph Wilson) was kept a secret.

Thomas joined the New Zealand Army and fought in WW1. He appears to have had a partner, Cecille nee Richardson, who he was with in 1936 and married in 1942. He enrolled in the army again in 1940 and stated on his attestation that he had a child under the age of 16. There was also a family story that he may have fathered twins. Thomas (9/1613) was buried in the RSA plot, Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, on 17 October 1973.

Thomas spent most of his working life as a shepherd and station manager around the Gisborne district. At one point he was listed as a barman in the electoral rolls.

I have been unable to find any records pertaining to Thomas’ children, my father’s half-siblings. I am very interested in finding information that would lead me to these relations. Perhaps some of your readers have recollections of the family. If so can be contacted at: stevelwilson@xtra.co.nz

Stephen L. Wilson, Te Awamutu

My father was born Clarence Joseph Holt, on 8 July 1914 to Winifred Alice Holt of Auckland and Patrick Thomas Ryan (aka Thomas) of Gisborne, the son of Patrick and Rhoda Ryan of Gisborne.

A few months after his birth Clarence was taken to the Home of Compassion (Saint Vincent’s) orphanage Auckland, and adopted by Robert and Frances Wilson of Putaruru in 1916. He was renamed Stephen Joseph Wilson.

In 1921 Winifred married Frank MacCarthy Morrogh. They had eight children. It appears that the birth of Clarence Joseph Holt (Stephen Joseph Wilson) was kept a secret.

Thomas joined the New Zealand Army and fought in WW1. He appears to have had a partner, Cecille nee Richardson, who he was with in 1936 and married in 1942. He enrolled in the army again in 1940 and stated on his attestation that he had a child under the age of 16. There was also a family story that he may have fathered twins. Thomas (9/1613) was buried in the RSA plot, Taruheru Cemetery, Gisborne, on 17 October 1973.

Thomas spent most of his working life as a shepherd and station manager around the Gisborne district. At one point he was listed as a barman in the electoral rolls.

I have been unable to find any records pertaining to Thomas’ children, my father’s half-siblings. I am very interested in finding information that would lead me to these relations. Perhaps some of your readers have recollections of the family. If so can be contacted at: stevelwilson@xtra.co.nz

Stephen L. Wilson, Te Awamutu

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