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Gillespie Beach, 15 miles from Fox Glacier Twp where gold was discovered by a Gillespie, 1st settlement in 1860s. A Ghost Town in 1930s.

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Probate Records 1843-1998

Its People:

Alexander Gillespie, 27, farm labourer from Co Derry, Ireland on ship “Bombay that sailed from London, England on May 4, 1866 and arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand on Aug 18th. (see Robert)

Alexander Gillespie, Professor, teaches International Law & Environmental Law at the University of Waikato. Has published eight books.

Andrew Gillespie married Hannah Boyle of Tynight 1889. S/o John & Elra (Patterson) Gillespie. Children John Gordon Gillespie & Robert Stanley Gillespie

Arthur Oliver Gillespie, s/o Richard & E. M. Higginson Gillespie, of the NZ Air Force in both World Wars. Wrote “The Pacific“, an official history of New Zealand’s war effort in the Pacific.

Rev Graham Malcolm Gillespie, wife Ann Gillespie. He was  born 1935 into a Presbyterian family, worked on a farm for awhile, did a stint in Territorial Army, then was confirmed into Maruia Community Church 1965 and became a lay preacher. He volunteered to serve in Papua New Guinea for a month which seems to seal his direction as he studied for one year at a Bible College. He  became a lay assistant at Blockhouse Bay Community Church. He served in a prison ministry at Paremoremo Maximum Security Prison. By 1980s into 1990s he was again involved in a lay ministry. He died May 11, 1999 and is interred at Reefton Cemetery.

Henry Cameron Gillespie married Gibbons, January 1865

Neil Gillespie, a golfer who won $40,000 in the Shirley Open Charles Tour Golf Tournament in Christ Church, New Zealand,  2011.

Robert Gillespie, age 22, labourer, from Co Derry, Ireland, sailed on the ship Bombay from London, England May 4, 1866, and arrived in Lyttleton, New Zealand on Aug 18th. (see also Alexander)

Vernon Gillespie, s/o Barton Gillespie & Helen Wayte,  married Mary Catherine Weadon in Auckland, New Zealand. Four children: Helen, Janet, John and Robert.

William Gillespie from Co Cork, Ireland. An organist and choir master immigrated to New Zealand. See next person

William Stawell Gillespie 1776-1854 from Co Cork, Ireland. Married Catherine Terry Williams of Co Cork, d/o John Williams & Jane Terry. He was a music performer. Their children: William 1818-1889; Kate 1820-; Henry 1826-; Richard 1829-1862; Francis 1830-; Franklin 1837-1923, a son born dead 1836; John William 1838. Stallwell Webb 1839-1886, Humphrey 1841-This family has links to Quebec, Canada.

 See Military Records for New Zealanders who served in World War I

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