Arthur Morton Ollivier

Male 1851 - 1897  (46 years)


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  • Name Arthur Morton Ollivier 
    Born 23 Mar 1851  Hammersmith, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Sport 07 Feb 1867  Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arthur played first class Cricket for Canterbury playing 11 matches between 1867 and 1882 
    Occupation
    • Accountant
    Died 21 Oct 1897  Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 23 Oct 1897  Rutherford St Cemetery, Woolston, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Woolston / Heathcote Cemetery 2006 page 21
      Row K No. 213
      Arthur Morton, eighth son of Elizabeth and John Ollivier, was born on 23 March 1851, emigrated with his parents and attended Christ's College from 1862-65. A popular student, he became, in adulthood, Fellow of Christ's College and, at his death, was President of the Old Boys' Association.
      A businessman, Ollivier worked for several firms, eventually being in partnership with Trevor Grierson as an accountant and auditor.
      Ollivier was an angler, mountaineer and gardener. In the latter field he enjoyed frequent success at Christchurch Horticultural Society shows. He played chess, being, in 1888, colonial champion. In rugby he played against Auckland and Otago.
      A Canterbury representative cricketer, Ollivier first played against Otago at Hagley Park when but 16. He was chosen for his fielding ability but ?signalled his first appearance by making the only double figure - 11 - on the Canterbury side?. His batting did much to secure for Canterbury seven wins in a row. He was in the first Canterbury-Auckland match, played against the visiting English and was the most successful Canterbury batsman in a tour of Victoria in 1878. T. W. Reese wrote that Ollivier "was an admirable defensive bat and had many scores to his credit".
      An injury prevented Ollivier from playing sport after 1883 but, for a number of years, he was the sole selector of Canterbury cricket teams. In 1893 he was appointed to
      select the New Zealand team which played against New South Wales.
      In Ollivier's youth, sporting teams met on public reserves. People came to watch and officials had to walk round begging the spectators to give money to cover the cost of the games. Arthur Ollivier pushed for the establishment of a ground which was to be owned by the sporting codes and where spectators must pay to get in. On 8 May 1880, at a meeting at Warner's Hotel it was decided that there should be floated the Canterbury Cricket and Athletic Sports Company.
      Richard Harman and E. C. J. Stevens who represented offshore capitalists with money tied up in New Zealand came forward on behalf of a client, Benjamin Lancaster of Bournemouth, England. They offered land with an area of 10 acres three roods and 30 perches, the cost per acre being 260 pounds. This was part of Rural Section 62, of 50 acres, which Lancaster had purchased from the Canterbury Association in 1850.
      In autumn 1881 the area was sown with Devonshire evergreen grass seed, the terrace turfed and a cinder running track laid in front of the terraces. On 28 July 1881 the
      ground, now Jade Stadium, was named Lancaster Park.
      Ollivier suffered a comparatively brief and painless illness, dying at 12.30 a.m. on 21 October 1897. He was 46 years old.
      Officiating ministers at the funeral were Bishop Churchill Julius, Archdeacons Cholmondeley and Lingard and Canon Harper. Cricketers attended dressed in their club colours Hymns were sung by members of the St. Mark's choir, the Cathedral and Christ's College chapel boys and the Liedertafel. Messrs. Merton and Wallace conducted and C. F. Turner presided at the harmonium. The list of people who attended the funeral is a late Victorian Canterbury's who's who. Fifty-one lines of newsprint are devoted to the names of people who sent wreaths.
      Arthur Morton Ollivier's gravestone was 'Erected by the Cricketers of New Zealand'.
      Arthur's wife, Agnes, died on 4 February 1928.
      The gravestone also recalls Hilda, wife of Keith, who died on 14 October 1937.
    Person ID I11868  Frost Family
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2012 

    Father John Ollivier,   b. 25 Mar 1812, Isle Of Wight, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1893, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Morton,   b. 06 Dec 1812, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Nov 1892, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Immigration 18 Oct 1853  Lyttelton, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ship 'John Taylor' left Gravesend on Sunday 10 July 1853 with 140 passengers.
      Passenger list included
      Mr. and Mrs. Ollivier and 10 children.
    Shipping News 22 Oct 1853
    Shipping News 22 Oct 1853
    Ship John Taylor
    Voyage of 'John Taylor'
    Voyage of "John Taylor"
    The Lyttelton Times 22 Oct 1853
    Family ID F3735  Group Sheet

    Family Agnes Thomson,   b. Abt 1849, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1928, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1876  St Marks Church, Opawa, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Keith Morton Ollivier,   b. 02 Aug 1880, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1951, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Cecil Claude Morton Ollivier,   b. 02 Jul 1878, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1935, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     3. Muriel Morton Ollivier,   b. 19 Apr 1883, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2011 
    Family ID F3736  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Sep 1876 - St Marks Church, Opawa, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Oct 1897 - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1897/6214 (Reliability: 3), 21 Oct 1897.
      Ollivier Arthur Morton aged 46Y

    2. [S83] Cemetery Records, Christchurch City Council (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1876/2509 (Reliability: 3), 20 Sep 1876.
      Agnes Thomson
      Arthur Morton Ollivier