Douglas Robert (Bob) Tankersley

Douglas Robert (Bob) Tankersley

Male 1913 - 1982  (68 years)

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  • Name Douglas Robert (Bob) Tankersley 
    Born 2 Aug 1913  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation
    • Forestry/Farming
    Reference Number WI3.3 
    Died 12 Jun 1982  Eketahuna, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Douglas Robert Tankersley, Bob was born at Nurse Spellman's Nursing Home in Masterton on 2 August 1913 son of William and Lizzie (nee Chamberlain) Tankersley. The journey in from Mt Bruce by buggy and pair had been a long one and Bob was nearly born on the doorstep. Bob had a difficult time making it into the world, only 4 pounds in weight at birth he was always small but wiry. Bob attended school at Maraekakaho primary until Standard 6.
      Bob started work at Roache's Store where, He drove trucks to Hastings everyday and experienced the Napier Earthquake in 1931, helping to clean up the mess in the store. He stayed there until, after older brother Tim took over "Glenside," the family farm, when Bob moved into Masterton with his mother.
      It was more difficult to find work in Masterton particularly in the late 1930's. Finally found a gardening job with his cousin's husband, Bert Ball. Later moved to Robinson's Nursery in Ngamatawa Road. Then came the War, Bob enlisted as an Engineer. Tim and Bob both loved all things mechanical, cars, motor bikes and sundry otheritems were dismantled and restored, and Bob had done an Engineering course with ICS (International Correspondence Schools). Bob spent 4 years in Egypt advancing to Sergeant. Back to Masterton in 1945, once again no work.

      Bob joined the Forest Service and was made foreman this involved a deal of travelling as the service used him in setting up new forestry operations. He rose to manager of Ngamu during this time he met Nan. The Forest Service wanted him to establish a new forest at Wairoa but Bob and Nan were engaged and Bob did not want to continue being moved around and so left the service and got a job in a local garage. Bob was married at to Nancy Ellen (Nan) Matthews. They built a house in Chamberlain Road Masterton where they lived until after Gavin was born.
      They then moved to Nan's mother's property in Opaki and started a poultry business \endash Nan's father, Len, helped and lived with them. Nan's mother had died prior to them leaving Chamberlain Road. Their second child Gay was born during this time.
      When the old Tankersley farm, "Forest Home[Built by Richard Theophylus Tankersley and eldest son Stephen with timber from McLeod/Wyeth Timber Mill where Steve worked.]," behind Miki Miki school came on the market they purchased it. Later they moved to Mount Bruce, when Gavin married they built another house on the property for him and his wife. It was here that Bob died on 12 June 1982. Nancy now lives in her own home on her sons property at the end of Rau??? Rd.
      Thanks to Helen Tankersley for these notes.
    Person ID I308  Frost Family
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2015 

    Father William Tankersley,   b. 26 Aug 1876, Wairarapa, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1923, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Lizzie Chamberlain,   b. 07 Oct 1880, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1962, Upper Plain Rd, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1906  Dunvegan, Mt Bruce, Wairarapa, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Marriage Tankersley Chamberlain
    Marriage Tankersley Chamberlain
    Marriage Chamberlain Tankerley
    Marriage Chamberlain Tankerley
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Ellen (Nan) Matthews,   b. 15 Jan 1926, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 2007, Eketahuna, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1950  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. G.J. Tankersley
    +2. K.G. Tankersley
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Aug 1913 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Jul 1950 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jun 1982 - Eketahuna, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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    Bob Tankersley
    Bob Tankersley
    Bob Tankersley

  • Sources 
    1. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1906/905 (Reliability: 3), 24 Apr 1906.
      Lizzie Chamberlain
      William Tankersley

    2. [S10] Marriage Register Index , 1950/07959 (Reliability: 3).