Maria Ann Wyeth
Maria was born in Wellington on 14 December 1844 the eldest daughter and 3rd child of
Robert and Jane Wyeth. She was baptised at St Paul's Wellington on 23 March 1844.
Maria was married on 8 October 1865 at St James Church River Hutt. The notice
read "Issac Sykes, 22, Carrier, Batchelor to Maria Ann Wyeth, 21, Spinster".
the officiating Minister was John Herring and witnesses William Sykes, Hutt;
Sarah Jane Wyeth; Elizabeth Jane Sykes; Mary Hall; John Poad, Blacksmith, Hutt:
Issac was born in 1843 in the Hutt. He was the son of George and Jane (nee Child) Sykes.
Isaac's occupation was at various times recorded as Farmer, Dealer, and Butcher.
Isaac was taking a load of timber to Wellington, crossing one of the fords in Hutt
River, when his wagon capsized. He was rescued after being pinned in the water
for some hours. As a result he caught pneumonia and died on 15 April 1871 at
Upper Hutt. His death notice said 'after a long and painful illness.' He
was buried in the Churchyard of Christ's Church Taita in the same plot as his
Father, Mother, and daughter Annie.
George and Jane Sykes
George Sykes son of Isaac Sykes
and Ann Simpson
was born in Yorkshire, in 1815.He married Jane, born 1823,
daughter of Joseph Child
and Mary Beveridge on 28 October 1839. They emigrated to New Zealand in the ship "Bolton" with
George's brother William and his wife Elizabeth, who was Jane's sister,
arriving in Wellington on the 21 April 1840. George, Jane and their family were
one of the families who had attempted to leave New Zealand after the 1848
earthquakes on the ill-fated barque Subraon. It was
Jane who George Robert referred to as Granny Sykes as he recounted the sinking
of the ship and the decision of the Sykes and Wyeth families to remain in New
Zealand. George later owned the land to the north of Robert Wyeth at Silver Stream.
After the Silver Stream flood in 1858 George purchased the land on the
northern side of the opening of Stokes Valley.
In later years he purchased a number of properties in the area behind
Silverstream and in the area of the present Silverstream township. Their
Jane Sykes, b. Abt 1842, Wellington, d. 14 Jun 1872, Mataikona, Wairarapa
Sykes, b. 30 Dec 1843, The Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington d. 15 Apr
1871, Upper Hutt, Wellington
Joseph Sykes, b. 04 Sep 1849, Wellington
Sykes, b. 22 Sep 1851, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, d. 26 Jul
Sykes, b. 13 Jun 1853, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand, d.
Sykes, b. 01 Apr 1855, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Sarah Sykes, b. 10 Sep 1857, Silverstream, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New
Zealand, d. Abt 1895, New Zealand
Sykes, b. 19 Feb 1860, Silverstream, Upper Hutt, Wellington
George and Jane both died in the Hutt.
George in 1873 aged 61, and Jane in 1893 aged 70
The following is a transcription of Isaac's will as recorded in the records of the
Land Transfer Office. Recorded there
for the purpose of recording the transfer of his land.
is the last Will and Testament of me Isaac Sykes of Upper Hutt in the Province
of Wellington in the colony of New Zealand.
First I commend my soul to God my Creator in the faith of Jesus Christ his Son our
Second I give and bequeath to my wife Maria Ann Sykes all my property real and personal
whatsoever it may be for her sole use and enjoyment until her death and I
further will that all my said property be equally divided between my two sons
namely George Robert Sykes and Isaac Sykes at the death of their mother the
aforesaid Maria Ann Sykes.
Third I appoint John Liverton of the
Taita in the Province of Wellington in the Colony of New Zealand the sole
executor of this my will to whom I leave my blessing."
The Witnesses were Dan Desbois, Clerk in Holy Orders, and Stephen Smith, Farmer, both of Upper Hutt
Some time after Issac's death Maria moved to Masterton to be with her parents, where
she met and on 8 March 1878 was married to Orlando
Orlando was born in near Hastings, Sussex in 1832, and had immigrated to New
Zealand in 1861. Orlando was the son of Orlando Gorringe, a wheelwright
from Sussex. Orlando junior was a Butcher by trade who farmed at Opaki then
Fernridge, he died on 11 December 1888 in Masterton and is buried in Masterton
"In the way of
righteous is life, and in the pathway thereof there is no death."
The administrator of Orlando's Estate was James Gregor older
brother of William Gregor who was married to Lila youngest daughter of Thomas
Wyeth and after her death to Rose youngest daughter of Charles Wyeth.
Maria died on 20 July 1920 in Masterton aged 75. Maria
is buried in Masterton Cemetery with her 2nd husband Orlando and their daughter Ada
"A loving wife, a mother dear, a faithful friend, lies buried here."
Annie Maria Jane Sykes
Annie was born in the Hutt on 19 August 1865 eldest child of Maria Ann and Isaac Sykes.
She died an infant on 24 November 1866 in the Hutt.
She is buried in the churchyard of Christ's Church Taita in the same plot
as her father and grandparents.
May Chamberlain and George Sykes
George Robert Sykes
George was born in Trentham on 18 November 1867 the eldest son 2nd child of Maria Ann
and Isaac Sykes. George was baptised at St John's Church Trentham on 22 December 1867.
George was married in St Matthew's Church, Masterton
on 9 November 1893 to Esther Elizabeth Bishop Murray.
Esther was born on 2 May 1872 in Adelaide South Australia the daughter of
William and Elizabeth Charlotte Watkins (nee Bishop) Murray.
Esther was the sister of John Lincoln Murray who
married Mary Ellen Wyeth, George's Aunt. Esther died in Nelson on 1 April 1946.
George was at some time a Farmer and later a member of Parliament. All of George and Esther's
children were born in Masterton
George died on 23 March 1957 in Masterton and was buried in Archer Street
cemetery Masterton. His life is also commemorated on the tombstone of the family plot in the Churchyard of
Christ's Church Taita.
Cyril George Orlando Sykes
Cyril was born in Masterton on 29 August 1894. He
did not marry. Cyril was killed in action on 8 August 1915 at Gallipoli.
Oswald Lincoln (Ossie) Sykes
Ossie was born on 14 December 1895 at Mt Bruce, Masterton. He
married Ray Kathleen (Kathleen) Holder in
Wanganui in 1923. Kathleen was born
in 1899 the daughter of William James and Grace (nee McLeod) Holder. They had 4 children.
Ossie died in Masterton on 25 October 1973 and Kathleen in Masterton on 6
October 1999. They are buried in Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton.
Lawrence Victor Sykes
Lawrence was born on 19 April 1897 in Opaki, Masterton. He
died in 14 August 1981 in Nelson.
Edith Ethela Sykes
Ethla was born in Fernridge Masterton on 16 August 1900. She
married Percy Thomas (Thomas) Driver in
Masterton in 1925. Thomas was born
in 1896 in London, England and died on 4 November 1985 in Nelson. Ethla died on
24 Jun 1976 in Nelson. They had 2 children.
Philip Howard Sykes
Phillip was born on 20 August 1908 in Masterton He
married Joan Alice Thama Anderson on 9 November 1935
in Harpenden Hertfordshire England. Joan was
born on 29 November 1911, in Wellington the daughter of William and May (nee
Phillip had a Doctorate in Chemistry. They
had 3 children, they lived at 2c Lindfield Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3
6PU. Philip died on 18 August 2007 Perth, Scotland
Esther Margaret Sykes
Esther was born in Masterton in 17 October 1911. She
married Clifton T Nalder in Nelson
in 1951.Clifton was born on 29 December 1898 the son of Thomas William and Mary
(nee McCormack) Nalder. Clifton died in Nelson on 11 August 1970. Esther
died of cancer in Nelson on 25 August 1988. Clifton's ashes were buried in
Wakapuaka Cemetery Nelson.
Issac was born in the Hutt on 23 November 1869 the 2nd son 3rd child of Maria Ann and
Isaac Sykes. He was baptised at St John's Church Trentham on 19 December 1869.
Issac married Celina Matilda Maud Chamberlain
Celina was born 1 January 1869 the daughter
of Giles Edinborough and Penelope Jane (nee Whatton) Chamberlain. Celina
is the niece of Samuel Edinborough Chamberlain who married Elizabeth Ann Wyeth
Isaac's mother's sister.
Photo of Celina was taken at her father's 80th birthday party in 1918. Celina
would have been aged 49.
Giles Edinborough and Penelope Jane Chamberlain
Giles, Penelope, son Thomas, and Niece Lizzie
Giles was born on 31 March 1838 at Preston Capes,
Daventry, Northamptonshire the son of Thomas and Sussanah Catherine (nee Bull)
Chamberlain. In 1863 he married Penelope Jane Whatton daughter of James Whatton.
Their children were
b. Abt 1864, New Zealand, d. Abt 1940, New Zealand
b. Abt 1867, New Zealand, d. Abt 1943, New Zealand
Matilda Maud Chamberlain,
b. 1 Jan 1869, New Zealand, d. 7 Apr 1948, Masterton, Wairarapa
(Nep) Elizabeth Jane Chamberlain,
b. Abt 1871, New Zealand, d. Abt 1956, New Zealand
Sarah Florence Chamberlain,
b. Abt 1873, New Zealand, d. Abt 1875, New Zealand
Giles Rufus Chamberlain,
b. Abt 1875, New Zealand, d. 15 Jun 1951, New Zealand
b. Abt 1881, New Zealand,
b. Abt 1885, New Zealand
Giles' brother Samuel
Edinborough Chamberlain married Elizabeth
Celina was born on 1 January 1869. She died in Masterton
on 7 April 1948 aged 79 and is buried in the Pioneer section of Masterton
Between 1894 and 1902 Isaac had bred a flock of Romney Marsh
sheep that had won him many prizes in the Masterton Agricultural and Pastoral
Show. In 1900-2 he was secretary of the A & P Society at a salary of £244
per year, and in 1902 he received a special bonus of £20. In May of that
year he moved to Wellington to live.
In 1907 Isaac was a Sheep Graizer living at Fernridge, Masterton.
Isaac died in Wellington in 1932 and is buried in the Churchyard of Christ's Church
Taita in the Family plot.
Isaac Giles (Ike) Sykes
Ike was in the Merchant Navy during World War 1
and lost the sight in one eye.
following is based on of an article "A
Life on the high sea" from the Wairarapa Times of 16 October 1985
written by Frakie Webb. A
Distinguished and decorated sea captain and soldier Isaac Giles Sykes, whose
life began in Masterton in 1892 (on 18 January 1892) and ended here in 1970 (6
May 1970), is to be recognised as a
part of New Zealand's national heritage.
Isaac Sykes"Ike" first left the Wairarapa aged 15. His
family farmed at Kaituna but Ike
had no love of the land and left for the Maritime Academy in Wellington.
He became a paying cadet aboard the Rona in the
same year, 1907. His first articles
of indentureship are included in the papers left to the Sykes family. Sykes signed up for a four year apprenticeship.
For the first year ten shillings a month was his wage which increased to
13 shillings and 4 pence in the second year. In 1911, his appreniceship complete. Sykes disembarked from the Rona in
Sydney where he stayed ashore for two months. He spent his time studying for a second
mate's certificate and in January
1912 sat for the certificate and passed.
Sykes joined the Jutepolis, which
transported case oil for America to the Far East, Australia and the west coast
of South America. But the ship was
sold and the crew were paid off at Dunkirk. For the next four months he voyaged on the Charlton Hal.
The journey took him via New York, around Cape Horn and on to Sydney. Still aboard Charlton Hal he sailed from Sydney to Swansea
At Hamburg he was paid off and joined the Milverton, bound
for Sydney. The Milverton loaded with general cargo, took him round the Horn
again. He arrived in Sydney on
August 7, 1914, to discover war had broken out. Sykes immediately tried to join the navy, but twice was turned down,
being told that the merchant navy was a reserved occupation.
But the Australian Expeditionary Forces accepted
Sykes and in November 1914 he went to Mina Camp, near Cairo, in Egypt. From
there he went on to the landing at Gallipoli on April
25, 1915.Sykes was severely wounded
at Gallopoli and was taken to King George's Hospital in London to convalesce.
He was awarded an Australian medal marking the Anzac campaign with the
"In commemoration of the heroic deeds of the men of ANZAC at
Gallopoli in 1915 and in recognition of the great debt owed by all
Until August 1916 Sykes trained troops at Liverpool. Then he went to France with the 20th Reinforcements after the first
battle of the Somme. Again
he was wounded and invalided back to England, but he returned to his battalion
in France. After the war, back in Australia, he was discharged on Christmas Day, 1919.
It was to be a few years before Sykes returned to sailing but did return to the sea
aboard a steam vessel, the Brandenburg
. He joined her in Leath, Scotland; and sailed from the Arctic Ocean to the
Atlantic. He later joined the SS
Brandon and made
three trips from England to Canada. On
the Santa Aurora he sailed
the Mediterranean and received his first master's appointment at Naples. The position was with the Euphrates and Tigris Steam Navigation Company.
His travels took him to the Far East and up the China Coast.
Sykes returned to New Zealand in 1923 and travelled between New Zealand and Australia
until the outbreak of World War II.
In 1941 the New Zealand Government seized the Finnish four masted barque Pamir. She had
sailed into New Zealand waters while her country had enemy status and was taken
as a prize of war. Although shipping
was urgently required, and the Pamir was a large vessel at 316 feet in length
and 46 feet across, there were not a great many men who had the experience or
ability to sail a windjammer. The
Union Steamship Company was granted the charter of the Pamir and began to look
for able seamen. Captain G. B.
Corby, commander of the barque Gladbrook and recently retired in Sydney, was
offered the position of master on the Pamir which he immediately accepted. He
requested that Isaac Sykes be engaged as second mate.
Sykes was described by Jack Churchouse in his book "The Pamir Under the NZ
Ensign" as having "an enormous physique and a warm heart but also the
loudest voice the lads were ever likely to hear at sea!" He conducted navigation classes on the after deck of the Pamir. At 50
years of age he had a lot of knowledge, gained from experience, to pass to the
crew. He spent two years on the
Pamir, from March 1942 to February 1944 and was second mate on three of her
eight trips from Wellington to the west coast of America. Complete navigational record, so precise each and every voyage Sykes was
engaged on could be traced, are included with the various papers held by the
After serving on the Pamir Sykes sailed for some years on the Nelson ferries before
working on the Kopua, a timber
trader travelling between New Zealand and Australia.
On 12 October 1949 he married Isobel Connie
in Invercargill. Connie, was born on 15 August 1910 in Wyndham, Southland, the
daughter of Richard and Mary Ann (nee Fraser) Morton
and Mary Ann Morton
was born in 1880 the son of George and Margaret (nee Noble) Morton.
Richard married Mary Ann Fraser on 5 July 1905. Their children were
b. 09 Feb 1906, New Zealand, d. 07 Oct 1983, 112 Severn St,
b. Abt 1909, New Zealand
Constance (Connie) Morton,
b. 15 Aug 1910, Wyndham, Southland, d. 11 Jan 1972, Masterton,
b. 20 Nov 1911, Waimahaka, Southland, New Zealand, d. 10 Jun 1969,
West Plains Rd, Invercargill, Southland
b. 11 Jul 1915, Wyndham, Southland
Leslie (Leslie) Morton,
b. 22 Aug 1917, Waimahaka, Southland, d. 17 Jul 1985, 237 Tweed St,
is the sister of Jean
Morton who married William
George Wyeth son of Charles and Elizabeth Wyeth.
Mcleod Morton daughter of George Leslie Morton married Andrew
Bain McDougall great great grandson of Joseph and Phoebe Wyeth
remained at sea until he retired in 1956. He and his bride returned to Masterton
to live in the family home in Kibblewhite Road, where they remained until his
death on May 6, 1970. Connie died in
1972 also in Masterton.
left all his seafaring records, photographs and military decorations to his
godson Robert Sykes, but
Robert was killed in an air accident in Australia two years ago. All "Uncle Ike's" papers have remained in the family's care but
to ensure their preservation the remaining members of his family have decided to
donate his logs, certificates and records to the Martime Museum
Ada Jane Gorringe
Ada was born in Masterton on 4 Jan 1879 the 4th child of Maria Ann but the eldest child of
Maria Ann and Orlando Gorringe. Ada
died in Masterton on 20 June 1904 aged 24 and is buried in Masterton Cemetery.
"With Jesus which is far better."
Henry Horace (Harry) Gorringe
Harry was born in Masterton on 23 March 1885 the eldest son 2nd child of Maria Ann and
Harry was married in 1911 in Wellington to Lavinia
(Dolly) Fogden. Dolly
was born in Nelson on 1 October 1886 the daughter
of William and Sophia Julia (nee Foley) Fogden.
Harry was a farmer by occupation
Harry died in Wellington on 7 May 1955 aged 70. His remains were cremated. Dolly died in Wellington on 8 January 1976
Raymond Orlando Gorringe
Raymond was born on 24 September 1912 in Masterton. He was married on 1 December 1951 in Gisborne to Margaret McCallum. Margaret
was born on 13 January 1926, the daughter of John and Madge(nee Walker) McCallum.
Raymond was a farmer.They had 2 children. Margaret died 1999 and Raymond in 2002.
Olga Beryl Gorringe
Olga as born on 11 March 1920 in Masterton.She
was married on 1 July 1944 at the Lansdowne Presbytarian Church Masterton to William
Neil Alexander (Neil) McKay son of
William and Effie (nee McLeod) McKay. Neil was born on 24
February 1921 at Martinborough. Olga and Neil are Living at 19 Luckie St Linden.
They have one daughter.Olga died in 2000 and Neil in 2005.