Louis Wager

Our next biography in celebration of Movember is about Louis Wager 1888-1965. Biography from Te Papa’s website: “Private Louis Wager, service number 77744Louis Wager was born in Heybridge, Essex in 1888, to Martha and Frederick Wager. The Wagers emigrated to New Zealand shortly before the First World War.Louis was 28 years old when he attested […]

Influenza

FROM DISTANT SHORES – Some of those who died of influenza in 1918 and were buried in Karori Cemetery came from far away – Arthur Howell, Captain, SS Alma, from Pembroke, Wales; Malo Gaurio, Capitaine of Colonel de Villebois-Mareuil, from Binic in Brittany, and four men from the Indian sub-continent are amongst them.

Influenza

In 1918 influenza killed men and women in their productive years, aged 20-50. In many cases their deaths left orphans to be cared for by wider family, or the state. William Weaver and his second wife Mabel, both aged 31, died 4 days apart in November 1918, leaving William’s son Victor an orphan. Victor’s mother, […]

Influenza

Mary KEEGAN lived with her husband and children (she had 12) on a coal hulk in Wellington Harbour. During the 1918 influenza epidemic several of the children became sick as did Mary – she died, they survived. Cecilia MCPARTLAND worked as a charwoman at the Public Trust to help provide for her large family – […]