Name: James Henry NASH
Given Name: James Henry
Birth: 6 Mar 1814 in Sandhurst, Kent, England
Death: 1898 in Braidwood, , New South Wales, Australia
Change Date: 21 Aug 2013 at 08:30
James Henry Nash and Ann Smith were both born in Sandhurs t in Kent, she on 18th March, 1815 and he on 6th March, 181 4. They married in 1833 and had three children, Miriam, b orn 1834, Norman, born 1836 and George, 1838, before they w ere tempted to emmigrate to New Zealand. They sailed fro m London on the barque "Bolton" on 19th November, 1839 arri ving at Port Nicholson five months later on 20th April, 184 0. In rough weather during the voyage, three year old Norm an fell overboard but by good fortune his tight fitting jac ket kept him afloat and he was rescued.
They were landed at Petone Beach where living conditions we re very primitive with cooking being done over fires in th e open and washing in the Hutt River. When the Hutt Rive r flooded the family moved across to Lambton Harbour wher e it was more sheltered but sorrow came with the death of G eorge. James found employment in the new town and four mor e children were born there. James was now taking a promine nt part in the Wesleyan Church, even taking services at tim es.
James had been employed as a weaver in England so when he h eard about the flax trade on the Manawatu River he decide d to move there. Although there were small ships trading a long the coast many had problems at the river mouth and str andings were frequent although most were refloated on a hig h tide. Family sources say the family came up the beach b y horse and cart surely a daunting journey with six young c hildren and Ann pregnant with John Wesley, who was born a t Awahou in 1849. Other sources say they came on the coast al cutter "Fly" with Captain Cimino.
Other traders were already established at Paiaka so James s et himself up at Whirokino as a rope maker employing Maor i workers and becoming quite prosperous as there was a bi g demand for ropes for lashings on the sailing ships. Lif e was difficult especially for women and children - more ch ildren were born and several died from childhood disease s - a great problem in those early days. James continued h is interest in the Wesleyan Church, preaching when no minis ter was available at the interdenominational church opene d by Rev. James Duncan 16 miles up the Manawatu River. Rev . Duncan recorded his approval of this Christian family i n his journal.
After the disastrous earthquake in January, 1855, the famil y moved to Te Awahou for a time but soon returned and by 18 58 James was running a store. Floods were a problem - at t imes the family were forced to wait in the upper part of th eir house for the waters to recede and, at times, watched t he homes of those less fortunate floating downstream in th e torrent.
With the Hauhau troubles in the late sixties Ann and Jame s buried their valuables and moved to Liddell's Store alon g with many other families. Here they cut slits in the iro n walls to fire muskets through should it become necessary . They were fortunate that no attack came.
However stories of the fortunes to be made at the goldfield s in Australia tempted James and Ann to pull up their root s once more after twenty years up the Manawatu River. Mos t of their children went with them - except three. Miria m had married Charles Henry Symons in 1854, Elizabeth Ann h ad married Captain Sedcole and Norman who had married Elle n Webster remained to carry on the flax business at Paiaka.
James became a contractor transporting gold from the diggin gs - a somewhat dangerous occupation. He always carrie d a heavy stick which he used with good effect when challen ged by robbers.
James and Ann did not return to New Zealand. James died i n Australia in 1898 aged 84 and Ann died in 1902 aged 87.
With thanks to
Pioneers of Foxton : Book Two. p12-13. [Foxton, N.Z.] : Fox ton Historical Society, 1989.
Ann SMITH b: 18 Mar 1815 in Sandhurst, Kent, England
in Sandhurst, Kent, England
- Change Date:
22 Feb 2013
- Miriam NASH b: 1834 in Sandhurst, Kent, England
- Norman NASH b: 1836 in Sandhurst, Kent, England
- George NASH b: 1838 in Sandhurst, Kent, England
- Elizabeth Ann NASH
- Henry NASH
- Eliza NASH
- Jemima NASH
- John Wesley NASH
- Thomas James NASH
- Jane NASH