Men and sections of now Garrawaye.

Burris's part of Garrawaye Farm

There is a block of land part Garrawaye Farm called Burrows's as we thought.  Going through some farm maps I discovered there was a block owned by Charles Burris in 1897, the penny dropped we were calling it the wrong name for 100 years. It was Burris's. So that got me to finding out about Charles Burris. Below is his story.

Charles Arthur Frederick's Father Edward Burris.

The convict ship Competitor That Edward aged 18 years with 99 other convicts including 26 with life setences were transported to Van Diemans Land (Tasmania).

Edward was born 15th March 1805 in Cheltenham Gloucestershire England.

On the 15th April 1822 at the age of 17 he was convicted of stealing a pocket book, part of a gang of thieves he was sentenced to 7 years. He was transported 18th March 1823 from Bristol England on board the ship the ‘Competitor’ to van Diemans Land.

On the 22nd August 1833 he married Caroline Ward aged 18 at New Newfolk Tasmania Australia he was 28. Caroline was born 1815 died 1834 aged 19

The Hobart Town Courier - Friday 4 April 1834 DIED- At the Lower Clyde, Hamilton, on the 11th ult. Mrs. Burris, aged-19, sister-in-law to Mr. Wilde, Surgeon, of Hobart town.

On the 4th of April 1834 Edward received his certificate of Freedom in Hobart Tasmania Australia.

In 1835 Edward married Frances Watson in New Norfolk Tasmania Australia he was 30 years old.   Edward and Frances had seven sons and three daughters.  He was a Blacksmith.

Edward William born Ouse Tasmania 1836 died Naseby Hospital 1916

Ann born  1837 Ouse Tasmania. MARRIAGES, At the River Ouse by special licence, 10th November, by the Rev. George Wright, Mr. ROLAND JAMES HARREX, second eldest son of Mr. Frederick Harrex of Showfleld, to Ann aged 21, eldest daughter of Mr. Edward Burris, Ouse Cottage, Prenail Farm. She died 1927 Hobart Tasmania aged 90 years.

Hannah Rachael born Tasmania 1838 died 1905 at Hobart Tasmania aged 67.

John  born 1839 in Hamilton Tasmania Australia  Died On December 27, 1904, at his residence, 23 little Arthur street, North Hobart, John, the beloved husband of Sarah Burris, and second eldest son of the late Edward and Frances Burris, of Ouse, in the 65th year oí his Life.

William  born Hamilton Tasmania Australia died 1931 Osterely Tasmania Australia in his 89th year.

Thomas Walter Charles  born 1843 Tasmania Australia died  Hobart Tasmania Australia BURRIS. - On July I8, 1928, at Hobart, Thomas, fourth eldest son of the late Edward and Frances Burris, of Ouse, aged 8O years. At Rest.

Richard  born 1844 died 1892 in New Zealand..

Isaac Henry  born 1846 died Natimuk Victoria Australia 1916

Charles Arthur Frederick  born 25th January 1851 Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia died Gimmerburn New Zealand 22nd Oct 1929. Aged 78.

Eliza Sarah Ann born 16th February 1853 Hamilton Tasmania Australia  died 5th January 1912 Aged 58   New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia.

James Henry  born 23 Feb 1855 Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia, died 10 July 1917 Aged 62 Natimuk, Victoria, Australia   BURRIS.-In loving memory of my dear father, James Burris, who departed this life on July 10, 1917. inserted by his loving daughter Gladys Williams.

Edward died 13th July 1866 Ouse Tasmania Australia. He is buried in Ouse St. John the Baptist Anglican cemetery.

Frances died 10th November 1887 aged 73.

BURRIS.-On November 10 at her residence  Ouse.  Frances Burris aged 73 years. Funeral will leave her late residence on SUNDAY 13th at 3.30 p.m. Victorian and New Zealand papers please copy.

Charles and his Brothers in New Zealand.

Charles Arthur Frederick Burris was born 25th January 1851 in Hamilton Tasmania Australia. He was one of seven sons and three daughters of Edward Burris and Frances Watson .

Charles first appeared on the New Zealand electoral roll in 1885-86 with James Burris, Charles a shepherd at Blackstone and James a rabbiter Blackstone. James never appeared again, he went home to Tasmania.

In 1885 Charles Arthur Frederick Burris labourer of Blackstone Hill Station Otago New Zealand married Catherine Dillon a domestic servant at Blackstone Hill Station Otago N.Z. She was the daughter of Michael Dillon labourer and Julia O'Connell. They married at Blackstone Hill Station Otago N.Z. Charles was 34 and Catherine 23. Their witnesses were James Henry Burris brother of Charles a rabbiter of Blackstone Hill station and Sarah Jane Clements Domestic servant of Blackstone Hill Station. The Officiating minister was James D.Knipe.  Catherine died in 1893 aged 34.

In 1890 Edward William was in Eweburn (Ranfurly) as a labourer untill 1914. On the 4th of May 1916 Edward William (Teddy) Burris died after an accident (his foot slipped when he was mounting his horse, the horse rolling on him.) in the Naseby hospital aged 80 years. For years his dear friends W.and N. Glenn of Ranfurly put obituaries in the Otago Witness newapaper. He is buried in the Naseby cemetery with his brother Charles. Block 3 plot 5 row C.

In 1890 Richard Burris was working at Maniototo Station as a gardener. He died on the 1st January 1892 when he was working as a rabbiter at Racecourse Flat near the turn off to St. Bathans New Zealand. On his death certificate it states he died of Gastric Enteritis and exhaustion having been ill for 14 days and 4 days aged 49. He was buried in St. Bathans cemetery Otago New Zealand, officiating minister was Harry J. Davis, Church of England. His Mother is stated as being Francis Burris nee Colling Father Edward Burris.  He had been in New Zealand 4 years. 

Charles was on the rolls regularly as a shepherd in Blackstone hill, In 1992 (when his brother Richard died he was a rabbiter at Moutere Station south of Alexandra New Zealand) untill 1896 he was in Gimmerburn as a shepherd.

In 1894 he and his dog ‘Fly’competed in the Maniototo Dog Club at Closeburn Station doing well. In 1895 at Closeburn Station his dog ‘Chance’ failed to find the sheep.

In 1894 Charles started applying for land in Gimmerburn. He was successful in 1897 The Land board decreed C. Burris to be allowed to acquire land section 24 block 1 (48 acres 2 roods)on lease in perpetuity at a capital value of 18s 9d, this section is now part of Garrawaye Farm called Burris's.  Also section 26 block 1 (57 acres) to be with held from sale as a reserve for coal, he was to be offered a yearly license at 6d per acre under 116 of the act, with license fee of one pound 1 shilling.

He died 1929 at Gimmerburn aged 78 and is buried with his brother Edward William in the Naseby cemetery.  Block 3 Plot 5 Row C. 

BURRIS.-On October 22, at his late residence, Gimmerburn, Central Otago, New Zealand, Charles Henry, seventh son of the late Edward and Frances Burris, of Ouse, in the 78th year of his age (Tasmanian paper The Mercury Friday 1 November 1929)

His Will states what his estate was worth, and also says he died in Naseby probably in hospital.

Realty   50 pound

Cash in Bank   37 pound  7 shillings &  11 pence

Cash in Possession   50 pound

Horse, Saddle and Bridle   10 pound

Furniture and effects    10 pound

In total   157 pound 7 shillings & 11 pence

Blackstone Hill Homestead
Catherine (Kate) worked here as a domestic servant.
Blackstone Hill Station
The Dillon Family all seemed to work here also two Burris brothers Charles a shepherd and James a rabbiter.
Charles Burris death certificate he died of heart failure in the Naseby hospital.
The Headstone of Richard Burris in the Saint Bathans cemetery New Zealand. The inscription is In Memory of Richard Burris, Who died January 8th 1892 aged 45 years. We mourn the loss of one we loved and tried to save, beloved in life, regretted gone, remembered in the grave.
The headstone in the Naseby Cemetery New Zealand. Charles is buried here also. Edward or Teddy his oldest brother.

James Wilkinson

This is the hut that Clayton and Audrey Jones lived while he was rabbiting. The Dougherty children Larry. Stephen. Greg and Paul used it as their hut.

There was a man that lived in a tent somewhere near this hut where Audrey and Clayton Jones Lived on Garrawaye called someone Wikinson. It was section 26 block 1.  James Wilkinson appeared on the New Zealand Electoral Rolls as a miner in Gimmerburn. The 1914 rolls he was still a miner in Gimmerburn. 1919 he had moved on to Naseby as a miner there. He died 1921 aged 92 born in England. He is buried in the Naseby cemetery his buriel site is bare..I think the Biddy the land and hut was called may have been after Bridget Cavadore, she had a section nearby, Sarah Dougherty was a trustee in her will. There is nothing left of Biddys hut a few bricks maybe. Hughie and Jean Carson lived in the hut while Hughie was rabbiting in the district.

James Quinn & William Wood

This appeared in the Otago witness in 1881.

On Section 3 of Block 1 beside the Coalpit house on either section 2 or 5 now part of Garrawaye lived two coal miners William Wood and James Quin. William Wood appeared on the New Zealand electoral roll from 1880-1881 as a miner of Gimmerburn and again in 1885-1886. James Quinn lived in Gimmerburn from 1884 until 1890.

I was so pleased to have Nick Wood contact me, below is quotes from his emails.

 Pretty sure William Wood is my great-grandfather. I had previously found the PapersPast reference to the coal mining claim they had and also a later one they had declined. William Wood married in 1883 in Naseby with James Quin as witness and then moved to Dunedin. Your comment about Jim's visit to Dunedin and falling to temptations sound similar to stories about William Wood.

Then they dissolved their partnership in 1884, apparently with William Wood continuing the business.
Actually, I suspect but can’t prove that Jim Quinn and William Wood were at the Coromandel gold fields in the 1870’s. There are census records with both both names present up there but no specific links,
William Wood  married Mary-Anne Millett who was working as a servant on Puketoi station at the time. Their first child was born in Gimmerburn in 1884 after which they moved to Dunedin and went on to have 8 children of which my grandfather, also William, was the fourth. I don’t think William Wood adapted to town life well as I don’t think he had regular work, so I think the family had a hard life.
William and Mary  have at least 60 descendants although our family (my two children and my brother and sister) are the only one’s that have the Wood name.  My grandfather moved to Auckland in the 1920’s where my father Colin Wood was born. I grew up in Hamilton and now live in Wellington.


James Quinn by J.J.Ramsay. Otago Witness 1909

Few of the younger generation have ever heard of him, but none of the older folk who lived where he lived and met him have ever forgotten him and it is with the intention of making his name better known that it is that I’m writing in this occasion. The first time I heard of Jim Quinn was when as a lad I went with a number of youths to a concert at Patearoa one of the first if not the very first held in the present Patearoa school house. At that concert Miss Maggie Pearson recited an original poem entitled the Maniototo Plain and the poem as well as the fair reciter attracted no end of attention. Of course everyone wanted to know the authors name, and it transpired that the author was old Jim Quinn, a fencer on Linburn Station. Some months after that, in the course of my work I came in very close contact with Quinn and was camped beside him for several weeks. I can still call him to mind as I first saw him. He was the coal-mining at Gimmerburn, and when he was introduced to me as Jim Quinn the poet I thought that never did an outward exterior so little indicate what lay beneath the surface. Quinn possessed only one eye, though that one was remarkably keen. The other he lost as a result of a gunpowder accident, which had moreover left his face all scarred and marked and when he came up out of the coal pit all black and grimy one might have been decidedly sceptical as to the poetic ability of such a man. But once the coaldust was washed off and the hair brushed back, showing the fine forehead and the one keen eye which lit up with intelligence when Quinn essayed to speak. You at once recognised that the man was far above the average. He had little or no education and yet he had the poetic gift in no small degree. Most of his Maniototo productions were written by an old schoolmaster who lived with him for some time.

Born in Tullimore Ireland, the child of poor people Quinn’s career was a very chequered one. Early in his life his parents were evicted and Quinn never forgot the horror of these days. Quinn belonged to the old order of rovers. Cast adrift early on the world he had tasted the bitter and the sweet colonial life, and had imbibed a taste for devil-may-care life led by so many of the older generation. Against that style of life however, his better side often tried to rise. For many years he settled in Gimmerburn. He eschewed drink, made a garden, set to work to found a home, and took a keen interest in local events. He worked hard to get a school established took warm interest in the children, organised the first big concert held for the school and got a record attendance filling the school coffers. He acted as the local correspondent to the district paper writing all articles over his own name. He contributed verses on many local events attended all concerts in various places. And brought down the house invariably with some local productions, always of considerate merit and never descending to doggerel. For years no man was more sought after or more respected than Jim Quinn. But in an unlucky hour, Jim took a notion to visit Dunedin and there he met some old-time pals. The come and have a drink Jim was too tempting and Jim went. The old tale has then to be told and Jim is no better than that of many older well-meaning men. He eventually died in the Naseby Hospital.

Such a short history of Jim Quinn’s life in Central Otago He was poetic genius of a man, who although unknown outside of the ranges and plains he so dearly loved deserved to have his name recorded amongst those who have contributed to the early literature of the Dominion of New Zealand.

Towards the Rock and Pillars
This could have been the view James Quinn got from his hut in a section in Gimmerburn beside the Dougherty coalpit house. Looking towards the coalpit probably where he worked in and the Rock and Pillar range. Notice the tin in front maybe a fire place.
Towards Rough Ridge
This is the view from one hut to another, beside the Dougherty coalpit house. William Wood lived on this section too. One of the huts had a lovely greengage tree until it was burnt by the Rabbit board.

Bridget and Francis Cavadore

Bridget Cavadore had leased section 23 Block 1 neighbour to Charles Burris.

Please click the link for the Cavadores  The Cavadores

James and William McKnight

Signature of James McKnight.

James born 1833 and William born 1820 McKnight sons of Alexander and Ann McKnight of County Derry Ireland. Both were miners Gold, coalminers and landowners. James owned section 7 block 1 at Gimmerburn now part of Garrawaye.  Leo Dougherty tells us that somebody McKnight built the house at coalpit where eventually Sarah and Charles Dougherty owned coming from their house along Sharkey road Gimmerburn, and then their son Charlie after they moved to Barneys Lane. James died 1894 and William died 1893 both are side by side in the Gimmerburn cemetery.

James in his will asked that his estate be paid to James Scott labourer at present residing with me at Gimmerburn afforsaid under the following provisions that he is to pay for my brother Williams funeral expenses, and all my own funeral expenses and debts. To pay all the debts legally contracted to me within 3 months from the date of my decease. Then I hereby authorise and instruct my executers to sell all my property then proceeds thereof discharge all my liabilities and legal indebitdness and that the surplus if any after such precedure be handed over to aforementioned James Scott. In witness whereof I have set my hand to my will the tenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and ninety four.

Witnesses Arthur Kinney Wardsman Naseby Hospital and Thomas Collins Labourer Naseby.

In the supreme court of New Zealand and Southland district.

In the matter of the will of James McKnight late of Gimmerburn Coalpit proprietor deceased.

The directions given to me by an order made herein by his honor Mr. Justice Williams dated the first day of June 1894 I have to report as follows:

That probate of the will of the above named James McKnight who died the thirtieth of March 1894 was granted to Hugh Wilson county clerk and James Mitchell carpenter on the tenth day of April 1894.

That the Estate of of the said James McKnight consisted of freehold lands about sixty five acres. Lisenses granted under the Mining act a small quantity of farming implements and a spring cart all of which were sold by public auction and realized  309 pound 4 shilling and 3 pence. Book debts realaized 60 pound. Total value of estate 369 pound 4 shilling and 3 pence.

That the said Executers paid off the mortgage (mortgaged to James Whitton of oamaru medical practioner) and paid funeral and restamentary expenses amounting to 131 pound 17 shillings and 3 pence and they have in hand 227 pound 7 shillings with which to pay a divident and the commission applied for. I therefore recommend that the said Hugh Wilson and James Mitchell be allowed in respect of their pains and trouble the sum of fifteen pounds.j


James McKight
Born 1833 Derry Ireland
died 1894
William McKnight
Born 1820 Derry Ireland
died 1893

Joseph Packman. 'Packmans' part of Garibaldi Farm

Joseph Packman and his wife Sarah Cassidy in the Naseby cemetery

Joseph Packman was born in 8/3/1831 in Bellie Morayshire Scotland the son of Mary O'Brien and Joseph Packman, brother to Elizabeth, James, Mary, William and Margaret. He arrived in Naseby in the 1860's owning Livery stables in Naseby, importing horses one especially from Melbourne called Gratis. also he had land in Naseby by 1870. Land in Eweburn 1880.  He had the ground Bill Carson has. He married Sarah Cassidy in 1870. They had five children that I know of.

Mary born 1871 married Hugh McCloy 1891.

Joseph born 1871 married Mary Ann Devenney in 1911.

Margaret born 1874 married Joseph McLochlan 1895


Ellen  born 1879 married William Hiscoke 1900

Joseph died 1891 aged 62. Sarah was 83 when she died Both are buried in Naseby Otago New Zealand.

Joseph jnr. Packman

Joseph Packman and his wife Mary Anne Devenney in the Ranfurly cemetery

Joseph Packman born to Joseph and Sarah in Naseby 1871. He married Mary Anne Devenney in 1911. Her father Thomas had land near Wedderburn Otago N.Z. The hill block 225 bb he had at Gimmerburn. This block now owned by Paul Dougherty and part of Garibaldi Farms. Joseph's  Mother  Sarah transferred this land to Joseph in 1909 with another 3 lots after his Father died.

Block Gimmerburn
Now part of Garibaldi Farm.
For sale or lease
One of the many horses of Joseph Packman senior.

Coal and Gold Miners

Patrick Francis Dougherty probably about the age of this story.

There is a story told by Des and Lawrence Dougherty their Grandfather Patrick Francis Dougherty (Poppa) told then. Two old miners lived in tents behind Biddys hut (you can still see holes dug to this day). When Poppa (Patrick Francis Dougherty) was 11 or 12 he rode

a bullock to Wedderburn Pub to buy them a bottle of whiskey.  It was the first time he had tasted whiskey too apparently. After the miners had drunk probably a fair share they ended up in a fight. That story was told a fair few times over the years!

David Gourlay Mowat Born in Busby Scotland a miner came to Gimmerburn from Naseby in 1883-4.  On the N.Z. electoral rolls he was there in 1890.  He died at his sister Catherine Mowat's house in Naseby in 1903 aged 59 buried Naseby 23 August 1903. His headstone reads Barratt. buried with his sister. Catherine born Busby Scotland about 1837 had married William Barratt born Camberwell Surrey England a labourer of Naseby.

John Inglis was a coal miner in Gimmerburn from 1883 until 1890.

William John was a surfaceman (meaning working above ground in a coalmine) at Gimmerburn 1885 intil 1890.

John Jenkins, James McKerrow, Isaac Osborne,

Michael Ruddy miner applied for land in Gimmerburn in 1894  run 225 - 263 acres there were 97 applicants but was not successful also run 225 - 433 acres 96 applicants. In 1916 Mr Michael Ruddy was living in a small hut on section 1 block XV  town of Ranfurly and was granted a lisence to occupy the section.

 All were on the N.Z. electoral roll in 1896.


Garibaldi Miners.

James Spedderi, Francis Cavadore, Dominic Geoffrey, John McDonald, John Napier, Frank Salvatori. These are Garibaldi Miners I found on the N.Z. Electoral Rolls.

David mowa 26.02.2017 08:55

I am very I tested in David gourlay Mowat because he was my great grandfathers best man and my grandfather has the same name exactly, any info please?

David Murray 06.03.2017 06:57

Thanks for that - could you e-mail me? - I'm researching a book about Dunedin architects including DGM and trying to find out as much as I can.

Miriam and David 06.03.2017 02:04

My hubby David is descended from the architect and wonders the connection to Naseby mowats. Alistair from wgtn is his brother. He didn't mention he'd spoken

David Murray 05.03.2017 19:46

Hi David - are you a descendant of the younger David Gourlay Mowat (architect)? I have lost contact with Alastair Mowat of Wellington who I spoke to last year.

Nick Wood 17.08.2015 12:13

HI Carol
Re James Quin and William Wood who I think was my great grandfather - he married in Naseby 1883 with James Quin as witness - not a teacher tho'. Thanks

Jo Paterson 30.03.2013 07:27

Hello Carol, a great site for researching the early Gimmerburnians. Just a thought, could Biddy's hut have belonged to Bridget(Biddy) Cavadore

des 10.02.2013 05:35

that really interesting carol great thanks

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