THE EASTHOPE FAMILY
6: Moving to New Zealand
This photo of Helen May, with her daughter
Phyllis (Alfred's oldest surviving daughter), was probably taken
|Geoffrey recalled, much later, that his father (Alfred Newman Easthope)
was working away from Wolverhampton for much of WW1.
the Easthopes billeted one or two wounded New Zealanders - generally
those who had lost limbs and were convalescing in Wolverhampton. Other
similarly-wounded New Zealand soldiers would visit.
Phyllis, and one of these New Zealand visitors - William Henry Scott
became romantically involved.
|Scottie, as he was always known, was living at Louisa Handley's
boarding house in Bond Street.
|Read the story of the boarding house
William Henry Scott.
||The entries, kindly supplied by Val
Wood, made by Scottie in Louisa's visitors' book.
|From the autograph book belonging to
her daughter, Vera.
Phyllis and Scottie were married on 23rd. November 1918 at the church
of St. Paul in Wolverhampton.
Scottie returned on a troop ship to New Zealand, and Phyllis followed
shortly after on a 'bride' ship. They settled in Gisborne, the region in
which Scottie had been living prior to enlisting. Phyllis was
quite homesick in New Zealand, describing this to her mother in letters
back to Wolverhampton. Eventually, her family decided to emigrate to New
Zealand also, sailing on the S.S. Rimutaka for Wellington,
The S.S. Rimutaka.
|Those travelling were Alfred, Helen May, Sylvia, Cyril and Geoffrey.
met up on board with the 3rd mate,
Thomas Nowell, romance developed, and they were later married.
|On arrival in Wellington, they were met by Alfred Willcox, the son of
Paul and Maud, who had been in NZ for some time.
Mabel and Lillian, Alfred's daughters from the first marriage, remained
in England. Mabel had married Hubert Reece Clarke, a farmer, on
14th June 1911.
They had two daughters, Mary and Gladys Norah.
Tragically, Gladys died by drowning in the Staffordshire and
Worcester canal, at the age of 27, in 1941. Mabel died in 1971, 10
years after her husband Hubert.
Lillian had married Samuel Hibberd, a drug merchant, on 10th December
1913. After his death in 1929, she married Frederick Day Willcox, a wine
merchant, on 12th June 1934.
Lillian and Frederick Day on their wedding
|The marriage took place in Kent, but they settled back in
Wolverhampton, at Newbridge Cottage, Tettenhall.
Lillian had no children from either marriage. She died on 15th December
1971, 16 years after Fred.
For the first couple of years, the emigrant Easthopes lived in
Gisborne, apart from Cyril who stayed in Wellington. Geoffrey worked as
an electrician's apprentice.
|In 1922, they moved to Wellington, and Geoffrey started work
at Thomas Ballinger & Sons.
They lived in Russell Terrace,
until Helen May's death on 26th November 1929.
Geoffrey soon after arriving in Gisborne.
||Alfred and Helen May at Russell
Terrace, some time between 1923 and 1929.
Alfred died on 28th July 1937. He had spent much of the time after
Helen's death living in Gisborne.
|Phyllis and Scottie had two children, Barbara (Bobbie) and Peter.
Sylvia and Tom also had two children, Kathleen and Shirley. Both
families lived in Gisborne. Sylvia died on 21st October 1969, Tom
on 23rd March 1968. Phyllis died on 7th May1964, and Scottie on 30th
Cyril, in Wellington, married Annie Alexander on 5th July 1930;
they had no children. Cyril died on 25th July 1969, Annie having died on
11th April 1962.
Geoffrey married Dorothy Maud Jones, in Wellington on 23rd March 1932.
They had three children, Helen, Ronald and Caryll. Dorothy died on 19th
October 1996 aged 87 years, and Geoffrey died soon after, on 18th
December 1996, aged 90yrs.
If anyone has any further information about the family,
would they please contact me, Ron Easthope, at