25 April 2009

Philip Kennedy Scott Pasley 1884-1974


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  • Subject: Philip Kennedy Scott Pasley
  • Date: April 1885
  • Photographer: Hemus & Hanna, Queen St, Auckland
  • Found: Milton, South Otago

Philip Kennedy Scott Pasley was born in Napier on the 30 May 1884, his parents were Robert Charles Pasley & Eliza nee Thomson. Philip married Edith Muriel Clark in 1914, he died 1974 and Edith in 1967 aged 78. That is all I know about Philip although there is more to tell about the Pasley family.

Back in 1797 George & Anna Pasley were living in India where their son, Gilbert John, was born on 23 Oct 1797. Gilbert John was to become a Colonel in the army, in HM 49th Regiment, in later life. He married Amelia Kennedy, date & place unknown, and they had a family of four boys & two girls (that I know of), the eldest four were also born in India. The two youngest were born in Somerset where the family were living by the 1841 census.

Class: HO107; Piece 931; Book: 13; Civil Parish: Lyncombe and Widcombe; County: Somerset; Enum Dist: 5; Folio: 46; Page: 19; Line: 21; GSU roll: 474593


Gilbert John Pasley died in 1846 and his wife Amelia in 1891. The family were still living in the same house in the 1851 census and the unnamed male baby aged 12 days in 1841 turned out to be Robert Charles born on the 25 May 1841 (or thereabouts).

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1942; Folio: 143; Page: 14; GSU roll: 221101.
Civil Parish: Lyncombe and Widcombe 
County/Island: Somerset 
Name Age
Amelia Pasley 40 
Edward W Pasley 15 
Anne Jane Pasley 12 
Robert C Pasley 9 
Amelia E Pasley 5

By 1876 Robert Charles had migrated to NZ where he married Eliza Thomson. One of Robert's brothers, Edward William had migrated to NZ on board the vessel 'Maori' at the end of 1851 so perhaps Robert was on board also although neither of them are listed in the ship's passenger list.

Robert Charles & Eliza had a family of three daughters & one son:

Helen Edith 23 Jul 1877-1972
Ethel May 1879-1964
Mildred Amelia 1880 m Charles Hebdon Gregory 1905
Philip Kennedy Scott 30 May 1884-1974

In various editions of the Marlborough Express newspaper I found mention of Robert Charles being the Goverment Scab/Sheep Inspector. Then this in 1892:

Marlborough Express, Volume XXVIII, Issue 292, 12 December 1892, Page 2.
Pasley.— At "Highland Home," Ballater, Aberdeenshire, on the 18th October, 1892, Robert Charles Pasley, youngest son of the late Col. Pasley,  H.M.49th Regiment. Aged 51 years.

It seems he was visiting another brother, George Boles Pasley, in Scotland at the time of his death.


He had been afflicted with Addisons Disease 20 mths earlier and I suspect he wanted to visit family in the UK. His wife Eliza must have been with him at the time as I found her returning to NZ a month later:-

Name: Mrs R C PASLEY 
Date of departure: 23 November 1892   
Port of departure: London  
Passenger destination port: Auckland, New Zealand  
Sex: Female 
Occupation: Lady 
Ship: ARAWA 
Master's name: John Stuart
Steamship Line: Shaw Savill & Albion Co Ltd
Where bound: New Zealand
Square feet: 1950
Registered tonnage: 3268
Passengers on voyage: 148

What a shock for his children but especially little Philip who was only 8 years old when his father died. I haven't been able to find out anything about his mother Eliza nee Thomson after she returned to NZ. Perhaps she married again although no marriage found as yet.


One last item on Robert's brother Edward William Pasley:-

Mr Edward William Pasley, Collector of Customs, Gisborne, was born in the Bengal Presidency, India, in 1836, and is the third son of Colonel G J Pasley, of the 49th Foot. Mr Pasley was educated at Bath, England. In 1851 he came to this Colony in the ship “Maori,” and landed at Nelson. He remained with his uncle (who was farming) until 1855, and was afterwards sheep farming in the Wairau district until 1863. In 1864 he joined the Customs Department at Nelson as junior clerk, and subsequently worked up to the position of landing waiter at that port. In August 1876, he received the appointment of Collector at Blenheim, where he remained till December 1894, when he was transferred to Gisborne. He has always been connected with the Church of England, and has held various lay offices during his residence in the Colony. Mr Pasley was married in 1858 to Miss F L Huddleston, of Nelson, by whom he has had a family of eight daughters & two sons. (One of them being)
Mr Gilbert Kennedy Pasley, Secretary to Messrs Common, Shelton and Company Ltd, is a son of Mr E W Pasley, Collector of Customs. He was born in Nelson in 1870, and was educated at Blenheim, where he afterwards joined the staff of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, which he served successively at Oamaru, Gore, Dunedin, and Wellington, and was shorthand and corresponding clerk, when he left its employment in March 1896, to become ledger-keeper to Messrs Common, Shelton and Company. Mr Pasley was promoted to the position of secretary to the company in August 1900. As a volunteer he served in the Blenheim School Cadets as lieutenant, and was afterwards for a year in the City Rifles in the same place. Mr Pasley is an active member of the Gisborne Lawn Tonnis Club. He was married, in 1894, to a daughter of Mr A B Tuson, of Southland, and has two daughters.


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Dawn Scotting

1 comment:

John Lambert said...

It is likely that Robert is the R.C. Pasley who arrived in 1857 on the ship John MacVicar as recorded in the Nelson Examiner of 21 November 1857 (refer paperspast) My own ancester Charles Lambert was on this ship, and I have been reading Walter Turnbull's journal of the voyage.He refers to him as 'Pasly', says he is from Bath, and says of him " Mr Pasly, the son of a Widow, is quite a lad, and has no, as far as I know, been taught any profession, he goes out to join some relations and expects to be engaged in sheep farming". (refer Alexander Turnbull library) JohnBLambert@gmail.com