12 October 2012

Leslie Edwin Hill & Kathleen Agnes Cleghorn

We have lift off! With many thanks to Margaret Johnston & Angela Reynolds we’ve been able to identify the couple in the previously posted unidentified marriage group photograph titled ‘The Dorset Wedding’.

It turns out that the bride’s mother was Miriam Maud Matthews, (circumstantially) the sister of Mary Emily Matthews (wife of William Leslie Dorset) and the Aunt Emily the photograph was originally sent to for Christmas.



Miriam Maud Matthews married Arthur Cleghorn in 1882 and the rest is history!

NZ Marriages
1882/2995 Mariana Maude Mathews Arthur Cleyhorn (the spellings are theirs not mine)

Kathleen Agnes Cleghorn was born in 1886 and Leslie Edwin Hill was also born in 1886, his parents were Edwin James Hill and Clara Anita Aitken.

Leslie & Kathleen lived in Ballance near Pahiatua in 1928 but by 1938 had moved to Houto in the Kaipara area in Northland. That fits in with Helensville being the place I found the photograph originally.

I don’t know if they had any children, there is a Desmond Leslie Hill living in Houto in the 1954 census along with his wife Evelyn Violet. Desmond was born in 1926 so if he was their son they had him quite late in life, Kathleen would have been 40 by then.

Kathleen passed away in 1886 aged 69 and Leslie in 1962 aged 76, and they are buried in the Maunu Cemetery in Whangarei. Desmond & Evelyn are also buried in the same cemetery.


References: Papers Past; Wairarapa Archives; NZ BMDs.


If anyone knows anything about or is connected to the HILL or CLEGHORN family please do contact me, I would love to pass this photo onto a family member. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting

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