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Alexander (Alex) Connell (c 1846 - 1915)

 

Arrived in New Zealand aboard the Helen Denny, c. 1868.  218

Wife: Christina.  211

Children: 4 sons; John, Alexander, Jas, and William. 3 daughters; married names, Mrs. Bradney, Mrs. E. J. Mortimer, and Mrs. Hanlon.  219

 

Alex joined the Lighthouse Service c. 1872  216  his first appointment was at Napier Lighthouse.  218

During his time at Pencarrow Head, Alex's wife, Christina passed way on October 31, 1886, aged 39 years old.  211

While still at Pencarrow, Alex advertise for a tutor or Governess to look after the children.  213

In April of 1889, his son, John Connell is arrested in Napier after being caught forging his father's checks.  214

In September, 1906, John Connell was in court for forging his father's checks.  215

Alex retied on April 30, 1908 while at the Ponui Passage lighthouse. He had served with the Lighthouse Service for 34 years and was aged 59.  216

Alex died April 27, 1916, he was 70 years old.  219  Alex's death was first reported in the Auckland Star on April 27, 1916. A man named Alexander Connell had died in a Salvation Army home called the People's Palace. Apparently, Alex rose early as normal, went for a walk and upon his return passed away while lying on his bed. The police were called after a search of personal effects revealed a substantial banking account and life insurance policy  217

His death, and long history with the Lighthouse Service was later reported in the Evening Post on May 14, 1915.  219   At the time of his death, 3 of his sons were serving in the war, John with the Australians, Alexander in South Africa, and Jas with the Fourth New Zealand Reinforcements. The fourth son, William, was a member of the Wellington Harbour Board's staff.  219

Alex's son Jas was reported wounded in action in August, 1916.  220

 

 

WELLINGTON, June 20. The following changes in the lighthouse service have been decided upon :—Assistant keeper D. Partington at Cape Foulwind, is to become principal keeper at Mokohinau, Auckland, vice A. Connell, who is to be removed to Tiritiri, Auckland, where he is to succeed N. Simpson, who is to become principal keeper at Moeraki, Otago. Assistant keeper Reeves, from Cape Saunders, is to fill a similar position at Cape Foulwind, and will be succeeded at the former place by assistant keeper Sanders, from the Brothers.

212. Press, Volume LV, Issue 10068, 21 June 1898, Page 6

 

 

 

Napier Bluff   216  c. 1872  216 
Matiu-Somes Island  13 Principal Keeper  13 1883  13 1885  13
Pencarrow Head  211               (c 1886)  211
Mokohinau Islands  4 Principal Keeper  212 1898  212
Tiritiri Matangi Principal Keeper   September 16, 1898  82  May 8, 1902  82
Ponui Passage  216  Principal Keeper  216  May, 1908  216     (Retired)  216

 

 

Additional Sources:

 

211. Daily Telegraph , Issue 4760, 8 November 1886, Page 2

212. Press, Volume LV, Issue 10068, 21 June 1898, Page 6

213. Evening Post, Volume XLV, Issue 26, 1 February 1893, Page 3

214. Press, Volume XLVI, Issue 7296, 29 April 1889, Page 5

215. Evening Post, Volume LXXII, Issue 73, 24 September 1906, Page 7

216. Marlborough Express, Volume XLII, Issue 89, 14 April 1908, Page 3

217. Auckland Star, Volume XLVI, Issue 99, 27 April 1915, Page 4

218. Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2712, 4 May 1915, Page 2

219. Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 113, 14 May 1915, Page 6

220. Auckland Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 188, 8 August 1916, Page 8

 

 

 

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