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Charles Jacka Tregurtha (1845 - 1912)

 

Born 1848 in St Levan, Cornwell, England.  331

Father: Thomas Tregurtha, of St. Buryan, Cornwall, England.  176

Mother: Jane Jacka, of St. Buryan, Cornwall, England. Died On May 26, 1887, at Moeraki, Otago, aged 80 years. Richard stationed at Manukau South Head at that time.  176

Charles emigrated to New Zealand from Penberth in Cornwall with his and wife Grace and brother Richard Tregurtha in November, 1871, aboard the Jessie Readman arriving in Dunedin 23 February, 1872.  331 

Married: Grace Cargeeg, b. March 12, 1849 , Morvah, Cornwall, England, d. September 7, 1928 , Palmerston North.  331

Joined the Lighthouse Service 1873.  331

Died: January 18, 1912, Palmerston North.  331

The death occurred last night at a private hospital at Palmerton North, of Mr. Charles Jack Tregurtha, a well known resident of that town, who for the past eight years had been postmaster and general storekeeper at Terrace End. Mr. Tregurtha, who was a native of Cornwall, came to New Zealand about 39 years ago, accompanied by his wife, and for twenty-four years (states our Palmerton North correspondent) was lighthouse keeper it various lighthouses on the New Zealand coast, his last station being French Pass. He resigned from the service eight years ago, and came to Palmerton North to live. The late Mr. Tregurtha, who was 67 years of age, had enjoyed good health. all his life, but he recently underwent a serious operation, which, though successful, was followed by a relapse, to which he succumbed. He leaves a widow and a family of six grown-up sons and one daughter. 

175. Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 16, 19 January 1912, Page 7

 

Children:

1. William Thomas, b. August 17, 1873 , Oamaru, d. July 1, 1949 , Greymouth.  331

2. John Charles, b. December 21, 1874 , Oamaru, d. March 22, 1917, Palmerston North.  331 

3. Ernest, b. August 7, 1876 , Oamaru, Taiaroa Heads, d. April 25, 1928 , Wellington.  331

4. Edward, b. December 8, 1877 , Oamaru, Taiaroa Heads, d. September 7, 1932 , Wellington.  331

5. Richard Henry, b. April 21, 1880 , Dunedin, d. 1929 , Masterton.  331

6. Rubina Jane, b. March 21 1883 , Dunedin.  331  

7. Albert, b. April 28, 1888 , Riverton, d. 1958 , Palmerston North.  331

 

SEA MONSTERS.

This day Mr. C. Tregurtha, Keeper of the Brothers Lighthouse, reports on May 29 seeing some strange marine monsters, they were about three miles off. At first he thought they were whales, but could not see any spouting, though there was plenty splashing. Three of them rose fifteen to twenty feet out of the water, remaining in that position half a minute. Afterwards a fourth appeared. Their heads were snake-like, the neck being much smaller than the head. They were of a greyish white color. Another monster like an enormous shark, with two fins behind the head, was also seen both by Mr. Tregurtha and another man named Butter.

174. Daily Telegraph , Issue 7786, 17 June 1896, Page 3

 

 

Taiaroa Head  331 Assistant Keeper  331 July 1873  331
Waipapa Point  13b  1st Assistant Keeper  13b 1884  13b June 18, 1885  13b
Centre Island  13b    Principal Keeper  13b June 20, 1885  13b July 30, 1889  13b
? 1889
The Brothers   91   Principal Keeper  59              (c  Feb 1894)  91 October, 1896  59
Cape Egmont  59 Principal Keeper  59 October 1896  59       ( c  1898)  181
French Pass  84     Principal Keeper  84 c 1906, Retired  175

 

Additional Sources:

13b. DOC, Lighthouse of Foveaux Strait - A History. Angela Bain May, 2010. http://www.doc.govt.nz/publications/conservation/historic/by-region/southland/lighthouses-of-foveaux-strait-a-history/

190.  Richard Tregurtha ( Annette MacDonald, April 9, 2009)

59. Evening Post, Volume LII, Issue 133, 27 October 1896, Page 4

91Star , Issue 4872, 10 February 1894, Page 6. South Island Lighthouses

174. Daily Telegraph , Issue 7786, 17 June 1896, Page 3

175. Evening Post, Volume LXXXIII, Issue 16, 19 January 1912, Page 7

181.  Evening Post, Volume LV, Issue 57, 9 March 1898, Page 6

84http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~babznz/marllhk.html

331http://tregurtha.com/

 

 

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