Mathew Shirley
of Invercargill, New Zealand 

3(i). Matthew Shirley born Aug 8, 1825 Templecombe, Horsington, Somerset, England, died May 8, 1886 Wyndham, NZ. See Shirley Pedigree of Horsington, Somerset, England

This is the last will and testament of me Matthew Shirley of Wyndham in the county of Southland hereby revoke all wills and testamentary instrument heretofore by me made. I appoint Thomas Shirley of Hawkes Bay Napier and William Shirley of Wyndham to be the executors of this my Will. I direct my executors to pay my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses I give and bequeath unto my wife Jane Shirley all my real and personal estate whatsoever or wheresoever situate. Signed by the above named Matthew Shirley this second day of February one thousand eight hundred and eightysix as his last will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have herein subscribed our names as witnesses <s> Matthew Shirley; James M Lauchlan, Storeman Wyndham, Thomas Dougherty, contractor Wyndham

married Jane Whiteman on July 16, 1846, The Hutt, Wellington, NZ. She was chr: Oct 23rd, 1831 in Winchelsea, Sussex, England and arrived in Wellington, NZ with her family on the "Gertrude" on 1841. She died Apr 8th, 1891 at Wyndham, Southland, NZ.


4(i). James Shirley born Jun 30th, 1847 in Wellington, NZ and died Nov 22nd, 1930 in Colac Bay, Southland, NZ.

SOUTHLAND DAILY NEWS, Invercargill November 28, 1930. OBITUARY: JAMES SHIRLEY. In the passing of Mr.James Shirley at his residence, Colac Bay, recently, Southland has lost another worthy pioneer who enacted a great part in her early history. His career was a long and interesting one and in to his 83 year were crowded many varied and noteworthy experiences. The late Mr. Shirley was born at the Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand on June 30, 1847...his father, Matthew Shirley arriving in the colony by the second and his mother by the third ship under the New Zealand company. He received his early education at The Hutt an at age 13 left Wellington with his parents for Dunedin where he worked at the time when Hasties, Barnes, Jones, and MacAndrew were prominent figures. At the time of the Lindis gold rush, they moved to Oamaru and afterwards went with Gabriel's Gully rush and returned to Dunedin. James worked the claim with his father.He was 14 at the time. The size of a claim was 12 ft. X 12 ft., so their area was 24 ft. X 12 ft. It was situated just below the famous Blue Spur and adjoining the hut of the well known character, "Hobart Town Jack," familiar to all early miners at the Gully. As all the claims having been taken up, they had to content themselves with the one on the sloping side of the Gully.  Mr. Shirley related that a shaft of 20 ft. was made and driven out from the 1 ft. X 1 ft. 3 in. of "wash dirt" from this 24 ft. X 12 ft. claim. In four months they secured gold to the value of 1600 pounds of sterling. It was the sight of a life time to climb Slaughter-house Hill and view that two and a half miles of gully and its moving industrious mass of humanity,all striving for gold and yet more gold. the clatter of shovel, picks, buckets andl ong toms and the vast array of tents of the thousands of miners was a scene not to be forgotten. In Gabriels, Weatherstones and Munro's Gullies there were about 13,000 human beings, all within a radious of 5 miles. After leaving Gabriel's Gully, he and his father walked a distance of 51 miles from there to London St. Dunedin, in a day. They followed the Waipori road and on through West Taieri. A few months later his father decided to travel to Southland. They left with a six-horse dray containing all their worldly possessions. All went well until the Poputuna Gorge was reached. Here a stoppage had to be made and some shots fired by the gang of men working there. A track was thus made and the journey continued after a halt of a few hours. That night was spent at the residence of Mr. Thomas Trumble and the next night with Mr. MacGibbon at Dacre. The following day they reached Half-way Bush and stayed with Mr. McIntosh - all settlers having passed away many years ago. Mr. Shirley and his father then engaged in waggoning with both bullock and horse teams, between Invercargil land the Lakes District. In crossing flooded rivers and negotiating almost impassable portions of the route, they had many hair-breadth escapes. After the waggoning days, they started farming in Wyndham district, where some years later Mr. Shirley's father died. Mr. Shirley having experienced the difficulties and trials of traveling on poor roads of the early days, was one of the first to enter into work of road contracting and bridge construction to facilitate travel to different parts of the province. One of the first bridges was the Burwood-Mararoa, for which he held the contract. His next construction of the rail way line from Edendale to Wyndham and Menzies Ferry bridge across the Mataura River. In both of these latter works, Mr. Shirley had large numbers of men employed. At various times he owned saw mills and flax mills at Tokanui Goirge, Waikawa, and Niagara. He was proprietor of the mail coach from Wyndham to Fortrose and Chaselands to Waikawa.Proior to this he was owner of two accommodation houses at Fortrose. His attention then turned to farming pursuits in Waikawa Valley and Niagara. It may be said that Mr. Shirley made Niagara. It was through his energy and foresight that the church and school was built there. He was looked upon as being the "father" of the community, acting the role of doctor, lawyer and adviser. The well-known Bridge Inn at One Tree Point was once owned by Mr. Shirley. The gas mains at Invercargill was carried out by Mr. Howell and Mr. Shirley.
This sketch would not be complete without reference to his musical ability, prowess as an athlete and exponent of as well as judge of Step-dancing, and above all, the generous disposition of the deceased, who passing will be mourned by a wide circle of friends. He is survived by his widow, seven sons, and five daughters. The funeral took place at the Riverton cemetery on Monday afternoon. from:

married 1) Mary Ann Chibbett in Invercargill in 1871. She was born abt. 1849 in Australia and she died Apr 21st, 1877 in Riverton, Southland, NZ.

married 2) Eliza Ann Scott in Invercargill in 1878. She was born abt. 1860 in Dublin, Ireland and she died Apr 9th, 1940 in Riverton, Southland, NZ. obituary

children by first marriage to Mary Ann Chibbert:

5(i). James Francis Shirley born 1871 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ. Died and buried Jul 25th, 1885 in Invercargill.

5(ii). Elizabeth Jane Shirley born May 30th, 1873 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died Sep 29th, 1959 in Timaru, South Canterbury, NZ. She married Robert Jenkins Dec 30th, 1898 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ.

5(iii). Walter Matthew McArthur Shirley born Feb 1875 in Riverton, Southland, NZ and died Sep 13th, 1875 in Riverton.

5(iv). Percy Chibbert Shirley born Sep 26th, 1876 in Riverton, Southland, NZ and died about 1962.

married Catherine Theresa Cockroft May 29th, 1901 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ. She was born abt. 1872 and died abt. 1949. See Canterbury for this family.

children by second marriage to Eliza Ann Scott:

5(v). John Matthew Shirley born 1879 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ and died 1890 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ.

5(vi). Thomas William Shirley born 1880 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died 1958.

5(vii). George Henry Shirley born 1882 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died Feb 15th, 1956 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ.

married Sarah Ellen Johnstone 1905 who was born 1884 and died Jul 25th, 1953 in Invercargill, NZ.


6(i). William George Henry Shirley born 1906 in Taieri East, Southland, NZ and died Apr 30th, 1985 in Invercagill, NZ.

6(ii). Ellen Mavis Shirley born 1908 in Invercargill, NZ and died Dec 1952. She married William Robert Pirie about 1938

5(viii). Arthur Edward Shirley born 1884 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died May 6th, 1945 in Riverton, Southland, NZ.

5(ix). Albert Francis Shirley born 1887 and died Jan 17th, 1975 in Riverton, Southland, NZ.

5(x). Mary Jane Shirley born 1889 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died abt. 1967. She married Albert George Devore 1917

5(xi). Ernest Victor Shirley born 1890 and died 1974. He married Barbara Ethel Sarah Crow 1915 Invercargill, Southland, NZ. She was born 1895 in Pahia, NZ and died Jan 17th, 1982 in Ashburton, Canterbury and was buried in Timaru, South Canterbury, NZ. See Canterbury for this family.

5(xii). Louisa Gertrude Shirley born 1893 Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died 1949. She married Robert Stanley Young 1919.

5(xiii). Grace Maud Shirley born 1895 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died 1911 in Invercargill, NZ.

5(xiv). Robert McNab Shirley born 1897 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died Jun 16th, 1969 in Invercargill, NZ. He married Isabell Winifred White 1928. She was born in Invercargill abt. 1902.
They had 2 boys and 2 girls.

5(xv). Rose Annie Shirley born 1900 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died 1970. She married Victor Clarence Broad abt. 1926.

4(ii). Mary Jane Shirley born Jun 16th, 1849 in Wellington, NZ and died Oct 4th, 1931 at "Chalsworth", Greenmeadows, Napier, NZ. She married John Bennett in Puketapu, Napier in 1871.

4(iii). Ann Shirley born Aug 21st, 1851 in Wellington, NZ and died Oct 10th, 1888 in Okaiawa, Taranaki, NZ. She married James Sinclair Oughton in 1875 at her father's residence at Mataura, Southland, NZ.

4(iv). Frank Shirley born May 21st 1853 in Wellington, NZ and died Sep 25th, 1853 in Wellington, NZ.

4(v). William Shirley born Dec 29th, 1858 in Wellington, NZ and buried Sep 25th, 1947 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ.

married Annie Jane Tunstall in 1878. She was born abt. 1859 and died Nov 15th, 1943 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ.


5(i). George Shirley born Mar 5th, 1879 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ.

5(ii). Emily Jane Shirley born Jun 23rd, 1880 in Fortrose, Southland, Nz and died Jul 12th, 1880 in Fortrose.

5(iii). William Shirley born Aug 28th, 1881 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died Sep 18th, 1980 in Fortrose, NZ.

married Emily May Gilbee Mar 13th, 1917 in Gore, Southland, NZ.


6(i). William Charles Shirley born 1918 in Fortrose, NZ and died 1989 in Invercargill, NZ. He married Ruby Margarite Lamond and they had at least 2 children.

6(ii). Unknown (male) Shirley.

5(iv). Arthur Ernest Shirley born Jul 23rd, 1883 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died Jul 3rd, 1966 in Invercargill, NZ. He married Sarah ???? in 1903.

5(v). Albert Edward Shirley born Sep 12th, 1885 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died abt. 1930.

5(vi). Frank Shirley born Oct 16th, 1887 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died Dec 17th, 1944 in Fortrose, NZ. He married Emma Brown.

5(vii). Ada Amelia Shirley born Jan 16th, 1890 in Gore, Southland, NZ. She married William Dawson Muir in 1915.

5(viii). Rose Emily Shirley born Jun 8th, 1892 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ. She married James Robson.

5(ix). Gordon Victor Shirley born Jun 5th, 1894 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ and died Mar 10th, 1967 in Invercargill, NZ. He married Euphemia Grant in 1930.

5(x). Victoria May Shirley born May 16th, 1897 in Fortrose, Southland, NZ. She married Hubert Gregg in 1920.

4(vi). Thomas Matthew Shirley born Jun 30th, 1860 in Wellington, NZ and died Jan 4th, 1921 in Orepuki, Southland, NZ.

married Alice Hannah Crowe in 1884 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ. She was born abt. 1869 at Hinds, Canterbury, NZ and died Sep 12th, 1955 at Southland Hospital, Kew, NZ.

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5(i). Thomas Albert Shirley born 1885 in Lumsden, Southland, NZ and died Apr 26th, 1933 in Waitati, Southland, NZ.

married Eileen Elizabeth Welsh in 1909. She was born in 1888 and died in Auckland, NZ in 1968.


6(i). Vernon Leslie Shirley born Nov 6th, 1910 in Invercargill, NZ and died Nov 23rd, 1971 in Hamilton, Waikato, NZ. He married and had 4 boys and 3 girls.

6(ii). Female Shirley

5(ii). Matthew Sydney Shirley born Nov 24th, 1887 in Lumsden, Southland, NZ and died Sep 19th, 1966 in Invercargill, NZ. He married Florence Eveline Carlaw in 1913 in Waimahaka, NZ. She was born 1895 in Invercargill, Nz and died Oct 30th, 1966 in Invercargill, NZ.
They had 7 boys and 1 girl.

5(iii). Vernon Willis Shirley born 1891 in Athol, Southland, NZ and died 1983 in Adelaide, South Australia. He married Beatrice Loisa ???? abt. 1923 in Adelaide, South Australia. She was born 1901 and died 1961. See South Australia for this Family.

5(iv). George Wilfred Clifford Shirley born 1893 in Richmond, Victoria, Australia and died 1977 in Oamaru, South Canterbury, NZ. He married Myrtle Uanita Alice Garard 1919 in Oamaru, South Canterbury.

5(v). Lennord Shirley born and died 1895 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

5(vi). Raymond Fraser Reid Shirley born 1903 in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia and died Nov 2nd, 1990 in Riverton, Southland, NZ. He married and had 2 boys and 2 girls.

4(vii). Alfred George Shirley born abt. 1865 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ and died abt. 1922 in Auckland, NZ.

married Agnes Davidson Ferguson Nov 19th, 1894 in Wyndham, Southland, NZ. She was born abt. 1873 in Milton, Southland, NZ and died Nov 25th, 1944 in Auckland, NZ.


5(i). Rosena Jane Shirley born Sep 1st, 1895 in Edendale, Wyndham, Southland, NZ and died Jun 23rd, 1971 in Auckland, NZ. She married Stanley Cyril Gilfillan Feb 25th, 1917 in Hamilton, NZ.

4(viii). Frank Shirley born abt. 1866 at Oaklands, Mataura Island, NZ and died Nov 29th, 1948 in Dunedin, Otago, NZ. He married Agnes Ellesbeth Lejefsky May 20th, 1908 in Port Chalmers, Otago, NZ. She was born abt. 1860 and died Sep 21th 1961 in Dunedin. See  Otago.

4(ix). Rosina Shirley born abt. 1867 in Southland, NZ and died Apr 25th, 1942 in Auckland, NZ. She married Daniel Joseph McGowan Oct 20th, 1892 in Gore, Southland, NZ.

4(x). Albert Edward Shirley born Dec 1st, 1869 in Invercargill, Southland, NZ and died Apr 21st, 1958 in Greymouth, West Coast, NZ.

married 1) Harriett McLellan Mar 17th, 1897 in Charlton, Southland, NZ. She was born Jul 25th, 1874 in Tuapeka, Otago, NZ and died Apr 21st, 1905 in Edendale, Southland, NZ.

married 2) Janet Ross abt. 1915. She was born Jun 29th, 1881 Kaitangata, Southland, NZ and died abt. 1958 in Greymouth, West Coast, NZ.

children by first wife Harriett McLellan:

5(i). Mary Jane Shirley born Mar 6th, 1900 in Waikaka, Gore, Southland, NZ and died May 25th, 1990 in Dunedin, NZ. She married Albert Sherwood.

5(ii). Albert Edward Shirley born Aug 4th, 1901 in Waikaka, Gore, Southland, NZ and died Feb 26th, 1989 in Warkworth, Northland, NZ. He married Mary McClymont 1929. She was born Mar 8th, 1911 in Thornbury, Otautau, NZ and died May 13th, 1995 in Whangarei, Northland, NZ. They had 3 boys and 1 girl.

5(iii). Islay John Shirley born Oct 19th, 1903 in Waikaka, Gore, Southland, NZ. He married Eileen Muriel Daphne Mullaney Aug 15th, 1926 in Invercargill, NZ. She was born Jan 2nd, 1903 in Lyttleton, Canterbury, NZ and died Nov 3rd, 1980 in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ. They had 2 girls.

children by second wife Janet Ross:

5(iv). Male Shirley

4(xi). Amelia Shirley born Aug 4th, 1875 in Mataura, Southland, NZ and died abt. 1876.




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