Golder Family

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1. John Golder (1849 - 1902)

( ancestors William, James, William, William, William, William, ??? )

John was born on 22 Jul 1849 in Belmont, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. He died on 26 Nov 1902 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. John was employed as a Rate Collector, Inspector of Roads and Slaughterhouses.


John married Jane Martin (1855 - 1942) daughter of Alexander Gordon Martin and Elizabeth Brown on 19 Apr 1877. Jane was born on 10 Aug 1855 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. She died on 3 Jul 1942 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. First white girl born in the Upper Valley - Upper Hutt ?


John died as a result of an accident in Upper Hutt. He was out on Taita Road going to visit Vincent’s grave when his horse was frightened and shied, tipping the cart into the drain and as a result he died.

John Golder was the youngest son of William and Mary Golder, who came to New Zealand aboard the Bengal Merchant, arriving in Port Nicholson on 20th February 1840.

Born in Lower Hutt, John was educated there and started work on his fathers farm of 75 acres, on the hills above Belmont, overlooking the Hutt Vallry, where the worked for J and G Brown for several years.

The Golder Homestead was built in 1876 and in 1877 John married Jane (nee Martin ) at St Josephs Church, Upper Hutt.

The original form of Golder Homestead was a simple double gable and lean to shingle clad cottage of 4 bedrooms, with a verandah across the front. It was later added to, to form the cottage as it is now standing on the site. The front addition was done in 1900. It was the home to three generations of the Golder Family until it was bought by the Upper Hutt City Council in 1985. Miss Theresa Golder having lived there for 92 years moved to a home for the elderly and died on 26 April 1988, in her 95th year.John Golder became well known in the district as working foreman of roads, first under the Provincial Government till the abolition of the provences, and then under the Hutt County Council till May 1893, when he was promoted to the importnat office of :- Rate Collector, Inspector of Roads, Slaughterhouses, and Nuisances, Valuer and Returning Officer for the Hutt County Council. (Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1897 - 1908, Vol. 1 pt 1 Wellington page 324). He held this postion with the Hutt County Council until his untimely death on the 14th November 1902, aged 52.

New Zealand Mail - 3 December 1902

"The news of Mr Golder’s terrible death has been received with widespread regret in Wellington, where he was widely known and highly esteemed. He was one of the kindliest of men, and won scores of friends no less, by he unassuming and gentle character than by the manner in which he discharged his duties as a public offical. As a mark of respect to the memory of the late John Golder, Inspector of Works, for the Hutt County Council, the Hutt County Council adjourned its meeting for a time last Wednesday. Messrs Walker (Chairman), Wakeham and Townsend spoke of the deceased as a concientious officer who had never spared himself of carrying out his duties. His death has caused a blank which the Council will have a difficulty filling"

He was the Choir master for many years and he also had a beautiful voice.


John and Jane had the following children:

1.1 Alexander (Alex) William Golder (1878 - 1968)

Alexander was born on 2 Jan 1878 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Alexander was employed as a Upper Hutt City Council; Occupation: Overseer. When old enough to leave school he went to Hukanui to begin clearing the farm block that his father had drawn in 1891. He remained there until his father met with a fatal accident and he returned to be with his mother and to help her care for the younger members of the family. He never married.

War Service 1917-1918.


Alexander died on 16 Dec 1968 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

1.2 John Anthony Golder (1879 - 1968)

John was born at 8.45pm on 15 Jun 1879 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. John was employed as a Fireman, Gardener - Horticulturalist.

When it was discovered that John was colour blind he had to give up this work and bought a farm in Mangamarie in the Wairarapa, not far from his brothers’ farms. He remained there until his brother Alex was called up for overseas service. He then went home to Upper Hutt to help care for family and take some responsibility off his mother. Johnnie was a deeply religious man and had a great sense of humour. Johnny never married


He died on 3 Oct 1968 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

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John Golder

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Johnny Golder

1.3 Francis Joseph Golder (1881 - 1954)

1.4 William (Brother Norbet) Martin Golder (1883 - 1948)

William was born on 23 Sep 1883 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

Left for Australia in Feb 1916 and joined the Brothers of the Congregation of the Most Holy redeemer, Ballarat.

Returned to New Zealand in 1929 to St Gerard's Oriental Bay, Wellington.

At the end of 1940 William was transfered back to Australia to Galong, then up to Townsville where he fell ill and was given 6 weeks to live with cancer. Unmarried


William died on 21 Nov 1948 in Townsville, Australia.

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William Golder

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William Golder

1.5 Mary Elizabeth Golder (1885 - 1918)

Mary was born at 3.40am on 9 Oct 1885 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Mary was employed as a Priest’s housekeeper. Housekeeper to Father Kinkead in Taihape. She was nursing her brother Francis, his wife Ruby, 2 children, Frank and baby John and a neice who were all sick at the same time and she caught the disease herself. 1918 black flu. Mary never married.


Mary died on 17 Nov 1918 in Taihape, New Zealand.

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Mary Golder

1.9 Teresa Isabella Golder (1893 - 1988)

Teresa was born at 2.25pm on 14 Jun 1893 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Her birth name was Teresa but as her younger sister Ellen (Hellen) did not like her name so she gave the H to her sister was then known as Theresa. After Ellen died Teresa removed the H from her name so as is was Teresa as it is on her birth certificate.

Teresa lived all her life in the house she was born in until about 2 years before she died. She remained at home with her mother helping to care for her two nephews Francis and John and her two brothers Alex & Johnny.

Foundation member Upper Hutt Red Cross Society and never married.


Teresa died on 16 Apr 1988 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. She was buried in St Josephs Church, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

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Theresa Golder

1.10 Ellen (Nell) Aloysius Golder (1895 - 1979)

1.11 Linus Bernard Golder (1898 - 1918)

Linus was born at 4:35pm on 1 Feb 1898 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Linus was unmarried and was employed by the Union Steamship Company.


Linus died on 4 Sep 1918 of influenza while on board ship going overseas on war service.

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Linus Golder

1.12 Vincent Augustine Golder (1899 - 1902)

Vincent was born at 5:30pm on 8 Sep 1899 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.


Vincent died on 5 Oct 1902 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. He died of pneumonia a few weeks before his father died.

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Vincent Golder