Moreover, my ancestors' souls are sustained by the atmosphere of the house, since I answer for them the questions that their lives once left behind. I carve out rough answers as best I can. I have even drawn them on the walls. It is as if a silent, greater family, stretching down the centuries, were peopling the house.

Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)

Friday, 9 May 2014

A great store of remembrance

In the 'Evening Post' of January 21 1911, a paragraph appeared about Elizabeth Margaret Horne in the column dedicated to women 'Women in Print'. It was alongside an account of Miss Nelson's marriage to Mr Molesworth Tolhurst. The bride wore 'white de soie over taffeta and she had a handsome veil'. 

I am not so sure that John Lodge actually built the hotel - I thought he was just the lease-holder at one time, but I may be wrong. Again, this is the first time I have seen it called the 'Waterloo'. A watercolour of it probably painted about 1840 says that it is the 'Rainbow' and in the Court report which featured evidence by John Lodge and his wife, Harriet, it is just 'a public house at Kai-warra-warra'. A little searching in Papers Past finds an account in 1866 of two public houses at Kai-warra-warra - the Waterloo and the Rainbow. However another reference in the Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1897 has the Rainbow established in 1873, not earlier.
I suspect that this early watercolour which does have a provenance as being of the public house 'of John Lodge' is where Elizabeth spent her early years in New Zealand. 

"Kaiwharawhara stream and bridge in foreground; across the stream is a raupo hut and John Lodge's two-storeyed public house (also known as the Rainbow Hotel or Kaiwharawhara Hotel). "
(Information from Kapi-Mana news, Vol 23 no. 14, 10 March 1981, p. 22, by William Secker)
The picture is by David Coutts Crawford:

Crawford, James Coutts, 1817-1889. [Crawford, James Coutts] 1817-1889 :Port Nicholson from Kaiwarrawarra [1840 or 1841?]. Ref: A-229-008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

'Visitors to Mrs Horne find her conversation most interesting, as she has gathered in her long life a great store of remembrance, personal, social and historic.' I can just imagine her racy conversation....

Elizabeth Margaret Horne nee Lodge died in Wellington Hospital on the 9th of May, 1912. It is by some  strange synchronicity that I have just realised that she died 102 years ago today......

She appears to have been suffering from congestive heart disease. A Death notice appeared some weeks later in the Evening Post, 31 May 1912 page 1. Maybe John Horne was ill himself, maybe Violet, the only one of Elizabeth's children living in Wellington finally got around to going in to the newspaper office.  But for me, these sentiments just don't say 'Elizabeth'. The notice sounds like a standard text the counter assistant recommended for relatives who didn't know what to put......

they got her age wrong too.

She was buried on the 11th May 1912 Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand, Church of England section; Plot 279 A.

John Lewis Horne was cared-for in the last years of his life by the Sisters of Compassion, at their Buckle St Home for Incurables. He died on the 22nd January 1919 of heart disease too, and is buried in Karori Cemetery, although the records do not show him.

What a life, Elizabeth.

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