The Bradley Fraser family

The Bradleys

Bradley is an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad wood" or "broad meadow" in Old English.[1] It is also an Anglicisation of the Irish name Ó Brolacháin (also O’Brallaghan) from County Tyrone in Ireland. The family moved and spread to counties Londonderry, Donegal and Cork, and England as the adjacent extract from Irish Names, page 445, 1901, confirms. This particular family lines traces from Cork with the first recorded name being two John Bradleys, father and son. The second was born in 1770.

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The Frasers

main imageThe Fraser line has been traced back to Donald Fraser in Invernessshire with his son Alexander marrying Margaret Unthank. Margaret was bon in Sandsend,Lyte. Her line traces back to James Unthank who lived in Kirkleatham, Cleveland, Yorkshire. He would have been the 11th GGF of Kathleen Fraser.

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The Rylances

The Rylances were the last of our primary families to arrive in New Zealand in the early 20th century. Coming from Lancashire, they settled in Dunedin and Christchurch, Frederick was a paint manufacturer along with his two sons John and Thurstan. Frederick, daughter Muriel and sons John and Thurstan arrived in Dunedin about 1911. Father and sons established a paint/varnish company mirroring their former English operation. Thurstan married Mary Clapham Moss in 1915 shortly after she arrived in New Zealand after the death of her father. She was a weaver by trade. The wedding photo shows Mary in mourning for her father, Thurstans’s father Frederick holding Kathleen M rylance then aged about 18 months.

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The Bradleys in NZ
Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley

Timothy was born in Urraghil, Cork, Ireland in 1848. He arrived in Lyttelton on 29 August 1874 abourd the Cathcart - which had suffered a mutiny during the voyage!

In 1884 he married Margaret o Keefe born in 1852 in Limerick. Ireland. Together they had nine children -Norah, Ellen,Edmond, Margaret. Mary. Catherine, Rachel. Anastasia amd Timothy.

the McSherry family

Frederick McSherry was born in Leitrim, Ireland in 1833. IT is not known when he came to New Zealand but in May 1965 he married Ann Jackson, born in Dorset in 1849.There were elevan children of whom one married Emilie AA Amundsen born at sea on the way to NZ with her Norwegian parents. Their daughter Annie was born in 102 and married Timothy D M Bradley.

Fraser Family
Captain Edmnd Fraser

Captain Edmnd Fraser

Captain Edmond was the first Fraser to come to NZ, initally on trading voyages.

He married Australian born Catherine Courtney in Oct 1975 in Hokitika. They had 10 children.

Rylance Family
Thurstan Vernon Rylance

Thurstan Vernon Rylance

Late arrivals all - Frederick and his two sons Thurstan V andFrederick T R arrived around 1913 from Lancashire.

In 1915 he married Mary Claphame Moss shortly after her arrival in NZ following her father's death.



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