Greatheads- or not so Great!

I started doing week three of the FutureLearn Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree course today. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses We are learning all about different repositories for genealogical information. As a result people were putting up different links to sites that they had found were particularly useful. Someone put up a link to http://www.digitalnz.org/records. This repository does all sorts of Newspapers and photos and a whole different bunch of useful records.

I have very few ancestors who lived in New Zealand but I do have three, Robert Lucas, his wife Jane Lucas nee Greathead and their daughter Ella Dorothea Kate Bryant nee Lucas. So, just to have a bit of a play I started playing around with the search functions to see what I could find. I didn’t find Ella Lucas or Jane Lucas nee Greathead but I did come up with a photo for an Elizabeth Lucas nee Voller.

Photograph Elizabeth Lucas ca 1870s Title: Photograph: Elizabeth Lucas Date of Work: ca 1870s Search Dates: 01 Jan 1870 - 31 Dec 1870 Reference Number: 00-123/1 Record Number: 562398 http://masterton.spydus.co.nz/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/ARCENQ?RNI=562398

Photograph Elizabeth Lucas
ca 1870s
Title: Photograph: Elizabeth Lucas
Date of Work: ca 1870s
Search Dates: 01 Jan 1870 – 31 Dec 1870
Reference Number: 00-123/1
Record Number: 562398 http://masterton.spydus.co.nz/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/ARCENQ?RNI=562398

Along with the photo was a tantalising piece of information- Photograph of Elizabeth Lucas dressed in a white lace collar.; Biography / History: Elizabeth Lucas was the daughter of Elizabeth and Abraham Voller. She arrived in Nelson in 1843 and married Robert Lucas in 1850. She died in 1861 at the age of 33 and was buried in the area of the Tauherenikau Race Course. Her body was exhumed in 1862 and re-buried at the Featherston Cemetery. Robert Lucas died in 1877 following head injuries after he fell from a horse.

Clearly this family has an interesting family history that I have to follow up. I knew of the Elizabeth Voller marriage. I also had some idea of an accident being the cause of death of Robert Lucas but I did not have much in the way of detail.

Along with the photograph of Elizabeth Lucas was this photo of a Robert Lucas.

 

Mr Robert Lucas. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 39769 http://collection.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/search.do?db=object&view=detail&id=216251

Mr Robert Lucas. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 39769
http://collection.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/search.do?db=object&view=detail&id=216251

I am uncertain if this is my Robert Lucas. The photo is the right place and the right name but at this stage I do not have confirmation. Robert Lucas was a solicitor at the time of his marriage to Jane Isabella Greathead in 1869, so the clothing is a possible match. At this stage I need to do more research to say for sure that this is my Robert Lucas but it is certainly quite probable.

So this is most certainly a site that I need to explore more. I hardly did any searches and came way with one correct Lucas, one possible Lucas and so far no Greatheads. But very much a starting point to look into more carefully for information on this family. Plus there was an obvious fall from a horse resulting in head injuries that will have to be further explored.


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Greatheads- or not so Great! — 3 Comments

  1. Hello, good to see these photos. I have gathered much on Robert Lucas (1816-1877 NZ) and the Lucas family history back to the early 1600s in England. I also have a photo of Jane Isabella Greathead I obtained. Robert Lucas emigrated from Bristol, England in 1842. He is probably the Robert Lucas (clerk of the horse racing club) “buried where the horses gallop” at “The Tin Hut” Tauherenikau, Wairarapa, NZ. Drop me an email if it is all of interest.

    • Be aware that in looking through my notes there was another Robert Lucas of Nelson who was also born in the area around Bristol but was not related. He was also the Son of a Samuel Lucas and married an Elizabeth [but Eliz. Anne Pritchard] – Very confusing! That Robert didn’t arrive in NZ until later in 1859 and stayed in Nelson until his death in 1876. He had a book printing company in Bridge Street, Nelson and a son Robert Stepney Lucas. He is most easily differentiated by newspaper articles. More on him is can be found from this researcher here https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lucas-5306

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