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John James Stanaway was one of nine children born to James and Eleanor Stanaway form Camberwell, Surrey, on 16 July 1813. Both his parents were originally from Probus, Cornwall, England.

Captain John James Stanaway

Captain John James Stanaway

It remains a mystery how John arrived in the South Pacific with various stories and accounts. We do know that by 1839 he has made passage to Hokianga, New Zealand aged about 26, then, further south to the Kaipara region by the 1850’s. The majority of his life was spent on the banks of the Wairoa River where he was one of the first settlers and founder of the small village of Tokatoka.

His occupations where many and included; Captain, Master Mariner, Pilot & Assistant Pilot, Harbour Master all at the Port of Kaipara, New Zealand, Post Master, Hotelier, Bush Licence Holder, Store Owner, Gum dealer, Forman, Carpenter and Sawyer.

John died on 17 August 1874, and is buried in the Tokatoka Cemetery, on the banks of the Northern Wairoa River. He was sixty one years old, and left four wives and 16 children.

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  1. Noni

    Great reading all this Family history, Joseph Patrick was my maternal Grand father, there certainly is a whole tribe of us, John must have been a very busy man.

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    1. gregorypaulskinner Post author

      Thanks Noni – if there is anything we can add on either JJ, Henry, or Joseph Patrick, which you may think we have missed let us know by leaving a reply on that web page – for others reading this – this is a massive project to gather information on the 3 generations from JJ, If you have any stories, or facts and pictures you would like to share please leave a reply – we will try to get all the great grand children a page asap where you can add your comments etc.

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      1. JIF

        Hi GPS
        Thanks to all concerned who have put together this valuable archive. My relationship is via Dinah and Charles Clark, Sarah’s sister Hannah is my connection, however I am loving the extended family history here.
        JIF

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  2. Claudette

    Hi Greg

    I am the great-granddaughter of Montrose Stanaway (son of William Henry). My father has a portrait of Montrose in his home. I can take a photo of the portrait if you like or scan a copy of it and email it to you if you wish.

    Thanks,
    Claudette

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    1. gregorypaulskinner Post author

      Hi Claudette
      Montrose was the brother of my great grandmother Ida Stanaway, She married Capt Charles Bamford Daniel, My grandmother was their daughter. So we are close cousins of sorts. i would love to get a scan copy of the portrait you have of “Monty” I dont think I have any of him – I will also email you off line as I would like to get more infomation if you have any
      Greg

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        1. gregorypaulskinner Post author

          Ida’s daughter was May “Kotuku” Daniel – married Athol L Skinner, they lived mainly in Auckland, but during WW1 they moved up to Hokianga where Capt Charles worked a the signal man at the entry of the harbour – it was at that time they cought up with relatives. on their return to Auckland a few years later they decided to travel through the Kaipara over a month when they again stayed with family.

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  3. Wendy Stanaway-Crichton

    The whole Stanaway story is interesting and neat to keep up and meet new family…my father was Graham Norton Stanaway…his father was Charles George Stanaway…and his parents were JJ and Sarah Clarke…and I can see Toka Toka from my window every day….a lot of us still in the Kaipara…

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      1. Wendy Stanaway-Crichton

        HI…I have photos of my father…Grahame Morton Stanaway…young and old…if needed for his page,,,he was a hard working… can do kind of a attitude fella…people of the Kaipara…came looking for him…when there was a job that seemed impossible….

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  4. Judy Lanzon

    I think I am the great grandchild of Maungaroa (ere Ngaru) According to family and records, Maungaroa daughter of Ka Stanaway, had a daughter, Rira, to Waaka Mete Walker Smith) born in1879 and also three children to John Patrick Denny (Hone Tini) …. Riki, born, killed in WW1, Raiha ( my grandmother Eliza Mena) born in1895 and ,Henry born 1899 I would be very happy if you can verify or negate that this is the same Maungaroa. I have seen the same photo of Ka Stanawayin a home of one of Riras . Cant be coincidence, I reckon

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  5. Vincent Paul Stanaway

    Just a small correction
    Line John Aloysius-
    John and Nora have three children – Philip John (1912), Mary (Polly) Patricia (1915) and Vincent Paul (1918).
    Mary was known as Molly not Polly…
    I am Vincent Paul born 1956
    The old man is Vincent (no middle name) born 1918…Nora (his Mother) didn’t get him christened as they where in Auckland at the time of the Spanish flu (I think) and wouldn’t take him out.
    He was awarded The Militery Medal at Casino WWll so you could add (MM) if you wanted to differentiate.
    Regards
    Vincent Paul

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