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Horace Edward Rowlands was born 9 July 1886, (Birth Certificate number 1886/9120) at _________. The first child of Phoebe and Donald Rowlands.
We do not have any records of Horace’s early life but we can assume that it is much the same as his siblings and other children at that time.
One record we have is from the Auckland Star 9 January 1912 which reads;
THE RIVALS. A CASE OF ASSAULT. At the Hikurangi Police Court yesterday a charge was preferred against Harry Wilson Telfer of assaulting Horace Edward Rowlands. Considerable interest was displayed in this case because of the circumstances connected with the charge. Both young men had been suitors for the hand of a young lady residing at Kaimamaku. She first favoured Telfer and became engaged to him, but recently broke it off, and then kept company with Rowlands. Rowlands proceeded to the home of the girl’s parents, on Christmas Day, to ask their consent. Telfer also appeared on the scene at this time, in possession of a double-barrelled gun, with which he threatened to kill Rowlands and the girl. A struggle ensued, and the gun was eventually taken away from Telfer by the combined efforts of Rowlands, the girl and her mother. Daring the struggle Rowlands received a blow on the head from the stock of the gun, and had to have medical aid. Telfer was bound over by the justices to keep the peace for twelve months, under two sureties of £50 each, and ordered to pay costs.
On ________ 1919 Horace marries Ruby Winifred Harrison (Marriage Certificate number 1919/7204) at __________. Ruby was born 13 February 1896 (Birth Certificate number _______).
Horace ran the saw mill in Owhango for the Dominion Timber Company.
Horace and Ruby have five children – (Sir) Don (1926-2015), ______ (19__), ______ (19__),
In 1935 Horace and Ruby have a still born child (Birth Certificate number 1935/31652).
Horace passes away ______ 1975 (Death Certificate number 1975/25730).
Ruby passes away ______ 1981 (Death Certificate number 1981/41321).