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Henrietta Morrison (Fisher)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Thomas Fisher and Jean Margaret Hunter
Wife of James Thomas Morrison
Mother of James Montgomery Morrison

Managed by: Tania Dale King
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About Henrietta Morrison (Fisher)

[1] Janine – Born about 1817 in Scotland. Died in Scotland.

 Married about 1838 in Scotland.

[2] Thomas Morrison – Born about 1813 in Scotland. Died in Scotland. [3] James Thomas Fisher – Born about 1818 in Norfolk, England. Died in Norfolk England. Married in Norfolk, England.

[4] Jean Margaret Hunter – Born about 1822 in Norfolk, England. Died in Norfolk England. [5] James Thomas Morrison – Born in Ayreshire, Scotland in 1839 to Thomas and Janine Morrison. He arrived in New Zealand in 1864 and went to Tauranga with the 1st Waikato Regiment in the same year. He went to Auckland to be married to Miss Henrietta Fisher in 1869 and the couple had 6 children, 3 of which died in infancy. James Morrison had been a successful publican in Tauranga for a number of years having conducted the Victoria Hotel there since 1867. He purchased the Rotorua Hotel (Lake House) as an expansion of his business interests. James Thomas Morrison died on the 15th October 1879 at 40 years of age leaving his widow Henrietta, and three children.

[6] Henrietta Fisher Morrison - Born in Norfolk, England in 1844 to James Thomas Fisher and Jean Margaret Hunter of Norfolk, England. She was married to James Thomas Morrison for 10 years before he died. She was 77 years of age when she died in 1921. For more information read ‘Just ordinary people’ by Kate Shaw.

[7] Henrietta Fisher Morrison – Died November 1871

[8] Margaret Jean Morrison – Born 26th August 1870 in Tauranga. Died 23rd January 1942 in Hamilton

[9] Allan Montgomery Morrison – Died 1872 in Tauranga

[10] Henrietta Morrison – Born January 1876 in Tauranga. Died 21st April 1876 in Tauranga.

[11] Henrietta Florence Morrison – Born 1878. Died 18th July 1942

[12] James Montgomery Morrison – Born 23rd August 1871 in Tauranga. Died 3rd October 1959 in Rotorua and is buried at Kaue Cemetary in Rotorua.

1839-1879 EARLY SETTLER: 1864 James Thomas was born in Ayreshire, Scotland in 1839 to Thomas and Janine Morrison.

He arrived in New Zealand in 1864 and went to Tauranga with the 1st Waikato Regiment in the same year.

He went to Auckland to be married to Miss Henrietta Fisher in 1869. The couple had 6 children, 3 of which died in infancy.

OHINEMUTU: 1874 James Morrison had been a successful publican in Tauranga for a number of years having conducted the Victoria Hotel there since 1867.

His purchase of the Rotorua Hotel was an expansion of his business interests although whether he intended to run both hotels or sell the Victoria is unclear. Matters were to some extent taken out of his hands for he was refused a renewal of his license at Tauranga on 22 April, only one week after purchasing the Rotorua Hotel.

Morrison remained in Tauranga for some time endeavoring to regain his license for the Victoria; a petition was circulated in the town which was to be forwarded to the superintendent of the province ‘praying that Mr Morrison be given a rehearing because of his unblemished record for the past 8 years’. The results however, seemed to have been fruitless as the Victoria Hotel closed and was never re-opened.

During the time Morrison was involved in appeals to the licensing committee, the Rotorua Hotel was conducted by his brother-in-law, Albert Fisher, whose tenure was maintained until November of the same year. Presumably Morrison himself took over the running of the Rotorua Hotel as soon as his affairs at Tauranga had been wound up, but the situation was apparently not to his liking and, during most of 1875, he offered the place for sale. The advertisements give an interesting and early description: ‘For Sale, at Ohinemutu, Hot Lake District. Morrison’s Hotel on a lease, of which 20 years and six months are to run. The Hotel contains a Dining Room, 2 Parlors, 9 Bedrooms, Billiard Room, Store-room, Bar and Fittings. There is also a four-stalled Stable and outhouses etc. The ground, consisting of 8 ½ acres contains a Fruit Orchard, well stocked Kitchen Garden, two accommodation paddocks, cooking springs and steam holes, where all cooking can be done, no fuel being required; Also covered-in hot mineral bath, the finest in the district. The Stock and Furniture can be taken at valuation. Apply to Jas.Thos.Morrisson, Rotorua Hotel, Ohinemutu’. The Hotel was never sold and Morrison and his wife Henrietta became very much a part of the Rotorua Community and respected hosts of the Rotorua Hotel.

Over a period of time many improvements were made to the Hotel including a new range of stables (built for Morrison by J.J Keys) which, when completed in February 1878, were acknowledged to be the best between Auckland and Napier., containing 9 stalls, loose boxes, harness room etc.

Around August 1879 James Morrison had been injured in a coaching accident in Tauranga. Shortly after leaving the Tauranga Terminus (for Rotorua) and near Tenth Avenue, the reins of one of the leading horses snapped. The horses were startled, swerved violently and bolted, overturning the coach. Of the four passengers on board only Morrison was seriously injured and was later taken back to Tauranga where he was treated by Dr Ginders. He had suffered severe bruising about the body and an injured leg.

Whether his injuries were even more serious than first thought will never be known, but his health deteriorated during the next year and his death occurred on the 15th October 1879. Only 40 years of age. Morrison left his widow Henrietta and three children with the full responsibility if the hotel. He was taken to Tauranga for burial.

1844-1921 HENRIETTA FISHER MORRISON

Born in Norfolk, England in 1844 to James Thomas Fisher and Jean Margaret Hunter of Norfolk, England.

HENRIETTA Fisher married James Thomas Morrison in Auckland, 1869. They were married for ten years, had 6 children, 3 of which died in infancy.

After her husband died, October 1879 she operated the Rotorua Temperance Hotel for 25 years until it was burnt to the ground in September, 9th 1899.

The ground on which the Hotel stood forms a portion of the Pukeroa Reserve which was held on lease from the Government by Mrs Henrietta Morrison.

She continued to run the Hotel with her two daughters Margret-Jean and Florence, and only son James. She was 77 years when she died in 1921.

(Information from ‘Just Ordinary People’ by Kate Shaw.)

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Henrietta Morrison's Timeline

1844
1844
Norfolk, England
1871
August 23, 1871
Age 27
Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
1921
September 12, 1921
Age 77
Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
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