William Tinney (c.1858 - 1930)

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Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Patea, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Occupation: Sea Captain, Harbour Master of the Port of Patea, Harbour MASTER
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About William Tinney

Captain William Tinney, was born Cheltenham UK, in 1858 with his twin brother Frederick. ,and was the third son of Mr Frederick TINNEY. ( a stonemason) and Rhoda Tinney . The Family resided primarily at Somerset London William trained for sea on the Warsprite , then arrived in NZ in his early twentys . Appointed CAPTAIN of the S.S. “Aorere,” Anchor Line, He went to sea in 1871, in the training ship “Warsprite,” and, after serving three months, joined the Navy, in which he remained for several years. Arriving in Nelson in the ship “Chili,” in 1874, as an ordinary seaman, he obtained employment in the coastal and intercolonial trade, first as ordinary seaman, then as mate, and finally as master of the schooner “Sisters.” After that he had charge of the steamer “Elsie” trading between Nelson and Rewaka for three and a half years. In 1889, he entered the employ of the Anchor Company, as second mate of the s.s. “Waverley,” and eighteen months later was made first mate, which position he filled for three years. In 1894, Captain Tinney was appointed to this command.

The third son of FREDERICK Tinney of LONDON .

He married Emma Whiting the second daughter of Henry Whiting a Nelson Blacksmith & Farrier on19th Sept 1881 at the Congregational Chapel , Hardy Street ,NELSON NZ

Then Harbour Master Patea 1906 , a postion he would hold until his death

died age 74 Patea New Zealand 

Buried Old lawn Patea Cemetry ( north west section ) plot 431 next to Wife Emma and son George

He was a familiar figure at every sports gathering , he also capture the hearts of many children , His character and dispostion being particulary bright and sunny.

His cortege being one of the largest seen in the district for many years.

He was survied by a family of two daughters ,Mrs L Findlay ( Wanganui) and Mrs L.Gordon. Thorburn ( Wanganui) and two sons Percy Henry ( Wanganui) and Norman ( Patea ) NB a brief mason service was held also

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William Tinney's Timeline

1858
1858
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
1871
1871
- present
Age 13
Training Ship Warsprite England
1881
September 19, 1881
Age 23
Nelson, New Zealand, South Island, New Zealand
1888
1888
Age 30
1890
1890
Age 32
1892
May 9, 1892
Age 34
Patea, New Zealand
1894
1894
Age 36
Patea, New Zealand
1930
October 8, 1930
Age 72
Patea, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
November 10, 1930
Age 72
Patea, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand