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George Fellingham

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: St Bartholomew-the-Great, London, England
Death: January 13, 1855 (38)
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Wellington City, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of James Fellingham and Mary Ann Fellingham
Husband of Rebecca Price
Father of Emily Rebecca Louisa Hooper; Elizabeth Lawton/Harvey; Jas (James) Fellingham; William Peter Fellingham; Joseph Fellingham and 1 other
Brother of Frances Mary Chapman; Sarah Fellingham; Harriett Fellingham; Henrietta Fellingham; Elizabeth Fellingham and 3 others

Occupation: Printer
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About George Fellingham

Sailed from Gravesend/Deal

Arrival of the “Slains Castle.”

The “Slains Castle,” commanded by Captain James Petre, left Deal on the 18th September, 1840, and arrived on the 29th January, 1841, with 41 married couples, 24 single men, 21 single women, 42 children under fourteen, 34 under seven and 15 under one. 5 births and 4 deaths occurred on board. Fellingham, Geo. 23yrs 1 child Fellingham, Rebecca 25yrs

I have been unable to find the grave of George who is buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery. I received this great response from the Friends of Bolton St Cemetery when I made enquiries to his whereabouts.

Elizabeth, I have checked all I can re the burial of George Fellingham, and conclude that he had to have been buried in Bolton Street, followed by his son John George 7 months later. But we have no record of either of them, either because the records were lost, or they weren't properly compiled in the first place. In those days management of the cemetery was very bad, and at one stage the Church of England found the sexton they had appointed was illiterate, so no records were kept. We have large numbers of people known to have been buried somewhere in Bolton Street, but their location was lost (if it was ever recorded), and then quite a number like the Fellinghams who were not listed at all, let alone not having a grave location recorded. This means there is no grave marker for them, either because it was probably of wood that has rotted away, or perhaps there was only a wooden fence was around the grave, also long since rotted away. If there had been anything identifiable, they would have been recorded. George's burial was also only 3 weeks before the earthquake of 1855, which means people were preoccupied with other things rather than attending to cemetery matters. There is really no alternative place they could have been buried, since they are both recorded in the St Pauls Church register. This was the original St Paul's Church, before Old St Pauls, and was on what later became Museum St at the rear of the Beehive (and virtually across the road from Bolton St Cemetery). This register does not record burial locations, and it is known that a lot of those listed were buried elsewhere, but for someone from Woolcombe St (the south end of what is now The Terrace), Bolton St is the place they would have been buried. George is mentioned by Kathleen Coleridge in an essay on early Wellington newspapers in "The making of Wellington 1800-1914" (edited by David Hamer and Roberta Nicholls, published by Victoria University Press). Referring to the "Wellington Independent", she says "George Fellingham had travelled to New Zealand with Vincent, accompanied by his wife and small child because he could find no work in the depressed London printing industry of 1840. He seems to have been a follower by nature, not venturing to step outside the known social environment of his workplace colleagues. He was to die in January 1855 of delerium tremens, a victim of one of the occupational problems of printers." I can only interpret that to mean he was an alcoholic, and it killed him. Elsewhere I found Rebecca's maiden name was Sutton, and they married in London in 1838 when he was 22. A grandson, George Fellingham, born Wellington in 1873, was a blacksmith at Tinui. In conclusion, I can only say that we are unlikely to find his grave, but I should be adding him and his infant son to the list of people buried in Bolton Street. If we accept their burial in Bolton Street, then we know they were probably buried somehwere near the cemetery boundary on Bolton Street, or somewhere in the area of the Wakefield grave, because those are where most burials were being made in 1855, with a 50/50 chance they were disinterred for the motorway between 1968 and 1971. LETTER FROM GEORGE TO HIS PARENTS - scroll down on this link.

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George Fellingham's Timeline

December 18, 1816
London, England
December 25, 1816
London, England
September 26, 1839
Age 22
London, Greater London, England
March 5, 1842
Age 25
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
February 1, 1844
Age 27
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
August 26, 1845
Age 28
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
December 18, 1848
Age 32
New Zealand
November 2, 1851
Age 34
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
January 13, 1855
Age 38
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand