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George Preddy

Birthplace: Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: November 22, 1928 (87)
Temuka, New Zealand (Valvular Disease of the Heart)
Place of Burial: New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of William Preddy and Jane Priddy
Husband of Elizabeth Preddy
Father of Elizabeth Cross; Mark Preddy; Jesse Preddy; Alfred Henry Preddy; Frank Preddy and 7 others
Brother of Sarah Ann Preddy; Mary Preddy and Mary Preddy
Half brother of Jane Preddy and Paul Preddy

Occupation: Threshing Mill Owner
Managed by: Private User
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About George Preddy

George and Elizabeth left England on the 4th March 1874. He was 31 years of age. They sailed to Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand on the S.S. Ballochmyle, arriving at their destination on the 1st June 1874. They were accompanied by their first four children Elizabeth 5 ½ years, Mark 4 years, Jesse 2 ½ years, and Alfred 7 months. Following their arrival in Christchurch they then moved on down to Temuka where they enlarged their family with six more children and resided in Temuka until their deaths.

In 1881 George went into partnership with another local man, Mr Bateman. They owned and operated a threshing mill. In 1885 George then acquired Mr Bateman’s share of the business and carried this on until he retired in 1904. At that time he handed the business over to his son Jesse.

During his lifetime he was elected to the first Town Council and held office for several terms. He was one of the foundation members of the Methodist Primitve Church. In the lengthy Obituary written in the Temuka newspaper it stated that "he was a strong, healthy man, who had never suffered a days illness in his long life until six months prior to his death. He was a man of strict integrity and won the esteem of all with whom his business and personal relations brought him into contact with................he was survived by his six sons and four daughters and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren."

Some info about the Ballochmyle:

The Ballochmyle.

Some of the early immigrant ships were crowded, to say the least of it. There were 502 people on board the Ballochmyle when she left London on February 25th, 1874, under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Company, her destination being Lyttelton. She was a fine ship of 1,438 tons, under the command of Captain Lunden. The emigrants came aboard at Plymouth, and the ship took her final departure from Start Point on March 4th. The Cape was rounded on March 18th, and the Snares were passed on May 27th, the ship having taken 84 days from Plymouth. Port was reached on June 1st. There were five deaths and three births during the voyage. The Ballochmyle was the first vessel to berth at the breastwork, now known as Gladstone Pier. When she was taking her departure from Lyttelton, being towed out by the steamer Beautiful Star, the line parted and kicked back viciously. The end of the line struck Captain Hart, of the Beautiful Star, breaking both legs. Captain Hart was carried on to Dunedin, where the steamer was bound, but died before reaching port. A Southern paper, in noticing the death of Mr. Thomas Carter, the old pilot, in 1926, said it was Captain Lunden, of the Ballochmyle, who met with the accident, but the victim was Captain Hart.

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Burial Details: 24 Nov 1928 Row 32 Plot 140 Temuka Cemetery SOUTH CANTY 7920 NEW ZEALAND


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George Preddy's Timeline

May 10, 1841
Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
May 10, 1841
Lydiard Millicent Purton Wiltshire England
May 10, 1841
Lydiard Millicent Purton Wiltshire England
September 8, 1868
Stratton, St Margaret, Wiltshire, England
February 7, 1870
Swindon, Wiltshire
May 8, 1871
Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
May 24, 1873
Shaw, Swindon, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 32
83 Cambridge Street, London, Greater London, SW1V 4PS, United Kingdom