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John Harden

Birthplace: Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
Death: January 10, 1902 (79)
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Harden and Elizabeth Harris Harden
Husband of Sarah Jane Harden
Father of Frederick Thomas Harding
Brother of Thomas Harden and Sarah Ann Harden

Managed by: Vicki Lucas
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About John Harden

John Harden was born on the 9 December 1822 at the Isle of Sheppey, Sheerness, Kent, South East England and died on the 10 January 1902 at Woolston, Christchurch New Zealand. He was a Block and Tackle maker at HM Shipyard Chatham, Kent and he was married at Chatham on the 6th December 1942 to Sarah Jane Craddock. She dies at Rangitata in 1876 (3 years after arriving in New Zealand. They had 12 children. Her parents were Thomas Craddock a blacksmith and Sarah Mills. She is reputed to be an Aunt of Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock (1862-1914) who was defeated and died in the Naval Battle of Coronel (Battle of Falkland Islands) in WW1.

John, Sarah and family (Frederick, Celia, Alice, Ada & Clara) sailed on the PUNJAUB for Lyttleton arriving 23 September 1873. (Fare #115 paid, $26 balance was Government Subsidy). The ship also carried their eldest daughter Elizabeth, her husband Edmund Taylor and a child who died on the voyage. The voyage was not a good one, there being several deaths from measles and typhus and it spent time in quarantine. Taylor was in the Royal Navy for 9 years and played cricket for Surrey for 9 years. In New Zealand, he was a Librarian at Woolston for 29 years and they celebrated 65 years of marriage.

Emma Adeline who married William Wise had sailed for Christchurch with one child arriving a year earlier than her parents (John & Sarah). It is interesting to note that this immigration to New Zealand covered three generations and two families as well as the larger parents family including their children (excepting eldest son John who had run away and has not been traced). While not common, family units of this type did not come here with surprising regularity. This would indicate that there was very little to hold them in England and for those sufficiently venturesome, New Zealand must have looked attractive.

Researched by MM Hook 6 Jellicoe Place Masterton Phone 3773545

Complied & Printed by DB Gilbert 323 Beach Road Campbells Bay Auckland Phone 4788134

3rd March 1993

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John Harden's Timeline

December 9, 1822
United Kingdom
Age 31
Medway, England, United Kingdom
January 10, 1902
Age 79
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand