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John William Hardley

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Birthplace: Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 14, 1931 (70)
St. Luke's Private Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Place of Burial: Onehunga, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Hardley and Frances Barbara Hardley
Husband of Elizabeth Hardley
Father of Myrtle Gladys Wilson and Raymond Harry Ferguson Hardley
Brother of Mary Ann Hardley; Samuel Hardley, Jnr.; Fanny Barbara Hardley; George Thomas Hardley; Harry Sims Hardley and 4 others

Managed by: Annette Marie Collins
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About John William Hardley

Set up Hardley Brothers with his three brothers.

OBITUARY. MR. J. W. HARDLEY. BUSINESS MAN AND BOWLER. The death occurred in Sydney yesterday of Mr. John William Hardley, a wellknown Auckland business man, aged 70 years. Mr. Hardley had visited Australia as manager of the New Zealand bowling team which recently took part in the bowling championships in Brisbane, and, following a chill contracted when passing through New South Wales, had been seriously ill in Sydney for some weeks. After being president of the West End Bowling Club for three years, Mr. Hardley was elected president of the Auckland Centre in 1922, remaining in office until 1925. He was president of the New Zealand Bowling Association in the 1926-27 season and three seasons later was a member of the Dominion council, being re-elected in 1930. He was manager of the New Zealand bowlers on their tour of England in 1929. Mr. Hardley was a member of the Auckland Rotary Club and was a former member of the Auckland City Council. Landing with his parents at Dunedin early in 1860, Mr. Hardley moved with the family a few years later to the West Coast during the gold rush. He commenced his apprenticeship at tho age of 14 with Thomas Field and Company, hardware merchants, of Nelson and Westport. The family later settled in Ashburton, where Mr. Hardley became manager of a successful hardware and plumbing business. In 1886 Mr. Hardley and his cousin. Mr. John Hardley, of Auckland, joined in tho Kimberley gold-rush in Northwest Australia. They landed at Derby, King Georgo Sound, and followed tho Fitzroy River a distance of 300 miles, returning after seven months via Wyndham. Mr. Hardley then resumed control of the business in Ashburton. One of the founders of the firm of Hardley. Ltd., hardware merchants and dairy engineers, of Newmarket, Mr. Hardley held the position of chairman of directors. He was also a director of a number of other companies. A few years before coming to Auckland Mr. Hardley and his brothers established a hardware business in Hamilton. A Press Association message from Sydney states that the body of the late Mr. Hardley will be brought to Auckland by the Niagara, which will leave Sydney to-day and is due on Monday morning. Prior to tho commencement of the pairs tournament, conducted yesterday afternoon by the Mount Albert Bowling Club, Mr. A. J. Allely, past-president of the club, made feeling reference to the death of Mr. Hardley. Play was suspended for a few minutes as a mark of respect. NEW ZEALAND HERALD 15 OCTOBER 1931

DEATH OF BOWLERS. MESSRS. HARDLEY AN& GALLAHER. ONE DIES IN AUSTRALIA, FORMER DOMINION PRESIDEXT. The death occurred to-day of two well-known Auckland bowlers, Mr. John William Hardley and Mr. Oswald Gallaher. Mr. Hardley, whose death was announced in a cable from Sydney, was one of the outstanding figures in New Zealand bowling. Mr. Gallaher, whose prominence as a bowler covered a period of ten years, had twice won Dominion honours. As a mark of respect to the memory of the two men all the Auckland clubs will suspend play for five minutes at 3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Hardley was 70 years of age. He had visited Australia as manager of the.New Zealand bowling team, which recently took part in the bowling championships at Brisbane, and for some weeks had been seriously ill in Sydney. While conducting his party through I New South Wales he caught a chill, which M'as followed by complications, I and he' was compelled to remain in Sydney, where his death occurred at 1.30 this morning. Mr. Hardley had held the highest executive positions open to a bowler in New Zealand. .Following three years as president of the West End Bowling Club he was elected president' of the Auckland Centre in 1922, and continued in that office until 1925. He was president of the New Zealand Bowling Association in 1926-27 and was a member of the Dominion Council in the 1929-30 season, being re-elected in 1930-31. He was a man of striking and forceful personality with natural rhetorical ability and/Combined with these qualities an unvarying courtesy of nature untiring energy. .Because of his good humour Mr. Hardley had the esteem of a large circle of bowlers and friends in New Zealand and in other parts of the Empire. When the NewZealand bowlers toured' England in 1929 Mr. Hardley went as their manager, and he was an outstanding figure at all functions during the tour. He won high regard by his eloquence at many social and public -gatherings in Great Britain | and in Canada, and it has' been said that he was one of the most capable representatives in the sense of Empire that this Dominion has ever sent to the Homeland. Mr. Hardley was a member of the Auckland Rotary Club and was a prominent business man in the city. He was a former member of the Auckland City Council. • ._.;) On West. Coast Diggings. Mr. Hardley landed in. Dunedin with his parents in the early 'sixties, and the family gravitated a few years later to the West Coast, during the gold rush. At the age of 14, "Jack," as he was known throughout his life, served hi* apprenticeship, with Thomas Field and Company, hardware merchants, of Westport and Nelson. Eventually the famih settled in Ashburton, and lie became the manager of a successful hardware and plumbing business there. . In ISSG he went to North-west Australia, but returned to New Zealand to resume control of the business in Ashburton. In 1905, he was one of the founders of the firm of Hardley, Ltd., hardware merchants and dairy engineers, of .Newmarket, holding the position of chairman of directors. He was also a director of a number of other companies. Some four years before he' came to Auckland, Mr. Hardley, in conjunction with his brothers, established a hardware business in Hamilton. While in the south, Mr. Hardley held the olh'ce of master of a Masonic Lodge; and, when he came to Auckland he affiliated with Lodge Ara, No. 1, N.Z.C. A few weeks ago, on his seventieth birthday, his comrades in the New Zealand bowling team joined in making him a presentation. With Mr. Hardley in. Sydney, during his' illness, were his wife, his daughter, Mrs. A. W. Wilson, and his brother and sieter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. Hardley. AUCKLAND STAR 14 OCTOBER 1931.

HARDLEY. On October 14, at St. Luke's Private Hospital, Sydney. John William, dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Hardley, 11, Ring Terrace, Ponsonby. father of Mrs. A. W. Wilson and Raymond Hardley, and brother of Mesdames Davis. Fow and Dowle. and Messrs. Samuel. George, Walter and Charles Hardley. Funeral will leave 11. Ring Terrace, at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 1931. AUCKLAND STAR 17 OCTOBER 1931

HARDLEY. In loving memory of dear dad, who passed away October 14, 1931. —lnserted by Ray and Leon. NEW ZEALAND HERALD 14 OCTOBER 1932

HARDLEY. In loving memory of our dear father, John William, who passed awav October 14, 1931. Deeply missed, inserted by his loving daughter and son-to-law Myrtle. and Bert Wilson. AUCKLAND STAR 1932

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John William Hardley's Timeline

1861
July 1861
Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England
1894
April 22, 1894
New Zealand
1906
February 18, 1906
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
1931
October 14, 1931
Age 70
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
October 14, 1931
Age 70
Onehunga, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand