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Marian Lennox Simmonds (Caldow)

Also Known As: "Marion"
Birthplace: Esk Bank, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 18, 1968 (89)
Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Hastings, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George CALDOW and Janet Murdoch Caldow
Wife of George Filmer and Johan Leopold "Pop" SIMMONDS
Partner of NR = "Grans Unknown Partner"
Mother of Janet Hodge Caldow; Marjorie CALDOW; Raiel Hodge Smale; George Lennox Filmer; Peggy SIMMONDS and 2 others
Sister of William Caldow; Thomas Hodge Caldow; George Caldow; Christina Caldow; David CALDOW and 2 others

Managed by: Dennis Arthur Jones
Last Updated:

About Marian Lennox Simmonds

Some of these note are now (Oct 2010) irrelevant as much other work has been done around "gran" - I have left them here however as something else - especially the Marjorie aspect may surface later.


Scotland - Australia - New Zealand

A Lady with a very hard to nail down past, but my great grandmother all the same:

What do we know:


Born - Marion Lennox Caldow approx 1879

Had a daughter Janet Hodge Caldow 1897 - father unknown

Possibly Had another Daughter - Probably named Marjorie in Australia (Mum's recollection?)

Married George Filmer in 1901

Had a daughter Raeil Hodge Filmer in 1901

Had a son George Lennox Filmer in 1903

Remarried "Pop Simmonds" after husband George Filmer died in 1932

Had a sister that mum refers to as aunt "tene"

She raised Jenny Caldow (probably "tene's" daughter.

Marjorie (Australia) later married and became Marjorie Ackland - Possibly?

She died as Marion Simmonds in 1968

What can we safely "assume"


The 2 daughters (born NZ) that we have good records for both had HODGE as their middle name - this generally indicates that her mother was a Hodge

Her own middle name and the middle name of her son George was LENNOX - this sometimes indicates that her grandparents had Lennox in their name. I have a Marion Lennox married to William Caldow - Marion is their Grandaughter.

Janet Hodge (her daughter) if tradition was followed, was most likely named after Marions mother - Janet Murdoch Hodge

It stands to reason then that Marjorie was her 2nd Daughter - probably born 1897-1901 (after Janet - Before Raiel)

Originally she was from Scotland [according to mum]

Had a sister that mum refers to as Aunt Tene - could be christene christine or tina? At some stage worked at woolen mills in napier [along with nana]

Note: ** name is spelt as Marion Lennore Caldon

to George Filmer on NZBDM marriage certificate 1901/5707 **

  • * I since believe caldow and caldon were interchangeable and i guess lennox and lennore are a bit the same**

She remarried [name change to simmonds] after george died [1932] 'Pop' Simmonds had a brother Jack (Mum called uncle) who was married to Lill (Lillian?) who had three girls;

June (poss married to a Severnesen - still alive)



Mum remembers Aunt Lill as a bit of a neatness freak.

Marion lived with her daughter just below the property at 11 smale tce napier [ i presume #9 or #13]

She died when i was a teenager

Gran had another daughter in Australia - not sure when in the timeline. This daughter was Marjorie - hence mum's name. Mum is quite definite this is Gran's daughter. Aunt Marjorie married and became Marjorie Ackland

17th Jan - now mum's not so sure that Marjorie was Gran's daughter, she was an aunt but maybe not Gran's child.


MUMS other tips she gave...

Marion Filmer (Gran) had a sister (is this Mary Bartlett/Caldow? Did she have a previous marriage then?) Mum doesn't know Mary - didn't know Gran had a sister.

However there was a Christine Caldow (pronounced Kildoo) who had a daughter called Jenny out of wedlock who was raised by Gran i think. Christine (Mum knew her as Tina) married the unknown Bartlett who Mum thinks was a traffic cop. No-one knew Jenny was Christine's kid till Jenny married.

Jenny married James Maggach (pronounced Mogga) and had two boys - Bobby (still alive - he and Mum send xmas cards if you want an address) and Ian.

Somewhere in the mix is a George or Jack Wright and an Aunt Rose on the Smale/Filmer side. Mum remembers them vaguely.

Also remembers the names Fippard, and Hilda English dredged up from somewhere in her family.

GRAN - might have had a child out of wedlock

Caldon or Caldow (depending on who wrote it down) was her maiden name.

Janet Hodge Caldon was born in 1897 [Mother] Marion [Father] not recorded - Gran would have been 18


Jenny Hodge Bell Caldow was born in 1906 [Mother] Christina [Father] not recorded

Jenny Bell married James Alexander Moggach in 1928

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Marian Lennox Simmonds's Timeline

March 19, 1879
Esk Bank, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia

Actual detail from Birth Certificate (copy filed local laptop - Heather has original) - this is a typed replication:

1879 Births registered in the district of Hartley, In the colony of New South Wales by William Patrick Macdermott, District registrar.
Number 15064
Born: 19 March 1879 Esk Bank - Sex Female
Father : George Caldow, Labourer, age 39years, born Muirkirk, Scotland, married 28th October 1864 Lanark Shire, Scotland
3 male and 1 female living and 1 male deceased siblings when she was born
Mother: Janet formerly Hodge, 34 years, Muirkirk Scotland.

Certified by George Caldow, Father, Esk Bank
Witnesses - Mrs Miller
Registrar - W.P. Macdermott, 29 April 1879, Glen Roy, Hartley

Aussie BDM (NSW) lookup:

EskBank is close to Lithgow and in the Blue Mountains,_New_South_Wales

Steelworks were there - these families in Ayrshire were all labourers at steel mills.

September 6, 1897
New Zealand

1897/12892 Caldon Janet Hodge Marion NR
Birth certificate Caldon, Janet Hodge 1897/12892 06/09/1897
note spelling of Caldow

NB: No other Caldon's were born in NZ - period 01/01/1879-01/02/1910


Wild guess from MUM - needs to be found if exists

August 17, 1901
Onehunga, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

NZBDM; note different spelling of raiel
1901/13919 Filmer Reaell Hodge Marion George

Birth Date is Confirmed from Actual Death Cert:
b 17/8/1901

* heather has Birth of Nana - no. 38953 (Onehunga)

November 25, 1903
New Zealand

1904/758 Filmer George Lennox Marion Lennox George