William 'Harry' John Henry Rowse

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William 'Harry' John Henry Rowse

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Death: October 13, 2009 (89)
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Christchurch, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Rowse and Elizabeth Alice Rowse
Husband of Edna Agnes Rowse
Father of Dawn Anne Dunbar and Private
Brother of Violet Annie Elizabeth Haffenden; Elsie Margaret Haffenden and Myrtle "Murt" Catherine Vincent

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About William 'Harry' John Henry Rowse

Harry's father was listed as 'yardman' on his Baptism records. His parents are listed as his sponsors. Also on the Baptism records Harry's name is recorded as William Henry John Rowse.

The end of a Campbell Generation.

On Tuesday evening 13th October 2009, William Henry John Rowse, known to us as 'Uncle Harry', died. He was in his “90th” year as he was heard to say many times. After almost 88 years of very good health he was diagnosed just a few weeks back with Malignant Melanoma. He spoke often in the past weeks of having a “good innings”, and taking what he was facing “on the chin”. Uncle Harry was a lovely man, great sense of humour and a twinkle in his eye when he was having you on – which he frequently did even in these past weeks.

Uncle Harry was the last living grandchild of John Campbell, Patriarch of the Burwood area and a well known identity in his day. Uncle Harry followed this strong community identity by being known as ‘The Mayor of Quinns Road’, having built his home there in the first few years of his married life, and remaining there until just a few weeks ago.

I am so glad that I have had the chance to spend time with him over the past weeks and it was a joy to see him reunited with a 1st cousin – Gordon Rowse, after almost 40 years of not seeing one another. (Pictures on this site)

Uncle Harry was also grandson to another well known Pioneer – William Henry Rowse. Rowses Road was named for the family.

He was ready to go and be with his wife Edna and his lovely mother Elizabeth.

Thank you Uncle Harry for being such a blessing to your family.

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William 'Harry' John Henry Rowse's Timeline

June 18, 1920
Christchurch, New Zealand
July 25, 1920
All Saints Church, Burwood, Christchurch, New Zealand
February 12, 1946
Age 25
Christchurch, New Zealand