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Alice (Brown) King (1858 - 1941)

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Alice King formerly Brown
Born in Nelson, New Zealandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Apr 2015
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Early Years

Alice Brown was born on 5 September 1858 in Nelson, New Zealand.
She was the daughter of Thomas Brown and Elizabeth Wadsworth. [1]


It is unclear why Alice BROWN moved to Christchurch, or who she first lived with but on 1 January 1882, George KING and Alice BROWN married in Christchurch’s St John’s Church.

Press – 17 Jan 1882 [2]
"Marriage: KING – BROWN – January 1st, at St. John’s Church, Christchurch, by the Rev. H. C. M. Watson, George, the eldest son of Charles KING, Esq., Nelson, to Alice BROWN, late of Nelson, N.Z. Nelson papers please copy. "

It could be surmised that George’s father (a lucrative business-man) did not approve of the marriage, however there is no clear reason why George and Alice married in Christchurch when both of their families lived in Nelson. [3]


Known children of George KING & Alice KING nee BROWN: [3] [4]

  1. Alice Maud (Maud) KING b. 1883 Christchurch, New Zealand; m Anthony (Toney) LUKASHEFSKI
  2. Arthur Charles KING b. 1884 Christchurch, New Zealand; m Maria (Minnie) O’SULLIVAN
  3. Leonard George Gladstone KING b. 1885 Christchurch, New Zealand; m Edith Marion LEWIS
  4. Stanley Nelson KING b. 1887 Christchurch, New Zealand; d. 1957 [Age 70]
  5. Ruby Clarice Victoria KING b. 1890 Christchurch, New Zealand; m Charles Albert INDER
  6. Harold Wesley (Wesley) KING b. 1892 Christchurch, New Zealand; m Gladys BULL
  7. Hector Rudolph KING b. 1895 Christchurch, New Zealand; d. 1920 [Age 24]
  8. Walter Johnstone Beresford KING b. 1897 Christchurch, New Zealand; d. 1980 [Age: 83]

Further Details

George worked in Christchurch as a dyer and cleaner, advertising as far as Timaru, for clothing to be dyed and cleaned. Times must have been tough for George and in February 1895 a Bankruptcy Notice was released.

The KING family lived in Christchurch Central East at the following addresses.
From 1883 to 1900 at 98 Madras street; in 1905 at 105 Tuam street; from 1911 - 1919 at 266 Tuam street and from 1935 to 1941 at 382 Asaph street.
Two of George and Alice’s sons were still living with them in 1938. Stanley Nelson KING, (labourer) age 51 and Walter Johnson (electrician) age 41, both presumably unmarried. [5]

George & Alice KING lived at 98 Madras street from at least 1890 to the early 1900’s.
An advertisement showing the property for sale in 1911, (well after they had moved out) reveals a little about their home: “ ... 98 MADRAS STREET, Sydenham, comprising COTTAGE of 4 rooms, bath, verandah, washhouse, copper and tubs, high-pressure water supply, about 1/2 -acre land ...”

Alice KING is shown as a “Dealer” living at 105 Tuam street in the 1905-1906 electoral roll. It appears that Alice ran her second hand business for some years, with numerous advertisements appearing in the Christchurch papers such as the following.

Press – 28 May 1907
"Wanted. Left-off Clothing, ladies and Gentlemen can depend on getting their extreme value. All letters and appointments punctually attended by Mrs King, Second hand Dealer, 105 Tuam street. S. Christchurch C2233"

The following advertisement appears in The Christchurch Press continually between 1922 and 1924: [6]

"Wanted to purchase. Turn old Clothing into Cash! Highest prices given for Men’s, Ladies’, and children’s clothing and boots. Call, write, or phone 8100. Our buyer will call. ALLASON’s 266 Tuam street, just past Madras street. A3331"

Death and Burial

Both George and Alice lived into their 80’s, both dying in the same year within a week of each other.
Alice died on 24 May 1941 in Christchurch at age 83. George died five days later on 29 May 1941 at age 84. [7]

In his will, George KING left every thing to his wife Alice, however Alice died just five days before him. The total of his estate and effects were just under £8000. [8]

Both Alice and George were buried at Sydenham Cemetery in Christchurch, Block 40C, Plot 64. Their last address is recorded as 382 St Asaph Street, Christchurch. [3] [9] [10]

Headstone inscription: [11]

In Loving memory of
Hector Rudolph
Beloved son of
George & Alice KING
Died 18th June 1920
In his 25th year
Also Alice
Beloved wife of
George KING
Died May 24th 1941 Aged 83
Also George
Beloved husband of above
Died May 29th 1941
Aged 84

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Research Notes

As shown on NZ BDM birth index, there was another couple with the same name (George KING and Alice nee HAMBLETON) who married in 1866 and had some of their children at a similar time, however their children were born in Dunedin. Combined with the inaccuracy of some of the early IGI records, this has caused some confusion among researchers.


Footnotes and citations:
  1. Birth Index. New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages, Historical Records. Department of Internal Affairs. ( "Birth Registration: 1858/6872; BROWN NR; Mother: Elizabeth; Father: Thomas." [Event date: 5 Sep 1858.] Accessed 9 Jun 2015 by Michele Flanagan.
  2. Press – 17 Jan 1882. Papers Past. Accessed 20 Jun 2015 by Michele Flanagan.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Michele Flanagan. "Flanagan – Presenting the Past," Compiled from 1996 by Michele Gregg nee Flanagan. New Zealand. Unpublished. Last revised 3 Jun 2018.
  4. Birth Index. New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages, Historical Records. Department of Internal Affairs. (
  5. New Zealand electoral rolls 1853 - 1981. Accessed 2 April 2012 by Michele (Flanagan) Gregg.
  6. Papers Past. New Zealand Papers digitized.
  7. "1941 Death Printout - Alice KING". New Zealand, Birth Deaths and Marriages. Death Registration: 1941/30072. Obtained 12 Nov 2014 by Michele (Flanagan) Gregg.
  8. "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 August 2017), George King, 1941; citing Christchurch, Christchurch Probate Files, 1855-2003, record number CH21700/1941, Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office; FamilySearch digital folder 100246367.
  9. Christchurch City Council - Cemetery database: “KING, Alice; Date of death: Saturday, 24 May 1941; Cemetery; Sydenham Cemetery; Date of burial: Monday, 26 May 1941; Block: 40C; Plot: 64; Age: 83 years; Address: 382 ST Asaph Street; Occupation: married: Place of birth: Nelson, NZ; years in New Zealand: 83.” Accessed 19 Feb 2010 by Michele (Flanagan) Gregg.
  10. Find A Grave: Memorial # 148090633 Created 20 June 2015 by Michele (Flanagan) Gregg.
  • Michele Flanagan, "Flanagan – Presenting the Past," Compiled from 1996 by Michele Gregg nee Flanagan. New Zealand. Unpublished. Last revised 10 Mar 2018.


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