James Overend
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James Smith Overend (1854 - 1939)

Mr James Smith Overend
Born in Earls Heaton, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 17 Feb 1880 in New Zealandmap
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Died at age 85 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 Dec 2013
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Emigrated in 1859. at age 5 with his family to New Zealand. [1]


  1. Family Reference: 176 Name Overend James, Age 5, Government Assisted, Voyage reference 23, ship name Robert Small, Depart 06/Oct/1859 Arrival 29/Jan/1860, Lyttleton New Zealand Ref LDS film #0287465
  • Born in 1854. (The mystery of the untraceable birth certificate for James Overend has been resolved. The original spelling was the problem. P.A. Burgin, Superintendent Registrar at the Dewsbury Registration District office reported that they had located a certificate for a James OVERING, which fitted the details of his parents Nathan and Elizabeth exactly.

Elizabeth were recorded as OVERING not Overend. Elizabeth Overend signed the certificate with her ark (a cross) so obviously she was unable to read or write and would not have known the certificate had been mis-spelt by the registrar.)

  • Lived 156 Hills Rd Christchurch and worked as a fell monger. A fell monger is one who removes hair or wool from a hide
  • "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973," database with images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FSBT-W6P : 8 August 2017), James Overend, 29 Jan 1860; citing ship Robert Small, Archives New Zealand, Wellington; FHL microfilm.


  • Marriage1880/1206 Annie Powell James Overend
  • Deaths 1939/23636 Overend James 85Y


  • Buried 23 Nov 1939 Bromley cemetery, Ch-Ch. Block 39, plot 120


  • This information has been researched and documented by Loretta White (Overend-286), and by Elizabeth Lucket (Overend-177). I thank Loretta & Elizabeth for the work they have carried out, and their permission to use it here. Gordon-7688

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Father of my Grandfather, Rupert David Overend. Alan Gordon.
posted by Alan Gordon
O.M.G. Rupert was my grandmothers brother. Violet Overend .I just read about how he established the Edmonds gardens . My mother , Zena Overend used to talk a lot about Edmonds.
posted by Lorraine Cunnington
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