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Edward Merson TemplerAge: 76 years18201897

Name
Edward Merson Templer
Given names
Edward Merson
Surname
Templer
Birth 13 October 1820 35
Birth of a sisterLaura Georgina Templer
1828 (Age 7 years)
Death of a fatherRev John Templer
10 December 1829 (Age 9 years)
Emigration 1839 (Age 18 years)

Immigration 1839 (Age 18 years)
Legal
Appointed as Magistrate
10 December 1849 (Age 29 years)
Note: town of Orange named as a place for a Court of Petty Sessions (23 Jul 1849), and appointed Edward Merson Templer, of Narrambla, its first Magistrate.
Emigration 1851 (Age 30 years)
Immigration 1851 (Age 30 years)
MarriageMary Jane Saunders ‘Jane’ KingView this family
15 July 1852 (Age 31 years)
Note: Jane had to get her mother Martha Kings permission to marry as she was underaged.
Birth of a daughter
#1
Frances Sarah Templer
4 December 1853 (Age 33 years)

Birth of a son
#2
Reginald Charles Templer
27 September 1855 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Ellen Laura Templer
1857 (Age 36 years)

Residence 1858 (Age 37 years)
Note: Coringa, the nearest station to Christchurch, lay on the South bank of the Waimakariri and came down…
Death of a daughterFrances Sarah Templer
13 April 1859 (Age 38 years)

Birth of a son
#4
Arthur Templer
15 December 1859 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Anne Templer
3 November 1861 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a son
#6
John Merson Templer
12 July 1865 (Age 44 years)
Death of a sisterEllen Templer
about March 1866 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7
Edith May Templer
21 July 1867 (Age 46 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Kate Templer
8 July 1869 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a son
#9
Hugh Reginald Templer
5 November 1870 (Age 50 years)
Birth of a son
#10
James Lethbridge Templer
5 June 1872 (Age 51 years)
Birth of a son
#11
Henry Templer
20 October 1873 (Age 53 years)

Birth of a daughter
#12
Alice Templer
1873 (Age 52 years)

Death of a brotherHenry Skinner Templer
October 1877 (Age 56 years)
Marriage of a childReginald Charles TemplerAmelia Alice Mary Ada RichardsView this family
1882 (Age 61 years)

Death of a brotherJohn Arthur Templer
8 October 1885 (Age 64 years)
Death 4 April 1897 (Age 76 years)
Burial
Cemetery: St Peters, Upper Riccarton
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
Ellen Templer
Birth: 1816 31Cullompton, Devon, England
Death: about March 1866Tenby, Pembroke, Wales
2 years
elder brother
4 years
himself
8 years
younger sister
Family with Mary Jane Saunders ‘Jane’ King - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 15 July 1852Christchurch, New Zealand
daughter
daughter
22 months
son
2 years
daughter
3 years
son
23 months
daughter
Anne Templer
Birth: 3 November 1861 41 23Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Death: 2 March 1938Auckland, New Zealand
4 years
son
2 years
daughter
Edith May Templer
Birth: 21 July 1867 46 29Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Death: 19 November 1947Tauranga, New Zealand
2 years
daughter
16 months
son
Hugh Reginald Templer
Birth: 5 November 1870 50 32Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Death: November 1934South Africa
19 months
son
James Lethbridge Templer
Birth: 5 June 1872 51 34Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Death: 19 January 1943Hamilton, New Zealand
16 months
son
2 months
daughter

Legal

town of Orange named as a place for a Court of Petty Sessions (23 Jul 1849), and appointed Edward Merson Templer, of Narrambla, its first Magistrate.

Marriage

Jane had to get her mother Martha Kings permission to marry as she was underaged.

Residence

Coringa, the nearest station to Christchurch, lay on the South bank of the Waimakariri and came down to Riccarton Church (now called St Peters at Church Corner), and to the back of Fendalton, then the outer fringe of the freehold sections. The two runs, originally of. ten thousand acres altogether, were taken up by Charles Church Haslewood, an old Australian squatter, in the autumn of 1852.

In 1858 Haslewood, having drawn the charge from a gun, held the nipple to a candle and looked down the barrel to see if it were clean. The remains of the powder went off, causing him such injury that he died next day. His executors sold the station a few months later to Edward Merson Templer, another Australian squatter. Templeton and Templer's Island, which both lay on the run, are named after him.

Being so near Christchurch, the best of the land on Coringa was soon bought out of the run. By 1865 the ten thousand acres had been reduced to four thousand, and the leases were put together and renumbered 136, Class II.

Templer sold Coringa to George Gatenby Stead in 1882, the place then running about 1000 sheep.

Templer was a great reader and a very cultivated man. He spoke and read French, German and Italian. He came to Australia in 1839 and started two stations in partnership with his brother. He was driven out of Australia by the 1850 drought and came to New Zealand with some of his sheep in 1851. He first lived with his brother-in-law Caverhill at Motunau which he managed for a time, and he also owned Longbeach for a short time in partnership with Michael Campbell. He was a member of the Provincial Council. After he sold Coringa he lived in Christchurch until his death in 1897.

Stead kept Coringa until his death in 1908, when it was sold to James Nixon for £42 an acre, but Stead had let it from 1893 to 1900 to one of the Mangins. Stead will long be remembered as the most successful owner we ever had on the New Zealand turf. He was born in London in 1841. He spent some time in South Africa, and arrived in New Zealand in 1865 and joined the Union Bank. He eventually became a grain merchant and leading man of commerce in Christchurch, and made a fortune.

Coringa is only a farm now, but there are still some eight hundred acres of riverbed leasehold attached to the old freehold. It is hard to say why it was not taken up until 1852 when so many runs further from Christchurch were taken up in 1851. Perhaps there was a doubt as to how far the freehold round Christchurch would extend, or Coringa may have been taken up and forfeited afterwards, though there is no note of it in the old Land Office records.

John Carter, afterwards of Maronan, managed Coringa for Templer in 1861, and Richard Collings managed it for a long time for Stead.

The first recorded public sheep dip in Canterbury was at Coringa. In 1867 the Provincial Government authorised Templer to make charges for cleaning sheep of scab.

Note

Templar was a wealthy grazier who emigrated to Australia in 1839, coming to NZ in 1851 with sheep after being driven out by 1850 droughts in Australia.

He was lessee of Run 26 and Run 114 in the Sandy Knolls area 1851-1854

Lessee of Run 129, near Rakaia, December 1853-1854

Was station manager for his brother-in-law John Caverhill at Motunau (John Caverhill was married to Hannah Rebecca Francis King of the Cressy) in 1855.

In 1858 Templer brough Coringa, (Templeton), for £82.00 an acre. It was the nearest sheep station to Chch which lay on the Southbank of the Waimakariri River and extended to St. Peters Church, Riccarton and to the back of Fendalton. Made up oftwo runs comprising 10,000 acres. Being so near Christchurch, the best of the land on Coringa was soon bought out of the run. By 1865 the ten thousand acres had been reduced to four thousand, and the leases were put together and renumbered 136, Class II.

Templeton and Templers Island which both lay on the land were named after him.

Lessee of Run 247, near Hinds, 1862-1864

Templer sold Coringa to George Gatenby Stead in 1882, the place then running about 1000 sheep.

Templer was a great reader and a very cultivated man. He spoke and read French, German and Italian.

He was a member of the Canterbury Provincial Council. After he sold Coringa he lived in Christchurch until his death in 1897.

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