Mark Maxton

My great-great grandmother Annie Maxton’s brother Mark’s life is so well documented I have been able to format it as a time-line.

1853 Mark was the third child of Samuel and Susannah, born on the 17th September in Wellington.

1866 Pupil at Mowbray School Wellington (later Thorndon School)

Apprenticeship as baker to Samuel

6 years Government Printing Office

1872 Volunteer rifles

1873 letter to Defence Minister

Masterton as printing staff of WDT paper

Wellington as staff of Evening Press

1880 fire at boarding house he was living at in Wellington

1882 Married Elizabeth Tinney at St Pauls

1882 daughter Minnie born

son Charles Walter born

1884 son William Samuel born

1885 advertising as Commission Agent

1887 Wellington fire near printing office

1889 daughter Edith May born

1890 advertising as a storekeeper Greytown

1892 bought flour mill-went bust

1893 fireworks accident

1894 Manchester Unity Oddfellows friendly society secretary

1904 Mark denies bee story

1907 appointed to the Wairarapa District Hospital Board

1908 appointed the inspector of water pipes for Council

1911 candidate for Wairarapa seat at election

1912 son William Samuel aged 27, died of neuritis- poor health and blind

1913 active in the Early settlers Association through to 1930


1913- one of a party that crossed the Tararua ranges through Mt Hector track- Greytown to Otaki. It speaks well for his pluck and endurance at 62 years of age that he arrived seeming no worse for wear and quite vigorous and cheerful.

1914 Mt Hector tourists track committee

1916 elected as Greytown school committee

1916 appointed to the Waiohine river board

1916 secretary Greytown Scouts

1917 appointed JP

1919 cable re Charles Walter gassed

1920 Appointed Ahikowka River Board as sec/treasurer

1921 December retiring from auctioneering

1922 Great Britain trip

1934 Elizabeth died April

1947 Mark died on the 14th July aged 93

Other Mentions-undated

Tenor singer in choral society

Antipodean Lodge “ Grand”

String band

Owned a circulating library

Founder Greytown Bowling Club

Secretary Widows and Orphans Society

Secretary Sister Wallace Lodge

South Wairarapa Hospital Trustee Board member


  1. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand: industrial, descriptive, historical, biographical facts, figures, illustrations was an encyclopaedia published in New Zealand between 1897 and 1908 by the Cyclopedia Company Ltd. 
  2. Papers Past, various dates
  3. records
  4. NZ BDM website


Author: gorcat28

writing up my ancestors one week at a time

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