Selected Families and Individuals - Judy and Harvey SMITH


Arthur Reginald Clarence BLUNDEN

ARTHUR Reginald (born Dec 25 1875, died 22 Sept 1960), married Nora Shand, took overThe Downs after his father, Reginald, died in August 3 1914.

Neil Ralph BLUNDEN

Neil Ralph, (born 1916), Dip Ag Sci Canterbury Agricultural College 1936. Killed in Action March 1942, while serving in Europe with RNZAF.

Bernard Lionel BLUNDEN

BERNARD Lionel, (born 28 August 1881, died 8 August 1973), sheep farmer at Waikari, North Canterbury, married Lillian Bassett.


GLADYS Helen (born November 7 1886) married Charles Godfrey Cracroft Harper.

Paul Moore HARPER

Killed in Pacific in 1943 WW2

William Banks DENSHIRE

Farmer. William Banks Denshire, was from England. The Denshire family tree goes back to 1743, George Denshire being Mayor of Stamford. Brought up at Thetford House, Baston, Lincolnshire, and educated at Marlborough Grammar School and Marlborough College (England).
After his father married Elizabeth Smith, the family moved to Ashstead House, Surrey. William Banks attended the wedding of his sister, Selina, at Ashstead House in 1872, and then set sail for New Zealand.

In 1872 he came to New Zealand and left again for England in 1874. After spending some time in England and America he returned to New Zealand and took up farming near Ashburton where he procured 2000 acres at Wakanui. He took a keen interest in sport generally, and was well known as an owner of thoroughbred horses. In1895 he was the convenor of a meeting to form the Ashburton Golf Club & was the 1st Captain. He was Chairman of the Ashburton High School Borad of Governors from 1903 to 1904.

He married Fanny Dodson, a daughter of Mr Joseph Reid Dodson who was Mayor of Nelson and owned the 1st breweries there.

Sailed on Rimutaka to London, June 1904

Cricket History:
Full name: William Bankes Denshire Born: 17th October 1853, Baston, Lincolnshire, England Died: 29th April 1920, Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand Teams: Nelson (Main FC: 1873/74); <all_teams.html>
Main FC Nelson (1873/74) Miscellaneous Nelson (1873/74) Ashburton County (1883/84) Ashburton County and South Canterbury (1896/97)

Edith Marion DENSHIRE

Died aged 3 months

Corporal Charles de Chair DENSHIRE

1917Oct12 14195 Corporal DENSHIRE Charles De Chair OIR KIA France Son of Fannie Denshire, of 22, Jackson Rd., Fendalton, Christchurch, and the late William Banks Denshire. Native of Ashburton, Christchurch BELGIUM - TYNE COT CEMETERY

Dorothy Linton DENSHIRE

Doy, Glad and Kath were known to all the family as "the aunts". Their mother never allowed them to marry and they all lived together and looked after Granny Denshire at their home in Jacksons Rd Fendlaton until she died aged 101. The curtains were usually drawn, and knocks on the door would be answered only if they desired company!
They were always cheerful, and enjoyed the races, parties, and the odd sherry. It was not unknown to "smell" the aunts before seeing them - their fur coats were kept free from weevils with lnberal supplies of camphor! They were all real characters, and well loved.

William Stanley DENSHIRE

Died aged 11 weeks

Derrick Charles BLUNDEN

Married Olive, from UK. Died from diabetes. No children.

William Charles DENSHIRE

Clerk in Holy Orders

WILL = Effects under 4000 pounds.
Died at Moorcroft House, Hillingdon, near Uxbridge, 24 Mar 1868.
Widow Elizabeth mary Ann of Ashtead


or is it de Chain? (
27 in 1851 Census at Baston

Captain George Henry DENSHIRE

51st Foot, Lieutenant George Henry Denshire to
be Adjutant, vice Lieutenant A. S. Wynne,
promoted. Dated 1st July, 1871.

51st Foot, Lieutenant George Henry Denshire, to
be Captain, vice R. N. Franks, retired. Dated
28th March, 1874.

1861 Census - 15yr old Scholar at Hillmorton Rd, Rugby

1891 Census - Single, Lodger, "Living on own means"


Emma never married and in the 1901 Census was recorded as the HEAD at Ashstead House. Her grave is at St Giles Church, Ashstead.

Mary de Chair DENSHIRE

Married John Henry William Somerset ... lineage back to King Edward III

Hester SHRAPNELL Coles

from Henbury, Gloucester (when married)

Captain George DENSHIRE

Captain, 80th Regiment

Reverend Henry DENSHIRE

Clerk in Holy Orders

Rector Mark GARFIT

Rector of Stretton, Rutland