was born 7 May 1847 Blairoch, Parish of
Glencairn, Dumfries the natural son of Thomas
In the 1851 Census record for Carronbridge, Parish of Morton
William’s mother’s name is spelt Agnas
and his name is recorded
William travelled to New Zealand sometime before June 1866. In Scotland
he had used the surname HEWETSON but from the time of his emigration he
took his father's name and became William MITCHELL thenceforth.
On 5 June
Annie HERRING were married at the
Clarendon Hotel, Waihi Crossing, Geraldine, New Zealand.
The Marriage Entry in the records of the New Zealand
as 20 years of age, a labourer and bachelor.
The same record describes Amelia
Annie HERRING as 24 years of age,
dressmaker and a spinster. (There is an age discrepancy in this
record.) Amelia was born in 1843 Wapping, Surrey. She
left England on 28 August 1864 on the "Eastern Empire" and arrived
Lyttleton, New Zealand on 4 January 1865. She is listed as having
travelled in the single womens' quarters as Amelia A Herring aged
years.There is an another discrepancy in the age recorded and the date
of birth. Her occupation was listed as "Milliner" and she travelled on
Note Number 302 dated 24 August 1864.
William and Amelia
established a business selling drapery from a
horse and gig for some years before moving to Ashburton. A successful
drapery and clothier business developed in partnership with Henry
Cranaway TURNER. The Mitchell and
Turner building still stands in Burnett
Street, Ashburton with the initials M&T and the date 1874 prominent
in the arch of the building. The size and nature of the building
to the success of the enterprise.
purchases, leasings and sales were undertaken by William
town and rural sections of Ashburton from 1879 to
1887. The electoral roll for Coleridge in 1879-80 lists William
as a leaseholder and in the Ashburton electoral roll for 1880-81 as
"freeholder storekeeper". In 1881 William MITCHELL is described as a
"Farmer" in Land Registry records.
William and Amelia Mitchell
T MITCHELL married Edie BEAU. Childrden:
Henry MITCHELL married Barbara LAW. Children:
Hewitson MITCHELL married Helena DOBBS. Children:
Nellie Sophia MITCHELL (died aged 10
MITCHELL Snr died on16 February
1886 in Ashburton and
was buried in the Ashburton Cemetery.
Annie MITCHELL died 26 March 1923
at her residence
in Redcliffe, Christchurch and was buried in Ashburton Cemetery next to
notice for Amelia Annie
HERRING appeared in the Ashburton Guardian 28 May 1923 page 4.
detailed the whereabouts/residences of her five sons at the time of her
funeral – William (on a
business trip to America), John T
Robert (Gisborne), Richard
(Sumner) and Charles (Sydney,