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On 26 November 1880 Thomasina May (Maisie) Carte was born at home, Seafield View Road, Auckland, the fifth child of Edward and Lillie Carte.
Her father Edward Elliot Carte 1839–1926 was born in Limerick, Ireland. His father Thomas Elliott Carte was a
solicitor in that city, was a long serving councillor and was also the Mayor for a short period. (The Carte family moved to Ireland from Rochester in Kent in the late 1700s). Edward Carte had bought 800 25 shilling shares in Richard Laishley junior’s “Alburnia and Pride of the West No. 2” gold mining company in Thames in 1869.
I can find no record of how it turned out. He was storekeeper at the gaol in Auckland in 1871, his salary £180.2
Maisie’s mother Elizabeth (“Lillie”) Ann Rose (Lodge) Carte 1849–1939 was born in Camberwell, London. Her father Edward Thomas Lodge was an accountant born in Barking, Essex after his father Rev. Oliver Lodge returned from Ireland. Lillie’s father died when she was a child. Her mother remarried and the family, which included her mother, stepfather, the Cornish Master Mariner Henry Joseph Calkin Andrew (later Captain of the Taiaroa) and her siblings, came to New Zealand in the sailing ship Lord Nelson in early 1865.
The family lived in Onehunga.
Edward Carte and Lillie Lodge married there in September 1870 and had five children. Edward Walter was born in 1871 but died aged a year and ten months, Violet Hermina (later Mrs McBain) in 1873, Marguerite Louisa (“Daisy”, later Mrs Davy) in 1875, Rose Phillippa in 1877 and Thomasina May in 1880.
Violet, Daisy, Rose and Maisie.