10.1.5 AUTON, Thomas 1875 – 1924 / James Henry Myers AUTON 1908 – 1975

Thomas AUTON (10.1.5)


13 March 1875 Pately Bridge, Yorkshire, England


Myers AUTON age 29 and Annie HOLDSWORTH age 27




1874 – 1881 Pately Bridge, Yorkshire, England

Birth of Sisters

Mary Alice AUTON was born when Thomas was 1

Annie AUTON was born 15 November 1877 when Thomas was 2

Elizabeth AUTON was born 31 October 1879 when Thomas was 4

Maggie AUTON was born 6 September 1881 when Thomas was 6


10.1 High Street Pateley Bridge


10.1 High Street Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, England


10 AUTON, Elizabeth, 1881 England Census, Yorkshire, High and Low Bishopside



1883 To New Zealand on the ship Crusader with parents Myers AUTON and Annie HOLDSWORTH and siblings, Christopher Kidd AUTON, Alice AUTON, Annie AUTON, Elizabeth AUTON and Maggie AUTON and cousins Christopher AUTON, Margaret Ann AUTON, and their children Elizabeth Jane AUTON, Joseph William AUTON, Annie Louisa AUTON.




10.1 Information about the ‘Crusader’ From Savill, d (1986) Sail to New Zealand London Robert Hale


10.1 Crusader Passenger List Government Assisted Immigrants 1883


Printed in ‘The Press’ Saturday 24 1883 – Re The Crusader Voyage

Messrs Shaw, Savill and Co’s well known ship Crusader arrived on Thursday night with 381 immigrants on board, nominated by friends resident in the colony.  they voyage from London or from leaving Plymouth, where the passengers embarked, to anchoring off the Heads, occupied ninety-four days, and was as to weather remarkable for freedom from severe gales and unpleasantly strong winds and stormy seas.  The ship anchored at the heads on Thursday night, and while there was struck by one of the hard squalls, which broke her cable, and the anchor had to be let go to bring her up.  The steam tug Lyttleton went down for her yesterday morning and towed her up to an anchorage of Ripa Island.  She was cleared by the Health Officer, and after inspection by the Immigration Commissioners, the friends of those on board were admitted, and during the day a large number of passengers were landed.

The vessel came into port in admirable order, aloft and allow, reflecting every credit upon Mr Richards, the chief officer.  the ‘tween decks were occupied wholly by the immigrants, and the condition of single men’s quarters down the fore hatch, the married people’s down the main hatch, and the single women’s down aft was all that could be wished, everything being beautifully clean and orderly.

Dr Husband, now finishing his fourteenth voyage to the colonies in charge of immigrant ships, and who was here last in the ship Rakia, is to be congratulated upon the success of his work.  He had a busy time of it with measles from soon after starting to making the Cape of Good Hope, and he reports on death of an infant Fergan, of convulsions.  Mrs Toombs gave birth to a female child during the voyage.  The doctor gives the passengers a first-class name for orderly behaviour and respect for authority, and expresses his satisfaction at the way in which the matron, Mrs Jackson discharged the responsible duties of that position over 166 single women.  The later complained a little of the stringency of Mrs Jackson’s regulations, but no doubt saw the propriety of the extreme circumspection they imposed on the voyage ended.  Dr Husband wishes to mention the services of Mrs Johnson, Mrs McPherson and Miss Phynn in the capacity of assistants.  He also reports that the medical stores put on board were of first quality and abundance.  The passengers themselves speak in high terms of his attention, and of the courtesy of the officers, mentioning especially the kindly and sociable manner of the master.  Captain Lewellyn Davis, an old and able commander in the employ.

A very sad occurrence took place while running down the easting.  On March 6th, the ship was in 46,35S, 125.2E and travelling at 11 knots an hour.  It was about noon when a boy named Edward was leaning over the bulwarks and overbalanced, falling into the trough of a heavy sea.  Captain Davis, on the poop at the time, had a moment before told the lad to get down, and he noticed the little fellow go over instantly backed the yards and hauled up the courses and as the Doctor states ‘with astonishing smartness he had the boat lowered’.  The poor little fellow was seen astern once from the ship, struggling in the water, and a life buoy was thrown to the spot by the master.  The boat was out over an hour, but the search was fruitless.

Enquiries made amongst the passengers as to the dietary scale elicited the most satisfactory replies.  The food was of good quality, and very liberal in quantity.

The monotony of the voyage was relieved from time to time by concerts and entertainment.

The names of the officers of the Crusader are Mr Richards, chief, Mr Edwards, second, and Mr Enon, third.



10.1 Information about the ‘Crusader’ From Savill, d (1986) Sail to New Zealand London Robert Hale


Birth of Siblings

William Thirkill AUTON was born 25 March 1883 at Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 8

Jessica AUTON was born 14 January 1885 Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 9

Nellie AUTON was born 13 September 1886 Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 11

Death of Sister

Nellie AUTON died 27 February 1887 age 1 at New Brighton, Christchurch, New Zealand

Birth of Siblings

Kate AUTON was born 1 January 1888 Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 12

Frank Myers AUTON was born 1 June 1891 Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 16

Samuel Myers AUTON was born 17 February 1893 Christchurch, New Zealand when Thomas was 17


Myers and Annie AUTON and family, Christchurch, New Zealand 


Marriage of Siblings

Hannah Deborah AUTON married John Scott MILNE 1893 New Zealand

Agnes AUTON married William MANN 1893 New Zealand

Christopher Kidd AUTON married Emily Rosina HAMPTON 1895 New Zealand



Margaret Maria MORGAN 1899 Greymouth, New Zealand.  Thomas was 24


Birth of Daughter

Annie Isabel AUTON 5 February 1901 Greymouth, Grey, West Coast, New Zealand when Thomas was 26


Marriage of Sisters

Annie AUTON married Richard WAKELIN 17 July 1901 Palmerston North, New Zealand

Janey AUTON married John STORER 4 April 1904 Cuffs Road, Sandilands, Christchurch, New Zealand

Mary (Alice) AUTON married Nicholas Philip Theodore CAREY 1904 New Zealand


1905 Painter

Marriage of Sisters

Elizabeth AUTON married Harold Beauchamp LOW 2 October 1906 Methodist Church, Durham Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Maggie AUTON married Alfred Ernest ROWSE 1907 New Zealand


Birth of son

James Henry Myers AUTON 4 September 1908 Cobden, Grey, New Zealand when Thomas was 33


Marriage of Siblings

William Thirkill AUTON married Emily Gladys LEIGH 1911 New Zealand

Kate AUTON married William Thomas Wallace RUTLEDGE 1917 New Zealand

Samuel AUTON married Mabel CLEMENT 1917 New Zealand

Death of Father

Myers AUTON died 23 January 1919 Christchurch, New Zealand age 73.  Thomas was 44

Marriage of Siblings

Jessica AUTON married Stan MARSHALL 1919 New Zealand

Annie WAKELIN nee AUTON married Frederick James ROWBERRY 1 December 1920 at 44 Cowlishaw Street, Avonside, Christchurch, New Zealand

Frank Myers AUTON married Inez Olive EDWARDS 1922 New Zealand



16 April 1924 Cobden, New Zealand age 49


Kororo Cemetery, Near Greymouth, New Zealand


In Loving Memory of Tom.  Beloved husband of Margaret AUTON died April 16 1924 aged 50 years.  Margaret.  Beloved wife of above died Feb 15 1938 aged 59 years.  So loved so mourned.


10.1.5 Headstone Thomas AUTON and Margaret MORGAN



Estate to Daughter Annie Isabella WHITE wife of James Frederick WHITE, Palmerston North, Engine Driver.  Piano, Linen, Silver and Gold Watch and Chain.  Son James Henry Myers AUTON – Greymouth, Railway Employee – 100 pounds sterling and silver watch.  Brother Thomas MORGAN of Waihi, Clerk of the Court, sum of 20 pounds and Sister Isabella MITCHELL, wife of Edward MITCHELL of Waimunga, Farmer sum of 20 pounds.  All residue property to daughter and son.  Executor: William Parfitt – Merchant of Greymouth for fee of 5 pounds





Margaret Maria MORGAN (Wife of Thomas AUTON 10.1.5/1)

Born:  1879 Kumara, New Zealand

Parents:  James Henry MORGAN (1848 – 1896) and Annie Jane CARROLL




10.1.5:1.1 James Henry MORGAN


10.1.5:1.2 Annie MORGAN nee CARROLL


10.1.5 MORGAN family photo abt 1940 L-R Tom MORGAN, Margaret AUTON nee MORGAN, James Henry MORGAN, Ellen MORGAN, Peter MORGAN, Lou MORGAN, Frank MORGAN


Died:  15 February 1938 Cobden, New Zealand age 59

Buried:  Karori Cemetery, near Greymouth, New Zealand




Annie Isabel AUTON 





James Henry Myers AUTON  


4 September 1908, Cobden, New Zealand


Thomas AUTON and Margaret Maria MORGAN




Veronica Mary CALLAN 1938 New Zealand

About Veronica Mary CALLAN

Born:  30 September 1914

Died:  10 May 1991




1942 – 1949 Clerk


1942 – 1949 at 7 Clifford Street, Cobden, Greymouth, New Zealand


10 November 1975 Christchurch, New Zealand


Burnside, Christchurch, New Zealand, Waimairi Cemetery, Area Lawn, Row 14, Plot 279



10.1.5  AUTON, Thomas, England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index 1874

10.1.5  AUTON, Tom, 1881 England Census, Yorkshire, High and Low Bishopside

10.1.5  AUTON, Thomas, New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1905 – 1906, Grey

10.1.5  AUTON, Thomas, New Zealand Marriage Index 1921

10.1.5  AUTON, Thomas, New Zealand Cemetery Records

10.1.5  AUTON, Thomas, New Zealand Death Index 1924  AUTON, James Henry Myers, New Zealand Birth Index 1908  AUTON, James Henry Myers, Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index 1800s – Current  AUTON, James Henry Myers, Waimairi Cemetery Records to October 1998, New Zealand Cemetery Records, Canterbury, North, Central  AUTON, James Henry Myers, New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists 1942, January  AUTON, James Henry Myers, New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1949 West Coast, Westland