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Newspapers the Entries are taken from:


Ashburton Guardian

Ellesmere Guardian

Oxford Observer


Timaru Herald

Waimate Daily Advertiser


These entries include:


Fathers name or initials (some entries also contain the occupation of the father)

Whether the child was a son or daughter (or twins or still born)

Date of birth (day, month, year)

Place of Birth

Newspaper the entry was extracted from.


Some of the entries may be entered in the lists more than once, this is due to the parties making more than on entry or putting notices in multiple newspapers, all duplicate entries have been included as some entries may contain more information when listed in newspapers that are not local to the parents address.


The newspaper entries do not contain the first names of the infant, but by going to the New Zealand Government Birth Death and Marriage, Historical Website and entering the information into their search engine, it will give you the first names of the child. With the information you receive from this search and the information given from the newspaper entries you have if not all, nearly all of the information given on a birth certificate printout.


Original Entry.


Surname Abbott

Parents First Name William

Childs Name son

Date of Birth 20th December, 1879

Place of Birth Clifton, Southbridge

Newspaper Star


Example of a Search Done on the New Zealand Governments Historical Records Website. (the red text is the information that you enter)


Family Name - Abbott

Given Names

Mothers Given Name

Search From Date - 18/12/1879

Search to Date - 25/12/1879


The Results of your Search

Registration Number 1880/6526

Family Name Abbott

Given Name(s) William John

Mother's GivenName(s) Isabella

Father's GivenName(s) William

Still Birth


You Now have the following information


William John Abbott was born 20th December, 1879,at Clifton, Southbridge, Canterbury, to William and Isabella Abbot.

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