NameEllen Octavia Graham , G Grandmother
Birthca 1866 [3]
Death17 Dec 1955, Auckland [4]
BurialWaikumete Cemetery
FatherReginald John Graham (1822-1897)
MotherEllen Leah Boileau (1838-1918)
Spouses
1James Shiner Bond [3], G Grandfather
Birth12 Dec 1858, Beaminster, Dorsetshire, England
Death26 Nov 1922, Auckland [4]
BurialWaikumete Cemetery
FatherAlfred Bond (1836-1914)
MotherSarah Shiner (1834-1920)
Marriage25 (29?) Mar 1905, All Saints Church, Ponsonby, Auckland
ChildrenEllen Sarah Hamilton (Nellie) (1908-1980)
Notes for Ellen Octavia Graham
She met James Bond while on a trip around the world, returned to England and then returned to NZ to marry him in 1905. I always thought that she was sent off on a world trip to find a husband. Possibly. But she was pretty old. It’s just as likely that she set off on a world trip simply because she wanted to.

More details in the James Bond notes. For a more general discussion of my ancestor Grahams (for those who care) look at http://www.burningviolin.org/family/, and follow the Grahams link. A lot of information about the Grahams of Edmond Castle can be found in the writings of THB Graham, Ellen Octavia’s brother. See especially Trans. Cumb. Westmor. Ant. Arch. Soc. New Series VII (1907) The Old Village of Edmond Castle [5].

Her son-in-law Pop always called her a wonderful old lady. Emphasis on lady. One gets the impression he was told this many times. I wouldn’t be surprised. He knew her when he was courting her daughter, old Granny, at Victoria Ave. I must find her birth and death dates.

Pop told me (in 2006) that Ellen Octavia was very interested in Botany, and they would often go for trips into the New Zealand countryside to look for new plants.

She was cremated and buried in the same plot as James Shiner Bond (Waikumete cemetery, Anglican Division A, Row 7, Plot 7). The grave marker is still there (in October, 2008), with her details and James’ details. A little battered, but still legible. It had a stone cross on the top which fell off at some stage, but has been partially replaced. In the cemetery notes, her occupation was listed as “House Duties”. I also have a copy of her death notice in the paper.
Notes for James Shiner (Spouse 1)
From [BT] [3]: Born at Beaminster, Dorsetshire, 1858. Buried at Waikumete cemetery, 1922, main cemetery on Great North Road in Auckland. Ellen Octavia buried there also.
Left school at the age of 12. HIs first job was as a delivery boy for his grandmother who was a corsetmaker. His first delivery was a pair of “wedding” corsets to a neighbouring village. He hitched a ride on a farm cart but fell off in the mud with the corsets. He delivered them, but they were returned to the maker and a new pair had to be made in a great hurry for the wedding.
After this inauspicious start JSB entered the printing trade - at the age of 13 being employed in a printing office. After amassing a capital of five pounds beside his fare, he came to New Zealand, arriving in 1878.
After arriving in New Zealand he initially worked for the Rangitikei Advocate, then in 1880 settled in Cambridge taking charge of the printing department of the Waikato Mail. The paper ceased to exist a year later and he opened a general printing, book, and stationery business. He started the Waikato Advocate in 1895 , which was merged into the Waikato Times when he purchased the latter paper.
James was living in Cambridge at the time of the Tarawera eruption. With the local people being alarmed at the noise, James rode his horse to Hamilton to discover the cause of the alarming noise.
Mayor of Cambridge, 1892-1895 (elections were then held annually). Later the family continued to live in Cambridge while he went to work in Hamilton by train. One story (unconfirmed) is that on his return home one day he found his house had been accidentally burned down. Move to Hamilton to live in 1898.
Mayor of Hamilton 1905-1909, at which time he retired. During this time major issues included the purchase by council of the local gasworks, inauguration of a drainage scheme, building a new traffic bridge, and opening of the library.
Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hamilton High School when it was formed. Instrumental in starting the Hamilton theatres. Bond St. in Hamilton named after him. He was instrumental in starting the Waikato Winter Show. In the first few years he used to bring the takings home each night, sleeping with the money under the mattress. As the takings increased, his wife Ellen objected and the bank was persuaded to stay open to take the money. During the first years everyone made a great effort to make a success of the venture, exhibiting in as many classes as possible with needlework and produce sections.
After Sarah died, James met his second wife when she was travelling around the world. She returned to England and the following year (1905) returned to New Zealand. They were married at All Saints Church, Ponsonby, Auckland, returning to Hamilton where they lived in Selkirk Street “Aroha House”.
After retirement he moved to Auckland, living at 84 Victoria Ave (later renumbered 148? 206?). The section had two acres of land and the house had previously been a farmhouse, but extensively renovated before purchase. Continued to be actively involved in community affairs, and was an active member of the Auckland Harbour Board, Education Board, Grammar School Board, and the Seddon Memorial Technical College (now ATI). Had a lifelong interest in education, perhaps because he left school himself at the age of 12.
Four sons served overseas during the war, three being wounded. The fourth, Gussie, was listed as missing in 1915. James never gave up hope that somewhere, somehow, Gussie would turn up. It was in 1922 when he was just starting for a Harbour Board meeting that he received a letter from the War Office saying that Gussie’s remains had been identified and buried in the War Cemetery. It was such a shock that James had a stroke, which some weeks later resulted in his death.

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From the biographical database of the NZ Dictionary of National Biography. Emailed to me on 8 October, 2008:
 
Sources [R1] Obit, Waikato Times? 27/11/22, [R2] Waikato Times index cards, [R3] Obit of Ellen Octavia Bond, Waikato Times? 19/12/55, [R4] Cemetery transcript, Hamilton West Cemetery, [R5] "Astride the River" Gibbons 1977, [R6] Waikato Times 5/1/60 "Origin of Waikato Winter Show"
 
Country of Birth ENGLAND
Region / Place of Birth Dorsetshire [R1]
Occupations PRINTER, GENERAL-PRINTING-BUSINESS, BOOK-AND-STATIONARY-BUSINESS, NEWSPAPER-OWNER, OPERATED-PUBLIC-TRUST-OFFICE, [R1]
Date of Death 26 Nov 1922 
Country of Death NEW ZEALAND
Region / Place of Death Auckland
Career / Personality Summary Achievements: Mayor of both Cambridge and Hamilton. Involved in public life of both communities. Considered a more forward thinking man than previous Hamilton mayors - encouraged the establishment of Waikato Winter Show. He considered the decision of Frankton to remain outside Hamilton borough a backward step. Not all his decisions were popular such as the siting of sale yards and Carnegie Library. He worked as a printer for the Rangitikei Advocate, and in 1880 worked for Waikato Mail. Started the Waikato Advocate in 1895, and then purchased the Waikato Times. His general printing business expanded into a book and stationary business. Offices Held: 1886-1895 Member, Cambridge Borough Council (Mayor 3 years), 1901-09 Hamilton Borough Council (Mayor 1905-09), Member, Waikato Agricultural and Pastoral Assn, 1890 Chairman, Cambridge Licensing Committee, President (1 term) Waikato Winter Show Association, 1911- Board of Governors, Hamilton High School, Member, Auckland Harbour Board, Member, Auckland Board of Education, Chairman of directors, Theatre Royal Co Ltd, [R1]
 
Arrival Details Arrival Date: 1878 
Organisation Membership 1884- Committee, Waikato Horticultural Society, Committee, St Andrew's Guild of Ringers, Elected to St Andrew's Vestry, St Andrew's Church, Cambridge
Location of Images Cyclopedia of NZ vol 2 Auckland p 745
Religious Adherence ANGLICAN
 
Other Information His son Augustine died at Gallipoli aged 25 on 25 April 1915. Main Places of Residence: Cambridge, Hamilton 
 
Father's Name BOND
Occupation
Details of Upbringing Religious Upbringing: Vestry member of St Andrew's, Cambridge 
 
Marriages or Partnerships 2
Marriage 1
Information about Children of this Marriage Nr of children: 6 Names of children: (f) b 18 Mar 1882, (m) b 10 Jan 1884, (m) b 28 Feb 1885, (m) b 9 Jul 1886, (m), (m), [R2, R4]
Partners Name Sarah Annie [R4]
Partners Birth & Death Details Death date spouse: 1902 APR 20
Marriage 2
Date of Marriage 
Country NEW ZEALAND
Region / Place NZ
Information about Children of this Marriage Nr of children: 2 Names of children: (f) Ellen Sarah Hamilton (Mrs C Tidmarsh), (f), [R3]
Partners Name Ellen Octavia [R3]
Partners Birth & Death Details Birth date spouse: 1866? 1955 
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