Charles and Alice Stead
Charles and Alice Stead nee Honour: Seaview Cemetery Block 6 Plot 113, 114.
Charles was born in about 1856 and died in 1946, aged 90.
The Stead home and apple orchard were situated on Nayland Road in Stoke, Nelson. Charles Vine Stead and Alice Mary Honour married in 1886. They went on to have four children:
- Charles Rupert born 1887
- William Boswell born 1890
- George Arthur born 1892
- Ernest Jalland born 1898
Alice was born in about 1856 and died in 1938 aged 82.1
The Stead House, later called St Annes Aldinga, and now Holland House, was named after the owner and builder. It still stands in Reeves Street, off Songer Street and Aldinga Avenue in Stoke. Stead Crescent is not far away and is also off Aldinga Avenue. The house, which is 170 years old, was built in the mid-1840s by George Holland who is thought to have built Broadgreen House as well.2
The Steads were a pioneer farming family. The house and orchard, of 25 acres and buildings, were on the property market in the 1970s at the then significant price of over $200,000.3
In the 1980s a decision was made to revert the land to grazing as water was insufficient for an orchard and other horticulture.4
Sources used in this story
- New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Nelson branch. Marriage CD.
- Nelson Evening Mail, 1996, April 4.
- Nelson Evening Mail: 1975-1977.
- Nelson Evening Mail, 1987, October 1.
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