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GUTHRIE, CHARLES

Charles Herbert Guthrie (1877--1913)

Charles Herbert Guthrie, sixth child of Henry and Isabella Guthrie, was born at 18 Pitt Street, Dunedin, on 18 June 1877. He was educated at Miss Forsyth's School, George Street School (enrolled 2 February 1885, left 17 November 1891) and Otago Boys' High School. The school registers recorded that his address was Elder Street, Dunedin.

As a young man, he joined the stock-and-station company NMA (the National Mortgage & Agency Co. of New Zealand Ltd) in Dunedin, moved to Timaru, and, after marriage to Jessie Helena Hepburn in 1902, set up home in Waimate, South Canterbury, where he became local manager for the NMA.

Charles's untimely death was the result of a motor accident at Kingsdown, near Timaru, on 25 January 1913, when the car in which he was a passenger had a tyre blowout and rolled, and he was thrown out and crushed. He died at the scene. (Ref: Coroner's Report, Timaru Herald). Charles was only 35 years old. His Monumental Inscription in the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, states Charles died in Waimate, but this is incorrect.

Charles's brother Henry James Guthrie was the founder of the well-known company Guthrie Bowron.

-- Other burials recorded at the same site (Plots 10, 11, 15 and 16 in Block 8 form a single grave): William HEPBURN d. 1887, Margaret HEPBURN d. 1901, William Leslie HEPBURN d. 1916, Walter John GUTHRIE d. 1918, Margaret Marshall GUTHRIE d. 1955, and Margaret Isobel GUTHRIE d. 1955.

Don Hutton

Monumental Inscription


The site includes four plots (10, 11, 15 and 16) in Block 8. There is one large monument, now damaged, with inscriptions on each side (1--4). Also a shield (5), now lying on the ground in several pieces, but perhaps originally attached to a smaller headstone still standing beside the main monument.

(1)

Erected
By his
Sorrowing wife & children
In loving memory of
WILLIAM HEPBURN
Who died 29. Sep. 1887.
Aged 53.
Also
MARGARET HEPBURN
Wife of the above
Who died Aug 24. 1901
Aged 62 years.

And with the morn those angel faces smile
That I have loved long since & lost awhile.

HEPBURN

(2)

Also his son
GEORGE DOUGLAS
Who died at Melbne.
July 1st 1899
Aged 34 years.
Interred at St. Kilda Cemetery
Dearly loved. Deeply mourned

(3)

Also
WALTER JOHN GUTHRIE
Beloved husband of
MARGARET M GUTHRIE
Died 24th July 1918
In his 49th year.

(4)

Also
CHARLES HERBERT GUTHRIE
Beloved husband of
JESSIE H GUTHRIE
Died at Waimate Janry 25th 1913.
Aged 35 years

(5)

In loving memory of
WILLIAM LESLIE HEPBURN
Accidentally killed at
[Port Chalmers?]
27th March 1916
Erected by his work-mates



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