With the family disappearing from the Oamaru Electoral rolls and school records around 1896, I had assumed that was when "Helensvale" had been purchased.
"Helensvale", the Leith Valley home of William & Helen (WIGHT) HENDERSON - my Great Grandparents
Investigations into the title deeds show that William purchased the property back in Apr 1890.
I do not yet know whether he built the house or not.
The previous two owners were a Surveyor from 1873 to 1889, a surgeon from 1889 to Apr 1890, then William, followed by his widow Helen Sinton HENDERSON nee WIGHT, then their daughter Amelia Jane HARBOUR nee HENDERSON until Mar 195_ where the final digit is missing from the document.
My assumption is that is when the sisters, my great aunts Nellie and Millie, set up house at 325 Malvern St - completely unverified.
History of the title:
|11 Jun 1873||Grant under Otago Waste Lands Act 1866||Edward Campbell of Wakari, Surveyor||Block V Dunedin & East Taieri OT Vol 8 Folio 291||75 A 3R 31P (30.733 ha)||Assorted mortgages registered up to Aug 1889|
|21 Dec 1883||Edward Campbell||William Gage||Block V Dunedin & East Taieri OT Vol 8 Folio 291||75 A 3R 31P (30.733 ha)||but seems to still be mortgaged, ending with mortgagee sale to Edward William Alexander 16 Aug 1889|
|21 Aug 1889||William Gage (or Joseph Barton who held the mortgage)||Edward William Alexander of Dunedin, Surgeon||Block V Dunedin & East Taieri OT Vol 88 Folio 14; referencing Vol 8 Folio 291 and Vol 11 Folio 86|
Sections 78, and 67 thru 70
|205 A 2R 5P (83.1857 ha)||transferred to William Henderson (5th?) Apr 1890|
|17 Jun 1941||Helen Sinton Henderson, widow (of William)||Amelia Jane Harbour, Executor||Lot 2 DP 4903 being part section 78 Block V Dunedin & East Taieri District and being also sections 68, 69, and part section 70 Block V Dunedin & East Taieri Distict. Together with minerals under part sections 67 and 70||146 A 2R 35P (59.375 ha)||Fully transferred to Amelia Jane Harbour 9 Apr 1943|
|6 Mar 195_||Amelia Jane Harbour||Robert Brockbank, farmer, Leith Valley||Lot 2 DP 4903 being part section 78 Block V Dunedin & East Taieri District and being also sections 68, 69, and part section 70 Block V Dunedin & East Taieri Distict. Together with minerals under part sections 67 and 70||146 A 2R 35P (59.375 ha)||thru several owners and mortgages to current owners|