the Lemons


George’s sister, Mary Emma, migrated to New Zealand late in 1854 and almost immediately married John Lemon, a very early Oamaru settler. John had come to New Zealand from Jamaica, where his father was a sugar plantation owner and Postmaster-General. His brother, Dr Charles Lemon, soon followed. Charles, following in his father’s footsteps, eventually became Commissioner of Telegraphs.

Mary and John had 8 living children, most of them daughters:

Mary Constance (“Connie”) (1856-1913). Appointed postmistress at Newborough 1908, appointed telephonist there 1912.

John Herbert (1858-1890). Married Nellie James.

Grace (b. 1863). Married James Finch.

Edith (b. 1861). Married John Bambridge.

Mabel (b. 1866). Married George Frank Francis.

Gertrude (b. 1869). Married Herbert Thirtle.

Mildred Hermione (b. 1871).

Amy Louise (1875-1948). Married Herbert Mowbray.

It may be that this photograph of bridesmaids is of the Lemon daughters.

John Lemon

Obituary notice for John Lemon

Dr Charles Lemon

News cutting on the farewell dinner for Charles Lemon