Adam's Family History
The Kent family originally from England!
Welcome to my page. I have put this page to together in an
effort to find more people interested in researching the following
page is a work in progress. I will add more stories as I come across
them. Unfortunately not a lot is known about this line at this time.
Information I do have!
They arrived in Wellington New Zealand from England.
Charles KENT born abt 1841 married Eliza GREY who was born
about 1856 in England. They emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand
with children aboard the steamer Rimutaka in 1894. They moved to New
Plymouth. The childrens names were George Horatio, Percy, Frank,
Dorothy and William. George Horatio married Maude Mallard in
Tasmania. Charles KENT kept a diary desribing the voyage of the
steamer Rimutaka. In it he also describes some of the people aboard
and makes an embarasing comment about Aborigines in Tasmania. I also
hold a photocopy of the passenger list for RMS. Rimutaka.
Read a transcript of Charles Kents Diary
Passenger list for RMS Rimutaka
Charles KENT'S father was James KENT. His occupation was a
Lighterman according to his son Charles death certificate. A lighter
is a flat-bottomed cargo barge, usually without its own means of
propulsion, that is towed by a tug for short distances, as between a
ship and a quay or along a river from a port to a warehouse. The
charge for transporting goods by lighter is the lighterage.
Chales KENT and his wife Eliza are both buried in Te Henui
cemetary, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Charles died on the 3rd of May
1909 and Eliza died later on 29th July 1926. They had three
John Horatio, Patricia and Nancy. Only Patricia is
Eliza's parents were Horatio GREY and Elizabeth ?. Horatio
was apparently related to Govenor Grey distanty. He was a ship owner
according to his daughter Eliza's death certificate.
John Horatio KENT AKA The Taranaki Tiger.
John Horatio trained as a builder just in time to work on the
rebuilding of Napier after the big earthquake in 1931. After this he
went to Austarlia to work in the mining industry. He became a semi
professional wrestler and competed in Australia and South Africa. He
was tragically killed when his ship the City of Barcelona was sunk
in 1937 by a German U-boat while he was on his way to fight in the
Spanish Civil War.
of the sinking of the City of Barcelona
of the Taranaki Tiger