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DEATH OF MRS. JAMES COATES.

One of our oldest identities died yesterday morning at her residence, Montego Villa, Parnell, in the person of Mrs. James Coates, relict of the late Mr. James Coates, one of the first Government officials in Auckland. The deceased lady, who had enjoyed excellent health all through life, had only within the last twelve months shown signs of that debility which might be expected at her advanced age, having been born on the same date as the Queen. She came out in the ship Chalydra, in 18-11, to be married to Mr. Coates, the vessel touching mroute at Sydney and Hobart, before arrival at Auckland. The marriage took place on the Ith of .June, IS4I, at eiyht o'clock in the evening, in the drawing-room of Government House, (Mr. Coates being acting Private Secretary) by the Rev. J. F. Churton, Colonial Chaplain, the witnesses being Mr. George Cooper and Mr. Francis Fisher, both Government officials, and the bride being given away by llis Excellency the Governor. This was the second marriage in Auckland —the first having been celebrated on the '21 st of June, three days previously, and appears on the marriage register of old St. Paul's Church. The marriage notice appears in the New Zealand Government Gazette, published at Kororareka, of date duly 15, 1841, and is the only one so honoured, so far as we know of, and runs as follows: — " Married.—On Thursday, '24th June, at Government House, Auckland, by the Rev. J. F. Churton, Colonial Chaplain, James Coates, Esq., Sheriff and Clerk of Council, to Sarah Anne, only daughter of G. H. Bend tie, Esq., of Somersetshire, England." From that period Mrs. Coates has resided continuously in Auckland. Mrs. Coates bought a number of sections in Queen-street at the first Government land sales, but unfortunately, unlike most of the earlier settlers, did not retain them till the progress and growth of Auckland made them valuable. Mr. Coates died in 1854, at his residence, Official Bay, t hen a favourite quarter for residence by officials. The bereaved widow was left with live young children, slenderly provided for, but with that energy and force of character which marked her through life, she at once set about to educate her children, and to establish a, young ladies' school, at which most of the daughters of the well-to-do settlers in the early days received their education. There are few of our old colonists to whom she was not personally known, and with many of them she retained a warm friendship which lasted through life. The deceased lady was greatly attached to old St. Paul's Church (having been present at the laying of the foundation stone), of which she was a member, and in which she was a constant worshipper from the very first, a teacher in its Sunday-school, and associated with church work. She leaves four children, two sons and two daughters—her eldest son, Mr. Hobson Coates, having predeceased Iter, dying in 1879—namely, Mr. A. J. L. Coates, Mr. J as. Coates, manager of Auckland branch of the National Bank, Miss Coates, who has devoted herself to her mother during her declining years, and Mrs. Nelson, wife of the Rev. C. M. Nelson, incumbent of St. Paul's Church.

By the death of the deceased lady another of the few remaining Jinks between the Past and the Present in the history of Auckland is broken, and another pap made in the rapidly-thinning ranks of the sterling band of men and women who bore the heat and burden of the day in the pioneer colonisation of New Zealand. The tidings of her death will be heard of with regret not only by a wide circle of acquaintances, but by the general public. The interment will take place to-day aS St. Stephen's, and will be ft private one,

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DEATH OF MRS. JAMES COATES., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 8908, 18 June 1892

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DEATH OF MRS. JAMES COATES. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 8908, 18 June 1892

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