"P.E. Parks Recollections of Childhood on NZ Lighthouse Stations" by Elizabeth ...


"P.E. Parks Recollections of Childhood on NZ Lighthouse Stations"
by Elizabeth Maud Benjamin

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Parks family history concentrating on the family's work and life at lighthouses around the New Zealand coast - based mainly on the recollections of Percival Edward Parks. With additional childhood memories of his sister, Eileen, and brother, Roy.
Alexander Edward Parks 1847-1896 married Hannah Maria Seaman. They had seven chidren; Edward, Harry, Arthur, John, Laila, Lucy, and Jessie. A.E. Parks served in the British merchant navy until 1874 when he settled in NZ and married. His first appointment in the NZ Lighthouse Service was to Godley Head near Christchurch, followed by Akaroa, Taiaroa, The Nuggets and Puysegur.
His son Edward Morris Parks 1875-1964 served at The Nuggets, Puysegur, The Brothers, Somes Island, French Pass, Stephens Island, Cape Maria van Diemen, Pencarrow, Centre Island, Castle Point, Manukau, and The Nuggets again. He married Maud Sandager, daughter of Danish immigrant Andreas Sandager, who was also a lighthousekeeper. The two families sometimes lived and worked on the same lighthouse stations. Edward and Maud had seven children; Norman, Hector, Percy, Eileen, Eric, Roy, and Gordon. Edward left the Lighthouse Service in 1924 and took up farming at Paretai, South Otago, between Kaka Point and Balclutha. He died aged 88.
Edward and Maud's son, Percy (Percival Edward Parks 1907-1985, born at Cape Maria van Diemen) married Eileen Challis of Owaka and they spent most of their lives in the Catlins and Otago. Percy was fascinated by all things nautical and had a private maritime museum in the basement of his house. He had a very extensive collection of seashells. Percy and Eileen had six children; Russell Edward, Victor Robert, Alan Percival, Elizabeth Maud (the author), Joy Irena, and Keith Gordon.


Benjamin,Elizabeth nee Parks

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Date Made



21st Century

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin

Medium and Materials

Processed material, paper


H 260mm x W 190mm x D 10mm

Subject and Association Keywords

genealogy, personal and family names

Subject and Association Keywords

history of Oceania, New Zealand, local history and description

Subject and Association Keywords

transportation and communications, shipping

Subject and Association Keywords

transport and communications, lighthouses

Subject and Association Keywords

the family. life style

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