Fam­ily re­union

This England - - Post Box - Eric Strick­ett, Auck­land

In the lat­est is­sue of “This Eng­land”, sev­eral writ­ers have said how they orig­i­nally re­ceived your ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Here is my story.

Many years ago, a lady from Eng­land con­tacted me here in Massey, Auck­land, New Zealand, about her fam­ily story. It was of how some of her an­ces­tors bought a sail­ing ship and im­mi­grated to New Zealand on board the ship. This story was handed down to her by her ma­ter­nal grand­mother, a Miss Strick­ett. The lady had con­tacted me as to whether I knew any more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this.

I replied that the Strick­etts of Is­ling­ton left Lon­don via Southamp­ton and ar­rived in Auck­land, New Zealand, in 1886, as pay­ing pas­sen­gers aboard the P&O sail­ing ship the Souka. All the Strick­etts in New Zealand are de­scen­dants of five of the six broth­ers who came with their par­ents (their two sis­ters went back to Eng­land for rea­sons un­known).

This lady then sent me a yearly subscription to your mag­a­zine from that time on, so many years ago, to thank me.

We reg­u­larly write to each other at Christ­mas. One time, her daugh­ter wrote to me say­ing she and her brother, re­cently grad­u­ated from univer­sity, were com­ing to New Zealand on a back­pack­ing hol­i­day, and would ar­rive in Auck­land on a cer­tain date – was there any chance of meet­ing up with us?

That was ar­ranged. We picked them up, brought them to our home in West Auck­land and had a won­der­ful day with them. So that is how, af­ter more than 100 years, con­tact was re-es­tab­lished with the English and New Zealand Strick­etts, and we con­tinue to re­ceive your mag­a­zine, “This Eng­land”.

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