Steve Wrathall of New Zealand
Steve Wrathall of Rotorua is descended from Stephen Wrathall
(1816 - 1896) and Maria Hinutoto (1815? - ?). In 1998, Steve related the
following about himself and New Zealand Wrathalls:
"I am a pulp and paper research technician working in [the Chemical
Processing Group] of the NZ Forest Research institute in Rotorua. My Great-great-great-grandparents
were Stephen Wrathall and Maria Hinutoto. Their son Stephen was my ancestor.
I am very interested in tracing my family history.
Steve is descended from Stephen'sson Stephen John Wrathall (1846 -
1932). Steve sent a photo of Stephen John's family with the following
"Most N. Z. Wrathalls, like me, live in the North Island. A few still
live way up North in Mangonui, where Maria Hinutoto & Stephen Wrathall
lived. I was actually born there. Last year Trevor Wrathall of Mangonui
had a whip-round of all the Wrathalls he could locate in N.Z., and we belatedly
got a headstone put in for Stephen & Maria's son Stephen, and his wife
Elizabeth Wells, who are buried in Mangonui."
Here is a Wrathall family group photo taken ca. 1910, probably
near Mangonui, of Stephen J. Wrathall, 3 of his sons & their families.
At front are (L-R) LIONEL ("Lenny", Garrow & Winnie's son, adopted by
Syd & Tish when his mother died), STEPHEN J., ELIZABETH (née Wells)
and LOVEY. At top left is the family of WILLIAM & MARTHA (née Townsend):
JOHN (held by Richard), IVY (between Willam & Martha, later known as
Aunty Nuk), MARGARET (right of Ivy) & SONNY (in front of Ivy). At top
right is the family of RICHARD T. & FRANCIS (née Evans): LLOYD
(held by Richard), & in front of them (L-R) MAVIS, NEWELL & PHOEBE
(my godmother, died ~1993). In the middle is the family of HENRY G. &
ANNIE (née Bramley): LAUREEN (held by Annie), CECIL (beside Annie),
CYRIL (behind Cecil) and HORACE (holding hat, my grandfather, died 1980).
Click HERE to view Stephen John's family group
Steve mentioned his participation in activities of the political party
ACT New Zealand :
"I was ACT's Rotorua candidate in the October 1996 general election.
I only gained 1.3% of the candidate vote, but that was not my objective.
NZ has recently changed to the German-style "Mixed-Member Proportional" (MMP)
voting system, where you have one vote for the local candidate, and one for
the Party (which determines that party's total representation in parliament).
ACT managed to get 4.7% of the Rotorua party vote, and 6.1% nationwide,
entitling us to 8 MPs. So I was not too displeased with the result."
Steve visited his parents and grandmother in Taupo in 2000, where he had
a chance to prepare his pedigree information. For the most recent version,
click HERE (last updated Aug. 2006). Steve
incorporated the most up-to-date info from NZ Wrathalls in this lengthy document
(48 KB). Use the FIND command in your Browser window to locate the person,
location, or date of interest.
In 1997, Steve and Trevor were collecting info from all NZ Wrathalls:
"In case you hadn't guessed, I have sent out a letter to all
the NZ Wrathalls I could find in the white pages, telling them about the websites,
and asking them to contribute to the Wrathall family tree. Within a week
I've got a phone call from Merve W. in Whakatane (I'm the Maori Branch), an
email from Robyn W (also to you) and a letter from Diane W in Auckland, who
sent a huge genealogy which I'm adding to mine."
Steve sent a family group photo with the following news:
"Sharon and I [went] down to Taupo again for my brother Mark's
birthday. He's over from Austria (see Wrathalls
of Austria ) for an intensive 5-week flying course in Hawkes Bay. My
cousin Raewyn Cook (Geraldine's daughter - see generation 4A) was also there.
Apparently she's [also doing research] on the NZ Wrathalls - could be interesting.
My sister Susie was also over from London to do an interior design job in
Auckland recently. Here's a photo of Me, Mum, Dad & Susie - most of generation
5A. The photo is on Waitemata Harbour in Auckland; I cropped out the landscape
as it wasn't that interesting."
To view this photo, click HERE.
In May 2001, Steve said that he was planning to move to Thailand to teach
English. He sent the most recent version of his pedigree information, NZ WRATHALL Genealogy. At that time, Steve could
be reached at wrathast(at)hotmail.com, but we don't know if that address
is still active.