Helen May  Tankersley

Helen May Tankersley

Female 1911 - 2004  (92 years)

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  • Name Helen May Tankersley 
    Born 22 Jun 1911  Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation School Teacher 
    Reference Number WI3.2 
    Died 4 Feb 2004  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Helen was born at Mt Bruce on "Dunvegan" which her father was managing at the time, on 22 June 1911. Helen was 10 when her family moved to Glenside and Helen attended Maraekakaho Primary School for standard 6. From Maraekakaho Helen went to Napier Girls High and then to Teachers College in Wellington. Unfortunately the Government decided to close Wellington and Dunedin teachers colleges at the end of Helen's first year so she had to transfer to Auckland to complete her training. Her PA year was spent at Havelock North followed by two temporary assignments each of 1-year duration at Kiritaki (9 miles out of Dannevirke), and Woodville. Helen's first permanent position was a 3-year stint at Turakina, out of Wanganui.

      It was during Helen's time at Turakina that War broke out and Helen's younger brother Bob asked her to try to get a position in Masterton so that she could look after mother while he was away. Helen found a position at Te Ore Ore, which enabled her to move home to 45 Upper Plains Road, she spent the next 8 years teaching at Te Ore Ore. From Te Ore Ore Helen was asked to take on the Special Class at Masterton Central a task which she undertook for 6 years. In 1955 a position at Matahiwi, 6 miles out of Masterton, well with in commuting distance from Upper Plains Road became vacant so Helen moved to another school this time for 16 years until she retired in 1971. It was during the time at Matahiwi that Helen's Mother died. Helen remained at 45 Upper Plains Rd Masterton for the rest of her life.
      Most of these notes came from a discussion with Helen on 9 October 1992.
    Person ID I307  Frost Family
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2009 

    Father William Tankersley,   b. 26 Aug 1876, Wairarapa, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1923, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Lizzie Chamberlain,   b. 07 Oct 1880, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1962, Upper Plain Rd, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1906  Dunvegan, Mt Bruce, Wairarapa, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Marriage Tankersley Chamberlain
    Marriage Tankersley Chamberlain
    Marriage Chamberlain Tankerley
    Marriage Chamberlain Tankerley
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jun 1911 - Mt Bruce, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Feb 2004 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    45 Upper Plains Road
    45 Upper Plains Road
    View from front door about 1990.
    Bridesmaid at Elizabeth Dawson's Wedding
    Bridesmaid at Elizabeth Dawson's Wedding
    Helen Tankersley
    Helen Tankersley
    Helen Tankersley

  • Sources 
    1. [S94] Death Notices 2000-07, http://www.genealogy-index.co.nz.

    2. [S10] Marriage Register Index , 1906/905 (Reliability: 3), 24 Apr 1906.