Antipodean Descendants of Peter Monamy
 New Zealand from 1912 

Notes: mainly by James Andrew Cornwall

George Frederick Cornwall, 1854-1911, married three times; first in 1874. The English census of 3rd April, 1881, records that George and Alice Cornwall were living at 37 Midland Road, St Aldates (or Barton St Mary), Gloucester; with a son, Durell F(rederick?) M(onamy?), born 1878, and daughter Hilda M(onamy?). The daughter's age is given as 16, but this must be an error for 6, so she would have been born in 1875. Another son, Clive, is known to have been Jim Cornwall's half-brother, and he would therefore have been born to George and Alice Cornwall after 1881. Perhaps Alice died at the time of the birth of this third child. The census also records that an Emma C.Cornwall, sister-in-law, aged 23, was part of the household. This was Philip Cornwall's wife, née Laing, born 1858 in West Wittering, Sussex.

A note in the handwriting of Charlotte Monamy Norman records: "George Frederick Cornwall died on 8th March and was buried in Portsmouth Cemetery on 15th March aged 56 years he left a widow and five children ...." These five children would have been Ethel and Evelyn, Jim and Jack, and Clive.

James (Jim) Durell Monamy Cornwall was the eldest son from the second marriage of George Frederick Cornwall, to Bessie Jack. He arrived in New Zealand in 1912 joining his elder half brother Clive Cornwall. Before leaving England they bought, sight unseen, a farm. A large part turned out to be very wet and swampy. Together they developed this farm near Kio Kio. In those early days of settlement in New Zealand this was an isolated farming district in the Waikato near the centre of the North Island. Family history has it that they were "unsuited" to farming and the farm at that time was unsuitable for farming!

Jim married Janet (Nettie) Kay of Ngaruawahia (on the Waikato River north of Hamilton) in 1917 at Ngaruawahia. He was in uniform before embarking with the New Zealand infantry to fight in France. After being severely gassed he was repatriated home via England. As a returned serviceman he was able to buy a small dairy farm at Pukekura, a district near Cambridge in the Waikato. This was not easy as the farm was barely economic and the Depression caused a lot of hardship. He was never a well man. He died in 1945 before his son returned from his war.

While convalescing in the UK Jim renewed a friendship with his cousin Olive Marshall, who was a cousin from his maternal Jack family. Olive migrated to New Zealand in 1922. She bought land next to Jim's farm in Pukekura on which she built her own house. Olive Marshall's names are commemorated in later descendants.

Jim's younger brother John (Jack) Cornwall came to New Zealand later. He did not marry.

James Peter Marshall Cornwall was born at Frankton (near Hamilton) in 1920. His sisters Margaret Matilda Cornwall and Janet Monamy Cornwall were born at Cambridge.

Peter was educated at Cambridge High School and Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland. On leaving school he joined the civil service as a cadet. When war was again declared in 1939 he was encouraged "as a young single man" to volunteer. He trained to be an RNZAF pilot in New Zealand and Canada. He served in Scotland in Training Command and elsewhere in the UK. Finally he was with an air-sea rescue squadron through North Africa and Italy. (During this period his nickname was "Felix".)

While in England he married in 1942 Margot Mary Kirk, an ATS operator of Loscoe, Derbyshire. They have had 3 children. James Andrew Cornwall born at Loscoe, Derbyshire, England in 1943; Michael William Marshall Cornwall born at Hamilton in 1947 and Stephen Ronald Cornwall born at Lower Hutt in 1951. Margot Mary and her son Andrew arrived in New Zealand on the "war bride" ship MV Rimatuka in 1945.

On his return to New Zealand Peter rejoined the civil service, completed university and served with distinction rising to a number of senior positions. He and his wife are still in good health at their home in Mount Maunganui.

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Bill Cornwall has provided me with the following information: "Frank Herbert Goode Cornwall was my grandfather. He had three sons: Geoffrey Walton (my father), Jack (no issue), and Peter who had one son that died with no issue. I was christened Walton Cornwall, but changed it to William by deed poll because everyone was calling me Bill. I am fairly sure that the only descendants of Arthur remaining here would be my children and those of my brother Michael." By "here" Bill may mean in or near Melbourne, because he also mentioned that: "There are some other Cornwalls from the same line in Western Australia, also farmers." Perhaps these are descendants of either Walton Emerson or Edward William, although this seems unlikely.

July 2007. More Australian family details from Michael Cornwall.
Other Australian descendants of Peter Monamy Cornwall

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descendants of george cornwall
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