This is another fabulous gem that I spotted online.  What a fabulous setting this is!  So posed! It appears to be a message from "J.H." to Mr A. A. HUNT who was serving overseas in World War I.  J.H. is no doubt a HUNT relation.  Is that him carving a piece of cheese or slicing some fruit with his fine looking pocket/ fruit knife?




The message on the rear of the card was hard to read in part.


Dear Bert you will [1 illegible word ]

with this P.C. (post card) a cake your

aunt is sending [3 illegible words]

gifts in a package which I

trust and hope you will [ 1 word illegible]

all right.  On this card is Mrs and Mrs

Griffiths & Mrs Griffiths brother

Jack [Berry?] who is serving with

you in the war with [Turkey?]

Please remember me to all the

S. [South] Canterbury  boys that are with you.









And it appears "Mrs Griffiths" has opened the bottles of beer with the opener that is resting in her hand in the photograph above and below.  

They are possibly bottles of Speights beer and a bottle further right containing no doubt, a drop of something stronger.


The round fruitcake looks very nice and I'm assuming it is the cake mentioned in the message on the back of the postcard.   I cannot ascertain what the silver objects infront of the bottles are.







A quick look on the Cenotaph Database, I discover Trooper Albert August HUNT 7/68 who enlisted at High Street, Waimate; Military district: Canterbury. Next of Kin given as Robert HUNT, care of A EVANS, South Wellington.  His embarkation date was 16 October 1914 from Lyttelton.  I have the feeling this is our man. 


Albert ["Bert"] was injured or became ill and sent home onboard the hospital ship Maheno, due to arrive on the 31 December 1915.  He is noted as a member of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles[1].


Bert was born 1892[2] to Anna [nee THIM born New Zealand according to Bert's military records] and Thomas HUNT [Born England] who married in New Zealand c1886[5]

They also had other issue:


29 April 1888 Walter Thomas [sic, however other information has him as Robert Herman Walter Thomas]


c1890 Frederick Charles


c1894 Minnie Eveline Louisa [married c1914 Walter Herbert WHITE[3]]


c1896 James Arthur Spencer


c1899 Ivanna Beata Alice


Also Emily and Harry according to this site.


Two of Bert's brothers also served in WWI.

James died in 1979 and there is a probate available for him.


Bert married 22 year old Elizabeth Laidlaw KELLY 21 June 1917 at the First Church, Dunedin [6]&[9] .  She was the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Andrew KELLY, of Anderson Bay, Dunedin.[10]

1928 they were both living at P.W.D. [public works department], Ohura.  Bert's occupation: Compressor attendant [11]


1935 they were both living at Ohura still and Bert was still a compressor attendant

1949 they were both now living at 162 Mt Albert Road, Auckland. Bert was a mechanic.[11]

1963 they were both living at 9 Hilton Road, Rotorua.  Bert's occupation: retired [11]

He died 2 November 1970[8] and was cremated at Rotorua Cemetery, Sala Street, Rotorua. Ashes in Niche Wall 1 Row C Plot 4.

Elizabeth died 23 March 1969 aged 74, was cremated and her ashes are with Bert or scattered [cemetery database states both].


A search of Archives NZ information portal Archway shows that Albert August HUNT, mechanic, has a probate available.  Also a probate available for Elizabeth.




Wasn't it good that "J.H." wrote those initials and surname on that card!




13 March 2015

Today I received a delightful email from Lynn Berry, UK. Thank you Lynn!


Albert August Hunt, to whom the post card is apparently addressed, is my great-uncle. His sister Minnie Eveline Louisa Hunt was my grandmother (who I never met). 


It is possible that the signature on the postcard, 'J.H.', represents Patrick Joseph Healey, (1854-1936) Albert's uncle and that the 'aunt' that he refers to as sending a cake, is Albert's only aunt, Patrick Healey's wife, Johanna Wilhelmina nee Thim (1861-1919). On that basis, perhaps the older gentleman in the photograph is Patrick Joseph Healey himself, who would have been 60-61 in 1914-5, the likely time of this postcard to Albert.


I also wonder if the illegible word in the first and fifth lines is 'reseave', or 'receive' spelled incorrectly. The third line, I believe, is 'aunt is sending you with other' as J.H. writes 'you' in the same way in other lines.


Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time and care to share this post card and your research about Albert and his family. It is appreciated.

best wishes,

Lynn Berry (UK)









NZ Dept. Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: birth reg 1892/12391


NZ Dept. Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: marriage reg 1914/6569


His military records are online to read http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=18051105&digital=yes


NZ Dept. Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: marriage reg 1886/1277


NZ Dept. Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: marriage reg 1917/2543


NZ Dept. Internal Affairs historic BDM indexes: death reg 1969/28095


Rotorua cemetery online database






Ancestry.co.uk: electoral roll







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