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Professor John (Old John) Shand
C.M.G., LL.D., M.A.
1834 - 1914

Notes on John Shand and Annie Bell

Annie Bell was a native of Ayr, she outlived her husband by 25 years, dying aged 95 at 14 Pitt Street, Dunedin on 9th May 1939. Annie Shand was interred at the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin (block 105, plot 6) on 11th May 1939.

John and Annie had at least ten children (but see also the note at end of section about their son, Ernest); all born in Dunedin, all died in New Zealand:

 

Anna Isabel Shand, 1871-1967
Edith Margaret Shand, 1873-1910
Lilian Mary Shand, 1875-1960
Walter Moray Shand, 1876-1934
Alice Evelyn Shand, 1878-1964
Eleanor Mabel Shand, 1878-1960
Ernest John Shand, 1879-1883
Norman McKenzie Shand, 1881-1964
Fanny Gertrude Shand, 1882-1977
Ada Elizabeth Holmes Shand, 1884-1974

 

Anna Isabel Shand, 1871-1967

Anna Isabel Shand, their first child, was born at Dunedin 13th November 1871.

At the time of John Shand’s death in 1914 Anna, Fanny & Ada, three of John & Annie’s daughters, were running a Girls’ School at Craighead, in Timaru.

The original house was built in 1875 by H.J. Sealy, a Timaru surveyor. It was purchased later by Henry Le Cren, who named it Craighead, after the old castle in Forfarshire, Scotland, that was owned by his brother-in-law.

On 31st May 1911, when Craighead began as a private girls’ school, it had only 6 boarders and 11 day girls. Eleanor was the first headmistress; it was her and her three sisters idea to run a girls’ school

In 1926 Craighead was purchased by the Anglican Diocesan Board of Education to become a church school and eventually transitioned in 1981 to its present state of a state integrated school.

 

(For more details of Anna’s association with the Girls’ School at Timaru see also Eleanor, Fanny & Ada.)

 

Anna was living at 14 Pitt Street, Dunedin when she died on 16th December 1967 aged 97 years, she does not seem to have married or have had any children.

Edith Margaret Shand, 1873-1910

Their second daughter, Edith Margaret Shand, was also born at Dunedin on 25th February 1873 and died there on 25th January 1910, aged 36 years, she does not seem to have married or have had any children.

Lilian Mary Shand, 1875-1960

Lilian Mary Shand (known affectionately as Lily), yet another daughter, was born at Dunedin on 27th March 1875.

From around 1896 to 1903, there are many newspaper reports of Lily singing at concerts in Dunedin and Wellington; and, there are reports of passes in examinations under the jurisdiction of the Associated Board of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in 1900 and 1901.

In 1902, Lily became engaged to Gilbert Winslow, a civil engineer, the youngest son of the late Thomas Ewing Winslow, Q.C, of Crake Hall, Wimbledon Common, Surrey, England.

She travelled from New Zealand to South Africa by herself in 1904 to be married there. The Otago Witness of 14th September 1904 (page 64) announced that:

 

Miss Lily Shand leaves Dunedin on Sunday by the Monowai for Melbourne, where she joins the steamer for Durban, and will be married to Mr Winslow immediately on her arrival.

 

The same newspaper of 7th December 1904 (page 64) goes on to say:

 

A cable message has been received by Dr Shand announcing that the marriage of his daughter Lily to Mr Winslow took place on Monday, 21st November, at Umtali, East Africa. Miss Lily Shand left Dunedin for Melbourne en route for East Africa about 10 weeks ago, and her many friends will be please to hear of her marriage and safe arrival at her future home.

 

The more formal announcement of the marriage comes from the South Africa Magazine of 31st December 1904:

 

WINSLOW-SHAND On the 21st ult., by special licence, at St. John's Church, Umtali, Gilbert Winslow, A.M.I.C.E., to Lilian Mary, third daughter of John Shand, M.A., LL.D., Professor of Natural Philosophy, Otago University, New Zealand.

 

Early in 1907, Lily returned to New Zealand. George Winslow & Lily Shand are known to have had at least two children:

 

Eustace Shand Winslow, 1907-1978
Edith Agnes Shand Winslow, 1910-2002

 

Lily was living at 152 Centenial Avenue, Alexandra when she died on 16th March 1960, aged 84 years.

Walter Moray Shand, 1876-1934

The eldest son, Walter Moray Shand, was born at Dunedin on 30th August 1876.

Walter became a doctor, gaining his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery diploma in July 1901, before going to London, where he took his M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. degrees. On his return in 1904, he set up practice in Wellington and married Bessie Hislop on 22nd March 1905. They had at least five children:

 

John Moray Shand, 1906-1952
Margaret Annie Shand, 1908-
Richard Moray Shand, 1911/12-1913
Michael Moray Shand, 1915-2007
Thomas Walter Moray Shand, 1917-1999

 

Dr Walter Moray Shand died at 33 Vivian Street, Wellington on 23rd August 1934, aged 57 years. He was interred at the Karori Cemetery, Wellington (Section 2, Plot 178 M) on 24th August 1934. His wife, Bessie, died at Wellington on 26th December 1966, aged 89 years.

Alice Evelyn Shand, 1878-1964

Alice Evelyn Shand was born at Dunedin on 14th February 1878; a twin sister to Eleanor Mabel Shand.

The Otago Wintess of 10th April 1907 (page 59) carried an article announcing her marriage:

 

A pretty wedding took place in Knox Church on the 3rd inst., the contracting parties being Miss Alice Evelyn Shand, daughter of Professor Shand of the University of Otago, and Archibald Vassal Hale Monro, of the Harbour Board office, Wellington.

 

Archibald and Alice had at least one child:

 

Eleanor Hale Monro, 1908-1952

 

and may have had another daughter, born 1915.

Alice died at Wellington on 20th February 1964, aged 86 years.

Eleanor Mabel Shand, 1878-1960

Eleanor Mabel Shand (known as Eleanor, and also as Mabel) was born at Dunedin on 14th February 1878; a twin sister to Alice Evelyn Shand.

Like her younger sister, Ada Elizabeth Holmes Shand, she spent some time abroad. The Otago Witness of 20th July 1904 (page 64) says:

 

Miss Mabel Shand leaves this week for England by the Gothic, and purposes spending some time on the Continent studying languages.

 

By August that year, Eleanor had reached Paris; from a report in the Otago Witness of 8th August (page 32) we learn that:

 

Word has been received that Miss Eleanor Mabel Shand, daughter of Professor Shand, has passed with credit the examination for foreign students for French at the Guilde Internationale and the Sorbonne (University of Paris).

Miss Shand made a very successful pass, having taken third place among the numerous candidates in the Guilde examinations.

 

Eleanor returned to New Zealand in November 1907. In 1911, she joined her sisters in opening a Girls’ School at Craighead, in Timaru; becoming the first headmistress.

A review of Criaghead school printed in the Timaru Herald of 2nd May 2011 gives us from Eleanor:

 

How came we here? It was quite by chance and almost at a moment’s notice as you might say. My three sisters and I had been preparing ourselves to have a girls’ school somewhere and had thought that Timaru would be the ideal place, if only we had the money to buy a good piece of land and build there. Suddenly in 1910 we heard that the property of Mr Le Cren in Timaru was for sale.

(For more details of Eleanor’s association with the Girls’ School at Timaru see also Anna, Fanny & Ada.)

 

Eleanor Mabel Shand and George Milne MacLean were married on 7th January 1914, at Timaru and had a least one child:

 

Margaret Milne MacLean, 1918-2006

 

Eleanor was living at 51 Drivers Road, Dunedin when she died on 5th January 1960, aged 81 years.

Ernest John Shand, 1879-1883

John and Annie’s middle son, Ernest, was born at Dunedin on 14th July 1879 and died aged only 4 years at St David Street, Dunedin on 19th December 1883. Ernest was interred at the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin (block 105, plot 5) on 22nd December 1879.

 

Note: The same cemetery record also shows the burial of a stillborn child in the same plot on 19th July 1887. Although having the surname Shand, it is not known if this was another child of John & Annie.

 

Norman McKenzie Shand, 1881-1964

Their youngest son, Norman McKenzie Shand, was born at Dunedin in 1881.

In John Shand’s obituary notice in 1914, Norman was described as a mining engineer (now abroad). That was possibly Australia for one of his sons, John Brodie Shand, was born there in 1915.

Norman married Christina Brodie and they had at least three children:

 

Alexander Brodie Shand
John Brodie Shand, 1915-1998
Walter Brodie Shand, 1925-2003

 

Norman died at Martson in 1964, aged 83 years.

Fanny Gertrude Shand, 1882-1977

Fanny Gertrude Shand was born at Dunedin on 25th August 1882.

At the time of John Shand’s death in 1914 Anna, Fanny & Ada, three of John & Annie’s daughters, were running a Girls’ School at Craighead, in Timaru.

A review of Craighead school printed in the Timaru Herald of 2nd May 2011 gives us from Fanny:

 

When father inspected the house and grounds allotted to it he decided that, with its sunny aspect and excellent situation, it was very suitable for a school and Craighead was bought for that purpose the same year. Drainage had to be installed, electric light and gas laid on, there were also many alterations to be done to the house.

(For more details of Fanny’s association with the Girls’ School at Timaru see also Anna, Eleanor & Ada.)

 

Fanny was living at 7 Grendon Courts when she died on 11th February 1977, aged 94 years, she does not seem to have married or have had any children.

Ada Elizabeth Holmes Shand, 1884-1974

Their youngest child, Ada Elizabeth Holmes Shand (known affectionately as Lizzie) was born at Dunedin on 7th November 1884.

Like her elder sister, Eleanor Mabel Shand, Ada spent some time abroad. The Otago Witness of 25th April 1906 (page 68) reports:

 

Miss Lizzie Shand left by Friday’s steamer for Wellingtom, where she will spend a few days with her brother, Dr Walter Shand, before sailing for London.

Miss Shand travels by the Gothic to London, and proceeds to the Continent, where she purposes studying music for two years.

 

In addition to her passengers, the ship would have been carrying goods - most likely, wool.

Ada’s journey to England was eventful; the Evening Post of 9th June (page 5) contained a report of a fire aboard the Gothic:

 

On Sunday last, when the Gothic was between Teneriffe and England, on the voyage from New Zealand, a smell of fire was noticed, and the seat of the trouble was discovered next day in No 4 hold, where it was found there was a serious fire. A quantity of the burning cargo was jettisoned, and steam injected into the hold, and the fire apparently extinguished.

On Wednesday, the smell of fire was renewed, and by Thursday morning the fire had made considerable headway. The passengers were advised to disembark at Plymouth.

 

It wasn’t until 1910 that Ada returned to New Zealand; the Fielding Star of 28th February (page 2) of that year stated:

 

Miss E. Shand, youngest daughter of Professor Shand, of Otago University, leaves England for the Dominion by the Mongolia in a fortnight’s time.

For the past four years she has been studying music in Germany.

 

At the time of John Shand’s death in 1914 Anna, Fanny & Ada, three of John & Annie’s daughters, were running a Girls’ School at ‘Craighead’, in Timaru.

 

(For more details of Ada’s association with the Girls’ School at Timaru see also Anna, Eleanor & Fanny.)

 

Ada was living at 7 Grendon Courts, Dunedin when she died on 4th September 1974, aged 89 years, she does not seem to have married or have had any children.

 

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