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  • ID: I95
  • Name: Charles Kenneth VIGERS
  • Surname: Vigers
  • Given Name: Charles Kenneth
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: in London, England 1 2
  • Christening: 5 Nov 1815 St Botolph, Bishopsgate, London, England 3
  • Death: 20 Jun 1902 in 'Llanover', Dallington, Christchurch, New Zealand 1 4 5
  • Burial: 22 Jun 1902 Holy Trinity Avonside, Christchurch, New Zealand 1 6
  • Occupation: landholder 1851 Comeytrowe, Somerset, England 2
  • Occupation: gentleman from 1851 to 1902 Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Emigration: 'Canterbury' from 18 Jun 1851 to 18 Oct 1851 Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand 7
  • Note:
    His address was given as Russell Square, London, in 1836.

    Cornwall 1841 Census
    Parish of St Clement, Truro
    Place St Austell Street
    Forenames Surname Age Sex Occupation Born in Cornwall
    Charles VIGARS 25 M Tin Smelter N
    Mary TREMBATH 25 F Female Servant N
    HO107/147 (Part 2) Book 3 Folio 21 Page 8

    West Briton, 24 JUNE 1842, Friday
    On the 14th instant, at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, London, by the Rev. D. F. Vigers, Charles K VIGERS, Esq., of Truro, to Anne, youngest daughter of the late James THOMPSON, Esq., of Calcutta.

    From An Index to the Historical Place Names of Cornwall <>
    St Agnes, mine, Charles Kenneth Vigers of Truro, purser and adventurer (*CRO, STA/693c/101, 1842), Charles Kenneth Vigurs, adventurer and purser and principal manager (*CRO, STA/693c/149, 1846); Royal Polberou Consols, 1842; Royal Polberou Consols otherwise Saint Agnes Consols, 1846
    See also <>, map ref 5019'8"N , 512'34"W
    An 'adventurer' was an investor or shareholder in a mine; many were merchants who supplied the mines. One of the adventurers was appointed as the 'purser' or administrator of the venture. Day-to-day charge of the mine lay with its captain.

    Charles was living at 50 Russell Square, London, at the time of his marriage (50 Russell Square is now on the western side of the intersection with Bedford Place). His rank or profession was given as 'esquire'. His brother Duncan was the officiating minister and the witnesses were Jane Thompson, Mary Constance Clarke, W R Vigers, and James Brennan.
    Although he was born in London, Charles and his family lived at Strangways Terrace, Kenwyn, Truro, at some time before emigrating to New Zealand (James was born at Strangways Terrace in 1847). Charles Kenneth Vigers was for a time the owner of a Tin and Copper smelting business in Lemon Street, Truro [Mary Stewart-Wallace]. The Vigers names is found most commonly in Cornwall around Truro and surrounding villages. In 1849 they were probably living in Monmouthshire. On 30 March 1851 they were living in Comeytrowe, on the outskirts of Taunton, Somerset.

    West Briton, 3 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
    At a meeting of the adventurers of Carn Brea, held on the mine, on the 17th ult., present, Messrs. VIVIAN, M. WILLIAMS, Joseph LYLE, C.K. VIGERS, and Frederick HILL - the copy of resolutions, transmitted by the committee of investigation, were read. In compliance with the request of the committee, the charge for agency, amounting to 98 per month, was investigated, and the following are the names of the several agents, with the amount of their respective salaries: Capt. John LYLE, 15; N. LENTIN, 10; Jas. NINNIS, 10; W. ROBERTS, 8; W. DAWE, 8; John VIVIAN, 8; W. WEBB, 8; A. PAUL, 7; Geo. SWAN, 12; Rich. LYLE, 8.8s.; S. BRAY 3 - Total, 97.8s. The adventurers present considered the forgoing salaries to be fair and reasonable. The accounts of the mine to the end of November last were produced. Mr. JOSEPH LYLE having expressed a wish that the fullest investigation be instituted into the past management of the mine, extending over a period of ten years. Mr. JOSEPH LYLE, having stated that his brother, Captain JOHN LYLE, was unable, from a wounded leg, to go under ground as often as was necessary, suggested that a principal agent should be appointed, and also requested that a competent cashier should take the exclusive management of the accounts. It was resolved that such suggestions be recommended for immediate adoption. The adventurers are decidedly of opinion that the slightest charge, or imputation, does not exist against the honour, or integrity of Mr. Joseph LYLE. It appears that the adventurers have expended about the sum of 300 in meeting the losses of the mine, occasioned by the late accident, and it is hoped that the noble lady of the mine will manifest her usual liberality in aid of the sufferers, and that Mr. M. WILLIAMS be requested to communicate this resolution. In answer to Mr. REYNOLDS's letter of 13th December, the adventurers cannot separate, without expressing their conviction that no mine can be satisfactorily, or efficiently managed, unless periodical meetings be held on the mine, as fixed by the committee of investigation, and all the books and accounts be open at all times for the inspection of the shareholders. The adventurers express a hope that immediate measures will be adopted for determining the present contract with the English Copper Company, and dis[tribut]ing of the ores in a more advantageous manner. That the next meeting take place on Tuesday, the 14th of February, and a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the committee of investigation. (Signed) J. VIVIAN, M. WILLIAMS, P. HILL. With respect to the resolution about the English Copper Company, I decline to interfere. G. K. VIGERS.

    In 1844 Charles was a member (along with other members of the Vigurs family) of the provisional committee of the West Cornwall Railway, which aimed to raise 180,000 to build a railway from Truro to Falmouth, Redruth, Hayle and Penzance.

    1851 UK census PRO Ref HO 107/1922 fol 89 pp 24-25
    Parish of Trull, District of Comeytrowe, house name not specified
    Charles K Vigers, Head, married, M, 35, Land-holder, born Middlesex, London
    Anne Vigers, Wife, married, F, 32, born Somerset, Bath
    William Vigers, Son, M, 7, born Cornwall, Truro
    Anne Vigers, Daughter, F, 6, born Cornwall, Truro
    Charles Vigers, Son, M, 5, born Cornwall, Truro
    James Vigers, Son, M, 3, born Cornwall, Truro
    Mary Vigers, Daughter, F, 1, born Monmouth, Monmouth
    Elizabeth Stark, Servant, unmarried, F, 22, House Servant, born Devon, Colyton
    Emma Riden, Servant, unmarried, F, 18, House Servant, born Somerset, Taunton
    Maria Clements, Servant, unmarried, F, 22, House Servant, born Somerset, B Lydeard
    Sarah Wright, Servant, unmarried, F, 31, House Servant, born Worcester, Kidderminster
    Thomas ?Craze, Servant, unmarried, M, 17, House Servant, born Somerset, Rumwell

    The Canterbury was a new ship, 970 tons, when she came out to Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand. Sailed from the East India Docks, London, 18 June 1851 and arrived 18 October under the command of Captain Edwards with 143 souls. She carried a sixteen pounder cannon, sometimes used to salute ships coming into port.
    Canterbury Association shipping records:
    Chief cabin passengers:
    C. K. Vigers, 35, gentleman; Anne Vigers, 34; William Vigers, 8; Ann Vigers, 6; Charles Vigers, 5; James Vigers, 4; Mary Vigers, 2.
    They also brought with them several servants in the steerage quarters:
    Exon Alfred 23 M Y Agr. Laborer Mr Vigers
    Exon Caroline 24 F Y Mr Vigers
    Shute George 23 M Agr. Laborer Mr Vigers
    Wright Sarah 31 F Domestic Servant Mr Vigers
    The Vigers family arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, in October 1851 as part of the Canterbury Association settlement. Charles's occupation was listed as 'gentleman' throughout his life in New Zealand. He farmed 'Taunton' at Allandale, near his close friend Thomas Potts the naturalist of Ohinetahi. Charles bought his 600 acre property in 1852 for 1800 (section 212, 50 acres, Port Lyttelton, Governor's Bay, & section 213, 50 acres, McQueen's Valley) and erected the first house in the district in 1853. He sowed there the first lawn of English grass in Canterbury. He later bought Rural Sections 696 (20 acres), RS 976 (20 acres), RS 3349 (20 acres), RS 6061 (73 acres), and RS 6136 (20 acres).
    Charles was also involved with 'Racecourse Hill', the 35,000 acre station between Darfield and Sheffield taken up in 1852 and 1853 by J C Watts-Russell and A R Creyke. Creyke had travelled out to New Zealand with the Vigers on the 'Canterbury'. The first homestead was on the Waimakariri River and was called Bleak House. Charles was for some years the overseer at Bleak House. Creyke sold in 1860-61. In 1854, the elder boys were living at Ilam so that they could attend school in Christchurch. They are said to have swum to school down the Avon River. The boys used to ride their donkey through Riccarton Bush, and on one occasion got it wedged between two trees.
    In the late 1850s the family moved back to 'Taunton', which had been enlarged to fit their larger family. Charles sold 'Taunton' in about 1880, and moved in with his daughter and son-in-law W.D. and Lucy Lawrence. A later owner of 'Taunton', Thomas Radcliffe, planted a large orchard. The house has been restored and developed as a plant nursery and garden.

    National and provincial electoral rolls from 1860 to 1874 show Charles living at Governors Bay and holding the freehold of Governor's Bay sections 212, 696 and 976 (a total of 90 acres). Charles was running 180 sheep at Governors Bay in 1879, although the Wise's Post Office Directory shows him living at neighbouring Ohinetahi from 1879 to 1881.
    Charles was listed as a farmer in Southbridge in the directory from 1883 to 1893.
    He was living at 'Llanover', Dallington, Christchurch (the home of his son-in-law W D Lawrence) at the time of his death from 'senile decay', aged 86. His funeral service was conducted by Dean Harper.

    Death notice, 'The Press' [Christchurch], Saturday 21 June 1902, p 1:
    VIGERS-On June 20th, at his son-in-law's residence, Dallington, Charles Kenneth Vigers, aged 87.

    'Burke's Landed Gentry' says that he was of Comeytrowe House, Trull, Somerset; and Governor's Bay, New Zealand.


    G R Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies, Canterbury Museum, V36

    Vigers, Charles Kenneth (1815-1902) was of Corney Trowe House, Taunton, Somerset. They had had a tin mine at Truro and the sea had broken into it. He had travelled and was a linguist and spoke French well. He had visited the Argentine in connection with mining. He and his wife and family, William, Ann Lush, Chas. Henry, James Duncan & Mary Helen came out in the Canterbury, arriving 31.10.51. He selected R.S. 212, Gov. Bay 50 ac and R.S. 213 Mc-Queens Valley 50 ac. However he had got to know A.R. Creyke, a fellow passenger and this probably led to his being appointed overseer to the Creyke-Watts Russell station, Racecourse Hill. When the Vigers family settled down at Gov. Bay the family had increased to 8.
    He called his Gov. Bay home Corney-Trowe but the name does not appear to have come into use. He described himself on the electoral roll of '53 as farmer of Corney-Trowe, Gov. Bay. Adams (a sp' in the Canty settlement '51) mentioned Vigers as being established there in '51 so he must have been there for a year or two before he went to Racecourse Hill which was taken up in Sept. 52 (Acland). Frances Cresswell in P. 26.3.55 says their house was of cob with brick and stone additions; they were friends of the Potts's. Vigers used to go to Ch.Ch to the French barber Longuet and exercise his French on him. He was returning officer at Gov. Bay for the election of a lay member of the Synod in '61. He was a member of the Port Victoria Rd Bd and was chairman in 66. One of his daus. was at a dance given by the G.A. E. Ross's at Stonycroft in 64 and was described as a "very handsome, very quiet young lady who resides generally in Gov. Bay, but is now staying with Mrs Tancred."
    S.S. Field in his diary of the voyage mentions Vigers playing the "comopaean" and the "flutina". He sat in the Synod of '73.
    He had farmed as much as 600 ac in Gov. Bay. He sold his homestead block to Abraham Constable (who d. 4.1.28 ag 86 buried Gov. Bay Cem.)
    His wife Annie Thompson d. at Llanover
    wife elsewhere described as Dallington 29.9.92 ag 73
    Anne Baillie - a beauty educ. He d. at son-in-laws house Dallington 20.6.02
    In France (Annie Thompson ag 87
    so desc. In Marr Reg)


    William eldest son q.v.
    Chas. Henry 2' " "
    Ann Lush marr. 25.8.70 Henry Wm Lee q.v. of Wards Brewery
    James Duncan q.v.
    Mary Helen d. Gov. Bay 28.11.67 ag 17
    Edith Caroline marr. 13.10.75 Wm. Daniel Lawrence Rev. Bluett
    W.B. accountant Colonial Bank transferred to Lawrence Otago 18.1.86
    Edmund Maurice marr. 4.3.80 Florence Beryl Ebbott Church Good Shepherd
    he moved to Waimate
    his son Chas Edmund marr. 23.12.12 Maria le Quilla 3' dau S.P. Bowman
    ? G.M. Vigers gazetted a clerk in the Prov. Treasury Office Jan 67 LT 31.1.67

    [Pas. List: Wilson-Ross Fam. Hist.: fam. inf. H.S. Lawrence: Frances Cresswell P. 24.8.55]


    Frances Cresswell, Old Homes of Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch, Pegasus Press
    pp 13-14


    MOTORISTS who use the road through Allandale will have noticed, from Garlicks Hill, a charming old-world homestead situated in an orchard. It is set well back from the road on undulating country which rises more and more steeply till it reaches a height of 1800 feet in the craggy summit of Cooper's Knob.
    The homestead was erected by Charles Kenneth Vigers on a fifty-acre block of land for which the money was lodged in England. The land was granted in 1852 and the transaction, the earliest in Governors Bay, is recorded in the Land Office: 'August 1852 between the Canterbury Settlement and Charles Kenneth Vigers of Coneyhowe House, Taunton, Somerset, now of Governors Bay, New Zealand, fifty acres of land situated . . . [here follow details of boundaries] for the sum of 150.' He was entitled as well to the usual half-acre town section.
    Vigers was a man of the world, well educated, an engineer with interests in tin mines of Cornwall. He had travelled extensively, was a linguist and had been to the Argentine in connection with mining. In 1842 he married Anne Baillie, a girl of great beauty, who had been educated in France. When the family came to Lyttelton in the spring of 1851 on the ship Canterbury, there were five children, William, Ann Lush, Charles Henry, James Duncan and Mary Helen. William and Charles, the two eldest boys, were entered at Christ's College, then but a small room in the immigration barracks, and the family continued to live in the Port.
    At this time the Watts-Russells were moving into their new home at Ilam and a friendship sprang up between the families. Russell was an ambitious man with a still more ambitious partner, Creyke by name. These two leased land on the Waimakariri River, called their property Bleak House and persuaded Vigers to act as overseer or manager.
    The boys were withdrawn from Christ's College and not entered again till 1854 when they attended from Ilam, on the Avon River at Riccarton. They must have been inured to cold water for they are said to have gone to school (then close to the site of St Michael's Church) by swimming down the Avon. Sometimes they would ride their donkey through Riccarton Bush and great was the dismay one day when the animal became firmly wedged between two trees.
    At length the Vigers moved to their Governors Bay home. It was enlarged to accommodate the family, for there were now eight children. The earliest house had been built in cob but the extensive alterations were done in brick and stone. The farm lands had also been extended and for a time Vigers was working about six hundred acres. The family were close friends of the Potts family and no doubt Vigers would call there on his way to Christchurch when he paid his visits to the French barber, M. Longuet, where it is said he went more for the fun of being able to talk French than because he was in need of a haircut.
    As the family grew up and went away, Vigers sold much of his property and the homestead block finally passed to Abraham Constable about 1880. Vigers went to live with his daughter Lucy Maud who had married William Lawrence of Ravensworth, Leeston.
    Lawrence was born in Wales and came to New Zealand in 1864 on the Derwent water. He was a first-class farmer, with a splendid Romney Marsh stud, and his property became known as the finest farm in the Ellesmere district.
  • Change Date: 18 Sep 2008 at 00:00:00

    Father: William Revell VIGERS b: ABT 1782/1783 in Middlesex, England
    Mother: Caroline Elizabeth RICHARDSON

    Marriage 1 Anne THOMPSON b: ABT 1818/1819 in Bath, Somerset, England
    • Married: 14 Jun 1842 in St George's, Bloomsbury, London, England 9
    • Note: Charles and Anne were married by Charles' brother Duncan, and the witnesses were Jane Thomspon, Mary Constance Clarke, W R Vigers, and James Brennan.
    • Marriage License: 10 Jun 1842 in Faculty Office 10
    1. Has No Children William VIGERS b: ABT Apr/Jun 1843 in Truro, Cornwall, England c: 15 Sep 1843 in Truro, Cornwall, England
    2. Has Children Ann Lush VIGERS b: in Truro, Cornwall, England c: 18 Sep 1844 in St Mary's, Truro, Cornwall, England
    3. Has Children Charles Henry VIGERS b: 7 Dec 1845 in Truro, Cornwall, England c: 11 Mar 1846 in St Mary's, Truro, Cornwall, England
    4. Has Children James Duncan VIGERS b: 29 May 1847 in Strangways Terrace, Kenwyn, Truro, Cornwall, England c: 15 Sep 1847 in St Mary's, Truro, Cornwall, England
    5. Has No Children Mary Helen VIGERS b: 2 May 1849 in Monmouth, England c: 24 Aug 1849 in Monmouth, England
    6. Has Children Lucy Maude VIGERS b: 24 Oct 1852 in Governors Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand c: 12 Nov 1852 in Holy Trinity, Lyttelton, New Zealand
    7. Has Children Edith Caroline VIGERS b: 16 Jan 1855 in Canterbury, New Zealand c: 22 Apr 1855 in St Cuthbert's, Governors Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand
    8. Has Children Alfred Kenneth VIGERS b: 4 Aug 1856 in Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand c: 5 Oct 1856 in St Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, New Zealand
    9. Has Children Edmund Maurice VIGERS b: 13 Feb 1859 in Governors Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand c: 24 Apr 1859 in St Cuthbert's, Governors Bay, Canterbury, New Zealand

    1. Title: Death Certificate (New Zealand)
      Page: 1123/1902
    2. Title: 1851 England census
      Page: PRO Ref HO 107/1922 Folio 89 Pages 24-25
    3. Repository:
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

      Title: International Genealogical Index
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: Copyright 1980, 1997, data as of February 1997
      Page: Batch number: C001618
    4. Repository:
        Name: Christchurch City Libraries, Central Branch
        New Zealand

      Title: Cemetery records (gravestone transcripts)
    5. Title: 'The [Christchurch] Press'
      Page: Saturday 21 June 1902, p 1
    6. Title: Cemetery records (gravestone sighted)
    7. Title: Shipping records
    8. Repository:
        Name: Canterbury Museum
        New Zealand

      Title: G R Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies
      Page: V36
    9. Title: Marriage Certificate (England & Wales)
      Page: 1842 June qu Bloomsbury 1 87
    10. Title: Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations Index
      Publication: <>
      Page: Extract 0248773
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