George Pamment

George Pamment

Male 1866 - 1953  (87 years)

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  • Name George Pamment 
    Born 13 Feb 1866  Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 13 May 1868  [1
    Occupation (3) 1894  Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Journalist 
    Occupation 1904  Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Storekeeper 
    Occupation (2) Between 1909 and 1914  Kumara & Westport, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Auctioneer 
    Occupation (4) Between 1927 and 1953  Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Town Clerk 
    Religion 1953  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Methodist 
    Residence 1953  18 Andrew St. Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 19 Jul 1953  Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cause: Congestive heart failure, 2 wks; myocardial degeneration, senility, years 
    Buried 21 Jul 1953  Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I281  PammentIsleham
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 

    Father James Wandford Pamment,   b. Abt 1826, Newmarket, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Feb 1886, Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jane Fletcher,   b. Abt 1828, Mildenhall, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1915, Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 21 Oct 1849  Isleham, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F767  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Barbara Anne Laurie Murdoch,   b. 04 Nov 1866, Meadows, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1905, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 10 Jun 1886  Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Elspeth Elizabeth Jane Pamment,   b. 27 Oct 1892, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1979, Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Annie Letita Alice Pamment,   b. 03 Dec 1894, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jun 1982, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     3. Florence Barbara Pamment,   b. 30 Apr 1897, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1897, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Edna Florence Alexandria Pamment,   b. 04 Nov 1898, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1934, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     5. Constance Mary Pamment,   b. 26 Jul 1905, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1993, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     6. George Wentford Pamment,   b. 18 Jan 1887, Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Oct 1952, Te Kopura, Kaipara, Northland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     7. John James Pamment,   b. 17 Feb 1890, Hokitika, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1979, Greymouth, Grey, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     8. Frederick Arthur Pamment,   b. 03 Jan 1902, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1979, Whataroa, Westland, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     9. Forbes Alexander Pamment,   b. 23 Jun 1904, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 May 1962, Reefton, Buller, West Coast New Zealand, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F109  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Florence Elizabeth Brunt,   b. Abt 1880, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1946, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 09 May 1911  Anglican Church, New Brighton, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • RG Cert 1911/3137

      Marriage witnesses: George RIEGER, Boot Salesman, New Brighton & Laura Rieger, Union St., New Brighton (her sister and brother-in-law)
    Children 
     1. Thelma Margaret Pamment,   b. 09 Jun 1913, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1966, Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Maxwell Pamment,   b. 07 Mar 1915, Kumara, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Nov 2002, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F110  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George Pamment (1866-1953)
    George Pamment (1866-1953)
    A photo of George Pamment (1866-1953) of New Zealand. Taken about 1950.

    Headstones
    George Pamment (1866-1953) New Zealand
    George Pamment (1866-1953) New Zealand
    The headstone of George Pamment (1866-1953) in Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand.

  • Notes 
    • Christened on same day as his brother James, who was born in 1864.

      1892: Occupation - Printer
      1894: Occupation on daughter Annie's birth certificate is listed as "journalist." His age was listed as 29 years.
      1904: Storekeeper, Kumara, NZ
      1909, 1913, 1914: Auctioneer, Kumara & Westport, NZ

      In a letter from Madeleine Peebles Pamment, wife of John Denis Pamment, dated August 20, 1996, she wrote: ". . . (George) was the town clerk of the early gold mining town of Kumara on the West Coast of the South Island. George Pamment showed the first moving pictures-cinema, which he bought and assembled."

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      A copy of a letter George Pamment wrote on Jan. 12, 1917 was sent to Steve Novak by E. H. Pamment of Kumara, Westland, New Zealand on 23 Aug 1996. The letter is written on business stationery, and the business heading and text on the stationery states the following:

      George Pamment
      Auctioneer & Commission Agent

      Direct Importer of
      Furniture, Hardware, Bicycles
      Patent Medicines
      Stationery
      Farm Produce and General Groceries always in Stock

      Kumara, New Zealand.

      My dear Cousin

      Your welcome letter accompanied by photo of your family reached me this morning and needless to say I was delighted to hear from you once again. I might say the letter was not totally unexpected as I had received word from my son a fortnight previous and he said you would write. It seems hardly credible you should have kept that letter of mine so long and I must give you credit for being more careful than yours truly.

      The correct name of my son is Geo "Wentford" Pamment and you would doubtless get a great surprise when he disclosed his identity. George prefers a roving life to any other but I suppose he will eventually settle down. He studied law for about 6 years then threw it up. He was very foolish to do so but you know it is impossible to put old heads on to young shoulders so he had his way. He arrived back in New Zealand about 3 weeks ago but so far he has not got here yet.

      Your family group is one to be proud of and I trust will prove a great blessing to you and your good wife. Strange, but true, my family too is 10 and I should judge about the same age as yours. NOTE: THERE IS A PIECE OF THE LETTER MISSING -- ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE THROUGH SEVEN LINES. HERE IS IT PIECED TOGETHER AS BEST AS I CAN DO UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. "and I will endeavour to send... you later on. My second son (John James Pamment).....going to the war next month.......26th Contingent. Business is all disorganized.....through so many being carried away........a home is mourning the loss of ........ and before the war is over I am afraid many lives will be sacrificed. I lost my (???NOTE: Believe he is referring to his mother, Jane Fletcher Pamment).......12 months ago. She died full of years -- just 2 months off 90 so you see she was well over the alloted span.

      Things in business in our line are upside down and will remain so long after the war is over but suppose we must put up with it. With you of course things will not be so bad as you have the population to work on, where ours is limited.

      Please give my love to your wife and family and ask your daughters when they have time to drop a line to the girls who I am sure will be glad to reciprocate.

      Good bye for the present.
      Very truly yours,
      George Pamment (Over)

      George was writing to his cousin George William Pamment (b. 1863) in England.

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      THE STORY OF MOTION PICTURES AT KUMARA (These details were given to E. P. Keown at the Westland Racing Clubs Meeting in the grandstand during a heavy shower, when Mr. Martin Fahey, a well-known identity of Kumara -- Martin would say - none of the horses will pay much -- not worth getting wet for so we will have a yarn.)

      Many years ago Mr. G. Pamment who operated a business at Kumara - he imported china - crockery - ornaments of all descriptions direct from England, the imports would arrive at Kumara, wrapped or packed with English newspapers. Mr. Pamment noticed adverts (advertisements) regarding motion pictures and film projectors. He ordered films and projector from England. After several months the consignment arrived at Lyttelton, and eventually 3 cases arrived at Kumara. These cost 600 pounds sterling, everything was unpacked, all the instructions were set aside, the machine and screen was installed in a private home, and to the amazement of all present, motion pictures were witnessed. At this time Fuller's were showing picture slides in the main cities, yet moving pictures could be seen at Kumara.

      Mr. Pamment would leave Kumara aboard a horse-drawn lorry - later on he procured a motor lorry - in his early days of showing pictures he would visit various townships up and down the West Coast, later he journeyed to Westport, Nelson and visit the many towns in the Nelson district. Mr. Pamment would reach a town and make enquiries regarding the hire of a hall. Only 20-30 persons would pay admission and enter the hall -- Mr. Pamment would leave the main door open just a few inches, and spectators would be laughing as a film was run backwards then forwards -- this would get passerbys curious and the number of spectators would increase -- sometimes up to 100 would see the film. Sometimes the film would be reversed - then run back and forward - the audience would clap and cheer, sometimes a Horse Race would be shown - perhaps with the horses running backwards - these pictures would be enjoyed very much by all present.

      The evening performance would finish and there would be quite a number of regrets as to when the "motion pictures" would be shown again.

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      George was a widower, age 45, at 2nd marriage to Florence who was age 30. His 2nd wife died, possibly from complications of childbirth - in 1905.

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      TEXT OF OBITUARY FROM GREYMOUTH EVENING STAR, 20 JULY 1953:

      MR GEORGE PAMMENT

      For many years town clerk at Kumara and one of the oldest residents of the town, Mr. George Pamment died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. J.S. Houston, of 18 Andrew Street, Timaru, last night. He was 89. Born at Hokitika, he had lived on the West Coast until 10 years ago when he moved to Timaru to live with his daughter. His parents were pioneer residents of Hokitika, and his father was one of the first builders there. For many years Mr. Pamment conducted a bakery business in the Kumara township. He was one of those responsible for the establishment of the Kumara Times, and was attached to the staff for many years until the newspaper eventually went out of business. He was also secretary of the Kumara Racing Club for a period. Mr. Pamment was keenly interested in sport and held numerous offices on sports clubs in Kumara when the town was in its heyday. His wife predeceased him many years ago. He leaves three daughters, Mesdames J.S. Houston (Timaru), Clausen (Hokitika), and Rieger (Palmerston North), also three sons, John (Kumara), Frederick (Whataroa) and Forbes (Reefton). The private funeral will take place at Timaru tomorrow.

      An affidavit by Public Trustee that George Pamment died intestate, leaving an estate valued at under $1,000 was dated 13 March 1956 - source Anne Brady.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S151] Church Register of Baptisms, All Saints Hokitika, Canterbury, New Zealand.



    2. [S169] Death certificate.

    3. [S286] Family tree info supplied by Anne Wego (N.Z.) in 1993 as result of her research.

    4. [S413] Research by Anne Brady, New Zealand.