from Bidwill of Pihautea: The Life of Charles Robert Bidwill
compiled by his son William Edward Bidwill and his grand-daughter Airini Elizabeth Woodhouse
- an account of the early days at Pihautea, New Zealand and a short history of the Bidwill family.
Christchurch: Coulls, Somerville, Wilkie Ltd, 1927. [Held in the stacks of the Wellington Public Library.]
Motto: Dum spiro spero Arms: per saltine gules and ermine Crest: An escallop
"Charles Robert Bidwill, third son of Joseph Green Bidwill and Charlotte Wilmot, daughter of John Carne of Cornwall, Author, was born in Exeter, Devonshire, on the 25th of April, 1820. He was educated in England and had commenced to study medicine when his elder brother, John Carne Bidwill, advised his father to let Robert go out to Australia, John having examined the country previously and considered the prospects good. Robert, then only 20 years of age, set sail on the "Arachne" from London on the 3rd November and Gravesend on the 4th November 1840, but the ship put back damaged to Tor Bay, and sailed again on the 17th November, arriving in Sydney in 1841." (p.1)
"In March 1843, again on the advice of his brother, CRB sailed for Wellington (then known as Port Nicholson), New Zealand. The newspaper Nelson Examiner states, "The Posthumous, 9 days from Sydney with 1600 sheep intended for Port Nicholson, arrived in Nelson in March 1843. It is interesting to note that the greater portion of her cargo is the property of Mr. C.R. Bidwill." (p.1)
"On 13th September, 1851, CRB married Catherine, eldest daughter of John Orbell, of Waikouaiti, Otago. She was at the time on a visit to Wellington She had been educated at St. Cloud, near Paris, and was a charming, cultured girl who wrote many delightful verses in both English and French." (p.10)
"C.R. Bidwill resided at Pihautea until his death at the comparatively early age of 64. He died on the 21st April, 1884 and was buried at Featherston" (p.31)
"Mrs. Bidwill died on July 10th, 1894 and was buried beside her husband." (p.32)
The Pihautea homestead and Estate was near Lake Wairarapa north of Palliser Bay.
Joseph Bidwill m. Martha Farrant
Joseph Green Bidwill m. Charlotte Carne (in Exeter, England)
John Carne Bidwill (1815-1853) more info on JCB
William Carne Bidwill
Elizabeth Bidwill m. Digby Miller
Charles Robert Bidwill m. Catherine Orbell
Mary Carne Bidwill m. W. Macdonnell
Harriett Bidwill m. S. Ware
Charlotte Bidwill m. General Bamfield
Charles Robert Bidwill (1820-1884) m. Catherine Orbell
Catherine Carne Bidwill m. (1) R.J. Barton - Ida & Eva
" m (2) G.T.F. Hutton Edward G Hutton m. Alice Arndt Noel, June, & a son
John O Bidwill m. Bonella Marchant
Charlotte Bidwill m. T.W. Balfour Mary R., K. Muriel, Alan B Balfour, Ian D Balfour, Leslie Balfour
William E. Bidwill m. Mildred Rhodes (no issue)
Ruth Bidwill m. H.H. Beetham Ralph F.R.B. Beetham, Thyra T., Orengard H. Beetham, Weva B.R.
Elizabeth Bidwill m. Holmes Warren Richard H Warren, Elizabeth H., David S. Warren, Arthur H. Warren
Eliza (Laila) Bidwill m. J.B. Rhodes Marjorie, Athol G. Rhodes, Lionel B. Rhodes
Charles R. Bidwill m. Ida Locke E. Jeanette & C. Robert Bidwill
Jessy Bidwill m. R.H. Rhodes Airini E.
John O Bidwill m. Bonella Marchant
J. Carne Bidwill m. Evelyn Collie -- John H.C., Euan R.W., James S., Brian C., & Prudence C.
Florence M. Bidwill m. Roy Barton
_______, Bidwell on the Agnes, 1842
_______, Bidwell on the Frances, 1843
W. Bidwell on the Robert Syers, 1853
Charles Robert Bidwill (1820-1884) at age 20 on the Hope in 1840 from Sydney. Brother of John Carne Bidwill. [This does not match with the family history book above which states that CRB arrived in Sydney in 1841 from London.] He later came at age 23 on the Posthumous in 1843 (married Catherine Orbell (18??-1894) in 1851.
from The Streets of My City: Wellington, New Zealand by F.L. Irvine-Smith. Wellington: Reed, 1948, p.69
"Bidwell Street (wrongly spelt for Bidwill) commemorates Charles Robert Bidwill (1820-1874) who came first to Australia in 1841 to join his elder brother and later in 1843 sailed for New Zealand in the schooner "Posthumous", bringing with him some 1,600 sheep, as well as cattle and brood mares. He was the first to take sheep into the Wairarapa, and later became one of the leading runholders in the Dominion. His elder brother, John Carne Bidwill, visited New Zealand in 1839 and 1840 and in 1841 published Rambles in New Zealand. He was the first person to climb Ngauruhoe, since the Maoris avoided it because of tapu [sacred space and not to be entered]. Though engaged in mercantile pursuits in Sydney, he was an ardent botanist, and to a large extent instrumental in founding the Sydney Botanical Gardens. A New Zealand timber tree, the Libocedrus bidwellii (kaikawaka) is called after him. In the forties, he owned land in Wellington at Point Halswell and in Murphy Street. He never married and died in 1953 at thirty-eight." [So one can assume that from the mention of John forward the references are all to John.]
Joseph Green BIDWILL was a merchant of Exeter and married Charlotte Mary Wilmot CARNE on
25 April 1814 at Falmouth, Cornwall. He was a former Officer in the 4th Dragoons. Charlotte was
Christened on 10 June 1784 at Falmouth. Register in L.D.S. files shows as Charlotte Wilmot
CARN, father John CARN and mother Charlotte
Charlotte's mother, Charlotte WILMOT was christened at St. Edmunds, Devon 22 Nov.,1763.
Charles Robert BIDWILL married to Catherine ORBELL of Canterbury had 9 children:
Elizabeth BIDWILL who married Digby MILLER,Captain,had 6 children,all in Australia
Mary Carne BIDWILL married W. MACDONNELL,who was born in Sydney
Harriett BIDWILL married S.WARE who was a lawyer of Chard
Charlotte BIDWILL married General Albert BAMFIELD of 36th Regiment...they had a son Edward Lock BAMFIELD and a daughter Agnes Amy BAMFIELD