Henry Goulstone

Henry Goulstone

English financier and magistrate
Date of Birth: 22.10.1836
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Henry Goldstone

Henry Goldstone, an English financier and magistrate, is known for his numerous relocations, the birth of his children, weddings, and the sad moments associated with the loss of loved ones. He was born on October 22, 1836, in the village of Long Ashton, England, and was one of twelve children in his family. In 1858, he arrived in Melbourne and later moved to Queensland, where he lived for three years and engaged in business. On May 11, 1860, Goldstone arrived in Sydney and married Mary Sayer Cox on May 19. Their first child, Newton Henry Goldstone, was born on July 1, 1861. In the same year, Goldstone began working at the head office of the Bank of New South Wales. He quickly climbed the corporate ladder and lived in Napier for some time. During this period, his second son, William Fitzhugh Goldstone, was born. In 1865, while the family resided on South Island, Mary gave birth to their first daughter, Amy Florence Goldstone, in Lyttelton. After a series of relocations, Goldstone, his wife, and their three young children settled in Nelson, where he served as the manager of the Nelson branch of the Bank of New South Wales. On June 14, 1873, Henry was elected to the Educational and Methodical Council of Nelson and later became a magistrate. As a magistrate, he participated in the annual licensing meeting on June 20, 1871, and also served on the jury of the Supreme Court of Nelson. In 1866, Goldstone appeared in court as a witness in a murder case involving five people in the Maungatapu area. His role was to identify one of the accused who had visited the Bank of New South Wales branch and exchanged some currency. Goldstone was an investor, founder, and shareholder of the 'Perseverance Mining' company, which was established on January 15, 1870, for gold mining purposes. The company leased 16.5 acres of Crown land for a period of 15 years. Until his retirement on November 21, 1870, Henry served as a director of 'Perseverance Mining'. Another son, Harold James Goldstone, was born on November 7, 1867. Then, on September 24, 1870, Mary gave birth to twin boys, Cyril Thorp Goldstone and Alexander Goldstone. Unfortunately, Cyril died on December 13, 1970, from exhaustion, while Alexander succumbed to lung congestion on September 6, 1872. Despite these tragedies, Mary gave birth to their second daughter, Ella Margaret Irene Goldstone, at the end of 1871, and their third daughter, Agnes Lillias, on May 12, 1873. Finally, their fourth and last daughter, Rosa Theodora, was born on September 25, 1875. Soon after Rosa's birth, Henry retired from the bank, and the entire family moved to Auckland. By 1904, Goldstone had become the secretary of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also worked as an auditor. In December 1907, due to health reasons, Henry was forced to retire. His wife, Mary, fell ill with tuberculosis in 1883 and passed away on August 18, 1885. Unable to live alone, Goldstone remarried Mabel Anne Roskruge, a native of Cornwall. They had two children, Cecil Mary (born in 1889) and Lucy Beatrice (born in 1892). His daughter Ella Margaret Irene died at the age of 20 from tuberculosis on March 24, 1891. Mabel also passed away due to the same disease on June 12, 1893. Three years later, the widower married for the third and final time, his wife being Margaret Alice Haslett. Henry Goldstone passed away at the age of 79 on March 20, 1914. The cause of death was listed as senile muscular dystrophy and cerebral atrophy. He bequeathed his watches, silver tray, and other belongings to his three daughters, Amy, Agnes, and Rosa. The rest of his estate was inherited by his wife, Margaret, who died on June 21, 1945, from heart failure.

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