Bridget Higgins and James Jerry Waite
Bridget [Babs, Barbara] Higgins, born 24th February 1868 at Maitland daughter of Thomas
Nicholas Higgins and Ann Frances Maher
Jerry Waite [also known as James Jerry Waite] was born on 3 August 1859, Bankside, Great
North Road, Auckland New Zealand, son of Jerry Waite and Jane Elizabeth Smith.
Marriage: Bridget and James were married on 21st February 1888 at Church of England,
Murrurundi, NSW. Bridget gives her place of residence as Murrurundi; James gives his as
Gunnedah. As Bridget is under 21, permission for her to marry is given by G R Evans in his
role as Guardian of Minors suggesting that father Thomas is either dead or his whereabout are
unknown. [Transcript held]
Police Force: James was appointed to the NSW Police Force on 2nd December 1884. His
service number was 4806.[d&e] He resigned from the Police Force on 6th May 1890 [Police
James and Bridget went to New Zealand some time after May 1890. All New Zealand records
that I have found for Bridget record as Barbara. As she was known as Babs by her siblings it
may be that her husband assumed her name was Barbara?
New Zealand Electoral Rolls:
1893; Jerry in Stratford St, Parnell (his sister's residence) - unsure if Bridget is there too.
1896-1906 at 'Uruti', Egmont, Taranki both Jerry and 'Barbara' are recorded, James is a
1911-1935: 59 Bell Road Remura. James is a farmer. By 1935, James is retired.
1946: James is living alone after the death of Bridget at 83 Bell Road Auckland, the same
address as daughter Lorna Lawless.
James and Bridget had two children: Note - Bridget is recorded under the name Barbara on
the births of her two children.
Edith Alma WAITE [ known as Queenie, Queen], Born 1902 [ref 1798], New Plymouth New
Zealand. Married Tracey Huia NELSON. 1924 Died August 1979, Auckland New Zealand,
Lorna Beatrice WAITE, born 1906 [ref 6519], New Plymouth New Zealand. Married Oswald
King LAWLESS about 1939 . Died about October 1986, Auckland New Zealand, aged 80
Bridget Waite aged 74 died on 27 December 1941 [ref 16741] and was buried on 29th
December 1941 at the Purewa cemetery Section, Block A Row 22 Plot 038. Her religion is
recorded as C of E. The following appeared in the NZ Herald:
29 Dec 1941
Waite On December 27th 1941 at her daughter's residence 87 Bell Rd., Remuera after a long
illness. Barbara beloved wife of Jerry Waite and loved mother of Mrs T H Nelson and O K
Lawless aged 74 years. Funeral will leave above address today at 2pm. Private Internment.
James [recorded under Jerry] aged 87 died 31st January 1947 [ref 16249], [87 Bell Road
Auckland New Zealand] Buried on 3rd February 1947, Purewa Cemetery Auckland, Block A
Row 22 Plot 038, The following appeared in the NZ Herald:
3 Feb 1947
Waite On February 31 1947, at the Auckland Hospital, Jerry, dearly loved husband of the late
Barbara Waite and beloved father of
Queen (Mrs T H Nelson) and Lorna (Mrs O K Lawless) and loved grandfather of Barbara (Mrs S
E Bradley) in his 88th year. A service will be held at Arthur Homes & Sons, Mc Coll St.,
Newmarket today (Monday) at 10am. Funeral leaving for Purewa
Left: Bridget [babs] Higgins on left with sister
'Maud' on right.
Below: Sisters Mary, Bridget, Maud and Sarah
These photos must have been taken when Babs
returned to Australia on a visit
-photos courtesy of Sharon -
Last Update 19th July 2011