Edward Lawrence (Ted)
Dwelling #106
Group Number 1

Group Members

The table below shows the people that make up the group.

No Last Name First Names Maiden Name Relationship Occupation Born Died School Year
1 Lawrence Edward (Ted) Husband General carrier 31 Jul 1900 4 Sep 1989
2 Lawrence Jane Parcell Wife 16 Jan 1902 23 Mar 2003
3 Lawrence Mary Jane Child 6 May 1924 10 Sep 1929
4 Lawrence Margaret Child 12 Jul 1926 15 Jul 1931
5 Lawrence Ivy Kathleen Child 24 May 1928 21 May 1934


The table below shows any historical notes about the party group.

Note Date Short Description Note Text
1624 1923 General Notes

Mrs & Mrs Lawrence had dwelling #106 built for them by Mr George Cochrane Burghess before their wedding. They were married in the Methodist church (location #93) on 27 Jun 1923, by the Rev. Witherford. Mr Lawrence took over the Bannockburn to Nevis mail run some time before his wedding. He started with two horses, a cart and a gig which was used as a taxi. These were all purchased from his uncle, Mr Robert Toms, for forty pounds. The horse and gig was replaced by a Model T Ford car which was used as the mail car and taxi between Bannockburn and Cromwell. Mr Lawrence continued to run a team of horses and a cart. The horses were housed in the Stone Store Stables (location #102), the cart and gig in the store gig shed (dwelling #129) until 1928.

1625 1928 General Notes

Mr Lawrence replaced his cart and team of horses with a Model T one ton truck, then came a Chevrolet one ton truck (Berty). Dwelling #124 was built from materials salvaged from dwelling #126 and 102. This served as a garage, petrol case storage, with a small store-office room at the north end. The Model T car was replaced by an Oakland.

1626 1929 General Notes

The Oakland was upgraded to a six cylinder, blue Chevrolet sedan - and ex-demonstration car which cost £300 (three hundred pound). The one ton Chevy truck was joined by a two ton, and later a three ton Chevy truck. Ted Lawrence decided to concentrate on general cartage and gradually the taxi service was phased out. He employed a number of local men as drivers from time to time. Mr Earnie Parker was the first driver, and he lived for a time in part of dwelling #126. Mr Stan Vickers, then Mr Dan Cooper, also drove for Mr Lawrence. Mr Cedric Parsons was a part time taxi driver when Mr Lawrence was busy with general cartage duties. Some of the loads carried by Ted Lawrence's trucks included : 600 gallons of cream a week for a cheese factory in Dunedin. up to 15,000 cases of apricots per season. Large quantities of Briar berries for the manufacture of Robinsons Rose Hip syrup. 200 pigs to the meat works in Dunedin. 600 bales of wool per year. Many loads of hay, household items, and general freight.

1627 c1944 General Notes

Ted Lawrence fell asleep returning from the Nevis and rolled his truck, luckily with no major damage to the truck or himself.

1628 1960 Ted Lawrence sold his carting business and retired.

Ted Lawrence sol his cartage business to McDonalds Transport of Cromwell ans retired.

1629 1970 Ted worked at the Cromwell Railway Station as freight manager.

Ted Lawrence worked at the Cromwell Railway Station as freight manager until finally retiring in 1970.

1630 1989 Death of Ted Lawrence

Ted Lawrence lived out his retirement with Mrs Lawrence in dwelling #106. He died on 4 Sept 1989 at the age of 90 years.

1635 1989 Mrs Lawrence remained in dwelling #106 after her husbands death.

Mrs Lawrence continued to live in dwelling #106 after her husbands death in 1989, until her health deteriorated to a point where she could not care for herself.

1636 1992 Mrs Lawrence moved to Cromwell.

When Mrs Lawrence could not longer care for herself, she moved to the Cromwell hospital, now known as the Ripponvale Rest Home.

1637 1996 Dwelling #106 sold to Mrs Jean Howse.

The property sat vacant until it was sold to Mrs Jean Howse in 1996. Mrs Howse, of Dunedin is the grand-daughter of Mrs Jane Lawrence, daughter of Ivy Lawrence (Mrs Urquhart) of Hawea.


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Image Id Source Date Short Description
46 Lowburn Action Group calendar c1975 Dwelling #106 View Image
153 Ted Lawrence Collection c1920 Shepherds Creek Coal Mine - Bannockburn View Image
183 Mrs C Spears - Jim Crabbe - Blenheim 1940 Mrs Janey Lawrence, James A Crabbe & Ted Lawrence, Quartzville View Image
204 Mrs C Spears c1920 Ted Lawrence - Driving Blossom, Fan and Star on Devil's Pinch - Nevis Road. View Image
229 Mrs C Spears, R Murray c1920 Mr Ted Lawrence driving horses on the Nevis Road. View Image
236 Mrs M Valk - The Lawrence Collection c1920 Harvesting Oats in the Nevis. View Image
245 Mrs J Watt - Cromwell c 1937 Ted Lawrence's Truck. and family group. View Image
246 Mrs J Watt - Cromwell c1937 Lawrence and Henderson Group. View Image
1050 Paul Crump - Bannockburn c1923 ? Nevis Road - Men on horseback. View Image
1074 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1930 1927 One Ton Chevrolet Truck (Berty) owned by Ted Lawrence - Nevis Road View Image
1075 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c 1930 1927 one Ton Red Chevrolet Truck (Berty) - Nevis Road View Image
1220 Paul Crump - Bannockburn c1960 Edward Thomas Lawrence (ted) & Mrs Jame Lawrence View Image
1392 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1932 Dwelling #106 - with Lawrence Family View Image
1394 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1932 Lawrence family. View Image
1593 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1930 Ted Lawrence's 2 ton Chevrolet truck with hut (location #86). View Image
1594 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell 16 Feb 1952 Location #485. Packing shed, Domain Road, looking north-east. View Image
1595 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell 16 Feb 1952 Location #485 - Packing shed, Domain Road looking north east. View Image
1596 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1942 Ted Lawrence with his 1929 Chevrolet car ( cost £300 new) View Image
1597 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1942 Mary Jane Lawrence and Ivy Kathleen Lawrence View Image
1600 Mrs M Valk - Cromwell c1965 Ted & Janie Lawrence with grandchildren. View Image
1807 Mrs J Smallfield - Dunedin 1973 Golden wedding anniversary - Mr & Mrs Ted and Janie Lawrence View Image
1808 Mrs C Spears - Bannockburn 1923 Wedding dress details - as worn by Mrs Jane Lawrence (nee Parcell) View Image