Reuben Lionel Grover Challis

ID# 7050, (12 Mar 1916 - 12 Apr 1984)

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis was born on 12 Mar 1916 at Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand ,

Parents: Percy Herbert Challis & Harriett Catherine Jackson.1

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis married Evelyn Maud Farnworth, daughter of George Arthur Farnworth and Ethel Jessie McKay, in 1941 at Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand .2

C 1946 Reuben and Evelyn were separated
It appears that Evelyn and Reuben may have separated around this time, as both are living at different addresses on the 1946 Electoral Roll and afterwards Evelyn is living with her parents.

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis was on the 1946 Electoral Roll Wellington, Wellington,

CHALLIS Reuben Lionel Grover, 106 The Terrace, Civil Servant.3

Reuben and Evelyn were divorced on 7 Dec 1948 Wellington, Wellington,

Date as per information housed in the Probate of Reuben Lionel Challis in 1984.

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis was on the 1978 Electoral Roll Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand ,

CHALLIS Reuben L G, 76 Rainbow Drive, Taupo, Retired.4

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis was on the 1981 Electoral Roll Frankton, Otago, New Zealand ,

CHALLIS Reuben L G, Cedar Drive, Kelvin Heights, Retired

(Frankton is part of Queenstown, Otago.)5

Reuben died on 12 Apr 1984 at Frankton, Otago, at age 68 years and 1 month.6

Reuben was buried on 14 Apr 1984 at Queenstown Cemetery, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand ,

~ BILL ~
1916 - 1984.7

RLG Challis
Queenstown Cemetery

Reuben Lionel Grover Challis's estate was probated on 15 Oct 1984 at Dunedin High Court, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand ,

CHALLIS Reuben Lionel Grover
late of Frankton
Letters of Administration granted to his brother Lyndsay Pollock Challis of Napier.
Value of Estate under $195,000

Had been previously married but was dissolved on the 7th December 1948.
Reuben had No children and both parents were already deceased.8

Reuben and Evelyn had No Children.

Family: Reuben Lionel Grover Challis and Evelyn Maud Farnworth


  1. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1916 Folio No 3373, June Qtr. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  2. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 1197.
  3. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), 1946 NZ Electoral Roll, Karori, Wellington. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  4. [S6] Electoral Roll, 1978 NZ Electoral Roll, Taupo Waikato.
  5. [S6] Electoral Roll, 1981 NZ Electoral Roll, Otago Otago.
  6. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1984 NZ Online Database 1984/ 51891 - DOB 12 March 1916.
  7. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Queenstown Lakes District Council online database: Protestant, Block 11, Plot 12. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.
  8. [S40] Probate NZ, Dunedin Archives - Item No R22103931 Record No 424/84, photographed 21 July 2016, Housed at National Archives New Zealand.