Eliza Fail

ID# 2499, (6 Oct 1833 - 26 Aug 1912)

Eliza Fail was baptised on 6 Oct 1833 in St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, London, Surrey, England,

Eliza Fail
Born Sept 8 1833
Parents: Martin Godfred, Leather Dresser & Mary Ann Fail, Wrights Building.1

Eliza Fail married William Gowan Fail on 10 Sep 1854 at St Mary Parish Church, Newington, London, England,

William Gowan Fail
of full age, Bachelor, Lighterman
Res: Doddington Grove
Father: Frederick Valentine Fail, Lighterman
Eliza Fail
of full age, Spinster
Res: Doddington Gove
Father: Martin Godfred Fail, Leather Dresser

After Banns
Both signed
Witnesses: The Mark of Charles Wilson X; & Martin Godfred Fail & Theopa Fail.2,3

As of 10 Sep 1854,her married name was Fail.

Eliza was present on the 1896 Electoral Roll Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand , in the household of William Gowan Fail.

FAIL William Gowan, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, Journalist, freehold sec 281, Port Chalmers
FAIL Eliza, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, domestic duties, residential
FAIL Fred Valentine, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, boiler maker, residential.4

Eliza died on 26 Aug 1912 at Spa Villa, Wickliffe Street, Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand , at age 78 years, 10 months and 20 days

aged 79.5

Eliza was buried on 28 Aug 1912 at New Port Chalmers Cemetery, Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand .6

Eliza and William had 5 children bon in NZ

Albert Henry born 1865/ 19667
Ernest Alfred born 1867/ 30033
Florence Annie born 1870/ 35732
Fred Valentine born 1872/ 37803
Arthur Drysdale born 1877/ 5633

And 3 born in Victoria Australia

William Frederick Charles born 1855/ 4056 - Richmond
Hubert Godfrey born 1859/ 12200 S'Ridge
Alice Eliza born 1862/ 5098 Sand.

Child of Eliza Fail and William Gowan Fail


  1. [S54] Old Church Records, Parish Registers, Various Repositories, London Metropolitan Archives, Bermondsey St Mary Magdalene, Register of Baptism, p71/mmg, Item 017. - Borough Soutwark. Hereinafter cited as Parish Registers.
  2. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, London England Marriages and Banns, 1754 - 1921, Southwark Newington St Mary 1854 - via Ancestry. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  3. [S78] BDM Indexes online: England Civil Registration online, findmypast.co.uk . Online www.findmypast.com/ www.ancestry.co.uk;, 1854 Sept Qtr, Newington London, Vol 1D page 255.
  4. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), 1896 NZ Electoral Roll, Waikouaiti. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  5. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, NZ Online Database: 1912/ 2339. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  6. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Dunedin City Council Online Database: Block UO. Plot 122. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.