William Edward Corlett

ID# 622, (1872 - 29 Jul 1926)

William Edward Corlett was born in 1872 at Andreas, Isle of Man.

He was the son of William Corlett and Mary Anne Cowley.

William Edward Corlett was baptised on 23 Jun 1872 in Andreas, Isle of Man,

William Edward
son of William & Mary Anne Corlett (Cowley)
Abode: Jurby

William immigrated on 17 Jul 1874 from London via "Duke of Edinburgh" to Lyttleton, New Zealand , with William Corlett

Sailed London 17th July 1874 -
arrived Lyttleton 1st November 1874.
ship: 1117 tons, Captain: Mosey

Assisted Immigration

CORBETT, William, 22, Isle of Man, Farm Labourer. Total cost of Passage Money to the Government £36.5.0
CORBETT, Mary A, 21
CORBETT, Wm Edwd, 1¾
CORBETT, Jno Jas, 7 months
CORBETT, Male child, Infant - Born on board 1/10/1874, Infant weighed 11½

Newspaper stated that No contagious disease had appeared during the voyage and Three deaths of infants and five births occurred during the voyage.1,4

William attended "Parkvale School", Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand , on 21 Apr 1886

Parkvale School, Carterton
No 122
Admission: 21 April 1886
DOB given as 13yrs 10mths.5

William Edward Corlett married Amy Yates, daughter of Elizabeth Yates, on 28 Oct 1894 at St Matthews Church, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

William Edward Corlett,
aged 22, Waggoner, Bachelor,
born Isle of Man
Usual Res: Masterton
Parents: William Corlett, Farmer & Marianne Cowley
Amy Yates,
aged 16, Spinster,
born Upper Plain Masterton
Usual Res: Upper Plain
Parents: unknown and Elizabeth

Witnesses: K. Hole, Kuripuni, Carrier & E Yates, Upper Plain, Farmer.1,6

William recorded the birth of Leonard Edward Corlett on 30 Apr 1897 Parkvale, Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

Leonard Edward Corlett
Parents: William Edward Corlett, Waggoner, 25, born Isle of Man and Amy Yates, 19, born Masterton
Married: 28 October 1893, Masterton

William Edward Corlett, father, Parkvale Carterton was the informant of the birth.1,7

William Edward Corlett was on the 1899 Electoral Roll Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

Corlett, William Edward, Carterton, labourer, residential.8

William recorded the birth of Walter Corlett on 21 Jun 1904 Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

Walter Corlett
Parents: William Edward Corlett, labourer, aged 32, born Ramsey Isle of Man & Amy Corlett formerly Yates, aged 26, born Masterton
Married: 24 Octobert 1894, Masterton

William Edward Corlett, Father, Masterton was the informant of the birth.

Christian Name was changed to Leonard Walter, by Deed Poll, 14 Dec 1967.1,9

8 Dec 1916 William Edward Corlett was mentioned in the "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand , newspaper

Advertisements Column 2

W. Corlett, who is £4 in arrears with an order for the support of his wife, was this morning ordered to pay up the arrears or be imprisoned for one month in Auckland Gaol.10

William Edward Corlett was listed on the police records on 9 Jan 1918 of "Police Gazette", New Zealand ,
Person Wanted, Masterton
8th Ultimo on Warrant for failing to comply with the terms of a maintenance order for the support of his wife, Amy Corlett, William Edward Corlett, age 45, height 5ft 7", labourer and driver, NZ, strong build, fair complexion, fair hair turning grey, blue eyes, scar on bridge of nose, slightly bow-legged; frequents race meetings.11

William Edward Corlett was listed on the police records on 26 Jun 1918 of "Police Gazette", New Zealand ,
App Persons Found
Masterton, William Edward Corlett
default of maintenance; Warrant cancelled
(see PG 1918 page 3).12

William Edward Corlett married Annie Louise Carter, daughter of Thomas Carter and Martha Elizabeth Abbey, on 2 Feb 1926 at Registrar's Office, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand ,

William Edward CORLETT,
aged 52, labourer,
Widower 18 Sept 1920 (wrong date), born Isle of Man,
Res Hamilton, Usual Raglan
Parents: William Corlett, Farmer & Mary Ann Cowley.

Annie Louise CARTER,
aged 51,
divorced decree Absolute 4 Dec 1924, born Pudsey England,
Res Hamilton, Usual Raglan
Parents: Thomas Carter, Joiner & Martha Elizabeth Abbey.

Witnessess: A F Blackburn, Civil Servant, Hamilton and L E Martin, Civil Servant, Hamilton.1,13

William died on 29 Jul 1926 at High Street, Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand , at age 54 years

William Edward Corlett,
Farmer, aged 54.
Parents: William Corlett & Mary Ann Cowley, Farmer
Born Jurby IOM, in NZ 52 years. Married first time Amy Yates, Masterton aged 20 yrs
Married Second time Annie Carter, Hamilton aged 53yrs, Annie now 53yrs.

Living children:
Males: 32, 30, 24, 22, 19, 17; Females: 28.1,14

William's cause of death on 29 Jul 1926 was from Coroners Verdict - Heart failure caused through over - exertion
Strained Heart.

William was buried on 1 Aug 1926 at Archer Street Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand .15

An Inquest into the death of William was held on 1926 at "Masterton Court", Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,
CORLETT William Edward
Coroners Report 1926
Died at Alfred Pauling's place in Carterton.
Said that he had worked all day from 8am - 5pm digging.
He came home and said he felt unwell, went to the lavatory, where he was later found dead.16

William and Amy had 9 Children.

Children of William Edward Corlett and Amy Yates

Family: William Edward Corlett and Annie Louise Carter

Father*William Corlett (1852 - 12 Oct 1936)
Mother*Mary Anne Cowley (1853 - 2 Sep 1923)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S21] Church Registers, Various Repositories , Parish Register Transcripts of Andreas, 1649-1883- Andreas 1849 - 1883 - Baptisms March 1849 - Dec 1883, Marriages May 1849 - Nov 1883, Burials March 1849 - Dec 1883
    Film No 106179 Item 2
    Viewed at Logan Central Library, 9 July 2013 and copy obtained.. Hereinafter cited as Church Registers.
  3. [S33] Birth Marriage and Burial Entries, International Genealogical Index & Family Search Web Site (IGI) : Family Search Web site, From 2000), IOM, Parish Register, 1598 - 1950 - digital folder No 004498387, Image No 00072.
  4. [S61] Passenger Lists, Shipping Records ), Denise & Peters Shipping record page Internet as well as Familysearch.org - NZ Immigration Passger Lists, 1855 - 1973, Canterbury 1874, Digital folder No 4412849 Image No 00008, pg 42. Under surname of CORBETT. Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  5. [S44] School Admissions, School Records (Auckland, New Zealand: NZSG), NZSG Register No 122 - Wairarapa Branch. Hereinafter cited as School Records.
  6. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 3386, 1894. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  7. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 1520, June Qtr.
  8. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), Wises 1899 NZ Electoral Roll, Wairarapa. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  9. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 3245, Sept Qtr.
  10. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Wairarapa Daily Times, Vol LXX, Issue 146128, 8 Dec 1916, pg 1. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  11. [S42] National Gazette ; Court Records, Housed at National Archives New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 9 Jan 1918 Police Gazette, pg 3 - viewed Dunedin Archives July 2012.
  12. [S42] National Gazette ; Court Records, Housed at National Archives New Zealand, 26 June 1918 Police Gazette, pg 386 - viewed Dunedin Archives July 2012.
  13. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 1676.
  14. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: Folio No 2388, Sept Qtr.
  15. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Burial Records: Masterton Cemetery, Plan II, 9, DOD 29/7/1926, Buried 1/8/1926, Ref 003254. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.
  16. [S50] Records Housed at National Archives NZ, Archives, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Coroners report sighted and read 2001 at National Archives Wellington.; Housed at National Archives New Zealand. Hereinafter cited as National Archives Records.