Bessie Rosina Hill

ID# 470, (28 Jul 1923 - 20 Jul 1977)
Betty Corlett

Bessie Rosina Hill was born on 28 Jul 1923 at 39 Sydney Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand ,

Parents: George Hill, Butcher, 40, born Hampshire England & Marion Rosson, 43, born Birmingham England.

Bessie was born early and extremely tiny only weighing 2 ½ lbs when born.
Was told that they did not think she would live, so put her into a drawer lined in cotton wool. When Dr did arrive he found Bessie was alive and the drawer had acted as an incubator.

When she was 5 weeks and 5 days, she weighed 3lbs 4oz
Information taken from her Plunket Book, copies held on file.1,2

She was the daughter of George Hill and Marion Rosson.

Bessie Rosina Hill and Thomas Edward Corlett were engaged on 18 Dec 1942 at "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand ,

The engagement is announced of Bessie, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs G Hill, Wellington, and Thomas, eldest son of Mr and Mrs L E Corlett, Masterton.3

1943 Bessie Rosina Hill and Thomas Edward Corlett were mentioned in the "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand , newspaper

Odd Fellows' Dance.

The Masonic Hall, Masterton, was packed to the doors on Saturday night, when the Masterton Odd Fellows' Lodge held a most successful dance. The music was supplied by Jack Barnes's Orchestra, and extras were played by Miss B Hawke. The M C was Bro R C Baikie. A Monte Carlo Waltz was won by Miss B Hill and Mr T Corlett. Supper was served by the ladies' committee.4

Bessie Rosina Hill married Thomas Edward Corlett, son of Thomas Cain and Lily Pauling, on 4 Sep 1943 at St Matthews Church, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

Thomas Edward Corlett,
26, Storeman, Bachelor,
born Masterton
Usual Res: Masterton
Parents: Leonard Edward Corlett, Labourer & Lilly Pauling
Bessie Rosina Hill,
20, Spinster,
born Petone
Usual Res: Masterton
Parents: George Hill, Butcher and Marion Rosson.

Best Man was Max Corlett and Bridesmaid was Evelyn Corlett and Flowergirl was Beverly Corlett.1,5

Thomas Corlett to Bessie Hill
Thomas Corlett to Bessie Hill

As of 4 Sep 1943,her married name was Corlett.

Bessie Rosina Hill and Thomas Edward Corlett had a marriage notice on 6 Sep 1943 in the "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand ,



St Matthew's Church was beautifully decorated with spring bulbs and blossom for the marriage recently of Bessie Rosina, youngest daughter of Mr G Hill (British Merchant Navy) and the late Mrs M Hill, to Thomas Edward, eldest son of Mr and Mrs L Corlett, Masterton. The Rev Wm Tye, Tinui, officiated and Mr Henderson presided at the organ.
The bride, who was escorted by Mr B Waters, a friend, looked charming in a dainty gown of white lace. Her tulle veil, kindly lent by a friend, fell softly from a halo of orange blossom and she carried a shower bouquet of heath, hyacinths, spring bulbs and maiden-hair fern.
The bride was attended by Miss E Corlett, who wore a green taffeta frock trimmed with mauve velvet flowers. Her bouquet consisted of pink camellias and maiden-hair fern, with a matching spray in her hair. The little flower girl, B Corlett, a cousin of the bridegroom, wore a replica of the bridesmaid's frock and carried a basket of pink camellias and maiden-hair fern.
Cpl M Corlett attended the bridegroom.
A reception was held later at Styles Tearooms, the guests being received by Mrs C Donovan (sister of the bride), assisted by Mrs L Coreltt. Mrs Donovan was attired in a smart grey costume, worn with a spray of freesias and maiden-hair fern. Mrs Corlett's ensemble was of ivory with a shoulder spray of maiden-hair fern. The bride's godmother, Mrs W Jakeman, looked smart in a teal blue frock with a shoulder spray of roses, hyacinths and maiden-hair fern.
Later, when Mr and Mrs Corlett left for the the south, the bride travelled in a tailored coat with black accessories.6

Bessie Rosina Hill was also known as Betty Corlett.

Betty was in the photo with Henry Frederick Whynne Hill taken in 1951;
Photo taken around 1951
Bet, Henry, Maysie
Bill, Muriel and Len.7

Bessie was listed as a beneficiary in George Hill's will on 15 May 1952 at Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand ,

George Hill, late of Petone in New Zealand, Retired Butcher
Will dated 28th June 1946, in which Henry Frederick Whynne Hill was appointed executor but has renounced all his right to probate
The Public Trustee then administered the property according to the Will.
The total Gross Value of the estate did not exceed the sum of £1000.(came to £346).8

Betty and Tom Corlett lived at bt 1954 - 2002
at 11 Colonge St, Martinborough.

11 Colonge Street, Martinborough

Bessie died on 20 Jul 1977 at Public Hospital, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand , at age 53 years, 11 months and 22 days

Bessie Rosina Corlett
Married aged 53, DOB 28 July 1923
11 Cologne Street, Martinborough
Born Petone, full life in NZ
Parents: George Hill, Butcher & Marion Rosson
Married: Masterton when aged 19 to Thomas Edward Corlett
Living Children: M: 31, 28, 22 F: 32, 23.1,9

Betty's cause of death on 20 Jul 1977 was from Cerebral Haemorrhage 3 days.

Betty's death notice appeared on 22 Jul 1977 in the "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand ,

On July 20, 1977 at Masterton Hospital. Beloved wife of Tom, Cologne Street, Martinborough and loved Mother of Rata, Jill, Len, Bill, Arthur and the late Marion; aged 53 years. Funeral notice later.10

Bessie was buried on 25 Jul 1977 at Martinborough Cemetery, Martinborough, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

ILMO Bessie Rosina (Betty)
wife of Tom Corlett.
Mother of Len, Bill, Rata, Jill, Arthur and the late Marion.
Aged 53 years, 20 July 1977 (Photo).11

Bessie Rosina Corlett 1977
Martinborough Cemetery

27 Jul 1977 Betty Corlett was mentioned in the "Wairarapa Daily Times", New Zealand , newspaper


CORLETT, Betty Rosina -

The family of the late Betty Corlett wish to offer their sincere thanks to all friends, neighbours and relatives for all cards, telegrams, letters, flowers, personal expressions and all who gathered to pay their last respects in our very sad lass. Special thanks to Lola and Betty's workmates, womens guild and spinning club and hospital staff. Please accept this as a personal acknowledgement as many names and addresses are unknown.12

Betty and Tom had 7 Children of which 5 are still living.

Children of Bessie Rosina Hill and Thomas Edward Cain/ Corlett

Father*George Hill (10 Jul 1883 - 8 Feb 1952)
Mother*Marion Rosson (5 Sep 1880 - 13 Feb 1936)


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 9511, Sept Qtr. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  3. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Wairarapa Daily Times, assume Wairarapa Times, could be Evening Post, around the date of 18 Dec 1942. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  4. [S10] Newspaper Article, Wairarapa Daily Times, unknown date, assuming sometime in 1943 before they married.
  5. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1943 Folio No 8051.
  6. [S10] Newspaper Article, Wairarapa Daily Times, around the date of 4 sept 1943.
  7. [S178] Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Qld, Australia) , held by myself; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) Photo held by Ailsa Corlett.
  8. [S40] Probate NZ, AAOM 6031 W3265 Box 189 Probate No 0386/52 NZ Archives Wellington - Will - Viewed and Copied 27 May 2014, Housed at National Archives New Zealand.
  9. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1977 Folio No 16880, aged 53 reg Martinborough.
  10. [S10] Newspaper Article, Wairarapa Daily Times, notice just after death, assume around the 22nd.
  11. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), 429: Block 3 Presb Row 1. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.
  12. [S10] Newspaper Article, Wairarapa Daily Times, assuming the 27th July 1977 - copy held on file.