Edward Cephas Orchard

15 May 1853–1929 (Age 75)
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Edward Cephas

When Edward Cephas Orchard was born on 15 May 1853, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, his father, William Orchard, was 39 and his mother, Mary Ann Cope, was 36. He married Eliza Adelaide Grant on 22 April 1874, in Waikuku, Waimakariri, Canterbury, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1929, at the age of 76.

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Edward Cephas Orchard
Eliza Adelaide Grant
Marriage: 22 April 1874
William Robert Orchard
Alice Elizabeth Orchard
Edward Cephas Orchard
Ernest Alfred Orchard
Herbert Melville Cope Orchard
Ernest Henry Orchard
Jessie Leila Orchard
Ivy May Orchard

Spouse and Children

22 April 1874
Waikuku, Waimakariri, Canterbury, New Zealand


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World Events (7)

1858 · New Provinces Act

Age 5

The New Provinces Act was established to help create new Provinces in the quickly growing region of New Zealand. This Act also helped kept laws in check as well as create Provincial Councils to help govern over the people within the areas.
1860 · First Taranaki War

Age 7

The First Taranaki War was an armed conflict between the Māori people and the New Zealand Government over rights of land ownership. It was fought by more than 3,500 troops from Australia, as well as over one-thousand Māori. Total losses among the two armies are estimated to be around 440 men. The war ended in a ceasefire, although the British claimed that they had won the war.,
1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Age 34

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.2 English: habitational name from any of the places called Orchard. Those in Devon and Somerset are named from Old English ortgeard, orceard (a compound of wort, wyrt ‘plant’ (later associated with Latin hortus ‘garden’) + geard ‘yard’, ‘enclosure’), while East and West Orchard near Shaftesbury in Dorset have a different origin, ‘(place) beside the wood’, from Celtic ar + cēd.3 Scottish: English surname adopted as equivalent of Urquhart .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Edward Cephies Orchard in entry for Earnest Alfred Orchard, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Edward Orchard in entry for Ivy May Orchard, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Edward Cephas Orchard in entry for Ernest Henry Orchard, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"

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