The Tree - Person Sheet
The Tree - Person Sheet
NameElsie Roma Collett
Birth27 Dec 1910, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death26 Apr 1991, New Zealand
FatherAlbert Edward Collett (1887-1918)
MotherMargaret Hunter Macdonald (1885-1967)
Misc. Notes
Name, year and country of marriage from search on New Zealand BDM website in October 2018:
1935/4377. Bride: Elsie Roma Collett. Groom: Kenneth Norman McGonagle

Full date of marriage of 29 July 1935 from further searching in October 2018 on BDM Search by incrementally changing the date range for the marriage.

No record of birth could be found on the New Zealand BDM website as at October 2018.

No record of death could be found on the New Zealand BDM website as at November 2018.

In an email from Mark Blackburn dated 19 January 2019, Mark writes, “Elsie Roma Collett was the daughter of my Grandfather’s brother who died in WW1. My birth name was Mark Patrick Collett. I was born in Armley, Leeds as was Elsie Roma Collett. I discovered that she married Kenneth Norman McGonagle in 1935 and that the marriage lasted 9 years and produced a daughter called Vivienne”.

Divorce as per the Gisborne Herald, 17 November 1944:

Motions for decrees absolute in divorce were granted by the Chief Justice, Sir Michael Myers, in the Supreme Court yesterday and to-day in the following cases:- Elsie Roma McGonagle v. Kenneth Norman McGonagle, on the motion of Mr. D. W. Iles.

In January 2019 Brian of nzolivers found the following listing in the New Zealand Electoral Rolls for Elsie:

1935 Gisborne Roll
Collett, Elsie Roma, 52 Wainui Road, spinster
Collett, Margaret, 26 Harris Street, widow [Mother of Elsie]
McGonagle, Kenneth Norman, 26 Harris Street, exchange clerk
[Elsie’s future husband, Kenneth, living in same residence as Elsie’s mother]

1935 Gisborne Supplementary Roll No. 1
McGonagle, Elsie Roma, 26 Harris Street, married

1938 Gisborne Roll
McGonagle, Elsie Roma, 26 Harris Street, married
McGonagle, Kenneth Norman, 26 Harris Street, exchange clerk

1946 Wellington Central General Roll
McGonagle, Kenneth Norman, 2 Allenby Terrace, chemist
McGonagle, Joyce Dyson, 2 Allenby Terrace, married
[NOTE: No listing for Elsie Roma McGonagle could be found in the 1946 Electoral Roll. Did she remarry after her divorce in 1944 to Kenneth Norman McGonagle]?

Report of first marriage in Poverty Bay Herald 31 July 1935 found on NZ PapersPast in January 2019:
Wedding Bells
McGonagle - Collett
Holy Trinity church was the scene of a pretty wedding on Monday morning, when Elsie Roma, daughter of Mrs Collett, of Gisborne, and the late Mr A. E. Collett, of Leeds, ’Yorkshire, England, was married to Kenneth Norman, second son of Mr and Mrs McGonagle, New Plymouth, Canon A. F. Hall officiating, and Mr W. Oakden presiding at the organ.
The church was prettily decorated with a central arch of pink and white camellias and vases of mixed bulbs.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Air Jack Collett, looked charming in her graceful frock of ivory chiffon velvet worn with silver shoes and hose to tone, and a dainty embroidered silk net veil. She carried an artistic shower bouquet of white camellias.
The bridesmaids, Miss E. Beets, of Otoko, wearing powder blue silk crepe, and Miss C. Knopwood, Gisborne, wearing rose pink silk crepe, trimmed with pleating, and shoes and silk hose lo match their prettily modelled frocks. The little flower girl, Miss Bunty Ogren, cousin of the bride, was a dainty figure in rose, pink embossed velvet trimmed with silver to match her silver shoes.
The best man was Mr Apted, Napier, and the groomsman, Mr R. Harrison.
The subsequent reception was held at the Freesia Lounge, where the guests were received by the bride’s mother, who wore a becoming frock of wine colored silk and a hat to match.
Among the guests were Mrs N. Wilton, Waiphoa, aunt of the bride, in black satin beaute; Miss A. Bennett. Rakauroa, also an aunt of the bride, in a navy blue tailored suit, and Mrs Ogren, Matawhero, another aunt, in green velvet trimmed with touches of fawn.
The bridesmaids each wore a rhinestone necklace, arid the little flower girl a gold bangle, these being gilts from the bridegroom. The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a grey handbag and gloves to match.
The bride and bridegroom, who were the recipients of many beautiful wedding gifts, left later in the day for the South, the bride travelling in a smartly modelled woollen suit in rose pink, with a hat, shoes and hose to tone.
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Date and place of second marriage (to Kenneth John FLINT), date and place of birth, date and country of death, from Mark Blackburn’s Family Tree as at January 2019. Mark’s birth name was Mark Patrick Collett. His grandfather’s (Harold Collett) older brother’s (Albert Collett) daughter was Elsie Roma Collett who married Oliver descendant, Kenneth Norman McGonagle b1905.

Notice of second marriage in Gisborne Herald 16 April 1945 found on NZ PapersPast in January 2019:
Flint - McGonagle. - At the Baptist Manse, 218 Stout St., on 14th April by the Rev. E. M. Enright, Kenneth John Flint, only son ol Mr. and Mrs. T. Flint, Huddenfield, England, to Elsie Roma McGonagle (nee Collett), only daughter of Mrs. M. Collett, Gisborne, and the late Mr. A. E. Collett.

Departed Southampton Hampshire on 27 May 1920 for New Zealand aged 9 with mother Margaret Hunter Collett and brother John Percival Collett aged 4 - they are accompanied by “Edwin Thomas Smith”, arrived in Auckland 14th July 1920, place of burial, from Mark Blackburn’s Family Tree as at February 2019.

Date of birth confirmed, from death search on New Zealand BDM website in February 2019:
1991/34388. Flint, Elsie Roma. Date of Birth: 27 December 1910

Full date of death of 26 April 1991 confirmed from further searching in February 2019 on BDM Search by incrementally changing the date range for the death.

Extensive family history of the Collett family of Yorkshire found in February 2019 and is at:

Mark Blackburn in an email dated 5 March 2019 shares a new link to new page on the Collett Family History website - for the “Leeds (Armley-Wortley-Drighlington-Morley) Line”:
Birth22 Feb 1905, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Death19 Aug 1986, Auckland, New Zealand
BurialWaikumete Cemetery, Auckland, NZ
OccupationGrocer, Stationer, Wages Clerk
MotherAnnie Chatterton (1877-1935)
Marriage29 Jul 1935, New Zealand
Divorce17 Nov 1944, Gisborne, New Zealand
Birth31 Oct 1918, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death13 Jun 1987, New Zealand
OccupationElectrical Engineer.
FatherThomas Flint (1879-)
Marriage14 Apr 1949, Baptist Manse, 218 Stout Street, Gisborne, NZ
Last Modified 7 Mar 2019Created 3 Jul 2019 using Reunion for Macintosh