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Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND

John BUNTING (1827-1914) married Elizabeth Ann MATHERS (1826-1902).  Both were born in County Armargh I believe.  John and Elizabeth settled in Maxwelltown, a region of Wanganui on New Zealand's North Island.  They had 5 children at the time the set off for NZ in 1863:  Maria (1850-1930), Edward John (1853-1930), Margaret (1853-1940), Letitia (1858-1919), Thomas (1861-1931).

John & Elizabeth travelled to NZ with their youngest son Thomas.  The other children followed three years later on 'The Wild Duck'.  Someone would have minded those children for three years and perhaps travelled with them on the ship.

If you can make a connection between this Bunting family and an Irish clan you recognies, then please contact me at:


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Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND
Authored by: Tony Bunting on 07:59PM GMT - Thursday, 28 January 2010

There were 4 Bunting's on the Wild Duck when Captain Bishop sailed from Plymouth on 20th August 1866 arriving in Wellington on 8 December that year. They were Edward Bunting, Margaret Bunting,  Maria Bunting and Letitia Bunting. The Wellington Independent of 11 December 1866 contains the full passenger list.

This link goes to a picture of the Wild Duck:

You may be aware of the above and the following sites but just in case:

Best Wishes

Tony Bunting


Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND
Authored by: JENNIFER on 12:25PM BST - Thursday, 11 July 2013

Thank you Tony for that information.  This is the family I am following. These Buntings are my grandfathers (much older) siblings. 

Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND
Authored by: Courtney van Raalte on 09:14AM BST - Thursday, 29 April 2010

 Hello there,

My Great-Great-Great Grandfather was an Edward John Bunting and I do believe he is the same that is mentioned in the original comment, as he lived around the Whanganui area and has similar birth and death dates (the dates I have slightly alter, as I got them off NZ's BDM records online). I know that my Edward John Bunting married an Eliza Emma Brown and that they had a daughter named Evelyn Ivy Bunting (born around 1882 and died in 1964). 

Any more information about this Bunting line would be amazing as I'm trying to figure out where my line came from before they immigrated to New Zealand. 

Thanks in advance,

Courtney van Raalte.

Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND
Authored by: Frank Bunting on 03:32PM GMT - Saturday, 23 February 2013

My guess is that Bunting and Mathers came from Portadown-Lurgan area. See this Griffiths valuation list below - (early 1860s data publish a few years later) and see similar for closeby Drumcree. Hope that helps and can get you started digging deeper. Also, I note a Bunting-Mathers Linen manufactoring company existed a lttle later (at least) in Lurgan. I dont think these Buntings closely relate to mine (also Armagh). See info elsewhere on this site (need to be a member) re William B to Longwood Vic Aust and Thomas B to Christchurch area. These are my group. Also see an article coming in next Journal. Frank Bunting 

Buntings of Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND
Authored by: JENNIFER on 12:08PM BST - Thursday, 11 July 2013

Hi Courtney - Yes we are definitely talking about the same family tree.  Edward and my grandfather were brothers.  I'm happy to share further information and to colloborate on finding the Irish Bunting roots.

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