Herbert's father James Bertram died in 1883, when Herbert would have been no more than four years of age. Herbert was obviously an intelligent child and excelled academically. As early as 1888, he was attending Wanganui Boys' School and was being recognised as excelling at arithmetic. (Wanganui Chronicle 24 December 1888)
The Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11457, 13 February 1892, on Page 2 records that Herbert won an award for his work the previous year while in Standard VI at the Wanganui Boys' School
Months later, the Feilding Star, Volume XIV, Issue 17, 28 July 1892, Page 3 reports an announcement by the Wanganui Education Board that a number of scholars, were to receive scholarships, including a 17 pound, 10 shilling scholarship to Herbert Bertram of Wanganui Boys' School.
On 27 January 1902 it was reported from Dunedin that Herbert had passed the preliminary medical university examinations with two other students, G.J. Adams and M.M. Earle. Herbert must have subsequently left NZ to attend Glasgow university. On 19 July 1907 the Wanganui Chronicle reported:
The next report of him is in the Ohinemuri Gazette, Volume XVIII, Issue 2331, 30 March 1908, Page 2
In 1912, at the age of 33, Herbert married Madoline Marie Evans, daughter of Frank George Evans, and the Wanganui Chronicle reported on 16 April 1912:
Herbert and Madoline would go on to have five children - four daughters and a son:
1. Mary Marion Bertram (28 August 1913 - 2007) married Mr Thomson (note the irony, that Mary's own great grandmother was named Marion Thomson...)
2. Joan Katherine Bertram (15 October 1914 - 26 April 2004) (Alister's grandmother) married Matthew Calder. See more here.
3. Beatrice Betty Bertram (1916 - 1936). Died aged 19 years.
4. George Munro Bertram (5 October 1918 - January 2002, Rotorua) married Olivia May Bertram (1 June 1917 - 9 April 2007, Rotorua).
5. Erima Christina Bertram (14 September 1922 - 12 February 2008) married Brian Sefton Banks (19 March 1916 - 18 February 2008). See separate post for the beautiful story from the NZ Herald of their love story.
Other than his medical work, Herbert was obviously interested in both horse racing and hunting. In 1917, Herbert was elected an officer of the Rotorua Racing Club, being appointed "Honorary Surgeon." (Bay Of Plenty Times, Volume XLVI, Issue 6935, 9 November 1917, Page 4)
Alister remembers his grandmother, Joan, talking about her father's affinity with the Maori people of Rotorua. A report in the Evening Post, Volume CXXIII, Issue 137, 11 June 1937, Page 8 records:
His normal, opinionated self, Herbert managed to annoy the Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr Parry, with his comments, as recorded in the Evening Post, Volume CXXVI, Issue 57, 5 September 1938, Page 11:
As he became older, Herbert was apparently injured while pursing his love of hunting - this is recorded in the Evening Post, Volume CXXXVI, Issue 70, 20 September 1943, Page 6: