Tuesday, June 5, 2012

George Grey Sutherland's book

One of the stories which had touched me the most has been that of the children of Nathaniel and Marion Sutherland, five or six of whom, aged between 13 months and 16 years, all died of diptheria in April and May 1861.  

The last child to die was George Grey Sutherland.  Probably named for Governor George Grey, George Grey Sutherland was born in January 1852 and died aged just 9 years 4 months on 24 May 1861 at Mr Robert Stokes' residence, Woolcombe Street, Wellington.

As a result of this blog, I received emails from a gentleman, Simon, who had come into possession of a Victorian children's book and had wondered what had become of the child to whom the book belonged - George Grey Sutherland.

Simon contacted me and has sent the following photos of the book.  He commented that he wondered how the book had survived so well (it is inscribed with George's name and the date - 21 December 1859), but that George's tragic premature death explained that.

Following are some photos of the book which George would have received when he was only around 8 years old, just eighteen months before his death:

Thanks very  much to Simon for sharing this little gem.  


  1. Congratulations! What an amazing find and a wonderful act of genealogical kindness on Simon's part. One day I hope to find something like this from my own Sutherland/Cornett ancestry. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Thanks Kelly! I agree, very kind of Simon to get in touch with me and share what he found! Good luck to you in your genealogical search! :)

  3. Wow!! very touching story and obviously young George loved reading. Just thought of our son when he was 8 years old and how much he enjoyed reading. Really felt for Nathaniel and Marion having lost so many of their children truly heart wrenching - thanks for the share :)