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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]

Bramley, William

Bramley, William, “Sheriff Park,” Kaeo, County Whangaroa. The subject of the present article was born near Bury, Lancashire, on the 12th of October, 1822. He received his early education from his father, a talented and successful teacher in the Old Country, afterwards attended a course of instruction at the Warrington Model School, then went to the Battersea Training College, London, and finally finished his education at the Chester Training Institution for Teachers. During the time he remained in England he held several lucrative situations. He was appointed headmaster of the Dunham Hill Government school, Nottinghamshire, on leaving which he became private tutor to Lord Tamworth, eldest son of Earl Ferrers, of Chartley Castle, Staffordshire. Previous to his coming to New Zealand he was master of the Caldbeck Grammar School (near Carlisle. Cumberland) for four years. With his wife and family he left England for New Zealand on the 10th of June, 1859, in the ship “Tornado” of the White Star line, which arrived in Auckland on the 25th of September of the same year. After remaining in Auckland a short time Mr. Bramley proceeded to Kaeo, where he conducted a private school for fifteen months. Holding excellent testimonials, he received the appointment of master of the Kaeo public school under the Board of Education, which he held for nearly ten years. When he came to Kaeo he took up land under the forty-acre system, receiving 180 acres in all, eighty-seven acres of which he handed over to his eldest son. Mr. Bramley was chairman and treasurer of the Kaeo Road Board, secretary of the Kaeo School Committee, secretary of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (American constitution), and has been associated with the Freemasons for many years. His wife dying on the 3rd of February, 1890, at the ripe old age of seventy-three years, he was left a widower, with a family of six sons and two daughters, one of whom has since died.

Mr. W. Bramley.

Mr. W. Bramley.