Topic: Harry Ernest Hawley

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Electrical engineer at Okere Falls Power Station

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"Harry was born in 1879 and trained as an electrical engineer working in 1901 on the electrical tramway system in London.

In 1904 he emigrated to New Zealand where he worked as an electrical engineer at the hydro-electricity station at Okere Falls, near Rotorua. There he met and married Coralie, the widow of Alfred Wells-Ashcroft, Rector of Derby, Tasmania.

On her mother's side Coralie was descended from Kennedy Murray, one of the earliest Tasmanian pioneers, and Ann White who was transported on the second fleet in 1790. Coralie's cousin was Lt Colonel Harry Murray VC, the most decorated British and Commonwealth soldier of the First World War.

Harry and Coralie Hawley moved from Rotorua to Queenstown, Tasmania, where there son Douglas was born in 1916. Coralie already had a son Vernon (Bill) aged five, from her first marriage. Harry worked as an electrical engineer at the Mt Lyell copper mine.

In 1920 Harry decided to return to England taking his wife and family with him. They settled in Whitfield Avenue, Newcastle and later Basford. Harry set up an electrical supply company at the LMS Wharf in Stoke. He died in 1949 aged 69.

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Harry Ernest Hawley

First Names:Harry Ernest
Last Name:Hawley
City:Okere Falls, Rotorua