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Copy of a photographic montage of five portraits, thought to be five generations of one family.
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Yes, this is a fiver-generation family photo, In the centre is James Climo (1820 - 1911). Top left, is his daughter, Elizabeth Catherine (Mrs G. Pope). Top right is Elizabeth Catherine's eldest son, William Pope. Bottom left is William's eldest daughter, Agnes Cuthbertson Pope (Mrs Picard) and bottom right is her son, Francis William Picard. James Climo arrived on the first settler boat, William Bryan at New Plymouth on 31 March 1841 with his wife Jane (nee Phillips). He was from Bodmin, Cornwall. Elizabeth Catherine was the first European baby born in the new settlement. James was called to arms in 1860 and participated in the Battle of Waireka. He was wounded in the leg and was eventually convalesced to Nelson, joining his family (and the Pope family) who had been evacuated earlier. He was a sawmiller and had an amazing knowledge of plants, becoming a well-known herbalist in Inglewood in the early 1880's. He also spoke fluent Te Reo Maori. At the time of his death on 11 September 1911, James had 250 living descendants. William Pope (top left) was the first of James and Jane Climo's grandchildren to be born in New Zealand. He was born on 28 May 1859 in New Plymouth, his birth cementing the successful establishment of the Climo & Pope families in New Zealand. William married firstly, Agnes Cuthbertson Maule of Christchurch in 1884 and they divorced about 1903. William remarried to Mary Ann Guildford in 1905. He died on 17 October 1944 in Wellington. Agnes Cuthbertson Pope (bottom left) was born in 1884. She married William Picard on 28 Feb 1904. She died on 08 November 1960 in Shannon. Her son, Francis William Picard (bottom right) was born on 22 December 1906 and died on 11 July 1971.

- Amber Clarke (nee Bryant)

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