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Updated: Oct 29

Curtis & Cobley Families Unite!

Ashmore Curtis, born on the ship Ashmore, married William Cobley's daughter Gertrude. He used to walk from their market garden in Takapuna, to her house in Devonport. A total of 8.8 km/5.4 miles, a 19-minute drive today. If he was lucky, he'd go by horse.

For more information on William Cobley see the book trailer of The Shotover below.

The Shotover Book Trailer

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William Cobley - Devonport Wharf - 1882

Ashmore Curtis, born on the ship Ashmore, married William Cobley's daughter Gertrude. He used to walk from their market garden in Takapuna, to her house in Devonport. A total of 8.8 km/5.4 miles, a 19-minute drive today. If he was lucky, he'd go by horse.

The Shotover is available now in our online shop in both print copy and eBook.

William Cobley - Devonport Wharf - 1882


Image: Angela Curtis

William Cobley - Centre with top hat at the base of gangway.

Cobley House - Devonport

Image: Angela Curtis

Painted by John Barr Clarke Hoyte

Image: Angela Curtis


View of Cobley Beach Towards Rangitoto Island

Image: Angela Curtis

William changed the name from Cobley Beach to Cheltenham Beach.

He gave back to the community in numerous ways, one of which was introducing fish and birds to the area.

Paperspast Articles:

Generous donations like William's means there is still great fishing in Lake Pupuke.

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