AtoZChallenge Catholic Station – What is it?

Father Antoine Marie Garin - Catholic Station

AtoZChallenge Catholic Station

My great great grandmother and great great grand father were married on 9th June 1853 at the Catholic Station in Nelson, New Zealand. I was unsure what the term Catholic Station meant so Googled it with “Nelson” to see what I might find. After checking a few links that were about modern day records I added the priest’s name, as I read it on the document, Gavin.

This lead me to a page about Father Antoine Marie Garin (1810-1889). This matched the initials A. M., on the marriage certificate. (Cert no. 1853/588) Yes I had discovered a correction to my original transcription.

Garin arrived in Nelson on May 9, 1850. During his 40 years in the Nelson region Father Garin had five churches built and opened both boys and girls schools. He traveled widely on foot for his pastoral work. After years of work and later ill health, he died in Nelson on April 14, 1889.

To return to my ancestors, Sarah Harper, 27, married Francis McDonald, 29, who was a storekeeper.

I did not manage to find out exactly what the Catholic Station was further than a church type place or even the address in Nelson. However the name correction and details on Garin added to the historical context for the time.

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Source for Garin information & image:
1. Image of Father Antoine Marie Garin
2. Text about Father Antoine Marie Garin

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8 thoughts on “AtoZChallenge Catholic Station – What is it?”

    1. The town was young and settlers were only starting to arriving about a decade ago so unfortunately no. I wondered about being near a police station.

  1. This caught my attention because I recently spent 11 days in Nelson while on holiday in NZ. I thought I’d explored every corner but never came across anything relating to a Catholic station.

    1. Yes I suspect it has long gone or been replaced by what we would recognise as a church. I need to go there to and chat to some locals at the library, a society or FamilySearch as they might know or have local documents. Thanks for visiting.

  2. I’m going to save this idea for next year’s A to Z (place names associated with the family history). This year, I’m researching a vintage family photo for each letter.
    Your blog is quite interesting!

    1. Thanks for visiting. I am trying more to find out about the places my ancestors lived and worked to understand their lives more.

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