Similar interests: Kitto & Son

While searching in the online Paperspast digital database for old newspapers from New Zealand I found for 17 October 1911 a small piece about football. It is about the past season medals being presented for competition amongst the members of the St James football club. What caught my attention was the Mr F Kitto medal being awarded in the juniors category for the best forward to W. O’Laery and the Mr A. C. Kitto’s medal being presented to J. Constable for best junior back.

There were a number of other medals for senior and junior players.

Papers Past >Evening Post >17 October 1911 >Page 10 >FOOTBALL-KITTOSource:

St James football club played rugby union in a competition in Wellington, New Zealand, in the early 1900s. My great grandfather was a foundation member of the St James Football Club. As he was also the club president I am assuming he took an active part in both the initial setting up and subsequent running of the club.

At the time of the medal presentation in 1911 my great grandfather, Francis KITTO (DOB 1853) was about 58 years old. His son and my grandfather was the other Kitto mentioned in the article. Charles Adolph KITTO (DOB 1883) was about 28 years old. My grandfather’s initials were often reported around the wrong way as A.C. However the correct way is C for Charles and A for Adolph.

They must have spent a lot of time together because as well as having the same sporting interests they work together as tailors in their own business in downtown Wellington.  The dissolving of my great grand fathers previous business partnership and the creation of Kitto & Son was announced a number of times in advertisements in the Evening Post during October.

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Part of the My Family History Series: 17 October

I wonder where these medals are today? In a trinket box or tossed away years ago? Leave a comment, thanks?

9 thoughts on “Similar interests: Kitto & Son”

  1. Genealogy is such an interesting, exciting and fun thing.
    Hopefully one day I will have time to look more into mine.

    Thanks so much for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party…hope to see you again!


  2. It’s cool that you found articles of your great grandfather and grandfather. I want to go looking around now and see if I can find anything like that on my relatives!

  3. I hope they are safe, it’s a horrible thought that they may have ended up in a rubbish bin somewhere. I do love old newspapers too, every headline and story hints at so much more.

    1. Thanks for visiting again. More and more old UK newspapers are coming online. Recently I found ones in the 1800’s with advertisements and notices with another family member.

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