Given names: 
S. E.
Given address: 
Sheet No: 234
South Canterbury

Biography contributed by Wendy Napier-Walker.

Sarah Ellen Dash was born in 1864 in Maldon, Essex, England to John and Ann Elizabeth Dash.  Sarah was the eldest of six children.  

At the time of the UK 1871 census the Dash family was living in North Street, Southminster, Maldon, Essex. 

John and Ann Dash and their five children left London on 31 October 1875 on the ship Otaki and arrived in Lyttleton on 8 February 1876 and went straight to Waimate.

Sarah Ellen Dash became a school teacher at the Waimate School.  She passed her second year pupil teacher examination with 231 marks in 1880 and her fourth year pupil teacher examination in 1882.

In 1893 Sarah Ellen Dash married Christopher Hodgson Hurst in Waimate.  Christopher Hurst was a Farmer.  In 1890 Christopher was farming at Brooklands, Waimate.

Sarah and Christopher had seven children; Ella Elizabeth born 1897, Christopher John born 1895, Mary Mabel born 1897, Albert George born 1899, Dorothy Stella born 1901, Ruby Winifred born 1903 and Arthur Harold born 1911.

The Hurst family moved to Taranaki around 1896.  The electoral rolls for 1896 – 1911 the Hurst family were living in Pihama in the Hawera, Taranaki electorate.  From 1914 – 1938 the family was living in Waitina Road, Te Kiri, Taranaki in the Egmont electorate.

Sarah Ellen Hurst died on 13 December 1945 and is buried in Pihama (Lizzie Bell) cemetery, Taranaki along with her husband Christopher Hodgson Hurst who died on 9 September 1928.

Sarah Ellen Dash’s mother Anne Elizabeth Dash (234) also signed the Petition.


UK 1871 census Maldon, Southminster, Essex ED 8, Household Schedule No 128, RG 10, Piece 1671, Folio 118, Page 23 GSU roll 829958
FamilySearch – Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists 1839-1973
NZ DIA BDM Birth Index for Hurst births
Timaru Herald 6 May 1880, Pg 2 – Board of Education
Timaru Herald 4 May 1882, Pg 3 – Board of Education
NZ DIA BDM Death Index – Sarah Ellen Hurst
Pihama (Lizzie Bell) cemetery records online

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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Terry Wheeler (Ramsgate Historical Society)

Posted: 24 Feb 2023

Christopher Hodgson Hurst son of Christopher John and Mary Eliza (nee Hodgson) Hurst of Brooklands Maimate. Christopher John born Deal, Kent. UK 1835 and Mary born Ramsgate, Kent. UK 1847. Married 6th June 1867 at Ramsgate, Kent UK. Both buried at Maimate Old Cemetery Maimate New Zealand. Christopher John's parents Ebenezer & Lydia Anne Hurst and Mary's parents John Barnet & Sophia Hodgson (nee Ruddick). Have just been reading extracts of J.B. Hodgson's last will and testament wherein Mary's half-brother Leonard Grundy Hodgson as executor of his will - Mary Eliza was given 'Foam Cottage' for use in Ramsgate for the rest of her living life.