Cloake-Couling Family Reunion

Easter 2007

For descendants of:
David Cloake of Landulf, Cornwall, England - born 1859 &
William Couling of Heskin Mill Cornwall - born 1855.

Cloake - Couling family reunion

Cloake-Couling Family Reunion - April 7th 2007

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The weekend was a total success, thank you to everyone who attended and also a big thank you to the organising committee and Mervyn and Margaret Cloake for their hospitality.

The New Zealand descendants are organising a family reunion Timaru, over Easter April 2007. Descendants of these families and their English relations are all invited to this reunion during Easter 2007

News Update: First registrations have rolled in from Cornwall, England: It is going to be so special to meet our Couling relations: Zena Jones and Phyllis Wedlake from Callington and St Austal. They will have stories and photos to share. Richard Brabyn is coming from Turo and will also represent his parents Andrew and Jenny. He will be bringing with him research on the war careers of his ancestors including JW Harper.

Others would very much like to join us but distance intervenes. Thanks to modern technology and the internet everyone can be part of the reunion. We will be recording the event and updating this website. We hope this will transform into a family history which can be computer printed - saving publishing costs.

Please express your interest to Geoff Cloake The reunion information sheet is here and the registration form here.

Postal address: Cloake Family Reunion, PO Box 779, Timaru, New Zealand.

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New Zealand Immigrants

Two Cloake brothers, three Couling sisters with various spouses came from Cornwall to live in New Zealand early last century.

Bertie Cloake and Sarah Couling married and with their first child Mary immigrated, followed later by Bertie’s younger brother Arthur and future wife Alma Chubb. Shortly after, Sarah’s sisters Annie, Emmy and husband Bill Harper arrived.

Descendants of these families and their English relations are all invited to a relaxed and informal reunion for two days during Easter 2007.

The Reunion

Reunion Venue

The reunion will be based at Mervyn and Margaret Cloake’s home: 311 Fairview Rd., Timaru.

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Limited camping sites & facilities are available by prior arrangement and everyone is welcome to join in the breakfasts in the marquee. A BBQ facility will be available and toast and spreads will be provided.  Coffee and tea making facilities will be available at all times but please bring your own refreshments.

Memorabilia & Family Tree Displays

Display boards and lockable cabinets will be available indoors if you wish to display photographs, documents, personal items etc. Slide, movie and digital projectors etc.. can be made available.  The family tree will also be available on computer for browsing and updating.  Prior submissions to the family history can be made using the Family Group record forms available from here for printing or here for an editiable version

Written material is being prepared on the families. This and other information gathered during the reunion will be compiled for distribution afterwards.  A small charge may apply.


To assist planning please register before 28 Feb 2007 by completing the accompanying form and returning it to Cloake-Couling Family Reunion, PO Box 779 Timaru, New Zealand. Additional forms are available on the website: Payments in New Zealand can be made by direct credit to 020888 0257705 97 or by enclosing a cheque made out to MD & MP Cloake. Overseas people are best to pay in cash at the reunion. Any surplus funds will be donated to charity.
Cost:    NZ$30 per adult
            No charge for school children and under

Bus Trip

The bus trip will retrace Bertie and Arthur Cloakes’ early days around rural South Canterbury including the Mackenzie high-country. Commentary will be given about their lives and other places of historic, geographic and scenic interest during the 425 kilometer trip. Comfort/refreshment stops will be made along the way including extra time at Tekapo for sightseeing and opportunity to buy own lunch.

Cost:    NZ$35 per adult/child.

Sunday Evening Dinner

The buffet dinner will be at the Landing Service Building, Historic Place, George St., Timaru. Dress will be casual and music will play in the background.  Wine and refreshments will be available at normal bar prices.

Cost:    NZ$35 per adult
            NZ$12 per child aged 7-14
            No Charge - children aged 6 and under


Saturday 7 April 2007

10:00am           Morning tea, welcome at venue and then informal gathering
                        until late with opportunity for socialising, photographs, etc.
Midday            Lunch provided at venue
Afternoon         Entertainment for children
Evening            BBQ meal provided at venue

Sunday 8 April 2007

9:00am             Bus trip leaves venue - sharp
Midday            Lunch at Tekapo - own purchase
4:00pm            Approximate return from bus trip

Alternative Sunday Programme - Informal gathering at venue 
Midday            Lunch provided
Afternoon        Entertainment for children

6:00pm            Pre dinner drinks – bar purchase
7:00pm            Buffet dinner at Landing Service Building

Timaru Accommodation:

As there are no major events in Timaru this Easter it is understood a wide range of accommodation is available. For a map showing a range of accommodation places please visit the Central South Island Tourism website by clicking here. Limited camping space is available at the venue by prior arrangement - contact Mervyn Cloake.

Visitor Information:

All other visitor information is provided here by Central South Island Tourism

Reunion Information Sheet:

Please click here to download the Information Sheet.

Registration Form:

Please click here to download the registration form.

Family Group Form:

If you which to have your family details added to the family tree which is being prepared, please click here to download the Family Group Form for printing and posting/faxing, or here for a MS Word version for computer editing and Emailing..

For further Information contact:

Mervyn Cloake            Phone: +64 3 6880723, Fax +64 6880161 or
Geoff Cloake               Email: