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This branch contains details of 1,939 individual people, including 505 unique surnames making up 597 families!


Nau mai, Haere mai and
Welcome, e te Manuhiri



This branch is based around the ancestors and decendants of the family of William Augustine Priestley (1871-1937) and Kate Campbell (1872-1945) whose ancestors orignated from England, Scotland and New Zealand; and whose New Zealand origins are from the East Coast iwi of Rongowhakaata and Ngati Porou.

It contains whakapapa, information and links pertaining to the Priestley Whanau and some of their distant blood relatives of Rongowhakaata and Ngati Porou ancestry.

Campbell - Carrington - Cooper - Mackey - Waipara

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This "Help/Frequently Asked Questions Page" will help you get started and guide you through some of the more unique facilities of this website. It answers many of your questions and will allow you to get the most out of the site making your visits more enjoyable and informative. If you have any further difficulty with the website or have any ideas on how we can improve things, please contact us.

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Certain functions including Search Surnames, Search Places, and Search People are available with limited capabilities. You will be able to see a list of names from the whakapapa but the first names of living people will be initialised and their vital dates suppressed. This gives you the opportunity to see if you or an ancestor of yours may be included on the site prior to registering.


This genealogy database wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for you, the whanau. So firstly I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support, patience and understanding.

This database also wouldn't be the invaluable whanau resource it is today if it wasn't for significant contributions made by some individual whanau members...

Bill Paku, for your ongoing mentoring and leadership.

Kay Paku, for your tireless research and ongoing contribution to our whakapapa and whanau history. Kay is a generational family researcher (along with her father Bill), as much of her research stems from the family history her grandmother Katharine "Kitty" Priestley accumulated during her life.

Robin Hodkinson. It is your passion of our family history and your willingness to share, that really drives this online initiative. Robin herself is a generational researcher as it was her mother Joan Edwards and grandmother Amelia Priestley who steered Robin on her path.

Finally, I'd like to mention my Mum, Thelma Olive Priestley who spent much of her life researching several of my family branches. After her passing she left subtle hints that made me realise that what she was looking for was a vehicle for her work and someone to drive our whanau whanui history legacy.

- This mahi, we do in their memory -

This is the core of our Priestley whakapapa team ...and although there are many other whanau members who have contributed, I thank you all equally and unreservedly,

Merv Priestley

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Navigate directly to the various tipuna families who founded this branch. Discover your relationship to them and the various families that have since made your family what it is today. You will need to log in to view.

Taraipine Tatua (1841-1894)

Rota Wakaate Waipara (d.1870)

Hokokai Kawakawa (1840-1870)

Charles Priestley (1826-1889)

Gaine Carrington (d.1935)

James David Mackey (1800-1884)

Duncan Campbell (1815-1895)

William Henry Cooper (1851-1928)

External Website Links

Priestley Whanau History Website (Open Site)
This website features tipuna biographies and tributes as well as indepth articles on various whanau historic events, places and taonga.

Cooper Family Whakapapa Site
(Restricted Site)

Stowers Family Whakapapa Site
(Closed Site)

Website Updates

What's Happening (Open Links)
The latest Priestley History Website updates.

Social Media Links

Whakawhanaungatanga online. Catch up with the whanau, find out where everyone is and what they are doing. If you want to know how you connect to anybody there, you can come back here to find out

Priestley Whanau (Closed Page)
This closed page was started in 2014. It's purpose was to enable whanau to feel more comfortable about sharing, within a closed whanau environment. You will need to request to join this group.

Charles Priestley Family - Aotearoa (Open Page)
This public page was started back in 2011. It's intention was to try and find and reunite the Priestley whanau. It did this with great success. This page is no longer used for general whanau discussions but is still luring in whanau, so it is kept online.

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