Hello Joanne, my name is Junine Hill. My father was Albert Thomas Bannister, my grandfather was Albert Richard Bannister, son of Josiah Peter Bannister, son of Edwin Bannister, son of William Bannister & Mary Eades.
William Bannister arrived in Wellington, NZ on barque "Bolton" on 25 April 1840. I have copy of a letter published in the New Zealand Journal 1884 p.298, where William describes their journey to NZ
William had been the manager of Lord Ward's Limestone Works and Dudley Castle for 30 years. He lived in a beautiful place called 'The Old Park'. The house was approached by a carriage drive lined with white and blue flowered lilacs. He was allowed a gig with two horses and two servants.
When William's father died, the family convinced him to leave his position with Lord Ward to manage the Delph Clay Works (a family business). The story I have is that one or more of his brothers did not cooperate with his running of the business and the business ran into trouble. He then went into the business of coal pits. The story I have been told is that one of the coat pits was flooded. That was when he decided to go to NZ.
I have an obituary for Mr Edwin Bannister from the NZ Mail, 17 May 1895, p.35, "Another of the old identities has gone - Mr Edwin Bannister...The late Mr Bannister was widely respected. His genial disposition and kindheartedness endeared him to all who knew him...
That's enough for one day. Let me know if you want more info.