Hi, I'm the Great Grandaughter of Richard Vickers Gollan. Sorry to say that some of your information is incorrect about Alexander and Jane Gollan.
Alexander and Jane did not leave NZ with their two eldest sons for Aussie.
Alexander was declared bankrupt on the 19th October 1881; he was a Carpenter in South Rakaia.
In March 1882,Alexander’s wife Jane died.She was aged 36 yrs and is buried at the Rakaia Cemetery.She was buried on the 18th March 1882, Plot 3, Presbyterian section.
After Jane’s death, Alexander placed their 4 children into Foster Care with a Mrs Howard.On the 1st September 1884, the following was placed in the Star newspaper –
MAGISTERIAL. Star , Issue 5095, 1 September 1884, Page 3 Christchurch. This Date. (Before E. Beetham, Esq., E.M.) Neglecting to Support. — Alexander Gollan, who had been arrested on warrant, was accused of neglecting to support his four children. He had failed to appear on summons, but explained that he had been working at the Rakaia Gorge bridge, and had been unable to appear. The children had been left with a Mrs Howard, who said she had received no money for three months, and consequently they had to be committed to the Industrial School. Accused said he was willing to do his best to support his children. Ordered to pay One pound and 8s per week.
This would have been a lot of money at the time.All 4 children were placed in the Burnham Industrial School.I believe that either William or John became a (?) Butcher. William later moved to Australia where he died in 1898 in Sydney Hospital. We don’t know where John ended up ( ? USA, by some family stories).
There are no records (death, marriage, shipping etc) of Alexander after the above court case, it was very common at this time for people who had been made bankrupt to change their name and start again.