Burial register ID: 12154
Surname: COWIE
First name: WILLIAM
Middle names:
Gender: Male
Age: 71 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 22-Nov-1911
Date of burial: 25-Nov-1911

Block: 181
Plot: 7

Bio contributor: Amanda Kennedy

William Cowie 1840-1911

William was originally from the kirktown of Alvah in Banffshire, Scotland. Later he, or maybe his whole family, moved to Irvine in Ayrshire. But William left Scotland in 1863, when he was twenty-three, to come to New Zealand. In Dunedin, he started work at the Post Office as a ‘letter carrier’, rising to the position of senior postal clerk. He is described as a ‘faithful and unobtrusive’ worker. However, William did have one great adventure–he went on a trip to San Francisco on a mailboat. He returned ‘rich with marvellous travellers’ tales of the New World’ and, after discovering maple syrup in the United States, ‘an exotic taste for the syrup on his pork’. He married Margaret Elizabeth Curle in 1880.

When William died in 1911, his obituary (Otago Witness, 29 November 1911) remembered him as a widely respected and honourable official, a crack-shot with a rifle, and a keen bowler: ‘He was the hero of many hard-fought battles on the greensward and retained his keenness to the last. His fidelity to duty was equally conspicuous in his work as an office-bearer in Knox Church, where he will be much missed. The steadfast nature and his genial and unobtrusive manner were such as to make friends of whom he has a troop.’

Reference: Nothing like a dame: A biography of Dame Daphne Purves, by Molly Anderson.

— Other burials recorded at the same site:
Robert CURLE d. 1895,
David CURLE d. 1899,
Elizabeth Watson CURLE d. 1901,
James CURLE d. 1925,
James Arthur COWIE d. 1926,
Margaret Elizabeth COWIE d. 1942,
Adeline COWIE d. 1952,
Irvine Watson COWIE d. 1956,
Elizabeth Curle KREFT d. 1963,
and Martin Albert KREFT d. 1965.

There are 11 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
COWIE ADELINE 64 Years 19-Aug-1952 20-Aug-1952
COWIE IRVINE WATSON 74 Years 09-Feb-1956 10-Feb-1956
COWIE JAMES ARTHUR 36 Years 28-Apr-1926 29-Apr-1926
COWIE MARGARET ELIZABETH 89 Years 22-Jun-1942 24-Jun-1942
COWIE WILLIAM 71 Years 22-Nov-1911 25-Nov-1911
CURLE DAVID 80 Years 16-Jul-1899 18-Jul-1899
CURLE ELIZABETH WATSON 84 Years 18-Feb-1901 20-Feb-1901
CURLE JAMES 74 Years 03-Aug-1925 04-Aug-1925
CURLE ROBERT 21 Years 10-Nov-1895 12-Nov-1895
KREFT ELIZABETH CURLE 80 Years 10-Jul-1963 12-Jul-1963
KREFT MARTIN ALBERT 80 Years 24-Aug-1965 26-Aug-1965