Burial register ID: 9565
Surname: BILLS
First name: CHARLES
Middle names: HENRY
Gender: Male
Age: 51 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 13-Jan-1904
Date of burial: 15-Jan-1904

Block: 191A
Plot: 14

Bio contributor: Susan Richardson

Charles Hardy Bills

Charles was born at Brighton, Sussex, on 14 May 1852, the eldest of 14 children of Richard Hardy Bills and Elizabeth, née Harper. His father was employed by the Otago Acclimatisation Society in 1868 to bring out a shipment of small English birds to Otago. Charles helped to net the birds in London and look after them during the journey to New Zealand on the Warrior Queen. They did this several more times, and also looked after the first shipment of deer to Otago. The family emigrated to Dunedin in 1869. On 27 April 1877 he married Elizabeth Brown, with whom he had seven children.

After their marriage, they set up a bird shop in George Street, and lived above the shop. Charles continued to collect birds for acclimatisation and sale. He then began to weave wire bird cages, and by 1885 was making wire mattresses (the first to be made in New Zealand) and other wire goods. Charles became a successful businessman, but remained best known for his interest in birds. He died on 13 January 1904.


Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago Southland Biography

There are 5 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
BILLS CHARLES GEORGE HARPER 3 Weeks 25-Jul-1908 27-Jul-1908
BILLS CHARLES HENRY 51 Years 13-Jan-1904 15-Jan-1904
BILLS ELIZABETH 57 Years 15-Apr-1919 17-Apr-1919
BILLS NELLY 19 Years 11-Mar-1901 13-Mar-1901
DICKINSON BABY 0 Days 27-Dec-1912 28-Dec-1912