During November 2012 two early Wellington historical framed photos were retrieved from the roof space at 52 Raroa Road, Kelburn, Wellington. They were discovered while family were clearing Phillip Alve's house in preparation for its sale following his death earlier that year. The one pictured here dates from 1886. The second photo dates from 1869 and was taken from Kelburn - perhaps from Troup hill where Phil's house is located - looking over the emerging city towards the harbour.
Bert & Gwen Davie celebrated their 60th Wedding
Anniversary on 25th February 1992
Bert and Gwen Davie celebrated their 60th Wedding anniversary in 1992 in South Canterbury. Gwen Purdom is the daughter of Carolena Alve - 5th child of Carl and Maria Theresia Alve. This photo appears in Lena's bio page in the website.
Over the summer we are adding 1st generation descendant biographies to the website.To date Mary, Charlie, Theresia, Anna, Carolena and the infants Rosa and Emma bios have been added, along with new pics.
These bio pages as they are added are password protected. You will have to join our list to get the password to enter these pages. Joining is currently FREE. Get your password HERE.
A much younger Gwen Purdom
An enhanced photo from
"Alve Road" the book.
As we convert, edit and enhance content from the 1994 publication, "Alve Road" we are seeking to improve accuracy, grammar, content, imagery and accessibility. We love to receive your feedback. From our perspective, News Blog comments are best. They make you responses publicly available and they facilitate our editing processes. Email or other content is acceptable and will be acted on.
Another picture (right) associated with Carolena's bio also features Gwen Purdom. The original of this photo from around 1923 is very badly spotted and damaged. With the aid of computer technology we have been able to significantly improve this image. The original (it also appeared in the Book) appears below.
N.B: Clicking on the photos in this post will give you an enlarged view of them.
Phillip Alve 1918-2012
Margaret and I want to share with you our personal Christmas greetings and news for 2012.
The year has ended with Margaret sitting on two new job offers and Terry employed on a five month contract with Statistics NZ helping to conduct the 2013 Census which will be held on 5 March.
The two week break over Christmas - New Year will have us redecorating our downstairs back bedroom as we convert it into a counselling - mentoring space. Yes, both of us increasingly have clients coming to our home as we operate our respective businesses: counselling and professional supervision (Margaret) & spiritual direction and ministry supervision (Terry).
Early in the new year Margaret developed her counselling businesses by taking a contract for ten hours weekly with the Wellington Cancer Society and launching her "Because U Matter" counselling business in March. During the year Terry has further developing his spiritual mentoring business (iCare Resources) by engaging a number of new clients and continuing to work with others. He continues to offer retreats with Spiritual Growth Ministries teams and he now manages the SGM Wellington-Kapiti website and email database.
The year began with Terry turning 60. Margaret's gift was a couple of nights in central Auckland before travelling on the Overlander daylight train south to Tawa - an all day (12 hour) trip.
An early web project for Terry was a feasibility study and a subsequent website development for NALAG - the National Association for Loss & Grief. The other biggie this year has been a redevelopment of the Shadz Hair Art website for friends Steve & Sovann Dowall. Talking about websites, the site you are on www.alve.org.nz has also been developed recently. More about that in a moment.
On the family front there have also been significant developments. After a long gestation Jono & Jenn moved into their new Tawa home in March. Jono continues as southern North Island BDM with Dominion Breweries and Jen works with the Ministry for the Environment. David & Ingrid have settled into their Grenada Village home and David joined the permanent staff at Park Road Post in movie post production. He had the privilege of working on the "Hobbit" and so appears in the movie credits if you look closely. Ingrid has gained primary teacher registration. Caleb has a new friend - Emma - whom he lives with in Khandallah but they are soon to move to Johnsonville. He has joined the staff of Kiwibank after finishing with Countdown butchery management. Emma works with an employment recruiting company. Sarah and Simon now have three children with Olive being born on 30th June at Kenepuru Hospital. She joins Elijah (3) and Holly (just 2) in their new home in Lupin Terrace in Tawa's eastern hills. After some choosing between employment options, Simon has taken a permanent lectureship in Classics at Victoria University. Sarah is a busy mum who finds time to meaningfully contribute to the running the local Playcentre.
Two other significant developments this year have been:
Well, that's more than enough for now. We notice that several Christmas messages have come in already from family and friends. We appreciate and value your correspondence with us and thank you for your Christmas and new year greetings.
We want you to know that we prayerfully and lovingly extend to you our aroha trusting that 2013 will be a year full for you. Go well...
Terry Alve on behalf of Margaret and the Whanau who yearly increase in number!
POSTSCRIPT: Members of the Family at Titahi Bay Beach around 7:15pm Christmas Evening
Phillip Alve, Noeline King and Marion Karipa
With the deaths during 2012 of Phillip Alve (July 20) , Noeline King (July 4) and Marion Karipa (October 12), five of Carl and Maria Theresia Alve's thirty six grandchildren are living. We extend our condolences to the close family of these three esteemed relatives who have lived long and fruitful lives before their passing this year. And we prayerfully wish surviving grandchildren and their families health and happiness.
Those grandchildren living are:
The Alve grandchildren were born from 1900 (Bill Busch) to 1955 (William Alve).
With the launch of this website and news blog, it may be that you would like to provide information about descendants (or ancestors) of Carl and Maria Theresia. The kind of information we think will be relevant to the wider family includes:
Written and photographic information is welcomed. When you provide information please ensure that you give us permission (electronic message is ok) to publish, if it is yours to give. Otherwise please indicate who "owns" the material so we may contact them. If your information is on the web please indicate where - again we will require your permission to copy it to this website. You may prefer that we just provide a web link to your material.
Finally, while Google will do its best to let relatives and others know that this website exists, we are somewhat dependent on word of mouth (so to speak). If you have a website or Facebook or Twitter accounts appropriate links are valued by us. In return we are open to linking to you.
Let's do what we can to keep in touch with one another.
Anna Alve 1880-1906
This is just one of several new pics and comments that have been added to the Alve Family History website in recent days. Anna was the fourth of Carl and Maria Alve's children.
Some of this material replicates content in the book, "Alve Road - How do you spell that?" Available Here
There is also new material like information about Thomas Richard Elcox's WW1 service with the British army in France.
Photo's on this website have been labelled where info is available. If you notice that there is incorrect or missing info we would be delighted to hear from you. You can CONTACT US here.
Who are they?
Several photographs of Tasmanian Wagner relatives have been posted in a page on this website. The photos were taken by Philip Alve during a visit to Tasmanian relatives in the late 1970's. They have been recovered by Terry Alve whilst clearing Phil's property in Kelburn Wellington following his death during July 2012. We are seeking help in identifying who the people are in these photos and the locations, etc.
Phillip is a grandson of Philip Conrad Wagner who lived in Woodsdale, Tas. His mother is Christina Alve (nee Wagner) who came to NZ during WW1 and married Henry Alve, They lived and farmed at Rangitane south of Palmerston North into the 1960's. Christina died in1971.
A digest of news about and from the Alve Family in New Zealand.