Sharp-Healy Family

The Story of the first two Generations

Bertram Sharp, 1869-1929

Bertram Sharp was born on 9 April 1869 in Lee, Kent, the second son of John Edwin and Theodosia Sharp.

After his parents divorced, it is presumed Bertram came out to New Zealand when he was 3 years of age, and lived with his father John Edwin in Dunedin during his childhood years. However evidence of his arrival in a shipping record has yet to be found.

Bertram married Norah White, who was born in 1874. The marriage took place in 1895, presumably in Dunedin, and they had four children:

  1. Bertram, born 1895, died 1967, married Flor Ann McKay in 1920
  2. John Frederick, born 1897, died 6 September 1917, buried Dunedin
  3. Jessie, born 8/7/1898, married Isaac Elias Harvey in 1920
  4. Alice May, born 25/10/1901, married Samuel Gillies in 1927


Bertram Sharp

Headstone of Bertram and Norah Sharp.

Bertram Sharp died aged 60 years on 5 June 1929, and was buried at Andersons Bay Cemetery, Block 41, Plot 47, with his son John Frederick. His occupation was listed as Painter, and he was a native of England, having been in New Zealand for 57 years.

His death notice reads: "Sharp, on June 5, 1929, at his residence, 19 Cole Street, Caversham, Dunedin. Bertram, beloved husband of Norah Sharp; aged 60 years. Deeply mourned. Private interment. C J Thorn Ltd, undertakers."

Norah Sharp

Norah died on 16 June 1945. Her death notice reads: "Sharp, on June 16, 1945, at Dunedin. Norah, beloved wife of the late Bertram Sharp (formerly of Cole Street), and loved mother of Bert, Jessie, and Alice; in her seventy-second year. At rest. The Funeral will leave our Chapel, 78 St Andrew Street, on Tuesday, the 19th inst, at 11 am, for the Andersons Bay Cemetery. Hope and Kinaston, funeral directors."

Both Bertram and Norah were buried together with their son John in Block 41, Plot 47, Andersons Bay Cemetery. You can see their record on the Dunedin City Council Cemeteries Online.


Bertram Sharp

Bertram, born 1895, died 1967, married Flora Catherine Ann McKay in 1920. She died in 1965 aged 63 years. [Ref BDM 1965/33231].

Bertram fought in World War One. He enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 10th Reinforcements, Otago Infantry Battallion, D Company and embarked on 4 March 1916 bound for the Suez. His occupation was listed as Wagoner. His next of kin was listed as Mrs N Sharp (Mother), of 19 Cole Street, Caversham, Dunedin. You can view his record on the Cenotaph Database of the Auckland War Memorial Museum website. Details about their family and burial location is unknown.

John Frederick Sharp

John Frederick Sharp died aged 20 on 6 September 1917. His occupation was listed as Grocer's Assistant, and he was last living at 19 Cole Street, Dunedin. He was buried in Andersons Bay Cemetery, Block 41, Plot 47. The cause of death is unknown. No death notice for John could be found. (Reference: Dunedin City Council cemetery records.)

Jessie Sharp

Jessie Sharp was born on 8 July 1898. She married Isaac Elias Harvey in 1920, and together they had three children. Isaac passed away on 30 Jan 1988 in Browns, Winton, Southland, aged 90 years, while Jessie died on 7 April 1969 in Dunedin aged 70 years. No death details have been found.

Alice May Sharp

Information has been supplied by Karen Wyllie in May 2012 about Norah and Bertram's daughter Alice May Sharp (b. 25/10/1901 Dunedin) who married Samuel Gillies in 1927 (Ref BDM 927/7878), and their families which will be added to the family tree. Alice died in 1977, while Samuel died in 1966. No death details have been found.

More information required

Further details about this family are unknown, and research continues to find their descendants. Other details taken from Dunedin City Council cemetery records online, newspaper notices, and births, deaths and marriages information online from the Department of Internal Affairs website. We would be grateful if you have any information to offer.

Headstone photograph taken by Margaret Bremner of Dunedin.