Family reunion in Oamaru

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Descendants of Harry Winsley, an Oamaru foreman carpenter for the railway, met at the Blind Hall on Saturday for a family reunion.

Mr Winsley arrived in Port Chalmers in 1877 from Devon, England and moved to Moeraki where he worked at the lighthouse for five years.

He then moved to Oamaru to work as a foreman carpenter for the railway and married Jane Morrison, from Scotland.

They had five sons and four daughters.

Some of his sons worked as the Winsley Brothers Builders and were known for building bridges in North Otago and involved in the building of the Oamaru Opera House.

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS –¬†From left, Felix Winsley (5), from Christchurch, Rae Steward (85), from Alexandra, Olive Winsley (86), from Oamaru, and Lucah McDiarmid-Jones (3), from Oamaru, cutting the cake.