Third Generation

17.Phillip Michael Grogan1,102 was born on 24 January 1886 in Donald, Victoria, Australia.1,102,103 About 1906/7 Phillip emigrated to New Zealand. On 8 May 1908 in Gisborne, New Zealand he was a witness in a court case after he had come to the aid of Thomas Sheen.104 The Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 11268, 8 May 1908, Page 5 reported on the case:

A young man, a seaman, named Joseph Caltaux, was charged at the Police Court this morning, before Messrs R. Johnston and V. Pyke, J.P.'s, with having, on April 21, assaulted one Thomas Sheen, so as to cause him actual bodily harm. Sergt. Hutton conducted the prosecution.

Dr Coker deposed that Sheen was taken to his, surgery on Tuesday, April 21, between 10.30 and 11 p.m., .suffering from a dirty, jagged wound over the left eyebrow, and the frontal bone being fractured. He was not drunk, but smelt of drink. Witness after examining the -wound sent the man to the hospital, and assisted m an operation two days later, when a piece of the fractured bone was removed. The brain was not injured, but the wound was a severe one. Sheen was still a hospital patient, and could not be discharged for several days. Thomas Sheen, laborer, stated that he was on the wharf, on Tuesday, the 21st. April, when he heard two men quarrelling, and went over to them and endeavored to restore peace. Abusive language was being used. When witness spoke to the men he was struck with a stone and knocked down, and afterwards went to his brother-in-law's house. At witness' request his brother-in-law went with him to the wharf, when accused told them it was he who threw the stone, and at the same time he picked up another handful of stones, saying that witness had called him by a bad name, which he had not. Witness was taken to see Dr Coker, and subsequently ordered to the hospital. By accused : It was a little after 10 o'clock when he was struck by a stone. He was sure accused threw the stone. Witness was not drunk at the time.

James Fitzmaurice, laborer, corroborated the evidence of the last witness as to what occurred after the latter had gone to his (witness') house. By accused : Witness did not go down to the ship on the- following Wednesday night and offer to pay expenses.

Philip Grogan, driver, stated that being attracted: by the argument, he found Sheen talking to accused and two other men. Witness told Sheen to go home, but as they were leaving they were showered., with stones. Sheen was struck, and witness subsequently took him to the doctor's.

Sergeant Hutton deposed that on the 25th April he went on board the Waiapu, in company with Constable Scott, and asked accused to go with, him. Accused said. "Are you a police Officer, for I am frightened. A man told me last night that the police would come for me." On the way to the station they met Fitzmaurice, and upon witness speaking to him, accused said, "I don't know anything about this at all. I suppose I will get gaol for it." When witness explained the nature of the offence to accused he started to cry, and said, "As true as there is a God above I know nothing about it. I was too drunk ; that comes of going out with mates."

Upon being asked if he wished to give evidence, accused did not appear to understand the form of the proceedings. The Bench said it was a pity he had not got the advice of a solicitor. They were very sorry to see a young man like him in this position. After some little further explanation, accused pleaded guilty. "I do so," he said, "so that all these men - uncles, cousins, sons, etc.. (pointing to the various witnesses)- might be happy to see me in gaol." Accused was committed to the Supreme Court at Auckland for sentence. "I have no friends in this of part of the world," replied accused, when he was asked if he could obtain bail.

The Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 11277, 19 May 1908, Page 2, later reported:

Joseph Caltaux, charged with assault and causing actual bodily harm at Gisborne, was recommended to probation, but the Judge was not prepared to adopt the recommendation regarding the seriousness of the assault.

And again - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 11283, 26 May 1908, Page 6

A number of prisoners who had pleaded guilty in the Lower Court were sentenced by Mr Justice Edwards. (Including) .... Joseph Caltaux, causing actual bodily harm at Gisborne, was admitted to probation for two years; ...

In New Zealand he took up rowing, competing in Poverty Ray Rowing Club's trial fours in Gisborne, New Zealand on 2 November 1908.105 He also got involved in tug-o-war pulling - a sport which the Victorian Grogan's were well associated with. This rather amusing story appeared in the Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 14033, 1 July 1916, Page 8


The tug-of-war championships were continued at the Garrison Hall last night. There was a large attendance, and increased interest prevailed. A number of excellent contests were witnessed. The programme was a little interrupted owing to some teams not turning up, but scratch pulls were put on, and a successful evening's entertainment was provided. A feature of the contests was the test of strength between the Maoris and Pakehas, the former's captain putting much vim and energy into his methods of encouraging his men, and after the pull the Maoris gave a splendid haka.......
An unfortunate incident occurred in connection with the women's match. A formidable team of Maori women was got together, and as they marched onto the platform to meet their engagement against, a team announced as the "Unbeatens", they received a storm of applause. They took their places at the battens, and then the "Unbeatens" appeared. No sooner had the latter, taken their places than their disguise was seen through by the Maori women, who immediately left the platform, objecting to pull men. The "Unbeatens" consisted of a team picked from the officials, gaily attired in feminine costume....... The Maoris apparently had not been made aware of the arrangement as to what the result of the pull was to be, and they thought the pakeha "women" were going to pull in earnest, hence their objection. Subsequently a team of married men from the audience were pitted against the "ladies" and an amusing contest ensured.........
The tournament contests last night were as follows (including):
Fire Brigade: T. Donovan, D. L. Ferguson, W. Griffin, G MacDonald, J. Stuart; J McLachlan, A. Beere, H. Shields, N. Jury, J. Weston and J. Kane (captain). Harbor Board: W. Taylor, P. Grogan, T. Shean, E. Mann, B. Dunning, J. Mulligan, J. Moon, R. Richardson, A. Preston, T. Murray, and J. Coleman (captain).
The first strain saw the knot go three inches towards the Harbor Board men. With a couple of heaves the Firemen recovered two inches, but at the end of the first five minutes they had lost it again, and the Harbor men gained a further advantage. The knot fluctuated for a time, and eventually the Brigade's men brought it back three inches, and when the gong sounded ten minutes the indicator was at centre. Some tremendous strains followed, resulting in the Brigade having half an inch to the good at eleven minutes. This was promptly recovered by the Harbor men, and excitement ran high. An oscillation of the knot for some seconds ended in favour of the Brigade, who had two inches to the good at 13 minutes. The Harbor men made desperate efforts to bring the knot back, and with the rope at a great strain they gradually got within half an inch of success, when time was called, and the judges' verdict in favour of the Fire Brigade was received with wild enthusiasm. It was a splendid pull, the teams being evenly matched.........

Phillip bred Minorca chickens such as the one pictured here. He is recorded as first winning a prize on 23 October 1918 and later sold the eggs from his prize winning poultry for £1 per setting.109 According to several articles in the Poverty Bay Herald, Philllip bred black minorca cocks and hens and was amongst the top prize-winners over many years, often taking out both first and second placings in the sections he entered. The Minorca Chicken is also called the Red-Faced Black Spanish Chicken. They are moderately sized birds that, while once popular as egg layers, are now primarily exhibition fowl. The Minorca's original use, which it is still suited for today, was the production of large, white eggs. Once commonly used for egg production, for which it is still one of the most popular breeds in Spain, the Minorca is now used primarily as an exhibition fowl. The Minorca has been known throughout the world since about 1888, when they were first admitted to the standard.

He died on 15 April 1940 in Gisborne, New Zealand.114,115,116 Several obituaries were published.

Death Notice- Unknown newspaper (presumably N.Z.)
Grogan, At Cook Hospital on April 15th, 1940, Phillip Michael Grogan; aged 52 years. R.I.P. A service will be held at his late residence, 16 Daphne Street, tomorrow, at 1.45 p.m., prior to leaving for the Taruhera Cemetery.
T.N. Cochrane, Funeral Director.

OBITUARY - Unknown newspaper (presumably N.Z.)

The death occurred in the Cook Hospital last night of Mr. Phillip Michael Grogan, aged 52 years. Mr. Grogan was born in Birchip, Victoria, and was engaged in farming for some years. He came to New Zealand 32 years ago and settled in Gisborne, where he had been a resident ever since. He was married in Gisborne at the age of 23 to Miss Alice Fitzmaurice and for some time was engaged in the contracting business. Mr Grogan was a member of the Waterside Workers' Union and the Druid's Lodge. He enjoyed good health until two months ago.
He leaves his wife, four daughters, Mrs. G. Williams, Wellington, Mrs S. Thompson, Gisborne, Misses Edna and Marie Grogan, Gisborne, and three sons, Mr. John Grogan, Gisborne, and Masters Pat and Tom Grogan, Gisborne. The funeral will leave his late residence, 16 Daphne Street, at 1.45 p.m. to-morrow for the Taruheru Cemetery.

OBITUARY - The Transport Worker - (Trade newspaper, date unknown)
DURING THE PAST MONTH there passed away a well-known member of the Gisborne branch, Mr. Phil Grogan, a man who had taken an active part in the Gisborne Waterside Workers' Union and in the trade union movement generally for well over a quarter of a century. Phil Grogan was born in Victoria, and arrived in Poverty Bay about thirty-two years ago. He joined up with the Gisborne branch a few years later.

Right throughout his active life he was a staunch trade unionist and supporter of Labour, and in the days gone by rendered splendid service to the waterside workers during the many fights they had to improve the conditions of employment at the port of Gisborne. It was men like Phil Grogan that established trade unionism on the waterfronts of New Zealand for in the days gone by there were very few laws to protect the workers. As a matter of fact, the laws seemed to be made to prevent organisation and prevent the workers combining. The only law that was effective was the unity of the men on the job, and the late Phil Grogan played his part in that direction.

His death at the comparatively early age of fifty-two was a great blow to his many friends in the Gisborne district. The esteem in which he was held was demonstrated on the day of his funeral. The funeral procession, which comprised over fifty cars, was fully representative of the waterside workers and the general public, and there were many floral tributes which were a fitting testimony to the respect and esteem in which he was held by all who know him.

Phil, was a typical Aussie. He had no use for fear. He had no use for the man who would not speak out. He had no use for the non-unionist. He has played his part in making New Zealand a better place for the toilers, and, although he has crossed the Divide, the work he had done lives on, and that is the greatest thing that can be said of a man who works in the interests of his mates in every day life.

The Gisborne branch of the New Zealand Waterside Workers' Union and "The Transport Worker" desire to extend sincere sympathy to the widow and family of our late comrade.

Phillip was buried on 17 April 1940 at Plot 12 89 in Taruheru, New Zealand.117

Phillip Michael Grogan and Alice Beatrice Jane Fitzmaurice were married on 14 November 1909 in Gisborne, New Zealand.116,118

Alice Beatrice Jane Fitzmaurice1 was born on 26 January 1891 in Donald, Victoria, Australia.119 On 2 March 1908 she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of William Gibbert & Clara Gregson in Gisborne, New Zealand.120

Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 11215, 2 March 1908, Page 6
A marriage took place at St. Mary's Church yesterday morning, the contracting parties being Mr William Henry Gibbert, of Sydney, and Miss Clara, the youngest daughter of the late Thomas Gregson, of Liverpool, England. The service was conducted by the Rev. Father Dignan. Miss A. Fitzmaurice was bridesmaid, and Mr W. Hedley best man. The bride wore a dress of cream silk, and the bridesmaid a cream silk dress. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a gold bangle, and to the bridesmaid a gold brooch. The wedding breakfast took place at Mrs D. Bain's. Mr and Mrs Gibbert left for Australia last night on their honeymoon tour.

She died on 31 December 1965 in Gisborne, New Zealand.114 Alice was buried on 3 January 1966 at Plot 12 89 in Taruheru, New Zealand.117

Phillip Michael Grogan and Alice Beatrice Jane Fitzmaurice had the following children:



Vincent Michael Grogan1 was born in 1907 in Gisborne, New Zealand. He died in 1907 in New Zealand.114



Irene Nora (Rene) Grogan.



Percival John (John) Grogan.



Kathleen Alice Grogan.



Edna Elizabeth Grogan.



Patrick Phillip (Paddy) Grogan.



Marie Grogan.



Thomas Ronald Grogan.