William and Sarah Stokes sailed from Gravesend on the Thames Estuary on 5 September 1850. They were on board The Randolph one of four ships that left

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Stokes Family Reunion and book Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Start: Oct 26 2019 13:00
  • Finish: Oct 28 2019 15:30
  • Time zone: Pacific/Auckland

William and Sarah Stokes sailed from Gravesend on the Thames Estuary on 5 September 1850. They were on board The Randolph one of four ships that left at this time bound for Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand. Collectively they became known in the history of Canterbury as the First Four Ships and they effectively established the settlement of Canterbury.
William and Sarah had with them their eight children and Sarah was heavily pregnant – her ninth child was to be born on board the ship in the southern Indian Ocean. Two years later she gave birth to a tenth child and in 1854 she had twins but Sarah tragically died in childbirth. Her twin sons both survived.
Descendants of William and Sarah are now spread around the globe.



ABOUT THE BOOK
In Search of a Better Life - The Story of the Stokes Family by Peter and Kathy Williams is the story of William and Sarah Stokes, their twelve children, and the first two or three generations of the Stokes family in New Zealand – and Victoria, including photos. Genealogical charts of all known descendants of William and Sarah Stokes will be provided with the book in pdf format.
Books will be printed to order and available for collection at the family reunion at Labour Weekend, or posted immediately after the reunion.  The books contain 224 pages and are $25 each, with additional costs for postage and packaging if not being collected at the reunion. Your book(s) can be collected by a relative if you are not attending the reunion.
FAMILY REUNION
The family reunion will be held in Kaiapoi and Christchurch over NZ Labour Weekend 26-28 October. Tickets are available to the following sessions:

We are seeking donations to place a memorial plaque on the Stokes' graves at St. Paul's Church in Papanui as the original headstones are very hard to read.  It will cost $900 for a memorial plaque which will be unveiled during the reunion weekend. Donations in multiples of $20 towards the headstone would be most appreciated. Thanks to  members of the White branch who have already collected $400 to go towards the memorial plaque.
Order your copy of the book and register for the family reunion  
Please use the "tickets" button above to order your copies of the book and purchase tickets to the family reunion. Books and reunion tickets must be paid for on ordering.  There will be limited tickets available to most reunion events, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
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