New Zealand Shattocks

by Philip Shaddock, with Aidan Shattock and Terry Shattock

To see where the New Zealand Shattocks sit within the worldwide Shattocke tree, visit this page.

Thanks to Terry Shattock for participating in our DNA research and to Lt. Col. Aidan Shattock for his family history and pictures. Both are descendants of the founder of the New Zealand Shattocks, William Richards Shattock, Jr. (1886-1968), born in England, emigrated to New Zealand.

Queen Street in Auckland in 1919 when William Richards Shattock, Jr. was living in the city.

The New Zealand Shattocks were founded by William Richards Shattock, Jr. (1886-1968), son of a successful businessman in the butcher business in London, William Richards Shattock, Sr. (1849-1928). At the age of 14, in 1901, we find William the son at a boarding school, the Caversham House School in Oxfordshire. Four years later, in 1905 he appears on an electoral role in New Zealand. His occupation is "butcher." His is nineteen. Did he move to New Zealand because of burgeoning business opportunities there? At this time he lives in Taranaki, New Zealand, a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island.


In the same year (1905) he marries Margaret Jane Meaclam, age 22. She was born in Cromwell, New Zealand. Six years later we find him in the Parnell suburb of Auckland, its oldest suburb, also on the North Island. He is working as a butcher. In 1916-1917 he is in he army reserves and living on Panmure Road in Ellersie area of Auckland. At some point he moves south from Auckland to Hamilton, in Claudelands, a suburb directly to the east of central Hamilton, across the Waikato River. He continiues working as a butcher.

He and Margaret had seven children. Margaret died at the age of 48 in 1932 in Hamilton. William married Ellen Mary Wills (1903-1938) and they had a daughter but Ellen died in 1938. He married Stella Patricia Reardon (1916-1990) in 1940. She was 24 and William was 54. In 1957 the electoral role gave his occupation as "company director." In July of 1958, when he was retired, he and his wife Stella took a trip to London. I wonder if it was the first trip he took back to England after leaving for New Zealand almost half a century earlier? He was there five months. Plenty of time to visit his family.

William dies at the age of 81 in 1968 in Hamilton. I asked his great grandson, Aidan, if William had become as successful as previous generations of his family in London, England, and in West Buckland before that. He picks up the story from here.

Butcher Shop on on Victoria, probably in the 1950s when William owned a string of butcher shops. St. Photo: Perry Rice, Hamilton City Libraries. After the Napier earthquake in 1931, William Shattock built a shop on Ward St., a very solid building, which a butcher, Bill Waring, described as built like an aircraft hangar.

Aidan: "He [William] owned a number of butcher shops in Hamilton, as well as being a city councilor in Hamilton. They also owned two farms in the wider Waikato area.

Douglas Joseph Shattock (1922-1010), Aidan's grandfather and Terry's great uncle.

My father Doug was born in Hamilton. During the Depression when Doug was about 8 or 9, he and the youngest two brothers were sent to an orphanage near Tokoroa, in the South Waikato area, about an hour south of Hamilton because his father could not afford to keep them. He remained there until the age of 13, at which stage he traveled to a place called Galatea and was a farm hand there – by himself with no other family! Bit tougher than kids these days! He played for the Galatea senior rugby team as a front row forward at the age of 15.

He then moved back to Hamilton when he was around 18 and worked in one of his father’s butcher shops. This is where he met June Petherick, who he became engaged to. He ended this engagement and went to work on his father's farm in the King Country, in a place called Ohura.

Doug, like his brothers wanted to join the Army, however his father initially refused to allow Doug to join. He wrote a letter to the war office stating Doug was part of an essential industry, and therefore he should not join. Doug ended up getting his way and was eventually sent to train at Hopu Hopu Army Camp near Huntly in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island.

His father ended up selling the farm, which caused a rift between Doug and his father.

Doug and Marie's children. Aidan's dad (Philip Douglas Shattock born 1951) is in the middle.

During one of his leave breaks he traveled with his Army friend, Adam Loft, to a place called Ohura, in the King Country region. Here Doug met his future wife, Marie – my grandmother. They were married when she was about 19. They married and had two girls and a boy (my father). Many years later, after Marie died, June Petherick made contact with Doug again and the two were married not long after… nearly 70 yrs after first becoming engaged! June Shattock is now 91.

Doug eventually worked as a farm realtor and stock agent until his retirement (after a couple of goes at it) in his 70’s.

My father, Phillip Douglas Shattock (known as Phil), was born in 1951 in Huntly, in the Waikato region, just north of Hamilton. He followed in his father’s footsteps and worked on a farm after he left school at around 16. He then was accepted into Forest Rangers School and was employed by NZ Forest Products (he is an expert in forestry as a result).

He has worked in forestry ever since and is now the marketing manager for Hancocks Ltd forestry branch in New Zealand (basically he has remained with the same company as it was taken over by different corporations over the years). He was based in Tokoroa after his ranger course which was where he met my mother, Jennifer Robyn Weavers, born 1955. They married in 1975 and I was born in 1978, followed by my brother, Paul Lindsay Shattock, in 1980.

We moved to Warkworth in the upper North Island with Dad’s work in 1979 and returned to Tokoroa in 1992. My mother is currently the Deputy Mayor of the South Waikato region and my brother is the Communications Manager for the Nelson City Council in the South Island. I have been in the Army 20 years, and my wife is also serving and is a Captain in the Army. I take command of the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment at the end of this year."

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