Charles (Charlie) Yates FELL

Born1844 Nelson, New Zealand
Died1918 Nelson, New Zealand
FatherAlfred FELL (1817 – 1871)
MotherFanny SEYMOUR (1819 – 1901)
OccupationCrown Solicitor and partner to Arthur Samuel Atksinson of Fell & Atkinson

Biography and Notes

Charles was educated at King's College and Oxford University. He served as Mayor of Nelson, New Zealand from 23/11/1882 to 29/11/1887.

Charlie was involved in a number of mining enterprises, principally in Golden Bay and Lyell. He was also personally attached with floating the idea of a railway from Christchurch to Nelson. The East and West Coast and Nelson Railway Act was passed to enable the railway to be built and operated by private enterprise. In the mid 1880’s Charlie was part of a deputation that visited London to interest financiers in promoting a company. In July 1885 the deputation accepted an offer from a committee that became the New Zealand Midland Railway Company. But while some construction began on the railway, it was under capitalized and finally failed.

As the son-in-law of Jane Maria Atkinson, a social activist and a proponent of higher education for young girls, Charlie was deeply involved in this cause. Before Nelson College for Girls was ready to accept students, Charlie opened up his home to eighteen young girls who began studying under the tutelage of Miss Milne, who Charlie had brought to New Zealand as a governess for his daughters.

Courtesy of Hamish J Thoms

Life Events

1869Married Edith Louisa BAINBRIDGE in Putney Parish Church, London, by Rev.AA Trimmer assisted by Rev.Laxon E Sweet.
1870Birth of daughter Mabel Edith FELL
1871Death of father Alfred FELL
1874Birth of daughter Geraldine Seymour FELL
1877Birth of daughter Mildred (Lil) FELL
1878Birth of son Dr. Alfred Nolan FELL
1879Death of wife Edith Louisa BAINBRIDGE
1881Married Edith (Edie) Emily ATKINSON in Bishopdale Chapel
1882Birth of son Charles Richmond FELL
1884Birth of daughter Phyllis FELL
1888Birth of daughter Sylvia Margaret FELL
1901Death of mother Fanny SEYMOUR

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