|Looking out to sea from Bastion Point, Auckland toward Coromandel Peninsula Ranges Eastward and Northward. Much of what the Ring generations would have viewed. Photo courtesy Chris Ball 2014|
|Three Generations of Ring family - the eldest|
From Left to Right Charles Ring D 1906; William Charles Ring 1857-1932; William Charles Ring 1882- 1950
James Busby - Photo in :
Buick, Thomas Lindsay. 1914. The treaty of Waitangi,
or How New Zealand became a British colony.
Wellington, NZ: S. & W. Mackay. Also
|Plains around Matamata and looking toward the Mamaku and Kaimai Ranges - photo courtesy Chris Ball 2009|
This area in those early 1800's was being bought in. By December 1880 a suitable dray track of approximately 20 miles had been constructed. Surveyors followed and by April 1881 a bridle track was completed to Rotorua. Construction on the Rotorua Railway - the first section - was begun in 1882 - Morrinsville to Lichfield.
"W. Ring (Waikato) : A grand runner, and ex- champion of the Province. Plays half-back, where he picks up very clean and is going full speed in the first five yards. Has developed into a dangerous fender, and knows tho game. Must not play too much for himself, but remember to back up "Whiteside and pass to him in turn. Will get behind almost certainly, as he can run round any man he is ever likely to meet."( Observer 11/08/1883)
A search of the web found an article and photo of this team on the NZ History Website - Auckland rugby team, 1883
|Hinuera School from Eventafind - In 2017 this school will celebrate 125th Jubilee.|
Ring's residence, not far from the Hinuera Railway Station, housed the Hinuera Post Office and in 1902, daughter Ethel was postmistress. He was a councillor on the Piako County Council , Patetere Riding, and in 1921 appointed a Justice of the Peace.
William Charles Ring born in 1882, the year the first section of the Rotorua Railway was begun, saw formation years spent on his father's farm at Hinuera. One of nine siblings, there was one younger brother and seven sisters. This generation of the Ring family were to see changes from horse transport to motorised transport - a relevant change for William Charles who was to become a veterinarian. The other impacting upon the Ring and many other New Zealand families was what is now known as the First World War. A newly qualified veterinarian, William Charles joined the NZ Veterinary Corps.
Photo In New Zealand Veterinary Corps Reakes ,C.J. , The War Effort of New Zealand Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1923, Auckland courtesy and creative commons NZ Electronic Text Centre
The first school Ring attended was Oxford ( Oxford now known as Tirau). In July 1992 it was a move to Hinuera School, the year this school opened. Secondary Schooling was completed at Auckland College and Grammar School. Seeking a career in veterinary medicine, Ring attended the University of Pennsylvania gaining V.M.D. in 1911.
In General Alumni Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania, 1922, Pennsylvania
The New Zealand Herald reported Ring's arrival home:-
Ring was to return to University of Pennsylvania in 1929, attending a post graduate course and was impressed with United States advances made in treatment of sterility in cows.
War was looming in Europe. Marrying Ruby Monica Sellars at St Marks Church, Remuera Auckland in March 1913, Ring enlisted for the New Zealand Veterinary Corps, with the rank of Captain and sailing on the Troopship Ulimaroa July 1917. Dr. Reakes on the New Zealand Veterinary Corps wrote:-
|Bronze Eagle Dr. W.C. Ring's horse - in New Zealand Herald 4 May 1932, p 8|
Courtesy Papers Past National Library NZ
- Buick, Thomas Lindsay. 1914. The treaty of Waitangi, or How New Zealand became a British colony. Wellington,NZ: S. & W. Mackay. Also https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001873313
- Cyclopedia Company Limited The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Auckland Provincial District) The Cyclopedia Company, Limited, 1902, Christchurch
- New Zealand Veterinary Corps Reakes , Dr. C.J. , The War Effort of New Zealand Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1923, Auckland Also NZETC http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-Effo-t1-body-d9.html
- Swainson, William, Auckland, the capital of New Zealand, and the country adjacent; including some account of the gold discovery in New Zealand. 1853
- NZ Gazette 1921
- General Alumni Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania, 1922, Pennsylvania
- Archway Archives NZ https://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ 25/11/2016
- New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages ( bdm's) https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/Home/
- NZ History Website - Auckland rugby team, 1883 accessed 25/11/2016
- NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES ASSOCIATION http://www.nzmr.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=635 accessed 25/11/2016
- Waikato Times 5 September 1882 Page 2
- FOOTBALL Gossip New Zealand Herald 7 August 1883 Page 6
- THE REPRESENTATIVE FOOTBALL TEAM. Observer 11 August 1883 Page 16
- A TRIP TO THE PATETERE COUNTRY New Zealand Herald 10 October 1883 Page 6
- Launceston Examiner 27 Sep 1895 Page 5
- DEATH OF A NONAGENARIAN. The Mercury 5 Apr 1906 Page 5
- New Zealand Herald 28 August 1911 Page 5
- Otago Daily Times 2 January 1929 Page 12
- VETERAN SPORTAMAN DIES Auckland Star 22 October 1932 Page 7