Robert Elijah BANNISTER
Robert was born in St Thomas Dudley, Wocester, England.
He came to NZ (aged 11) with his parents, arriving in Wellington in April 1840 on the "Bolton".
He married Sarah Martin (born in Chelenham, Gloucestershire, England) in Wellingtin in 1856.
They had nine children, one of whom died in infancy and another very young.
In 1853 Robert was a clerk in Wellington, then to Christchurch by 1870, back to Wellington by 1875.
Three daughters & one son were all involved in the teaching profession.