Notes for Paul Peillon: Paul arrived in the West Coast in 1866 from Victoria, Australia. He was accompanied by Pierre Romas and "Taffy." At 83 Pierre Romas died on the 15th November 1927 in the Greymouth Hospital and was buried in the Greymouth Cemetery. He had lived in Kumara and never married and had no children. After a period of goldmining he was bequethed the Publican's licence of the Bremond's Hotel in 1906 but later lived on his own and worked as a Cooper. In 1882 Paul (then aged 36)married Rose Cooper aged 21years. Both had lived at Maori Creek where Rose's father was a carpenter. Paul had searched for gold in Notown and Maori Creek, later renamed Dunganville. About 1890 when gold ran out he and his family moved to Dobson and he worked in the Brunner coal mine as a hewer. He died in the 1896 Brunner Mine disaster; New Zealand's biggest mine disaster. Paul's family in Lyon had maintained contact and they sent clothes for his children to wear. Nessie Rolls recalls that her father Clement refused to wear them because they were too smart and he wanted to be dressed like the other children at school. In 1886 Paul became a naturalised New Zealander. Paul was buried in the mass grave for the victims of the Brunner Mine Disaster at Stillwater on 29 Mar 1896 For further information go to the Kokatahi Museum Library and National Library Genealogical Collection 59 p4
After Paul's son Clement was accidentally killed in 1919, his wife, Agnes Rosina Boustridge remarried Richard Hall and after visiting France on her honeymoon returned to New Zealand and destroyed all the correspondence Paul had received from Lyon. She and Richard Hall then moved to Greymouth.
More About Paul Peillon: Burial: 29 Mar 1896, Stillwater. Occupation: Gold and later a coal miner.
More About Paul Peillon and Rose Cooper: Marriage: 6 Nov 1882, Greymouth.