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Welcome to our web site, although this is based on the Merriman Family, you will find many other Surnames associated to our family.

Our family comes from a long line of Collier's or Coal Miner's which originated back in Gloucestershire, England.

Our New Zealand branch started in 1880 when Tom Merriman and his family emigrated from England on the ship Opawa.

Coal mining has been in our blood for nearly 300 years and spans over 7 generations, something that is still continued today in the form of my brother, Wayne, a District Manager on the West Coast of New Zealand.

I am most interested in hearing from anyone that would like to add information to this site or would like more information on any particular individual.
The Merriman's of Gloucestershire, England, and New Zealand
Updated August 4, 2001

Noel Merriman

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  • Thomas Merriman, the 1st (153 KB)
    Tom, born in 1848, was the start of our line of Merriman's in New Zealand.
  • Thomas Merriman, the 2nd (48 KB)
    Thomas, was a deeply religious but generous man, who helped out many people through the depression but never got the recognition he deserved.
  • Thomas Merriman, the 3rd (209 KB)
    Tom, a born and bred West Coaster, a founding member of the National Schoolboy Rugby League Competition, great League Player, Coach, Referee and coal miner.
  • The Opawa (160 KB)
    The Opawa, a queen of ships at that time, most noted for it's cleaniness and smooth sailing. This is the ship that brought our family out to New Zealand in 1880.

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