Des Tily and I have been researching the Tily family in New Zealand, Australia and England, for many years.
All the past & present members of the Tily family in New Zealand, are descendants of Thomas Tily, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1862/63 (exact date unkown).
Our tree starts with the marriage of John Tily to Mary Plowman on the 17th of March 1772, at Farnham, Surrey, England.
(Thomas Tily, was a grandson of John and Mary).
Thomas emigrated from England to Australia, with his first wife Fanny, on the ship "Hope" arriving at Australia in January 1854.
From this marriage, three children were born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.....Sadly Fanny died in 1858, four years after arriving in Australia.
Thomas later married Euphemia in 1860, at Hobart. The first two children to this second marriage, were born in Australia.
Thomas emigrated from Australia to New Zealand, on his own.... later followed by his second wife Euphemia and their children.
However we have not been able to establish the exact date of arrival in NZ, nor which ship he came on. This was during the gold rush period and at this time imigration records were abandoned.
According to membership records at the Early Settlers Museum of Dunedin , he came on the ship "Derwent Water" in 1861, but his name is not on any passenger lists.
We do know that Thomas and Euphemia's were in New Zealand from 1863 (or earlier), because their third child was born in New Zealand, on the 17th of July 1863.
Thomas is buried with his second wife Euphemia and some of their children, at the Dunedin southern cemetery, New Zealand.
The last reunion of the New Zealand members of the family, was held on the 16th of January 1987, at the Portobello domain, near Dunedin. We have this reunion recorded on a video.
Portobello is where Tily street is located. Tily street, opposite the Portobello school, was named after Thomas Tily. Thomas was one of the first teachers at the school and taught there for many years.
Some members of the New Zealand family have visited Farnham in recent years, where Thomas Tily was born.
The Tily family owned several business's and houses in Farnham. One business and several houses are located in Castle street. Most of these buildings are still in use today.
At the bottom of this page you will find links to our family tree, some photo's and a link to the town of Farnham web site. On the Farnham web site you can find pictures of the town (look for Castle st, where Tily homes and shop still stand and are used today) and details and photo's of the castle at the top of the street.
If you have an interest in our family tree, please contact me.
The oldest record of a "Tily" that I have come across so far, is the burial of Gregory Tily on the 10th of September 1613 at St Mary, Iwerne Courtney, Dorest, England.
I have also been told that the Tily name was once traced back to the 14th century...but do not have any of these details.The trace stopped at this point, due to records being destroyed in a church fire.
Ed Tily (England) and his father Gordon, have traced their branch of the Tily family back to 1315, around the Chipping Sodbury area of England, but we have not yet been able to tie our families together. There are still Tily's living there now and the mayor (2009) was a Mr Paul Tily.
There seems to be approx five different Tily family groups in England.
- Farnham Castle (Picture taken from the air) (15 KB)
Construction of this castle started in the year 1138.
- Grave of Thomas & Euphemia Tily and some children (91 KB)
Located at Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, New Zealand
- History of Tily business in Castle st, Farnham P1 (1138 KB)
Copy of a page from a book on the history of business's in Farnham. Note this will take a while to show and is very large.
- Farnham - Castle street looking from the Castle. (18 KB)
Some homes and shops in this street were once owned by members of the Tily family. They are still in use today.
- Thomas & Family (44 KB)
Thomas and Euphemia Tily with their children. This photo would be taken some time after 1884
- Tily street, Portobello, Dunedin, New Zealand. (134 KB)
This street was named after Thomas Tily, being "the first local school master" at one time head master of Portobello school. The street is located opposite the school.
- Farnham - Castle street - looking towards Castle. (16 KB)
Some homes you see here on the left were once owned by members of the Tily family.
- Tily stained glass window - Farnham church (8 KB)
Stained glass window commemorating Lewis Tily and his son Walter who between them served for no less than 49 years as organists of the church.
Lewis from 1870 to 1885 and Walter from 1885 to 1919.
The window is located at the United Reformed Church, South street, Farnham, Surrey, England.
- Farnham - Castle street - View shows markets area. (14 KB)
Open markets were held in this street in the foreground on the right. The Castle can be seen in the background.
- St Andrews Church - Farnham (12 KB)
Some members of the Tily family are buried in the cemetery surrounding the church.
- Farnham - Castle street view from ground level tow (14 KB)
View taken from ground level.
- Des Tily (16 KB)
A picture taken in younger days
- Reunion 16th Jan 1987 Portobello, New Zealand. (44 KB)
The last reunion of the Tily family of New Zealand was held at the domain in the village of Portobello Dunedin, where Thomas Tily taught at the school and where Tily street is located (opposite the school).
- Farnham - Very old shops (25 KB)
Still in use today..note the originality.
- Tily family crest (124 KB)
Tily family crest
- Farnham Georgian Houses in Castle st (17 KB)
Georgian houses in Castle street only a few yards from the Castle.
- Old shop in Castle st once owned by Tily family (360 KB)
Bryan Tily standing in front of old shops in Castle street, Farnham. The shop on the right was once owned by the Tily's and is still in use today as a wine shop.
- Vince & Gladys Tily with their children (51 KB)
A family group photo. Note;- Vince Tily is a grand son of Thomas Tily's (and is a son of Robert & Catherine Tily).
- Plaque on wall at start of Castle st, Farnham (407 KB)
Castle street run from the Castle to the main street of Farnham.
- Robert & Catherine Tily with their children (40 KB)
A family group photo. Note;- Robert Tily is a son of Thomas Tily's (and is Vince Tily's father).
- Farnham Castle (534 KB)
Bryan and Veronica Tily at Farnham Castle. The Castle is only open to the public during the summer months. We arrived on the first open day for the season.