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Ella Elgar

Ella Elgar
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Mrs Ella Elgar by Laurer & Blechschwidt photography studio from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Born
Ella Grace Pharazyn

18 June 1869[1]
Died23 August 1945
NationalityNew Zealand
Known forThe collection of valuable furniture and furnishings for her country mansion Fernside that she bequeathed to the Dominion Museum now the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa after her death.
Spouse(s)Charles Elgar
Children1
RelativesCharles Johnson Pharazyn (grandfather)
Noel Pharazyn (half-brother)

Ella Grace Elgar (née Pharazyn, 1869–1945) was a New Zealand socialite and art collector.

Biography

Ella Grace Pharazyn was born in 1869 into the Wairarapa’s wealthiest colonial family,[dubious ] [3] [4] The patriarch of the family, Ella Pharazyn's grandfather, was Charles Johnson Pharazyn (1802–1903) who was the first to leased land at Palliser Bay to graze sheep in 1845. His sons also became sheep farmers, and one of them, Charles Pharazyn Junior, was Ella Pharazyn’s father. Ella Elgar’s father died in 1903, leaving an estate worth more than 150,000 pounds. [5]

Elgar is the half-sister of Lieutenant-Colonel Noel Pharazyn. [6] Her twin sister, Ida, was killed at the age of twelve in a railway accident when a train was blown off the tracks over the Remutaka Range. [5]

Ella Elgar and her husband Charles Elgar’s former home Fernside Homestead in 2015.

In 1890 she married Charles Elgar a well-known owner of racehorses and her father's farm manager and partner.[7] They had one daughter, Enid Awa Elgar, who married Gilbert Claud Hamilton, the son of Lord Claud Hamilton. Their daughter Enid died in 1916[8] of tuberculosis. [5] [9] Ella and Charles Elgar lived at Fernside Homestead, Charles’s 1,134-acre (459 ha) estate near Featherston, New Zealand. The Elgars entertained at there estate Fernside in grand style. They held dinners, balls, and parties.

Elgar made regular trips to Europe, China, and Japan, where she bought a valuable collection of museum-quality furniture and furnishings as furnishings for her country mansion Fernside. After Elgar died she bequeathed the collection now known as the Elgar Collection to the Dominion Museum now the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. [5] Her husband Charles Elgar died in the luncheon interval at Featherston's Tauherenikau Racecourse on 19 April 1930. [10] Ella Elgar continued living at Fernside until 1943, when, at the age of 74, she moved to Christchurch. Elgar died in her flat in Victoria Street, Christchurch, on 23 August 1945. [11]

References

  1. ^ The Evening Post, 22 June 1869, Page 2
  2. ^ Shipping Passenger lLists
  3. ^ "Cabinet on a stand circa 1690". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collections online.
  4. ^ "Cabinet on a stand". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collections online.
  5. ^ a b c d "Biography of Ella Grace Elgar". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Collections online.
  6. ^ The Christchurch Press, 24 August 1945 Page 2
  7. ^ "Married". New Zealand Times. LI (8935). 11 March 1890. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  8. ^ Wairarapa Daily Times Saturday, 22 April 1916 Page 4
  9. ^ "Deaths". The Dominion. 9 (2752). 22 April 1916. p. 1. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  10. ^ The Evening Post, Saturday, 19 April 1930 Page 9
  11. ^ The Christchurch Press, 24 August 1945 Page 2

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