George Dean Pitt

Major-General George Dean-Pitt, KH[1] (1781[2] or 1772[3][4] – 8 January 1851) was Lieutenant-Governor of the former New Zealand Province of New Ulster from 14 February 1848 to his death on 8 January 1851.[2] He was born George Dean, the illegitimate son of George Pitt, 2nd Baron Rivers.[5]

During his military career before arriving in New Zealand, Dean-Pitt, at the time a Major, was stationed (January – September 1828) at Malta with the 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers).[6]

In 1818 he married Susan Baillie (1797 – 18 March 1875) in Bristol, England.

In 1819 he adopted the surname Dean-Pitt by Royal Licence.

Dean-Pitt arrived with his family on the barque Minerva at Auckland on 8 October 1847.[3] He was the second most important military man in the new colony during the governorship of George Grey. His son and two of his sons-in-law were part of the military establishment as well. His residence was located in Pitt Street, which had originally been called Pyt Street after a childhood home of the first governor William Hobson, it is likely the spelling changed because of Dean Pitt's presence.

Ill for some time, he died on 8 January 1851 while Lieutenant-Governor and was buried with full military honours in the Symonds Street Cemetery in Auckland. A number of retail businesses in Auckland closed for the day of his funeral.[7]

ChildrenEdit

  • Emelia Marie Dean-Pitt (20 June 1820 – 5 April 1877) m. 23 May 1848 at St. Paul's Church, Auckland, Captain J.H.Laye[8]
  • Lieutenant-General George Dean-Pitt (C.B.) (14 January 1823 – 4 April 1883) m. 22 November 1842 Louisa Jones (18 February 1816 – 8 July 1889).[9]
  • Georgiana Dean-Pitt (1822 – 23 May 1877)
  • Louisa Dean-Pitt (1823 – 7 April 1873) m. 18 November 1848 Lieutenant George Hyde Page, at St. Paul's Church, Auckland[8]
  • Susan Dean-Pitt (born Malta 1828)
  • Douglas Charles Dean-Pitt (born 1829 Ireland) m: 10 Dec 1878 Alice Antoinette Birdwood at Mahableshwar, Bombay, India.
  • Charlotte Marcia Dean-Pitt (6 March 1830 – 7 April 1873) m. 18 November 1848 Captain Charles Lavallin Nugent, at St. Paul's Church, Auckland[8]
  • William Augustus Dean-Pitt (1833 – 8 November 1890) m. 11 Jun 1863 Anne Isabella Lloyd Gellibrand at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He was buried in Symonds Street Cemetery next to his father..
  • Clara Eliza Dean-Pitt (5 September 1838 at Bristol – 1916 Kensington England, unmarried.)
  • Susan Dean-Pitt (born 14 July 1847)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Knight, Hanoverian Order. (see: Lundy, Darryl. "A list of some Honours recipients". The Peerage.[unreliable source])
  2. ^ a b List of Leaders of former New Zealand Provinces
  3. ^ a b "Arrivals on the Minerva 1847". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ "Cemetery Records – Symonds Street and St Stephens". Auckland Council. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  5. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Brief Biography at thepeerage.com George Snr". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  6. ^ The British Army Garrison in Malta. 1828 – 1865
  7. ^ "Major General George Dean Pitt". Karangahape Road Business Association. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Marriages mentioned in The New Zealander 1843–1890
  9. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Brief Biography at thepeerage.com George Jnr". The Peerage.[unreliable source]