Priscilla Catherine TORLESSE 
- Born: 3 Mar 1824
- Died: 19 Jun 1896, Christchurch NZ aged 72
- Buried: New Brighton Rd.
Priscilla sailed 11 Sept 1856, on the "Egmont" with Bishop Harper and family to visit her brothers in New Zealand, returning in Jan 1859 to England to look after her parents. She left again for Christchurch in 1884 staying five years, returning again in 1894 for a year, then again in late 1895 when she became ill and died in Christchurch.
Miss P.C.Torlesse Age: 60 Born abt 1830 Departed 7 Nov 1890 from London, to Melbourne, on the ship Oruba, Master: J R Park
Miss P C Torlesse Departured 18 Oct 1895 London, England for Wellington, New Zealand on the ship Richmond Hill. Shipping line: Wilson-Hill Line of Steamers. Master: Jas Brown
Torlesse - 18th June, at Christchurch, New Zealand, Priscilla Catherine, eldest daughter of the Rev C M Torlesse, vicar of Stoke-by-Nayland, Colchester, aged 73.
Ipswich Journal 27 June 1896.
DEATH. Torlesse at 238 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, Priscilla Catherine, eldest daughter of the late Charles M. Torlesse, Vicar of Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk ; aged seventy-two. Funeral Saturday, 20th, at St Michael's, and Linwood Cemetery, at two o'clock.
Star, Issue 5595, 19 June 1896, Page 3
LOCAL AND GENERAL
Miss Torlesse, elder sister of Miss Frances Torlesse, died at her residence this morning. The deceased lady was one of the early colonists, and came to Canterbury with her brothers, the late Rev H. Torlesse and Mr C. C. Torlesse. About two years ago she paid a visit to the Old Country, and has never been well since her return. She had been confined to her house for some months, and her end was not unexpected.
Star, Issue 5595, 19 June 1896, Page 3
IN CHAMBERS. Friday, June. 26. (Before His Honor Mr Justice Denniston.) Probates, &c. His Honor granted probate of the wills of . . . . . Priscilla Catherine Torlesse (Mr Salter).
Star , Issue 5601, 26 June 1896, Page 3
1. Priscilla Catherine Torlesse: Letter to Henry Torlesse her brother in NZ, 31 Dec 1863 (?), Hinton Martell DOR.
Bygone Days Pages 264 - 267 See Books section
" DEAREST HENRY,
" You will see by the address of this that I am spending my Xmas away from home. I should not have done so, but that I was able to leave home comfortably, as Aunt Chapman has taken up her abode at Stoke for the winter, and it is more than two years since I have been here, a very great contrast to our own bustling home, and almost as retired as your own Okains Bay ; nevertheless, I have enjoyed the rest and quiet for a time, and it has given me leisure for several things I
wanted to do. If you have by this time seen Charles, which I trust has been the case, he will have told you about uncle and aunt and Anna. She is the active person here, and has really done a great work in the parish, her influence over the young people is remarkable, and to begin with outward things, tho' the people are very poor, the wages ranging from 7s. to 9s. per week and no resident squire, they almost all dress well, many of them lay by a little money, and almost all have some-thing to spare for charity. The population of the village is a little over 300, and out of these she has between 80 and 90 subscribers to a library, which she furnishes with excellent books. She is occupied nearly every evening in the week, twice with school from 20 to 24 pupils, among them several married men ; one evening singing class, Sunday evening young men Scripture reading and singing, and on other evenings miscellaneous. All this, as you may suppose, has done much to raise the character and mind of these people, and it has also very much weaned them from the public-house and low pleasures, without directly advocating temperance, or rather teetotal principles, which she does not do. It is a great encouragement for you to go on with your work for and with others, to see what has been done here. I shall not soon forget the first Sunday I spent here and the behaviour of the people, especially the singers, it was really profane. All the Nebuchadnezzar's band is now discarded, the performers remaining and taking part in sober, quiet congregational singing. Anna has certainly worked hard and brought the powers of a clever and powerful mind to bear upon the people, and it has all been done gradually, no forcing, no scolding or preaching at the people, but only gentle leading and persuading. She is going to give a tea party next week, for which I have promised to stay and assist.
" Dec. 26th. I do not remember ever having passed Xmas away from home except when I was in New Zealand ; this has been a very quiet one, but I hope some holy and heavenly affections have been awakened which are too apt to be stifled by the cares and anxieties of life. My thoughts are always peculiarly directed to the absent ones at this season of universal rejoicing. What a blessed thought it is that Xtians of all nations, sects and countries, should be united and rejoicing at
this blessed time. I wish we could feel more of the Communion of Saints, which is such a precious article of our creed, and if my own heart was warmer and more devoted, I know that distance would not make the difference it now does ; it is so difficult to realise heavenly things, at least I find it so, and every day feel the need of more spiritual and intimate communion with God by prayer and meditation. A life of considerable outward activity seems to unfit one for the inner life which alone will bring success to our labours in the cause of Christ. I trust you have had a happy Xmas ; I know it is always an anxious and busy time for you and dear Eliza, but on these occasions the great thing seems to be, to put away our own personal gratifica-tions and feelings and endeavour to devote ourselves to others. We cannot tell when or how the seed sown in the spirit of true self-denial and self-sacrifice may spring up, and it is a great thing to endeavour to make it a joyous time to those around us, especially the young. Edward is at home for the Xmas vacation, he is in the office of his uncle, Mr. J. Bridges. I can hardly fancy his turning into a lawyer, but he seems determined to try ; he is the very image of his brother Charles, and is as nice simple-minded a young fellow as you often meet with. You will have heard from others that the mail has not yet arrived. I do hope if there was anything important in your last letters in September that you will recapitulate what you have said. I have not had very good accounts from home the last few days. Uncle Felix has had an alarming attack of spasms, which, however, has passed off. Both he and my mother have taken to this teetotalism, which is very lowering and by no means necessary for them ; how much better it is to be moderate in all things than to run into such extremes. I daresay you have seen a good deal about Bishop Colenso's book ; I have not seen it, but have been reading some very interesting sermons bearing on the subject by Dr. Vaughan, late Master of Harrow School. I hope some day to send them to you ; all these things do not shake my faith at all I hope, but it is very important that those who teach others should themselves be armed for the conflict, and able to give an answer to those who would impugn the truth of God's Word. In a few days I hope to be at Petworth. I have not yet seen the last baby, now
some nine months old I believe, so Charles will be a later informant on that matter than I can be. I hope my god-child flourishes. I should indeed like to see your children, though it is very painful to know the little creatures enough to love them, and then to part with them. I can hardly bear to think of Charles' dear little girls, for Katey was a great favourite, as well as Priscy ; she was a sweet, affectionate, good little thing, and Priscy was everyone's darling. I think I ought to sometimes write to Eliza, but as I know your letters are common property, I do not know that I should say anything of special interest to her. With kindest love and best wishes to you all ever dear Henry and Lizzie,
"Your loving sister,
" PRISCILLA C. TORLESSE. "