A snapshot of the Austens around 1896!
Anne and John were living in Inkerman Street, Freemans Bay. This street was described as being 6 chains long, with 1 business and 5 residences. In 1939 it changed its name to Herd Street but is "now stopped".
They may have had their youngest sons with them - Alfred (18 years) and Joseph (16 years) would not have been listed on any electoral roll, Arthur Austen (12 years) is listed as attending Chapel Street school.
Their eldest daughter Mary Jane Ward was living in Spring Street, Freemans Bay and her children Bailey, Blanche(8 years), Mabel(12 years) and Walter(10 years) attended the Hastings School. (There was a Hastings Road in Central Auckland at this time).
John James Austen (mariner) was living in Quay Street.
George Austen (gum packer) was living in Nelson Street and his oldest son Stanley (8 years) attended Wellesley Street School. William Austen (gum sorter) in Wellesley Street.
Caroline was living in Riverhead with her husband Arthur Postlewaight (gum digger) and 2-3 pre-school children.
The school records come from a search of this:
In 1897, around 25,000 children in the Auckland education district signed a congratulatory address to Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years as Queen. The Auckland education district covered all public schools from Northland to Rotorua and Tauranga.
The information available includes the child’s name, which school they belonged, the original manuscript is held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. You are able to search for the names of children on the Auckland libraries website.