Photo: Young Alexander Klee – unconfirmed (Source: Klee family album)
Alexander Klee was Victor and Emelie’s fourth and youngest surviving son born in New Zealand at Waitati on 9 November 1881. Around 1905, he was working in Invercargill as a clerk in the Magistrates Court, living in McMaster Street.
Whangamomona and Marriages
He then moved to Whangamomona where he continued to work as a clerk, this time at McCluggages Store. One of his responsibilities was as the part-time postmaster.
Mail facilities were provided very early in the history of the settlement, the post office being opened in McCluggage Bros.’ and Dean’s Store in 1895… The post office remained in the store until 1912, when it was transferred to the present post office building, which had been erected the previous year. Mr. A. Klee, now of Napier, accountant at the store, who had ably carried out the duties of postmaster, was succeeded by permanent officials.
(Source: Jas. Garcia; History of Whangamomona County. Published by the Whangamomona Celebrations Centennial Committee as a centennial memorial and dedicated to the pioneers of the district; 1940, pp. 35-36.)
Alex Klee was also a founder member of the Whangamomona Medical Association, begun in 1912, which worked in conjunction with the Stratford Hospital Board to attract doctors and district nurses to the area; (Source: Jas. Garcia; History of Whangamomona County. pp. 123-124).
Also living in Whangamomona were Louis Klee employed as a barber and billiard saloon keeper and Victor Klee working as a storeman.
On 30 August 1911, Alexander married his first wife Eva Ellen “Nel” Mantle in Hawera and they had a son James “Jim” George Klee.
For some reason, this marriage did not last.
In 1915, he married his second wife Ellen Moffat.
Return to Dunedin
He worked in a bank in Dunstan (confirm this).
Alexander then returned to Dunedin (apparently in the early 1930’s), living at 49 Bowen Street. He worked for as an auctioneer for John Reids – land agents.
Alexander and Ellen had two children, Marion Klee and Robert “Bob” Louis Klee. Marion married Bill Henaghan, who worked as a dentist in Dunedin. Robert married Shirley Chambers, and they lived in Dunedin.
Alexander died in Dunedin on 5 November 1960, and is buried in the Andersons Bay cemetery.