Photo: Thomas outside his Trafalgar St Store – [Nelson Provincial Museum]
Family Confectionery History in Nelson since 1880
This is the story of Eliza Mylrea (Wobblie’s grand aunt) one of the first Confectioners in Nelson.
Eliza’s story is an exhilarating tale from the loss of her children and husband to leaving the Isle of Man, training in the art of confectionery in Texas, surviving a shipping disaster and finally settling in Nelson with family. Where she opened one of Nelson’s first confectionery store in 1880 on Bridge St, later moving to Hardy St.
Eliza was born Eliza Isabella Muncaster in the Isle of Man, twin of Thomas William Muncaster a watch & jewellery maker. In 1860 Eliza married Philip Mylrea. The couple had two children Philip Thomas & Myles. Sadly in 1863 Philip Thomas passed at the age of 2 years 8 months. During this time Philip had travelled to Australia as a gold prospector. Later Eliza & Philip travelled to Texas USA so she could begin training in the field of confectionery. Eliza lost her husband Philip & son Myles to fever, leaving her alone in the USA. Eliza returned to Europe for a short time before being encouraged to join her brother Thomas & family in Nelson, New Zealand, where Thomas was running his Watch & Jewellery store on Trafalgar St.