Yes I've requested the marriage certificate. This may shed light on the circumstances of Annie REID becoming Annie COOK, and why she then moved in / began a family with George P GARDNER.
But I am very interested to also work out where these two were born, and when/why they arrived in New Zealand. The best information I have at this stage is their approx births: Annie was born in Kent ~1856 (according to death print out + Ethel's birth print out), while George was born in Sussex ~ 1831 (according to his death print out).
With respect to understanding where these two came from - their parents, where they were born, when they arrived here - I have some possible leads on Annie:
Possibly arrived in NZ in 1874, by herself as a servant:
Annie Reid, Immigration 11 Oct 1874 on ship Cartvale, 19y/o, servant, from Kent.https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FSTP-XQ3
Also attached as jpg.
Who is possibly seen in English Census records as:
1861: Annie Reid, 5, born Beckenham, Kent, England - with Parents James Reid (Labourer) and Elizbth Reid.
1871: Annie Reid, 15, born Beckenham, Kent, England, Servant in household of James Barnett and Mariam Barnett
George Potter GARDNER's origins & arrival are a complete mystery.
Any ideas with these would be appreciated. What other information should I be looking for?