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Hawthorndale Roslyn
Sheet No: 160

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Catherine Cooke was born about 1850 in Gloucestershire, England.

She emigrated to New Zealand about 1874 and married James Warren Parkinson, a warehouseman, on 16 November 1874 in Dunedin.

They had 11 children, one who died in infancy. The family lived in the Hawthorndale suburb of Roslyn where Catherine signed the suffrage petition.

In 1900 when their youngest child was nine years old James died, aged 62.

Their youngest son Frederick was killed in action in France on 21 December 1916.

Catherine died on 9 June 1932 in Dunedin, she is buried with James and their infant daughter in the Northern Cemetery.


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Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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2 comments have been posted about Catherine Parkinson

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Iris Greene

Posted: 12 Jul 2020

Catherine Parkinson was also my great grand mother. I found an old WW1 postcard which had been in my family for years so decided to find out who he was.It was of her son Frederick Parkinson

Tracy Parkinson

Posted: 19 Jan 2020

Catherine Parkinson is my great grandmother, I was really surprised about her connection with women in the colony of New Zealand, that she signed it, I am been working my family history, but there hasn't been much about Catherine till now.