Given names: 
Davina B.
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Sheet No: 77

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Davina Beattie Baird was born in 1871 in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland – the daughter of David Baird, a shoemaker, and Mary Petrie. (See 77 Mary Baird)

She emigrated to Otago on the Nelson with her family in 1883 and when she signed the suffrage petition they were living in Outram, West Taieri and Davina was working as a dressmaker.

She married David Leslie, a clerk, on 25 December 1895 at the West Taieri Presbyterian Church in Outram and they had five children, two who died in childhood.

The family lived in Roslyn, Dunedin and, in 1945, they celebrated their Golden Wedding.

Davina died on 26 February 1947 and David died in 1955, they are buried in the family grave in the Northern Cemetery.


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shirley Marsden

Posted: 30 Mar 2024

Davina Baird was my great grandmother and I no nothing about her....I do have a small wooden writing desk handed down to me with a letter given to her from the Outram Sunday school on 24/12/1895. I seriously don't know what to do with this item as none of my family want it when I pass.
Can you give me some information regarding Miss Baird and the writing desk