Margaret Reynolds

Margaret Reynolds

Margaret Reynolds was a prominent member of the Cambridge community and an active participant in causes related to the war effort. The wife of a well-known and successful cattle and sheep breeder, Margaret was president of the Cambridge Women’s Patriotic and War Relief Committee and was also involved in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union which sent clothes and funds to Belgian refugees. Margaret was awarded the Médaille de la Reine Elisabeth (Queen Elisabeth Medal) for her work in aid of Belgium.

Family information

Parents: George Kells and Eliza Kells (née Forbes)

Born: 1864

Died: 27 January 1950, aged 86 years

Buried: Hautapu Cemetary, Cambridge, Block E (cremated)

Married: Richard Reynolds, 1893


  • Mabel Ruth, b. 1895
  • Emily Isabella, b. 1897
  • Laura Margaret, b. 1900
  • Gladys, b. 1902 (mother listed as ‘Mary Elizabeth’ in BDM Online)
  • Richard Keith, b. 1904

Obituary/death notice

MRS M. E. REYNOLDS – Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Reynolds, widow of the late Mr Richard Reynolds, of Tecarne [‘Trecarne’, the family home at Pukekura], Cambridge, has died, aged 86 years. Mrs Reynolds was born at Howick, and was a member of a pioneer family of that district. She went to live at Cambridge after her marriage and remained there for almost the remainder of her life.

During the First Great War, Mrs Reynolds took an active part in patriotic efforts and did a great deal to relieve the suffering of those who were afflicted during the epidemic of 1918. Mr Reynolds was a well-known cattle and sheep-breeder of the district. He died many years ago. Mrs Reynolds is survived by one son and three daughters, Mr K. Reynolds, of Okoroire; Mrs W. Hardcastle, of Rotorua; Mrs A. C. Robins of Whakatane; and Mrs R. D. Makgill of Auckland.


Selected sources

'Belgian Medal Conferred', New Zealand Herald, 5 February 1920, p. 8 

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Ruth Hamill

Posted: 06 Nov 2016

This is my Grandmother I am very proud if the medal I gave Ruth Hamill Whakatane