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Sheet No: 69

Biography contributed by Barbara Mosley

Ann McFarlane was born in Callander, Scotland about 1835. In April 1863, she was married in Glasgow, to Charles Mains, a baker by trade. A few months later, in July 1863, Ann and Charles’ first son, James, was born.

Ann, Charles and James left Scotland in 1867 and emigrated to New Zealand, arriving into Port Chalmers on 12 March 1868 aboard the Viola. Charles continued in his trade as a baker, first at Waipori. The family moved several times within the Otago region during the first few years. They are recorded as living in Dunedin, Waikouaiti, Naseby, Hampden, Port Chalmers and then Dunedin again. By 1890 Ann and Charles were living in South Dunedin and they had another five children. Their eldest son was married and the other children were growing up.

Ann was one of three family members who signed the 1892 petition. She appears on sheet 85 and gave her residence as Port Chalmers. Then again in 1893, Ann signed the Women’s Franchise Petition, along with her eldest daughter, Catherine. They both appear on sheet no. 69 and gave their residences as Caversham.

By 1896 Ann and Charles had moved to Seacliff and they would remain there for the rest of their lives. In December 1913 Ann died at the age of 78 years. Three months later, in March 1914 Charles also died at the age of 73 years and they are buried in a combined grave at the Port Chalmers Cemetery.

At the time of their deaths, Ann and Charles had six children, 23 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


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Ann Mains (Family Collection)

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