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Bluff Harbour
Sheet No: 341

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Barbara Sinclair Gilbertson was born on 21 January 1845 in Dunrossness, Shetland, Scotland – the daughter of William Gilbertson, a fisherman and crofter, and Ursula Garrick.

She married Paul Smith, a mariner with the RN, on 4 December 1862 in Dunrossness and they had five children before they emigrated to New Zealand in 1872 on the Euterpe – their five-year-old son Paul died on the voyage.

They had a further six children after their arrival in New Zealand - they settled on Stewart Island for a short time before moving to Bluff where Barbara signed the suffrage petition.

In 1898 their six roomed house was destroyed by fire, both building and furniture were insured.

Paul died at their daughter’s home in Bluff in 1915 – he is buried in the family grave in the Bluff Cemetery.

After Paul’s death Barbara went to live with family in Perth, Western Australia – she died there on 16 December 1928 and is buried in the Subiaco Cemetery.


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