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Sheet No: 136

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Agnes Forsyth was born in 1853 in Chester, Cheshire, England – the daughter of John Forsyth, a draper and tea dealer, and Mary Hunter.

She emigrated to New Zealand about 1870  with her family and they settled in Oamaru.

After a few years in Oamaru Agnes’ father bought land at False Islet near Owaka.

She married John Craig, superintendent-engineer for the Dunedin City and Suburban Tramways, on 4 August 1880 in Dunedin.

They had three children, one who died in infancy.

When Agnes signed the suffrage petition the family were living in Owaka where John ran a store.

Their youngest son died in Owaka in 1907, aged 23 – sometime after this they moved back to Dunedin where Agnes died on 23 July 1924.

John died the following year, they are buried with two of their children in the Andersons Bay Cemetery.


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