suffrage_petition
Surname: 
Rapley
Given names: 
Emily
Given address: 
Brookside
Sheet No: 217
Town/Suburb: 
Brookside
City/Region: 
Canterbury
Notes: 

The 1893 electoral roll confirms domestic duties Selwyn.

Biography contributed by Joyce Rapley

Emily Rapley was a twin born on 4 March 1892 in Christchurch to parents William and Kezia (nee Marsh) Rapley. 

Unfortunately, Emily’s twin sister Lucy died at only four weeks of age. William and Kezia’s large family lived out in the country in Brookside where William farmed and also kept a very tidy garden. Following the death of her father William in 1900 Kezia and Emily moved to first St Alban’s then on to Linwood, both give their occupations as ‘domestic duties’. 

On 21 March 1907 Emily married Arthur Hebb Milner a gardener who was born in New Zealand in May 1870, and they had one daughter Ellen Kezia born in January 1911. 

Emily died on 26 December 1937 aged 65 years, Arthur lived a further five years dying in July 1942 aged 72 years. They are both buried in the Bromley Cemetery.

Sources

BDM’s

Papers Past

Electoral Rolls

Emily is the daughter of Kezia Rapley also on Page 217

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

How to cite this page

'Emily Rapley', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/suffragist/emily-rapley, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 11-Jun-2019

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