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Emma Adam

Signed family name
Signed given name
Given address
Church Street
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Biography contributed by Helen Edwards

Emma Eliza Martin, born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1855, was the daughter of Mary Ann Lebern/Leeburn and William Martin, a merchant. The family was in Dunedin by 1873, when Emma’s sister, Mary Ann, was married at the house of Mr William Martin, Stafford Street. Emma was a witness. On 9 February 1885, at Knox Church, Dunedin, 27 year-old Emma married a 44 year-old widower, William Montagu/Montague Adam. William was a clerk, born in Portugal, who had married his first wife, Annie Parker Reid, in 1872. Annie Adam (Ann/Anna) had six children and died in 1882. Emma Eliza started married life with six step-sons and gave birth to three girls and a boy between 1885 and 1889. She and William moved to Church Street (now Nairn Street), Roslyn, about 1888 and left about 1900. They were living at 45 Barr Street, Mornington, when William died in 1922, aged 91, and Emma on 7 January 1925, at the age of 69. Emma and William are buried in Andersons Bay Cemetery together with Annie’s son, Oswald Skottowe.

Main sources

Births death & marriages online. Dept. of Internal Affairs

Cemeteries search. Dunedin City Council

Knox Church, Dunedin. Presbyterian church marriage registers : Knox Church, Dunedin, 1860-1920 [prepared by] Eleanor Leckie, 1988.

Stone’s Otago and Southland commercial, municipal and general directory … Dunedin: Stone & Co., 1884-

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