Given names: 
Esther Jane
Given address: 
Alexandra South
Sheet No: 105

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley.

Esther Jane Weaver was born in 1862 in Victoria, Australia – the daughter of John Weaver, a miner, and Mary Martin.

She sailed for Otago with her family in 1863 on the “Gothenburg” and they settled at Chapmans Gully, near Alexandra, in Central Otago.

Esther married Moses Holden, a farmer, in 1887 and they had four children.

Esther signed the suffrage petition in Chapman’s Gully.

In 1902 Moses was cited as a co-respondent in a divorce case and he appears to have parted from Esther around this time and moved to Wellington.

Esther died on 8 July 1944 at her daughter’s home in Dunedin – she is buried with her brother in the Alexandra Cemetery.

Moses died in Wellington in 1946 – he was cremated.


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