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Given address: 
Montreal St Christchurch
Sheet No: 205
Central Christchurch

Biographical information provided by Lillie Le Dorré for the He Tohu exhibition:

Eugenie Tillman (nee Nelson) was born in Surrey, UK in 1859 to parents Lewis Nelson and Mary Bushnell. She married Thomas Tillman on March 25, 1879, at St John’s Church, Christchurch, in a ceremony conducted by the Reverend H. C. M Watson. Their address at the time of marriage is listed as Manchester St, Christchurch. Thomas worked as a Government Inspector of Public Works.

Eugenie and Thomas had seven children between the sixteen years between 1880 – 1896: Ethel Florence; Harry; Alice Beatrice; Ivy Harriett Susan; Albert Nelson; Vera Mabel; and Eugenie Minnie. Ethel Florence died at 3 months of age in 1880.

Daughter Alice never married, living with her mother in St James Avenue, Christchurch. Alice was the primary beneficiary of Eugenie’s will upon her death in September 1922. Alice sold some of the land behind the family house to the Christchurch City Council so a croquet lawn could be added to St James Park.

Eugenie died on 15 September 1922, aged 64. She was buried at the Addington Cemetery on the 17th. Her husband Thomas died in 1909 at the age of 62. 

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

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