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Sheet No: 321

Biographical information provided by Jenny Pierson for the He Tohu exhibition:

Georgina Penny (nee Blaymires), was born in 1868, the second daughter of Robert, a Picton settler, and Kate (nee Murray) Blaymires. Her grandparents were assisted immigrants who arrived in Picton in 1859.

Georgina married Edward Henry Penny in 1890 and they had eight children; Ellen (Nell) Agnes (Mrs McLean 1892-1974), Samuel Murray (1894-1915), Walter Blaymires (1896-1917), Gertrude Phyllis (1899-1978), Edward York (1901-1988), Alice Lorna Jean (Mrs Robb, formerly Mrs Donnell 1903-1971), Henry (Harry) Arthur (1905-1970), Kathleen Muriel (Mrs Bright 1908-1952).

Georgina and Edward lived with their family in a house in Park Terrace, Blenheim. Edward purchased a general stationery business in 1893, known as Penny’s Bookshop, and was elected Councillor of the Blenheim Borough Council in 1900. In 1906 and again in 1911 he was elected Mayor and Georgina was Mayoress. She lost her two eldest sons in World War One and her husband in 1926. She died in 1958 and is buried in the Omaka Cemetery with her husband, one son and a daughter-in-law.

When they got there the cupboard was bare: the story of the Blaymires, Marlborough Museum catalogue record 2004.124.0048.
Borough of Blenheim, The First Hundred Years 1869-1969, A. Beverley, published by The Blenheim Borough Council 1969, pps 65-78.
CD-ROM New Zealand Burial Locator version 2, published by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc. 2008.

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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