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Avon Street Parnell
Sheet No: 12

Biographical information provided by Linda McGregor, Alexander Turnbull Library, for the He Tohu exhibition:

Harriet Elizabeth Longdill was born in London in 1853, the eldest daughter of Mr Pynson Wilmot Longdill and his wife Harriet (Nee Robinson). The family emigrated to New Zealand on 1859, on the Maori.

She was registered as a teacher in the New Zealand Gazette between 1883 and 1886.

She first appears on the New Zealand Electoral Roll in 1896 residing at 8 Avon Street, Parnell, Auckland with her mother Harriet and sister Emily.

She never married, and remained living at 8 Avon Street until her death.

Her death notice in the New Zealand Herald 25 June 1923 reads 'Longdill died June 23 at 8 Avon Street Parnell. Harriett Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late P W and H Longdill, aged 70 years'. She is buried at Purewa cemetery, Auckland.

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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Karen Cummings for Collingwood Historical Society, Inc

Posted: 14 Jan 2019

I think this might be Mrs Harriet Longdill, not her daughter Harriet Elizabeth. The latter went to Australia in 1889 or 1890, and in 1891 was gazetted as a person to whom children may be committed under the provisions of the Neglected Children Act 1890. She worked in Collingwood with the Australian Church, looking after neglected children temporarily while finding foster homes for them. She often appeared in court with these poor little neglected children, as the magistrates decided what was to be done with them. She returned to Auckland after a few years, but was certainly not there in 1893, and lived with her mother, and sister Emily. The Collingwood Historical Society is currently writing an online Notable biography of her.
I am sure she would have signed the petition if she had been there!