suffrage_petition
Surname: 
Langford
Given names: 
Harriet
Given address: 
Norman St
Sheet No: 10
Town/Suburb: 
Mt Roskill
City/Region: 
Auckland
Notes: 

Location confirmed 1893 Electoral Roll

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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'Harriet Langford', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/suffragist/harriet-langford, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 8-Sep-2011

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Andrea Hemmins

Posted: 28 Jul 2017

Harriet Langford was married to John Langford, a chair maker and potato trader for the colony. Harriet was the first recorded pakeha woman to come ashore, and the first woman recorded who could read and write. She and John arrived at Petone in January 1839 aboard the Aurora from England, part of the Wakefield company. The Aurora was one of two ships of the Wakefield Company that first came to the Kaipara Harbour before going to Petone in Wellington Harbour. Harriet was a teacher, she lost many of her children to disease and is an example of how strong early women settlers were. She and John lived mainly in the Nelson and Takaka regions. They organised shipments of potatoes from Auckland to Nelson with another family. John also supplied early settlers with furniture, some of the first European designed, New Zealand native timber made. Harriet's letters are available at Alexandra Turnbull Library. One in particular she wrote to her children's children.