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Sheet No: 258

Biographical information provided by Briar Barry for the He Tohu exhibition:

Harriette, who was born around 1841, was married to Henry Robert Butcher. Henry died in 1933, aged 92 and Harriette died two years later, aged 94. They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 1929. Henry ran a successful fellmongery business in Kaiapoi, a trade he had learned from his father back in England prior to immigrating to New Zealand with Harriette in 1884. Henry was a pillar of the Kaiapoi community, serving on the local school committee for many years and serving as a licensed lay reader for the Church of England Synod.

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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Janice Butcher

Posted: 28 Aug 2018

She was the youngest daughter born to Dorothy (nee Walby) and Thomas Fairburn. Thomas Fairburn was the parish tax collector. The Walbys were farmers. She was educated at Ripon and York and trained as a teacher. She taught in various church schools until 1869 when she married at Watton Church on 28.12.1869 to Henry R. Butcher, of High Wycombe. They lived at High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Beckenham in Kent until in 1884 they sailed for Kaiapoi.