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Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Jane Shore was born about 1840 in Mid Lothian, Scotland – the daughter of Thomas Shore, an agricultural labourer, and Margaret Laidlaw.

As a child she went with her family to Tasmania, Australia – she married William Cawthorn, a soap maker, on 11 October 1864 at her parents’ home in Hobart.

They had four children in Tasmania before the family sailed for New Zealand in the mid 1870s and a further three children after their arrival.

They lived, at first, at Waiwera in South Otago before moving to Clinton where William worked as a bootmaker.

After two years they went to Waipahi where they ran a general store until the late 1870s when they went farming.

In 1891 The farm was sold and the family moved to Invercargill, for a time, before moving to Bluff where Jane signed the suffrage petition and William worked as a butcher.

A few years later the family moved back to Invercargill where William died in 1916 and Jane died in April 1926.

They are buried in the family grave in the Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.


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