suffrage_petition
Surname: 
Palmer
Given names: 
Jane
Given address: 
Bunnythorpe
Sheet No: 318
Town/Suburb: 
Bunnythorpe
City/Region: 
Manawatu / Horowhenua
Notes: 

Biography contributed by Melva Wood (great-great-granddaughter)

Jane Palmer, nee Field was baptised on 9 Jan 1836 at East Peckham, Kent, the 3rd of 5 children of Samuel Field and Jane Francis. 

Jane had two daughters, Elizabeth born 1856 and Mary Ann born 1858 in The Workhouse, West Malling, Kent.   

Jane married George Palmer (1835–1916) in Maidstone on 22 April 1865, after George had served for over seven years with the British Army (12th Lancers) in Crimea and India. They lived in Teston, Kent where George was an agricultural labourer. Six children were born to them – Charles born 1867, Jane 1868, Thomas 1870, George 1872 and twins Arthur and Edward in 1873.   

The family emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Douglas, arriving in Wellington in 1874. The twins died during the journey and were buried at sea. Their seventh child, Alfred, was born in 1876  and they farmed in Bunnythorpe for over 25 years. 

Jane signed the Womens' Suffrage Petition in Bunnythorpe where she died in 1914 aged 78. George died in 1916. They are buried in the Bunnythorpe Cemetery.  

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

How to cite this page

'Jane Palmer', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/suffragist/jane-palmer, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 5-Sep-2019

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