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Comely Bank Port Molyneux
Sheet No: 128
Kaka Point

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Janet Mitchell was born about 1855 in Scotland.

She married John Liddell Wylie, a carpenter, on 25 May 1855 in Queensferry, Linlithgowshire and directly after their wedding they sailed for Canada.

Their son William was born there before they returned home in 1858 - their daughter Mary was born around this time.

James left soon after for Melbourne - Janet and the children followed in 1859 on the Royal Charter.

Later in 1859 James sailed to New Zealand with Janet and the children following in 1860. They lived at Coal Point and Inch Clutha before settling in Port Molyneux in 1867.

They had a further nine children and when Janet signed the suffrage petition they were living at their home 'Comely Bank'.

John died at their home in 1900 and Janet died on 13 December 1908, she is buried with John in the family grave in the Port Molyneux Cemetery.

Her obituary said 'she was a woman well-known and respected, and she will be missed for many a long day...Her kindly and hospitable disposition endeared her to a very wide circle. She always evinced a keen interest in what was going on in the world around her, and was very well informed on most subjects of general interest. In her own home she was a most hospitable woman, and many a weary way-farer experienced kindness and encouragement at her hands.'


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