Given names: 
Jessie K R
Given address: 
Bluff Harbour
Sheet No: 341

Originally transcribed as Jessie V S Colyer

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Jessie Keith Rose was born about 1828 – the daughter of James Rose.

She married James Colyer, a widower with four children and proprietor of the Princess Hotel in Invercargill, on 2 April 1868 at Eastbourne Park near Riverton.

They had four children, the eldest was stillborn – in 1875 the family moved from hotel-keeping to farming, moving to Colyer’s Island in Awarua Bay off the shore from Greenhills near Bluff. James died suddenly in 1880 and when Jessie signed the suffrage petition she was still living on Colyer’s Island – her occupation was grazier.

She died in May 1916 and is buried with James and his first wife in the Invercargill Eastern Cemetery.

Her obituary said 'she was a lady of great individuality in her day, but of late years had lived in retirement at Colyer’s Island, near Greenhills, and was comparatively unknown to the present generation.'


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