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Broad Bay
Sheet No: 143
Otago peninsula

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Jessie Anderson was born in 1864 in New Zealand – the daughter or George Anderson, a farmer, and Jessie Dow. (See 143 Jessie Anderson)

Jessie’s son Douglas James Rowland Thomson was born in March 1890 and she married James Douglas Thomson, probably Douglas’ father, in October the same year.

When she signed the suffrage petition Jessie was living with her family in Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula.

James worked as a ship’s quartermaster and, in 1900, Jessie brought a petition for divorce before the court on the grounds of desertion.

The divorce was granted and James did not appear in court.

When Jessie was acting as executor for her mother’s will in 1909 she gave her occupation as boarding house keeper.

She died on 12 April 1943 and is buried in the Andersons Bay Cemetery.


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