Given names: 
L. A.
Given address: 
Church St
Sheet No: 98

The 1893 electoral roll confirms Laura Annie

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Laura Annie Chase was born in 1860 in London – the daughter of John Francis Chase, a ship broker’s clerk, and Catherine Sarah Chace.

Her father appears to have emigrated to New Zealand before the rest of the family. In March 1882 Laura, along with her mother and siblings, boarded the Famenoth bound for New Zealand. While sailing in the English Channel the vessel was stranded at Whitstable, the passengers were put into life boats and boarded another ship before the Famenoth sank. The family sailed again soon after as they were in Dunedin by 1884, her father working as a photographic agent.

Laura married Arthur Nicholas Dobson on 28 May 1884 at All Saint’s Church, Dunedin. He died later that year in October and their son Arthur Edward was born the following year.

Laura re-married in 1889 to Walter Thomas Wingfield, an engraver.

They had two daughters and when Laura signed the suffrage petition they were living near her father and siblings in Church St, Roslyn.

Laura died in Auckland on 25 August 1920, she is buried in the Purewa Cemetery near her sister Kate (See 98 K E Chase).

Walter died in New South Wales, Australia in 1936.


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