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Given address: 
George St
Sheet No: 50
Central Dunedin

Biographical information provided by Fiona Oliver, Alexander Turnbull Library, for the He Tohu exhibition:

Margaret Saunders was born in 1871. She married Charles Puechegud in 1890 and had three daughters.

In 1895 she appeared before the Magistrate’s Court and won a claim against unpaid wages. Money troubles plagued Maggie; three years later her husband placed a public notice in a Dunedin newspaper: ‘I will not be responsible for any Debt contracted by my Wife’.

A Margaret Puechegud is recorded as having died in 1900 – it is likely to be Maggie, rather than her eponymous daughter

Further biographical information contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Margaret Saunders was born in 1871 in New Zealand – the daughter of John Saunders, a mariner, and Mary Rudd. (See 45 Mrs J Saunders)

She grew up in Dunedin and married Charles Henry Desire Puechegud, a poulterer from France in 1890.

They had three daughters and when Margaret signed the suffrage petition the family were living in George St, Dunedin.

Margaret died on 23 March 1900, her youngest daughter was only six-years-old at the time.

She is buried with her parents in the family grave in the Northern Cemetery.

Charles died in 1925, he is buried with one of their daughters in the Andersons Bay Cemetery.


BDM online NZ

DCC Cemetery Records

Otago Nominal Index

Papers Past

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

Community contributions

4 comments have been posted about Maggie Puechegud

What do you know?

Gillian Cameron

Posted: 03 Feb 2020

Hi Jamie
Do you know if Marie Puechegud had any children? If so, I'd like to give them their mother's autograph book

Jamie M

Posted: 16 Oct 2017

Hi Gillian - one of Margaret's daughters was Marie Gabrielle Heloise Puechegud, born in 1894

Gillian Cameron

Posted: 13 Oct 2017

Oh my goodness. I have an autograph book that I think belonged to a Marie Puechegud with a lot of the entries around 1914 by people who lived in Dunedin, Winton and Oxford. I have often wondered who this young woman was. I picked the book up maybe 40 years ago in a second hand bookstore as I thought the verse and drawings were charming.

Natalie Irvine

Posted: 20 Nov 2015

I would like to know more about Maggie Puechegud. Was she a housekeeper ,later laundress in Dunedin in 1896/1900.
My cousin Oswald Martin married Marie Heloise Peuchegud in 1918, and I am sure they are connected. An unusual name, but can't seem to trace them. There seem to be only girls, no males. I believe their father was Charles Henri who died in 1925.