Given names: 
Mary Ann
Given address: 
Bluff Harbour
Sheet No: 341

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Mary Ann Boulton was born in 1849 in Hanley, Staffordshire, England – the daughter of David Boulton, a pot turner, and Olive Williamson.

She married Richard Fowler, a blacksmith on 13 November 1869 at Stoke on Trent – they had a daughter in 1872 who died in infancy.

In 1874 Mary and Richard emigrated to Otago on the Carnatic – they settled in Invercargill and had a further eight children.

When Mary signed the suffrage petition they were living in Bluff and she was working as a cook.

Richard died at their home in 1897 – Mary continued to work as cook for several years. About four years before her death she went for a trip to England.

She died at Bluff on 22 August 1923 and is buried with Richard in the Bluff Cemetery.


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