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Mary Crum

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Contributed by Clare Cramond

Mary Crum was born in Newland, Forest of Dean District, Gloucestershire, England. Her mother Susannah Crum also signed the Petition. Her father John Crum was a mason by trade who was very involved in the construction industry with brickworks and related materials.

Mary, her parents and seven of her brothers and sisters migrated to Canterbury on the Marlborough, arriving in December 1978, when she was eleven years old. Another brother and sister were born after they settled in Ashburton.

Mary signed the Petition in 1893 in Ashburton, directly below her sister-in-law Elizabeth Crum. That same year Mary married Arthur Cecil Hardy who was a year older than her. Mary was on the first Electoral Roll which included women, as Mary Hardy in 1893.

Their eldest daughter, Ivy Gladys was born in 1895 followed by Florence Lily in 1897. Son, Cyril Henry was born in 1903. Arthur was working as an auctioneer’s assistant in 1900 and at the time of his death, was a retired clerk. Mary and Arthur lived their life together in Ashburton.

Mary Hardy died on 10 June 1958 and is buried in the Ashburton Cemetery.


New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973",  FamilySearch ( : Wed Nov 01 14:14:56 UTC 2023), Entry for John Crum, 14 Dec 1878.

Findagrave; Author Peter Stocks

Births Deaths and Marriages Online

"New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957", Database. FamilySearch.

Papers Past Press, Volume XCVII, Issue 28610, 12 June 1958, Page 1

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