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Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Elizabeth Arundel was born in 1855 in London – the daughter of George Arundel, a plumber, and Mary Ann Aldred.

She emigrated to Otago in 1879 on the Nelson as a nominated immigrant and she married Robert McKinlay, a clicker, on 27 December 1881 at her parent’s home in Dunedin.

They had three children and when Elizabeth signed the suffrage petition they were living in Outram, West Taieri and she was working as a milliner.

Robert appears to have had a drinking problem as, in 1896, his father applied for a prohibition order against him which was granted.

Elizabeth applied for a judicial separation in 1898 which was settled out of court.

She lived, for a time, at Glenorchy in the 1900s where her two youngest children died of consumption. They are buried in the Glenorchy Cemetery.

In 1908 Elizabeth was working as matron at the Rock and Pillar Consumptive sanatorium before moving back to Glenorchy a few years later.

Robert died in Dunedin in 1910, he is buried in the McKinlay family grave in the Southern Cemetery.

Elizabeth died in Dunedin on 20 June 1914, she is buried in the Arundel family grave in the Northern Cemetery.


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