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Mrs G. E.
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Sheet No: 405

Information supplied by Bernadette Murrary

Mrs. G. E. Smith’s maiden name was Mary Eliza McCrory and she married George Edward Smith on October 19, 1878 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Wellington.  Mary was born in County Tyrone, Ireland and came to New Zealand with her parents when she was a little girl.  Mary and George shifted to Aratapu and spent the bulk of their married life there, where Mr. Smith worked in the sawmills.  They had six children: four daughters and two sons.  Their oldest son was George William Smith who was a farrier in the North Island Regiment B Squadron and completed his armed service in South Africa. He married Catherine French of Otahuhu in 1905. One of their daughters, Eveline Miriam Smith, married Private Frederick Alexander North in 1919.  Mary and George left Aratapu in 1914 and retired to Onehunga, where Mr. Smith was a lay reader in the Church of England.  They had their golden wedding anniversary at St. Peter’s Parish Hall in 1928, attended by all six of their children and 14 grandchildren.   

Sources: Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 250, 22 October 1928

'george william smith', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 8-Oct-2008

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