Given names: 
Mrs J.
Given address: 
Hawthorndale Roslyn
Sheet No: 160

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Thirza Beck was born on 16 July 1835 in Hastings, Sussex, England – the daughter of Henry Beck, a draper, and Charlotte Carey.

She emigrated to Otago in 1858 with her parents and seven siblings on the Palmyra.

Thirza married John Bell, a clerk, in 1865 and they had eight children.

The family lived in the subdivision of Hawthorndale in Roslyn, Dunedin where Thirza signed the suffrage petition. 

John died at his daughter’s home in Maori Hill, Dunedin in 1926 and Thirza died on 17 October 1932 at her daughter’s home in Timaru.

She is buried with John in the Timaru Cemetery.

She was survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.


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