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Sheet No: 33
Otago peninsula

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Amelia Rough was born on 12 September 1859 in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – the daughter of James Rough, a labourer, and Margaret Littlejohn.

Her father died in 1868 and her mother re-married in 1872 to George Farquhar, a quarry worker.

In 1874 the family emigrated to Otago on the Janet Court and settled at Highcliff on the Otago Peninsula.

Amelia married James Fairbairn, a farmer, on 5 April 1879 and they had 12 children.

Amelia’s mother died in 1886 and two years later George re-married. (See 33 Mrs Farquhar)

Amelia signed the suffrage petition at Highcliff where she died on 11 November 1910.

James died at Dunedin in 1933 and is buried with Amelia in the family grave in the Andersons Bay Cemetery.


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Kerry Tankard (Fairbairn descendant)

Posted: 27 Jul 2020

Mrs J Fairbairn was the wife of James Fairbairn, who farmed on Otago Peninsula.
He was a son of Thomas & Elizabeth Fairbairn, early settlers who established Highcliff farm on the Otago Peninsula.
Her name was Amelia Casson Fairbairn, née Rough. She had twelve children, and died in 1910.