Given names: 
Mrs A.
Given address: 
Blue Spur
Sheet No: 82
Blue Spur

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Annie Farrell/O’Farrell was born about 1858 – she came to New Zealand in the early 1870s and married John McCormack, a miner, in 1875.

They had five children when John was killed by a fall of earth at a gold claim at Blue Spur, near Lawrence in April 1886.

He was buried in the Lawrence Cemetery and their sixth child was born two months later.

In 1890 Annie applied for aid from the United Districts Charitable Aid Board in Dunedin, she was granted 10s per week.

When Annie signed the suffrage petition she was still living in Blue Spur and gave her occupation as boarding house keeper.

She later moved to Dunedin then Christchurch where she died on 17 August 1942 at her daughter’s home in Linwood.

She is buried in the Ruru Lawn Cemetery.


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