Given names: 
A. V.
Given address: 
Aro St
Sheet No: 420
Aro Valley

Biographical information provided by Stefanie Lash for the He Tohu exhibition:

Anne Venters McLauchlan, who went by Annie, was born in 1860 in Geelong, Australia. She had moved to New Zealand by 1881, when she married James Coad, a brewer, and their daughter Nellie Euphemia Coad, later a noted feminist writer and teacher, was born in New Plymouth in 1883. Annie and James had six children in total.

The family returned to Australia for a few years, but by 1893 had moved to Wellington, where they lived on Aro Street, on the left-hand side towards Holloway Rd. That part of Aro Valley was called Mitchelltown at the time.

Annie was a teacher, a profession her daughter Nellie followed her into. At some point, she and James separated, for she was listing herself in official records as a widow from 1914 – even though he did not die until 1931.

At the time of her death Annie was living at 37 Washington Ave with Nellie. She was 74 when she died.

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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