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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Grandma Edna May nee TURNBULL, nearly 100

Photo taken 1938, Christchurch, NZ

Dads mum Edna who would have been 100 on 26 December [Boxing day] 2009. She died 24 October 1993. That's my dad in the cane pram aged about a year, he's 73 next June.
She married on 2 April 1934, St Peters Church Manse, Woolston, Christchurch to grandad John William  who was born 7 December 1908, Craichmore, Leswalt, Wigtownshire, Scotland.  He emigrated to NZ on board the Tainui with his mother and brother - 1925 and died 23 May 1986.
Edna's mother Eva TURNBULL nee HAMILTON [control F when on page to find], was born in Christchurch on 27 December 1877 and married in 1899, in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Henry [Harry] Fitzroy TURNBULL.  Henry had an untimely death in 1902 in his early 20's. She had two children to him Henry Alexander born c 1900 and Annie Rose Elizabeth born c 1902. After Henry's death, Eva came back to New Zealand and had 4 more children - fathers unknown.
  • Leslie Frederick born at the Samaritan Home in Christchurch 8 April 1905. He was adopted/fostered by his great aunt and uncle William and Elizabeth LODGE and died 12 March 1957. He resided at Oaro near Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
  • Gladys Vera born25 December 1907 at Papanui, Christchurch. She was fostered out at birth to Mrs Brooking of the Saxon Hotel, Lyttelton and died 3 March 1909 of Meningitis.  She is buried in a paupers plot in St Paul's Church, Harewood Road, Papanui.
  • Child - Male. According to his mothers death certificate in 1935 as issue.
  • Edna May born 26 December 1909. Fostered out aged 10 weeks to 'Granny Wren', a midwife from Christchurch. Granny had a daughter Lena who i always knew as Aunt Lena [born 1903]. Edna's father is down on her birth certificate as Henry Fitzroy TURNBULL ... but as mentioned earlier, he died in 1902, so really I have no idea who her father was.  I do have Henry's line [to compensate!] back until 1750.
Eva worked as a cook for many years. Working at New Brighton Hotel and the Silver Grid hotel in Christchurch. She was the Granddaughter of Rosannah and Thomas Seth LODGE

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