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Cuba Street
Sheet No: 311
Palmerston North
Manawatu / Horowhenua

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Posted: 28 Dec 2019

So proud of my great, great grandmother! She was an independent woman In the 1890’s, and, according to records “a business woman of considerable penetration”.
Catherine Rickleben (née O’Hara) came to New Zealand from Dublin in 1858 aged 14. She married my great great grandfather Richard Hawkswood in 1860 in Auckland. He dies of accidental drowning on the west coast of the South Island (Buller district) in 1870. Catherine, with three young children, including my great grandmother Mary Ann, married again in 1875 - to Morice/ Monty Rickleben. They seem to have had quite separate business interests as she went into, variously, nursing, early childhood care, and later real estate . She was also a boarding house keeper - all the while having a new family of seven children with her new husband. She died in Stratford in 1918 in the influenza pandemic. Rest In Peace