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Given address: 
Barrie St Sydenham
Sheet No: 198

Biographical information provided by Lillie Le Dorré for the He Tohu exhibition:

Annie Fraser Lightbody was born c.1862 in Inverness, Scotland. She married Robert Reid Lightbody before immigrating to New Zealand in 1887. The couple left Glasgow on 12 March 1887 aboard the Routenbeck barque; they travelled in steerage class and arrived at Port Chalmers on 10 June, after 90 days sailing.

Together Annie and Robert had eight children between 1888 and 1906; Matilda, Annie Fraser, Dorothy, Catherine, Janet, Norman Reid, Marion, and Margaret. Two of their eight children, Dorothy (4 months) and Marion (21 months), did not survive into childhood. The family lived in Linwood, and later New Brighton, in Christchurch.

Robert was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland 1861, the fifth son of William Lightbody and Matilda Reid. He operated a bicycle shop known as R. Lightbody & Co. on Colombo Street in Christchurch. Robert served as a bicycle engineer in the Samoan Relief Force during the First World War, leaving New Zealand on 29 May 1916 and returning in 1919. 

Annie died in 1953, aged 90 years. She is buried alongside Robert, Dorothy and Marion at Addington Cemetery, Christchurch. Robert died in 1942.

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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