Given names: 
E. M.
Given address: 
Sheet No: 285

Biographical information provided by Briar Barry for the He Tohu exhibition:

Joseph and Eliza Margaret McKee arrived from Northern Ireland on board the Helen Denny in July 1880, 82 days after departing from London. They spent their first two years in New Zealand at Chertsey where Joseph operated a stable. However, they fell into financial trouble when some leased horses were not returned to them. The couple moved to Ashburton in 1882 with their five children, where they became storekeepers. Joseph was a keen gardener and established a large flower garden behind the store which was run by Eliza until daughter, Ivy took it over in 1905. The store serviced the farmers of the Wakanui farming area.  

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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