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Short St
Sheet No: 154

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Helen Bryden Beattie was born in 1830, in Dumfries, Scotland, the daughter of William Beattie, a miller, and Jane Bryden.

Helen arrived in New Zealand about 1860. On 10 August 1866, she married George Knight, a coachbuilder, in Dunedin. George died in 1868 and there were no children from the marriage.

Helen re-married in 1874 to John Stewart, a widower with three children. They had no further children. John was also a coachbuilder. The family lived for a time in Canongate St, Dunedin. John died in 1886.

In 1893, when Helen signed the petition, the family were living in Short St, off Hanover St, in Dunedin.

Helen died on 2 April 1910. She is buried in the Southern Cemetery, Dunedin, with her first husband George.


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Jean Tilleyshort

Posted: 30 Apr 2020

The Helen Stewart living in Short Street was actually the daughter of John Stewart (Helen Bryden Stewart's husband). By my research Helen Bryden Stewart lived in Canongate until her death.
Helen Stewart was born in Dunedin in 1862, and never married. According to her nephew, she and her sister Jessie had a sweet and toy shop in South Dunedin. They lived in Short Street with their brother William John.