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Forth Street Linden
Sheet No: 114

Biography contributed by Helen Edwards

Elizabeth Pitfield was born Mary Eliza Pitfield in Dunedin in 1871. She was the daughter of Alfred Pitfield, who had emigrated from England about 1864, and Lucy née Clancy/Clansley. Elizabeth spent her early years in Outram, on the Taieri, where her father was a blacksmith. Her parents married at Knox Church, Dunedin, in 1868; in June 1891 Elizabeth, aged 20, and James Aitken, a 23 year-old Dunedin carpenter, were also married there. Elizabeth and James had three sons between 1892 and 1905. The Aitkens lived in Forth Street, Roslyn (now Walton Street), until about 1896. After Elizabeth’s parents died, they moved to Allanton, on the Taieri, where her parents had spent their last years. Back in Dunedin by 1905, they spent several decades in the north end of town. In the 1930s, Elizabeth was living with her son, Alfred Albert and his wife, Mary Ellen, at 59 Grange Street. James, as James William Aitken, carpenter, died in Dunedin in 1932, aged 64. Elizabeth died in 1958 at the age of 87, under her birth name, Mary Eliza Aitken. They are buried together in Dunedin’s Andersons Bay Cemetery.

Main sources

Births death & marriages online. Dept. of Internal Affairs

Cemeteries search. Dunedin City Council

Electoral rolls on microfiche and

Knox Church, Dunedin. Presbyterian church marriage registers : Knox Church, Dunedin, 1860-1920 [prepared by] Eleanor Leckie, 1988.

Otago Nominal Index. Hocken Collections, University of Otago.

Stone’s Otago and Southland commercial, municipal and general directory … Dunedin: Stone & Co., 1884- 2

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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