Given names: 
Mary A.
Given address: 
Albany St
Sheet No: 154
Central Dunedin

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Mary Ann Pritchard was born about 1829 in England. She married William Grindley, a butcher, in Lancashire in 1847.

They had three children in England, one dying in infancy, before they emigrated to Victoria, Australia on the Planter in 1858.

Another three children were born in Victoria, again one dying in infancy.

Mary Ann, with her four remaining children, sailed for Otago in December 1863 on the Hero – William had presumably come earlier.

The family settled in Clyde (then called Dunstan), Central Otago and ran the Victorian Butchery, one of the first butcher’s shops on the goldfields.

In September 1864, their 18-month-old daughter Mary Ann Alice drowned when she fell into a cask of water that was partially sunk into the ground. The Coroner held an inquest with the verdict of accidental death.

Another five children were born to the family, the last born in 1873. 

Mary and William moved to Dunedin in the early 1880s, opening a butcher’s shop in Albany St.

William died in 1885 and Mary died on 14 December 1894. They are buried in the family grave in the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin.


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