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Athol Place
Sheet No: 46
Central Dunedin

Location confirmed 1893 Electoral Roll

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Emma Cobb was born in 1838 in Greenwich, Kent, England – the daughter of Edward Cobb, a fisherman, and Susannah Marshall.

She emigrated to Victoria, Australia in 1858 on the Shooting Star accompanied by her 17-year-old sister Adelaide.

Emma married Henry Freeman Brenchley, a contractor, in Victoria in 1860 and they had two children before they moved to New Zealand about 1864.

They settled in Dunedin and had a further five children - when Emma signed the suffrage petition the family were living in Athol Place.

Emma died at her home on 28 July 1901 and Henry died the following year, they are buried in the family grave in the Northern Cemetery.


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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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'Mrs Brenchley', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 25-Aug-2020

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