Given names: 
Mrs G. A.
Given address: 
Queen Street
Sheet No: 193

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

Florence Jane Sears married George Ambrose Holland, a pickle manufacturer, in 1889. It was not a happy marriage and it seems that both George and Florence were alcoholics. In 1901 George was imprisoned for 14 days for assaulting Florence in public on an afternoon when they were both drunk. When confronted about the attack by a witness he replied 'She’s only my wife.'

Then in February 1909 both Florence and George were convicted for separate cases of drunken theft committed on the same day – George for stealing a bicycle and Florence for stealing a purse.

Florence died in January 1922. Her husband remarried the following year. But less than one week after his marriage to Amy Preston he was found dead in their bed. An investigation was conducted but no evidence of foul play was found.  

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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