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Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Sarah Jane Duke Stone was born in 1854 in Portland, Dorset, England – the daughter of Robert Stone, a carpenter, and Charlotte Duke Hansford.

Her father died in 1860 and, in 1865, her mother also died.

What happened to Sarah after her mother died is unclear, at some stage she emigrated to New Zealand with her younger sister Annie (See 79 Annie Scurr).

Sarah married William Brown in 1873, the family lived at Mansford Town, Port Chalmers and they had three children.

William died in 1878, he is buried in the Port Chalmers Cemetery.

Sarah re-married in the Wanaka Parish on 30 June 1881 to George Pym Morrow, a miner, and she had a further nine children, two who died in infancy.

Shortly after their marriage George was declared insolvent – the family lived at Cardrona where Sarah signed the suffrage petition.

George died in Dunedin in 1907 as the result of an accident and 1½ weeks later Sarah’s son William Brown died due to an accident at work, they are buried together in the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin.

Sarah moved to Wellington where she died on 22 April 1929, she is buried in the Karori Cemetery.


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