suffrage_petition
Surname: 
Sinclair
Given names: 
Sarah
Given address: 
Bluff Harbour
Sheet No: 341
Town/Suburb: 
Bluff
City/Region: 
Southland
Notes: 

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Sarah was born about 1840 on Stewart Island, probably the daughter of Edward Edwards and Hinekino/Mary or Mere.

In 1864 her husband William Parker, a boatman employed at the Pilot Station, drowned while travelling in an open boat from Bluff to Stewart Island. The boat was overturned by a squall and two of the men drowned.

Sarah re-married on 13 September 1867 at Bluff to Arthur Sinclair who worked on the pilot boat.

They had a daughter in 1878 and when Sarah signed the suffrage petition they were living in Bluff and Arthur was the railway foreman on the Bluff Wharf.

Their daughter had a son in 1894 who they adopted.

Sarah died at her home in Bluff on 7 September 1918, her obituary said 'reference was made to her strong faith, which gave her a saintly character, and made it a privilege to know her.' Arthur died in 1933, they are buried together in the Bluff Cemetery.

Sources

BDM online NZ https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/

Otago Nominal Index http://marvin.otago.ac.nz

Papers Past https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz

Invercargill City Council https://icc.govt.nz

Family Search https://www.familysearch.org

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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