|Peter James McKENNA
Peter James McKENNA
Cause of his death was Stroke.
Peter had left Ireland (possibly with other members of his family) in the early 1850s, and had headed first for Pittsburgh, USA, before moving onto the Australian goldfields. He arrived in New Zealand in 1860.
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation. Butcher
Peter married Selina Mary GROOBY, daughter of John GROOBY and Elizabeth LEDGER, on 13 Jan 1873 in Roman Catholic Church, Westport, New Zealand. (Selina Mary GROOBY was born on 6 Oct 1853 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, died on 19 May 1924 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried on 21 May 1924 in Catholic Block 11, Lot 50, Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.). The cause of her death was Tuberculosis and heart failure.
Peter and Selina McKenna lived at Westport (then at Reefton) in the earlypart of their married lives, and often hired a gig for the 230 kilometretwo-day journey via Murchison to visit Selina's family at Pangatotara.For a short time in the 1880s, Peter ran an hotel at Paekakariki, northof Wellington, but the family soon returned to the West Coast, where theylived for a time at Hokitika. In later years, Peter and Selina returnedto Westport.
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