Isabella DUNCAN 165
- Born: 28 Apr 1847, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand 165
- Marriage: Richard James TREWAVAS in 1867
- Died: 28 May 1935, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand at age 88 165
- Buried: 30 May 1935, Motueka Cemetery, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand 165
Isabella Trewavas (nee Duncan) was one of the earliest born children in Brooklyn, Nelson and knew no other place or people.Education at that time was mostly taught by parents although a school was run by Thomas Jacka in the district early in its history. Isabella was largely illiterate but she was a strong pioneer, quiet and refined, and managed to rear a large family under fairly primitive conditions.
Early Riwaka had few or no roads, much swampy land and ox wagons or horses were the mode of travel. The Motueka River was unbridged, and only two passable fords existed, one near Lodder's Lane and the other at Brooklyn which came out at what is now Douglas Rd.. On one occasion Isabella, a strong swimmer, and some other women were driving to Motueka for vaccinations. They were in a four-wheeler pulled by two horses. After starting to ford the Motueka at White's Crossing the water became so deep that the horses jibed and refused to move leaving the party stranded mid-river in flood.The women and children were terrified but Isabella swam to shore on the Motueka side with each one of the party one at a time and avoided what could have been another drowning incident.
Isabella had much to do with setting up the bakery business (see notes Richard James Trewavas) doing most of the cooking in its early stages.
After Richard her husband died, Isabella lived on for a further 25 years.
The 1928 Electoral Roll shows her living on her own in Beach Road,Motueka but she spent her latter years at the home of her son-in-law Percy Calder, in Old Wharf Rd. She owned all the land from Cemetery Drive to Trewavas St., including 2 other houses which she let. She died at age 88.
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Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Burial: Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. 165
• Alt. Birth, 1935, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand.
Isabella married Richard James TREWAVAS, son of Richard TREWAVAS and Mary HARVEY, in 1867. (Richard James TREWAVAS was born on 8 Apr 1841 in Mousehole, Cornwall, England,165 died on 17 Mar 1911 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand 165 and was buried on 18 Mar 1911 in Motueka Cemetery, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand 165.)