BRUNETTE, MARY ELIZABETH nee ABLE
Mary Able was
born about 1837 in
The couple had five children before emigrating
They settled in
A Mr Mitchell had left ₤200 for funding of a hospital, and with her husband, Mary became involved in further fundraising. A local Industries Exhibition raised a further ₤525. A government grant of 25 shillings in the pound was used to erect a hospital on the south east side of the town (now Ngahuru). This was at first only available for 13 patients, but by 1906 has extended to 34 beds, plus 8 isolation beds.
In 1897, John Brunette became Mayor of Hawera, and Mary, as Mayoress, was much involved in community affairs.
Mary Brunette died on the
Obituary “Hawera Star”
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