LIVINGSTON, CATHERINE ANN nee BRETT
Catherine Ann Brett was born on the 30 June 1872 at Waihi, near Normanby. Her parents were Francis Hingston and Mary Ann Brett nee O'Donnell.
Mary Ann was the daughter of Fred O'Donnell, a whaler from Nova Scotia, and his wife Rangiwaikiri from Otaki, and this couple were living in the Normanby area in the early 1870's. In 1874, Fred sold his land to Frank Hingston Brett, who then erected an accommodation house known as Brett's Hotel, which was on the tree covered corner at the junction of Austin and Ketemarae Roads, opposite the Normanby Dairy Factory.
Catherine became the second wife of James Livingston on the 20 February 1901, and after the birth of a daughter "caught a chill" while attending the cricket match between Lord Hawke's Team and Taranaki. Later, rheumatic fever developed but nothing serious was anticipated. On Tuesday, however pneumonia supervened and she died on Friday the 16 January 1903 at "Waikata", Denbigh Road, (Denby Road) Hawera aged 31 years, and is buried in the Hawera cemetery.
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