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WASHER, MINNIE PALMER

 

Minnie Washer was born in 1872 at Berrow, Somerset, England, the daughter of Charles and Sarah Washer nee Palmer.

 

The family emigrated to New Zealand on the SS Dunbriton in 1876. The voyage took five months. They lived at Mangere, Auckland for almost 20 years, then moved to Inaha, Waimate Plains in 1894. The Washer homestead was the only house on the main road between the Waingongoro and Inaha Rivers for many years.

 

When Minnie's mother died in 1897, Minnie shouldered the responsibility of caring for the family. She was a keen horsewoman in her youth and a proficient knitter and crochet worker, helping with garments for soldiers during both world wars.

 

Minnie and her sister Elsie lived together in Hawera. Minnie died on the 20 May 1967 and is buried in the Hawera cemetery.

 

SOURCE

Obituary "Hawera Star"

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