YOUNG, AGNES nee SPITTAL
Agnes Spittal was born on the 24 April 1859 in Lanarkshire, Scotland and married James Smith Young in 1880 in Glasgow. In 1893, the couple emigrated with a young family. James was in business in Manaia for a short time, before taking up farming, settling on what became known as the Woodburn property on Manaia Road, between Manaia and Kapuni. The property was named after an old home in Scotland, and was the property that sold for a record price in 1993.
After coming to Hawera in 1899, from Auckland, where the family has made their home for awhile, Agnes Young became actively involved in the affairs of St John's Presbyterian Church, identifying herself with the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union (PWMU), of which she was the first Hawera president. Her other activities for the church were in connection with the Presbyterian Social Service's Association, the Wellington orphanages, local youth welfare and as vice-president of the Hawera branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society.
Of strong personality and because of her widely diverse interests reflected in her reading and conversation, Mrs Young's home (4 Cameron Street, Hawera) at one time was "open house" to many distinguished visitors to the town on church, mission or other worthy affairs, including the League of Nations following World War One, while the fine gardens surrounding her home were used for garden parties on many social and benefit occasions.
Agnes Young died on the 13 April 1950, aged 90 years and is buried at the Hawera cemetery. Bessie Young is a daughter.
Obituary "Hawera Star" 14 April 1950
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