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DEATH OF A PIONEER

196 YEARS IN NEW/ZEALAND. WIDOW OF A MISSIONARY. LINK WITH MARSDEN. Ninety-six years' residence in New Zealand was the- record established by Mrs. I Marianne Davies, widow of the late Rev. C. P. Davies, who died at Napier recently, at the age of 93. Mrs. Davies was the 1 eldest daughter of the late Archdeacon Henry Wiuiams, of the Bay of Islands, and sister of the late Archdeacon Samuel Williams, of le Ante, Hawke's Bay. She was born at Cheltenham, .England, on April 28, 1820. Her father leit England on September 17, I&i2, on board the ship I Lord iSidmouth, with bus wile and twee children, lor Hobart, reaching that port on I February 10, 1b23. There they met the late Rev. Samuel Marsden, who took the I family to Parramatta, where tney resided for some time, and left Sydney for New Zealand on board the ship Brampton, in company with Mr. Marsden. They arrived at tne Bay of Islands on August 3, 1823, and Mr. Wil.iams was stationed at Paihia, and formed a mission stat.on there. Mrs. Davies was married on February 9, 1843, ,to the Rev. C. P. Davies, who was a Doctor of Medicine, and a little later joined the Church Missionary Society, j They resided at Bishop's College, Waimate, Bay of Islands, for some months. In 1844 Mr. Davies was transferred to Tauranga, and in 1852 to j Opotik , where he caired on his mis; j sion work, and Mrs. Davies had a Maori I Girls' School. In 1855, owing to the ill- '■ ness of Mr. Davies, she returned to the ; Bay of Islands, where he died in 1861. i Mrs. Davies was present when the Treaty { \>f Waitaugi was signed by Governor HobI son in 180. She led a very active life, ! and up to the last took the keenest inter- ! est in all passing events, her mind and memory remaining perfectly clear. Two sons and one daughter are living, Mr. C. P. Davies, of Gisborne, Mr. T. M. Davies, in London, and Miss Davies, of Napier, 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

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DEATH OF A PIONEER, New Zealand Herald, Volume LVI, Issue 17332, 2 December 1919

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DEATH OF A PIONEER New Zealand Herald, Volume LVI, Issue 17332, 2 December 1919

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