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Distant Homes; or the Graham Family in New Zealand


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The death is announced of Mrs. Helen Brodrick, wife of Mr. Thomas Noel Brodrick, O.B.E., I.S.O., who retired a few years ago from the position of head of the Lands and Survey Department, Wellington (states the Christchurch “Press”). Mrs. Brodrick was a member of the Aylmer family, which was closely connected with the early history of Canterbury and Westland. Her grandfather, the Rev. W. Aylmer, I was the first incumbent of the Anglican Church in Akaroa, and was also a member of the Canterbury Provincial Council, and her father, Mr. Justin John Aylmer, who resided at Hororata Station, about seventy-five years ago, was afterwards Resident Magistrate at Ross, Westland, and at Akaroa. Mrs. Brodrick, who was Mr. Aylmer's youngest daughter, was born at Riverton, and lived for a time at Wairaki Station, in Southland. On 31st March, 1881, she married Mr. Thomas Noel Brodrick, who as a child had arrived in Auckland from London with his parents in the ship Nimrod, in 1860, and who at the time of his marriage was a surveyor in the Government service. For the past few years Mr. and Mrs. Brodrick lived first in Christchurch, and afterwards at Hanmer Springs, where Mrs. Brodrick's death occurred on Sunday. A woman of kind and generous disposition, with a charming personality, Mrs. Brodrick had many friends in different parts of the Dominion, who will learn of her death with sincere regret. She is survived by her husband, two sons—Mr. Norman Aylmer Brodrick, manager of the Chartered Savings Bank at Invereargill, and Mr. Paul Foster Brodrick, now farming in the Wairarapa—and two daughters—Mrs. Humphrey Holderness, of St. Albans street, and Mrs. Slade-Gully, wife of Mr. Slade-Gully, a farmer in the Northern Waikato. Mrs. Thomson, of Christchurch, is her sister, and Mr. Justin Aylmer, Wanganui, is a half-brother. Two of her sister [gap — reason: unclear] Aylmer and Mrs. Warner [gap — reason: unclear] last year.

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Captain Graham Addressing The Natives

Captain Graham Addressing The Natives