Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Elizabeth Margaret Booth and Eugene Francis Ambrose Dunkley
Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of John Booth and Mary Margaret Dalton, was born in Christchurch on the 21st of February 1875 and baptised on the 25th April 1875, sponsers, Daniel McKendry and Johanna Dalton. She married Francis Dunkley born 4th of July 1875, on the 6th of June 1901 in Christchurch. Francis was born at Holtham, Victoria, Australia. Their three children went to school at Cheviot, Leader Valley and Christchurch. They then lived at Waiteti Rd, Te Kuiti where Francis was a district overseer. He had been part of the expeditonary forces (21389)as a sergeant in the tunnelling division and had returned to New Zealand on the Ionic on the 23rd of April 1919.Francis was drowned on the 7th of June 1920 and Elizabeth died on the 27th of December 1944. Source; Probates, Auckland national archives and the Christchurch library. Thanks to Sue Baker Wilson for the photo of Francis's grave. Sue is researching the WW1 tunneling Company and is the Waihi Heritage Vision Researcher.