Mrs J A Graham (nee Whitmore)
The Cressy

Original information:
Mrs J. A. Graham nee Whitmore migrated with her parents, John (31, b. 1820), an agricultural labourer, and Elizabeth (37), and William (2). Mrs Graham is either Mary (13) or Elizabeth (5).

John and Elizabeth Whitmore claimed that a child of theirs, born on January 22, 1851, in a sod hut at Lyttelton, was the first Pakeha child born in the colony. It seems the family settled in Richmond soon after arriving − Whitmore Street is named after John Whitmore. In 1900, Mrs J. A. Graham was living in Sumner.

Readers' response:
According to sources, this is Elizabeth Graham nee Whitmore. Elizabeth married James Austin Graham in 1862.1


1: Information supplied by Alan Tunnicliffe


POSTED BY: Carole Smith : November 01, 2006
Elizabeth Whitmore married James Austin Graham on 12 November 1862 at the Holy Trinity Church, Lyttelton. They did not have any children. The couple lived in Sumner and they travelled overseas extensively. Elizabeth died in June 1901 while on one of these trips and she is interred at Oban, Scotland. There is a memorial to her at All Souls Church, Sumner. James died in July 1919 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery.