Burial register ID: 12109
Surname: TAYLOR
First name: ALICE
Middle names:
Gender: Female
Age: 63 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 27-Sep-1911
Date of burial: 29-Sep-1911

Block: 164
Plot: 33

In memory of


Died Sept 27th 1911

Aged 64 years

Beloved wife of


Also their grandchild


Daughter of I M LEE

Died Decr 8th 1914

Aged 24 years


Note: the headstone is broken in two and one fragment lies some distance away from Alice Taylor’s grave (May 2006).

Bio contributor: Historic Cemeteries Conservation Trust

Alice McDonald married Alexander Taylor, a railway porter, and their first daughter, Mary Isabella Taylor, was born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 18th June 1871. In 1877 Alice emigrated with her family from Glasgow on the James N. Fleming, arriving in Dunedin on 3rd October 1877.

For ten years the family moved around Otago and Southland, and three more children were born. Alice Taylor suffered from severe alcoholism, which apparently contributed to the family’s transience and some domestic violence. Her daughter Mary’s first attempt to live independently from her parents ended when the blindness brought on as a result of an attack meant that after a stay in hospital she had to return to her parents’ home, which by this time was in Pukerau, Southland and soon in Waikaka near Gore. Later, while Alice and Alexander were alive they lived intermittently with their daughter in Dunedin.

Alice Taylor died on 27th September 1911 at the age of 63 years. She is buried here with two granddaughters, one an infant, the other who died aged 24 years.

Details from Dictionary of New Zealand biography of Mary Isabella Lee:-

Cooper, Annabel ‘Lee, Mary Isabella 1871 – 1939’ Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007


There are 3 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
LEE KATHLEEN GEORGINA 8 Months 07-May-1901 09-May-1901
ROWE ALICE SHARPE MCDONALD 24 Years 18-Dec-1914 20-Dec-1914
TAYLOR ALICE 63 Years 27-Sep-1911 29-Sep-1911