|Burial register ID:||7124|
|Cause of death:||Unknown|
|Date of death:||22-Jul-1894|
|Date of burial:||24-Jul-1894|
On the larger monument:-
IN MEMORY OF
On the smaller monument:-
Emma Thomson (1852 – 1894)
Emma was part of a large and successful farming family living at “Hopehill” on the Taieri Plain. Her father was James Allan and she had many brothers and sisters – Dick, Joe, Jim, Will, Alec, Harry, Agnes Jean and Effie.
She first met her future husband, George Malcolm Thomson, in 1871 in Dunedin when she was nearly nineteen and a pupil at a girls school. They also saw each other at Knox church.
They married at “Hopehill” on 26 December 1876. Through a marriage settlement arranged between the Allans and Thomsons a house was provided for them in Dunedin.
Both Emma and George enjoyed music and played and sang together. Emma had also won a music prize at school. She went on botanical excursions with George and helped him find new ferns for his collection.
When George became master of the Otago Boys High School boarding establishment, he and Emma moved in there in January 1878 to receive the boarders. Emma saw to the staff and attended to the list of washing, cleaning and mending for her own household and the round of calls expected of a lady in her social position.
She attended meetings with George and joined a group of ladies who met regularly for literary evenings where great books were discussed.
In July 1878 their first child was born, William Malcolm, and then in July 1881, James Allan, named after Emma’s father.
When George was accidently shot in the foot by a pupil while teaching school cadets in September1882 he was unable to work for four months. Emma helped George in his study of crustaceans. During this time she had all the burden of the boarding house and gave birth to another son, Stuart. Later on she had daughter, Florence. Unfortunately this child died at 10 months in 1886 when Emma had to leave her with a nurse for a few nights. Two more children were born also, Annie in 1887 and John in 1892.
1892 was a difficult year again as George’s foot was troubling him again and Emma once more looked after the boarding house for the months that he was not at work. She became very unwell and was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. After a long illness she finally died on 21 July 1894.
Galbreath, Ross. “Scholars and Gentlemen Both, G M and Allan Thomson in New Zealand
Emma Thomson (1852 – 1894)
|Surname||First names||Age||Date of death||Date of burial|
|STRANG||MARGARET STEVEN||32 Years||03-May-1906||05-May-1906|
|THOMSON||ELIZABETH ANNA||22 Years||26-Oct-1909||28-Oct-1909|
|THOMSON||ELLEN HARRIETT||37 Years||04-Aug-1918||07-Aug-1918|
|THOMSON||ETHEL MARGARET||16 Months||10-Jun-1890||13-Jun-1890|
|THOMSON||FLORENCE JANE||10 Months||29-Jul-1886||31-Jul-1886|
|THOMSON||GEORGE MALCOLM||84 Years||25-Aug-1933||28-Aug-1933|
|THOMSON||MARGARET JUSTINA||76 Years||27-Nov-1889||29-Nov-1889|