Memories of Annie Cowper in New Zealand

Our Cowper Family details:

Charles William Cowper

Charles William Cowper

My great grandfather Charles William Cowper of Kukuta, Wanganui.       On My Webpage is……………

Annie Eliza Cowper, Annie Cowie, Della Cowie

Annie Eliza Cowper, Annie Cowie, Della Cowie

The photo …

of my great grandmother Annie Eliza Kelly wife of Charles William Cowper, and of my paternal grandmother,  Annie Cowper wife of Harry Talbot Cowie,  and little Auntie Della (Adelaide Jane Cowie).

Annie Eliza Kelly was born in Ireland and I believe her parents names were Peter Kelly and his wife Mary Ward or Walsh.    We have no knowledge of just where she hailed from in Ireland, though Co. Cork was once mentioned to my mother.   She may have left Ireland for Australia from Cork!    Perhaps someone may read this page and hopefully in the end we may know more details.

An old letter reached the Cowper Family in New Zealand after her death.  It came from her brother John Kelly or his son.  John had emigrated to Philadelphia. USA.     He worked as a brick layer there.   The Cowper Family choose not to reply though,  which I think was a sad occurence and so a link has been lost.

Annie Eliza Kelly was born in Ireland 3-5-1838.  She came (with her parents?) to Sydney Australia.  At least her family, were said to be there. Although the first mention of her is in Adelaide.    Annie Eliza Kelly married when she was 16 years old, Charles William Cowper, on 23-11-1854 at Adelaide South Australia.   Annie Eliza and William had 12 children.   Annie Eliza Cowper died at Wanganui, New Zealand 23-4-1917.  The Cowper Family came to Napier,  New Zealand about 1875.   Later going on to their lovely home at Wanganui.

Annie my grandmother,  was their eldest daughter. Harry Talbot CowieShe married Harry Talbot Cowie. Annie Cowper Cowie was born 15-4-1859 at Adelaide, South Australia.

This photo is Harry Talbot Cowie my grandfather (See Harry Talbot Cowie’s Birthday Book for more details of Harry)


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1 Response to Memories of Annie Cowper in New Zealand

  1. Averyl says:

    Hello, – Looking for any info on a Maori lady, – Pirihira, who lived at Kukuta from 1892 – 1908. Stab in the dark but she may have popped up somewhere as a neighbour of your ancestors!

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