Ema Te Noho Mokemoke Collier

Female1909–2 August 1980

Brief Life History of Ema Te Noho Mokemoke

When Ema Te Noho Mokemoke Collier was born in 1909, in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, her father, Hamiora Ngairo Collier, was 29 and her mother, Ema Te Reremoana McLeod, was 26. She married Joseph (Joe) Robert Edwards in 1926. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 2 August 1980, in her hometown, at the age of 71, and was buried in Ōpōtiki Lawn Cemetery, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Joseph (Joe) Robert Edwards
Ema Te Noho Mokemoke Collier
Marriage: 1926
Claude Augustus Edwards
Patrick (Mannie) Edwards
Daphne Lillian Helmbright
Eva Winder
Georgina Fleet
Joseph Robert Collier
Mary Edwards
Paku Gordan Edwards
Paku Gordon Edwards
Patricia Teressa McMurtrie
Paul Edwards

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  • Emma Mokemoke Edwards, "Find A Grave Index"

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    Siblings (17)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 5

    Outbreak of World War I. New Zealand commits thousands of troops to the British war effort. They suffer heavy casualties in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey in 1915.

    1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

    Age 14

    The Ross Dependency is a New Zealand dependency located on the Antarctician Continent. It is the only settlement on the Antartica that is claimed by a sovereign nation. New Zealand still owns claim even after the Antarctic Treaty that was signed in 1959 by 11 other nations. 


    Age 30

    WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English colier, in most parts of the country ‘maker or seller of charcoal’, but in some areas (such as Bolton le Moors and Wigan, Lancashire) where coal measures were near the surface, ‘miner or seller of coal’ (in the modern sense, ‘fossil fuel’). The name was taken to Ireland from England and was first recorded there in 1305. In Petty's ‘census’ of 1659, it was recorded as a principal surname in Meath.

    English: occupational name from Middle English coilour, coliour, culliour, Old French coileor, coillour ‘tax collector’. Surnames with this origin seem to have died out in Britain.

    French (northern): from collier ‘collar’, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of collars.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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