Elsie May Barker

19 January 1896–24 March 1987 (Age 91)
Taranaki, New Zealand

The Life of Elsie May

Elsie May Barker was born on 19 January 1896, in Taranaki, New Zealand. She died on 24 March 1987, in Auckland, New Zealand, at the age of 91, and was buried in Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand.

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World Events (3)

1907

Age 11

The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.
1907 · Dominion of New Zealand

Age 11

The Dominion of New Zealand was brought about when New Zealand proclaimed itself a political independent government inside the British Empire. The Dominion of New Zealand allowed the British Government to shape its foreign policy, and it followed Britain into the First World War. Full independence was granted in 1931 and adopted by the New Zealand Parliament in 1947. 
1914

Age 18

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.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a tanner of leather, from Middle English bark(en) ‘to tan’, tree bark having been used as the tanning agent.2 English: occupational name for a shepherd, Anglo-Norman French bercher (Late Latin berbicarius, from berbex ‘ram’, genitive berbicis). With the change of -ar- to -er- in Middle English, this became indistinguishable from the preceding name.3 Altered spelling of German Barger or Berger .

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