John Matthews Cartwright

22 August 1895–15 October 1985 (Age 90)
Otago, New Zealand

The Life of John Matthews

When John Matthews Cartwright was born on 22 August 1895, in Otago, New Zealand, his father, Edward Cartwright, was 47 and his mother, Mary Ann Mathews, was 30. He married Martha Ann Dormer in 1920, in New Zealand. He died on 15 October 1985, in New Zealand, at the age of 90.

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John Matthews Cartwright
Martha Ann Dormer
Marriage: 1920

Spouse and Children

New Zealand

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    Mary Ann Mathews




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World Events (8)

1896 · National Council of Women

Age 1

The National Council of Women of New Zealand was created as an organization after women won the right to vote. Today works to help achieve gender equality in New Zealand and in 2017 introduced Gender Equal NZ, which is fighting for Zealanders to have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future no matter which gender they are.

Age 12

The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.
1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

Age 28

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. 

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of carts, from Middle English cart(e) + wright ‘craftsman’ ( see Wright ). The surname is attested from the late 13th century, although the vocabulary word does not occur before the 15th century.

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

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  • John Matthews Cartwright, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1896"
  • Headstone of John Matthews Cartwright

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