Emily Constance Porteous

8 September 1902–1 January 1971 (Age 68)
Lyttelton, Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Emily Constance

When Emily Constance Porteous was born on 8 September 1902, in Lyttelton, Canterbury, Canterbury, New Zealand, her father, George Porteous, was 29 and her mother, Martha Bulmer, was 29. She died on 1 January 1971, in Granity, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand, at the age of 68, and was buried in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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George Porteous
Martha Bulmer
Myrtle Elizabeth Jane Porteous
Emily Constance Porteous
Cyril George Porteous
Evelyn Mary Porteous

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World Events (7)


Age 5

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

Age 5

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. 
1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

Age 21

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

Scottish: probably a topographic name for someone who lived in the lodge at the entrance to a manor house, from Middle English port ‘gateway’, ‘entrance’ + hous ‘house’, or an occupational name with similar meaning, from Latin portarius ‘porter’. Alternatively, as suggested by Reaney, it may be from Anglo-Norman French porte-hors ‘portable prayerbook’ (i.e. a book of hours), hence a metonymic occupational name for a scribe employed in writing such books. The surname is also established in Ireland, the earliest record of its presence there being dated 1563 .

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

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