Violet Muriel Topp

1930–1999 (Age 69)
Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Violet Muriel

When Violet Muriel Topp was born on 19 January 1930, in Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand, her father, John Topp, was 42 and her mother, Lily Dawson Mc Leod, was 34. She married Kevin Patrick Prendergast on 2 October 1951, in Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand. She died on 11 November 1999, in Featherston, Wellington, New Zealand, at the age of 69, and was buried in Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Violet Muriel Topp
Kevin Patrick Prendergast
Marriage: 2 October 1951

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2 October 1951
Kaiapoi, Canterbury, New Zealand

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World Events (8)


Age 9

WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.
1943 · Eleanor Roosevelt Visits During War

Age 13

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt visited New Zealand during the calmer years of World War II in the Pacific. It was the first time that a first lady of the United States had visited the country alone without their husband. 
1950 · The Wool Boom

Age 20

The Wool Boom was one of the greatest economic booms in the history of New Zealand. It was brought about by the need of wool from the United States during the Korean War. After the boom, the export price of wool has declined by 40% and the population of sheep on the Islands has continued to rise. 

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old English byname Topp meaning ‘tuft’, ‘crest’, or the cognate Old Norse Toppr.2 German: from Low German topp ‘point’, ‘tree top’, hence a topographic name; or alternatively a metonymic occupational name or nickname from the same word in the sense ‘braid’.3 German: variant of Dopp .

Possible Related Names

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

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