Martha Elizabeth FOSTER

4 August 1889–14 April 1980 (Age 90)
New Zealand

The Life of Martha Elizabeth

When Martha Elizabeth FOSTER was born on 4 August 1889, in New Zealand, her father, Charles Foster, was 29 and her mother, Pattie Bridget BURGESS, was 25. She married Francis Norman Spackman on 20 July 1921, in Wellington, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She died on 14 April 1980, in Horowhenua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, at the age of 90.

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Family Time Line

Francis Norman Spackman
Martha Elizabeth FOSTER
Marriage: 20 July 1921
Charles Raymond Spackman
Douglas Henry Spackman

Spouse and Children

20 July 1921
Wellington, New Zealand


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World Events (8)


Age 4

New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.
1896 · National Council of Women

Age 7

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 25

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: reduced form of Forster .2 English: nickname from Middle English foster ‘foster parent’ (Old English fōstre, a derivative of fōstrian ‘to nourish or rear’).3 Jewish: probably an Americanized form of one or more likesounding Jewish surnames, such as Forster .

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

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Sources (1)

  • Martha Elizabeth Foster, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1896"

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