Margaret Holden Kershaw

28 April 1883–1 October 1953 (Age 70)
Waikari, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Margaret Holden

When Margaret Holden Kershaw was born on 28 April 1883, in Waikari, Canterbury, New Zealand, her father, Thomas Kershaw, was 26 and her mother, Sarah Jane Norris, was 23. She had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Frederick Charles Herbert Williams. She died on 1 October 1953, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, at the age of 70.

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Family Time Line

Frederick Charles Herbert Williams
Margaret Holden Kershaw
Basil Frederick Thomas Williams
Lawrence Herbert Williams
Gwendoline Margaret Williams
Clifford James Williams
Dulcie Melva Williams

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Kershaw






    Helen Kershaw


    William Thomas Kershaw


    Elsie May Kershaw



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World Events (7)

1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Age 4

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.

Age 10

New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.

Age 24

The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kirkshaw in the parish of Rochdale, Lancashire, so named from northern Middle English kirk ‘church’ + shaw ‘grove’. There are two minor places in West Yorkshire called Kershaw, which may be of the same origin and may also lie behind the surname, but on the other hand they may themselves derive from the surname. In some cases the name may be topographic for someone who lived near the ‘church grove’.

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

Sources (1)

  • Margaret Holden Kershaw, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1896"

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