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Mrs Emily Robertson was born in Darfield on 29th September 1897, where her parents Mr and Mrs H.A.Taege, had earlier married and settled, she was the eldest daughter in a family of nine children. Emily commenced her schooling in Darfield, but later the family shifted to Greendale, where the Taege name became well known, and well thought of in the area. One Hundredth Birthday celebrated 20 September 1997.

A LOCAL LADY TURNS 100:

 Mrs Emily Robertson was born in Darfield on 29th September 1897, where her parents Mr and Mrs H.A.Taege, had earlier married and settled, she was the eldest daughter in a family of nine children. Emily commenced her schooling in Darfield, but later the family shifted to Greendale, where the Taege name became well known, and well thought of in the area. Emily then continued her education at Greendale School, where subsequently three more generations were educated.

Emily married Walter Bowler at the age of 20, Walter was an Englishman who came out from London to visit his sister, but never returned. Together Emily and Walter had five children, sadly one little boy, Gorgie, died at the age of two. At quite a young age Emily became a widow with four young children to rear. By determination and hard work she managed to bring up, and educate her family without any help from the Government. After 22 years Emily was married again to Stuart Robertson from Southland. They made their home in Christchurch. After 15 years of marriage she once again became a widow, and continued to live on her own until four years ago when she gave up her independence and came to live with her daughter in Darfield.

Emily's family are: - Florence (Mrs Mac King) Springfield - Ralph Bowler, who now resides at the Woodcote Retirement Village - Hornby - Ruth Naughton of Darfield - Cliff Bowler of Hornby Emily has 17 Grandchildren, 41 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. If anyone would like to call at 190 Horndon Street, Darfield on any afternoon to wish Emily Birthday Greetings you would be most welcome.

Although Darfield's new centenarian Emily Robertson reckons the most she does now is "sit on her bottom" all day, it was a century of hard work which got her to her grand old age. Mrs Robertson turned 100 on Monday. Among many letters of congratulations were cards from Intrnal Affairs, Jenny Shipley, Minister of Senior Citizens, the Governor General and, of course, the Queen.

In spite of all the excitement, Mrs Robertson says she is feeling 'very well". She currently lives with her daughter Ruth Naughton.
Born in Darfield in 1897, Mrs' Robertson was the eldest daughter in the Taege family of nine.
She started her schooling in Darfield, but later her family moved to Greendale where the Taege name became well-known and well-thought of in the area. Three more generations were born and educated here.

Mrs Robertson married an Englishman Walter Bowler in 1917 and had five children, although sadly, one little boy died at the age of 2.
At quite a young age she became a widow with four children to rear. However with determination and hard work she managed to bring up and educate her family without the help of the government.

22 years later Mrs Robertson  was married again to Stuart Robertson from Southland. After 15 years of marriage in Christchurch she became a widow again, and I continued to live on her own until four years ago When she moved in with her daughter.
Mrs Robertson has 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren.

Mrs Naughton says the secret of her mother's longevity is hard work. "She was doing her own thing till the age of 96," she said. .- Mrs Robertson says she is planning to live for another hundred years.  

 

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Robertson, Emily nee Taege


First Names:Emily
Last Name:Robertson
Date of Birth:29 September 1897
Place of Birth:Darfield
User Name:Selwyn Library