20 October 2012

Marjorie Melrose Burnett 1917-1999

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Subject: Marjorie Burnett
Date: abt 1918
Photographer: Tyree, Nelson, NZ
Found: TradeMe

 

Here we have Marjorie Burnett, a cute little girl whose photo was taken by the well known Tyree photographers of Nelson, two brothers who operated from 1882-1924 and then under the Tyree Studio name until 1947.

 

 

 

There is no birth listed in the NZ BMDs for Marjorie Burnett before 1912 so I tried a search for anyone named Burnett married to a Hope and came up with this marriage:-

1915/7009    Ethel Hope Vaughan     Ernest Hillin Burnett

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Then siblings of Ernest’s:-

NZ Births
1879/6229  Burnett John Edwin Thomas  Ellen Thomas Rock
1881/12435 Burnett James Richard  Ellen Thomas Roach
1884/17206 Burnett Clement Martin  Ellen Thomas Roach
1887/15358 Burnett Amelia Ellen  Ellen Thomas Roche
1890/11038 Burnett Fenton Montague  Ellen Thomas Rock
1890/11039 Burnett Ernest Hillin  Ellen Thomas Rock
1894/9934  Barnett Percy Casper  Ellen Thomas Roach

James Richard died in WWI in 1915 so that left four brothers who married:-

NZ Marriages
1909/1223 Margaret Jane Couch  John Edwin Thomas Burnett
1911/3976 Ada Bertha Win  Clement Martin Burnett
1916/1361 Barbara Dorothy  McRitchie Fenton Mont. Burnett
1920/6297 Muriel Edith Papps  Percy Casper Burnett

In the 1938 Electoral Roll I found Marjorie Melrose a spinster living in Thorpe, also living in Thorpe were John Edwin Thomas, wife Margaret Jane, Percy Casper & wife Muriel and Barbara Dorothy wife of Fenton Montague although he wasn’t listed. There was no other address other than ‘Thorpe’ so I still didn’t know who Marjorie’s parents were.

Then serendipity stepped in and in the middle of Googling names I came across this sentence on this website:-

Children of John and Margaret: Marjorie Melrose b. 28 Mar 1917 Richmond m. 8 Nov 1938 Trevor Steer b. 23 Dec 1908.
Hilda Jane b. 7 Jul 1920 Washington Valley, Nelson.

Marjorie Melrose Burnett married Trevor Steer in 1946 & is listed in various Electoral Rolls in the South Island until she passed away in 1999, her birthdate is listed as 28 Mar 1917, Trevor died in 1992.

References: Adrienne’s Website; ancestry.com; NZ BMDs; Papers Past.

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If anyone knows anything about or is connected to the BURNETT family please do contact me, I would love to pass this photo onto a family member. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting
pandora[at]kc.net.nz

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