Lavinia West's birth (1869, New Zealand) was registered, not by her parents, but by a nearby school teacher. (See attachment to profile given below.) Lavinia's parents were not married, and her mother had abandoned her husband the previous year. It seems they were in hiding. My guess is that the community (small and very isolated) became aware of the baby, and because the parents were reluctant to register Lavinia's birth, it was left to a person of standing, in this case a teacher, to do the right thing. Would there be some other reason for a teacher to take this action?