Nancy (Aroa) Broughan

Nanny Mary (Aroa) Broughan (1842 - 1929)

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Nanny Mary (Nancy) Broughan formerly Aroa aka Airey
Born in Durham, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 10 Apr 1860 in New Zealandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Blenheim, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 20 Nov 2019 | Created 17 Dec 2016
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Note: Her name varies as Nancy, Nanny, Ranny, Nany in different documents and references. In her husband's will, he refers to her as Nanny, whereas elsewhere she is listed in the same will as Nancy Mary.

Nanny was born in Durham in 1842. She was the daughter of Isaac Aroa and Sarah (Atkinson) Aroa.

She was christened at Auckland St Andrew, Durham. [1]

Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Aroa and 3 young children; plus two young adult children Mary Ann Aroa and Robert Aroa emigrated to New Zealand in 1855 on the ship Maori.

On 10 April 1860 Nanny Aroa (18) and Denis Broughan were married. [2]

Children born to Nancy / Nanny and Denis / Dennis [3]

  1. Sarah Ann Broughan birth reg. 1862/11021 married 26 September 1885, St Mary's Church, Blenheim, James O'Connor.
  2. Fanny Brougham (sic) birth reg. 1865/13156, married 27 June 1895 St Mary's Church, Blenheim William O'Shea.
  3. William Broughan birth reg. 1867/21088 married 26 December 1891 Julia O'Leary in Blenheim
  4. . Frank Broughan birth reg. 1870/22600, married 25 April 1900 at the residence of the bride's parents, Blenheim, Agnes May Tunnicliffe daughter of Charles Tunnicliffe.
  5. Frederick Broughan birth reg. 1875/10853 , born 17 May1875, Renwick New Road, Blenheim, married 25 April 1906 St Mary's Church, Blenheim, Alice Murray Watson.
  6. Margaret Mary Broughan birth reg. 1878/16908, married 20 April 1910, "Willowbrook", Blenheim, Charles Sinclair.
  7. Catherine Agnes Broughan birth reg. 1880/13835, married 17 August 1910, "Willowbrook", Blenheim, John Thomson.
  8. Denis Bernard Broughan born circa 1883, buried 27 May 1965 Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim.
  9. Mary Frese/Irise Broughan birth reg. 1885/11874, married 18 November 1913, St Mary's Church, Blenheim, James Smith.
  10. Gertrude Ellen Broughan birth reg. 1889/9161

On 19 July 1929 she passed away aged 87. [4]

Cemetery record:
Omaka Catholic Cemetery, New Roman Catholic Area, Row 1

Inscription: Denis Broughan died 21 Aug 1925 aged 86 and his wife Nancy Mary died 19 July 1929 aged 87


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Sarah in entry for Nanny Airey, 25 Sep 1842)
    Name: Nanny Airey
    Gender: Female
    Christening Date: 25 Sep 1842
    Father's Name: Isaac Airey
    Mother's Name: Sarah
  2. NZBDM marriages 10/4/1860 1860/3712 Ranny (sic) Aroa, Denis Broughan
  4. NZBDM deaths 1929/7636 Broughan Nancy Mary 87Y

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