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Grace (Aroa) Spittal (1885 - 1954)

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Grace Spittal formerly Aroa
Born in New Zealandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [father unknown] and
Wife of — married 30 Nov 1909 (to 22 Dec 1919) in New Zealandmap
Wife of — married 10 Mar 1920 in New Zealandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Takaka, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 3 Jan 2017
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Grace was born March 6 1885 to Mary Jane Aroa. [1] Her father's name was not listed.

In 1909 she married John Henry Ward. He was a cook in Nelson. They had two children,

  • Mary Grace Aroa Ward, born 1910, married Walter James Henry Harvey [2] died April 24, 1937
  • Constance Helen Ward, born 1913[3] died 1930 aged 17

Both children changed their surnames to Spittal after she married Henry Spittal. Hemay have adopted them, because they are listed as his children on their gavestone.

The marriage ended in divorce on Dec 22, 1919 due to his desertion. [4]

Grace Aroha (sic) Ward petitioned for a dissolution of her marriage with John Henry Ward, on the grounds of desertion. Mr J P. Hayes appeared for the petitioner, who stated in evidence that she was married to respondent on November 30th, 1909, and they resided together at Hawera and other places, and finally at Nelson. There were two children of the marriage. For a time her husband was second cook at the Masonic Hotel, and she was cook at the Trafalgar Hotel. She had always supported herself and her children. In June, 1914, her husband left Nelson without making any provision for her maintenance. He communicated with her from Hastings, stating that he could not send her money. The day after war broke out he wired stating that he had enlisted. She wrote to him when he was in camp at Auckland, but her last letter was returned endorsed "Not in camp. She had received no money from him since he left her. She had no idea where he was, although she had endeavoured to find his whereabouts.

In 1920 she re-married, to Henry Rawson Spittal of Takaka. [5]

Their children were

  • Ivan Henry Spittal
  • Daphne Mavyn Spittal, born Nov 3, 1921 (married Joseph Ryan) died 1995 [6] and buried in East Takaka cemetery

In the 1928 census, Henry (labourer) and Grace are in Upper Takaka

In the 1935, 1938 census, they are in Collingwood.

In the 1949 census Grace is in Collingwood.

She died 2 Apr 1954 and is buried with her husband and daughters at the East Takaka Cemetery


  • see gravestone, attached
  1. 6/3/1885 NZBDM births 1885/6813 Aroa Grace Mary Jane NR
  2. NZBDM marriages 1928/5825 Mary Grace Aroa Ward Walter James Henry Harvey
  3. NZBDM births 1913/21223 Ward Constance Helen Grace Aron (sic) John Henry
  5. NZBDM marriages 1920/3821 Grace Aroa Ward Henry Rawson Spittal
  6. NZBDM deaths 1995/50634 Ryan Daphne Mavyn 3 November 1921

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