Eleanor (Aroa) Paton

Eleanor May (Aroa) Paton (1883 - 1968)

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Eleanor May Paton formerly Aroa
Born in New Zealandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 29 Mar 1910 in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 6 Nov 2019 | Created 17 Feb 2016
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Eleanor was born in September 1883 to Robert Aroa and Ellen Soper [1]

Eleanor married Noel Paton of Dundee, Scotland in 1910 [2]

Eleanor May Aroa (1883 - 1968). Eleanor married Noel Paton (1878 - 1944) in 1910. The Marlborough Express related the wedding to readers on 29 March 1910:

WEDDING. PATON—AROA This afternoon a pretty wedding was solemnised at the Church of the Nativity, by the Ven. Archdeacon Grace, between Mr Noel Paton, of Camperdown, Downfield (Dundee), and Miss Eleanor May Aroa, youngest daughter of Mrs Aroa, Maxwell Road, Blenheim. The bride, who was attired in creme silk voile with the usual wreath and veil and carried a shower bouquet of white dahlias and maidenhair fern, was given away by her brother, Mr Richard Aroa, of New Plymouth. She was attended by her sister, Miss M. Aroa, as bridesmaid (who was attired in white muslin), and two little flower girls (Miss Janet Linton, niece of the bride, and Miss Winnie Flower, cousin of the bride, dressed in white silk, with blue sashes). The bridegroom was attended by Mr D. Robertson as best man. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of the bride's mother, where a large number of guests assembled to partake of afternoon tea and to express their good wishes to the young couple. Among the presents, which were numerous and handsome, was a silver salver presented to the bride by her class, and also a silver toast rack from the teachers at the Weld Street Sunday School. From the Church of the Nativity Christian Endeavour Society, of which the bride had been a member for the past seven years, she received a book as a mark of esteem from her fellow Endeavourers. The bridegroom was the recipient of a 400-day clock from his employers (Messrs Ward and Sons) and a set of carvers, from his fellow employees. The happy couple left by the afternoon train on their honeymoon, the bride's travelling dress being a green tweed costume, with hat to match.

Noel and Eleanor seem to have settled in the Blenheim area. The census for 1911 shows them residing in Maxwell Road, Blenheim, where Noel is a clerk. [3]

Electoral Roll entries [4]

1911 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May and Noel, Maxwell Rd, Blenheim, clerk

1914, 1919 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May and Noel, Springlands, Blenheim, clerk

1928 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May and Noel, Purkiss St, Springlands, dairy farmer

1935 FIRE AT BLENHEIM 23 APRIL 1935 [5]

The residence of Mr. Noel Paton in Springlands suburb was totally destroyed by fire, together with its contents, during the absence of the owner on holiday in the Sounds. The insurances are not available.

1935, 1938, 1946, 1949 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May, West End, Kaikoura, married

1957 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May, 17 Redwood St, Blenheim, married

1963 Electoral Roll
Eleanor May, 17 Redwood St, Blenheim, widow

In 1963 she is listed as a widow living at 17 Redwood St, Marlborough.

She passed away in December 1968 aged 85 [6]

Eleanor May Paton is buried at the Omaka Cemetery, Marlborough [7]

Cemetery Omaka
Cemetery Division No. 3 Lawn
Block Number 83


  1. NZBDM births 18/9/1883 1883/16823 Aroa Eleanor May Ellen Robert
  2. NZBDM marriages 1910/1446 Eleanor May Aroa Noel Paton
  3. New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981, 1911 Marlborough Wairau
  4. New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
  6. NZBDM deaths 1968/38140 Paton Eleanor May 85Y
  7. Marlborough Cemetery Search Eleanor Paton
    Date of Burial 16 Dec 1968
  • N.Z. BIRTHS1883/16823 - Aroa Eleanor May - parents : Ellen & Robert


Husband Noel Paton son of Peter Paton, migrated to NZ from Scotlland:


OBITUARY MR PETER PATON BLENHEIM, May 17. Mr Peter Paton, a well-known local resident, who resided at Bary street, Springlands, died at his residence on Tuesday night after a very brief illness.

Mr Paton, who was 79 years of, age, was born at Dundee, his parents being tenants on the famous Camperdown estate. He married Miss Isobel Niven, of St. Andrews, Scotland, and in 1887 he and his wife came out to New Zealand as passengers in the old clipper ship, Arawa. under Captain Stewart. They landed at Port Chalmers, and Mr Paton followed his occupation, that of horticulturist, at Wellington for many years. He visited England in 1901 and was absent until 1910, when he returned and took up his residence at Blenheim. Mr Paton did not take any active part in public affairs, but was a keen member of the Scottish Society and a supporter of the Presbyterian Church. He was also a very well-known Freemason and up till his death was a member of Lodge Wairau. He leaves two sons, Mr Noel Paton, of Blenheim, and the Rev. Waller Paton, of Middlesex, England. His only surviving, sister lives at Glasgow.

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