Katherine (Beauchamp) Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield (Beauchamp) Mansfield (1888 - 1923)

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Katherine Mansfield Mansfield formerly Beauchamp aka Murry
Born in Wellington, New Zealandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 2 Mar 1909 (to 19 Apr 1918) in London, Englandmap
Wife of — married 3 May 1918 in Kensington, London, Englandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Fontainebleau, Francemap
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Kathleen, born on 14 October 1888[1], was the daughter of Harold Beauchamp and Annie Dyer. A prominent modernist writer of short fiction, she was brought up in colonial New Zealand and wrote under the pen name of Katherine Mansfield.[2][3]

She emigrated from New Zealand to England on the Papanui leaving Lyttleton on 6 July 1908 and spent her writing career in England and Europe.

She was diagnosed with extrapulmonary tuberculosis in 1917. She tried various cures in different places and died on 9 January 1923 at Fontainebleau, France at the age of 34.


She was listed in the The 50 coolest Kiwis ever[4]

The house that Katherine Mansfield lived in as a young girl with her family is now preserved as a museum to her memory[5]. Her father had the house built for his family in 1888. She lived there with her parents, Harold and Annie, her older sisters Vera and Charlotte, her baby sisters Gwendoline (who died aged three months) and Jeanne, her maternal grandmother Margaret and her aunts Kitty and Belle. The house was returned to its original layout and design in the late 1980s and a heritage garden was established full of flowers and plants that were popular during her lifetime . Katherine loved flowers and mentioned them often in her writing.

The Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship was established in her memory in 1970[6]. This allows one New Zealand writer each year to travel to and live in Menton, France and write in the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Room at the Villa Isola Bella.


K M Beauchamp New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists
Name K M Beauchamp
Event Type Immigration Event Date 1908
Event Place London, New Zealand
Age 22 Birth Year (Estimated) 1886
Ship Name Papanui Departure Date 1908
Departure Port Lyttelton Arrival Port London

Citing this Record "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDV-7VSS : 9 August 2017), K M Beauchamp, 1908; citing ship , Archives New Zealand, Wellington; FHL microfilm .


  1. nz BDM (New Zealand Births, Deaths, Marriages)
    1888 - Birth - nz BDM 1888/8364 Beauchamp, Kathleen Mansfield (m=) Annie Burnell (f=) Harold
  2. Wikipedia: Katherine Mansfield
  3. Encyclopedia Britiannica: Katherine Mansfield
  4. [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11240464&ref=NZH_FBpage New Zealand Herald
  5. Katherine Mansfield House & Garden
  6. Katherine MansfieldFellowship

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Beauchamp-1088 and Beauchamp-1141 appear to represent the same person because: Her name is Katherine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Mansfield

Katherine is 22 degrees from Donald Howard, 15 degrees from Julia Howe and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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