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Article about Elizabeth Jane Moffat

Transcribed from photocopy of article obtained from Peter Moffat


Elizabeth Jane “Lizzie” Moffat was the youngest of William and Ellen Moffat’s family, being born in 1879. Unfortunately we know little about her as she has no descendants.

Presumably she stayed home until she got married. In the 1902 Electoral Roll there is the entry: Elizabeth Jane Moffat, Te Houka – Domestic.

In February 1904 Lizzie married her cousin Robert Houliston and there was the following account in the Clutha Leader of 4 February 1904:

“Quite a stir was caused at Te Houka on Wednesday afternoon, the occasion being the wedding of Miss Lizzie Moffat, youngest daughter of the late Mr William Moffat, to Mr Robert Houliston of Kakapuaka. The families of both the bride and groom are old and respected residents of the district and the collection of beautiful, useful and valuable presents which were sent forward were a tangible token of goodwill and esteem.

The marriage ceremony took place at the residence of the bride’s mother, being conducted on the lawn under most pleasant surroundings. The wedding breakfast, a sumptuous repast was laid out in the barn which was nicely decorated for the occasion and at which a large gathering was present. The Rev Mr Currie who was the officiating clergy proposed the health of the newly married couple in felicitous terms.

In the evening a large dance was given in the barn in honour of the occasion. Dancing was kept up with great spirit till an early hour to music supplied by Mr J H McKay, Mr Alex Houliston officiated as MC.

The couple left for the north on a short honeymoon trip.”

Sadly their happiness did not last long. In 1907 they lost their baby son Adam, who was born prematurely and only lived a few hours. in 1908 Lizzie died, aged 29 years.

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