Euphemia and her four children shortly after the death of Andrew:  The Elms Collection
Euphemia and her four children shortly after the death of Andrew:  The Elms Collection

Euphemia Ballingall Maxwell nee Johnston
1829 - 1919

Euphemia, who also born in Aberdeen, married a Free Church of Scotland minister, Andrew Maxwell. The couple emigrated to Australia in 1853, working first with the miners in Armidale, New South Wales. He was then called to Kilmore, Victoria, where he died in 1865.

Left with four young children, (three had died as infants)  Euphemia decided to move to Wellington to be close to her brother. She soon bought "Fern Hill", a substantial property in Wadestown. It is not surprising, then, that she was furious at being called on to move to the tiny settlement of Tauranga in order to inherit The Elms.

Euphemia died in Tauranga in 1919 at the age of 89. She is buried in the Mission Cemetery.

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