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Kate Brandon and William Veitch

From Rev. Brian Brandon

Kate was born in Wanganui, the 11th child of Richard and Lucy Brandon, on the 11th of April, 1882. On the return from a trip to England to visit her sister, Edith and their aunts in Bournemouth, she met William Veitch who was coming out from Scotland to take up farming. He bought a place between Gisborne and Morere but this was sold when they married in 1907.

They had three children, Bill, Richard and Helen. He then bought `Powha', the place where their family grew up. Somewhere around 1919-1920 `Powha' was sold, but it was then the slump came and the farm fell back into their hands. When Bill married and continued on the farm, they moved to Whitaker Street in Gisborne. When William died, Kitty built a small house at 16 Clifford Street to be closer to the town.

Kitty was totally blind for the last four years, and for the last 7 - 8 months of her life as she deteriorated in her health she was cared for at the Chelsea Private Hospital. She died in Gisborne on the 16th of October, 1982, just six months after reaching her 100th birthday.

Owner/SourceRev. Brian Brandon
Linked toKate Brandon; William Todd Veitch

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