Ethel Mildred Roydhouse

BIRTH.Roydhouse -On the 16th inst.( March1880), at Masterton, the wife of W. F. Roydhouse of a daughter.

Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume 2, Issue 415, 16 March 1880, Page 2

Ethel was the first of three daughters, including Muriel and Annie Grace, born to William Francis and Annie nee Maxton , the girls also had four brothers, Francis, Charles, Reginald and Arthur but Charles did not survive infancy.

Her education included enrolment in 1888 at Mount Cook Girls School and 1892 Clyde Quay School  in Wellington, then in 1893 at Greytown North School.

Mount Cook Infant School, Tory Street, Wellington. Dominion post (Newspaper) :Photographic negatives and prints of the Evening Post and Dominion newspapers. Ref: EP/1975/3057/23-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22828611


In 1897 she was witness to her cousin Gertrude drowning in a river, and just managed to be rescued herself, after snagging on branches.The Wairarapa Daily Times ( Vol xxvii,issue 7518) reported on the 22nd July, 1903:

Photo at a wedding in December,1904

She was granted a leave of absence for a month in 1908 and by the December the WDT reported that:


She is listed as living in Auckland in 1911 but by 1914 she was in Wellington.

In 1921 she was a shorthand typist with the Wellington State Forest Department, and lived in Hills Street, her permanent home for the next 18 years at least.


She remained a spinster,

On the 13th October 1942 she died in a mental hospital in Auckland.


I wonder how much an impact the drowning of her cousin had on her life and whether it contributed to her committal. She looks so sad in this second photo- or was the sun in her eyes?


Her ashes were interred in her  brother-in-law Alex Cooper’s plot in  Masterton Cemetery  with initials only E.M.R.


Author: gorcat28

writing up my ancestors one week at a time

One thought on “Ethel Mildred Roydhouse”

  1. I think you have a look of her – in the photo taken from the wedding group. It is hard to speculate isn’t it? Certainly such a traumatic event would have had an effect, but then again there could have been other things going on in her life too…

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