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Clara Looney (Belcher)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Little River, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Death: Died in New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Place of Burial: New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Belcher and Mary Belcher
Wife of Gordon Townsend and Alexander Looney
Mother of Ruby May Townsend; Roy Townsend; Leslie Gordon Townsend; Alfred William Townsend; Harold John Townsend and 1 other
Sister of Emily Rhoda Hawke; John Belcher; Florence Gillbanks; David William Belcher; Ellen Belcher and 8 others

Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Clara Looney (Belcher)

Clara Belcher was the - Child of James Belcher and Mary Heaven. She was born in Little River Canterbury, her father at the time being a bushman clearing land for farming. She came from a large family and no doubt had a role to play with chores and housework.

She married Gordon Townsend and had four boys. Gordon died in 1915 and Clara then had a relationship with an unknown male.

Roy was born in 1920, and at the age of six weeks Clara placed him in foster care. this must have been a difficult time for her.

Records show she lived on Opunake road in Stratford and died in 1954.

Autopsy carried out on Mrs Clara Looney at the Barrett Street Hospital, New Plymouth on 29th June 1954 by Doctor P. Allen.

Cause of Death:

1. Gross decubitus ulceration

2. Paraplegia: Spinal cord compression at T 5-6

3. Acute osteomyelitis bodies and transverse processes of T 5-6

4. Abscess of the vitreous body right and destructive chorioretinitis

5. Acute or sub-acute destructive pyelonephritis

6. Diabetes mellitus

Doctor Allan inferred from his findings the primary cause of death was a urinary infection in which an infection of the eye and thoracic spine resulted.

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Clara Looney's Timeline

1882
March 2, 1882
Little River, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
1900
October 2, 1900
Age 18
Lowgarth
1901
March 8, 1901
Age 19
New Zealand
1903
1903
Age 20
1907
September 29, 1907
Age 25
1909
June 5, 1909
Age 27
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1918
March 27, 1918
Age 36
Stratford, Stratford District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1920
July 14, 1920
Age 38
Eltham, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1930
June 25, 1930
Age 48
1954
June 24, 1954
Age 72
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand