Maraea Nga Kuri o te Wao (1836 - c.1912)

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Nicknames: "Maraea"
Birthplace: Northland, New Zealand
Death: Died in Northland, New Zealand
Managed by: Trish Love
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About Maraea Nga Kuri o te Wao


Maraea was said to be the first Maori woman on the Catholic register and was baptised just prior to her marriage to Thomas Cassidy. She was 19 years old at the time.


We are told Maraea had a beautiful singing voice, her Maori name was Nga Kuri o te Wao (dogs of the forest) and she was the daughter of Moka and Hinewai.Thomas was married to Maraea Kuri in Sydney on 30 October 1835, the service was conducted, by Rev. John Bede Podling. In 1835/36, Thomas owned land along the Waima and Mangamuka rivers and supplied timber to Webster in the 1840's. This land was exchanged for script totaling 2053 pounds. In 1844 he owned land in Auckland, lots 9-13 a little over 110 acres, the land on which Glenmore Lodge later stood and he transferred the land to Auckland jailer George McElwain on 17 October 1846 for a mere 33 pounds.


It is possible that at some point Thomas and Maraea returned to Waima and the Hokianga because it is said to be there that Thomas was murdered by Maraea for his continual drinking and womanising, some say his wife and daughters buried him behind the fireplace. We have found no documentation to support the murder claim, however in the 1970s, we were told by the Maori Land Court Judge Nicholson, that our ancestor had murdered her husband. The Judge had that information from somewhere, possibly verbally during the collection of evidence for Maori land claims.

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Maraea Nga Kuri o te Wao's Timeline

1835
month_error 10, 1835
NSW, Australia
1836
June 29, 1836
Northland, New Zealand
1836
Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand
1837
1837
Northland, New Zealand
1842
1842
Age 5
Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand
1844
1844
Age 7
Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand
1846
1846
Age 9
Northland, New Zealand
1848
1848
Age 11
Northland, New Zealand
1850
1850
Age 13
Northland, New Zealand
1912
January 9, 1912
Age 75
Northland, New Zealand