About Ellen Ferguson
The death has occurred in Auckland of Mres. Ellen Ferguson, who was born in the Auckland Barracks in 1848. Her father being Corporal Thomas Lynch of the 58th Regiment. She left for Whangarei Heads with her parents at the age of six years, the trip by sailing ship taking over two weeks. Mrs. E. Ferguson's father went to Whangarei to manage a farm near Kiripaki for the late Dr. Preston of Whangarei.
About eith years after the family's arrival in Whangarei district the girl returned to Auckland and in 1867 she married Mr. James Ferguson, master baker of Auckland.
During her residence in the North, she lived at Parua Bay, Matangata, and Maungatapere and for some time was Postmistress at Kaitira, now known as Kara.
Mrs Ferguson was outstanding Maori linguist, partly owing to the fact that much of her childhood was spent with Maori children.
When Mrs. Ferguson arrived in Whangarei the present township was practically covered with tea-tree and she experienced all the disabilities of the early pioneering.
Mr. James Ferguson died eight years ago. Mrs. Ferguson is survived by three sons and one daughter. There are 13 grandchildren.