Louisa Jane Seddon

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Louisa Jane Seddon (Spotswood)

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Death: July 9, 1931 (80)
Eccleston Hill, Thorndon, Wellington, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Stewart Spotswood and Anna Victoria Normandale
Wife of Richard John Seddon
Mother of Thomas Edward Youd Seddon; John Stewart Spotswood Seddon; Jane Ann Bean; Phoebe Alicia Dyer; Louisa Jane Spotswood Morice and 6 others
Sister of John Spotswood; George Spotswood; Elizabeth Spotswood; Elizabeth Ann Spotswood and Catherine Alice Farley Spotswood

Managed by: Christopher Leonard Patterson
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About Louisa Jane Seddon

Mrs. Seddon was the daughter of the late Captain John Stuart Spotswood, land and shipowner of Williamstown, Victoria. He was one of the early pioneers of the Colony, and the land upor which a large portion of the town of Williamstown is built formerly belonged to him, as also the land upon which stands the township Mrs. Seddon page 43 of Spottiswoode, on the Yarra. Her grandfather was Captain John Spotswood, of the 84th and 98th regiments, East Bay Neck, Tasmania, and her grandmother was the daughter of Major-General Waddington, of the Honourable East India Company, and at one time Governor of Bombay. There has been issue by her marriage eleven children, nine of whom are still living, viz., six daughters and three sons. The eldest daughter is the wife of the Rev. Mr. Bean, Vicar of Addington, Christchurch. The names of the family are Jane A. (Bean), née Seddon, Phœbe Alicia, Louisa J., Mary Stuart, Elizabeth May, Richard John, Thomas Edward, John Stuart Spotswood, and Ruby Jessie. Amongst the miners and residents of the West Coast the name of Mrs. Seddon is revered, and, although ofttimes Mr. Seddon, as all public men are, has been adversely criticised, yet none would dream of breathing a syllable adverse to his good lady. In fact, on several occasions, when political feeling has run very high at elections, many of the diggers refrained from voting against Mr. Seddon because they saw his rejection would be a reflection on his good wife, and cause her pain. As an evidence of the good feeling which is felt towards Mr. and Mrs. Seddon and their family on the West Coast, the townships of Greymouth, Kumara, Hokitika, and Ross, and the surrounding districts vied each with the others in giving some substantial and lasting token of their good wishes on the occasion of the departure of the Premier, Mrs. Seddon, and family, to take up their residence at Wellington. Mrs. Seddon is not one of “the New Woman” kind. She is retiring, and has devoted herself almost exclusively to her family, and to assisting her husband in his arduous duties. She has taken an active interest in Church and Benevolent matters, but in matters political her answer has ever been, “I am quite satisfied to leave politics and public affairs to my husband.”

Links and Sources


  • Cyclopedia Company Limited (1897). "Mrs. Seddon". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Wellington Provincial District. Wellington.
  • findagrave.com
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Louisa Jane Seddon's Timeline

1851
May 28, 1851
Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
1852
1852
Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1870
May 8, 1870
Age 18
Waimea, Westland, New Zealand
1871
June 26, 1871
Age 20
Big Dam, Westland, New Zealand
1872
December 10, 1872
Age 21
Big Dam, Westland, New Zealand
1874
June 20, 1874
Age 23
Charleston, New Zealand
1876
January 17, 1876
Age 24
Kumara, Westland, New Zealand
1878
March 24, 1878
Age 26
Kumara, Westland, New Zealand
1880
April 24, 1880
Age 28
Kumara, Westland, New Zealand