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Fulton, Catherine Henrietta Elliot (nee Valpy)

Collection | Ref # ARC-0379 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Fulton, Catherine Henrietta Elliot (nee Valpy)


Fulton, Catherine Henrietta Elliot

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0.43 linear metres

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Catherine Henrietta Elliot Valpy was born on 19 December 1829. The family consisted of six children and her father Henry Valpy had worked for the East India Company but retired in 1837 and settled the family in England. The Valpy's emigrated to New Zealand in 1848 and boarded the 'Ajax' in October along with fellow passengers Robert and James Fulton.

Arriving at Port Chalmers on 8 January 1849, the Valpy's lived in Manse Street until 'The Forbury' was built in the St Clair/Caversham area. On 22 September 1852 Catherine married James Fulton and her sister married William Mackworth. Three days later Henry Valpy died. Catherine moved to James' home 'Ravensbourne' (later renamed 'Ravenscliffe') at West Taieri. Eight children were born to the Fultons.

Catherine was a talented musician and a diarist, keeping journals from the time of her marriage until almost the end of her life. She was also a strong Presbyterian and taught Sunday School and bible class for nearly seventy years, although she was baptised at Hanover Street Baptist Church in 1868.

Concerned with poverty, she supported the Otago Benevolent Institution and the Otago Industrial School. Catherine was also a strong supporter of the suffrage movement, as was her husband who was elected Member of Parliament for Taieri in 1879 and in 1889 became a member of the Legislative Council.

The temperance cause also drew strong support from Catherine. In May 1885 she helped found the Dunedin Branch of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and became their first President. She was also Dominion President from 1889 to 1892. Her sisters were often allies to her causes and together they established and ran the Band of Hope Coffee Rooms.

James died on 21 November 1891. Catherine remained at Ravenscliffe until her death on 6 May 1919.

Scope and contents:

This collection includes photocopied, typescript and original diaries and a typescript copy of Fulton's autobiography. The diaries contain brief notes relating to the weather, the running of the property and Catherine's daily activities.

Dates covered:

1849 - 1919

Archival history:

Donatd by Mrs M. Fulton, Dunedin, Mrs Alison Pears, Alexander Turnbull Library and Mrs J. Donnelly per G.L. Siddle.

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Format if not original:

Includes photocopies and typescripts, and some originals.

Location of original:

Original diaries are held by the family and the Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, except for the diaries for 1870 and 1878 which are held by the Hocken Collections (MS-2356).

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Dunedin · West Taieri



Settlers · Temperance societies

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