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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Harris (1836–1892)

With much regret we announce that Mrs Maurice [Elizabeth] Harris died about seven o'clock this morning at her husband's residence on the North belt. The deceased lady was born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1836, and was therefore fifty-six years of age at the date of her death. Her maiden name was Phillips, and she was married thirty-eight years ago to Mr M. Harris, with whom a year later she came to Nelson, being the first Jewish lady settling in the South Island of New Zealand. Subsequently Mr and Mrs Harris came to Christchurch, where the firm of M. Harris and Son is well known. Mrs M. Harris was devoted to her religion and very charitable, and endeared herself to a large circle of friends, by whom she will be greatly missed. For some ten years she had been in delicate health, but during the last two years she has been a great invalid. She leaves a family of five daughters and seven sons. Three of the daughters are married, their husbands being Messrs Louis Caro, Charles Louisson and M. Marks. Two of her sons are married.

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  • Phillips, Elizabeth

22 March, 1836
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


1 March, 1892 (aged 55)
Christchurch, New Zealand

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