AMY BENBOW MATTINGLEY was born 05 Apr 1883 to parents Sarah and Thomas Mattingley at Temuka, and for many years was brought up by her grandparents Mary and William Benbow.
She was 24 yrs of age when she married CHARLES BARNEY 08 Aug 1906 in Temuka, the son of GEORGE BARNEY and EMILY HARMAN who was born 26 Oct 1881 in Rangitata. Charles was admitted 25 Oct 1886 to the Rangitata Station School until 23 May 1890 when his family left the district for Newlands and 3 Jun 1890 he attended the Milford School, Temuka and passed Std 3 in Oct 1890. His father, George was a carpenter and his family lived at Georgetown
After her marriage to Charles Barney in Temuka, they went first to Gisborne, next Fairlie, then Georgetown then to Waimate where they farmed at Makakihi south of Timaru. Charles's health deteriorated and he suffered from diabetes for many years and he retired to Waimate where he died 19 May 1956 aged 74 yrs and was bur: at the Waimate Lawn Cemetery R03.10 Religion: Salvation Army
A few years later, Amy lost all her possessions in a house fire. Started by a lighted cracker, it was caught by a breeze in a bedroom curtain and was undetected until the place was alight. It was Christmas day and the Fire Brigade were out to a dinner and arrived too late to save anything. Amy could only shut the door and walk away. She spent the rest of her life moving from one member of her large family to the other until her death at 87 years of age when with Olive and Gilbert in Reefton Amy died aged 87 yrs on Aug 3rd 1970 at Reefton, West Coast where she was buried.