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Seige of New Plymouth - Maori Wars - Artist Edwin Harris (Alexander Turnbull Library)

 Ida Ann Stephenson Smith b: 06 Jul 1844 in Lakenham, Norwich,  2nd daughter of John and Hannah Stephenson Smith, d: 10 Mar 1916 in New Plymouth 72Y

Ida was never to know the country of her birth - she with her family immigrated on the "Pekin" in 1849 and at age 16Y in New Plymouth, their life after the hardship of adjusting to pioneer life was to be put at risk with the onset of the Maori Wars. She did not marry and with her spinster sister supported their parents until their deaths - John in 1874, an honorable man but the family were left with little finances and mother Hannah died 1891 at New Plymouth.  

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