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Carran, Catherine (1842–1935)

Carran, Catherine (1842–1935)

New Zealand midwife. Name variations: Catherine McKay, Catherine Patterson. Born Catherine McKay, probably at Putataka, Waikato Heads, New Zealand, 1842; died Nov 6, 1933, at Fortrose, New Zealand; dau. of John Horton McKay and Irihapeti; m. William Carran (ferryman), 1860 (died 1871); m. William Henry Patterson (miner), 1872 (died 1910); children: (1st m.) 3 sons, 3 daughters; (2nd m.) 6 son, 1 daughter.

Followed 1st husband to Kapuka goldfields and served as nurse and midwife to settlers' wives after deaths of 1st and 2nd husbands.

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 2).

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