Fulton, Catherine (1829–1919)

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Fulton, Catherine (1829–1919)

New Zealand diarist, philanthropist, social reformer. Name variations: Catherine Henrietta Elliot Valpy. Born Catherine Henrietta Elliot Valpy, Dec 19, 1829, in England; died 1919; dau. of William Henry Valpy and Caroline (Jeffreys) Valpy; m. James Fulton, 1852 (died 1891); children: 6.

Immigrated with family to Otago, New Zealand (1849); recorded daily life in diaries (1857–1919); actively supported temperance and suffrage movements, co-founding and serving as 1st president of Dunedin branch of Women's Christian Temperance Union (1885); after husband's death, managed family's stud farm at Ravenscliffe.

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1).