Furley, Matilda (1813–1899)

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Furley, Matilda (1813–1899)

New Zealand shopkeeper, baker, butcher, and innkeeper. Name variations: Matilda Webb. Born Matilda Webb, May 30, 1813, in Gloucestershire, England; dau. of Thomas (woolen mill owner) and Ann (Hill) Webb; m. Samuel Furley, 1835 (died 1878); children: 3.

Learned weaving trade in father's woolen mill (c. 1825); sailed for South Australia with husband (c. 1837), arriving in Auckland, New Zealand (c. 1840/41); with husband, operated general store, small bakery, butcher shop, and trading post (1844); relocated to Onehunga, opening bakery (1854) and establishing inn (1863).

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