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Gardner, Margaret (1844–1929)

Gardner, Margaret (1844–1929)

New Zealand landowner and mill owner. Name variations: Margaret McKinley. Born Margaret McKinley, Sept 8, 1844, at Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland; died June 19, 1929; dau. of James McKinley (colliery manager) and Mary (McNeil) McKinley; m. George Gleigg Gardner (ship's officer), 1866 (died 1885); children: 10.

Worked as dairy maid in Scotland; immigrated to New Zealand (1863); accumulated large parcels of land, established farm and substantial flour mill (1880s); after husband's death, increased land holdings for farming.

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

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