Bessie Boberg – died 29 April 1934

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Southland Times, Issue 19669, 22 September 1905

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Death entry

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The 1905-1906 Electoral roll lists a Bessie Boberg as married.  Only one other Boberg is listed.

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The 1911 roll still lists Bessie as married but no other Boberg’s are listed.  An Alexander Boberg is listed as dying in 1910.  Given the literacy rates and transcription errors of the time it is possible he passed away.

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All Boberg deaths registered in NZ

The next electoral roll (1919) shows her as a widow.  The 1911 ‘married’ entry was probably just a timing issue.

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She remains the only Boberg at the Foyle Street address in 1928.

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Interestingly, a widowed Bessie Boberg is residing at 484 Anderson’s Bay Road in Dunedin in 1914.  Alexander Alex Boberg that died in 1910 is buried in Dunedin…?

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It is interesting to note that the only Boberg (1840-1935) marriage is this:

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When compared to the 1928 Invercargill electoral roll, the name variations are evident

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Edwin Burtie looks to be their only child.  He was born in Bluff

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Bluff School roll listing from 1909 onward has Bessie listed as the person enrolling Bernice Ellen Boberg.

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Bernice Ellen was born to Edwin and Mona in 1926.  She married Owen Allan Rountree and had a daughter and son.  Margery Heaton Boberg provides a wonderful account of life in Bluff.

While researching Bessie I have come across an Axel Martin Boberg in electoral rolls in the 1960’s.  It seems probable that he is Edwin Boberg’s son – I need to check the new links I have found.  Some descendants of Axel Martin Boberg are in a family tree on this page.  The obituary of Mrs Bessie Boberg provides an excellent rundown of her life.  It is sad to see she now lies in an unmarked and, at times, overgrown grave.  I have now realised that she lies next to Robert Cecil and Emma Louise Fry.  Emma Louise Fry is Bessie Boberg’s mother.  Bessie Boberg, nee Palmer, is from Emma Fry’s first marriage.

Bessie Boberg’s grandson,  is in block 7.

Derrick Haigh

HEATON

Born October 24 1917

Died November 19 1924

Her first husband, Henry George Newman, is buried at the Bluff Cemetery but his plot is unknown.

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