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If anyone else has the VAUGHAN - OFLAHERTY in their family, I would be grateful for any help to fill some gaps.

John VAUGHAN b. abt 1850 Cork Ireland, death unknown in South Island NZ. His wife Julia ..... b. abt 1852 Cork Ireland, d. 1912 Dunedin NZ, arrived in Otago on the Zealandia 1875 at Port Chalmers. Along with two of their children.

John VAUGHAN b. 1872 Cork Ireland, d. 1938 Wellington NZ. He married abt 1918 ?? no registration found, Lena OFLAHERTY b. abt 1880 ?? , no idea where she came from, d. 1962 Auckland NZ., no registration found. Over the years she changed her name both Christian - Lena- Alma-Helen- Helena and surnames to fit the circumstances. At death she was Helena OFLAHERTY AKA VAUGHAN.

They had one daughter Alma Lena VAUGHAN b. 1919 NZ, d. 1995 NZ under the name Maureen Alma Lena BURNE. Like her mother changed her names around.

Mary (Maria) VAUGHAM b. 1873 Cork Ireland, arrived on the Zealandia 1875, death & marriage unknown. Later she spent time in Wellington in and out of court. Also in trouble with the police because of drink.

Philip VAUGHAN b. 1875 NZ, d. 1955 NZ. No idea if he marred, his body was given over to medical research and his ashes scattered over his mother's grave in Dunedin.

Margaret VAUGHAN b. ?? , not registered, marriage and death a mystery.

Eliza VAUGHAN b. ?? , not registered, marriage and death a mystery.

Helena VAUGHAN b. 1879, died 7 weeks later.

Five of the children were placed in 1882 in the Caversham Boys and Girls Industrial School at Lookout Point Dunedin, for the rest of their young life or until the age of 21years as was stated in the law of abandon children.

Their father John was charged many times for not contributing to the welfare of his children. Once he was given hard labour for a month, preferring drink over helping the children.

Julia had also given her body over to medical research after death.

Any help would be appreciated to fill in the gaps.

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on 2019-05-27 07:42:54

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by Joelene on 2019-06-20 05:41:21

Hi there, I am a grand daughter of Alma Lena Burne. She was born Alma Lena Vaughan and Burne was her married name. She did like to use Maureen. She also had a cousin Lena Alma in Nelson.

My father is one of Alma Lena's six children. He remembers his Grandmother Helena.

by Joelene on 2019-06-20 05:56:45

I will check if you are interested but off the top of my head:

Helena became an O'Flaherty through marriage. Dad does not remember his Grandad as Helena & John did not remain married.

by littlemircles on 2019-06-22 09:29:32

Hi many thanks for answering me, though you have thrown up more questions.
1. Who is the cousin in Nelson - surname
2. Lena Vaughan married Patrick Joseph OFlaherty or Flaherty 1915. She did not marry John, if so then it is not registered anywhere. Used both names throughout her life.
3. Do you know which Vaughan family she belongs too and where did she come from.
John Vaughan came from Ireland and so did his sister Mary (Maria), the other four siblings where born here.
All the Vaughan families I have come across have been checked and eliminated.
Would so much appreciate any further ideas, many thanks.

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