Turner-Williams at the age of 106
|Birth:||28 March 1872|
Kilmarnock, Scotland, UK
|Death:||13 December 1978|
Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
|Age:||106 years, 260 days|
Caroline Emily Turner-Williams (28 March 1872 – 13 December 1978) was a British-born New Zealander centenarian who, at the time of her death, was the oldest living person in New Zealand and one of the oldest New Zealanders of all time.
Turner-Williams was born as Caroline Turner in Kilmarnock, Scotland, on 28 March 1872. At the age of eight, her family moved to Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, England, where she met her future husband, Arthur Edward Williams, whom she married in 1901. The couple had two children: Margery and Charles.
In 1919, the family emigrated to Taradale, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, before moving to Havelock North three years later. In the early 1920s, Turner-Williams helped to establish Hawke’s Bay’s Country Women’s Institute while living in the town of Havelock North. She was widowed in 1930, and later went on a trip to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). As a centenarian, she lived with her daughter Margery (who never married).
Turner-Williams died on 13 December 1978 at the age of 106 years, 260 days. It is unclear when she became the oldest known living person in New Zealand, but her successor may have been Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard (1872–1984).
|New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Lavinia Baskerville • Helen Dixon • Mary Luplau • Flora Barton • Alexander Hughes • Agnes Wilson • Lillian Blyth • Ethel Pearson • Mary Cartwright • Caroline Turner-Williams • Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard • Florence Sedcole • Edith Robison • Jessie Little • Mary Bromley • Lillian Hickmott • Arthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean Tillie • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • Mary Doyle • William Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Mabel Wachner • Florence Finch • Irene Morgan • Ruby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline Anderson • Linda Wiggins • Mabel Jenkins • Lola de la Haye • Moy Kim Ng • Nina Brown • Ronald Hermanns • Joan Brennan