Ethel Booth
Ethel Booth
Ethel Booth on her wedding day
Birth: 25 December 1890
New Zealand
Death: 18 February 2001
New Zealand
Age: 110 years, 55 days
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Ethel Mary Booth (née Davis; 25 December 1890 – 18 February 2001) was a validated supercentenarian from New Zealand. She is currently the ninth-oldest known person ever from New Zealand.


Ethel Booth was born Ethel Mary Davis on 25 December 1890 in New Zealand. Her father Jackie was the youngest member of the 4th Waikato militia which founded Kirikiriroa, now known as Hamilton. Ethel married Edward Booth and had 3 children: Gordon, Roy and Bob. Edward was sadly killed in World War 1, leaving Ethel to raise their children alone.

All of Ethel's sons were alive at the time of Ethel's 110th birthday in 2000. She was the second person from New Zealand ever to turn 110, after Arthur Bates. Ethel said that her longevity might be due to the fact that she had no "man stress". [1]

Ethel Booth passed away in New Zealand on 18 February 2001 aged 110 years, 55 days. She was the oldest person to be born in New Zealand until Maudie Wilson surpassed her age in 2013.


New Zealand's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Caroline Turner-WilliamsParewahawaha Ranginui LeonardFlorence SedcoleMary BromleyLillian HickmottArthur Bates • Ethel Keen • Jean TillieWilliam Swensson • Charles Campbell • Sarah FooteMaria McGrathWilliam Buttler Hayes • Bertha Cole • Laura White • Ethel Booth • Florence Finch • Irene MorganRuby Billings • Inez Newton • Doris Mackintosh • Lena Ray • Maudie Wilson • Peg Griffin • Olive Oldfield • Madeline AndersonLinda WigginsMabel Jenkins