Topic: Ethel Louisa Macmillan (nee Latham) (1868-1942)
Ethel Louisa Latham married Charles Macmillan who would later become Mayor and Member of Parliament for Tauranga. She was a painter. Ethel died in Tauranga on 22 July 1942 after falling off her bicycle.
Ethel Louisa Latham was born in Kurnaul, India on 23 June 1868. She was the daughter of John Herbert Latham (M. A. Contab) and Rosina Harriet Latham (nee Young). John Herbert Latham was a Civil Engineer and Telford Medallist. He was also the author of "Latham of Wrought Iron Ridge" which was published on 4 January 1899.
On 4 January 1899 (reg. 1899/509) Ethel married Charles Edward Duncan Angus Evan Ewan Macmillan who would later become Mayor and Member of Parliament for Tauranga. Ethel and Charles had three children together:
Ethel Urania Macmillan (1900-1984). Born in Auckland in 1900. She died in Tauranga in 1984, her ashes buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery.
- Violet Adela Marie Macmillan (1902-1981). Born in Auckland in 1902. She died in Tauranga in 1981 and was buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery.
- Latham de la Barca Macmillan (1905-1983). Born in Waihi in 1905. He married Betty Marie Keenan in 1939. Latham died in Auckland in 1983 and was cremated at Manukau.
In c1925 Ethel painted this view of Mount Misery, the farm belonging to William Henry James Poole (1879-1961) in Pyes Pa. The painting is held by the Tauranga Heritage Museum:
Ethel died in Tauranga on 22 July 1942 after falling off her bicycle.
Ellen McCormack (personal communication, 2016)