Gold Locket: Jane Simpson (1889)
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A gold locket that belonged to Joan Simpson's grandmother, Jane Simpson (nee McCauley). Jane was born in Dromore, Townland, County Tyrone, Ireland on 7 November 1870. She arrived in New Zealand with her family on board the 'Jessie Osborne' in 1876 and remembered seeing the casket of her sister Isabella (aged 18 months) being slid over the side of the ship into the sea. Jane married William MacGregor Simpson at the home of her parents 'Fairview Cottage' in Katikati on 28 October 1889. The couple lived in Greerton, Tauranga. Jane died in Tauranga on 2 July 1942. Joan is photographed wearing this locket at the McCauley Family Reunion which was held in Katikati in 2012. Photograph: Debbie McCauley. The current whereabouts of this locket are unknown.