by Rhonda WILSON (nee BULLING)
On my mothers side I am researching CAIRNS, LANGFORD, CORCORAN and GILMOUR.
My Great grandmother Hanora Corcoran came to New Zealand on the Gothic arriving in Wellington from London in July 1897 and then to Invercargill where she boarded a train to Centre Bush with only a penny in her pocket. She was met there by her brother-in-law Frank Langford and taken to South Hillend, which took them three hours. She was 22 and had come to live with her sister.
Hanora was the youngest of a family of eleven. Her mother and father were Tom and Catherine Corcoran of Laghtacllow.
She then married Frank's brother Joe and they settled in South Hillend, where the school was later built.
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