TORLESSE, Miss Emily

c.1862 - 1904

Born at sea on the 'True Briton' in 1862 [or at Fernside, Canterbury, New Zealand on 2 January 1860], daughter of Charles Obins Torlesse (1821-1867) and his wife Alicia née Townsend (1827-1909), who married at Lyttleton, New Zealand on 27 December 1851. Alicia was a land-owner in New Zealand who in 1881 was staying at Stoke by Nayland Vicarage, Suffolk with her daughters, Catherine 22, born at Rangiora, New Zealand on 9 June 1858 and 18 year old Emily born 'at sea'. The grand-daughter of Revd Charles Martin Torlesse (1795-1881). Emily exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk in 1883 'Nest of the Long Tailed Tit' and in 1884 'A Study of Apples'. She returned to New Zealand in 1894 where she married at St Pauls, Wellington on 30 April 1894, her cousin, Charles Henry Hamilton and settled at Palmerston North, Wellington and had a daughter, Frances Theodora Alicia Hamilton. She died 'at sea a few days out of Wellington, returning to visit her sick mother in England' on 29 March 1904, aged 41.