Kate was born on
It was mid summer when Kate was born.
The Inverness Courier for that day reported that the
boys from the
Even if 1873 was to have had a better harvest the die was cast.
Kate’s parents were leaving
Kate was a bright pupil at school and stayed on to complete a standard V11 year. However, she was unable to attend a secondary school and had no opportunity to study at University. She certainly had an appreciation of education.
At Ngarua she farmed in partnership with her brothers John and
Murdoch and later on Donald.
She is remembered as a wonderful cook who provided so well
for all the family gatherings.
In the summer she would begin baking apple pies at dawn and
before breakfast the pantry shelves would be filled.
The school holidays were always special occasions with all
the Robertsons cousins either staying or visiting.
Kate welcomed each one, produced the favourite goodies and
handed out lavish amounts or pocket money.
Hot afternoons were spent in the orchard or the bush or
catching eels in the river.
Kate was always prepared to cook these for breakfast the next
day. She was an averred
reader who knew the works of
Kate often spoke of
Kate had one son, Gordon Terence Robertson (Robbie) who was brought up as her younger brother. Sadly her real relationship with Robbie was not revealed until after she died, though it helped make sense of some things she had said which had puzzled his cousins. We now know that Robbie's father was Charles Dermer of Fielding whose photo is available in the Fielding Public Library. Kate was buried at the old cemetery at Te Aroha along side her brothers Donald and Murdoch.