Eileen Fairbairn1

(27 Jun 1893 - 9 Aug 1981)
FatherAndrew Fairbairn1,2 (circa 1863 - Jul 1925)
MotherAda Pilkington1,2 (circa 1866 - 1931)


     Eileen Fairbairn was born on 27 Jun 1893 Andersons Bay, Dunedin, OTG, NZ.1,2
     Eileen Fairbairn died on 9 Aug 1981 Christchurch, CBY, NZ, at age 88.1
As Eileen's entry in The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography shows, she led an interesting life as a teacher, geographer, and tramper.

Her elder sister Ada appears ahead of her in the newspaper scholarship results, so they were obviously a talented family.
Assorted passenger lists support her travels to at least Fiji, Colombo, and Brazil.

The Biography entry shows her father Andrew as "a commercial traveller", which he may well have been at the time of her birth (electoral rolls record him as a salesman around that time), but later newspaper reports show that he was the head of Fairbairn, Wright & Co. when he died on holiday in London (1925).1,3,4,5,6


     See more info about Eileen Fairbairn here. (this being her entry in The Dictionary of NZ Biography.)1
ChartsLineage 2a1: Thomas & Jean (LAWSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited11 Jul 2012


  1. [S1820] Various authors - see citation details, Online Dictionary of NZ Biography, 1893-1981 Eileen d/o Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Ada PILKINGTON, teacher & geographer, from Barbara A. Peddie. 'Fairbairn, Eileen - Biography', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10
    URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/5f1/1, extracted Jul 2012.
  2. [S57] BDM: NZ historical indexes online at http://bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/Search, Birth 1893 Eileen d/o Andrew & Ada FAIRBAIRN, ref. 1893/15564, extracted Jul 2012.
  3. [S2640] Papers Past (NZ National Library) online at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/, Obit 2 Sep 1925 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, merchant of Christchurch, d. London, from Evening Post, Volume CX, Issue 55, 2 September 1925, Page 6, extracted Jul 2012.
  4. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, "Narkunda"23 Mar 1928 Ada, Ada & Elieen FAIRBAIRN, arr. London from Colombo, from UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, extracted Jul 2012.
  5. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, "Brasil Star"11 Sep 1956 Elieen FAIRBAIRN, b. 27.6.93, arr. London from Rio de Janiero, from UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960, extracted Jul 2012.
  6. [S2301] USA Immigration Records ex Ancestry 26 Aug 1959 Eileen FAIRBAIRN, arr. Honolulu from Nandi, FIJ, from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); NARA Series: A3577; Roll: 58, on ancestry as "Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959, extracted Jul 2012.
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