Who is Ethel Parsons?

From the Alexander Turnbull Library

“Here is the sampler I told you about. I found it in a bin or hopper about 10 years ago, possibly in Karori, definitely in Wellington somewhere. Other librarians here got very keen to find out about Ethel Parsons, and Rita searched the births indexes, only finding one possibility:- Ethel Maud Parsons, born 1879, Timaru, last ¼ of the year, folio number 3916.

I searched the marriage indexes 1896-1909, without success. I wondered if Hawthorn might be the name of a house? Our conservation lab. took the photos of the back, and enhanced the digital photo, making it possible to read (we think) the framer’s notes: “Mrs Campbell, narrow gold frame”. If you find out any more about Ethel P. , please let us know.”

Jill G., Alexander
Turnbull Library
Wellington

ethel parsons sampler