AmeyDaldy was born in Northamptonshire, England and arrived in Auckland with her brother John in October 1860. In 1865 she married William Henry Smith, who died in 1879. In 1880 she married the widowed William Daldy.
Having no children of her own, Amey and her husband took responsibility for William’s eight orphaned grandchildren aged from three to 19. The Daldys placed the children and a housekeeper in a house next to their own home in Ponsonby, with Amey taking the role of grandmother to the family.
A staunch Congregationalist, she was a founding member of the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and in 1893 became the founding President of the Auckland Women’s Franchise League. Supported by her husband, she was a tireless worker for equality of men and women politically and financially. A woman of radical views for her age and time, AmeyDaldy campaigned fearlessly for women’s right and social justice.AmeyDaldy 1829-1920 is buried in Block A, Row18, Plot 009.
Block A, Row18, Plot 009.