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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Suffragist and social worker.

A new biography of Daldy, Amey appears in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography on this site.

Amey Daldy was born at Yarwell, England, in 1829, daughter of a farmer, John Hamerton. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1860 and, after an earlier marriage to William Smith, married William Crush Daldy in 1880. A convinced feminist, Amey Daldy campaigned for the women's suffrage with the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and in 1892 became president of the Auckland Women's Franchise League. Her work for women continued after the vote was won. As president of the Women's Political Association she helped in the formation of the National Council of Women in 1896, for which she held Dominion office. Her many social activities included the early kindergarten movement, support for women's trade unions, and the Y.W.C.A. She died at Auckland on 17 August 1920. Amey Daldy gave freely of her time and energy with untiring patience to social and humanitarian causes from which sprang many of the improved conditions for women and children in the early century.

by Patricia Ann Grimshaw, M.A., Auckland.

  • New Zealand Herald, 19 Aug 1920 (Obit)
  • Auckland Star, 19 Aug 1920 (Obit).


Patricia Ann Grimshaw, M.A., Auckland.