Story: Lesbian lives

Relationships: Together in death (3rd of 2)

Relationships: Together in death

Emma Scott and Alice Mills lived together in Wellington, and Mills purchased a plot in the Karori cemetery in 1936, two years before Scott's death. Mills died in 1943 and was interred with Scott. It is not known whether the two women lived in a lesbian relationship – this headstone is the only public glimpse into their private lives.

The engraving on the headstone has not weathered well. This is what it says:

In loving memory

Late of Launceston, Tasmania
Died 2nd July, 1938
Aged 69 years

Also her dear friend
Died 2nd December, 1943
Aged 76 years

We shall meet again

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How to cite this page:

Alison J. Laurie, 'Lesbian lives - Early relationships and networks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Alison J. Laurie, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 Aug 2018