Story: Adoption

Order of Adoption, 1914

Once adoptions were regulated they had to follow proper legal processes. This document records the adoption of baby girl Kathleen Imelda Patten by William and Julia Pownall of Hastings in 1914. It notes that Kathleen was a 'legitimate child' – in other words she was the child of a married couple.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Kathleen Imelda Brown Papers
Reference: MS-Papers-5920

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How to cite this page:

Anne Else, 'Adoption - Māori and colonial adoption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2024)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2018