Elizabeth McCombs

Elizabeth McCombs
Elizabeth McCombs 1933.jpg
Elizabeth Reid McCombs c. 1933
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Lyttelton
In office
13 September 1933 – 7 June 1935
Preceded byJames McCombs
Succeeded byTerry McCombs
Personal details
BornElizabeth Reid Henderson
19 November 1873
Kaiapoi, New Zealand
Died7 June 1935(1935-06-07) (aged 61)
Christchurch, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)James McCombs (married 1903)
RelationsChristina Henderson (sister); Stella Henderson (sister)
ChildrenFour children (two were adopted), incl. Terry McCombs

Elizabeth Reid McCombs (née Henderson, 19 November 1873 – 7 June 1935) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party who in 1933 became the first woman elected to the Parliament of New Zealand.[1] New Zealand women gained the right to vote in 1893, though were not allowed to stand for the House of Representatives until the election of 1919.[1] McCombs had previously contested elections in 1928 and 1931.[2]

Early years

McCombs was born in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury, New Zealand. She was one of the nine children of Alice and Daniel Henderson. The family spent some years living in Ashburton, but in anout 1882 the family moved to Christchurch.[2]

Stella, Kathleen and Elizabeth (then) Henderson in the 1890s

In 1886, her alcoholic father died, leaving her family in financial difficulty for a time.[2]

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