Ann Boyce

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Ann Boyce
Born Ann Cave
Sydney, Australia
Died February 1914 (aged 86–87)
Motueka, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Known for pioneer, herbalist

Ann Boyce (20 November 1827 – 28 February 1914) was a New Zealand founding mother and herbalist. She was born as Ann Cave in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 20 November 1827. In 1837 she came to Port Underwood in Marlborough, New Zealand, with her family. She married William Boyce when she was 16 or less, and they lived in the Nelson area, and later Motueka. She had 13 children.[1][2]

Boyce had close contact with Māori people from the time she came to New Zealand. In Motueka, she was known as a herbalist especially knowledgeable about the medicinal use of plants, and provided medical assistance to Māori.[1]

She died at Motueka on 28 February 1914 aged 87, having outlived her husband by nearly 19 years.[1][2]

She was written about in a two-page story by her granddaughter Flora Park Cave Spurdle called 'Tales my grandmother told me'.[3]

Ann's parents were Samuel Cave and Susannah Noon, both sent to New South Wales from England as convicts. Susannah was only a young girl when she was transported in 1811. A factual account of her life and those of the other women on the convict ship Friends, The Girl Who Stole Stockings, was published in October 2015.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Orr, Katherine W. "Ann Boyce". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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  3. ^ Orr., Katherine W. (12 October 2010). "Boyce, Ann". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Hardie, Elsbeth (2015). The Girl Who Stole Stockings. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Teachers of Media Inc. (ATOM). ISBN 9781876467241.