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George Matthew and Louisa Matilda Snelson

George Matthew and Louisa Matilda Snelson

George Matthew Snelson and wife Louisa Matilda Snelson are shown here in the garden of their Fitzherbert Street home. George was the first mayor of Palmerston North and he and his wife are known as "the mother and father of Palmerston North." Louisa was one of approximately 523 Palmerston North women who signed the Suffrage petition, submitted to Parliament in 1893.