09 November 2009
Emigrating to New Zealand at 103, Britain’s Eric King-Turner oldest immigrant
Britain’s oldest emigrant Eric King-Turner, who emigrated to New Zealand at the ripe old age of 103, has died.
Eric and his wife Doris, who was 87 at the time, left Southampton on a luxury cruiseliner to start a new life in New Zealand two years ago, arriving in Wellington to a tickertape welcome. Eric later became a celebrity in New Zealand and was famous for his love of fly-fishing.
Eric suffered a stroke at and died in hospital on Sunday aged 104.
New Zealand-born Doris, now 90, called her husband a “thorough English gentleman”.
The two swapped their retirement flat in Titchfield for a bungalow overlooking Tasman Bay on the South Island.
When they set foot on New Zealand soil in 2008, Eric – a former Royal Navy serviceman and dentist – entered the record books as the oldest person to emigrate to New Zealand and Britain’s oldest immigrant.
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