Carol Tovey was born 1935 in Dunedin, Dunedin City, Otago Region, New Zealand to Arthur Gordon Tovey (1901-1974) and Heather Campbell (1911-2004) . She married Neil McKenzie Henderson (1930) 23 January 1957 in Wellington Region, New Zealand. Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899), Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329). Ancestors are from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, England, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Belarus, Italy, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Scotland, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, the United States, Sweden.
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Carol was an only child. In 1946 she moved with her parents to Wellington. She trained as a primary school teacher with specialty art and craft.

In 1998, Carol published the book "A Blaze of Colour", about her artist and educator father, Gordon Tovey.

In 2010, her second book was published, with her and her mother's accounts of Heather's eventually successful search for her parentage: "Searching for Grace".


Offspring of Carol Tovey and Neil McKenzie Henderson (1930)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Steven Henderson (1959)
Paul Henderson (1961) 1961 Kaitaia, Northland Region, New Zealand Kathleen Ann McDougall (1961)

Simon James Henderson (1964) 1964 Otaki, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington Region, New Zealand Judith May Urlich (1965)

Adam Mathew Henderson (1966) 1966 Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington Region, New Zealand Ilse Oostenbrugge (1971)


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Henderson, Carol, and Tovey, Heather: Searching for Grace, Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington, 2010
  • Correspondence with Carol in 2013-2014.
¢ Children
  • More details of sons are available from Carol or Neil.


  Robin Patterson