Elisabeth Ana G Houlton was born 21 September 1833 in St Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom to Joseph Houlton (1790-1861) and Sarah Dixon (c1791-1869) and died 30 October 1894 in Whanganui, New Zealand of unspecified causes. She married Gordon Forlong (1819-1908) 1857 in Paddington, England. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Elisabeth sailed from England to New Zealand in 1876 with her husband and all eleven of her children. By the end of 1886, the youngest child and the two oldest had died (at ages ranging from 5 to 27) in Dunedin. The other eight all survived to adulthood and marriage, giving her four grandchildren born before she died and 38 after. Probably the best known grandchild was Michael Forlong (1912-2000), film producer. One of the most prominent great-grandchildren is Sir Bruce Slane, a lawyer and former Privacy Commissioner.

Offspring of Gordon Forlong and Elisabeth Ana Houlton (1833-1894)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Crawford or Crawfurd Forlong (1858-1885)
Elisabeth Adeline Gordon Forlong (1859-1881)
Emilie Rose Forlong (1860-1939)
Phebe Constance Forlong (1862-1936) 25 March 1862 Blythswood Hill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom 18 November 1936 Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand William John Charles Slane (1863-)

Houlton Gordon Forlong (1864-1908)
Hamilton Gordon Forlong (1866-1933) 22 January 1866 Milton, Scotland, United Kingdom 7 December 1933 Whanganui, Whanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Nellie Drew (1873-1920)
Heloise Alberta Woodford (1880-)

Eva Forlong (1868-1949)
Douglas Gordon Forlong (1869-1955) 4 July 1869 Ealing, Greater London, England, United Kingdom 19 July 1955 Bunnythorpe, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand Mary Humphrey (1873-c1924)
Annie Florence Anderson (c1880-)

Anna Gordon Forlong (1873-1926) 9 February 1873 Brentford, London, England, United Kingdom 11 December 1926 Whanganui, Wellington Province, New Zealand Frederick Louis Harrison (1873-1945)

Percival Gordon Forlong (1874-1920) 12 March 1874 Ealing, Greater London, England, United Kingdom 22 October 1920 Helen Grahame Fawns Hair (1874-)

Clyde Pollok Gordon Forlong (1876-1881)


Noteworthy descendants include

  1. Bruce Houlton Slane (1931-2017)

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Probate A20/99, Wanganui, 7 Sep 1899: Elizabeth Anna G Forlong (wife of Gordon): intestate.
  • Family tradition, including published material; IGI confirmed parentage
Ω Birth
  • IGI
¶ Death
  • Probate A20/99, Wanganui, 7 Sep 1899: Elizabeth Anna G Forlong (wife of Gordon): intestate.


  Robin Patterson