- Kate Sheppard was born on March 10, 1847, in Liverpool, England.
- After the death of her father in 1862, she lived with her uncle in Nairn.
- Her uncle, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland, taught her the values of Christian socialism that she always remembered. She possessed an extensive knowledge of both science and law.
- In the late 1860s, Sheppard moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with her mother and sister.
- Sheppard befriended Alfred Sauders, a politician and prominent temperance activist who influenced her ideas on women's suffrage.
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