Frances Maude Wilson

  • Lifespan: Mar. 23, 1903 – Oct. 24, 2013 
  • Age: 110 years, 215 days
  • Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Last residence: Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Validation date: Apr. 26, 2015
  • Validation source: Mark Muir/Anson Davis/Waclaw Jan Kroczek

Frances Maude Wilson was born as Frances Maude McRobie on March 23, 1903 in Invercargill, New Zealand. She met her husband Bill Wilson when she was around 10 years old, they married in 1929. Mr. Wilson died in 1992. They had three children named Fay, Lyndsay, and Frances. Wilson had three children, nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She became the oldest person in New Zealand on 14 March 2011, then aged 107, following the death of 109-year-old Lena Ray. She was affectionately knowns as “Maudie”.

Frances Maude Wilson died in Invercargill, New Zealand, on October 24, 2013, at the age of 110 years, 215 days. She was succeeded as New Zealand’s oldest person by 109-year-old Peg Griffin.

Apart from being the Doyenne of New Zealand, Frances Maude Wilson became the third validated supercentenarian in the history of that Oceanian nation behind Ethel Booth (1890-2001) and Florence Finch (1893-2007). Her age was verified by Mark Muir, Anson Davis, and Waclaw Jan Kroczek, and validated by the Gerontology Research Group on Apr. 26, 2015.


  • Doyenne of New Zealand (Mar. 14, 2011 – Oct. 24, 2013

Frances Maude Wilson as centenarian:

Frances Maude Wilson, respectively, aged 3 months in 1903; aged 21 in the 1920s; on her wedding day with husband Bill at the St. Andrew’s Church in Invercargill (1929).

Frances Maude Wilson in the early 1960s, with grandchildren Allen Frazer (standing) and Stephen Wilson; and celebrating her 80th birthday with husband Bill (1983).

Frances Maude Wilson celebrating her 108th and 109th birthday in 2011 and 2012.

Frances Maude Wilson at age 110.

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