Kathleen Marion McKinnon was born at Clare, to Alexander James & Mary McKinnon
on 14th September 1902. She spent her schooling years in Clare, living with her
Grandmother Harriet at 11 Wright St. Clare in "Hope Cottage".
She was the eldest of nine children, six girls and three boys, John the youngest
died as a baby during the flu epidemic in 1919 at the Inland Mission Oodnadatta SA.
She was a witness at the wedding of Alexander William (Bill) and Muriel together with
Arnold Roy Rodda at the Methodist Church, Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton in Adelaide
on 7th July 1928.
She remained unmarried until 35 years when she met James Nash Button who was a butcher.
In 1934, Kathleen was "In Service" and on her way to Sydney by boat to work for a family
called Sussman, when she met James Nash Button and his daughter Betty. They were on their
way to live in New Zealand. James wife Minnie had died.
Kathleen continued on to Sydney and James and Betty to NZ. where James got work on
a farm and Betty lived with relatives in Wellington.
Kathleen and James corresponded for three years. He sent Kathleen the money for an
engagement ring until James finally came back to Australia and they were married in 1937.