The Family Of      Mary Brown and        Thomas Me Lean. Notes.Mary Brown. Spelt with or without an E. English, Irish or, ...
Can our McLean tree be traced back to the original MacLeans WesternScotland?How many brothers and sisters did Mary Brown h...
Their 2 issue were   = Jessie Mary Banks                           Brian Richard Banks.Jessie Mary Banks was born 02/03/16...
Brian Richard Banks.Born 20/08/20 at Devonport married Elizabeth Ann Robertson (D.O.B.05/02/34 at Wellington) at Auckland ...
No.3. Harry McLean.                       D.O.B. 01/07/1898. Born in Glasgow.,V .jet          He married Emily Iving, D.O....
(i) Alan,Alan was born 04/04/24 at Auckland. He worked as a post officeemployée and then on the railway as a stoker. He la...
(4) Stewart McLean D.O.B. 29/10/60.Born at Warkworth, his interest has been motor car racing and lias aMarine Engineering ...
•s    i           There are 5 issue.           Kevin Donald McLean . Born 16/02/56 at Birkenhead.           Bruce Henry Mc...
Lorraine Margaret McLean born 16/12/61 at North Shore Hospital Sheis a haïr dresser and married Lewis Pilkington a spray p...
Carol Raewyn McLean, born 12/01/52 at Devonport, Auckland. Carol isa trained reg. community nurse. She married Greg. Bettj...
Cecily married James "Peter" Wilson.His father Herman Charles Linnet and mother Barbara Alison néeRoss.Peter and Cecily ma...
Roland     McLean. Born 27/06/64.Roland is a fariner.He married Anna Persis Ogle (born 15/11/63 at Hawera) on 19/12/87 atH...
No.4.                                 McLean.                (Dolly.)DoIIy was born 25/10/01 in ScotlancLHer occupation wa...
Simon Maxwell.          Simon married Fiona Lorlei Scott at Kings Collège on 30/12/81.They          divorced.          Sim...
He married Eva Gordon (born 20/07/08 at Waihi) at J.R.Gordansrésidence Waihi Plains. (Now known as the Lily Gardens) on 28...
Teds father was Henry (Harry) Wigmore and his mothers maidenname was Bastible.They Iived in Paeroa and Auckland and his oc...
No. 7. Thomas Quinton         McLeanD.O.B. 1911.Married Ethel Durham.Issue = 2.Ross McLean. Twin.Barry McLean. Twin.Tom re...
ROSS married Valérie née Browne. Her fathers name was JamesBrowne and her mothers maiden name was Edith Sutcliffe.There ar...
Richard married Catherine KingJason married Rochelle BennettDel died 06/03/93 at Omaranui, Napier.Barry married Jennifer M...
Richard married Catherine King              Jason. marriedjlo_chelleJBennett_     This          W e e k s                 ...
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  1. 1. The Family Of Mary Brown and Thomas Me Lean. Notes.Mary Brown. Spelt with or without an E. English, Irish or, Scottish. Ànswer Irish. Thomas McLean. Died of a heart attack in N.Z. Came out to N.Z. with half of the children. Rest born in N.Z. eg Thomas was born. in N.Z. They came out to N.Z. from Glasgow to Devonport in ?1902. Would like to know whether they lived in Glasgow or travelled there from Ireland. Are we Scottish or Irish descendants?
  2. 2. Can our McLean tree be traced back to the original MacLeans WesternScotland?How many brothers and sisters did Mary Brown have? Who were herparents and where did they corne from?How many brothers and sisters did Thomas Henry McLean have? Whowere his parents and where did they corne from? No.l. Jean. Born 24/02/1894. Govan. Ireland. Married Willoughby Richard Banks. 21/05/15 at Devonport.Died 13/08/70 at Waiuku. Cremated 17/08/70 at PurewaAuckland. Ashes scattered on Narrow Neck Beach, DevonportHer fathers name, = Thomas Henry McLean.Mother = Mary Brown.Résidence = Devonport. Fathers occupation, Packing Box Maker.Willoughby Richard Banks born 14/10/1890 at Devonport.Died 27/11/67 at Devonport and cremated 31/11/67 at Purewa Auckland.Ashes scattered at Narrow Neck Beach North Shore.His father was George Richard Rye Banks and his mothers maidenname was Dunne. Their résidence was Devonport and his occupation wascarpenter.Willoughby and Jane Banks had 2 issue.
  3. 3. Their 2 issue were = Jessie Mary Banks Brian Richard Banks.Jessie Mary Banks was born 02/03/16 at Devonport, she was a nurse.Shemarried John Leigh Seeger who was born on the 04/07/15 at Auckland.They married on 05/07/41 at Devonport.Babs died on 26/09/86 atWaiuku and was buried 31/09/86 at Waiuku.Johnnie Seeger died 17/12/94 at Waiuku and was buried 20/12/94.His father was Charles Henry Seeger who was a farmer at Waiuku. Hismothers maiden name was Agnes Jocelyn Black Smith.Johnnie and Babs had 3 issue. Issue.Robyn Leigh Seeger born 03/08/42 at Devonport.Occupation, -Telephone/receptionist.She married Jeffrey Donald George Morris on 07/06/69 at Waiuku. Hewas born 10/01/40 at Auckland. His father was Christopher Morris andhis mother Florence George.Jeff is a Commission Agent. There are no issue.Maureen Anna Seeger was born at Devonport 04/11/44. She has notmarried and there are no issue.Richard Willoughby Seeger was born 18/02/50 at Waiuku. He marriedLinda Janet Henry (who was born 11/10/50 at Auckland)on 28/12/77 atAuckland. Her fathers name was Anthony Henry and her mothersmaiden name was Miller. They Hved at Bucklands and Pukekohe.Lindais a part-time school-teacher and Richard is a builder. They have 2 issue.Clare Emilia Born 08/08/78 at Auckland.Dylan John Leigh Born 19/01/81 at Gisborne.
  4. 4. Brian Richard Banks.Born 20/08/20 at Devonport married Elizabeth Ann Robertson (D.O.B.05/02/34 at Wellington) at Auckland on 09/04/64. Elizabeths fathersname was Robertson and her mothers name was Burgess. They werefarmers from Blenlieim.Brian Banks died on 08/08/76 at Auckland andwas buried 12/08/76. He was a company agent + a naval rating on theAchilles. He married 3 times. His first wife was ?Norma ??? Elizabeth lives in the Western suburbs of Auckland.His second wife was Patricia Haydon and still lives in Auckland.There are 2 issue.Suzanne Banks born 04/11/71.Brandon Banks born 08/06/67. McLean. D . O . B . ???Roy McLean married Ina Russell.They were first cousins and had no children.Roy died in 1964 at Waihi. He had been a fariner at Waihi. Ina marriedKen (VïcNaul and they lived on Setldon Ave. Waihi and after her deaththe family continued contact until he died in 198?.
  5. 5. No.3. Harry McLean. D.O.B. 01/07/1898. Born in Glasgow.,V .jet He married Emily Iving, D.O.B. 20/05/02 at Solford England. She came To Waikino when she was 10. Her father John King had hoped to work in the mine but came during the strike. She nursed her mother who died of cancer when Emily was . She later married Harry McLean and eventually they moved onto a farm at Waitawheta also. They married at St Peters Presbytarian Church Grey Lynn Auckland on 28/3/23. Emilys mothers maiden name was Darbyshire. They had 4 children. (1) Àlan. (2) DonakI (3) Frank(Mick) (4) Ken. :
  6. 6. (i) Alan,Alan was born 04/04/24 at Auckland. He worked as a post officeemployée and then on the railway as a stoker. He later joined theairforce and went to Japan in the J force. He married Pat OConnor,they had 5 children. They separated and Pat remarried tvvice more. Alanwas tragically killecl in a M.V.A. (motor vehicle accident on 04/04/88 (hisbirthday.)Alan was a builder.ISSUE.(1) .Denise D.O.B. 15/06/52. at Warkworth.She is a trained speech therapist. She married Gérard Diedrichs on10/01/75. Gérard is a stock and station agent.They have 2 daughters.Rosa Jane, born 22nd April 1982. Sophie Louise born 20th Nov. 1985.(2) Peter. Born 04/11/53 at Warkworth. He married Margaret AnneThornton-Taylor in Christchurch on 19/1/76.He is a builder by trade andnow lives in Brisbane.They have 3 children, also living in Brisbane with Margaret..Kelly-Anne. D.O.B. 22/08/78 at Christchurch.Tracey Marie. D.O.B. 26/12/79 at Christchurch.Cindy Alicia. D.O.B. 6/11/81.(3) Maxine. D.O.B. 13/12/54 at Warkworth. Business administrator.Married lYlartyn Woodhall, who was born in England on 19/05/50.They married in Wellington on 25/03/78There are no issue.Martyn is a builder.Martyn was born in London, his mothers maiden name was JaneElizabeth Rider. His father Albert Edward Woodhall was an officer inthe army.
  7. 7. (4) Stewart McLean D.O.B. 29/10/60.Born at Warkworth, his interest has been motor car racing and lias aMarine Engineering business known as Seatech. His first wife was KathyBown and he later met and married Cyree Raelene Murray. Cyree wasborn 12/02/65 in Christchurch. Her father is Robert James Murray andher mother Trudi Raelene Shearer. Cyree manages their own farmwhich runs deer and dry stock. Her spécial interest is horses and breedsunique Unes.They have 2 children.(1) Sam Alan. D.O.B. 24/09/91. Born at Blenheim.(2) . Courtney Raelene Ruth. D.O.B. 01/08/94.Address:*Main Rd. Para Blenheim. South Island.(5) Randal McLean. Born 30/12/61 at Warkworth. Randal is a builder.He has onejssueHe married Rowanne Kebby on 04/03/90 at Wellington but they havesince divorced.Don Mclean. (2nd son of Harry)Was born 17/02/26 atWaikino.Don worked for the Shell Oil Company for 22years. He had rheumaticfever as a child which left him with cardiac complications. He met andmarried Barbara Anderson. Barbaras mothers maiden name was MaryMcLean and her father George Anderson were farmers at Matakana.Don and Barbara were married in ^iê^m 6 n b9/04/55. Don died 4 > fsuddenly at Arkles Bay , Whangaparoa onthe 20/10/74. He was buriedat the North Shore Crématorium on 22/10/74..- ^ ^ es- -Barbara remarried Roy Savery^anci they remain in the tamily home at13 Tui Glen Rd. Birkenhead. Roy died of cancer on 13th July 1996.
  8. 8. •s i There are 5 issue. Kevin Donald McLean . Born 16/02/56 at Birkenhead. Bruce Henry McLean. Born 22/01/58at Birkenhead. Rhonda Mary McLean. Born 29/12/59 at North Shore Hospital. Lorraine Margaret McLean. Born 16/02/61 at North Shore Hospital. Scott Thomas McLean. Born 23/10/65 at North Shore Hospital. Kevin McLean. Born at "The Gables" Birkenhead on 12/02/56. He married Ruth Port at St. Matthevvs Auckland. They have since divorced. They have 2 daughters; Lara Mary McLean. D.o.b. 25/02/86. at North Shore Hospital. Nane Rose McLean. D.O.B. 12/04/88 at North Shore Hospital. Kevin is a financial consultant. Kevin married Barbara Anne Neal on 25th April 1997 at Long Bay Beach Auckland. Barbara has 2 daughters Sarah Jane Gilliand and Katie Louise Gilliand. Bruce McLean. Born at"The Gables" Birkenhead on 22/01/58. He married Nicole Giraud at Monestier du Percy , France. They live in Grenoble. They have 3 children. Jeremy Henry McLean. Born 16/11/91 at Grenoble.)).. ) ^ Emily Barbara Jeanine McLean. Born 15/11/93 at Grenoble. Tina Marie McLean. Born 12 July a î f c renoble. Bruce works for Hewlett Packard. Rhonda Mary McLean born 29/12/59 at Auckland married Stephen Knight at Albany on 17/03/88. He is a curtain/textile salesman and Rhonda worked mainly in travel agencies. they have one daughter, Abby Mary Knight born 25/09/95 at Auckland. Stevens father is Donald Douglas Knight, and his mothers maiden name was Flora McKenzie Sheddon.
  9. 9. Lorraine Margaret McLean born 16/12/61 at North Shore Hospital Sheis a haïr dresser and married Lewis Pilkington a spray painter born13/10/60, at Papatoetoe Catholic Church on 02/02/86.They have 3 issue.Emma Louise Pilkington. Born at National Womens Hospital on25/05/92.Thomas John Pilkington. Born at Botany Downs Maternity Hospital on09/03/94.Mitchell Allan Pilkington. Born at Botany Downs Maternity Hospital on06/02/96.Scott Thomas McLean. Born 23/10/65 at North Shore Hospital.He married Deborah Neale (born 10/11/68) at the Wesley Collège Chapelon 01/09/90. They have-A daughter,Jessica Monique McLean. Born 04/01/96 at Papakura.Scott is a sales rep. 56fi* zjy f<3. Frarçk (Mick). M e Lean.Born 30/06/27 at Waikino.Mick married Dorn Stubbing in Auckland on 29/09/49. Dorn was born29/03/28. Her father was of maori descent Charles Stubbing and hermothers maiden name was Buchanon. Dorn died from cancer on24/02/76, she was buried at the North Shore Crématorium on 26/02/76.They had 3 children.Keith McLean. Born 29/03/50 at Milford Auckland. He marriedBarbara Raspe on 16/10/71 at Greenhithe. Barbaras father was Johnand her mother Alice Ethel Glanville, both were born in England.They have 3 children;Kirsty McLean, born 26/11/75 at North Shore Hospital.Cara Dorn McLean born 27/09/77 at North Shore Hospital.James John McLean born 22/08/81 at North Shore Hospital.
  10. 10. Carol Raewyn McLean, born 12/01/52 at Devonport, Auckland. Carol isa trained reg. community nurse. She married Greg. Bettjeman at theMcLean résidence Browns Bay at a double wedding with her father.They are divorced but they have 2 sons.Bodhi Toby Tan Mac Bettjeman. Born 22/03/81 atPicton.Rowan Michael Bettjeman. Born 05/11/83 at ? Picton.Gregs parents Noline and Mac are retired hill country farmers from TeKuïti. Mac s father had a direct connection to The Bridge to Nowhere. 1Carols partner Geoff Hoare is a secretary for the Marlborough PowerBoard. s^ce.Lynette McLean. Born 11/11/60. At Thames Hospital.Lyn married Kevin McLauhlan at Takapuna. They had a daughterRebecca born 04/04/79 at North Shore Hospital. Kevan and Lynne laterseparated.Mick married Géraldine Elizabeth née Eccles on 11/10/80. She is a reg.nurse, has 1 son Robert and 2 step-daughters Christine and Patricia.4Kenneth McLean. Born 26/12/36 at Waihi.Went to school at Waitawheta and was 9 when the family left the farmand went to Crown Hill, North Shore. He married Matilda Parkinson.Her father was Thomas Edmund George and mothers maiden namewas Finer Theima. Ken and Tilly were married at Pukekohe on 01/06/57.They are currently missionaries in Paraguay.They have 6 issue.Cecily, born 13/02/59 at Waiuku.Nathan, born 05/12/61 at Waiuku.Joy, born 14/11/60 at Waiuku.Roland, born 27/06/64 at Whitianga.Ian, born 21/09/66 at Thames.Shirley, born 04/12/67 at Thames.
  11. 11. Cecily married James "Peter" Wilson.His father Herman Charles Linnet and mother Barbara Alison néeRoss.Peter and Cecily married at Waihi on 28/07/79. they have 2 issueNikita Elsie Wilson, born 22/05/86 at Whangarei.Neville James Wilson, born 28/10/87 at Cambridge.Peter is an electrician.Nathan McLean. Born 05/12/61.Nathan married Elspeth Verna Duxfield at TeKuiti on 27/03/82.Elspeths mothers maiden name was Eunice Merveen Alley and herfather Phillip Leslie. Elspeth was born at Tamauranui on 01/09/61.They have 3 issue.Neil Lawrence McLean Born 18/05/83 at Hamilton.Vicki Sheena McLean Born 02/05/85 at Stratford.Dale Terrance McLean Born 12/04/89 at Stratford.Nathan and Co. currently farm at Hereheretau Rd. R.D.6. Wairoa.Joy McLean. Born 14/11/60.Joy married Russell Alister Gordan (born 15/05/59 at Te Poi ) on06/11/82 at Matamata. His fathers names were lan Alister and his mothers maiden name wasMildred Rose Harvey. He is a fitter turner.Joy and Russell are divorced.There were 4 issue.Alexander Alister Gordan. (AI.) Born 21/01/85 at Stratford.Benjamin Russell Gordan. (Ben.) Born 19/02/86 at New Plymouth.Sam Kenneth Gordan. (Sam.) Born 15/02/88 at New Plymouth.Harley Gordan. Born 27/06/89 at New Plymouth.Harley was born with a congénital condition and died 16/01/90 < t New aPlymouth.Joy and the boys live at 476 Toko Rd., R.D.22. Stratford.
  12. 12. Roland McLean. Born 27/06/64.Roland is a fariner.He married Anna Persis Ogle (born 15/11/63 at Hawera) on 19/12/87 atHawera.Annas father, Garfield Keith Ogle married Ngaire Lynore Reyland.Roly and Anna have 3 children:Todd Enoch McLean. Born 31/10/89 at Penrith AustralieJay Rueben McLean. Born 24/09/91 at Stratford. TWIN.Luke Ezra McLean. Born 24/09/91 at Stratford. TWIN.Roly and Anna live on Toko Rd., Stratford, Taranaki.Ian McLean. Born 21/09/66. ^/SJ^oclan married Kaye Frances Street on 04/03/95 at Pukekura Park NewPlymouth.Kayes father was Richard Frances Street and her mothers maidenname was Jones. Kaye has a son Kurtis Richard How-McLean.Issue.Abby Kate McLean. Born 23/12/95 at New Plymouth. fHtf&AiZrë &Ian is a police officer and they currently live at 173 Carrington St., NewPlymouth.Shirley McLean. Born 04/12/67 at Thames.Shirley married Gerald Robert Connor (born 30/03/53 at Stratford.)on07/07/84 at Whangamomona.He is known as Joe.Joes father was Robert Sidwell Connor and hismothers maiden name was Nina Winifred Hill. Joe is a builder.There are 3 issue.Amy Jean Connor. Born 23/03/87 at Stratford.Emily Louise Connor. Born 19/11/88 at Kohuratahi.Ralph Ira Connor. Born 21/08/92 at Stratford.
  13. 13. No.4. McLean. (Dolly.)DoIIy was born 25/10/01 in ScotlancLHer occupation was silk-buyer,- manageress.She married William Edward Jones on 04/11/24 at Hamilton.His father was Francis Àugustus Jones and his mothers maiden namewas Cassidy. William was an engineer and they lived at Takapuna.He died 18/06/67 at Auckland and was buried 21/06/67 at Auckland.Dolly died 30/04/70 and was buried 04/05/70 at Auckland.There is 1 issue.Mary Frances Jones. Born 18/04/33 at Hamilton.Mary is a violin teacher, she married Donald Nithsdale Maxwell (Dale)at Kings Collège, Auckland on 28/08/54.Dale was born 22/01/32 at Otahuhu. His father was Valentine Freke"Maxwell and his mothers maiden name was Bell. Dale was deputyheadmaster at Kings School.There are 2 issue.Simon Maxwell. Born 25/04/56 at North Shore, Auckland.Fraser Christopher Maxwell. Born 03/10/59 at Feilding.
  14. 14. Simon Maxwell. Simon married Fiona Lorlei Scott at Kings Collège on 30/12/81.They divorced. Simon married Marion Waldorf on 09/09/93 in London. 3 Simon and Marion live at Cholmeley Lodge, Highgate. London. Their occupations are film-makers and multi Media Producers. 1 Fraser Christopher Maxwell. | Fraser married Paula Yates on 25/01/86 at Whakatane. They divorced. |l (|| Fraser married Linda Hollingsworth on 14/03/93 at Cambridge, N.Z. | . Lindas father was John Hollingsworth and her mother was Jean Doolley. They have 2 issue. Hannah Lauren Maxwell. Born 02/08/94 at Adélaïde Australia. Olivia Rose Maxwell. Born 16/10/96 at Hamilton. Fraser is a Pediatrician at Waikato Hospital. No. 5. Samuel Nicholson McLean.ri ft le 1 • TiSABHÉferi Sam was born 20/02/1903 at Devonport. (the year after Thomas and Mary came to N.Z.)
  15. 15. He married Eva Gordon (born 20/07/08 at Waihi) at J.R.Gordansrésidence Waihi Plains. (Now known as the Lily Gardens) on 28/3/32.They have farmed on McLeans road, Waitawheta Valley for manyyears.Eva had a passion for horses.They had 1 issue.Gordon McLean. Born 21/11/34 at Paeroa.No issue.Sam died 27/03/68 and is buried at Waihi. Eva died 19/09/80 and isburied at Waihi also.No. 6. Kathleen McLean. (Kathy.)Kathy McLean. Born 16/08/?09 at Devonport.She married Henry Edward Wigmore (Ted) born 31/10/01 atKarangahake.Marriage date unknown.
  16. 16. Teds father was Henry (Harry) Wigmore and his mothers maidenname was Bastible.They Iived in Paeroa and Auckland and his occupation was postmaster.Kathy died in 1970 and Teds date of death is unknown.There was 1 issue.Henry Murray Wigmore. (Murray.) Born 01/10/29 at Paeroa.He married Elizabeth Marion Williamson (Beth.)at SommervillePresbytarian Church, Remuera, Auckland.Murray was a retailer and bank manager.There are 2 issue.Alison Marion Wigmore. Born 28/04/60 at Auckland.Henry John Wigmore. (John.) Born 09/04/62 at Auckland.John and Alison are both registered valuers. John has his own businessin Auckland.Alison married Ian Young, born 24/03/56 at Pukekohe. His father isFrank Watson Young and his mothers maiden name was Goulding.Alison and Ian were married at Dioceson School Chapel on 31/03/90.There are 2 issue.James Frank Young. Born 17/04/91 at Sth. Auckland.Peter Murray Young. Born 17/02/94 at Tauranga.Alison and Ian have a dairy farm at Whangamata. Alison works for thelocal district council.
  17. 17. No. 7. Thomas Quinton McLeanD.O.B. 1911.Married Ethel Durham.Issue = 2.Ross McLean. Twin.Barry McLean. Twin.Tom remarried FIo née Robinson. There were no issue. They livedWarkworth for many years. Flo now lives at Henderson Auckland.
  18. 18. ROSS married Valérie née Browne. Her fathers name was JamesBrowne and her mothers maiden name was Edith Sutcliffe.There are 3 issue.Andrew Thomas McLean.Mark James McLean.Lorraine Joy McLean.Andrew married Lisa Roberts. They are farming out of Melborne.Mark is a ? practising gênerai practioner.Lorraine married Mark Damien Leach. He is a teacher and she teaches /plays the flûte etc. They live in Sale out of Melbourne.Ross is a textile importer and manufacturer in Melbourne and hispartner Kay is a social worker.Barry McLean. Born at J)î^> <â ôot ( rftfPt>£œ-.Barry married Del. (born 22/08/42. née Berry.)There are 4 issue.Karen McLean. D.O.B. 03/04/61 at Warkworth.Kim McLean. D.O.B. 27/07/62 at Warkworth.Richard McLean. Twin. D.O.B. 20/08/70 at Rotorua.Jason McLean. Twin. D.O.B. 20/08/70 at Rotorua.Karen married Peter Scott (born 11/11/57) on 27/11/81 at Rotorua.Peter works on their mixed fruit orchard and Karen is the personelmanager at Watties/Heinz Industries. There are no issue.Kim McLean married John Cross at Rotorua.They are separarated. There are 2 issue.Ryan Cross born 30/04/86 at Rotorua.Shane Cross born 27/07/88 at Rotorua.
  19. 19. Richard married Catherine KingJason married Rochelle BennettDel died 06/03/93 at Omaranui, Napier.Barry married Jennifer Martin at Ormlie Lodge Taradale on 18/05/96.They réside on the orchard at Oamaranui, Napier.No. 8. Kelvin McLean.BornDied 19/10/23Shot at school in what became known as The Wâikino School Tradgedy.To this day pupils who were présent on that day appear to continue tocarry that days events as though it happened yesterday. Possibly due to alack of counselling and grieving facilities in those days.
  20. 20. Richard married Catherine King Jason. marriedjlo_chelleJBennett_ This W e e k s Highliglits Taradale on 18/05/96. r.*ïmS weeks Epitaph As word of the .tragedy (TV1, 7.30pm, spread, armed niiners and police hurried to the tWiednesday) relives the story of a homi- cidal gunman who./an amok in a rural school, braving gunfire to break in and seize Higgins. Whîle harrowing, Epi- taptis story has. redeem- Lean.ï V Zealand prima- ing features. Despite ïts lyschool in 1923. .anguish, the gold-mining town of Waikino united in On October 19, 1923, grief with the family of the farmer John Christopher killer. They even gave —i^gins —an Irishman money to help them start a PAUL GITTINS nèw life. ikino School Tradgedy. whod emigrated from Canada more than a décade before Thé son of the gunman is still and was commonly known as "Mad alive, living within a few miles of the appear to continue to John" or "Mad Higgins"—walked înto school. He remembers every détail of Waîkino Public School, Between Wai- the day. of the kilîings and speaks of terday. Possibly due to a hi and Paeroa, armed with a .32 auto- the life from the people of has had ail love and support he matic pistol and primed sticks of his Speaking to host Paul Waikino, he Gittins, days. gelignïte. In a half-hour, he killed two young boys and wounded three chil- dren, shot the headmaster Robert f lves an insight into the reasons for is fathers actions. Reid in the throat and neck, and also shot a constable as he was arrested. Despite pleas of insanity, he FILM RECALLS was sentenced to death. TYhe sentence was later commuted to 50s NZ MURDER life imprisonment. After serving TV3 présents one a number of years, he was re- of NZs most ac- leased and returned to Canada. claimed films At first confronting headmasr Heavenly Créa- ter Robert Reid, Hîggins declared tures, at8.30pm, —shere for rerenge," and told Sunday. Noted he had been persecùted for NZ writer/direc- lu-yêars by his neighbours, was tor Peter Jack- n t afraid to meet his God and o son (The Was going to shoot up some of the Frightëners, "^ren. . . ïid, pleading for the chil- aj departure c~from STAR Kate Wins et drens lives, tackled hini but was his earlier work with this art-house shot. Higgins moved to thé riext production, based on the shocking true roomjvhere he began shooting at story of Pauline (Parker) Rieper and .the terrified children, apparently Juliet Hulme, who cnmmitted a horrif- singlihg out particular ones. - ie murder in Christchurch in 1954. Charles Stewart and Kelvin When thefilmwas released in NZ, it McLean fell dead. Others were re-awakened interest în the long-bur- woiinded. Higgins went back înto ied story. Reids study and, seeing the Most sensationally, Juliet was dîs- schôoltnaster lying semi-con- covered to be prospering in Scotland; Jûous on the âoor, remarked; as a best-selling murder mystery.au-jj.Well, hes done for," and shoved thor usihg the pen name of Aixne Perry.m insidea paper cupboard. TV GUIDE, October 3, 1997 25 J ......
  21. 21. Recollections from t h e 1ifg of Emily McLeanI was b o r n i n Manchester, E n g l a n d o n t h e 2 0 t h o f May 1 9 0 2 , t h e .first daughter o f Emi l y ( D a r b y s h i r e ) a n d J o h n K i n g . . My. o n l ys i b l i n g , E l s i e was b o r n on 3 J u l y 1 9 1 0 .We 1 i v e d i n n o u s e s s i m i 1 a r t o t h o s e s e e n o n C o r o n a t i o n * S t r e e t ,w h a t t h e y c a l l t w o u p a n d t w o down the k i t c h e n and a l i t t l es i t t i n g room d o w n s t a i r s a n d two bedrooms u p s t a i r s , no b a t h r o o m o ranything like that. I c a n r e m e m b e r f a l l i n g down t h e s t a i r s w h e n Iwas f i v e .Some o f t h e h o u s e s we w e r e i n h a d c e l i a r s a n d o n e e v e n h a d a nattic. T h a t s w h e r e my f a t h e r k e p t h i s C a n a r i e s u n t i l h e g o t s i c ka n d h a d t o go t o h o s p i t a l . Mum w a s s u p p o s e d t o b e l o o k i n g a f t e rt h e b i r d s b u t s h e p u t t h e s e e d b o x i n t h e w r o n g way r o u n d a n d t h ebirds al1 died.A s I w a s 10 w h e n vie came o u t t o New Z e a l a n d I a t t e n d e d s c h o o l i nE n g l and up t o S t a n d a r d 3 I suppose. The f i r s t s c h o o l I went t o ,St C l e m e n t s , was j u s t r o u n d t h e c o r n e r , a n d t h e s e c o n d s c h o o l Iw e n t t o w a s n t m u c h f u r t h e r b u t w h e n I came o u t h e r e i t was a d a r n f l o n g way t o w a l k . We j u s t w o r e o r d i n a r y c l o t h e s , n o u n i f o r m s , a s1 s a y I was o n l y i n s t a n d a r d t h r e e when I 1 e f t . T h e r e w e r e nou n i f o r m s h e r e e i t h e r , u n t i l y o u g o t înto h i g h s c h o o l .F r o m S a l f o r d we s h i f t e d t o S e e d l e y . I t was n o t v e r y f a r , nowherei s v e r y f a r o v e r t h e r e , y o u c a n s h i f t umpteen t imes and fi n dyouve o n l y moved t o t h e n e x t s t r e e t .There i s a s o n g "The 01 d Lamp L i g h t e r " , I c a n r e m e m b e r t h e 1 ampl i g h t e r s going round doing t h e i r j o b . A l s o people "knocking youup", i n t h o s e d a y s p e o p l e h a d t o g e t up v e r y e a r l y a n d go t o w o r kb e f o r e b r e a k f a s t , some o f t h e m w o u l d corne home 1 a t e r f o r b r e a k -f ast. My d a d d i d n t have t o but they used t o have what theycalled " k n o c k e r s up"...men c o m i n g a l o n g t a p p i n g o n t h e W i n d o w swaking p e o p l e up. Presumably a l a r m c l o c k s were an i n v e n t i o n o fthe future.The f i r s t j o b I r e m e m b e r my f a t h e r h a v i n g i n E n g l a n d was t h a t o f amechanical stoker i n the e l e c t r i c light s t a t i o n (power s t a t i o n ) .His j o b was t o r e a d t h e g a u g e s a n d f e e d coal i nto the furnace i nsome w a y , i t was n o t n e c e s s a r y t o s h o v e l i t . The s t a t i o n p r o v i d e dp o w e r f o r j u s t t h e t r a m s , - t h e r e was no e l e c - t r i c i t y t o homes a tthat time.L a t e r vie h a d a s h o p w h i c h s o l d l o l l i e s , c i g a r e t t e s , s o f t drinksa n d t h i n g s l i k e t h a t , a n d t h e y u s e d t o make t h e i r own g i n g e r b e e ra n d t h e i r own i c e - c r e a m , b u t we d i d n o t h a v e f r e e z e r s , t h e r e w a s ac a r t o n a f f a i r w i t h t h e keg s i t t i n g i n i t and t h e i c e a i l aroundit. I d o n t k n o w how t h e y k e p t i t , m i n c i y o u i t w a s n t l i k e t h ei c e - c r e a m t h e y make now, t h e r e w a s no c r e a m i n i t . o u r s h o p w a si n a g r o u p o f s h o p s a n d t h e y m o s t l y seemed t o be o p e n a i l t h etime, night time t o o .
  22. 22. T h e n t h e r e v/ere t h e i t a l i a n s who came r o u n d t h e s t r e e t s w i t h . k e ^cream carts and on Sunday nights they would s e l l crumpets andt h i n g s l i k e t h a t as w e l l .O n l y v a g u e l y c a n I r e m e m b e r my g r a n d f a t h e r , I c a n t e v e r remember.t a l k i n g t o h i m , j u s t s e e i n g h i m , I was o n l y s e v e n w h e n he d i e d , s ohe c a n t h a v e b e e n v e r y o l d I d o n t t h i n k . My g r a n d m o t h e r diedw h e n I w a s 10 a n d s h e was o n l y 57 t h e n , w h e t h e r he w a s o l d e r t h a nher o r n o t I d o n t know. I c a n r e m e m b e r my g r a n d m o t h e r , s h e h a d abig family - r a i s i n g n i n e c h i l d r e n f r o m 11 b o r n .Its a funny t h i n g , I can s t i l l s e e my f a t h e r a n d my grandmotherin the t r a i n , a i l t h e f a m i l y came t o t h e s t a t i o n t o s e e u s o f f .F r o m M a n c h e s t e r we h a d t o go t o L o n d o n , and I can remember myg r a n d m o t h e r (Mums m o t h e r ) i n t h e c a r r i a g e a n d D a d p u t t i n g h i s a r ma r o u n d h e r and I can s t i l l h e a r him s a y i n g " I i l b r i n g her back".B u t g r a n d m o t h e r was t o d i e a b o u t 3 d a y s b e f o r e we a r r i v e d i n NewZealand. We d i d n t k n o w o f c o u r s e b e c a u s e t h e r e w e r e n o cable-g r a m s o r w i r e î e s s o r a n y t h i n g 1 i k e t h a t , s o we d i d n t f i n d o u tuntil the f i r s t mail a r r i v e d . She must h a v e gone v e r y quicklyb e c a u s e we l e f t o n t h e 1 0 t h o f A p r i l a n d s h e d i e d o n t h e 2 9 t h o fMay. I dont t h i n k my mother w o u l d have left i f s h e d knowngrandmother had cancer. And o f c o u r s e be i n g y o u n g I di d n t re n q u i r e - you d i d n t t a l k about t h i n g s l i k e t h a t i n those days.M o t h e r n e v e r r e a l l y s e t t l e d h e r e a n d I am s u r e t h a t w a s p a r t o fthe reason.I p r é s u m e i t v/as D a d s h e a l t h t h a t made t h e m d é c i d e t o corne t o NewZ e a l a n d , he had had r h e u m a t i c f e v e r . A i l I k n e w was t h a t we w e r eoff t o a n o t h e r c o u n t r y w h i c h I d n e v e r h e a r d o f , d i d n t know w h e r ei t was o r a n y t h i n g a b o u t i t . How my f a t h e r e v e r g o t my m o t h e r t oc o n s e n t t o corne I 1 1 n e v e r k n o w , s h e g o t s e a - s i c k i f s h e e v e r g o ti n t o a r o w i n g b o a t , a n d s h e was s i c k a i l t h e w a y , e x c e p t w h e n t h eb o a t s t o p p e d , b u t D a d a n d I v/ere n e v e r s i c k , k i d s d o n t g e t s i c k ,Dad n e v e r g o t s e a - s i c k .We only c a l 1 ed at three ports, w e l 1 we d i d n t go ashore atT e n e r i f e, we a n c h o r e d o u t i n t h e s t r e a m . K i d s came o u t t o t h eb o a t a n d p e o p l e on t h e s h i p w o u l d t h r o w money o v e r i n t o t h e s e aand t h e k i d s w o u l d d i v e f o r i t . I t was v e r y h o t a t t h e B q u a t o r .T h e n we c a l l e d a t C a p e t o w n , a n d t h a t i s o n e v i v i d m e m o r y I h a v e .I d o n t remember much a b o u t C a p e t o w n i t s e l f b u t I must have goneup o n d e c k e a r l y i n t h e m o r n i n g and I can s t i l l see i t . . . .Tabl eM o u n t a i n , fiât a s a p a n c a k e . T h a t h a s a l w a y s s t u c k i n my m i n d , Id o n t know why, b e c a u s e I d i d n t know a n y t h i n g a b o u t g e o g r a p h y o ranything 1ike that. Vie w e n t a s h o r e t h e r e , Mum was a l r i g h t o n c eshe g o t a s h o r e , none o f t h i s r o l l i n g , b e a t s i n t h o s e days d i d n thave s t a b i 1i s e r s , t h e y j u s t roi 1 ed. I t h i n k The R u a p e h u was oneof t h e smal l e s t s h i p s o f t h e 1 i ne. T h e n we c a l 1 e d a t H o b a r t , vied i dn t go t o t h e A u s t r a l i an mai n i a n d , j u s t T a s m a n i a . I don tr e m e m b e r much a b o u t t h a t .T h e r e was n o t a l o t t o do o n t h e s h i p , we h a d r a c e s a n d , a s I wasa p r e t t y g o o d r u n n e r w h e n I was y o u n g , 1 w o u l d w i n t h o s e . Therewere c o n c e r t s w h i c h I sang i n . Dad u s e d t o p l a y c a r d s a n d Iremember someone w a l k i n g r o u n d and r o u n d t h e b o a t , I r e a l l y - o -
  23. 23. d o n t k n o w w h a t t h e t e s t was b u t o n a n d o n t h e y w e n t . • i rsuppôlsëfîisie j u s t s t a y e d i n t h e c a b i n w i t h Mum m o s t o f t h e time,,/ wes h a r e d a d o u b l e c a b i n w i t h a n o t h e r woman a n d h e r d a u g h t e r , w i t hE l s i e and ï s h a r i n g t h e t o p bunk. one n i g h t w h e n Mum . w a s n t if e e l i ng t o o b a d s h e w e n t o u t a n d left t h e t h r e e g i r l s t o - ,-lopk,af t e r e a c h o t h e r . Vieil E l s i e h a d v e r y s h o r t , v e r y s t r a i g h t h a i r-,t h i s o t h e r g i r 1 a n d I t o o k i t i n t o o u r h e a d s t o p l a i t h e r h a i r,-.l i t t l e wee p l a i t s a i l o v e r h e r h e a d ! I d o n t know- w h a t vie g o t - f o rt h a t , I d o n t r e m e m b e r b e i n g p u n i s h e d b u t we p r o b a b l y g o t g r o w l e dat. r c-On t h e same d a y t h a t we s a i l e d f r o m T i l b u r y D o c k s t h e T i t a n i c 1 e i tSouthampton bound f o r A m e r i c a . I n i t i a l l y b o t h s h i p s would haveb e e n g o i n g i n t h e same d i r e c t i o n . T h e y w e r e o n l y a f e w d a y s out, ;w h e n t h e s h i p s a n k b u t a s t h e r e was no c o m m u n i c a t i o n b e t w e e n s h i p s i n t h o s e d a y s I am n o t s u r e how l o n g i t was b e f o r e we h e a r d a b o u tthe tragedy. Some o f t h e p a s s e n g e r s o n T h e R u a p e h u s a i d t h e y h a dh e a r d screams and p e o p l e c a l 1 i n g out from t h e w a t e r . The captain s a i d t h e y w o u l d n t h a v e 1 i v e d 10 m i n u t e s i n t h a t w a t e r , i t was soc o 1 d.When vie d o c k e d i n W e l l i n g t o n o n t h e 3 r d o f J u n e ( 1 9 1 2 ) t h e r e w e r ef l a g s f l y i n g o n t h e w h a r f a n d a s vie d i s e m b a r k e d D a d a s k e d s o m e o n ew h a t t h e f l a g s w e r e f l y i n g f o r , t h e man a s k e d " h a v e y o u j u s t corneoff that boat?" D a d r e p l i e d y e s a n d t h e man e x p r e s s e d h i s a m a z e -m e n t t h a t we d i d n t k n o w t h a t t h e f l a g s w e r e f l y i n g b e c a u s e i t wasthe Kings Birthday. B u t we w o u l d n t h a v e k n o w n a s i n E n g l a n dt h e r e was n e v e r a n y f u s s made a b o u t t h e K i n g s b i r t h d a y .F r o m W e l l i n g t o n we t r a v e l l e d t o F r a n k t o n b y t r a i n , a r r i v i n g t h e r eat a b o u t 7 am. we t h e n h a d t o w a i t f o r a t r a i n w h i c h t o o k u s t oPaeroa. T h e r e w e r e some p e o p l e i n P a e r o a , I d o n t k n o w who theywere but t h e y had l e f t E n g l a n d s i x weeks b e f o r e us. We w e n t t ot h e i r p l a c e f o r a cup of t e a and w a i t e d f o r a n o t h e r c o n n e c t i o n t ot a k e u s t o W a i k i n o , t h e l i n e o n l y vient as f a r as W a i h i a t t h a ttime. I c a n v i v i d l y remember a r r i v i n g a t W a i k i n o s t a t i o n i n t h ed a r k , J o h n B a n k s was t h e r e t o meet u s . He h a d a c t u a l l y g o n e t oF r a n k t o n b u t had m i s s e d us t h e r e . W e l l o f c o u r s e t h e r e w e r e not a x i s or anything 1i k e that i n those days. s o we w a l k e d , i n t h edark, w i t h o u t a t o r c h or l a n t e r n , from the Waikino s t a t i o n alongthe r i v e r b a n k t o F r a s e r s t r a c k , a d i s t a n c e o f a b o u t 1.5 kms .J o h n B a n k s t o l d u s t o w a l k u p t h e t r a c k w h i l e h e w e n t o f f t o makea r r a n g e m e n t s t o g e t o u r l u g g a g e p i c k e d up. O f f v/e w e n t u p a n d upand up t h i s t r a c k i n t h e p i t c h d a r k and d e a t h l y s i l e n c e , boths t r a n g e r s t o u s h a v i n g corne f r o m a b i g c i t y . Mum was e x p e c t i n gsomeone t o l e a p o u t and g r a b h e r . F i n a l l y vie saw w h a t l o o k e d l i k ethe r o o f o f a h o u s e t h e n we h e a r d s o m e b o d y c a l 1 i n g . I t t u r n e d outt h a t J o h n B a n k s h a d g o n e up t h e h i l l p a s t t h e h a l l a n d g o t t o t h eh o u s e b e f o r e u s , i f h e h a d t a k e n u s t h a t way we w o u l d h a v e b e e nbetter off. B u t t h a t w a s n t t h e e n d o f i t , we t h e n h a d t o w a l kf r o m t h e r e u p t o o u r h o u s e , w h i c h i s n e a r w h e r e t h e m u s é u m i s now (Poland Street area.)T h a t was a f a i r w a l k f r o m W a i k i n o s t a t i o n , w e l l i t m u s t h a v e b e e n7 o c l o c k a t n i g h t o r s o , i n t h e w i n t e r a n d I c a n r e m e m b e r w h e n vie - 3 -
  24. 24. got into t h e h o u s e Mum s a y i n g " o h a l o v e l y f i r e " , ancl t h e r e - w a s abig open fire. S o t h a t w a s o u r i n t r o d u c t i o n i n t o New Z e a l a n d .B u t Mum n e v e r r e a l l y s e t t l e d , we w e r e o n l y h e r e n i n e y e a r s - w h e nshe d i e d . Of c o u r s e s h e d l e f t e v e r y o n e b e h i n d , h e r b r o t h e r s a s -s i s t e r , she o n l y had one s i s t e r , b u t i t w a s n t v e r y l o n g b e f o r e ft h e y a i l foîlowed u s . T h e same t h i n g h a p p e n e d w h e n we l i v e d i nE n g l a n d . . . i f we s h i f t e d t h e y a l 1 f o l l o w e d u s , w h e r e v e r we w e n tt h e y a i l f o î l o w e d , I d o n t k n o w why.T h e f i r s t t o corne o v e r w a s my M o t h e r s s i s t e r , Lott ie ( CharlotteM i l l s ) , L e s K e l w a y s m o t h e r , t h e y came o u t a r o u n d 1 9 1 5 I t h i n k , a n dt h e n my F a t h e r s s i s t e r , Emma R o b e r t s ( B e r t s m o t h e r ) foîlowed,t h e n my m o t h e r s t w o b r o t h e r s ( J o h n & sam D a r b y s h i r e ) came o u t a n db r o u g h t one c h i l d each. ï n i t i a l l y J o h n s w i f e , B é a t r i c e a n d Samswi f e Agnes s t a y e d i n Engl and b u t f o l lowed 1 a ter wi t h t h e o t h e rchildren. T h e n a n o t h e r s i s t e r o f D a d s came o u t , E l l e n {King)w i t h her husband (Ted Dennis p a r e n t s ) . I once s a i d , Dad s h i f t e dto g e t away f r o m t h e f a m i l y a n d h e r e t h e y a l 1 were f o l l o w i n g h i m .T h e r e w e r e n o j o b s a t t h e b a t t e r y f o r my f a t h e r w h e n we f i r s tarrived as t h e m i n i n g s t r i k e was o n . There was a n o t h e r mineworking up a t K a r a n g a h a k e where î t h i n k he went f o r a 1 i t t 1 ewhi 1 e . F o r some r e a s o n h e h a d t o r i d e a h o r s e , some t h i n g h e h a dn e v e r done i n h i s l i f e and i t t o o k a b i t f o r him t o i n a s t e r i t , hew o u l d g e t on one s i d e a n d be o f f t h e o t h e r . Then he g o t a j o b i npaeroa a t what they c a l 1 ed t h e s i l t works, i t was a w o r k s t h a tu s e d t o d r e d g e t h e r i v e r o f t h e s t u f f t h a t came f r o m . t h e b a t t e r yand t h e y used t o t r e a t t h i s s t u f f a t t h e w o r k s . Dad s j o b t h e r ew a s p r a c t i c a l l y t h e same a s t h e o n e h e d h a d i n E n g l a n d , s t o k e rand he was t h e r e f o r q u i t e a w h i l e .We s h i f t e d into Paeroa. We w e r e t h e r e f o r a b o u t five years It h i n k , when t h e s i l t w o r k s c l o s e d down. B y t h e n t h e b a t t e r y wasw o r k i n g a g a i n s o D a d g o t a j o b t h e r e a n d we came b a c k t o W a i k i n o .H o u s e s t o r e n t w e r e p l e n t i f u l a n d t h e o n e we h a d t h i s t i m e i s nowone o f t h e two muséums i n W a i k i n o . T h e o t h e r muséum was movedt h e r e a s a c h u r c h a n d t h e d a y i t o p e n e d f o r b u s i ne s s M i c k wasc h r i s t e n e d i n i t . A i l t h e boys were c h r i s t e n e d - A l an a t t h e P tC h e v a l i e r h o u s e , Don i n H a r r y s p a r e n t s h o u s e o n t h e f a r m , Ken a to u r W a i t a w h e t a h o u s e b u t , a s h a v i n g a c h u r c h h a n d y was a n o v e l t y ,we t h o u g h t i t f u n t o h a v e M i c k " d o n e " t h e r e .I f o r g e t why we s h i f t e d a g a i n f r o m W a i k i n o , c o s t h e b a t t e r y v/asstill w o r k i n g b u t i t was s h i f t w o r k , I d o n t remember Dad e v e rworking a n y t h i n g b u t s h i f t work. B u t t h e n he g o t a j o b nearPaeroa, between Paeroa a n d Te A r o h a there i s a place calledT i r o h i a , w e l 1 t h e y w e r e d r e d g i n g a i l t h e swamps t h e r e , a n d h ew o r k e d on t h a t w i t h t h r e e o t h e r f e l l o w s f o r q u i t e a w h i l e .I w e n t t o s c h o o l i n W a i k i n o f o r a b o u t 3 m o n t h s I t h i n k , b e f o r e wemoved t o Paeroa, where I left school a t 14, t h e r e v/as n ou n i v e r s l t y , n o t t h a t I d be a n y g o o d anyway. Some t i m e later,d u r i n g an i l l n e s s , I h a d gone up t o P t C h e v a l i e r t o s t a y w i t h A u n tB e a t t i e and ended up g e t t i n g a j o b a t T a t t e r s f i e l d s where I - 4 _
  25. 25. remained f o r a couple of years before Mum got s i c k and I had t op a c k u p a n d corne home. •Mum h a d h a d a n o p é r a t i o n i n W a i k i n o b e f o r e we m o v e d t o P a e r o a / Id i d n t k n o w u n t i l l a t e r t h a t i t was f o r c a n c e r . She seemed t o bea l r i g h t f o r a c o u p l e o f y e a r s and then she got s i c k a g a i n s o . a f t e rl e a v i n g s c h o o l I h e l p e d around t h e house and t h a t s o r t o f thing".One d o c t o r h a d w a n t e d t o p u t Mum i n t o h o s p i t a l b u t D a d s a i d no,-is h e s s t a y i n g a t home. A u n t i e B e a t t i e who was now a l s o living..ïn~P a e r o a was v e r y g o o d , c o m i n g i n t o h e l p . Mum u s e d t o a s k D a d t o ,s h o o t h e r when t h e p a i n was s o b a d .Elsie, of course, was still a t s c h o o l , s h e was only 11 w h e n ; u . Mm.died.H a r r y a n d I met a t a d a n c e i n t h e W a i k i n o h a 11 a f t e r I came b a c kfrom Auckland. My c o u s i n , L e s , t o l d me l a t e r t h a t H a r r y h a d a s k e dh i m who t h e new g i r 1 w a s a n d o n b e i n g t o l d t h a t I w a s h i s c o u s i na s k e d L e s f o r an i n t r o d u c t i o n . W e l l , L e s d e c l i n e d b u t H a r r y camea n d a s k e d me f o r a d a n c e a n y w a y . He w a s g o i n g w i t h a n o t h e r g i r 1at t h e t i m e , s o m e o n e m u c h p r e t t i e r t h a n me b u t I m u s t h a v e h a d .something c o s t h a t was t h a t . T h a t w a s a b e a u t i f u l h a l 1 , we u s e dt o h a v e l o v e l y d a n c e s down t h e r e , u n f o r t u n a t e l y i t w a s b u r n t downl a t e r on.When we m e t , H a r r y w a s l i v i n g o n t h e f a r m h i s p a r e n t s h a d b o u g h tb e c a u s e h e a n d R o y h a d l e f t home t o g o f a r m i n g a n d T h o m a s d e c i d e dt h a t i f t h e y w e r e g o i n g t o d o t h a t t h e y m i g h t a s vieil get a farmof t h e i r own. T h e y o u n g e r M c L e a n s made t h a t f a r m , T h o m a s d i d n tdo a n y t h i n g o n t h e f a r m r e a l l y , h e w a s no* f a r m e r . The McLean shad 1 i v e d i n D e v o n p o r t , where H a r r y went t o s c h o o l . Thomas.wouldc a t c h t h e f e r r y a c r o s s t o A u c k l a n d t o work, as d i d F r a n k A r n o l d sfather. A n d when t h e y w e r e o n t h e i r way b a c k f r o m l o o k i n g t o b u yt h e f a r m Mr A r n o 1 d s n r v/as h e a d i n g down t o d o t h e same t h i n g -t h e y ended up b u y i n g n e i g h b o u r i n g farms! i t was f r o m t h e r e t h a tH a r r y v/ent u p t o A u c k l a n d t o c h e c k o u t t h e sma 1 1 b l o c k w h i c h myf a t h e r bought.D a d w a s v e r y u n s e t t l e d a f t e r M o t h e r d i e d , c o u l d n t s e t t l e down a ta i l , a n d I d o n t know v/hether he a n s w e r e d a n ad o r w h a t , f o r , o fa i l t h i n g s a da i r y farm. He d i d n t k n o w v e r y m u c h a b o u t d a i r y i n gb u t he g o t an a n s w e r a n d i t was a t P o i n t C h e v a l i e r . I t s e e m s weh a v e a l w a y s g o n e t o t h e , same p l a c e t w i c e . . . W a i k i n o , P a e r o a , P o i n tC h e v a l i e r , Waihi Beach. A n y h o w we g o t t h i s p l a c e a t P t C h e v a l i e r ,H a r r y & I were engaged. Dad h a d a s k e d H a r r y t o go u p a n d l o o k a tt h e p l a c e b e c a u s e he (Dad) d i d n t know a n y t h i n g a b o u t c o w s . Harryd i d n t corne b a c k , s t a y i n g o n t h e r e t o h e l p w o r k t h e p r o p e r t y . I tw a s a l i t t l e p l a c e , ï d o n t k n o w -how many a c r e s , some l a n d v/as l e a s e d f r o m o t h e r p e o p l e a n d was s c a t t e r e d a b o u t t h e a r e a . Dadw e n t u p a n d l e f t me t o d o a i l t h e p a c k i n g a n d g e t e v e r y t h i n g o n at r a i n , a s vieil a s t a k i n g c a r e o f E l s i e , a n d I was o n l y 1 9 . A n y h o wwe f i n a l l y e n d e d u p i n a h o u s e w h i c h h a d a k i t c h e n a n d a b e d r o o m ,and a n o t h e r l i t t l e room a t t a c h e d whi c h y o u h a d t o go o u t s i de t o get t o . Dad and H a r r y s l e p t t h e r e w h i l e E l s i e & I s l e p t i n t h ehouse. T h e men mi I k e d t h e c o w s a n d d i d t h e mi 1 k r o u n d between them. D e l i v e r y w a s s t r a i g h t t o t h e p e o p l e , t h e r e was n o p a s t e u r i - - 5 -
  26. 26. z a t i o n o r a n y t h i ng 1 i k e t h a t i n t h o s e d a y s . We w e r e t h e r e f o rn e a r l y 2 y e a r s I suppose. Then H a r r y and i g o t m a r r i e d , t h e f a r mwas s o l d a n d we a i l m o v e d i n t o a n o t h e r h o u s e a t P o i n t C h e v a l i e rw h i c h i s w h e r e A l a n was b o r n .We were m a r r i e d i n t h e n e a r e s t P r e s b y t e r i an, w e l l i t was then e a r e s t c h u r c h -which e v e r y b o d y we i n v i t e d c o u l d g e t t o , i t w a s n t fa v e r y b i g w e d d i n g , but nobody had c a r s i n t h o s e days and t h e y hadt o g e t t h e r e by t r a m - c a r o r w a l k . I t was i n Grey Lynn, i cantjust remember t h e name o f t h e c h u r c h now, anyway i t s on -mywedding c e r t i f i c a t e , but I dont t h i n k the b u i l d i n g i-s t h e r eanymore. T h e r é c e p t i o n was a t A u n t y L o t t i e s h o u s e i n G r e y Lyhn.I was m a r r i e d a t 2 0 , tv/o m o n t h s b e f o r e my 2 i s t . Elsie wouldhavebeen t w e l v e . H a r r y c o u l d n t g e t w o r k s o we r e t u r n e d t o VJaitawherâi n 1924 s u p p o s e d l y t o r e n t a f a r m h o u s e a n d w o r k i n t h e b a t t e r y a tW a i k i n o , b u t I t h i n k H a r r y had i t i n m i n d a i l a l o n g t o buy thatfarm, w h i c h i s what e v e n t u a l l y happened.When we came t o t h e f a r m t h e h o u s e h a d a k i t c h e n , a s i t t i n g r o o n r ,t w o b e d r o o m s , a n d a t a t t y o l d p o r c h , no s i n k , no r u n n i n g w a t e r ,t h e r e w a s n t e v e n a t a p when I f i r s t went t h e r e . H a d t o w a s h upi n a d i s h on t h e t a b l e . We u s e d t o h e a t t h e w a t e r on t h e s t o v e .T h e r e w a s n t e v e n a t o i 1 e t when H a r r y f i r s t w e n t up t h e r e , t h e yhad t o b u i l d one. I t was h a r d g o i n g a l r i g h t .My father stayed i n Auckland then, buying f i r s t a p i e shop i nGrey L y n n and t h e n a f i s h r o u n d . He a n d E l s i e r e n t e d a n a p a r t -ment. E l s i e w o u l d h a v e b e e n 13 o r 14 b y t h e n a n d h a d l e f t s c h o o ls o s h e k e p t h o u s e f o r them. L a t e r E l s i e s t a y e d w i t h Aunt L o t t i ef o r a w h i l e t h e n she went t o Agnes & S a m D a r b y s h i r e s 1 (my m o t h e r sb r o t h e r ) . She worke.d i n a s e w i n g f a c t o r y . T h e n Dad g o t i l l ands p e n t some t i m e i n h o s p i t a l i n A u c k l a n d b e f o r e c o m i n g down t o u son t h e f a r m w h e r e h e d i e d i n 1928.. Vie h a d b o u g h t t h e f a r m b y t h e nand w e r e m i l k i n g . •Sam & Ina R u s s e l l , c o u s i n s tb"Harry, a r r i v e d i n Waihi j u s t . afterH a r r y & I shiftôd t o t h e f a r m : . R o y v/às a s o l d i e r d u r i n g t h e f i r s tw o r l c l w a r a n d h a d met i n a whilst t r a c k i n g d o w n f a m i l y i n I r e l a n d .T h e y l a t e r m a r r i e d arid moved orito a n o t h e r farm f u r t h e r up theW a i r a w h e t a V a l l e y V T h e y d i d nôt h a v e a n y c h i l d r e n a n d n e i t h e r d i d 1I n a s two b r o t h e r s , F r a n k and Sam.C o u n t i n g t h e m up.-. . . G r a n d m a M c L e a n h a d n i n e c h i l d r e n , s h e broughtup. e i g h t (one d i ed n S c o t l a n d ) b u t she o n l y had e l e v e n grand-c h i 1 d r e n , a n d n i he bf t h o s e w e r e b o y s , t w o g i r 1 s - M a r y & B a b s ( J e s s i e ) . H a r r y & I- h a d t h e b i g g e s t f ami l y , t h e o t h e r s o n l y h a do n e m o s t o f t h e m / J e a n h a d t w o , Tommy h a d t w o . I was t i c k l e d onetiîhe - P o p ( T h o m a s M c L e a n ) came d o w n , i t m u s t h a v e b e e n a f t e r M i c kwas b o r n , t h e t h i r d one f a i r l y q u i c k l y y o u s e e a n d he t o l d H a r r yhed b e t t e r p u l l hIs s o c k s u p . When H a r r y t o l d me I s a i d w e l lw h a t was h e d o i n g . why d i d n t he p u l l h i s s o c k s u p , he h a d n i n e !T h o m a s d i d n o t normàlly- s-ay v e r y m u c h , he was a v e r y q u i e t man.A l t h o u g h I d i d n o t h â v e a " g r e a t d e a l t o do w i t h h i m a s he livedand w o r k e d i n A u c k l a n d f o r q u i t e a l o n g t i m e b e f o r e coming b a c k t othe farm. w h i l e h e v/as i n A u c k l a n d M a r y s t a y e d o n dov/n a t t h e - 6 -
  27. 27. f a r m w i t h Sam, K e l v i n , H a r r y , Tommy, D o l l y a n d K a t h y y - , .Roy v/aso v e r s e a s a n d J e a n v/as m a r r i e d b y t h e n , Tommy t o o k o v e r t h e homef a r m w h e n T h o m a s a n d M a r y m o v e d o u t t o H i n e m o a Street.;.,.; w a i h iBeach. T h o m a s v/as o n l y t h e r e t h r e e w e e k s w h e n h e l a y ;down- a n ddied while painting the roof. . , /.yAs f o r G r a n d m a M c L e a n s h e d go o n a n d o n , t e l l i n g y o u a b o u t p e o p l eyou d never h e a r d o f . S h e d h a d t o p u t u p v/i t h a 1 o t o f inco.n,-v e n i e n c e c e r t a i n l y , b r i n g i n g u p a f a m i l y , c o o k i n g f o r t h e m ; iS.he.was a g o o d c o o k . I m a g i n e h a v i ng t o c o o k f o r a l 1 t h a t 1 o t , • a n dc l e a n a n d sew. When s h e w a s i n A u c k l a n d , I t h i n k s h e u s e d t o sewfor o t h e r s a s w e l l , b e f o r e t h e y s h i f t e d down t o t h e f a r m . Maryv/as a c h u r c h woman, P r e s b y t e r i a n , b u t t h e y c o u l d n t g e t t o c h u r c hi n any c a s e . They had a t r u c k , I t h i n k , t o g e t o u t , b u t t h e y d i dn o t g e t o u t v e r y much.When I f i r s t came d o w n h e r e I o n l y h a d A l a n , who v/as s e v e n m o n t h s -old. B o t h D o n ( 19 26 ) a n d M i c k ( F r a n k 19 27 ) v/ere b o r n i n Wai k i n oa n d , a l t h o u g h t h e r e v/as a d o c t o r a v a i l a b l e , i t v/as u s u a l f o r o n l ythe midwife to attend. O u r s was j u s t an o r d i n a r y h o u s e w i f e , i nf a c t h e r daughter, Mary P h i l l i p s , had t h e nearby shop l a t e r on.N i n e a n d a h a l f y e a r s l a t e r K e n v/as b o r n i n W a i h i , h u g e s u r p r i s et h a t v/as ! ! A n d t h a t v/as w h e n we g o t o u r f i r s t p r a m . Up u n t i 1t h e n I j u s t h a d a n o l d p u s h c h a i r w h i c h A u n t i e J e a n h a d g i v e n mew h e n A l a n v/as b o r n a n d I h a d f i x e d u p .C o l i n M a l c o l m , who h a d b e e n l i v i n g i n a n o r p h a n a g e , came t o w o r ka s o u r f i r s t f a r m h a n d w h e n h e v/as 15 y e a r s o l d . One d a y A l a n wasp l a y i n g a r o u n d w i t h t h e h a m m e r , h e w o u l d o n l y h a v e b e e n a b o u t 18m o n t h s o l d , a n d C o l i n s a i d t o me " s h e s g o t y o u r h a m m e r " w e l l , o f fcame t h o s e b e a u t i f u i b l o n d c u r 1 s , I w a s n t g o i n g t o h a v e p e o p l et h i n k i n g A l a n was a l i t t l e giri!A man came r o u n d o n e d a y , w h o , i t t u r n e d o u t , v/as my headmasterf r o m P a e r o a ( a n d w h o , c o i n c i d e n t a l l y v/as B a r b a r a S a v e r y s u n c l e ) .He came t o s e e w h e t h e r v/e ^.wanted, o r n e e d e d , a s c h o o l a n d h er e c o m m e n d e d t h a t v/e g e t o n e . I s a i d a t t h e t ime " I h o p e t ogoodness were n o t s t i l l h e r e v/hen A l a n s t a r t s s c h o o l " I d i d n tlike i t at a i l . l d corne down h e r e , l e f t e v e r y b o d y b e h i n d , h a v i n gn e v e r b e e n o n a f a r m i n my l i f e b e f o r e .When v/e f i r s t a r r i v e d h e r e , H a r r y v/as w o r k i n g i n t h e b a t t e r y a n do f c o u r s e he h a d t o go on a f t e r n o o n s h i f t . He t o o k me t o t h e f a r ma n d l e f t me w i t h t h e b a b y . T h e r e w a s n o 1 amp, n o e 1 e c t r i c i t y .A i l I h a d v/as a c a n d i e , t a n k w a t e r , a n o l d f i r e p l a c e w h i c h c a u g h tf i r e one n i g h t . 01 i v e & L e s w e r e s t a y i n g w i t h u s o n e t ime w i t ht h e i r f i v e k i d s , I d o n t k n o w w h e r e t h e y v/ere s l e e p i n g , o u t i n t h etent, i n the car I think. A n y w a y I n o t i c e d smoke comi ng o u t f r o munder t h e s t o v e and w h i l e O l i v e and I were l o o k i n g a t t h i s L e s l e ywho h a d b e e n o u t s i de a t t h e b a c k came i n a n d s a i d y o u r c h i m n e y son f i r e . I t was j u s t a n o l d c o r r u g a t e d i r o n c h i m n e y a n d i t v/as o n fire. I f i t h a d b e e n b 1 o w i n g t h e h o u s e wou 1 d h a v e g o n e u p i n smoke. I d o n t k n o w how . t h e y m a n a g e d t o p u t i t o u t , b u t somehowt h e y d i d . we f o u n d o u t a f t e r v / a r d s t h a t t h e s t o v e w a s s e t i n t o t h ec h i m n e y b u t i t v/as j u s t p a c k e d a r o u n d w i t h d i r t . When t h e y t o o k . t h e s t o v e o u t t h e d i r t v/as a r e d h o t a s h . How v/e s a v e d t h a t p l a c e
  28. 28. IU n e v e r know. D o n t k n o w how we g o t o v e r t h a t f r i g h t . Yes- it !was an a v / f u l o l d h o u s e . I d e c i d e d t o p a p e r t h e k i t c h e n , Harryv/âsat w o r k , he d g o t an a f t e r n o o n s h i f t a g a i n, ï d n e v e r d o n e a n yp a p e r i n g i n my l i f e b e f o r e , a n y h o w we g o t c r a c k i n g . A long whilea f t e r w a r d s a n u n c l e o f m i n e who u s e d t o do p a p e r i n g v i s i t e d andsal d "you ve got that p i ece u p s i de down". I r e p l i ed t h a t ic o u 1 d n t h a v e c a r e d 1 e s s w h e t h e r i t was u p s i d e d o w n o r b a c k - t o -front. I t made t h e k i t c h e n l o o k a b i t b e t t e r - n o t v e r y m u c h , ;buta b i t . H e r e s me t r y i n g t o p a p e r w i t h a b a b y i n b e d , I d o n t -knoww h e t h e r I h a d a l a m p b y t h a t t i m e o r w h e t h e r I was s t i 11 u s i n g ac a n d i e , I t e l l y o u i t was a g r e a t t i me.A n o t h e r t i m e we w e r e t r y i n g t o m a k e h a y . H a r r y w o u l d go t o work,corne home a n d g e t t h e h a y , w h i c h h e d h a d e u t r in. Harry wast r y i n g t o b u i l d t h e s t a c k up and I w e n t o u t t o g i v e h i m a h a n d , Id i d n t know a n y t h i n g about hay. A n y h o w I was u p on t h e s t a c k a n dh e was t h r o w i n g i t up t o me a n d t h e f i r s t t h i n g I d i d was stickt h e f o r k t h r o u g h my f o o t . . . s o t h a t was t h e e n d o f h a y m a k i n g f o rme!! O, y e s i t was g r e a t f u n . - . b u t v/e v/ere h a p p y .A l t h o u g h , I v/as l o n e l y w h e n I f i r s t v/ent o n t o t h e f a r m . I thinkr e a d i n g v/as t h e o n e t h i n g t h a t h e l p e d me r e a l l y . Of c o u r s e t h e r ev/as no r a d i o , we d i d n t h a v e a g r a m o p h o n e t h e n , v/e g o t o n e later.I had v e r y l i t t l e c o n t a c t w i t h the o u t s i d e v/orld because the o n l ym e a n s o f t r a n s p o r t v/e h a d v/as a c a r t w h i c h H a r r y u s e d f o r t h e m i l kr o u n d h e d i d i n W a i k i n o a n d t h e n h e v/as t r y i n g t o d e v e 1 op t h e f a r mas w e l l , so I v e r y s e l d o m went o u t . Of c o u r s e w h e n t h e k i d s v/erel i t t l e you c o u l d n t g e t out anyhow. We u s e d t o h a v e aChristmast r e e up a t t h e W a i t a w h e t a h a l l . I d i d n t know a n y t h i n g a b o u t thisu n t i 1 H a r r y S h a w c a m e r o u n d c o l l e c t i ng f o r t h e c h r i s t m a s tree,b e f o r e o u r k i d s were a t s c h o o l , and as u s u a l o u r k i d s w e r e so s h y ,M i c k e s p e c i a l i y v/as s c a r e d s t i f f , s o we e n d e d u p h a v i n g t h e t r e ein the h a l l . T h e k i d s u s e d t o h a v e r a c e s o u t s i d e f i r s t , t h e n v/e dcorne i n s i d e a n d s o m e b o d y w o u l d d r e s s u p a s S a n t a C l a u s a n d g i v et h e k i d s p r é s e n t s , t h e y t h o u g h t i t was lovely. We h a d a l o t o ffun t h e r e , w h e n v/e g o t t o k n o w t h e m .The b o y s a l v / a y s f o u n d s o m e t h i n g t o d o , t h i ngs t h e y s h o u l d n t bedoi ng p r o b a b i y . A n d l d b e b u s y d o i n g some t h i n g a n d l c l t h i n k ,now w h e r e a r e t h o s e k i d s ? I t h o u g h t a b o u t c r e e k s y o u know, t h e ywerent v e r y deep c r e e k s , but s t i l l I thought about creeks. Iwent l o o k i n g f o r them one day and I f o u n d them i n the n e x t p e o p l e sf a r m , j u s t i n t h e p a d d o c k , sv/ear i n g t o b e a t t h e b a n d i t , I t h i n kt h e y m u s t h a v e b e e n t r y i n g t o f i n d o u t how many sv/ear w o r d s t h e r ew e r e , so I r e a d them t h e r i o t a c t . I s a i d r i g h t y o u go home a n dyou get y o u r mouths s c r u b b e d out wi t h sandsoap. So I m v/al k i n ga h e a d o f t h e k i d s , t h e y r e v/al k i n g b e h i n d me bav/1 i n g t h e i r e y e sout and Im nearly k i l l i n g myseff l a u g h i n g , t h e y d i d n t know.When I g o t t h e m home I a s k e d w e l l w h a t i s i t y o u w a n t , y o u r m o u t h ss c r u b b e d o u t v / i t h s a n d s o a p o r v/i 11 y o u go t o b e d ? We 11 go t o b e dwas t h e r e p l y . So t h e y v/ent t o b e d a n d t o s l e e p !The b o y s u s e d t o s i e e p o u t i n a t e n t , H a r r y had b r o u g h t an o l dt e n t home o n e t i m e a n d t h e y h a d p i t c h e d i t dov/n o n t h e l a v / n . Thek i d s v/ere p l a y i n g a r o u n d i n i t a n d d e c i d e d t h e y d l i k e t o s l e e p i nit. W e l l t h a t t e n t w a s n t • r e a l 1 y s u i t a b l e s o v/e b o u g h t a n o t h e r - 8 -
  29. 29. o n e a n d t h e y s 1 e p t i n t h a t t e n t u n t i l v/e l e f t t h e f a r m , i n t h ef r e e z i n g c o l d , no h o t w a t e r b o t t l e s , no e l e c t r i c b l a n k e t , b u t t h e yw o u l d n t corne i n t h e h o u s e , t h e y d i d n t w a n t t o . So Pop p u t av/ooden f 1 o o r i n a n d b o a r d e d t h e s i d e s u p s o f a r . We p u t a n i r o nr o o f over i t as t h e f l y , i t used t o r a t t l e & c l a t t e r & bang. I t .v/as v e r y h e a l t h y - p l e n t y o f f r e s h a i r . T h e r e v/as a d u c k w a l k f r o mt h e f r o n t d o o r o u t t o t h e t e n t s o we d i dn t h a v e t o v / a l k o n t h ewet g r o u n d . They had a c h e s t o f drawers and t h e i r c a n d i e s . Don &M i c k s 1 e p t t h e r e , a n d A l a n b e f o r e h e l e f t home a n d a l s o w h e n h ev/as o n l e a v e f r o m t h e r a i l w a y a n d , l a t e r , t h e a i r f o r c e . T h a t v/ast h e i r b e d r o o m u n t i l we l e f t t h e f a r m w h e n M i c k v/as 18 - some t e nyears. E v e n i f t h e y w e r e c r o o k t h e r e v/as no w a y t h e y d corne i n t othe house, they l o v e d i t o u t t h e r e , d i dn t h a v e t o t i dy t h e i rrooms! They c o u l d do what t h e y l i k e d , e x c e p t o u r bedroom window l o o k e d o u t v/here t h e y v/ere a n d l d s e e t h e i r c a n d i e s t i l l burningand w o u l d c a l 1 t o them t o " p u t t h a t c a n d i e o u t , I don t want t h eh o u s e b u r n t down" - t h e y d b e r e a d i n g .They l o v e d r e a d i n g . T h e y h a d an o l d F a r m e r s b o o k , w i t h c a t t l e o n ,a n d l i t t l e wee p i c t u r e s . T h a t v/as t h e i r b i b l e , t h e y t o o k t h a t t obed, and r e a d by c a n d l e l i g h t . T h e n t h e r e v/as t h e t i m e w h e n t h ed u c k s w e n t mi s s i n g . We h a d a s o r t o f l a k e I s u p p o s e , j u s t as o a k i n g from the h i l l s , a n d i t v/as e n c i r c l e d w i t h b l a c k b e r r i e s .We l e f t i t l i k e t h a t s o t h a t t h e k i d s c o u l d n t g e t i n t o i t , b u tthey thought t h a t t h e d u c k s n e e d e d t o swim, so t h e y t h r e w themover t h e b l a c k b e r r i e s i n t o t h e pond, then they c o u l d n t get o u t .We u s e d t o g o dov/n t o t h e c r e e k t o d o t h e v / a s h i n g s o m e t i m e s , v/hent h e t a n k s w e r e d r y . Wed t a k e t h e c o p p e r dov/n a n d b o i l i t u p , t h ek i d s w o u l d t h i n k t h a t v/as g r e a t f u n - t h e y c o u l d p l a y i n t h e c r e e kw h i l e I d i d t h e v/ashing. B u t a n o t h e r t i m e v/e w e r e s h o r t o f w a t e ra n d t h e k i d s t h o u g h t t h e y d h e l p. They t o o k a b a t h on a s 1 edgedown t o t h e c r e e k a n d t h e p e o p l e o n t h e f a r m n e x t d o o r , ( i t v/asA r n o l d s f a r m , b u t F r a n k s s i s t e r a n d h e r h u s b a n d v/ere f a r m i n g i tat t h e t i m e ) v/ere m a k i n g h a y o n t h e o t h e r s i d e o f t h e c r e e k a n dt h e y s a w thèse k i d s w i t h M e l l i e , t h e o l d h o r s e v/e h a d , d r a g g i n gt h i s s l e d g e v/ith t h e b a t h on i t up t h e h i l l and t h e y t h o u g h t thosepoor k i d s t h e y r e going t o lose a i lt h e water out of the bathb e f o r e they get t o t h e t o p . But they thought they were h e l p i n g ,they had a l o t of fun w i t h that o l d horse. I t u s e d t o t a k e Tommy (McLean) t o s c h o o l and then A l a n .I t v/as a l i t t l e t i n y h o r s e . The f i r s t d a y A l an went t o s c h o o l ,t h e s c h o o l m a s t e r , v/ho v/as b o a r d i n g v / i t h some p e o p l e n o t f a r a w a y ,and a l s o r o d e a h o r s e , c a l l e d f o r A l a n . I t looked so funny, t h i sman o n a b i g h o r s e a n d A l a n o n t h i s l i t t l e wee o n e .The boys g o t on v e r y v/ell t o g e t h e r , I suppose they had t h e i rs p a t s , b u t t h e y r e a l l y g o t on v e r y w e l l . T h e y v/ere l i t t l e h o u n d s ,a l v / a y s d o i n g some t h i n g they shouldn t . Another t ime t h e y h a danother duck, t h e y were t h r o w i ng it o r p u t t i n g i t t h r o u g h t h ef e n c e o r s o m e t h i n g and i t g o t hooked on t h e b a r b e d v/ire. Therest h e poor duck h a n g i n g t h e r e v/ith i t s stomach h a n g i n g on t h e v/ire.I s a i d t o A l a n " I c o u l d murder you" h e s a y s , " w e l l m u r d e r me".T h e y v/ere a l way s u p t o mi s c h i e f , w h a t o n e d i d n t t h i n k o f t h eo t h e r d i d . T h e y went w a n d e r i n g o v e r t o t h e n e i g h b o u r s , away r o u n d - 9 ~
  30. 30. t h e b a c k o f t h e b u s h , r e a l l y on a n o t h e r r o a d , t h e B o s w e l l s , i t squ i t e a 1 ong way . I d i d n t k n o w w h e r e t h e y v/ere , - w h e n -i I f ounclt h e m A l a n s a i c i " w e l 1 v/e a l way s corne home . " 1 said i-t- s a i r i g h t 11f o r y o u - y o u know where y o u a r e , b u t I d o n t . " - ,L a t e r o n v/e g o t a h o r s e & g i g. We d i d n t g o o u t v e r y - o f ten. t o :W a i h i , i t was a b i t f a r f o r a h o r s e . B u t I d o remember- d r i v i n g . i.ti n t o W a i h i o n c e t o s e e my f a t h e r i n h o s p i t a l . I d i d n t knov/- v e r ymuch a b o u t d r i v i n g a n d t h e r i m o f t h e w h e e l k e p t c o m i n g off-.and * • £had t o keep k n o c k i n g i ton v/ith a s t o n e . When I g o t a s f a r a s old-Mr M c L e a n s I g o t h i m t o t i e i t o n . A l a n v/as w i t h me, j u s t a weefella.H a r r y v/ould do t h e s h o p p i n g i n W a i k i n o when he d i d t h e m i l k r u n , rb r e a d a n d m e a t . . . w e d i d n t h a v e a n y f r i d g e s s o v/e h a d t o b u y t h em e a t e v e r y d a y . He v / o u l d d e l i v e r b r e a d t o t h e n e i g h b o u r s .T h e r e v/as a l w a y s b a k i n g t o b e d o n e , f o r m o r n i n g teas, afternoont e a s a n d f o r s o m e t h i n g t o e a t b e f o r e t h e y v/ent t o t h e s h e d . l dget up i n t h e m o r n i n g , get the fire g o i ng a n d b o i I t h e k e t t 1 ew h i l e H a r r y a n d t h e b o y s g o t t h e cows i n , and s t a r t e d t h e m i l k i n g .T h e n t h e y d corne o v e r a n d g e t a j u g f u i 1 o f t e a a n d w h a t e v e r foodI had r u s t l e d up. T h e n t h e k i d s w o u l d corne i n t o g e t r e a d y f o rschool. The boys d i d n t m i l k i n t h e e a r l y d a y s . We h a d h a d f a r mh a n d s a n d a , l t h o u g h some v/ere p r e t t y g o o d o t h e r s w e r e p r e t t y r u r n p t yand I g o t a b i t f e d up v/ith i t . We h a d p r o b a b l y b e e n t h e r e a b o u t10 y e a r s , w e l l u n t i l t h e k i d s v/ere o l d e n o u g h t o h e l p a l i t t l e , Is a i d I v/ould m i l k i n t h e m o r n i n g i f the kids could help i ntheafternoon. I c o u l d n t m i l k a c o w , i t v/as a i l b y h a n d , v/e d i d n th a v e a n y m a c h i nés t h e n , a n d h e r e s me t r y i n g . . . i t t o o k a l 1 t h em i l k i n g f o r me t o , m i l k o n e c o w , b u t i n t h e f i n i s h I v/as mi l k i n ga b o u t 10 b y hand.; t T h e n l d go i n a n d g e t t h e k i d s o f f t o s c h o o l ,g e t b r e a k f a s t f o r H a r r y s o h e c o u l d g e t a w a y t o t h e m i l k r u n , v/ev/as b u s y f o 1 k s . L a t e r o n v/e g o t a p r i m u s a n d t h a t s a v e d u s a l o tof time.K e n g o t s i c k o n e t i m e , , ... h e h a d t h e . l i t t l e r o o m n e x t t o o u r s a n dh e h a d t o corne t h r o u g h t h e s i t t i n g r o o m t o g e t t o t h e k i t c h e n . Weh e a r d t h e door. r a t t l i n g i n t h e k i t c h e n , I t h o u g h t i t v/as t h e c a t ,t i l l t h e k i d s y e l l e d o u t f r o m t h e t e n t " K e n s c o u g h i n g " a n d i t v/asa t e r r i b l e cough. We r a n g t h e d o c t o r f r o m t h e n e i g h b o u r s , v/ed i d n t h a v e a p h o n e . ^Of c o u r s e o u r d o c t o r v/as av/ay, a s u s u a l , a n di t w a s a l o c u m who came o u t . When h e g o t t h e r e h e d e c i d e d i t v/asd i p h t h e r i a a n d h e h a d t o g o t o t h e h o s p i t a l b u t we h a d n o m e a n s o ftransport s o v/e a s k e d i f v/e c o u l d g o v / i t h h i m i n h i s c a r , h ev/asnt v e r y c h u f f e d a b o u t t h a t , b u t anyhow he t o o k us i n . I tv/asnt d i p h t h e r i a a t a i l , j u s t c r o u p , b u t i t s c a r e d t h e v / i t s o u t :of u s . Don w e n t down t o m e e t t h e d o c t o r , o h v/e h a d t h e l i t t l e t r u c k t h e nI t h i n k , a n d w h e n t h e y v/ere c o m i n g u p t h e p a d d o c k s t h e d o c t o r s a i dto h i m " i s t h i s a i l y o u r p l a c e ? " Don s a i d y e s a n d t h e d o c t o r s a i d"well w h a t s t h e h o u s e d o i n g a way b a c k t h e r e ? " Don r e p l i e d" D o n t a s k me, i t w a s t h e r e w h e n I v/as b o r n . " In 1 9 4 5 we m o v e d t o W a i h i beach. Well v/e s t a y e d v / i t h R o y a n d I n a - 10 -
  31. 31. for a t i m e w h i l e P o p was b u i l d i n g t h e h o u s e . we h a d b o u g h t . a n o l dh o u s e i n W a i k i n o and s h i f t e d i t t o t h e b e a c h ( W a l l n u t t A v e n u e ) andhe a l t e r e d i t a r o u n d a b i t i n s i d e . M i c k & Ken w e r e s t i 1 1 w i t h . u sb u t b o t h Don a n d A l a n w e r e a w a y f r o m home b y t h e n . Don w a s w o r k -ing f o r Frank A r n o l d i n Waitawheta f o r a l i t t l e w h i l e a n d t h e n hegot a j o b i n the W a i k i n o b a t t e r y , l i k e h i s f a t h e r , two grand-f a t h e r s and two u n c l e s b e f o r e h i m . He d i d n t s t a y w i t h u s v e r ymuch. He h a d a m o t o r b i k e a n d I h a t e d h i m r i d i n g t h a t m o t q r b î k ë .L a t e r o n Don w e n t t o H a m i l t o n f o r a w h i l e , w h e r e h e b o a r d e d . w i £ hmy a u n t B e a t t i e who d i d n o t l i k e t h e i d e a o f h i m v / o r k i n g i n ,the.f r e e z i n g w o r k s a t a i l a n d v/ent a n d t o o k h i m o u t o f i t .în 1947 v/e m o v e d b a c k t o A u c k l a n d . B o t h H a r r y and M i c k had beenw o r k i n g i n a l i t t l e p l a c e c a l l e d F a r i s h s F o u n d a r y on W a i t e t e Roadi n W a i h i b u t t h a t j o b vient and H a r r y c o u l d n t g e t a n o t h e r . He v/asj u s t s i t t i n g a r o u n d d o i n g n o t h i n g a n d g e t t i n g r e a l l y mi s e r a b l e .So I s a i d t o h i m o n e d a y y o u d b e t t e r g e t o f f a n d g e t y o u r s e l f ajob. He s a i d b u t v/here am I g o i n g t o g e t o n e . T h e n h e saw ana d v e r t i n t h e p a p e r f o r a j o b i n T a k a p u n a i n t h e bov/ser t h e r e . Heh a d b e e n b r o u g h t u p on t h e N o r t h s h o r e . He r a n g a b o u t t h e j o b a n dg o t i t . So he v/ent o n u p t o A u c k l a n d l e a v i n g M i c k , K e n a n d I t r y -ing t o s e l l the house. B u t i t d i d n t s e l l s o v/e l e t i t i n s t e a d .H a r r y k e p t t h a t j o b f o r e l e v e n y e a r s , bov/ser a t t e n d a n t on t h e days h i f t as w e l l as bus c l e a n i n g a t n i g h t . He h a t e d s h i f t w o r k , a sdid my f a t h e r and I c a n t remember him e v e r d o i n g a n y t h i n g b u t .H a r r y v/as 60 v/hen we came b a c k t o t h e b e a c h i n 1 9 5 8 . He v / a s n ttoo v/ell t h e n and o n l y l i v e d a n o t h e r s i x y e a r s .M i c k g o t a j o b i n A u c k l a n d a n d a f t e r a b o u t 12 m o n t h s Don came u pas w e l l . He g o t a j o b v / i t h S h e l l O i l t h r o u g h a c h a p i n W a i h i whoa l s o worked f o r S h e l l . So he v/as t h e r e f r o m t h e n u n t i l h e d i e d .A l a n h a d a l r e a d y l e f t home. When he l e f t s c h o o l a t a b o u t 15 hev/ent t o w o r k a t t h e p o s t o f f i c e i n W a i k i n o a n d h e u s e d t o go a l o n gto t h e t r a i n v / i t h t h e mai 1 a n d o f c o u r s e he g o t t a l k i n g t o t h ee n g i n e d r i v e r and became i n t e r e s t e d and c o n s e q u e n t l y l a n d e d a j o bon t h e r a i l w a y , f i r s t i n . P a e r o a t h e n he moved t o F r a n k t o n . A t 18or 19 h e j o i n e d t h e a i r f o r c e a n d was away i n J a p a n f o r 12 m o n t h sa s p a r t o f t h e A r m y o f Occupât i o n . He m u s t h a v e g o n e s o m e t ime i n1946 a s I t h i n k i t v/as a b o u t F e b r u a r y 1947 v/hen we l e f t t h e b e a c h .I r e m e m b e r b e i n g t h a n k f u l t h a t we h a d a n o t h e r summer t h e r e b e c a u s ewe u s e d t o go s v / i m m i n g t h e n .A l a n l e f t t h e a i r f o r c e s o o n a f t e r r e t u r n i n g f r o m J a p a n and triedhis h a n d a t a few t h i n g s i n c l u d i n g a g r e e n g r o c e r s r o u n d w i t h al i t t l e van. He l i v e d . v / i t h u s i n M i l f o r d f r o m t h e n u n t i l he wasmarried. B u t he s e e m e d t o a l v / a y s m a n a g e t o be away v/hen we v/erem o v i n g . . . .v/hen we s h i f t e d f r o m t h e f a r m , v/hen v/e s h i f t e d f r o m t h eb e a c h . . . .v/hen we s h i f t e d b a c k t o t h e b e a c h .One d a y b e f o r e a n y o f t h e m v/ere m a r r i e d t h e b o y s d e c i d e d I v / a n t e dp r e t t y i n g up s o t h e y g o t me i n t h e b a t h r o o m a n d p u t t h i s lipstickon me, b u t i t d i d n t l a s t v e r y l o n g . I d o n t k n o w v/here t h e y g o ti t f r o m , b e c a u s e I d i d n t own a n y , h a d n e v e r w o r n a n y m a k e u p i n mylife. - 11 -
  32. 32. M i c k was t h e f i r s t t o m a r r y , t h e n A l a n , b o t h i n 1949. T h e y v/ereboth church v/ecldings v / i t h a little b r e a k f a s t . i n a hôtel i nT a k a p u n a foîlowed b y a n e v e n i n g a t home. Don v/as m a r r i e d i n 1 9 5 3i n M a t a k a n a , v/here B a r b a r a cornes f r o m . T h e y h a d met a t A l a n &P a t s , Barbara worked i n the f a c t o r y s t o r e .E l s i e h a d corne dov/n t o W a i h i t o w o r k a n d b o a r d e d w i t h A u n t Emma (Roberts). T h e n w h e n 1 f o u n d o u t I v/as e x p e c t i n g K e n , m u c h t o mys u r p r i s e , s h e came u p t o t h e f a r m t o h e l p . She s t a y e d v / i t h u su n t i l she m a r r i e d C o l i n M a l c o l m i n 1 9 4 0 , K e n was a b o u t f o u r y e a r sold then.C o l i n h a d v/orked o n t h e f a r m f o r a b o u t a y e a r b e f o r e j p i n i n g t h enavy. A t some s t a g e h e h a d m a r r i e d b u t h i s w i f e d i e d w h i l e h e wasa w a y a t s e a . Anyv/ay h e u s e d t o v i s i t u s v/hen h e v/as home o n l e a v ea n d h e came w h i l e E l s i e v/as l i v i n g w i t h u s ... a n d t h a t w a s t h a t !E l s i e r e t u r n e d t o A u c k l a n d and had a b i t o f a j o b i n a b o a r d i n gh o u s e , w h e r e C o l i n w a s s t a y i n g I t h i n k , a l t h o u g h h e was. av/ay m o r et h a n a t home o f c o u r s e . A t l e a s t h e v/as home v/hen N e i l w a s b o r n i n 1 9 4 5 , n o t 1 i k e v/hen H e a t h e r was b o r n i n 1943-. . . . A l a n t o o k . :Elsie i n t o t h e home o n t h a t o c c a s i o n a n d v/as m i s t a k e n • f o r t h efather-to-be ï A n d h e o n l y 19 y e a r s o l d ( a n d E l s i e 3 3 1 ) Colins e r v e d o n t h e A c h i l l e s a n d v/as i n v o l v e d i n t h e B a t t l e o f t h e R i v e rPlate. A f t e r t h e v/ar t h e s h i p v/ent t o E n g l a n d a n d t h e y v/ere av/ay :for n e a r l y a year t o u r i n g around. He h a d b e e n i n ..the n a v y f o r 21y e a r s and r e t i r e d a f t e r t h a t t r i p .A r o u n d 1945/46 E l s i e & C o l i n came b a c k t o W a i h i a n d s t a r t e d aphotography s t u d i o s t a y i n g a b o u t 20 y e a r s ; . Then back t o A u c k l a n dagain, wel1 Otara a c t u a l l y . I t v/as a - n i c e a r e a t h e n , b u t I .remember A l a n s a y i n g once " t h i s i s a pôtential slum." Thatsv/here t h e y w e r e l i v i n g v/hen E l s i e d e v e l o p e d ^ c a n c e r . S h e came dov/nt o s t a y v / i t h H e a t h e r b u t w a s h o s p i t a l i s e d i n W a i h i v/here s h e d i e di n 1969 . .H e a t h e r f e l t s h e d i d n o t w a n t t o s-.tay;-at home t h a t C h r i s t m a s a n ds o o f f e r e d h e r h o u s e t o my f a m i l y f o r t h e o c c a s i o n . I t v/as many al o n g y e a r s i n c e we h a d a i l , b e e n t o g e t h e r f o r C h r i s t m a s . A l a n andh i s f a m i l y h a d m o v e d t o thé S o u t h I s l a n d i n 1 9 6 6 a n d o f c o u r s eeveryone e l s e was s c a t t e r e d n a t i p n w i d e " v / i t h many o f my grand-c h i l d r e n now l e a v i n g s c h o o l and joining t h e work f o r c e . So Ig u e s s t h a t v/as r e a l l y o u r f i r s t . " M c L e a n F a m i l y R e u n i o n . "H a r r y d i e d i n 1964 ( a n g i n a ) a n d I s t a y e d on a t t h e b e a c h u n t i 11982 v/hen I m o v e d i n t o a c o t t a g e b u i l t f o r me b y A l a n , M i c k , K e n ,Heather, D e s , R a n d a l 1 , P e t e r (Wi 1-son) & C e c i l y , J o e ( C o n n o r ) . &S h i r l e y on H e a t h e r & D e s 7 Johns farm. I t o l d everyone i t probablyw a s n t w o r t h t h e f u s s a s I v/oul d b e u n i i k e 1 y t o 1 a s t a n o t h e r 6m o n t h s b u t i t v/as 19 9 4 b e f o r e f a i 1 i n g e y e s i g h t f o r c e d me t o g oi n t o H e t h e r i n g t o n House. Emily died after a brief illness on 6 July 1997 - 12 -

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