Official Organ of The Keirunga Gardens Society
Volume 3, No. 16
Registered at Post Office Headquarters as a magazine.
The Society has lost its well-loved and respected Patroness with the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson in her one hundred and sixth year.
Mrs. Nelson accepted the position of Patroness after the death of her husband the late Mr. George Nelson who had been the Society’s Patron from its inception. Right up to the time of death Mrs. Nelson maintained a keen interest in the development of Keirunga. She received the Keirunga News regularly and read it with interest, latterly having had to have it read to her.
It was through the generosity of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nelson that their fine old home at Keirunga came into the hands of the Havelock North Borough Council and eventually leased by us to form the headquarters of the Keirunga Garden Society. This was very much as Mrs. Nelson wished and she contributed a charming verse or verses for the News.
As late as a week before she died she asked that someone write down “a little poem she had in her head” and asked that it be given to me with instructions that it was for the News. I was deeply touched when I read it – it almost seemed as if she knew she was coming to the end of her long eventful life, and that she was totally at peace. Here then is the verse she wrote for us:
Oh, hear the bells of Heaven,
How glorious they sound;
Bringing the joy of Heaven
To all the world around.
And those on earth who hear them
Are captive, still as stone
In a miracle of beauty
By Heaven’s bells alone.