on the corner of Duart and Gillean. Maybe she (or Miss Moore and/or John) did later when I was growing up.
The first National Party meeting in HB was held at Te Puna. Cecil became a foundation member!!! At the elections Gran was heard to say about Mrs Moore “She voted for Labour! And such a nice woman!”
Miss Felkin, the companion/cook/housekeeper etc told Cecil that God tells the fairies what sort of leaves their plants should grow. No, Miss Fenton was the companion etc. Miss Felkin was obviously family!
Eleanor Adkins lived in the Whare Ra cottage – before moving to her (now Greenwood Rd) house, no [number] (check) (previously Ellison Rd after the Ellisons who lived at Te Puna. Remember that a cottage on the other side of the road (no [number], to check) was built of wood from the end of the passage and a spare room from Te Puna which is why that back end of Te Puna was a little blunt. I think it was built for an Ellison son who was slightly disabled. Note: Check with Cecil. Certainly, all the lemon trees were planted at Te Puna to provide him with an income. Getting back to Eleanor Adkins: she worked in leather as well as doing exquisite jewellery. Miss Manson lived in the Whare Ra cottage when I was growing up. She was a dressmaker.
Earlier life – Haunton Hall – a school for daughters of gentlemen farmers. Then St Stephens College in Folkeston – Cecil and Catharine boarding (8-9 years old) Cecil for a year, then to NZ as day-girls. (??) Legh – Malvern College till 11-12 years old.
Grandpa’s family came from Wootten-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.
Catharine was born there (?)Check with Cecil. Cecil was born at Appleby Magna in Leicester.
Mum, Legh and Janet were all born at Courtenay in north of Vancouver Island – hospital was probably in Victoria in the south of the island. Grandpa was involved with a boating group on Lake Okinagen.
The family left in 1915. How many years in BC?
Notes on Nancy, my mother:
She went to Wellington (Upper Hutt) to a fundamentalist family to learn poultry farming! (were poultry farmers so hard to find??) They prayed for “the sinful one among us”. Cecil remembers her sitting on a window-seat with a cushion between herself and the little boy, who said “I’m in heaven; you’re in hell! Very matter-of-fact about it. Back at Te Puna, the far side of the stone-house (the back room where Bernard later kept all his things?) became the incubator room, and the far left of the garage became the brooder-room.