The family, 1953-1965
Judith and Garth were married in Wellington in July 1953. Garth was 23 and Judith was 20. Far too young you might think and certainly we were inexperienced in the ways of the world, and probably naive. In 1954, with help, we were able to purchase a small, quite new, house in Johnsonville. Rog joined us there in September 1954 and Rozz joined the family in September 1956.
In January 1958 we began our big adventure. First on the Southern Cross, departing with streamers and all from Wellington headed for Durban in South Africa. We were seasick most of the way. Then by an ancient ‘Canadair’ on an all day ﬂight to Dar es Salaam in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Later we spent some months in Mwanza in the north of the country. From mid-1961 until 1965 we lived in Nairobi, Kenya. Nick joined the family in July 1961 in Nairobi.
The early photos in this book come from our Johnsonville years, 1954 until the end of 1957. The ﬁrst ones are black and white photos of a very young Rog, before we got a camera that could take colour shots.
The later photos, from 1958 to 1965, were taken in East Africa, except for periods of leave back in New Zealand.
For us, these ﬁrst years of marriage were full of interest and excitement, and the early days of Rog, Rozz and Nick enhanced the excitement and interest and enriched our lives immeasurably.