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Here's the Little Book of Memories I put together for Mum for her 80th birthday on 14 August 2019. My friend Denise Tombs (a graphic designer) made it into this printed booklet for me. Here's the text inside the booklet. Crafts…
Nana Thomas (Mum's mother) gave me these stories about family life in her household of bringing up five children. Pam is my mother, and she was born in 1939. When Shirley and Pam were under five years old we would go…
Helen Thomas (nee Watts) was my grandmother (my mother's mother). Here's the story of her early days before she married Allan Thomas. More about their life together is available here. My father was killed in the first World War, so Mum brought…
Zelda Bradshaw was my Nana (my father's mother). When I was a journalism student (back in 1992) I asked her to share her stories. Here's what she said - and this does capture how she spoke (as I was able to do…
Allan Thomas (Poppa) was born in 1909. He grew up and farmed on Thomas Road. Here's some more background about his early life. More about their family life together is available here. In 1896 294 acres of virgin land covered in totara…
I was born in Paeroa, in 1941. I paired up with Gary Collins for the first day at school. He was smaller than me - a neighbour from down the road. We went on the bus - we caught it down at…
Here's Mum's story (up until around 1992, when I sat down with her to record her memories). I was born in Morrinsville on August 14, 1939 during a hailstorm.  I had a wonderful childhood that revolved around the farm, blackberrying, mushrooming and…