|A Presbyterian upbringing at Bruntwood in the 1950s|
Has a good relationship with her brother. Mentions her father being a "strong silent type".
Recalls her mother being a strong person. In one instance,
"I can remember having trouble with the school bus, at one stage, they were trying to take it off, and my mother took on the South Auckland Education Board you know and battled with them and got the bus sort of kept for us so that we could still come to Hamilton on it each day"
Other children to play with were her cousins and six (6) children in her Standard 6 class.
Remembers holidaying in Raglan in May as an important event.
"We had fresh bread every day and we never had that at home, and we had hot chips and we never had hot chips at home so for little country kids like us it was an absolute event being in a little township where there were shops"
Recalls going to Auckland, more frequently in the 1950's. Recalls visiting relatives in Hamilton who lived near Rugby Park when Hamilton had the Shield.
Mentions having Christmas with Father's side of the family. Entertainment was at home playing cards and sing songs around the piano.
Recalls going to the Winter Show, Saturday morning pictures, swimming at Lake Karapiro, school concert and Sunday School picnic as "treats".
Remembers being sick with Scarlet Fever. Read extensively. Recalls that getting whiteware/appliances was quite a dramatic change. Remembers her Aunt getting the first fridge in the neighbourhood and "she made ice cream and we'd never had ice cream we knew about it we'd read about it but to actually taste it......I don't know that we were terribly impressed really".