|"I thought I'd learnt everything at 15 ; "a teenager during the 1940s|
Vaguely remembers Putaruru becoming a borough with 1,000 people in 1944. Biggest event was VE Day, when everyone went out in streets and "yahooed". Recollects being chastised for taking blackout paper off windows during war.
Social life restricted because of petrol rationing. Rationing affected the cost of things. Mother stayed home, and made clothes. School trousers made by mother were lined with flour bags.