close this book"I thought I'd learnt everything at 15 ; "a teenager during the 1940s
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Born Putaruru, 19 May 1930. Father came to Putaruru from Hamilton for work in timber mills, especially TTT (Taupo Totara Timber Company) which had acquired native bush south of Tokoroa and was growing at a remarkable rate. TTT put a private railway line in to Mokai. Father worked as a machinist in mills, and the family lived in one of the 8 "mill houses" in Putaruru. Grandfather worked developing 150 acres of land. Home life regulated by farming and mill.

Lived at home until 27 years old, except one year in the South Island during an apple picking season with a friend. Married at 31 years old.

"Everybody knew each other"

Refers to Vicki Scherer's book: "Putaruru : home of the owl"