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Harry in New Zealand (part 3)

On our second day in Auckland we decided to revisit Devonport as it looked very nice yesterday though we didn’t get a chance to see much of it. Plus it gave us a chance to go there by ferry which is almost as lovely as taking a ferry in Sydney’s harbour. However, while having some fish and chips for lunch, as you do, Roz spied the local library and couldn’t help but pop in to look at some newspapers.

It was a small library with a small local history section but they did have some local newspaper clippings from between . . . → Read More: Harry in New Zealand (part 3)

Harry in New Zealand (part 2)

A few choice personal quotes from Harry’s oral history about his time as commander in charge of the Royal New Zealand Naval Dockyard in Auckland between 1954 and 1956. (The text in bold is the words of the interviewer.)

From Page 1:

Perhaps you could give me a brief outline out of your career before you came out to New Zealand and cover the reasons why you in fact served with us for the time that you did.

I’ve always been fascinated by New Zealand. Following my tour in HMS Renown in 1927 when the Duke and Duchess of York . . . → Read More: Harry in New Zealand (part 2)

Harry in New Zealand (part 1)

Last year we had a holiday in New Zealand visiting the North and South Islands. At the end of our trip we stayed in Auckland and, since Roz’s paternal grandfather Harry had been in charge of the naval dockyard there for a few years in the 50s, we thought we’d have a look about.

Our goal was to visit the house where he once lived with his family (including Roz’s dad) then the Navy Museum which apparently had on record an oral history by Harry regarding his time there, and then maybe if we had time we try to look . . . → Read More: Harry in New Zealand (part 1)

A Memorial for Dan Doyle

I’ve recently been informed by one or six people that the hitherto unknown resting place of Dan Doyle, legendary Victorian footballer of Celtic and Everton fame, has been found by The Celtic Graves Society. I previously wrote a post about him a few years ago which can be found here and further details of his career can be found on his Celtic Wiki page here.

Why bother looking for his burial plot? Well, in their own words:

The Celtic Graves Society has been formed this summer by Celtic supporters who aim to cherish the memory of those . . . → Read More: A Memorial for Dan Doyle

The Inglis Memorial Library: CLOSED

Inglis Memorial Hall

It has recently been brought to my attention that the Inglis Memorial Library in Edzell has been closed by the local council and replaced by a 2-hour weekly mobile library service. The Library, as well as 5000 books (for what point is a library without books!), was gifted to the village of Edzell (in Angus, Scotland) in 1898 by Sir Robert William Inglis in memory of his parents and uncle.  The gift was supported by a trust fund, and the opening ceremony was a . . . → Read More: The Inglis Memorial Library: CLOSED