Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 26 Nov: Family reunion, Te Aroha, New Zealand

Friday, 26 November 1937

Arrived at 7. Not allowed ashore until 8. First off and the first to get away. Caught 9 train to Te Aroha. Alf [Alfred Edward WILD b. 1876] & Ciss [Blanch Rowett WILD? b. 1874] to meet me – sent Bella [Thirza’s sister, Isabella Rose PATTERSON nee WHITE] a night gram, 3/9. Then drove to Ciss’s home. Fred [Frederick William WILD b. 1872] & Leila [Leila Adelaide WILD nee JENNINGS], Nancy [Nancy Leila WILD b. 1910]  came over after tea, all went to bed about 9. Lovely weather here.

[Alf, Ciss and Fred were Thirza’s first cousins, their mother and Thirza’s aunt, Blanche Wild nee White b 1856 in East Looe, Cornwall.]

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 24 Nov: At sea, heading for Auckland, NZ

Wednesday, 24 November 1937

Mabel came down to see me – not too good – very hot and muggy.

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 23 Nov: Suva, Fiji

Tuesday, 23 November 1937

Arrived this morning. Fiji very clean & fresh looking. Went ashore, had a short walk around, posted P.C. to Sep [Thirza’s nephew, John Septimus Patterson]. Bought 3 rings, stayed on board after lunch, and had a rest.

The Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
The Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 193
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937 – Note the photographer; suspect it may be either R.T. Coulter or Fred Thearle
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 193
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937 – the photograph taken by either R.T. Coulter or Fred Thearle
Members of the Police standing in front of the SS Monterey at Su
Members of the Police standing in front of the SS Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 20 Nov: Pago Pago

Saturday, 20 November 1937

Arrived in Pago Pago today. Stayed in bed all day, too ill to go ashore, feeling very sick, retching all night.

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