Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 8 Dec: Auckland

Wednesday, 8 December 1937

Very wet this morning. Bus called for me at 7, arrived in Auckland at 11, Hubert came to meet me in his baby Austin, drove me out to Mt Eden. Maude [Smith] is not too good. We just sat around and talked all day. After tea Perc drove us around water front to St Heliers Bay, then out to call on Millie. She looks well and the home is a picture. Got back home about 10.

[From the list of addresses in Thirza’s journal, Maude Smith, 5 Eglinton Avenue, Mt Eden S1, Auckland]

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 7 Dec: Day trip to Pirongia

Tuesday, 7 December 1937

Alf called at 10 – and took Leila, Ciss, Thirz and myself up to see Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth BUTTERWORTH nee Wild b. 1881] at Pirongia. Rained all day, got there in time for lunch and left about 4. Had a real good day but very wet, got back safely.

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 1 Dec: Te Aroha, visiting family

Wednesday, 1 December 1937

Jack Strange [John Francis STRANGE b. 1874] called and took us out to Thirza’s for dinner. Left after afternoon tea, and Jack drove us back to Leila’s to tea. Jack Wild & wife [John Ernest WILD b. 1884 and Edith Helen Wild b. 1885] came to Fred’s in the evening. Rang Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth BUTTERWORTH nee WILD b. 1881] up. Promised to go up there to stay at Xmas time.

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 28 Nov: Te Aroha, visiting a sheep station

Sunday, 28 November 1937

All got up after 9. Miss McNeil called in her car and took us out to Mrs Jones, big sheep station. Drove us all over the grounds, 2,000 acres, and 6,000 sheep. Had very nice afternoon tea, Miss M drove us home again about 6. Pat his wife & baby here, stopped to tea, went off about 7.30. Ciss & I just listened in to the wireless until about 9 then off to bed. Barry [1st cousin, Barnaby Richard WILD b. 1901] & Fred [1st cousin once removed, Frederick Barnabus WILD b. 1914] called in.

Jack [1st cousin, John Ernest WILD b. 1884] called but did not see him.

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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