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Percy Spencer and mining

The following is an extract from THE BENDIGO BATTERY: THE LAST WAIORONGOMAI BATTERY by Philip Hart :   On 28 February 1914, for £250 Percy Spencer purchased the Cadman and Sceptre, the water race, and the battery. The contents of both mine and battery were listed in exhaustive detail, down to the number of bolts. The contents of the battery were given above. The mine included the usual equipment, including that required for a small […]

That act of kindness and generosity shaped my whole life…

This essay from Ulu Aiono talks of his memories of Margot and Arthur Spencer, and their impact on his life. It was originally published on March 17, 2019 on LinkedIn and is reproduced with permission. A personal essay against the hate which killed & injured my Muslim Kiwi brothers & sisters destroying New Zealand’s faith in isolation and innocence. ULUOMATOOTUA (Ulu) AIONO Chairman Alliance Health Plus A lot of people think I am a business-hardened […]

Hendry – Marion Rennie 1932-2019

Born 27/10/1932. Died 3/12/2019. She was proudly a nurse and proudly Scottish. She was a traveller. She had cheeky sense of humour which came out most with her beloved grandchildren. She was so loving and caring. Marion was born at 7pm at home at The Hollies, Larbert, Scotland on 27 October 1932. She was by all accounts a cute child who got away with a lot more than her elder brother. She went first to […]

Lang – Donald Wilson 1933-2019

Born 3/3/1933. Died 14/5/2019 (video of funeral service is here) Born at Langs beach 3-3-33, which number he loved.  The family had a farm there right on the beach which ran sheep and cattle, with a house cow.   He was the youngest of six children, Margaret (who died in infancy), Hector, Anne, Mary, Ian and Donald.  So they roamed all over the farm, barefooted, even on the rocks at the beach.  Aged 5 he […]

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