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Category: Lang – Myra 1893-1982

Highland Games

Every year in Waipu, on New Years Day, there is a Highland Games. More Scottish than the Scots, the descendants of the big migrations celebrate their scottishness with a festival of bagpipes, highland dancing, tossing the caber, throwing the wheatsheaf, etc. etc.   It’s also often a family reunion, as the family who have left come back for summer at the Beach, and to see each other. In 1933, on New Year’s Day, one such […]

Letter 1958-02-24 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’, Waipu 24th Feb, 1958 Dear Donald, We were pleased to hear from you, at least , Elsie & I were, & Annie will be – she is still abroad; in Whangarei this time, minding Ian’s household while he and Gwen are on a holiday jaunt via Napier, Wellington& then I dunno where. Hugh & Hilda are due today, with the dust (now mud, since the rains) of Howick shaken from their feet. At least […]

Letter 1969-12-24 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 24-12-‘69 Dears All, D.J &j Your message arrived and was much appreciated – so much that I told Doreen that I proposed to cable a reply in time for Christmas. It shocked her Scottish soul – mine is shock proof by now – and when she said that an air-mail message would reach you just as early as she had not your “gone away” Christmas address, I agreed with her. So […]

Letter 1971-02-24 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 24-02-‘71 Dear Donald, We are very pleased to hear that you are heading homewards in the not too distant future. We can hardly wait to see you and Jean and your nice little family. This note is to explain who Alison Clark is, in case she contacts you before you leave. She should be nice – she is the grand-daughter of our lifelong friends Ted & Stella Browne of Howick, who […]

Letter 1971-06-12 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 12-06-‘71 Dear Donald and Jean and j and a, Surprise! surprise! I don’t believe I wrote and told you how much I appreciated your kindness to young Alison Clarke. I heard from her mother that she thought you (and your children) were “super” and she thoroughly enjoyed your company. Yesterday I heard from our cousin Griselda McWatt – who may give you this letter – that you are due in Sydney […]

Letter 1972-04-19 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 19-04 – 72 Dear Donald, Greetings to you and Jean and your nice little family. So many times I have thought of you and planned to put the thoughts on paper so here at last they are. Especially we missed you at New Year when we had a sort of muster (sheep like! ) of the family – more than forty came along including representatives of each of the family of […]

Letter 1972-04-19 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 19-04 – 72 Dear Donald, Greetings to you and Jean and your nice little family. So many times I have thought of you and planned to put the thoughts on paper so here at last they are. Especially we missed you at New Year when we had a sort of muster (sheep like! ) of the family – more than forty came along including representatives of each of the family of […]

Letter 1973-03-03 Aunt Myra to Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 03-03 – 73 Dear Donald, We were more than pleased to get after Christmas letter bearing your family news. This must be a riposte of a kind – an after birthday reply, but at least bearing witness that you were not forgotten, and also bearing loads of good wishes from us all. (Elsie,Myra,Hilda) Do you remember, when you were very young, Hilda used to say she could easily recall the birthdays […]

Letter 1977-01-03 Aunt Myra – Donald Lang

Langs’ Beach Waipu, N.Z. 03-01 – 77 Dear Donald, Here is my first note written this year. Here I am chief cook, bottle washer, night watchman, burglar alarm, everything. All new roles for me. So please excuse delay. Our (Myra and Hilda) thanks for your letters, which were much appreciated, as also was, and will be, the lovely calendar. You will know that my new role – a feeble performance too – is due to […]

The Aunts

Story written by Jennifer Lang The Aunts were my father’s Aunts on his father’s side. My grandfather was the third child of eight; six girls and two boys. When he was thirteen, in 1904, his father died, leaving my great grandmother  with eight children aged from 18 down to 3 and the family sheep farm. The six girls, in order, were Elsie, who at 18, was already learning to be a nurse in Whangerei (about […]

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