Through Her Eyes Thursday – Brownie’s Party at Patutahi, New Zealand, 1935.

This article is my first following a new genealogy blogging prompt – “Through Her Eyes Thursday”, started by another Diane who blogs at This Hoosier’s Heritage. I intend to write about the women in the Saggers One-Name Study at least once a month.

From the Poverty Bay Herald newspaper, Volume LXII, Issue 18768, 26 July 1935, page 2.

An article including news about Alice Saggers.


                BROWNIE’S PARTY


(Herald Correspondent.)

The prosperity that has attended the Girl Guide movement and its younger sister body, the Brownies, since their inception at Patutahi some years ago was amply demonstrated yesterday afternoon, when the latter organization celebrated its fifth birthday. The function, which took the form of a social gathering, attracted a full attendance of the local pack, there also being present representatives from the Manutuke and the Te Hapara troops.

                After an hour’s recreation in the form of organized games, it was with healthy appetites that the young people sat down to a sumptuous party tea provided by the local committee. Amid innumerable dainties, pride of place was given to a beautiful iced birthday cage [sic -cake] in the form of a log adorned with candles and toadstools, symbolical of the movement, the whole being the work of Miss Yolande Renner.

                A pretty ceremony was the lighting of the candles by Shirley Knight, the youngest Brownie present, and the cutting of the cake by Alice Saggers, the eldest. After tea Miss Meredith, district Tawny Owl, presented service badges to the following:–Mary McDermott, Peggy Waddell, Alice Saggers, Patricia Atkins, Betty Dickenson, and Dulcie Barber. The gathering concluded with the singing of “Taps” and the National Anthem.

                The following were amongst those present:–Miss Meredith, divisional Brown Owl, Mrs. A. J. Davis, captain, Patutahi Guides, Miss Price, captain, Manutuke Guides, Misses Buscke and F. Beauchamp, acting Tawny Owls, Manutuke Pack, Miss Ferguson, Te Hapara Brown Owl, Miss O’Halloran, acting Tawny Owl, 1st Gisborne Pack, Elsie Bryson, leader; Mesdames E. R. Renner, president, W. J. Atkins, J. Robb, F. Habgood, S. Wells, O. Williams, and A. Waddell. Apologies were received from Mrs. L. Balfour, divisional comsioner (sic), and the First Gisborne Brownie Pack. The girls included Alice Blakey, Rosalie Simpson, Noeline Miller, Phyllis McIntosh, Fay McKinley, Grace Cooper, and Margaret Hedron, Te Hapara; June Jones, Raina Waipara, Sophie Moeau, and Roa Beauchamp, Manutuke; Patricia, Anne and Alma Atkins, Dulcie Barber, Alice Saggers, Betty Dickenson, Peggy Waddell, and Shirley Knight.

My downloaded copy of this newspaper report from Papers Past, a project of The National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa,  is courtesy of the Gisborne Herald Company which allows non-commercial use of their images under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. The transcription is my own work.

Regions and Districts of New Zealand. Patutahi is on the north island, in the area of Gisborne.This map is by Korakys – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. In 2019, Poverty Bay (so named by Captain James Cook in 1769) was officially gazetted as Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay.

3 thoughts on “Through Her Eyes Thursday – Brownie’s Party at Patutahi, New Zealand, 1935.

  • February 15, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    So many things to love about this post. First off, I have visited NZ on several occasions. A beautiful country. I never left without thinking “Noooooo… so much more to see / do / eat / drink!!” Secondly, I enjoyed how you put this together: writing prompt, photo, article, map.

    Also I am a big fan of this writing prompt – through HER eyes. I was motivated to do a post myself but that started a whole new sub-project. Sigh. I swear I’ll write it up when I get the docs back from BC Vital Stats (for which I paid a staggering $50 – ouch). Like it’s not hard enough to find female ancestors…

  • February 16, 2020 at 5:28 am

    Love the blog post! I have been really enjoying reading all the Through Her Eyes Thursday posts. I love finding things like you did: descriptions of meetings, etc. Wonderful find!

  • February 17, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    Great find, Diane. I do like this blogging prompt, and love your idea to participate once a month. The place name ‘Poverty Bay’ is telling of a far less prosperous time, however..


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