Have this old magazine which is rich with names and events that may help someone out there. This is first instalment - will add more as and when I have the time. I have noted that there are photos avail - if anyone locates a family member I can endeavour to scan the photo concerned and email it.
NEW ZEALANDâ€™S NATIONAL HOME JOURNAL
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Social Jottings by Penelope Anne
Miss JEAN KEMP, daughter of Dr and Mrs C GORDON KEMP, Wellington, who was a recent debutant at Government House, Wellington (Photo available)
Miss MARION HEENAN, debutante, daughter of Mr and Mrs T W HEENAN, of Eastbourne, Wellington. Her father is Assistant Secretary to the Minister of Internal Affairs (Photo available)
Miss JOYCE SHEATH, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs RAYMOND SHEATH, Remuera, is a popular member of the younger set in Auckland (Photo available)
Miss JEAN CARNEGIE BROWN, daughter of Mrs ALAN DONALD, Auckland has recently returned from England and has announced her engagement to Mr N NEWCOMBE of Auckland (photo available)
Miss THERESA WARD, daughter of Sir CYRIL and Lady WARD, of Christchurch, recently celebrated her coming of age with a five oâ€™clock party and a dance (photo avail)
MRS ARTHUR PURVIS is the charming wife of Major ARTHUR PURVIS, Military Secretary to His Excellency the Governor General and is very popular with the younger and older sets in Auckland, Wellington, and South Island (photo avail)
Miss MARGARET ARMOUR, daughter of Mr and Mrs W A ARMOUR, Wellington, a recent debutante. Her father is headmaster of the Wellington Boys College. (photo avail)
Miss WANDA SMITH is a daughter of Mr and Mrs L C SMITH, Silverstream, Heretaunga, Wellington, and was also a Government House debutante (photo avail)
Miss JANET COOKE, vivacious young daughter of Dr and Mrs Ernest Cooke, of Christchurch (photo avail)
Miss MOLLY ORBELL is a daughter of Mr and Mrs C L ORBELL of â€œPentlowâ€, Timaru, well-known station holders in Southland (photo avail)
Miss VIVIENNE BUNNY, well known in Wellington and the Wairarapa, is the youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs B R BUNNY of Masterton, Wairarapa (photo avail)
Miss JANE DEANS is the popular young daughter of Mr and Mrs WILLIAM DEANS of â€œSandownâ€, Darfield, Canterbury (photo avail)
Government House, Auckland, was the Christmas headquarters of their Excellencies, the Governor General and Viscountess GALWAY. Before going into residence at Auckland, their Excellencies had an exceptionally busy time in Wellington. Several small dinner and luncheon parties were held, and as a grand finale to the Wellington season, a Reception and Investiture was held at Government House. The ceremony took place in the Ball-room, and much interest was taken in the recipients of the Honours bestowed by His Majesty the King in the first year of his reign. Attending their Excellencies during the ceremony were the Hon. Mary and the Hon Celia MONCKTON (their Excellencies two elder daughters), the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, the Lady WINEFRIDE FITZ-ALAN HOWARD, Major and Mrs ARTHUR PURVIS, wing-Commander ISITT, Captain A D OLIVER, Lieutenant Sir STANDISH Oâ€™GRADY ROCHE, R.N., A.D.C. Captain ROBIN STUART-FRENCH, A.D.C., and Mr D E FOUHY, Official Secretary.
Their Excellencies spent a very successful fishing holiday at Fulljames Camp, Taupo, before continuing to Auckland, and were particularly fortunate in their sport. His Excellency and Major PURVIS paid a hurried visit to Wellington, while his family proceeded to Auckland, and knighted Sir CHARLES NORWOOD, not in the dignified halls of the Vice-Regal residence, but in a Wellington hospital where Sir CHARLES has been lying ill for some time past. Members of the NORWOOD family and one or two intimate friends were present during the investiture.
Auckland, however, was not outshone by Wellington, and for the Auckland recipients of honours, a similar Reception and Investiture was held at Auckland. Government House glittered with the gold braid and picturesque uniforms of naval, military and air-force uniforms of the menfolk, and beautiful gowns and jewels of the ladies present. And as one Auckland remarked to another, â€œWell, at least weâ€™ve got the Navy and Military to lend a dash of dignity and colour at times!â€.
Nor were the children forgotten at Christmas time. On December 23 a large Childrenâ€™s party was held in the grounds of Government House, with the Hon SIMON MONCKTON-ARUNDELL, and his three sisters, the Hon. CELIA, the Hon. MARY, and the Hon. ISABEL MONCKTON taking an evident interest in their happy young guests.
Farewells were said to Sir STANDISH ROCHE, the popular young Irish Baronet and Naval A.D.C., who left Auckland for England via America by the â€œMontereyâ€. Sir STANDISH was one of the most likeable Aides-de-Camp we have had in New Zealand and will be sorely missed by his friends. His place has been filled by Lieutenant S R C H LOMBARD-HOBSON R.N., who arrived from England shortly before Christmas.
FROM OVER THE SEA
Captain A.G. MATTHEW, of India, was the guest of their Excellencies in December. Prior to their departure for England via the Islands, bye Marchioness of Sligo and Miss HELEN MACLEAN of Ardgour were luncheon guests of Lady GALWAY at Auckland. Several distinguished visitors celebrated Christmas at Auckland. The Duchess of NORFOLD and her daughter cam North after staying with relatives in the South Island. A visit was also paid to the Wairarapa as the guest of MRS D H S RIDDIFORD, of â€œLangwoodâ€, Featherston. Ellen, Countess of Hardwicke, stayed in Auckland as the guest of her niece, MRS PAUL CROPPER. Before her marriage, LADY HARDWICKE was the daughter of the late MR JAMES RUSSELL, of Auckland. This has been her first visit to New Zealand for many years, and during her trip to the South Island she stayed with Mrs CAMPBELL HAY, Pigeon Bay, Canterbury. VISCOUNT COKE and his daughter are visiting the Dominion, and LORD MALCOLM DOUGLAS-HAMILTON will soon be leading a band of English Public School boys throughout a Dominion tour. SIR RICHARD and LADY RANKINE will revisit the Dominion. SIR RICHARD has held the post of British Resident for Zanzibar Protectorate, and LADY RANKINE is a New Zealander, formerly MISS HILDA DALZELL, of Oamaru.
Rumour hath it the Lord Chief Justice of England and LADY HEWART (formerly MISS JEAN STEWART, of Wanganui), will shortly pay a Dominion visit. Miss SHEILA MACDONALD, who left some months ago for England, will leave London in January on the return to New Zealand to visit her grandmother, MRS JOHN GRIGG, Fendalton. LADY BLANKART, Auckland and Mrs KNOX GILMER, Wellington, are due back any day. SIR HUGH AND LADY ACLAND, of Christchurch and Mrs N S FALLA, of Wellington, have returned from abroad. LADY GRAY, of Wellington, is visiting America.