Central Leader : April 27th 2011
9 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 27, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less New L ynn -- Margan Ave Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Mt Roskill -- Frost Road Mon -- Sun 7.00am - 7.00pm Greenlane -- 1 Marewa Rd CL27/4 All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Mt Albert -- 955 New North Rd Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 7.00pm Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Little Sweetie Peppers $1.79tray Red Seedless Grapes $3.99kg Shanghai Bok Choy 79¢bag Fresh Broccoli 99¢ea New Season Ezy Peel Mandarins $2.99bag No.1 Red Kumaras $2.89kg Bonita Bananas $1.99kg Large Green & Gold Kiwifruit $1.29bag 1kg 800g Cowley St Sager Rd Rawalpi ndi St Sutherland Rd Waterview Reserve nk Cres ma Rd 16 Smale St Miller St Mille Alberta St Montrose St Tui St GREAT NORTH RD GREAT NORTH RD Huia Rd Kiwi Rd Walmer Rd oa Rd 10 Auckland-Kumeu Motorway Auckland-Kumeu Motorway CARRINGT ON RD GREAT NORTH RD Delays expected on Great North Road, Point Chevalier Vector is upgrading electricity cables in this area to help improve the reliability of your electricity network. All efforts are being made to minimise disruption while work takes place, however some traffic delays may be expected and we advise motorists to use alternate routes where possible. er Rd KEY Vector network improvement work For more information www.vector.co.nz/projects 09 303 0626 VEC0844 Electricity network upgrade Thank you for your patience. The Kiwi soldiers' war brides By MICHELLE COOKE The story of a war bride: Claire Dunlop, right, followed a Kiwi soldier to New Zealand in 1945 and 3700 women did the same. Historian Gabrielle Fortune is telling the war brides' story in an exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo: MICHELLE COOKE ' I followed my heart to the other side of the world and I've never regretted it. ' Claire Dunlop They came in droves from all over the world, following the New Zealand soldiers who stole their hearts during World War Two. And now the war brides' collective story is being told at the Auckland War Mem- orial Museum. It's a story of war, love, fol- lowing your heart and the challenges of adjusting to a new country. Claire Dunlop was only 20 when she left the UK for New Zealand on a ship with 40 other war brides. About 3700 women from 37 countries, including Canada, Italy and Palestine, followed their husbands and fiances to New Zealand. I followed my heart to the other side of the world and I've never regretted it,'' the 86-year-old says. Mrs Dunlop is one of the women that historian Gab- rielle Fortune interviewed for her thesis on war brides. Her story appears in the Mr Jones' Wives exhibition, along with personal accounts from 60 other women. Mr Jones' Wives is the name newspapers gave to the women who fell in love with New Zealand servicemen. Frederick Jones was the defence minister who oversaw their immigration to New Zealand. Dr Fortune began inter- viewing war brides in 2001. I really came to under- stand what it meant --- the choice and the courage,'' she says. Women as young as 17 would arrive on our shores not knowing what their futures held. Some would be shocked to find the farm their husbands promised was a small piece of rugged land and others were left to care for their husbands' elderly parents. For some, their new lives in New Zealand were too much to handle and they took their own lives. Mrs Dunlop had an interes- ting first few days in New Zealand. She arrived in Auck- land, where her husband Allen met her. They caught the train to her husband's home town of Westport, where she was greeted by cousins throwing confetti over her. But she wasn't too impressed with the town or her husband's step- mother. He said: By the way, my stepmother won't have you in the house'.'' The stepmother changed her mind and let her stay in the smallest room in the house, despite two larger rooms being available. Either the girls were received with open arms or they really weren't wanted,'' Dr Fortune says. A lot of the women smoked --- something New Zealand women couldn't fathom. New Zealand women and in particular mothers-in-law were just appalled that these women smoked,'' she says. Soldiers were stopped on the street by women asking why they married foreigners and not someone from their own country. I was a fallen woman because I'd go into hotels and drink, and nice girls in New Zealand didn't do that,'' Mrs Dunlop says. She met her husband in Christchurch, England, where her father had sent her and her mother to have time out from the air raids in her Sussex home. Mr Dunlop had arrived in the country three days earlier. He was invited to her home and would return to stay with her family every time he was on leave. They married in 1944 and Mr Dunlop returned to New Zealand shortly after. The couple moved to Wel- lington where Mrs Dunlop joined an overseas wives club and formed strong friend- ships with other war brides. One was Anne, a Scottish native who married Tom Grayburn. It turned out Mr Grayburn had been with Mr Dunlop when he met Claire. When she asked him whether he knew of me, he sat straight up and said: Good God, Allen didn't marry that woman did he?'.'' But indeed he did and a loving marriage of 59 years ensued, until Mr Dunlop died a decade ago. Mrs Dunlop has no regrets but it still feels like home'' when she returns to the UK for holidays. She's well aware her life would have taken a very dif- ferent path had she not met Mr Dunlop, the Kiwi who won her heart The exhibition includes photos, audio and written accounts, curated by Georgina White. It runs until September.
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