Ivy and Alick Trafford and Family

Extract of a talk given by Joyce Wyllie and Minty Henderson at Takaka Memorial Library, 3 August 2018, as part of the HerStory : Women's Suffrage 125 celebrations

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Ivy and Alick Trafford by Joyce Wyllie

Transcript of a talk given by Joyce Wyllie and Minty Henderson, at Takaka Memorial Library, 3 August 2018, as part of the HerStory: Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations.

Ivy Emma Newman, middle child in a family of 9 - 4 girls and 5 boys, was born in 1891.  Her family farmed "Riverford” on the flats north of Gisborne. The homestead was well planted with established trees and garden and a tennis court. There were concerts in the drawing room, swimming, riding and tennis parties...quite refined. Ivy didn't leave school and go to work as she stayed and helped in the home.

During the WWW 1 she was on the farm which was when she was 23 to 28 years old so she didn't marry young. She wrote to a few of the lads away in the trenches. Some didn't come home but Alick Trafford did and their friendship continued.

New Year’s day 1921.

A beautiful starlight night. I enjoyed the ride. Arrived home about 11 pm. The short holiday has been intensely enjoyable. I hope a fore runner of many pleasant surprises in store for us this coming year, i ask God to help me to form a perfect alliance and to be a success with Ivy as my beloved partner.

15th June 21

Took train home to Matawai. I am always loathe to leave Ivy. Always feel happy and contented when with her.

16th July

Had a good discussion over wedding plans. And when ?

6th August

Took the train to Ormond and on to Riverford. Received the usual warm and enthusiastic welcome.

5th Oct 2021

A pleasant simple wedding ceremony conducted in the garden of Ivy's Riverford home at Ormond. The bride wore cream crepe de chine gown worn with a pearl necklace and a short veil. Following the reception the happy couple travelled by coastal steamer Arahura to Auckland to enjoy the beginning of a long awaited life together. Back to Riverford and presents and purchases on to the train, transferred to the lorry for the muddy bumpy trip home.,,,nothing was broken in the jolty journey.

Determined to ace the future with its inevitable trials and tribulations with a united understanding.,,

 

 


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