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COLLINSON, Mary Ellen (Nellie) interviewed by Edith Ruddenklau

 Record Group — Box: 24
Identifier: H0377


Nellie was 95 at the time of this interview. She talks about her parents coming to New Zealand from the UK and arriving in Bluff. Her father was involved in the building part of the hospital in Invercargill when it was sited in Dee Street, the Mataura freezing works and the Royal Mail Hotel in Lumsden. Her mother, Grace Wilson, was very good at needlework. Nellie talks about her school days and games played as a child. On leaving school, Nellie went to work for H&J Smiths. She then nursed at Seacliff Psychiatric Hospital and talks about patient care in detail. She left when she married Thomas Collinson, who had served in World War I. Her husband drove a motorbike with a sidecar for Miller's Bakery. They then moved to Tokanui and Tom worked in a sawmill. Nellie had 3 daughters. Later they moved to Invercargill and Nellie talks about Otatara.


  • 1993


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