MAVIS BROWN's story
This account has been adapted from "Browns of Kyeburn Peninsula" by Wally Brown - to whom many thanks
Jim was a builder but he served for two years in WW2 with the 13th reinforcement as a despatch rider, taking messages to the front line by jeep, although most used motor cycles. Mavis worked for two years at the ammunition factory in Petone. Jim changed from building houses to selling them; he was keen on fishing and shooting, but Mavis said he was a dab hand at the dishes! She enjoyed flower arranging, gardening, sewing and knitting and was a dab hand at oil painting most of which were sold.
They had four sons - the first two at New Plymouth and the other two at Opunake before they moved to 61 Victoria Street, Whakatane.