RAYMOND FRANCIS BROWN's story
This account has been adapted from "Browns of Kyeburn Peninsula" by Wally Brown - to whom many thanks
Ray and Beryl went share milking at Midhurst and Rahotu before leasing the Hall family farm at Oeo, South Taranaki in 1954. They could manage to live off milking the cows but Ray decided to fatten pigs as well which enabled them to buy the farm in 1964. Their success clearly continued, for in 1972 they bought the farm accross the road.
Ray built his own sheds and piggeries using prefabricated 2 inch thick reinforced walls which he made himself. He laid newspaper on the floor, boxed the wallsand poured the concrete on the newspaper. When the wall was cured he stood them up and locked them into position, using the same technique to build their house, still in use in 1991. He also built his own campervan, starting with a Dodge car chassis and a Bedford truck engine, repowering it a few years later with a Falcon car engine. He hand built the body and interior. Ray, as with so many of the Browns, was a keen fisherman, trout and surf, and enjoys jet boating, whilst Beryl is a keen bowler and enjoys making soft toys. They had no children themselves but adopted four.