Waipukurau, New Zealand

January 1978

I had a good trip though it’s a long way down. Looked for you in L.A. Bill but guess you may have changed your plans.

Thelma, Marg, Stuart and her family are all well and it’s great to be part of the family again. Marg and fam have had a place at the beach this past week so have visited them and enjoyed the sun, sand and H2O. Weather’s been great.

Next week we’ll be at the farm with Marg – this could be Stuart on the card though he’d point out that he doesn’t have any Tussock Grass. Ypuk’s still the same and I’m really enjoying seeing everyone again though most people I was at school with have moved. Will visit all our relatives.

Love, Jen

Mendip Hills Station, Canterbury, New Zealand

Brisbane, Australia


Well we finally made it to Brisbane on Sat. Last Wed. was the first day the road was open so got away that afternoon, it was a slow drip down what with dodging potholes and detours etc. but we made it with only one blow out.

Today we spent flat finding after the flood. So many houses ruined there wasn’t much to pick from but we were really lucky to come across one this afternoon that wan’t too bad and only $15 a week. Thought it wise to grab it. Then in a couple months time when we’re more settled will look out for a bigger place. Tomorrow we’ll get busy seeing people and getting ourselves organized.

We have been thinking of you and hoping your trip is going well. Saw in the paper here that London had its first snow this wk. Do home you’re not in the middle of a cold spell. Thanks again for all you did for us.

Love, Jen

Brisbane, Q. – George Street from Parliament House, showing the Bellevue Hotel, the Terrace Houses, and the Executive building in the background.

Sydney, Australia

March 2016

Sounds like you had a good Easter with Va & Bill. We spent it camping on the beach with a big family gathering. Lots of un.

The weather has been good so have been able to spend most of our time out and about. Took a seven day cruise up the coast with Marg which was fun.

See you soon, Love Tom



One of the many beautiful stones we didn’t find. Did find five (one each) stones that aren’t worth much but do have some good color in them. Nice to have, to remember our mining days with, anyway. Sunning and swimming on the Gold Coast now and are off to Brisbane soon to earn some money so we can be off again.

Till later, Tom

Top quality black opal from Lightning Ridge – royal blue rather than black with a broad flash of red.

New Zealand

Dec 1988

Had a wonderful drive down from Aukland. Stayed two days in Rotorua overlooking this geyser and mud pool. then drove a day through the mountains and forest of native bush. Stayed one night in Wairoa with Jen’s cousins. Spent time at farm with Marg, Stuart, Rebecca and Andrew (home for 1 month holiday from Sydney). Hope you have recovered from all the social events of the season. See you soon.

Love, Tom

Quantas Airways

February 1970

Received your letter today before we left Djarkata. Also had a letter from Tim today. He is OK and had visited Paris. Will see you soon.

Love, Bill

AVRO 504K, 1921. Pilot and 2 passengers. 65 m.p.h. Intrepid passengers flew in this. Quantas’ first aircraft on taxi trips and joy-rides.

Waipukurau, New Zealand

February 1982

Hi – This is a gorgeous island – nice climate, friendly. I’m having a great time. Plane from Singapore was 8 hrs. late, full but comfortable. Stayed overnight in Aukland, then Fokker Friendship flight to Napier that was beautiful. Last night we had 14 here for Jenny’s Bday party – lots of fun and food. Bron and Kelly have grown and are lots of fun, Tom is remodeling the bathrooms, Jenny is adjusting! I’m so glad that I came. Thelma and I are very compatible. We drink tea and eat biscuits all the time.

Love, Va

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