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I am writing these memoirs so that
those coming after me will know what information I have or have been able to
locate about each person.

 

This information is as it was supplied
to me or as I remember it – how I saw life through my own eyes or how I felt at
the time of these events – and what I may have learned from the experience.
Other family members may remember some of the incidents and yet see it all from
a different perspective. That is life. It is to their benefit to learn from
their own experience.

 

My late father – Edgar Donald Norman
Miller – kept a very detailed diary from late 1937 (when he joined the
lighthouse service) until he died at Gold Coast Hospital on 13 October 1994. He
kept this diary right up until a few days before he died.

 


Please remember – This is MY story.
 

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ISBN:




978-1-922229-04-5
 
 
Format:
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Number of pages: 272
Genre: Non
Fiction/Biography

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Cover: Clive Dalkins
Photo courtesy RNZAF.

 

 

Author:
Jocelyn Groom


Imprint: Poseidon

Publisher: Poseidon Books
Date Published:  2014
Language: English


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Author Bio

Jocelyn
May Groom was born at Tauranga, New Zealand on 24 April 1938. 
She was the eldest daughter and first child of Nancy May (nee Papps) and Edgar Donald Norman Miller.

 

Her first home was
at Cape Maria Van Dieman Lighthouse where she lived from 24 August 1938 until
Friday 19 January 1940.

 

Her next home was at
Puysegar Point Lighthouse where she lived from 9 December 1940 until 10 January
1946.

 

She then lived at
Moko Hinau Lighthouse from 30 January 1947 until 18 January 1950.

 

Next she moved to
Baring Head Lighthouse on 28 May 1950 until 22 August 1952. 
This was to be the family’s last Lighthouse.

 

The family then
moved to

12 Agathis Avenue

, Mairangi Bay where Jocelyn went to Takapuna Grammar School.

 


On 15 April 1956,
having joined
the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Jocelyn went to RNZAF Station, Taieri which was just out of Dunedin. She spent some time
there and at other stations in NZ and then on 8 January 1959 she left for RNZAF
Station, Lauthala Bay,
Fiji
. 
She returned from there on 7 December 1959.

 

On 26 December 1959 Jocelyn married Philip Leonard Garner at Mairangi Bay.

 

There followed
living in various places around Auckland and the birth of four children – David
John Garner, born on 14 August 1961, Christine Lorraine Garner, born on 5 July 1963, Katherine Annette Garner, born on 28
December 1964 and Margaret Elizabeth Garner, born on 27 March 1967.

 

On 12 July 1971 Jocelyn and Phil were divorced in the Supreme Court
in Auckland
.

 

Nancy May Miller
died on 10 June 1972.

 

On 15 December 1977 Jocelyn and the four children left New Zealand on board the ship
Shota Rustavelli bound for Sydney, arriving there on
19 December 1977. 

 

After a couple of
nights with her brother Donald in
Berkeley Vale they then left for Brisbane
on the train.

 

Jocelyn lived at
various addresses in the Southport area for the
next few years and was employed first by Anthony Woinarski, then by Price
Waterhouse and finally by McConaghy & Co, all of them Chartered Accountants.

 

On 17 November 1984 Jocelyn married Arthur James Groom at Bundall,
Queensland
,
Australia
. 
On 11 August 1987 she left Arthur Groom and moved to

10 Petra Street

, Southport, where she still lives. 
She and Arthur have not divorced.

 

Edgar Donald Norman Miller died on 13 October 1994.

 

Jocelyn
retired on 28 February 2003, but went back to work a couple of days a week on 17
July 2003.  She kept doing that until
18 December 2008.

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Notes to Memoirs

 

I am writing these memoirs so that
those coming after me will know what information I have or have been able to
locate about each person.

 

This information is as it was supplied
to me or as I remember it – how I saw life through my own eyes or how I felt at
the time of these events – and what I may have learned from the experience.
Other family members may remember some of the incidents and yet see it all from
a different perspective. That is life. It is to their benefit to learn from
their own experience.

 


Please remember – This is MY story.

 

My late father – Edgar Donald Norman
Miller – kept a very detailed diary from late 1937 (when he joined the
lighthouse service) until he died at Gold Coast Hospital on 13 October 1994. He
kept this diary right up until a few days before he died. I have used a lot of
these dates in my story – I wouldn’t have remembered the actual dates if wasn’t
for Dad’s diaries. I have also used some of this information in my story and
some of it as a ‘memory jogger’. I have also kept a diary, from when Dad died
until the present day. (Some of the earlier years are somewhat sporadic.)

 

Some of the information
was taken from the book “A Kind of
Starlight”
– a story of my father’s life, written by James Hector
Sutherland, Dad’s first cousin once removed. At this time, the book has never
been published.

 

Some of the information
has come from the book “Green & Golden
Island”
by HJ Sutherland and EDN Miller.

 

I have received some
information from my cousin, Colleen Yardley.

 

Some of the information
has come from the Ashley Family Tree written by Alison Ashley Anderson, and some
of the earlier information was supplied by LaVerne Markart of Georgia, USA, who
is my third cousin – our great grandmothers were sisters.

Also
used was the book “New Zealand
Lighthouses”
by Geoffrey Churchman.

 

Another source of information was the
website

www.newzealandlighthouses.com (list of
lighthouses.)

 

I have obtained more
information from my siblings, which I have used in this story. Any information
obtained from them relates to their story and/or their children and
grandchildren.

 

 

Jocelyn Groom






Elizabeth Chirnside

 


(My Paternal Great-Grandmother)


(My Paternal Grandfather’s Mother)

 

 


(There are no known photos of Elizabeth Chirnside.)

 

Elizabeth Chirnside, who was the
daughter (the fourth child) of Christian Gray and John Chirnside, was born in
Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland on 11 October 1835.

 

She had
seven siblings (two brothers and five sisters):

 


           
Margaret


           
Agnes


           
John


         
Elizabeth    
(My Great-Grandmother)


           
Christian (Christina)


           
Jane


           
James


           
Catherine

 


Elizabeth gave birth to an illegitimate daughter (also named Elizabeth) in 1857.

 

In 1862 she emigrated to New Zealand
on the Pole Star arriving in Napier on
9 February 1862.

 

Of her siblings, Agnes, Jane and James
also emigrated to New Zealand: Agnes on the
Pole Star at the same time as
Elizabeth; Jane as an assisted migrant on 25 September 1865 on the
King of Italy. James went to New
Zealand later.

 


Elizabeth married Peter Miller at Napier on 16 July 1862.




Elizabeth and Peter had four children:

 


James Thomas              
17 May 1863         
          (My
Grandfather)


Christina                           
1866

John                                  
1870

Margaret                           
1875

 

(I can’t
find any information on where or when she died – maybe she went back to
Scotland. When I get back to the Family Tree hopefully I will find out.)


 


*[1]





Peter
Miller


 


(My Paternal Great-Grandfather)


(My Paternal Grandfather’s Father)

 



 

 

Peter Miller was the son of Margaret
(his father in
not known at this stage). He was born in 1829 in Chirnside,
Scotland.

 

He emigrated to New Zealand in 1862.
(It is possible that he emigrated on the same ship as Elizabeth Chirnside – the
“Pole Star”, which arrived in Napier on 9 February 1862.)
I will eventually be going back to working on the Family Tree, and will
hopefully find this out.

 

He
married Elizabeth Chirnside on 16 July 1862 in Napier, New Zealand.

 


Elizabeth and Peter had four children:

 


         
James Thomas                  
17 May 1863                   
(My Grandfather)

           
Christina                    
1866

           
John                           
1870

           
Margaret                    
1875

 

He died
at Mangakuri, New Zealand, on 9 August 1906. He is buried at the Otane Cemetery,
as there is not a cemetery at Mangakuri.





[2]


Charles
Hutchins

 


(My Paternal Great-Grandfather)


(My Paternal Grandmother’s Father)

 



 

Charles Hutchins was born in Magdalen
Laver, Essex, on 20 June 1836. He began work at nine years old on a farm. Later
he was apprenticed to the gardening trade.

 

He
married Maria Gates in 1863 in Penge, England.

 

When he was almost forty he emigrated
to New Zealand with his wife and family of two girls and one boy: Lizzie aged
eight, Alice (my paternal grandmother) aged six and James aged ten.

 

The family arrived at Napier in the
ship “Inverness” in 1875. For twenty-one years Charles worked at his trade of
gardener, farming a small block at Woodville and travelling as agent for a firm
of nurserymen at Taradale. In 1863 Charles founded an orchard at Omokoroa. When
Charles Hutchins and his wife moved to Omokoroa the other members of the family
stayed in Hawkes Bay.

 

At some stage a case of kerosene
weighing about eighty pounds had fallen on his right leg and partly crushed it.
He got about with the aid of two sticks and a wooden support on which the knee
took the weight and the lower leg rested. His son-in-law James Miller had
devised and made this wooden leg and kept it repaired too. After many years of
using the support, Charles became impatient with it and threw it down the bank.
Thereafter, though his leg was weak and he needed the two sticks, he was able to
get around more comfortably. He was not much help in the orchard. He pottered
around, he kept a small flower garden and he was ever ready to offer advice and
comment.

 

In planning the orchard Charles
misjudged and planted apricots, peaches and plums. Fine, if he had been able to
deliver the fruit in good condition to the Auckland markets.

 

When his son-in-law (James Miller) had
a heart attack while cutting wood, Charles had his back to the woodheap and with
this and his deafness, he had neither seen nor heard anything amiss.

 

After James Miller’s widow, Alice, and
their children, Elsie and Norman, left Omokoroa, Charles was left homeless. He
was shuffled from Wharepai to Mrs Rose Deveron’s and back to Wharepai.

 

The sad, bewildered old man, now over
ninety, lost his mental health. He was not easy to control. He died on 1
December 1928 and was buried in the cemetery at Kihikihi on 3 December 1928.

 

Charles was a small blue-eyed man – the eyes twinkling
with mischief sometimes. He knew how to exercise patriarchal authority and to
express forthright opinions; he had made up for his scant education.







[1]

Information received from Laverne Markart, USA

 






[2]


Information from death certificate

 



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