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Christmas in the Wairarapa

Christmas Card from Cross Creek, 1910

Actors in the Christmas Play, Tinui 1925.

Back row: Jim Tuckett; Harold Laing; Allan Bertlesen; Greta Stevenson; Betty Laing; Laura Schofield, Alice Schofield; Harold Schofield, Amy Craig, and unknown.
Seated: Dick McIsaac; unknown; Tom Fowett; Vera McIsaac; Mary McIsaac; Frank Schofield; Jackie Collins.

Programme for Carols by Candlelight, December 1951, held at Masterton Park Oval, sponsored by the YMCA

Children seated by school Christmas tree, Castlepoint Station, 1925

Christmas Day, 1918.

Nurses and orderlies, identified as from left: Hughes, Pitt, McLeod, Peters, Hendry, Donald, Dug [Muriel Douglass] and Burge

"Christmas Group at Blairlogie"
Morrison family at Blairlogie homestead, circa 1900.

Jessie Andrew, nee Morrison, is seated at right with her two small children Isobel and John Morrison Andrew. John Morrison junior is standing at the rear, as is his brother Rupert.

Christmas at Willow Park, December 25th, 1915.

Standing from left: Ernest McLachlan; Ilma McLachlan; Kemble Welch; [Eldred] Douglas McLachlan; Edie Welch; Ted Welch.
Sitting from left: Stuart McLachlan; Stella McLachlan; Lucy McLachlan; Gordon Stewart; unknown; Harry Welch; Mary Ann Welch; Duncan McLachlan.
Front from left: Ian McLachlan, Wray McLachlan (on Norman's knee); Flora McLachlan, Norman McLachlan.

Father Christmas arriving by aeroplane at a Greytown RSA Christmas Party at Riverside Farm, Greytown, 1960s.
Father Christmas is Barney Rhodes and the plane is a Taylorcraft BC12, ZK-BSW

Source: Picture Wairarapa


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