A Timaru woman’s photo album needs to find its family.
Norma Elsie White (nee Bennetts), who was born on September 16, 1915, created the album using photos from a trip she made to Gisborne to visit her fiancee, Leslie White, their subsequent marriage in Timaru and their new life on the Taieri Plain, south of Dunedin.
New Zealand Society of Genealogists South Canterbury branch spokeswoman Liz Shea has been researching the history of those photographed or mentioned in the album.
The album was given to Mrs Shea after former Terrace Rest Home owner Kate Elsen found it in a cupboard at the rest-home.
Mrs White’s sister, Grace Falconer, lived at the rest-home until her death in 2007.
The album contains wedding photos, movie tickets from Mrs White’s trip to Gisborne, photos at the married couple’s home on the Taieri, as well as a list of guests at the wedding and their gifts (including “two jam spoons” and a “green tablecloth”).
Mrs Shea said from her research into the couple’s family tree she discovered they had not had any children.
Mr White died in 1958 and Mrs White in 1974.
Mrs White was the daughter of Sydney Lance Bennetts, and had two other sisters – Margaret and Mabel – as well as Mrs Falconer.
Mrs Shea said she hoped a relative or someone who knew the family would get in contact with the society.
“I’d love to just hand it back to someone in the family.”
To contact Mrs Shea about the photo album, email firstname.lastname@example.org.