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Elspeth Jean ALLEY

Female 1928 - 2001  (72 years)


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  • Name Elspeth Jean ALLEY 
    Born 17 Oct 1928  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Oct 2001  New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I17107  Our Family History
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2007 

    Father Roy Nicholas ALLEY,   b. 1898,   d. 1974  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Alison Haynes MILNES,   b. 1897, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1988  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1927  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frederik Johannes ‘Frits’ VAN WESTENDORP,   b. 27 Mar 1927, Vleuten, Utrecht Province, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 2001, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1954  Sandringham, Hamilton, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Judith Ann (Private) VAN WESTENDORP
     2. Karen Alisson (Private) VAN WESTENDORP
     3. Nicola Jean (Private) VAN WESTENDORP
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F12415  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1928 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Feb 1954 - Sandringham, Hamilton, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Oct 2001 - New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Her father, Roy Nicholas Alley, was the Presbyterian minister at Sandringham, Auckland. His charge the Balmoral Presbyterian Church. A New Zealander of many generations (one of his forebears was a Maori lady) and a fine person. Her mother, Alison Haynes Mimes, member of a long established family from Dunedin.
      Jean was born in Dunedin, when her father was the minister in Balciutha. She had just completed her BA degree at Auckland and a yearís course at the Library School in Wellington and started work at the Country Library Service in Hamilton, when we met (a blind date). We married in Jean's father’s church 6 February 1954.
      Source: Frits van Westendorp's Family History, 1984.

      Mum and Dad then went to Niue Island where Dad took up a position there as Agricultural Officer. All of us girls were born there- me Judy, Karen, and Nikki. Mum developed the library there and learned Niuean. Dad taught in the school's on the management of crops. He developed the copra industry and set up agricultural sections for export and import so that the Islanders could manage their own food crops better. We were there 9 years in all, we loved it, the people the land and the lifestyle. The ship from and to New Zealand, which took us on leave came every three years. There was a monthly ship, eagerly awaited, which brought supplies to Niue, it was a fun event in the island's life. However to give us girls a better education we returned to NZ for good in 1962. For two years we lived in Hamilton and then to New Plymouth where we settled. Mum got a job as a librarian in the town library then she took a job at the Polytechnic. There she built up the book collection from a mere 400 to 4-5000. I think she read every one of them as she was usually working evenings reading and cataloguing the books. She was interested in learning new subjects. She attended courses on different topics, carpentry (she made the furniture for our house), pottery, car maintenance, painting and decorating (which she put to good use on the house), ecology, homeopathy and other subjects. Loved reading. Encouraged us to enjoy new places and musicals, reading, writing and fun and beauty.
      Source: Judy van Westendorp by email to Ralph Carter 13/4/2007


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