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McKinstry family - Papers

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  • Catalogue title
    McKinstry family - Papers
  • Identifiers
    • MS-2007-30  (Reference Number)
    • 2007/30  (Registration Number)
  • Creator
  • Period
  • Unit
    Folder 1 -- Ephemera relating to 'The Heritage' (formerly the Farmers' Trading Company building). (1) -- Typescript entitled 'History of the Famers Building: Herritage of Farmers Building Recalled'. (3 leaves) (2) -- Two Heritage Hotels promotional pamphlets. (3) -- One sheet of Dynasty Hotel Group letterhead. (4) -- One 20 years service certificate (42 cm, folded) from the Farmers' Trading Company awarded to Mrs Gladys D. McKinstry. Folder 2 -- 'The log book of 1st AK [Auckland] Post Guides', 1927 - 1938. [see Notes] Volume 1 -- [School?] project book (34 cm) entitled 'Maori art and craft: Dorothea McKinstry', handwritten with watercolour illustrations featuring painted koru rafter pattern cover. Includes twenty-four (24) loose sheets on various subjects including Hotunui, meeting house, pataka, clothing, kakahu, tattoo, food, fishing, ceremonies.
  • Physical description
    2 folders + 1 volume
  • Production
    McKinstry family (Creator)
  • Medium
    • Paintings
    • Drawings
    • Holograph
    • Typescript
    • Photographs (monochrome)
    • Certificate
  • Subject
  • Citation
    McKinstry family. Papers, 1927 - 2001. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2007-30.
  • Notes
    • Dorothea (Dossie) McKinstry was born in March 1923, and in 1934 lived at Renall Street in Ponsonby, Auckland. She joined the Post Guides in February 1934. She is probably the same person as Thea Frogley.
    • Post Guides was established in 1926 in Wellington as a branch of the Girl Guides movement to cater to handicapped girls living at home or in hospitals. A number of members mentioned in the log book suffered from infantile paralysis.
    • The log book is written in several hands. The first half from 1927 until 1931 is possibly written by Gladys Avery and is Wellington oriented. From 1932 the reports revolve more around the Auckland Post Guide Company. Reports on activities, appointments and often of the death of members. For further background on Post Guides see: Marie Iles' 65 years of guiding in New Zealand : the official history of the Girl Guides Association N.Z. (Inc.), 1976.
    • The log book contains numerous photographs of members, some in mobile daybeds, company leaders and events such as conferences. Subjects include Miss Marshall, Head of Post and Lone Guides, Mrs Huntingdon, who formed the 1st Wellington company, Peggy Watt, Nita Falkner, Elsie Couchman, Rachel Mackay, Elma Lee of Hawera, Edna Williams of Patea, Miss Enid Bell, Mrs Inglis, captain of 1st Auckland Post Guides, Clara Rowntree, Isabelle Ashworth, Sybil Baker, Joyce Greenhalgh, Eileen McLeod, Sidwell Hilliard, Mrs Wilson, Chief Commissioner, Girl Guides of New Zealand 1926-34.
    • Dorothea McKinstry is first mentioned in the logbook in February 1934, but there is no clear evidence as to how the log book came to be in her possession after 1938. The volume does have what appears to be auctioneers' numbers on the front cover, indicating that she acquired it at a much later date.

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