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David Stewart Ellison

Group. 'C' Flight, 2 Squad, Pilots course 40a, No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RNZAF Station Taieri. L-R: Back; DS Ellison, RJ Dalton, RJ Ford, LA Fraser, W Gale, EK Hart. Middle; CL Dawson, SA Freshney, AG Gould, TMcD Cushen, J Dempsey, DG Garner. Front; BM Davies, TG Gibbs, RN Ferguson, JJ Dagg, AT Edwards. Image kindly provided by Air Force Museum of New Zealand, MUS1500415

Group. 'C' Flight, 2 Squad, Pilots course 40a, No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, RNZAF Statio …

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    David Stewart AWMM
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    Ellison AWMM
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    • Stewart AWMM
    • 4213107 AWMM
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    NZ4213107 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    • Known as Stewart AWMM
    • Born 29th January, 1921 in Cambridge, NZ.
      Father and mother were David and Elsie of Cambridge, NZ. Father David Ellison, a protestant from Northern Ireland (and son of an Orangeman), and mother Elsie (Goodwin) from Pidgeon Bay, Chch.
      Stewart married Peggy (Margaret) about 1948-1950. Peggy died in 1960 from breast cancer.
      They had one son Stephen John, born in 1953 at Tauranga.
      At this time, family lived in Judea, Tauranga.
      Stewart built the original Summit Service Station at the top of the hill in Judea. At the time, petrol was 3 shillings and threepence (33 cents) for a gallon of Standard (93 octane) petrol. ... di you get that .. PER GALLON!!
      Stewart contracted polio in the 1957 NZ Polio epidemic. He spent many months in Wanganui, which was the NZ treatment centre for all polio victims.
      After wife Peggy died (see above), he remarried Florence Jean Stewart, a widow from Tauranga. She had 3 daughters Gail, Kay, and Robyn, and a son Peter.
      Stewart variously lived from say 1953 on Waihi Rd, Judea; then in 13th Ave just above the convent, then when he met Jean he lived for a short period in 16th Avenue. Then he built a large brick house and full basement at 54 Harvey Street.... just next door to the cross's, who owned th BOP Times newspaper.
      During the period say 1958 - 1974, he owned and operated BOP Typewriter Co ..... a stationery and related business in Tauranga, first from premsies in Willow Street, then later in Grey Street.
      The business was sold in 1974 to a then young Waikato accountant Kevin Wearne and his sidekick .... hmmm forgotten.
      Stewart and Jean sold up and then moved to Manly, Whangaparaoa about 1985, but returned to Tauranga about 2000. Reason being to support daughter Robyn and her young family ... she had cancer from which she eventually died, despite fighting a good fight indeed. Public - Stephen John - Child - 1 January 2016 - Personal eye witness as a son.
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  • Death
    23 March 2008 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
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    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 March 2008 AWMM
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  • Dad, I wholeheartedly for sure that you loved me very very much. You showed it so many ways ... whether it was taking us fishing in Landy at Motuhoa Is in the early years; or meeting the cream launch from the Matakana Island to collect the fish that we caught and sent back when we stayed at Motuhoa Is; or the Christmas holidays that we variously spent at Waihau Bay or Anara Bay or Motuopa or Waitetee Bay or Cooks Beach; or coming with Mum to watch me a couple of times at Pukekohe motorcycle racing. Thank you. Stephen
    Public - Stephen John - Child - 1 January 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 26 March 2008 AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM


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