Mr. R. McG. HARVEY, Headmaster of the Te Kopuru primary school, Mr. Roderick McGregor HARVEY, of Te Kopuru, died yesterday at the age of 60 years. Born in Masterton, Mr. Harvey came north to Waipu, with his parents when six years of age, and after receiving his education at the Waipu primary school, entered the service of the Auckland Education Board at the age of 15, his first appointment being to a school in the Thames district. In 1908 he was transferred as head teacher to the Hoanga Primary School, near Dargaville. Immediately after the outbreak of the Great War, Mr. Harvey enlisted in the First N.Z.E.F. and was transferred overseas, returning with the rank of a warrant-officer. Appointed to the Naumai School, near Ruawai, after his return from overseas, he met and married Miss R. K. Penallagen, who was serving as assistant teacher at the same school. Later he was transferred from Naumai to Waiuku, and from there to Tiaru, near Matamata, afterwards being appointed headmaster of the Te Kopuru Primary School, a position he held until his death. A keen sportsman, he had represented Northern Wairoa in both cricket and football.
President of the Te Kopuru branch of the Returned Services’ Association, at one time he was also an executive member of the Northern Wairoa R.S.A., and secretary for many years of the Te Kopuru patriotic committee. During the present war, Mr. Harvey was called up for home service, and was attached to the National Military Reserve until October last, when, following an appeal by the Auckland Education Board, he was released from camp. At the time of his death he was on three months sick leave.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters - Miss B. Harvey (Whangarei) and Miss J. Harvey (Te Kopuru). (Northern Advocate, 5 Aug 1944) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 22 November 2018 - Papers Past Online