Flossie Betts was born on the
In 1873, at the age of eleven, Flossie
and her family sailed for
No community effort in Okaiawa district
had gone unaided by Flossie who was a willing helper in the raising of funds
Fond of music, Flossie was also an instrumentalist favouring the violin which she played in association with her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Jane Betts nee Lees (piano) and Miss Maud Putt as an orchestra, the services of which were in frequent demand for concerts and dances. The players always performed without though of making a charge.
In later years Flossie laid her violin aside to tend to her garden as recreation. “Hollybank” was once the venue of garden parties for many Hawera people when Okaiawa had a WDFF branch and the Hawera Municipal Band played at the foot of sloping lawns.
Rachel Florence Ward Betts died on the
birthday “Hawera Star”
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