BROWN, MARGARET (MAGGIE)
was born on the
In common with most children of that time, Maggie was
“brought up on horses” and it was soon evident that she possessed a particular
talent for horse riding. She has an
excellent carriage and presented a handsome picture when dressed in her riding
gear. She had a wonderful seat and hands
when mounted. Maggie competed with great
success in A and P Shows from Palmerston North to New
Plymouth, winning numerous gold medals, wrist watches and enough certificates
to cover a horse blanket. Her most
notable successes were scored on Osprey,
a 17 hand hunter, owned by Stan Symes and looked
after by E W Symes of
At one competition, Maggie was riding all of the three remaining horses in an event, and as she fell and broke her wrist, there could be no result.
Maggie was a tailoress by trade and worked for Messrs Adamson and Robb, Hawera, before moving to Wanganui where she worked for Mr A Webb, a Wanganui tailor.
She moved back to Hawera in the 1933-34 period,
and purchased a shop on the
In the days of the depression, Maggie operated a labour bureau from her shop. She dealt with people in desperate situations prepared to work. Her manner of handling these people was akin to a modern day social worker, and she had considerable sympathy for the underdog. Many lasting friendships were formed. The field of placement was usually domestic or farming. There were some employers with whom she eventually refused to do business with after a bad track record.
Maggie Brown died on the
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