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BURNS, MARION ILIFFE CAMPBELL nee LAURENCE

 

Iliffe Laurence was born in 1901 in Christchurch, the daughter of James Duncan and Marion Laurence nee Finnis.  In 1927 she married Melvin Johnston Burns in Christchurch and later came to live in Hawera, where her husband, better known as Tim, practiced as a lawyer.

 

Iliffe was one of the most active members of the Hawera Repertory Society following its revival in 1945 after a war time recess, and served on the committee for many years.

 

Iliffe produced many of the society’s major productions, with one of her outstanding successes being the musical “Oklahoma”.  She became well-known throughout New Zealand, particularly for her spectacular pantomime productions.  Iliffe produced the first Repertory production to be held in the Memorial Theatre, Witness for the Prosecution, in 1958.

 

She produced many one-act plays for the South Taranaki area British Drama League Festivals, and was several times producer of the winning productions.

 

Iliffe was also a knowledgeable collector of antiques and a very keen student of interior decorating.  Any house that the couple purchased was completely renovated and redecorated.  She played golf in earlier years and later bridge when she became a member of the Hawera Bridge Club.

 

Iliffe Burns died on the 4 January 1970 while on holiday.

 

SOURCES

Obituary “Hawera Star” 5 Jan 1970

John Brough, Hawera

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