The Corry sisters were the daughters of Smithson Eden Corry and Emily nee Rogers.
Their early life was spent on a farm at Taikatu Road, Otakeho, and then about 1912, moved to the attractive house at Glover Road, Hawera. In later years the sisters shared their house with Norman and Joan Faulkner Blake.
Muriel Corry was born on the 28 May 1892 at Otakeho. She worked in the office of the Farmers Co-operative Organisation Society Ltd, joining the Hawera branch in February 1916, when few women were employed in offices. She retired in 1921, rejoining in 1923, and finally retiring in March 1958. Muriel was personal secretary to Clem Trotter, during his 30 years as general manager of the firm, and was loved and respected by all in the staff. She was small and slim with brown hair, and had twinkling brown eyes which characterised her delightful but always kindly sense of humour. She shared with her sisters a great love of gardening, and there was a terra-cotta bowl hanging near the front door to feed the birds. She owned a wonderful early model Austin Seven car which they called "Rosie" and the sisters loved to drive into the country to visit friends or to picnic. Muriel Corry died on the 1 September 1972 at Hawera aged 80 years.
Gertrude Iris Corry was born on the 6 August 1895 at Otakeho. In the 1930s, Iris married Rev Peter Start in South Africa, and they served in mission fields in India and Africa. After Peter's death, Iris returned to Hawera to live with her sisters, and died on the 1 October 1983 at Hawera aged 88 years.
Nina Barbara Annie May was born on the 4 September 1898 at Otakeho. Barbara assumed housekeeping duties for the sisters, and also worked at home using her artistic talents. Irene Rota (Powdrell) had a fashionable photographic business and before the days of coloured photography, Barbara coloured her photographs by hand. She also supplied Gene Kerr, who had a gift shop, with handcrafts - both needlework and painting, and grew violets for local florists. Barbara died on the 3 April 1986 at Hawera aged 88 years.
There were two more sisters, Sydney Ethel who died unmarried in Wellington in 1947, and another who became Mrs L H McAlpine.
The sisters were delightful people and their many friends enjoyed the rather olde worlde atmosphere of their house and garden.
Judy Brewer, Hawera (friend)
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