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DUFFILL, JOYCE nee WILSON

 

Joyce Wilson was born on the 29 August 1988 at Hawera, the eldest daughter of Walter and Mary Emma Wilson nee Hobbs. The family first lived on a farm on the Turuturu Road, Tawhiti and then later moved to a farm on Palmer Road, where Joyce attended the Mangatoki School. In 1929, Joyce's mother wrote a small book called Hawera, Fifty Years Ago about her memories of life in the town.

 

Joyce used to ride a pony to school and one day tried to jump the pony over a calf lying on the road. The calf got up and she was thrown off and cut her forehead on a stone, carrying the scar for the rest of her life.

 

After her father died of typhoid at the age of 42, the family of four children went to live in Eltham. Joyce went to Chetwood private school in New Plymouth and while there she began singing in the St Mary's Anglican Church choir.

 

A keen tennis player, she met John Alfred Duffill on the court in Eltham, when he had come up from Wellington to supervise a building for Arthur Pease. John Duffill was an architect and set up practice in Eltham in 1905, moving to Hawera in 1910. He designed between 50 - 60 dairy factories in South Taranaki. John and Joyce were married in October 1912 at Eltham, and came to live in Hawera.

 

Joyce was a foundation member of the Hawera Women's Club but resigned when she had her family. She rejoined later and was a member of the music circle under Queenie Graham. Music meant a lot to Joyce and she had many musical evenings in her home. She was a long-time member of St Mary's Anglican choir and played the organ on occasions such as weddings and funerals. She also sang in duets and quartets with her sister Alison in the Hawera Competitions, and also taught Sunday School.

 

Joyce Duffill died on 27 September 1966 at Hawera aged 78 years.

 

SOURCE

Mary Duffill (Daughter)

 

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