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Grace Gibson was born in Urenui on the 13 December 1889, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Gibson nee Burgess.  In 1912 she married Alfred Gamlin and moved to Kaupokonui where she lived before retiring to Hawera in 1970.


It was in 1912 that she attended a meeting in Manaia to hear an address by Sir Truby King, who had been camping on their farm with some Scouts. This began her involvement with the Plunket Society, and Grace became first secretary of the Manaia branch in October 1922.  Prior to then the mothers travelled to Hawera by horse and gig to have their infants weighed.  Grace was patron of the Manaia branch at the time of her death.


Grace was a keen horticulturist and as well as being a foundation member of the New Zealand Camellia Society, and patron of the South Taranaki Camellia Society, she was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture.  Her son Alf, and granddaughter Vivienne Joyce nee Gamlin, were responsible for the Suffrage Centennial Camellia Kate Sheppard which Dame Catherine Tizard launched in Manaia on the 18 June 1993.


Grace also belonged to the Hawera Women's Club, Hawera WDFF, St Mary's Anglican Women's Fellowship and was the Manaia School Committee's first secretary-treasurer.

In her younger days she rode side-saddle in the Egmont Hunt.


Grace Gamlin died on the 13 July 1980 at Hawera aged 91 years and is buried at the Manaia cemetery.



Obituary "Taranaki Herald" 15 July 1980

Gamlin family