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Kitty Burkett was born on the 4 May 1891 at Ngaere, Stratford, the daughter of Theophilus and Susan Burkett nee Currick.


She came to Hawera in 1912, and married John James Goodwin at St Joseph's Catholic Church on the 29 July 1914.  John, and his brother-in-law William Davy ran a cordial and aerated waters factory in Hawera for many years.


In 1931, John and Kitty moved to the Dominion Hotel which they ran as until 1949.


Kitty took a great interest in sport and in her early days played tennis, golf, croquet and bowls.  She was in the winning four at the first mixed tournament held on the Hawera Ladies Bowling Green.


With her husband who was life member, she was a keen supporter of the Hawera Rugby Football Club, and was asked to cut the cake at the club's jubilee.


Kitty was a long standing committee member of the Hawera Plunket Society.  She was a life member of the Hawera Women's Club where she  was an active member, particularly of the bolivia and bridge circles.  She played bridge until just before she died.


At the age of 93, Kitty had a cataract operation, and was then able to read a book after a break of 20 years.  When Kitty was 96, she was the oldest person in New Zealand to be fitted with a pacemaker.  Her very first flight was in the air ambulance to Wellington.


Kitty Goodwin died on the 24 November 1990 at Hawera aged 99 years and six months, and is buried at the Hawera cemetery.



"Hawera Star" May 1981

Junne McKay, Auckland (daughter)