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GRAHAM, FLORENCE ELIZABETH (QUEENIE)

nee JACOMB

 

Queenie Jacomb was born in Patea on the 4 August 1884, the eighth child of Rupert and Elizabeth Ann Jacomb nee Connolly.  In 1916 she married Robert Alexander (Bert) Graham and after World War One they settled in Hawera where Bert was an accountant for Bennett & Sutton Ltd.

 

Queenie came from a family with a musical background and played both the piano and cello.  Before her marriage she and her sister played for dances and balls in the Patea area.

In Hawera she played the piano for silent film matinees and the cello with an orchestra for evening screenings. She was accompanist for several dancing schools including Mrs Edwards, (her sister Cora Lydia) and for the Hawera Competitions Society in its early days.  She was also the official accompanist for the Hawera Operatic Society during its existence between the wars.

 

With her sister Cora she put on a revue for several years in the Hawera Opera House where children performed.  It was one of the highlights of the year.  Queenie was also a member of the Hawera Repertory Society, and took part in many successful festivals and the society's productions.  She also took part in club play readings.

 

Queenie was also a long standing member of the Hawera Women's Club where she was took part in many of the club's activities.  She became a life member.

 

Queenie Graham died in Hawera on the 8 April 1972 aged 88 years and is buried at the Hawera cemetery.

 

SOURCE

Obituary "Hawera Star" 11 Apr 1972