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Maud Rogers was born in Reading, Berkshire, England, about 1872, the daughter of Henry Rogers.  In 1903, she came to New Zealand after her marriage to Thomas Charles Frame Hobbs.


In her very many public appeals, patriotic efforts and important social events, Maud worked unostentatiously yet conscientiously, never stinting her services for any worthy causes.


Mrs Hobbs was a member of the Hawera Park Croquet Club, the now defunct Hawera Scottish Society and the Hawera Women's National Reserve of which she was a member from its inception in World War One and president from 1940 until 1947.  She was made a life member of the Hawera Highland Pipe Band in February 1940, and was a member of the ladies' committee of the band for many years. She was keenly interested in the South Taranaki Returned Services' Association.


Her artistic ability with flowers was evident in the two bowls of flowers which she attended regularly in their niches on the memorial arch in Princes Street, in her welcome gifts of posies to all new members of the WNR and the repeated request for her services in decorating halls and stages for Hawera social events.


Mrs Hobbs assisted mayoresses, Marion Campbell in the Hawera Borough jubilee celebrations of 1932, and Amy Clapham in various capacities, having served on committees during both World Wars, including the Lady Galway Guild in World War Two.


Maud Elizabeth Hobbs died on the 28 July 1947 at Hawera aged 75 years, and is buried at the Hawera cemetery.



Obituary "Hawera Star" 29 July 1947