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Dorothea Harvey was born in Waverley in July 1898, the daughter of Dr Arthur George Harvey and Matilda (Tilly) Adelaide nee Bremer.  Dorothea attended Waverley Primary School and later Nga Tawa Diocesan School for Girls in Marton, where she was a prefect and dux.  She often rode the 60 mile journey, to and from the school, to Waverley for holidays, staying overnight in Wanganui.


Later Dorothea trained as a kindergarten teacher at the Auckland Diocesan High School for Girls, and in 1924 married Arthur Ernest Roy Joblin, a school teacher.  The couple settled in Palmerston North, and travelled widely making their first world tour in 1951.  Other journeys included visits to Europe, Africa, the United States, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, the Phillipines and South Pacific.  On their return, Dorothea became a popular guest of the NZ Broadcasting Corporation and spoke at meetings throughout New Zealand.  She also travelled alone to many countries, and all these trips stimulated Dorothea to record her impressions, and so her thoughts turned to writing.


Dorothea's first book, Harvey Come Quick, was the story of her father and his work around Waverley and district, and was published in 1963 when Dorothea and Roy were enrolled as students at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.  This experience was the source for her second book Pass Stranger, published in 1966, a record of their experiences, people and places the couple shared at the university.


Her third book was Behold The Plains, and was written for Palmerston North's centennial celebrations.  It told of the pioneer families and homesteads which became some of Massey University's halls of residence.


Dorothea spent a lot of time off campus with many of the Asian students at Massey under the Columbo scheme.


Her fourth book, The Colonial One, was the story of Lorna Monckton of Newstead,  Wairarapa.  This book was due for publication nine days after her death.  Dorothea was also a member of the New Zealand Women Writers and PEN (Poets, Essayists and Novelists).


Dorothea Joblin died on the 8 April 1975 at Palmerston North



Various obituaries

John Bremer, Trentham