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Eva Kidd was born in 1889 in Auckland, the daughter of James Siddalls and Alice Mary Kidd nee Swanston. Alice was a sister to Winifred Huggins mother, Lily Victoria Swanston.


Eva worked in the Post Office as an assistant postmistress and worked at Manaia, Okaiawa and Waitotara where she learnt to ride.  At one stage she knew all the Hawera phone numbers off by heart, all ten of them.


In 1915, she married Herbert Richard Kemp at Auckland. Bert also worked for the Post Office, and was stationed in Hawera before establishing the Ford motor garage in the town in 1917.


Eva was a keen worker during World War Two as a member of the Women's War Service Auxiliary.  Her daughter Alison, who had married a Dutch naval officer, was interred in a Japanese prisoner of war camp for three and a half years.  She had her young baby with her, and was unable to send any word to her parents.  Alison received a few letters from her mother.


Eva was a member of the Hawera Women's Club, and was a keen bridge player with her sister Tory (Alice Victoria) Bayley. Eva was at one time Taranaki's top bridge player.  She was also a keen croquet player, and a member of the Hawera Plunket Society.


Eva Kemp died on the 29 March 1965 at Hawera, aged 77 years, and is buried at the Hawera cemetery.



Obituary "Hawera Star" 30 Mar 1965

Barbara Kemp, Hawera (daughter-in-law)