Shanks Family, Westport, circa 1920

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Shanks Family, Westport, circa 1920.


A photo of the Shanks family, taken approximately 1920.

John Wyllie Shanks is seated, with his wife Louisa Mary (nee Pound) at his right behind him, his daughter Winifred Louisa at his left behind him, and his youngest daughter Joyce Lillian, at his knee.   Winifred was aged about 20, and Joyce about 4.  The couple had only two children.

John, who was born in Arbroath, Scotland; and his wife Louisa, who was born in Wincanton, Somerset, England; emigrated to New Zealand in 1904, when Winnie was 4 years old.  They orginally settled in Cobden and moved to Westport in approximately 1907, where they built their house at 110 Brougham Street.  The house still stands today, and is owned by John's grandson, Richard Taylor and his wife Ingrid.

John was a boilermaker and spent a large portion of his working life in Westport working for the railways until ill health forced an early retirement.

Winifred was educated in Westport and at Nelson Girls College, and went on to become a home economics teacher in Nelson.  She returned to Westport to take care of her ailing father in approximately 1945, after her mother died.  She was known to many Westport locals simply as "Miss Shanks" and she never married.

Joyce was also educated in Westport at the then Technical School and at Nelson Girls College.  She returned home and trained as a nurse until her marriage to Frederick Watson (Bill) Taylor in1936.  Joyce and Bill went on to have seven children; Peter, Wendy, Graham, Roger, Richard, Phillip and Adrian.  Richard still resides in Westport.

Louisa died in 1945, John in 1959, his daughter Winifred in 1974 and his daughter Joyce in 1998. They are buried in the Orowaiti Cemetery, Westport.


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