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Waiuta family scene


All done up in their best, the Jones children (Betty, Jim, Bill, Amy, Myrtle, Ron on the trike, Irene and Joyce) would have been a delight to any Mum's eye. That smart appearance was achieved in spite of hardship. Their father, Percy, was forced to stop working because of miners' phthisis, or quartz dust on the lung. Refused a pension on a technicality, he eked out a living selling fruit, vegetables and sweets from a stall. After the Joneses left Waiuta, Joseph Divis moved into their tiny cottage. Mrs Mona Jones lived to a good old age in Remuera, Auckland.


Photographer: Joseph Divis
Brendon Wilshire collection (copyright)

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