More than a feather in her cap

That’s my Mum, Dawn Lloyd, about 1932 in Queenstown (it’s changed a bit there since). She loved animals – she preferred cats to dolls in her pram.

Also her family.

Brothers Dennis and Norman Lloyd with pups


My Mum with the cat


It was a family thing, probably common in those days
Looks like the Remarkables in the background

My Nana and a team of clydesdales

It wasn’t all idyllic – there were risks. Glenys remembers:

As far as I can remember mum was taking a cow to the cow bail to be milked, and the bull got jealous and ran at mum and tossed her like a leaf.

I was standing there just looking, I remember it vividly. She was laying there on the ground and her dress was blowing in the breeze, and the bull was ready to make another charge, when Rona grabbed the chain hanging from his nose, and ran round and round the sycamore tree until the bull was caught around the tree and couldn’t get away.

Ken came out with a 22 rifle and started shooting the bull, I don’t know how it had got away, he chased it down to the Shotover beach firing 25 shots of ammo into it before it died.

Dr Anderson had said afterwards, that if mum had been a slim woman, she would have died from her injuries.

I remember it like it was yesterday, I think the dress was blue!

Rona would have been no more than 10 years old then.

Dr Anderson wrote a very interesting book about medical care in the then remote interior of the South Island – Doctor in the Mountains. When the Lloyds left Arturs Poiunt for Monowai in 1940 he gave a speech at their farewell. There was a report of this in the Lake Wakatip Mail:

Dr Anderson referred to the heroic part of two of the Lloyd children in saving their mother  from the ferocious attack of a bull. Such act was deserving of a Royal Humane Society medal. Mr Lloyd too in his staunchness of heart risked his life a year or two ago in extricating the late Mr Wheeler from a tunnel at Arthurs Point. Coming from England this family was made of good stuff.


Dawn and Rona in Monowai (Fiordland) – the family did the milking for the village

That was quite a different era, not all that long ago.

When I was growing up thirty years later we had calves, milked a cow, always had cats, chooks, dogs and ponies. Like my mother’s family we roamed freely around the countryside. We were poor financially, but in some important ways led rich lives.

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  1. David

     /  12th March 2019

    Great photos, I own property there and The Remarkables photo looks so familiar I could almost pick the spot.

    • They lived close to the lake shore for a few years before moving to Arthurs Point. Both are totally different now.

      • David

         /  12th March 2019

        Mine is on Arthurs Point Road, its such a great spot and nothing better than waking up to the view with the Shotover River in the foreground. We are very lucky to live in this fabulous country.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  12th March 2019

    A fantastic bit of family history, PG. You were well served with genes and culture. As you say, there is far more to life than mere wealth and comfort.

    • I’ve been reconnecting with family over the past few months and sharing family history and memories. I’ve been learning quite a bit about things I never knew. It makes quite a change from arguing politics.

  3. Ray

     /  12th March 2019

    The great thing about Queenstown is despite every effort to ruin the place they haven’t buggered the view across the lake….yet.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  12th March 2019

    Do any NZs live in or can afford to in Queenstown now?when i visit it you seem to enter another country

  5. Finbaar Rustle

     /  12th March 2019

    Yes Queenstown is so not New Zealand like Rotorua is so not new Zealand
    like Auckland airport is so not NZ.
    Why do tourists avoid the real NZ?
    Every thing is online so save your money and just look at a few NZ vids.

  6. The Consultant

     /  12th March 2019

    Wonderful photos, Pete, and a great family history. Over the years I’ve hung up a ton of such B&W photos in our hallway.

    And who is the wanker giving all of this downticks?

    • Gezza

       /  12th March 2019

      You realise of course that nobody will answer that one, even if just to say that’s it’s not them doing the downticking.

  7. Gezza

     /  12th March 2019

    My parents had very few old photos sadly, most of them from the time they married in 1952. Mum as little girl of about 5 or 6 had dense, curly hair & looks a dead ringer for Shirley Temple, very cute. My favourite of dad is a head & shoulders in his WW2 Army uniform, probably taken the day he got it. He was an early volunteer. And my favourite other one is his father, my grandad, in his NZ Constable’s uniform, taken in Wellington the day he graduated from training school. It must be from around the 1900s. My older brother has it; don’t know if I’ve got a copy here. It had an unusual short-peaked, cut-cone cap that tapered in towards slightly the top. that I haven’t been able to find any images of it online.

  8. Lovely, fascinating photos, PG. Thank you for sharing them with us.


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