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FLORA JANE SIMSON Born 30th March 1889
died 17th June 1955 Wanganui
Flora married 15apr1914 to Gerald Vaughan COOKE (1882-1967) in 1914
son of Agnes and Charles Cooke, solicitor of 120 Glasgow Street.

Fielding Star,   20th June 1914
COOKE-SIMSON.—At St. Mary's, New Plymouth, on April 15, by Rev. A. Oolvile,
Flora Jane, eldest daughter of Mrs Simson, New Plymouth, to
Gerald Vaughan Cooke, second son of the late C. J. Cooke**, Esq., Barrister, Wanganui.
(Wanganui papers please copy.)

**Note- *Charles James & Agnes Cooke
Gerald vaughan Cooke died 1966
Cooke Origins

- Gerald was one of at least 9 children of Charles & Agnes Cooke. 
He was an 'At Home' Photographer in Feilding. 
When his brother, Saxon Haviland Cooke, went to war in Jan 1916, 
he was sited as Next Of Kin at his mother's home, Manchester street, Feilding

One of the children of Flora & Gerald, Edelweiss Yeovill 'Teddy' Cooke, married
on 15 Dec 1937 in Wanganui to;
Ernest Mervyn TAYLOR (04aug1906-1964), Engraver, commercial artist, publisher,
son of Emily Webber & Ernest herbert Taylor

Evening Post, 21st August 1937
The engagement' is announced of Edelwiess Yeoville, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. V. Cooke, of Sedgebrook, Wanganui, to Ernest Mervyn, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Taylor****Note-, Ponsonby, Auckland.

**Note(Ernest Herbert TAYLOR & Emily WEBBER)

E.M.Taylor - Biography by Tony Mackle

E. Mervyn Taylor was an important NZ printmaker. Working mainly in woodblock 
he produced 200 editions - many used as illustrations in the School Journal. 
He is reputedly the first NZ artist to ever hold a solo exhibition in New York 
when his prints were exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in 1954. 
One of his commissions was a mural at the Taita (Lower Hutt) headquarters of Soil Bureau depicting cloaked figure using a ko (Maori digging stick)
Mervyn was born 4 Aug 1906 in Auckland & died 7 June 1964 in Wellington

* MERVYN & TEDDY had 2 children, Terence & Jane Taylor * It is the daughter of Terence, (granddaughter of Mervyn & Teddy), Sarah Taylor, who now has this autograph book of Flora Jane Simson (her great grandmother)

Autograph Book

Journal by Charlotte aimee Gilbanks

On 13 June 2012 Betty (surname supplied) wrote to me for help ... "Our family recently found an old autograph book belonging to a Flora jane Simsons from Manaia, Taranaki.
In the book there are entries from Maud Mary Putt of Manaia, Ethel Maud Mary Putt, Riverbank, Manaia 1912, a pen drawing of Durham Cathedral and Castle by Charles Putt, Coralie Putt, Riverbank Manaia 1912 and Ruby H Putt Manaia.

Betty wrote:-

I saw these names on your family circles research. I am trying to locate the family of Flora Simson, firstly to see if there is any connection to our family and secondly to pass on the autograph book to descendants of Flora. There are other Simsons mentioned in the book: Adelaide Simson Manaia 1910 and Ruby Simson 1910. There are quite a few other names as well Can you provide any information regarding Flora's family?. There is a signed photo of Miss Violet Carmen and her composer/pianist Alf J. Lawrance. Written at the bottom of the page is Wellington Theatre Royal 16/8/1913. There's also a signed caricature of Edward Elliott and Sunshine James - a ventriloquist dated 1913"

Thanks to Betty for sharing the names in the book and enabling me to do the following research. The very pleasing outcome of which means Betty is able to pass the autograph book on to Flora's great granddaughter ..Sarah Taylor

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