Info 5a. Hilda may Campbell
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|ENTRY OF BIRTH, 1898||District of Gabriels|
|No.||When Born||Name||sex||Father||Mother|| Profession
at Blue Spur
| Hilda May |
| Isabella patterson
| 23rd |
Hilda Campbell was born the 7th child of Charles and Isabella Campbell
in Blue Spur Lawrence Otago.
In 1901 her father Charles and 2 eldest brothers Thomas and Donald move to the northern tip
of south Island to manage a gold mine in the Pupu Valley, his wife and children
remained at Blue Spur.
Hilda with mother and 4 siblings followed in December 1908, and sold the house at Blue Spur to Isabella's father. Isabella and children travelled from Nelson on a paddle steamer to the Port at Waitapu which was an exciting and novel experience for them all.
School Records - Blue Spur Hilda May Campbell Reg No. 748, Parent Charles Campbell Birth 7th July 1898 Admission date 17 Aug 1903 Last Day 16th Dec 1908. Destination - Collingwood, Nelson School Records - Lower Takaka Hilda M. Campbell Reg No. 765, Parent Charles Campbell Birth 7th July 1898 Admission date 4th Jan 1909 Last Day Destination - Home
When the family first moved to Takaka they lived in a large 2 storey villa
in Waitapu Rd set in 3 acres of ground. Waitapu Rd was an exciting world after
the loneliness and isolation of Central Otago.
There were trains passing up and down to the wharf and people coming and going.
The family lived there for 6 months and then moved up to the Pupu.
There were seldom any regular visitors to the isolated family up at the
Pupu because of the poor roads and the slower means of transportation.
Hilda's family were one of the last in the bay to buy a car,
they kept their horse and gig until 1931 by which time there were only 6 other
families still using horse transport. Hilda went to pick up the car, a little Ford 10,
and to get her license at the same time. The Ford dealer in Nelson brought
the car over from Nelson and gave her some instruction in how to drive.
They went down to Motupipi and collected Toriry Raharuhi, the man who issued
the licences then after a drive down to the wharf at Tarakohe she was a
Hilda was never married and stayed at home and looked after her parents until the death of her mother in 1932 followed by her father in 1941. She inherited one sixth part of her father's Estate, she also inherited the 1 part of Donald Cumming's inheritance when he died in 1945, ie all the Pupu land, including the Waikoropupu Springs. (largest freshwater in the southern hemisphere)
About 1948 Hilda sold "farm" land to Gwen and Pip Ball who had moved to Golden Bay from Denniston.
She owned a house in Edward St Richmond, two in Rototai Rd, 1 mile northeast of Takaka one being called the "Whinside" and the house she owned next door called "the Nutshell". She also owned a bach at Pohara. We spent holidays there as children (Cam Campbell) Hilda travelled often between Richmond and Takaka in her Ford Anglia she loved the native bush and planted a native garden on the steep slope of her Rototai home. She also had a large chinese gooseberry plant, which in the early 60's was a rarity.
Hilda lived out her days at her Rototai home looking north west towards the
Pupu Valley where she was raised. At the time of her death on the 2nd of August 1995
at the Joan Whiting Rest home in Collingwood, she was the oldest resident of
Golden Bay at the age of 97
Hilda was much loved by young and old alike. Her funeral at St Andrews,Takaka
and the interrment of her ashes in her parents grave at the Rototai Cemetary
was well attended.
Hilda's Estate was left to her 5 Newphews and Nieces:
Winifred McElwain, Florence Wilson, Alan James Campbell,
Brian Henry Campbell & David John Campbell.
Hilda accepting a cheque for
|Hilda May Campbell with great
nephew Charles cameron Campbell, opening
Pupu Springs Hydro station 1988
| Three generations, Hilda May Campbell with
Charles cameron and Brian henry (right)
Much of Hilda's life story comes from
Brian henry Campbell. 1926-1996
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