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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Look after those documents!


Burnt in the safe of a solictor in the Warkworth fire, 1931.

On exhibition
Warkworth Museum
New Zealand

Grandma Edna May nee TURNBULL, nearly 100

Photo taken 1938, Christchurch, NZ

Dads mum Edna who would have been 100 on 26 December [Boxing day] 2009. She died 24 October 1993. That's my dad in the cane pram aged about a year, he's 73 next June.
She married on 2 April 1934, St Peters Church Manse, Woolston, Christchurch to grandad John William [born 7 December 1908, Craichmore, Leswalt, Wigtownshire, Scotland - Emigrated to NZ onboard the Tainui with his mother and brother - 1925. He died 23 May 1986].
Her mother Eva TURNBULL nee HAMILTON [control F on page to find], was born in Christchurch on 27 December 1877 and married in 1899, in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Henry [Harry] Fitzroy TURNBULL who had an untimely death in 1902 in his early 2o's. She had two children to him Henry Alexander bc 1900 and Annie Rose Elizabeth bc 1902. After Henry's death, she came back to New Zealand and had 4 more children, fathers unknown.
  • Leslie Frederick born at the Samaritan Home in Christchurch 8 April 1905. He was adopted/fostered by his great aunt and uncle William and Elizabeth LODGE and died 12 March 1957. He resided at Oaro near Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
  • Gladys Vera born25 December 1907 in Papanui, Christchurch. Died 3 March 1909 of Meningitis and is buried in a paupers plot in St Pauls Church, Harewood Road, Papanui. She was fostered out at birth to Mrs Brooking of the Saxon Hotel, Lyttelton.
  • Child - Male. According to his mothers death certificate in 1935 as issue.
  • Edna May born 26 December 1909. Fostered out aged 10 weeks to 'Granny Wren', a midwife from Christchurch. Granny had a daughter Lena who i always knew as Aunt Lena [b1903]. Edna's father is down on her birth certificate as Henry Fitzroy Turnbull... but as mentioned earlier, he died in 1902, so really i have no idea who her father was but do have Henry's line [to compensate!] back until 1750.

Eva worked as a cook for many years. Working at New Brighton Hotel and the Silver Grid hotel. She was the Grandaughter of Rosannah and Thomas Seth LODGE

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Seedy hotel room diorama - Part 3

Continued with some more of my diorama tonight.
Previous diorama posts

The 'stained' mattress and pillow. Seemed a shame to stain it cos it looked so nice with the new material but would have looked silly to have had a new looking mattress in the scene, so using a wet teabag i made gross stains :-). Stuffing out of bottom of mattress to add perception of age.

Close up of the fork on pizza box and there's the coat hanger...

Close up of rolled up legal documents and also on the floor behind the bed

There's the fork and i was particularly pleased at how real the mattress looked!

Toilet paper, floppy disks to shelf; danger sign to door; coat hanger on side of bed.


Sunday, 6 December 2009

Seedy hotel room diorama - Part 2

Another couple of photos from yesterday.


Stuck some comics on the floor and a donut too; made a shelf and stuck some 'dimp' on it; a can of drink on the end of the bed and pizza slices in a box under the bed.

I thought comics would be more g rated than 1:12 porno mags LOL!

There's that shelf with the dimp and a coin to scale

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Seedy hotel room diorama - Part 1



I started this diorama at the beginning of the year but lost interest because i was getting frustrated with trying to make a clay person LOL...i now understand clay people are not my forte... so with my success with 'Life of Grime' i've been spurred on! It didn't start out as a seedy hotel room...destiny picked that out when after adhering the green 'wallpaper' to the walls, the PVA soaked thru and i thought "wayyy cool that looks grotty" LOL!


I begun with a plain brown box from Spotlight. I then printed the green wallpaper; made the skirting boards; door architrave and door; window frame, plonking photo of city behind. The room exit needed a bit of something for depth, so i scaled down a hallway scene [that's a can of coke and some power points included in it] and adhered.

Today i sort of 'distressed' the skirting boards, window frame and door to appear dirty.
Added the peeling paper on ceiling.

The right hand corner with peeling ceiling paper.


Affixed the printout of a hallway to give some depth



I made the bed when i started the diorama. Furniture is a challenge to me LOL but i'm relishing it :) I painted it rather roughly as i want the appearance to be old. I'm going to handsew a 'kapok' mattress for it later. Note the coin for scale.


Bed close up


Bed from above