Hello, my name is Sheila and I was born in 1925 in Marton. My parents owned a sheep and cattle farm in Hunterville and I loved to help out around the farm. My “best friend” during those happy childhood days was Creamy, my palomino pony.
My school years were spent at Ngatawa College in Marton which was a boarding school so I would return home during school holidays.
During the war years, with a shortage of manpower, I became a landgirl on the farm. It was during this time that my parents relocated to a property at Papamoa, moving all our belongings and stock (along with the dogs) by train from Hunterville. What a huge move that was!
I then decided to study nursing and completed my training in Hamilton. Upon graduation I travelled to England to work at St Barts Hospital, London for two years. Returning to Hamilton I became head of the Accident & Emergency Department where I stayed for 20 years. I then moved to Auckland to take up the position of Matron at North Shore Hospital. On retirement I returned to Tauranga.
My interests are varied, but include reading, classical music and spending time with my family, especially the younger ones. I love the outdoors and like to get out for many walks around the lovely gardens here at Bob Owens Village.