Hello, my name is Selina (Sally) Burrage. I was born in Christchurch but grew up in a small North Canterbury township called Waiau. I attended Canterbury University where I played hockey and was selected to represent Canterbury from 1936 to 1952. I was in the Rep Team every year, earning a New Zealand University Blue and representing New Zealand against a touring English side in 1938. That was the only New Zealand team chosen until 1948 because of the war years. I later coached hockey at primary and secondary schools and was a selector, coach and manager for Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand university teams.
I married in 1946 and had five children – four sons and a daughter.
I went on many geology study tours with a university group over New Zealand, Australia (mainly in the outback), Tasmania, Kangaroo Island and the National Parks in the USA.
In the late 1950s I joined the Canterbury Museum Archaeology Society and took part in site surveying and archaeological digs for nearly fifty years. In 1966 I then taught for ten years before joining the staff of the Canterbury Museum as a technician and research associate in archaeology in the Ethnology Department.
After reaching retiring age I carried on the same job as a volunteer and did research for the curators and the general public. In 1988 I was awarded a QSM for public service, receiving the medal from the late Sir Paul Reeves. In 1998 I received a Hagley / Ferrymead Community Service award, and in 2010 a Volunteering Canterbury award.
I was made a Meritus Curator of Canterbury Museum History in 2001. I finished working at the museum after the 2011 September earthquake and in March 2012 after the devastating February quake I moved to Wellington. I now call Malvina Major my home and have finally retired.