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The Gisborne Photo News



Happy Hundredth

Mrs Bessie Ferris celebrated a very happy hundredth birthday on July 2. Members of the family gathered for a sherry toast and delicious afternoon tea to honour the celebrant. Mrs Ferris (whose husband, the late Mr Charles Henry Ferris, was a health inspector with the Borough Council) came to New Zealand from England with her parents when she was only six months old. The family lived in Auckland. After her marriage Mrs Ferris came to Gisborne with her husband and has lived here ever since. A keen church worker all. her life she is the oldest communicant in the Anglican Parish in Gisborne. She is also a life member of the Girl Guides Association and has been a member of the Victoria League and the Townswomen's Guild.


Mrs Ferris, who is about to cut her beautiful birthday cake-is pictured with members of her family who are, from left, Colleen Corcoran (great-granddaughter), Mrs Clarice Corcoran (daughter), Mrs Tui Wakely (daughter), Lance Ferris (son) and his wife Betty, Leslie Ferris and her husband Murray (grandson), Doug Wakely (son-in-law), and John Wakely (grandson).