Catherine White SMITH
26 Sept 1920 - 6 June 2009

1920 born 26th Sept. Crossloan Road,
Govan, Glasgow, Scotland
Birth Certificate

1932-35 Attended Kent Road School

The school was built in 1885. It was one of the Glasgow School Board's
first secondary schools,originally known as Higher Grade Schools.
Kent Road and the other Higher Grade schools (John Street, City,
Whitehill and Woodside) were strategically placed to make sure
that every child in the Board area had the opportunity to continue in
education beyond the age of 13.
The building was demolished in 1968 to make way for Woodside
Secondary School.

1937 Woodside Secondary School
(Woodside Secondary School opened in
September 1882 and closed on June 30th 1999

Was a school captain, sitting on the floor.

1938 Woodside Secondary School
School captain again, standing 2nd back row
Higher school certificate details her passes


Cathie left school and started worked at Cadbury's
(Bournville) in Glasgow for 4½ years before joining
the A.T.S. (Auxiliary Territorial Service)..

Pictured here second on left.
Living at 54 Dorset Street


24th April Cathie leaves Cadbury's and
joins the A.T.S. (Auxiliary Territorial Service, now called the Womans Army Corp).
Leaving certificate and a bible presented to Cathie by Dorothy Cadbury.

Dorothy Cadbury joined Cadbury Bros,
starting as an ordinary ‘pieceworker’ and later became a Managing Director).


1943 ATC Lance Corporal - Catherine Smith. Spent 3 years in Ayr.  

1943 12th June Married at Glasgow Registry Office.
Marriage certificate.

1946 May.... Set sail on the R.M.S. Rangitiki for New Zealand
Cathie's letter home detailing her trip - click here
Passenger List for this trip - click here
Cathie is listed on page4

1946 Thursday 18th July.... Arrived at Wellington, New Zealand to be met by her husband Reg.
Travelled up to Thames where she stayed temporarily at 9 Edmund Street.

1947 Living at, 9 Gibraltar Crescent Parnell, Auckland  

1947 her husband Reg was working for the
Auckland Gas Works.

back row right).

1947 1st son Ronald born.

1951 2nd son Evan born.

1953 3rd son David born. Living at 385 Mt Eden Road
Lived in a rented house supplied by the
Auckland Gas Works, 385 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Thumbnail picture is taken yr 2008 . Click to see the old home C:1953

1957 After her husband was offered employment with his brother Stan
Reg resigns the Gas Works and the family moves to Rotorua.
Cathie started working part-time for Stan at Hall Manufacturing, doing the
wages and accounts.
The first year living at Ngongataha,
House was rented at 1 Reeme Street, Ngongataha.

1959 Moved to the new home built at
174 Otonga Road, Rotorua..

1959 - 2009

Cathie worked for some considerable time at Hall Manufacturing, and it was while there that her husband Reg became a shareholder in a factory in Tauranga. Cathie also undertook the books/wages for this business as well. It was when her nephew took over as manager of Hall Mfg that Cathie left and commenced work at Auckland Glass (branch Rotorua) doing the invoicing and general office work.

2009 23rd July Passed away peacefully
at Rotorua Hospital aged 88yrs.
Cremated at Rotorua Crematorium

Death Certificate

Her ashes have been interred at Rotorua Cemetary
in the memorial wall. A plaque has been raised that
also includes her husband Reggie.

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