|Title||My first eighty years|
"Here is one of the best New Zealand autobiographies, the life of Mrs Helen Wilson, O.B.E. (born Helen Osler, wife of the late Mr C. K. Wilson, M.P., and sister of the late Sir Hubert Osler).
The author's story begins with her parents' pioneering experiences on an isolated high country sheep station and a lively account of her own early childhood there, until it was interrupted by her father's sudden tragic death.
The young widow, Mrs Osler, took her family to Timaru and there sent them to school (no easy matter in a depression for a widow who had to depend - not on a pension - but on teaching, dancing and water colour sketching). Here the schoolgirl net and became intimate with all the main characters in the famous Hall case, and now tells how the strange intuition of a schoolgirl persuaded her that a murder was being contrived long before anyone else suspected it.
At seventeen Helen Osler was teaching in a sole charge school in a remote Irish settlement in Canterbury. She has already told her adventures (when she accidentally stumbled across the district's illegal distilling activities) in her novel 'Moonshine'.
Two years later Mrs Osler took up land in the Levin district and there her daughter accompanied her ..." -- Dust wrapper blurb.
Signed "Yours cordially Helen Wilson" on the title page. Also bears pen notes on the front flyleaf regarding the donors details.
|Pub Place||Hamilton, N.Z.|
|Publisher||Paul's Book Arcade|
|Physical Description||241p.,  p. of plate : ill.; 22cm.|
|LC Subject Headings||
Wilson, Helen, 1869-1957
Pioneers --New Zealand --Mackenzie District --Biography
Pioneers --New Zealand --Mackenzie District --History
Frontier and pioneer life --New Zealand --Mackenzie District
Mackenzie District -- History
Women --New Zealand --Biography