This collection of memories is dedicated to the memory
Nora Elizabeth Frost
1986/87 Essie Campbell and Rose Gregor died. Essie and Rose were sisters
of Nora's mother and she had been very close to both of them.
This sad time for Mum was made worse by the fact that they had
taken much of their knowledge of the family to the grave and no one in
the younger generation seemed interested. As a result of this I started to record the generations of the Wyeth family and
some odd notes about them.
On one of his trips to Wellington, Neil Wyeth called in to see Nora and told
her he was keen to have a Wyeth family reunion in 1990 to commemorate
the Wyeth families 150 years in New Zealand. After some discussion it was
agreed that as Wellington was where Robert and Jane initially landed and lived the
reunion should be in Wellington. An organising committee was formed and a
series of committee meetings held at Nora and Lloyd's home in Upper Hutt.
I undertook to prepare the family tree for display at
the reunion. The many additions and corrections added during the reunion gave
the tree a huge boost.
of the highlights of that weekend was a visit to Masterton on the Sunday to
unveil a plaque on Robert and Jane's tombstone.
The unveiling was performed by two of the youngest present, my youngest
daughter Kate and Roger Wyeth's daughter Emma.
Kate is a great, great, great grand daughter of Robert and Jane, or more
simply a 5th Generation descendant, Emma is 4th generation.
This plaque was unveiled by
a gathering of the Descendants
14 January 1990
The Arrival in New Zealand
of Robert Wyeth in January 1840
and of his Bride to be
Jane Runnalls in February 1840
greatly enjoyed meeting many people she had not seen for some years and other
relatives, particularly from Joseph's family that she had never met before who
became firm friends for the remainder of her life.
All her life Nora valued highly her association with the wider
family initially through letter writing and, when she was unable to write, through
numerous telephone calls. Until her death on 6 January 1999 Nora kept many
people in touch with what was happening throughout her extended family.
We hope that you will enjoy the memories here as much as we know Nora would have.