Topic: Mrs Margaret Whitaker

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Mrs Margaret Whitaker was the Levin librarian for seventeen years from 1932-1949.

Mrs Margaret WhitakerMrs Whitaker was born in Northampton and met her future husband while he was with the New Zealand forces in Europe during World War I. She followed him back to Levin, where they were maried in St Marys in 1921. They had 3 daughters: Margaret, Lorna and Catherine.

Mrs Whitaker started work in the Municipal library in 1932, and became qualified in 1938, receiving the ALA Certificate in Library Studies. She retired after 17 years, in 1949.

She was a keen participant in Radio Quizz shows and competed in sessions broadcast out of 2ZA in Palmerston North when in her 70s - the oldest competitor! She became nearly blind as she got older, and received 2nd prize in an essay competition against blind people from all over the world.

She was a dedicated member of St Marys Anglican Church in Levin, and also the Little Theatre, taking parts in productions.

She died at the age of 81 and was survived by 2 brothers (USA and England) and 3 daughters: Mrs F.N. Atkin (Manakau), Mrs W.J.M. Rolston (Levin), and Mrs L.C. Rountree (Auckland).


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Mrs Margaret Whitaker

Place of birth:Northampton, England.
Educational achievements:ALA Certificate in Library Studies
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Last known residence:Queen Street, Levin (in 1944).
Place of death:Levin
Marriage date:1921
Place of marriage:St Marys Anglican Church, Levin.
Spouses name:William Whitaker (son of John and Catherine Whitaker)
Spouses date of birth:1892
Spouses place of birth:Levin, NZ
Spouses date of death:11/03/1944
Spouses place of death:Private Hospital, Palmerston North.
Children:Margaret (Mrs F.N. Atkins of Manakau), Lorna (Mrs W.J.M. Rolston of Levin), Catherine (Mrs L.C. Rountree of Auckland), , and
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