Topic: Francis Corrison Swanwick (Corrie)

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Corrie was a local identity, and Levin’s unofficial historian. He wrote many stories which were published in the local newspapers, and which his daughter Janice has authorised for use on Kete Horowhenua.

Corrie researched and wrote many stories mostly relating to the history of the Levin area. Corrie's stories were never published as a book, but were published over many years in the local newspaper.

They are being loaded into Kete as PDF files along with the full text (typed up by our volunteers) so that they can be found by a keyword search. 


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Francis Corrison Swanwick (Corrie)

Date of birth:23/12/1910
Date of death:15/09/2005
Place of birth:Levin
Nationality or Iwi:European
Educational achievements:Certificate of Proficiency (Standard V1), age 15
Awards:New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in recognition of services to New Zealand. Levin Borough Council: Civic Honour Award, 1984, for outstanding contribution to the town’s history. Horowhenua County Council plaque, 1985, for his help with the centennial celebrations. Horowhenua Historical Society: Life Member 1997.
Places of relevance:Levin School, Black's Nursery , Pacific Theatre, WWII, Horowhenua Historical Society, and
Occupation:Nurseryman/market gardener
Last known residence:Wilton Street, Levin, and the Levin Home for War Veterans
Cause of death:Bronchopneumonia
Place of death:Levin
Buried where:The Avenue Cemetery, Levin
Marriage date:27/08/1949
Place of marriage:Newlands, Wellington
Spouses name:Lillian Helena Pickering
Spouses date of birth:27/05/1917
Spouses place of birth:Levin
Spouses Iwi or nationality:European
Spouses date of death:25/06/1996
Spouses place of death:Levin
Children:Janice 1951-, m Kent Atkinson, Grandchildren: Catriona Atkinson, Brendan Atkinson, , and
Fathers name:Frank Swanwick
Fathers date of birth:04/10/1874
Fathers place of birth:Lawrence, Otago
Fathers iwi or nationality:European (English/Irish extraction)
Fathers occupation:Gold dredger, machinery inspector, brewers' carter, poultry farmer
Fathers date of death:25/09/1961
Fathers place of death:Levin
Mothers name:Theodora (Dora) (McCutcheon)
Mothers date of birth:Between 1883-1884
Mothers place of birth:Lawrence, Otago
Mothers iwi or nationality:European (English/Irish extraction)
Mothers date of death:1941?
Mothers place of death:Levin
Parents date of marriage:21/03/1907
Siblings:Lillias (married Harold Stanley) 1914-07/07/1995, Frederick 1908-15/09/1992, , , and
Parents place of marriage:Lawrence, Otago