Community Contributed

Francis Corrison Swanwick (Corrie)

Kete Horowhenua2020-03-23T16:49:52+00:00
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.
Date of birth23/12/1910
Date of death15/09/2005
Mothers nameTheodora (Dora) (McCutcheon)
Spouses nameLillian Helena Pickering
Mothers date of birthBetween 1883-1884
Spouses date of birth27/05/1917
Mothers place of birthLawrence, Otago
Spouses place of birthLevin
Mothers iwi or nationalityEuropean (English/Irish extraction)
Mothers date of death1941?
Spouses date of death25/06/1996
Fathers date of birth04/10/1874
Mothers place of deathLevin
Spouses place of deathLevin
Fathers nameFrank Swanwick
Fathers place of birthLawrence, Otago
Marriage date27/08/1949
Fathers iwi or nationalityEuropean (English/Irish extraction)
Parents date of marriage21/03/1907
Place of marriageNewlands, Wellington
Parents place of marriageLawrence, Otago
Fathers date of death25/09/1961
Fathers place of deathLevin
SiblingsLillias (married Harold Stanley) 1914-07/07/1995, Frederick 1908-15/09/1992, , ,
Fathers occupationGold dredger, machinery inspector, brewers' carter, poultry farmer
ChildrenJanice 1951-, m Kent Atkinson, Grandchildren: Catriona Atkinson, Brendan Atkinson, ,
Cause of deathBronchopneumonia
Buried whereThe Avenue Cemetery, Levin
Places of relevanceLevin School, Black's Nursery , Pacific Theatre, WWII, Horowhenua Historical Society,
Last known residenceWilton Street, Levin, and the Levin Home for War Veterans
Educational achievementsCertificate of Proficiency (Standard V1), age 15
AwardsNew 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.
Place of birthLevin
OccupationNurseryman/market gardener
Nationality or IwiEuropean
Place of deathLevin
Spouses Iwi or nationalityEuropean

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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