Norman Peter Hanson was born in Levin in 1898, the 4th child of Peter Hanson and Annie (Aldridge) Hanson. Norman attended Wereroa School in Levin, Aokautere School in Fitzherbert East and finished his primary education at Terrace End School in 1911. His first employment was with "Collinson and Son" until 1916 when he joined A M Williams to train as a dental mechanic. His military training at Trentham Camp took place in 1918 - the war was over before he was posted overseas - and he continued at his old job at A M Williams afterwards. In 1920, he rejoined Collinson and Son in their sporting goods department. He remained there until 1941 when he moved to Hamilton to work for Cann & Co. From 1923-1929, Norman was a New Zealand representative hockey player. He was a longtime member of the Broadway Hockey Club. In 1947, Norman returned to Palmerston North to open his own business, Hanson's Sports Depot, which was in operation until it was sold in the 1970s. He died in 1976.

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