Large autograph book with dark green hardcovers. It contains autographs inside dating from 1913 to 1922, including many from members of the New Zealand Medical Corps housed at the Awapuni (Racecourse) Camp during World War I. There are also autographs from Victor and Horace Cunninghame of the Collinson & Cunninghame department store, Palmerston North.
This autograph book comes from the donor’s grandmother, Annie Mabel Watson, nee Lumley, born 21 Oct 1900, died November 1999. She was the daughter of Charles and Sarah Jane Lumley. Her parents ran a general store in Ashhurst.
When Charles died in 1912 the family moved to Palmerston North where Jane ran a small boarding house, circa 1914 onwards in Ferguson Street, where Pak ‘n’ Save is now. The autograph book begins in 1913, probably with Annie’s move to Palmerston North and ends in 1922. Annie married in 1926.
Many of the signatures are no doubt from boarders at the house. Many are also from the New Zealand Medical Corps which trained and was quartered at Awapuni Racecourse from September1915 to 1919. They were the largest and most long-standing army camp in the Manawatu area during World War One.