Marlborough Express Photographs From August 1957
Singleton Golden Wedding Bringing Power From The Far South

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Record 168/223
Copyright The Marlborough Express Newspaper Co. Ltd
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Collection Marlborough Express Negatives
Description Image from Negative number 239, published in The Marlborough Express, Tuesday, November 12, 1957, page 6.

Golden Wedding. Blenheim Couple Have Much On Which To Look Back. If variety adds spice to life, the last 50 years in the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Singleton, of Main Street, have been as full and as interesting as anyone could wish. Today Mr. and Mrs. Singleton look back on 50 years of married life, a half-century in which the breadwinner was successively coachman, light­house-keeper, policeman and transport operator. Mr. and Mrs. Singleton were married in the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Christchurch, by the Reverend (now Archbishop) A. W. Averill, on November 12. 1907. Mrs. Singleton was formerly Miss Annie Holt, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hodgson Holt, of Christchurch. Mr. Singleton is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Singleton, of Fernside Rangiora. Mr. and Mrs. Singleton lived for the early part of their married life in Culverden and Waiau, where Mr. Singleton was employed as a coachman by Mr. Thomas Derrick. As such he made frequent visits to Hanmer and Kaikoura. After seven years in this occupation, Mr. Singleton made a radical change, to that of a lighthouse-keeper. He was stationed first at Cape Saunders (Otago Peninsula) and then transferred to Castlepoint. From there he returned to the coaching business in Masterton, and then made another big change of occupation by joining the police force. As a policeman, Mr. Singleton was stationed at Wellington and Masterton, but after seven years resigned and went into business on his own account, starting the first bus service over the Rimutakas between Masterton and Wellington. In later years Mr. Singleton was employed by a carrying firm and 10 years ago he and his wife came to Marlborough to retire, living first at Renwick. Mr. and Mrs. Singleton have three sons - John and Leonard (Blenheim) and Robert (Paekakariki) - and two daughters - Joyce (Mrs. N. Matthews. Valleyfield) and Nancy (Mrs. R. Cook, Makara).The couple have no plans for anything but a quiet celebration of their golden wedding anniversary today.

Year Range from 1957
Object ID MEX0.900.0161
Object Name Negative, Photographic
People Singleton, Joseph
Singleton, Annie (nee Holt)
Holt, Annie (later Singleton)
Holt, Hodgson
Holt, Hodgson Mrs.
Averill, A.W.
Singleton, Joseph (snr)
Singleton, Joseph (snr) Mrs.
Derrick, Thomas
Singleton, John
Singleton, Leonard
Singleton, Robert
Singleton, Joyce (later Matthews)
Matthews, Joyce (nee Singleton
Matthews, N.
Singleton, Nancy (later cook)
Cook, Nancy (nee Singleton)
Cook, R.
Place Marlborough
Studio The Marlborough Express Newspaper Co. Ltd
Title Singleton Golden Wedding
Bringing Power From The Far South
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