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||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.
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Singleton, Annie (nee Holt)
Holt, Annie (later Singleton)
Holt, Hodgson Mrs.
Singleton, Joseph (snr)
Singleton, Joseph (snr) Mrs.
Singleton, Joyce (later Matthews)
Matthews, Joyce (nee Singleton
Singleton, Nancy (later cook)
Cook, Nancy (nee Singleton)
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