Relics of a bygone era under house
Who is R Nevison?ANNA WILLIAMS
A Blenheim woman who moved into a new home about five weeks ago got a unique housewarming gift when an electrician discovered an old purse and a World War II ration book under her house.
Jen McMillan hired Complete Electrical electrician Chris Goodyer to do some re-wiring in her new home. While Mr Goodyer was running some cables under the house last week, he came across an old purse containing a ration book dated October 1947.
The book was stamped with Dominion of New Zealand and was issued under the 1942 emergency regulation. It contained ration stamps for sugar, tea, butter and meat.
After doing a bit of research, Ms McMillan found out some items including butter, were still rationed in New Zealand up until 1950.
The name R. Nevison was the only readable name in the book. She looked in a phonebook from the year 1965. There was one Nevison listed in Blenheim but the phone number was outdated.
She hoped to find the owner of the purse, she said.
"I thought, what did she do when she lost her ration book?"
She planned on giving the purse and ration book to the Marlborough Museum, she said.
Mr Goodyer said it was not uncommon to find old things in his line of work.
About six months ago he was working at Waikawa Bay School when he found a handbag.
Inside was a bank book and a wallet, containing a driver's licence belonging to a woman he knew.
He phoned the woman, who told him her bag had been stolen 20 years ago from her car after she had done her banking.
Inside the banking book was a date and time of the day her bag had been stolen.
"It was all expired, but she was excited about having it back," he said.
"It's not uncommon. People are always finding things under houses."
- The Marlborough Express