In 1875, Irish born Colonel Robert Trimble brought his wife Jane and family of 5 sons (Alfred, Heywood, Montfort, Harold and Shirley) and three daughters (Nora, Ellie and Jessie) to New Zealand, settling in near Inglewood. They purchased and developed a property on the main road near the Norfolk Road junction and called it Riverdale.
The letters are written primarily by Nora and Ellie Trimble, two unmarried sisters who remained at the family property. The letters are directed to their niece Dorothy (daughter of Heywood) and her two children Betty and Joan who were living in Otago.
Nora and Ellie write of daily life on the farm, cooking, preserving, reading books, and social exchanges. They make comment on individuals and families in the district and describe trips to New Plymouth. Adventurous spirited Ellie develops a passion for aviation and while she never learnt to fly, planes are often mentioned in her letters.
Trimble, Nora - letters to Dorothy... 1903 - 1928
Trimble, Nora - letters to Dorothy... 1929 - 1939
Trimble, Nora - letters to Dorothy... 1939 - 1943
Trimble, Nora - letters to Heywood 1925 - 1926
Trimble, Nora - letters to Betty 1925 - 32
Trimble, Annie - letters 1915
Trimble, Harold - letters 1925 - 1927
Trimble, Jane - letters to Dorothy 1922
Heafey, Joan, letter 1937
Heywood, Jessie - letters to Heywood 1927
Heywood, Jessie - letters to Betty and Joan 1929
Heywood, Jessie - letters to Dorothy 1927 - 1947
Misc letters (whole and parts)
Malone, Jessie - letters to Dorothy 1925 - 1929
Penn, Hope - letters to Dorothy
Penn, Lucy - letters to Dorothy 1927 - 1940
Trimble, Ellie - letters to Dorothy 1921 - 1944