The Leighton Chronicles

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Robert Douglas Leighton (c1902-1992) lived on a farm in Frankley Road during the early 1900s and wrote about his childhood memories in a series of essays.

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"Our Mother Emily, by her youngest child Robert Douglas Leighton when he was 88 years old" describes the family moving from the West Coast, South Island to Taranaki - including the journey north, their new home, an incident with a goose etc.

"The Tunnel Holiday in 1915 by Douglas Leighton" decribes a journey on horse back along the beach at Pukearuhe to the stock tunnel at Tongaporutu to Waterson's farm up the Mohakatino Valley

"The Leighton Home Expanding in 1908, by Doug Leighton" describes the first home on Frankley Road, New Plymouth, complete with internal well and describes how the extensions were added to the house (shifted ready made with teams of bullocks)

"Getting Lost After School by Douglas Leighton" describes his first days at school and how he got lost going home. Mentions pig hunting.

"The School Pony by Douglas Leighton" describes his father buying a pony for him to ride to school

"The Pet Calf by Douglas Leighton"

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Word document. Index.

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