Grace, Gerald Carolan

Gerald (Gerry) Grace was born in Greymouth in 1909 and educated at New Plymouth Boys' High School 1924-1927. He volunteered for the Army in August 1942 then enlisted with the RNZAF in December1942, rising to the rank of Flying Officer. A staff member of Stratford Borough Council 1929-1975, he held the position of Stratford Town Clerk between 1936 and 1975.
Gerry was a life member of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union and Taranaki Rugby Referees Association, past President of the Avon Bowling and Stratford Athletic and Cycling Clubs and life member of the New Zealand Institute of Town Clerks and New Zealand Institute of Local Government Managers. He was awarded the QSM in 1996. He died in 2005 aged 95.
Personal papers collected by Gerry Grace during his life, including newspaper cuttings, memorabilia and testimonials.

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  Box 1

Folder 1. Personal letters to G C Grace. 1981 - 2001.

Letter. From Marj and Jim. Dated 4 August 1981 (4p.)

Aerogram. From Geraldine Pat & family. 24 Sept. 1981 (2p.)

Letter. From King. 18 August 1981(7p.)

Letter, From Paul. 24 Sept. 1981(3p.)

Postcard. From Phil. 10 Sept. 1993

Letter. From Judy. 19 Feb. 1999 (3p.)

Letter. From Judy. 25 Feb. 1999 (3p.)

Postcard. From Judy. 3 May 1999

Letter. From Judy. 17 June 1999 (1p.)

Letter. From Judy. 6 Nov. 1999 (3p.)

Letter. From Judy. 25 Feb. 2000 (2p.)

Reminiscence. From Peter Plummer. 29 Oct. 2000 (17p.)

Letter. From Judy. 26 Feb. 2001 (3p.)

Folder 2. Poems and short stories written by Grace.

Letter. From Maurice. Rec'd 18 Sept. 1952

1. Poem. 'The urge' (4p)

2. Poem. 'Paul' (4p.)

3. Poem. "From the mount' (2p.)

4. Poem. 'Mt Egmont' (3p.)

5. Poem. 'Mother Earth' (2p.)

6. Poem 'The Sea' (3p.)

7. 'The flowers' (1p.)

Story. Outline only. (12p.)

Story. 'The peeping tom'. (7p.)

Story. 'After school'. (7p.)

Story. 'The haunted house' (17p.)

Folder 3. Personal documents and photographs. Includes birth certificate and copies of pages from publications;

Golden Days of Lake Country / F W G Miller pp141-143

Early Days in Central Otago / Robert Gilkison 49-50

Souvenir of Grey District Diamond Jubilee p.50 & p.63

Folder 4. Certificates won or presented to G C Grace.

New Zealand Swimming Assoc. Proficiency. 28 May 1926

New Zealand Swimming Assoc. Learner's. 28 May 1926

Taranaki Bowling Centre. Championship fours 1968-69 Season

Men of Achievement. Diploma 1973

Taranaki Pioneer Village. Founder Donor. 2 May 1978

NZ Society of Local Government Managers. Membership. 11 June 1989

Avon Bowling Club. 50 years membership. 27 July 1989

National Geographic Society membership. 1 July 1996

Folder 5. RNZAF papers

Notebook containing names of members of 60 Radar Squadron

Ms copy of 'Radar One Rag' First ed. 6 November 1943 includes valedictory for Commanding Officer, Pilot-Officer G C Grace.(10p.)

Record of Service. Gerald Carolan Grace. (6p.)

Memo. King's Commission. Royal New Zealand Air Force. 19 April 1948

Commision as Pilot-Officer. 1943

Notes on Air Force administration procedure, and Regulations.

Folder 6. Testimonials and job applications 1927-1956.

Correspondence and certificate regarding the award of Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Local Authority Management (FILAM). 22 July 1987

References. November 1927 (2p.), Sept. 1929, Feb. 1933, July 1936, August 1947, May 1951.

Application for position as Town Clerk, Tauranga. 21 May 1952

Application and schedule of duties for position of Secretary-Treasurer, Taranaki Electric Power Board. 18 August 1953

Application and references for position as County Clerk, Whakatane County Council. 27 May 1955

References for position as Town Clerk, Gisborne. February 1956

Application for Junior Clerk, Stratford Borough Council. August 1929 (5p.)

Exercise book. Biographical notes and list of books held. 1989 (13p.)

Folder 7.

Taranaki JP Association newsletter March 2002. Notification of status of non-active and letter from Tom Ryder, NPBHS (4p.)

Copy of '100 years of Taranaki Rugby 1885-1985' (p.36-37)

Address to Rotary 1946 on the constitutional structure of the Borough of Stratford. (7p.)

Taranaki Provincial Patriotic Council. Minutes from November 1993 acknowledgement of the retirement of G C Grace serving as Treasurer for 46 years.(8p.)

Taranaki Daily News article 'Civically speaking' on the naming of Stratford, written by D E Walter. 2 June 1991 (2p.)

Typescript. 'Stratford Heritage Trails' published by the Stratford District Council. 1994 (7p.)

Folder 8.Correspondence and newspaper cuttings regarding the awarding of the QSM. 1996

Two photographs at Investiture. 24 May 1996

Correspondence regarding the awarding of the QSM. Includes letters from P Tapsell, Speaker of the House, M. Moore, M.P., Helen Clarke, Leader of the Opposition, W F Birch, Minister of Finance, J B Bolger, Prime Minister and C Tizard, Governor General

Newspaper clipping Stratford Press 24 January 1996; Daily News 30 December 1995

Typescript. Biographical details (3p.)

References for nomination for QSM. (8p.)

Folder 9. Draft biographical notes for QSM award and citation for the New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 1996.

Notes of Gerald Carolan Grace. For Taranaki Herald. 21 June 1960 (2p.)

Booklet. Centenary. Sisters of our Lady of the Missions, New Plymouth Taranaki. 1984

Folder 10. Correspondence and newspaper cuttings relating to the NZ Institute of Town Clerks and Municipal Treasurers.

Photograph. 'Civic leaders from Stratford' Rotorua Post 8 March 1957

Newspaper clipping. Life membership Town Clerks' and Treasurers Institute of New Zealand. Stratford Press 5 April 1973

Letter. From C White, Wanganui. June 1957 (7p.)

Letter. Norman Bourn, Levin. 8 Apr. 1973 (1p.)

Booklets from NZITCMP Conferences 1957-1992

Photograph. Conference of Town Clerks, Wellington. Taranaki Daily News 9 March 1940

Address to NZITCMT 4 December 1987 on the history of the Institute. (8p.)

Magazine. Board & Council. Issue 21 March 1957. Article on Stratford Borough.

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Folder 11. Correspondence and newspaper cuttings related to G C Grace's retirement as Town Clerk. May 1975

Newspaper article. The Daily News 28 May 1975; Stratford Press 22 May 1975; Taranaki Herald 24 May 1975

Newspaper clipping. 'Memorial garden for Gerald Grace' Stratford Press 22 August 2007

Obituary. Stratford Press 23 March 2005

Photocopy. 'Reminiscences of a Town Clerk' G C Grace (5p.)

Transcript. From interview with Gerald Grace by David Walter. 18 Nov. 1992 (12p.)

Newspaper article. 'Stratford farewells a long time servant of the community'. Stratford Press 16 August 2000

Folder 12. Research notes for Stratford Jubilee Centennial 1878 - 1978. Includes a copy of the 'Stratford Jubilee 1928'

Folder 13. Stratford Press and Taranaki Newspapers Ltd centennial supplements. 1978

Folder 14. Stratford Press 125th supplement. May 2003

Two name tags.

Signature stamp 'G C Grace'

Sign. 'Town Clerk G C Grace F.I.A.O.'

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