Norman Squire

Date of birth / Date established
19 Jun 1921
Date of death / Date closed
30 Nov 2008
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Norman Nelson Squire is the son of Arthur Lucas and Iva Violet Squire. Siblings include sister (Mavis Hedges) and three brothers (Leonard John, Ernest Arthur Simpson, and Arthur James). He was educated at Westown Primary School. After the death of his father in 1935 Norman began working for Joseph Swainson studios (New Plymouth). He later joined the Taranaki Regiment and in 1940 was called up to be in the military camp that was established at the Waverly Racecourse. The unit Norman was attached to was later shifted to Palmerston North where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was turned down for overseas service on medical grounds and transferred to the Air Force Photographic Unit (Stout Street, Wellington). With this Department Norman did aerial survey and processing work for the services. In 1944 he applied for leave to get married at St Mary's Church (New Plymouth) to Constance Firth (married 22nd January 1944). Together they had they had two children Graeme Nelson Squire (b.1 June 1952) and Joslyn Mary Squire (b.12 December 1947). After the war Norman returned to working with Swainson until 1956 when he took up the position as Auckland Manager of the wholesale photographic company, AGFA-Gaevert. Norman established his own photographic studio in Fitzroy, New Plymouth in 1968 which he later sold c.1974. He then returned to Auckland to work with Agfa-Gaevert and remained with them until he retired at the age of sixty-one.

Norman died on 30.11.2008 aged 87.

Service No: 431853 RNZAF

For an oral history conducted with Norman Squire see ARC2006-10. For personal recollections see CV 169236.


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