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Canadian war brides, some with children, and fiancees of New Zealand airmen who arrived in Auckland by the early express this morning found the cold more severe than they had anticipated. It was a dark, bleak morning when the train drew into the platform, but the warmth of the welcome extended by waiting relatives more than compensated for the weather. Later in the day, the new arrivals saw Auckland in an almost spring setting.

All young women, they met their husbands and fiances while the New Zealanders were in Canada under the Empire air training scheme. The New Zealand men were very popular among the Canadians, cne young bride said, and she was surprised that there had not been more engagements. All had looked forward to their arrival here and they had not been disappointed.

"From what I have seen of New Zealand so far—we only arrived in Wellington yesterday morning—I am sure I am going to like the country very much," said Mrs. J. E. Herron, wife of Flight-Sergeant L. E. Herron, of Remuera. Waiting to greet her was her husband, an airman brother-in-law and her mother-in-law. Though Mrs. Herron has no relatives in New Zealand she will, at least, have something in common with two other Canadian war brides, Mesdames C. Beckett, of Orakei, and A. Buckley, of Devonport, who also hail from Winnipeg.

Some of the women said they had had their names on the waiting list for New Zealand for some time. In one case a husband-to-be returned only a week'ahead of his bride, but since leaving Canada he had spent 16 months in' the Pacific.

One young bride admitted that she would have a great deal to learn about housekeeping in New Zealand, especially in the way of rationing. The only commodities rationed in Canada, she said, were butter, sugar and tea, and in hotels and restaurants . ration coupons, were not required for meals.

The 14 young women for the Auckland province were:—

Mrs. M. E. Beatson and jchild (Pukekohe), Mrs. C. Beckett (Orakei), Mrs. E. G. Brittain (Glen Eden), Mrs. A. Buckley (Devonport), Mrs. M. E. Cherrington-Kelly (Sandringham), Mrs. L. Chambers and child (Brown's Bay), Mrs. J. E. Heron (Remuera), Mrs. A. Moon (Parnell), Mrs. V. M. Mackinson (Northcote), Miss M. Hawkins (Papatoetoe), Miss Y. Mackie (Otahuhu), Miss J. Cameron (Mt. Edep), Miss F. M. Lve (Ponsonby), and Miss A. Eyre (Green Lane).

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CANADIAN BRIDES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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CANADIAN BRIDES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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