Writer Profiles

David Lockyer

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DAVID LOCKYER was born in 1948, Poole, England, and is a post-war migrant to New Zealand since 1950. His formative years were on a forty acre dairy farm near Waimate that offered responsibilities and adventure. River fossicking and climbing Mt Studholme offered real adventure for growing boys. Milking cows, scouting, fruit picking and boating were valued pursuits. Schooling was at Hunter Primary and Waimate District High. A Carpentry apprenticeship preceded a building business at Hokitika, Westland. Eventually a move to Christchurch resulted in eight years of property maintenance at a busy primary school. A complete change in direction led to full time study at the Bible College of NZ (Laidlaw in 2008). A passion for writing emerged, while Christchurch hosted a creative writer’s expo. Beyond the Splendours of the Sunset (2014) is the fruit of much study and hard work. David is married to Janet, a practice nurse. Leisure pursuits include camping, travel, tramping, gardening, family, friends, and Bridge.

Email: djlockya@paradise.net.nz
Photo: David Lockyer

Margaret Cruickshank

MARGARET CRUICKSHANK was a first generation New Zealander, determined and conscientious. A Graduate of Otago; Margaret was accepted in partnership within a busy rural practice. During 1913, Dr Cruickshank and her youngest sister Isabella, visited England and family in Scotland. Britain was preparing for war. Isabella nursed in a large London hospital while Margaret became involved with St John, their extensive field training exercises. She completed post-grad studies at Dublin, Ireland. The Cruickshank sisters returned to New Zealand early 1914. In May, Dr Barclay set sail for overseas destinations. WW1 exploded onto the world scene. Responsibilities for Dr Cruickshank now included general practice; midwifery; anaesthetics; tuition; surgery and hospital superintendence. The war effort dragged on. Local servicemen and women also departed. Not all would return, including Dr Barclay. Both the public hospital and Dr Barclay’s private hospital continued to serve the community… then an epidemic hit!

Email: djlockya@paradise.net.nz
Writer: David Lockyer

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