John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page —
of my mother’s Scottish – New – / Zealand forebears — my mother had / been born in Invercargill, a place / in southern New Zealand satis- / lyingly colder than the Shetland / Islands, whence her maternal / ancestry. [ blue line ] / [ blue line ] Whenever I / travel to New Zealand (this / was my third visit) I am / reminded of a piece of graffiti / I saw in Sydney more than 20 / years ago. Some disappointed / soul had written in large / painted letters on a brick wall
(1) My mother’s grandparents came from Shetland (great grandmother, Barbara Williamson, also mother, Barbara Brown née Williamson, father, John Brown, Cheesemaker, of Otago) and the Isle of Bute (two Scots brothers, the Brown boys, who went to New Zealand as Methodist Missionaries and fled to the gold diggings) and (one at least) ended up in Southern New Zealand as a dairy farmer. Born in Invercargill on 27 November 1906, according to her birth certificate (Certified Copy of Entry in the Register-book of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the district of Invercargill) (3673).
(2) The graffiti was painted on a brick wall at the bottom of Johnston Street, Annandale, Sydney, one side of a bridge supporting the light railway (once a goods train line). True story.
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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.