I was born in New Zealand to Australian-born Peter Irwin, and New Zealand-born Heather Thompson. Both of my parents have Anglo-Irish roots.
My parents met when my father was teaching at Helensville School where my mother was a Dental Nurse. In those days dental hygiene was considered important enough to be treated on-site at primary schools. My mother had trained in Wellington as a Dental Nurse, and Helensville School would have been one of her first clinic assignments.
They married in early 1960, and lived in Helensville where my father had a school house provided for accommodation. The marriage ceremony was performed by my grandfather Fred Irwin, who was an Anglican priest.
Heather had a difficult second pregnancy with my brother, and I went to live with my grandparents in Te Kauwhata in the Waikato for a while before it was time for me to start school. I was prepped for school by some time at Auckland Kindergartens - attending a central city one in High Street, Myers Park, Mt Eden, and a couple of private pre-school kindergartens. As my mother was a single-mum who worked full time, my brother and I needed to be cared for during her working hours.
My parents separated and subsequently divorced.
Further biography is suspended at present, as I wish to have a public biography without compromising privacy.
I have become a WikiTree-er following involvement in the Mellsop Reunion in 2016.
With the commencement of the "Kiwi Crew" in August 2017, I would encourage anyone who has New Zealand associations, to join and participate in improving profiles for New Zealanders and their families.
|Kiwi Crew Logo - Created By Campbell Braddock|
In addition, I am an active Cemeterist, and one of the New Zealand Cemeteries Team. As a result of some of my work on Cemeteries, I updated information on Google Maps and provided photos of the cemeteries, which led to me being an active member of the Google Local Guides programme, and selected to attend the Google Local Guides event in San Francisco in 2019.