Story: Inner-city living

Note to Nell (2nd of 2)

Note to Nell

This is the reverse side of the postcard depicting the YMCA hostel in Willis St, Wellington. Dated 13 September 1918, it was sent by one Thomas to Nell – possibly a girlfriend who lived in the UK. It reads:

Wgtn          13th Sept 1918
My dear sweet Nell.
Uncle Tom informed me last night that there was another English mail which closes at 8 P. M. (late fee) this evening, so thought I would send you a card rather than miss it altogether. I went to see Alice Louise last night. She is a bit run-down & her heart is still a bit weak as a result of the goitre trouble she had about 2 years ago. Alice is having a quiet rest in a private hospital & is doing splendidly. I took her a book [?] some mandarines & sent a lovely lot of violets earlier in the week. Alf [?] embarked for American Wednesday evening where is going on a purely business trip. He may go to Japan also, but will not be away longer [?] than he can help. Alice (sister) sent me a note to say she & Wal have secured a home which is near to where they are now living. They do not shift until early next month. Oceans of love. Thomas

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Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, 'Inner-city living - Early inner-city living and its decline', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Philip Morrison and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010