Story: Radio

The wedding of 'Aunt Gwen', 1930

In the 1930s radio stations commonly had popular 'aunts' and 'uncles' as children's show hosts. Many became local celebrities. There was great public interest on 29 January 1930 when Gwen Shepherd, better known as 2YA's 'Aunt Gwen', was married to 'Uncle' Bruce Stennett. The sound clip is a recording made of Aunt Gwen and Uncle Bruce during a visit to Sydney soon after the wedding.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crown Studios Collection
Reference: 1/1-032982-F

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (Aunt Gwen of 2YA with Uncle Bruce/Reference ID27900)

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How to cite this page:

Brian Pauling, 'Radio - The golden age of radio, 1936 to 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/42803/the-wedding-of-aunt-gwen-1930 (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Brian Pauling, published 22 Oct 2014