the 30 places I have lived

Over the last 50 years I have lived in the following places:
Born in Hilljack Maternity Hospital in Dunedin, NZ (might have stayed for a week absorbing the lovely Dunedin late-autumn air), now  Columba College
House #1 Lived in Fairfield, between Dunedin & Mosgiel (apparently there was a ‘night cart’ – ie a chappie came in the wee hours and collected the family’s droppings)
Houses #2-5 Moved to Timaru for the start of 1962 – stayed three years lived in houses in Wai-iti Rd, Rhodes St, Coonoor Rd & Hobbs St
Houses #6-7 Moved to Whangarei in 1964 (in Timaru three siblings arrived to add to me and the older two – six children under 6!) Dad (Allan Stewart) had his first full-time position as a radio announcer
Lived in Kamo briefly and then at 14 Erin St (ph: 72063)
Started school in 1966, the first year of Tikipunga Primary
Houses #8-9 1970 (end of year) moved to Timaru.  Stayed in the Seaview Hotel for some weeks ahead of move to 36 Rugby St.  Attended Highfield Primary school.  Then attended Timaru Boys’ High
1980 started work at Plantorama Nurseries
Houses #10-13 Flatted in North St, Cross St, Wilsons Rd & Morgans Rd
House #14 Went back home for several months while preparing for university
House #15 Flatted at 95 Todman St, Brooklyn Wellington while at Victoria University
House #16 Flatted at 9 Devon St, Te Aro, Wellington for a few months
House #17 Knox College in Dunedin 1984
House #18 1 Somerville Courts, Glendinning Ave (married quarters at Knox College)
House #19 Evans St, Ohopo – a house that Janet Frame (noted NZ author lived in)
House #20 Newport St, Belleknowes, Dunedin
House #21 Hobson St, St Clair, Dunedin
House #22 Livingstone St, Duntroon, North Otago, the first manse after ordination and where daughter Hana lived after birth
House #23 Peebles, Waitaki Valley, Nth Otago – the other rural manse in the parish of Waitaki where son Sam made his start
House #24 4 Devon St, Gore – the manse at St Andrew’s in Gore where son Josh began the journey
House #25 83 Allens Rd, Ashburton, Mid-Canterbury
House #26 Philip St, Ashburton, with friends after marriage breakup
House #27 back to 83 Allens Rd (does this count?)
House #28 71 Drivers Rd, Maori Hill, Dunedin (the manse at Maori Hill Presbyterian Church), where I also served as chaplain at Columba College at the place of my birth!
House #29 53 Montague St, Northeast Valley, Dunedin – my first house, Anne and I bought it on a shoe-string… two and a half acres (1 hectare) of wild hill.  Loved it!
House #30 5a Truman Rd, Bryndwr, Christchurch – the manse at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church – and we are still there!

4 thoughts on “the 30 places I have lived

  1. Hi,

    Just wondering if Hill Jack maternity hospital is now the site of columbia college as you suggested…Just that i was born there in 1954.Haven’t seen Dunedin for 52 yrs and intend visiting there one day soon.
    Thank you.

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