Watch, Nony Story; Titan; 1970-1980; WY.2000.12.17


Watch, Nony Story

About this object

This small women's watch belonged to Noel Hilda (Nony) Story of Venlaw Station. Nony was born in 1901, the fifth child (of seven) to Robert and Alice Story.

Nony recalled her days at Venlaw when she and her brothers and one of her sisters, Enid, often helped out with the main sheep musters. Even when attending St Hilda's School in Dunedin, she returned home to help. She loved riding horses, mustering with the shepherds when opportunity arose and was still riding aged 75. Nony preferred dogs and horses to cooking. She was experienced at working sheep and looking after her animals and she and borther Colin did nearly all the stock work in World War Two, when men to employ as shepherds were away. She helped break in Shetland ponies, tended 20 or 30 chooks, preserved the eggs and also milked 2 or 3 cows and made butter.

Venlaw Station was very much a family affair, and after her siblings Enid and Colin died in the early 1970s, Nony shifted to Invercargill. She was sad to leave her home of nearly 70 years, and city life would have been a big change. She joined Riding for the Disabled (Life Member), the S.P.C.A and the North Invercargill Anglican Church.

Nony died in 1999 at nearly 98 years old. She is buried in the Wyndham Cemetery with her brother Robert (Doug), and sister Mary (Enid).



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Place Made

Europe, Switzerland

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, nickel

Inscription and Marks

Printed on face underneath the glass: 'TITAN'


dia 70 mm x h 25 mm

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Clothing and Accessories

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