Autograph Book x 2 - Williams; 18-102


Autograph Book x 2 - Williams

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These two autograph books belonged to Gretchen Elizabeth Williams, nee Christmann, who passed them on to her adopted daughter, Gretchen Elizabeth Williams, known as Bibby, b 1910. Bibby passed them on to Judith Williams.
Dates start at 1901 and finish 1960.
Entries are written by personal friends and guests at the Mangawai Hotel e.g. AAA Motor Tour 1923 and the Parliamentary Tour 1917.
Gretchen Elizabeth Williams, nee Christmann, was given one of the books by her sister, Rosa Christmann.

Gretchen Christmann married Alfred Williams. They were managers of the Mangawai Hotel, Moir St, Mangawai Village, from 1906 to 1924. Gretchen's father, Jacob Christmann, purchased the licence for the Mangawai Hotel in 1906.

Gretchen and Alfred adopted Bibby (also known as Gretchen Elizabeth Williams) from Bibby's natural parents, who were Gretchen's sister, May Sellwood, nee Christmann, and May's husband, William Sellwood.

An oral history interview of Bibby Cotter, nee Williams, is available at Mangawhai Museum.

These autograph books were gifted to the Mangawhai Museum, along with 14 photographs, by Bibby Cotter in 2007.

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