Photograph [Marion Millar]; Schmidt Studios; c. 1910; XCH.1473


Photograph [Marion Millar]

About this object

This photograph pictures Marion Elizabeth Millar, who was more commonly known as Peggy. She was born on 17 December 1895, and was the daughter of Marian and Thomas Millar. Her grandmother, Jane Clendon was a well-educated woman who had a good grasp of classical English and the French language. She took great interest in Peggy and her sisters and would often say to them: "Never forget that you are ladies. Hold your heads proudly and speak politely to your elders. Don't climb trees or scramble through fences in case you show your frilly drawers." (1)

Marion attended Rawene Primary School, and was later sent to convents in Greymouth and Auckland in order to receive her high school education. She later trained as a primary school teacher and worked at Pokeno School.

On 22 February 1922 (22.02.22) Peggy married Leonard William Keene. According to her daughter, Florence, Peggy wore trimmings from her mother's beautiful wedding dress which is still in the collection of Clendon House (XCH.63.1).

After their marriage, Peggy and Leonard moved to Te Paki Station, a property of 137,000 acres, and lived there for 45 years. Life on the remote rural property was very busy for Peggy for besides the day to day chores in a big house, Peggy also had many visitors. In spite of the fact that there were no roads in the area, many people spent their holidays fishing and shooting in the Far North and the Keene homestead was always an open house.

In 1965, after 45 years of rural life, Peggy and Leonard retired to Kaitaia.

(1) Florence Keene, 'Kaitaia and its People', 1989.

For more information about the Clendon family and Clendon House, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Place Made

Auckland, New Zealand


Schmidt Studios

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Date Made

c. 1910

Inscription and Marks

'F...mann Schmidt, Vice Regal Studios, Queen St., Auckland, N.Z.' is stamped on the mount.


26.4 x 17.6cm

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Collection of Clendon House, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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