Margaret Curd, of Christchurch, uses her purse as
protection as rain falls during the set-up of a formal
group photograph at the Divers family reunion at the
weekend. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Members of the Divers family attending a reunion at Whare
Flat were unruffled when rain began to fall as their main
formal group photograph was being set up on Saturday afternoon.
Margaret Curd, of Christchurch, who held her purse on her
head to protect herself from the rain, said she had taken the
brief downpour in her stride.
She had attended the family's first reunion, at Glenavy, in
South Canterbury, in 1974, and was also enjoying the fifth
reunion, being held at the Waiora Scout Camp, at Whare Flat.
The Divers had always been a ''very close-knit'' and friendly
family and she was enjoying catching up with family members
young and old, Mrs Curd said.
A reunion organiser, Zelda Matheson, of Dunedin, said the
fifth reunion was proving a ''wonderful'' experience, and the
120 participants included about half a dozen people from the
North Island, and several others from near Brisbane,
Margaret Woodford, of Dunedin, who has researched the
family's history, said the modern Divers extended family had
descended from Janet Bagrie, of Scotland, who had arrived in
Port Chalmers aboard the migrant sailing ship Grassmere in
1862. She had later married Englishman George Divers in 1870.
Mrs Matheson said family members had initially farmed at
Wairuna near Clinton in South Otago and many descendants had
also been involved in farming.
A year of planning and preparation had gone into the latest
in a series of family reunions, held every 10 years, she
Haggis was among the delicacies on offer on Saturday and a
remembrance service was planned for yesterday, the reunion's