- September 10, 2017 at 3:38 pm #1641271
A Bit More Nostalgia: Does Anyone Remember Aunt Daisy?
Born Maud Ruby Basham 1879 London, Died 1963, New Zealand
Maud Ruby Basham MBE (née Taylor; 30 August 1879 – 14 July 1963), usually known as Daisy Basham or professionally as Aunt Daisy, was a well-known New Zealand radio broadcaster from 1930 to 1963. Her various nicknames included “New Zealand’s First Lady of the Radio”, “Everybody’s Aunt” and “The Mighty Atom” due to her ‘radio activity’ but also a comment on her small stature.
Daisy’s first radio work was for the 1YA station in Auckland through singing engagements. This expanded during the 1920s as Daisy broadcast programmes on the lives of composers illustrated with song. In 1929 she became a full-time announcer on the 2YA station initially to “fill up Wednesdays” as the radio station previously had not broadcast on these days.
In 1931 she was fired when 2YA became nationalised and public service rules decreed only one woman was allowed to be employed at each station in an attempt to provide more work for men. Daisy moved to a smaller private station 2ZW. Daisy continued to shift stations as more became nationalised and her and other staffers moved to private stations.
In 1933 Daisy began work at the private Friendly Road station in Auckland run by Colin Scrimgeour (Uncle Scrim). Her 30 minute daily morning show ran from 1933 to 1963. Her role was primarily to promote household products and to boost morale during World War II.
She averaged 202 words a minute during her shows and her morning show opened to the song ‘Daisy Bell’ and the greeting “Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning everybody”.
Due to her popularity the Government sent Daisy to Navy, Air Force and Navy stations to visit women stationed there and report back on them in her radio show. This was part of New Zealand’s government propaganda efforts during World War II. 1944 Daisy went to the United States to promote New Zealand. She was invited to a tea with the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, where she passed on messages from the American troops and nurses stationed in New Zealand. She continued to record morning shows informing New Zealanders of what she encountered in the United States. The results of her American tour were published in Aunt Daisy and Uncle Sam.
In 1946 Daisy returned to the United States to deliver a lecture series which extended to include Canada. She spoke on New Zealand’s landscapes and wildlife and advocated for the appreciation of nature.
In the 1956 New Year Honours she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services in the fields of entertainment and broadcasting.
A recipe book, “The Aunt Daisy Cookbook with Household Hints” was a natural result of the popularity of her show, edited by her daughter Barbara Basham. It ran to several editions, and is still being reprinted almost 40 years after her death. Seven others of her cookery books were also published. The cookbook was reprinted in 1977, edited by her daughter Barbara Basham and published by Hodder and Stoughton. 2010 saw the 22nd reprint of the book
In 1963, Aunt Daisy died at the age of 83 years. She was still broadcasting up to a few days beforehandSeptember 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm #1641274
Uncle Scrim – Colin Scrimgeour
Colin Scrimgeour, commonly known as ‘Uncle Scrim’, was a Methodist missioner and campaigner for social justice in 1930s Auckland.
Scrim’s extremely popular Sunday-evening session on the 1ZB station, The man in the street, often addressed social issues.
On 24 November 1935, the last Sunday before the upcoming election, engineers employed by the Post and Telegraph Department deliberately jammed the broadcast. It was discovered that the jamming was carried out on the orders of the director general of broadcasting, who believed that Scrimgeour would encourage people to vote for the opposition Labour Party. The resulting scandal reflected badly on the government just before the election, in which Labour won a landslide victory.September 10, 2017 at 7:38 pm #1641338
Hudson & Hall
They came, they battered, they bickered. Peter Hudson and David Halls were as famous for their on-screen spats as they were for their recipes.
Peter Hudson (1931–1992) and David Halls (1935–1993) were chefs whose cookery show, Hudson and Halls, ran on New Zealand television from 1976 to 1986 and also gained a cult following when the pair moved to produce their show in the United Kingdom in 1986.
The duo were noted for bringing a camp humour, together with an element of slapstick, to the usually staid television cookery genre.
Their long-term professional and personal relationship ended when Hudson died of cancer in 1992; Halls, grief-stricken, killed himself the following year.September 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm #1641594
Dot Coms ex New Zealand Home
The vast house on Waiheke Island was owned by Chrisco Christmas hampers founder Richard Bradley & designed by award winning design firm Ardern. Heating, cleaning and keeping the vast manicured parkland and vineyard looking neat requires an army of servants and costs a fortune.
Surrounded By Rolling Green Manicured Lawn the Outside of the Mansion Features:
A Hobbit Bridge
A huge Mega sign on the lawn
Several modes of transports to get around the Dotcom mansion, including segways, helicopters and luxury cars.
Helicopter pad – The chopper pad is located near the main house. The home is only a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, but you could always just fly in by helicopter
A private vineyard – Not every house features a private winery, but 205 Church Bay Road has this and more, with a variety of wine producing grapes, and a cellar for storage too.
AND a pair of swans, apparently gifted by the Queen of England.September 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm #1641600September 12, 2017 at 12:56 am #1641618
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Wow what a place to live in Val!!! You would have to have people over to stay… lol
Such a coincidence both of us with nostalgic driven posts. It is unbelievable the changes that have taken place over the years, and it’s all taken in one’s stride. It’s so easy to forget what it was like, car doors and house doors left unlocked etc… We never locked car doors when we went shopping or to the movies. We’d even leave windows down and possessions in the car, and no one ever tampered with anything, until one day a car was “converted” the news said. What does that mean we all said! So our 1st theft of a car and we then started locking them up. 🙂
I love all GUppies
♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪September 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm #1641752
Hiya please dont think I have abandoned you on here, just caught up atm with appts 3 to 5 times a week ,,,and by the time I check in here do the maths and you guys are all tucked up safe n sound lol
Hope we all go to daylight saving at the same time this year!!Havent had a chance to see yet when that is ,,, otherwise will have a 3hr lapse for a while
Loving the posts and hope to be back by Friday to add some bits n pieces.
Cheers From Kai
Cheers From KaiSeptember 13, 2017 at 12:29 am #1641773
bobbityMemberMember since: September 14, 2006
I hope things settle down for you Kai. Always lovely when you appear, Copied the bit belpw…
Daylight saving time 2017 in New Zealand will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, 24 September and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, 1 April 2018. All times are in New Zealand Time.
Take care !! 🙂
I love all GUppies
♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪September 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm #1641877
Thanks so much for doing that DS time for me Bobbity Much appreciated . Only a weeks diff in changeovers this time, so better put it in the Diary lol
Hope I haven’t sent this b4 off a Dunedin site and love the whole scenario…
Cheers From KaiSeptember 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm #1641880
Talking of Nostalgia loved those houses gardens etc and remember going out never locked anything up
Just took it all for granted Now lots live in places locked up to the hilt, so sad in the case of a fire though,
LOVE this pic in the 60s in Auckland
Cheers From Kai
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