Maurice (senior) was born in Frankton,Queenstown, 23.9.1904, the youngest of three boys. He shifted to Dunedin (when he was about 12 yrs) with his family to live in Kaikorai and went to school there. Later he became an apprentice as a cabinet maker.
On the 23 of December, 1930, he married Wilhelmina (Mena) Soutter in the Roslyn Church and in the first years of their marriage they lived in what was then called Jackson St but now named Kinsman St. Their first son Maurice was born while they were living there.
In the mid-thirties Maurie went to work for Greenfield’s Joinery Factory in Gore as a foreman. During the 2nd World War he was posted to the A.E.W.S in Wellington and after the war he became the head of the Technical Department at Gore High School.
Mena was born in Arrowtown 30.9.1905 and when her mother died she was brought up in the family of Mr and Mrs Trainer while her father, John, continued gold mining in the area. She came to Dunedin and worked at the Roslyn Woollen mills until she married.
After Maurice retired, he and Mena went to live in Waikouaiti next door to Gio, their younger son, and his family. Maurice died at Waikouaiti in 1981 and Mena three years later. Their burial plaque is in the Anderson Bay cemetery.