Houses shops close clustered
around the little colonial port near
the bridge crossing the muddy
river flowing into the harbour.

Across the bridge sat the village
of the indigenous Maori who
crossed the bridge daily to
transact business at the port.

Grandfather was manager and
teller in the tiny bank, he lived
with Grandmother and their two
year old in the flat upstairs.
Grandmother went shopping
for the family’s food each day
causing Grandfather to set
a rigid household rule:
“Always wash your hands
after handling money !”

In that time of the cash carrying
society with money in pockets
and bags Maori also carried money
in their mouths even during the
smallpox outbreak in their village.

Manager teller Grandfather
rigorously frequently washed,
dried his hands every day.