This page describes the websites created and managed by Dale. You can view the websites using the links on the right hand navigation panel.
Dale is the former Web Content Coordinator for Porirua City Council. She temporarily retired in August 2018 before taking up teaching Business and IT in Levin for 2019 and is now an Aquatics Education Instructor for Horowhenua District Council in Levin.
Dale Family History
The Dale Family History is a compilation of research, family trees and images of the Dale family, starting with Charles Hawkins Dale and his wife Eliza Mary Bolton Stow, both from Margate, England. They travelled to Melbourne, Australia in the late 1840's/early 1850s where they married, and begain their family in Campbell's Creek near Castlemaine. Charles was a gold miner in the area at the time. The family moved to the Tuapeka goldfields near Lawrence, Central Otago, New Zealand in the early 1860s and continued their family. Finally Charles and Eliza moved to Palmerston North in their retirement, and are buried together at Terrace End Cemetery. This website documents their family and the wider Stow families.
Pearson Family History
The Pearson Family History documents the family of Minnie Pearson who married Henry Xavier Rush, my great-grandfather. Unfortunately she died in 1949 before I was born, but I did briefly get to know Henry Xavier as a child before he passed away in 1959. I have documented the Pearson family tree and written up a story about the Pearson family which you can look at from the link.
McLean Family History
My final project for 2020 was to document the McLean family. Flora Ann McLean married Frank Dale. Using Ancestry family trees and family sources, I have created a webpage and files documenting the McLean family who came from Scotland to Rakaia. Hector and Flora McLean arrived on the s.s. Dunedin on 3 July 1874. They had six children, and Flora was the 5th child and 4th daughter. You can read their story on the McLean Family History link.
Sharp/Healy Family History
The Sharp/Healy Family website contains the history of Dale's father's families - the Sharps and the Healys from Dunedin and Central Otago. It was decided to publish the research and images as a website rather than a printed book because many family members are in Australia and elsewhere, and updating is easy and quick. The website contains the story of the first two generations of members of the Sharp and Healy families, starting with the arrival of John Sharp from England and Thomas Healy from Ireland in the 1860s-1870s.
Rush Family History
The Rush Family website contains the history of Dale's mother's families - the Rush Family. The contents of this site have been converted from the book published by Dale and her cousin Steve Rush in 1999 called "A Humble Beginning". Most of the latest updates are in the third edition of the book or on the family's Facebook site.
Dale joined Spinnaker Toastmasters in 1998, and achieved her Distinguished Toastmaster Award in 2007. She helps to maintain the Spinnaker Toastmasters club website.
Keirunga Park Railway
Dale is a member of the Keirunga Live Steamers Inc and regularly visits the track with her husband Mike and their loco DG760. Dale created and manages the Keirunga Park Railway website for the club to keep members and visitors up to date with activities and events at the Park. The park is particularly popular during holiday times.
Kapi-Mana Multiple Birth Club
Dale is a life member of the Kapi-Mana Multiple Birth Club, being a mother of two sets of twin boys.
Dale created a personal website for her husband Mike to promote his locomotive, DG760. This site has the history of the locomotive and its carriage DG787, and his straddle carriages Huey, Duey and Lewey. There's also a photo gallery of the building of the loco and carriages, and a description and links of the various railway tracks where the loco is operated. Dale has posted photos of recent conventions and visits to other tracks.
RoadSmart Driver Training
The RoadSmart Driver Training website is the business site for RoadSmart Driver Training, Mike's driving school business. Mike conducts training for learners and pre-licence test assessments, and the AA Defensive Driving Programme in-class and in-car assessments.