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Crampton Recalls Days In Sigatoka

A former Fijian shared his memories of Fiji when he was a resident here. A member of New Zealand Order of Merit Ashley Crampton shared one of his paintings of
10 Feb 2015 07:25
Crampton Recalls Days In Sigatoka

A former Fijian shared his memories of Fiji when he was a resident here.

A member of New Zealand Order of Merit Ashley Crampton shared one of his paintings of an island near Sigatoka he accomplished five decades ago.

An expatriate and former citizen of Fiji spanning nearly 60 years in association with Sigatoka town showed the painting labelled “Koroua Island” which is located near Kulukulu, Sigatoka.

The 73-year-old showed Fiji Sun the photo reproduction of the water colour picture which he painted in 1960 when living with his parents in the Burns Philip’s house at Bara, Sigatoka.

His father, the late Wilson Crampton, was the branch manager at that time. At the age of 19 he completed the painting as he would go with his dad, sit make sketches and return home to complete the painting.

“I use to regularly walk the tramline and bridge to Koroua Island with my black Labrador dog who accompanied me,” Mr Crampton said.

“My memories of this peaceful Island as being tranquil and beauty are still vivid and I treasure them very much.”

He said he was proud to stand with the people of Sigatoka and see some of the years of growth and developments unfold before his eyes.

Mr Crampton was also present last week to witness Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officially open the Sigatoka Market Vendors Accommodation Centre.

He said it was a moving occasion to witness the official opening by the Prime Minister of the women’s accommodation in the newly completed development and upgrade facilities.

Mr Crampton MNZM JP is a retired Prison Chaplain. He moved to Fiji with his parents when he was 12 years of age. He became a Fiji citizen when he was 16, completed his secondary school at Suva Grammar School in Suva.

His Honour was given by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996 for services to community welfare with the New Zealand Order of Merit replaced the Member of the British Empire (MBE) which was appointed by the New Zealand Governor-General in 1979.

He is the brother of former NFP politician and Minister for Finance Boyan Crampton.

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