Wynne Victoria Malkin, the 2nd of four girls, was born in Brighton, England in December, 1918, just a few weeks after the end of the First World War. Her sisters Florence May (Flol) 1914-1999, Elizabeth Edna (Betty) 1921-1996, and Cecilia Margaret Irene (Peggy) 1923-2019 were also born in Brighton. Her father, Edwin, fought in France with the Royal Sussex Regiment, and her mother Florence Esther was a nurse.
In 1925, the family left Brighton England to travel to the then still known as a young country, New Zealand, leaving for what was suggested to be ‘a land of great opportunity’. They boarded the RMS Corinthic at Southampton on the 3rd April 1925, for the six-week journey with the destination port being Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. For some unknown but fortuitous reason the Corinthic did not dock at Napier, but in Wellington, whereby a distant relative on Wynne’s mother’s side (the Beezers), John (Jack) Bullen recognised the Malkin name on luggage and took the family to his home where they were accommodated for the night. Alice and Jack had three children one of whom was Christopher John Bullen.
Chris Bullen Jnr.