David Carrad was born 8 July 1916 in Wembley, Greater London, England, United Kingdom to Harold Landon Carrad (1878-1953) and Hildred Morgan Brown (1884-1932) and died 11 February 2003 Lower Hutt, Wellington Region, New Zealand of unspecified causes. He married Joan Caddy (1920-1986) 5 May 1943 in England, United Kingdom. He married Ailsa Lilian Preece Browning (1916-2011) .


David's father was from an very literate family in the publishing world. His mother was from an extremely artistic family, related to George T. Morgan, who designed the U.S. "Morgan Dollars" in the late 19th century. His four grandparents were all born in the Birmingham area.


Offspring of Harold Landon Carrad (1878-1953) and Hildred Morgan Brown (1884-1932)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anthony Landon Carrad (1908-1989) 1908 Handsworth, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom 1989 United States Sara Kathryn (Sally) Harris (1906-1987)
Dorothy Morgan Carrad (1910-) 19 February 1910 Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom 9999 England, United Kingdom Donald Scofield (1910-1967)
David Brian Carrad (1916-2003) 8 July 1916 Wembley, Greater London, England, United Kingdom 11 February 2003 Lower Hutt, Wellington Region, New Zealand Joan Caddy (1920-1986)
Ailsa Lilian Preece Browning (1916-2011)

Biography details

David was an army officer in World War II, damaging a knee while jumping a ditch.

After the war he and his wife and their two children emigrated to New Zealand, where he obtained a position on the staff of what was then called Victoria University College, teaching German. They lived at 44 Motuhara Road in Plimmerton, a popular seaside resort, then under Hutt County Council jurisdiction, served by the railway line north of Wellington City. Their house has a great view of Mana Island and parts of the South Island to the west and of the rural hinterland to the east. He planted blackberry bushes on the property. They spread. His wife's third pregnancy was unsuccessful but her fourth was successful.

However, about 17 months after little Julie was born, David left. He had almost no contact with his wife or children for about 30 years after the divorce. For much of that period, he lived in Normandale, a hill suburb of Lower Hutt City, with his second wife, Ailsa, who was a much loved and respected teacher of French and promoter of music in schools.

David and Ailsa had small parts as a German-speaking couple on a bus trip in a New Zealand short film.

David did much voluntary work for "Birthright"; his impoverished first family were not impressed. He was also a keen member of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society. He supported Jim Anderton's NewLabour Party.

He made provision for his children in his Will, several thousand dollars each, despite having much earlier obtained their signatures on a settlement document (for the Plimmerton house) saying they would not make claims on his estate. His eight grandchildren received legacies too.

His own brief autobiography


Born in Wembley, England, 1916

Education: MA in French and German, Oxford University

Sports: Rugby and running

Army Service: 1940 - 45, England and Continent; Captain

Career: Taught briefly in schools in England; Came to New Zealand 1947 to teach German at Victoria University of Wellington, have remained there ever since, intend retiring January, 1978

Wife: Ailsa, nee Browning, French Teacher and Senior Assistant Mistress, now retired.

Residence: A rugged old house on Normandale Hill, overlooking the weal and woe of Lower Hutt for 23 years.

Politics: Member of Labour Party in England before the War, and in New Zealand since 1963. Lower Hutt City Councillor, 1965 - 1968. Chairman, Wellington Committee on Vietnam, 1967.

Social Service: Lower Hutt Birthright Counsellor; Normandale Progressive Association committee member (both for More years than I can remember).

Relaxations: Tramping; handyman-work; beachcombing.


Offspring of David Carrad and Joan Caddy (1920-1986)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Anthony Carrad (living) 9999 United Kingdom Christina Mary Williamson (living)
Stephanie Anne Carrad (1945) 1945 England, United Kingdom Charles Fraser Walls (1941-2019)
Julie Mary Carrad (1950) 1950 Robin Forlonge Patterson (1940)

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