Nelson Provincial Museum – Mrs Jacobsen had to deal with, not only new triplets, but face an intrigued general public.

In March 1908 newspapers were reporting on a new, or rather THREE new arrivals in the Blenheim district!

The Colonist newspaper reported that triplets born to Mrs Jacobsen in Blenhiem were due to be 'exhibited in the Town Hall' on the afternoon of the 19th of May. It reported that Mrs Jacobsen and the triplets were in good health, as were the SIX other Jacobsen children!

Despite having just given birth to triplets, Mrs Jacobsen was preparing to travel to Takaka to join her husband, "The happy (?) father has not yet seen the latest additions to his family circle. He has been in Takaka (where he has taken up land) looking after the remainder of his flock."

Mrs Jacobsen had to deal with, not only new triplets, but face an intrigued general public. Before leaving Blenheim, hundreds of people turned out to view Archie John, Ivan Wilson and Christina Olga Jacobsen . Mrs Jacobsen was presented with a purse which contained some sovereigns given by the public to assist with the 'noble work of rearing large families'. She stopped in Nelson en-route to Takaka receiving much fanfare and gifts for the triplets.

Apparently Takaka was not the family's final destination. In 1913 there was much excitement in Tapawera as the triplets celebrated their 5th birthday. School children were invited to tea and Tapawera residents gathered at the Jacobsen home to mark the special occasion. The school headmistress, Miss Hodgkinson, gave a speech describing how delighted she was to have triplets attending her school in Tapawera. The triplets were described as 'healthy and well-developed children for their age, and are thought of much by their parents'.

Newspaper articles regarding the triplets always make special mention of their good health and well-being. However, the news was not so good in November 1918 when it was reported that one of the triplets, Ivan was injured when he was 'run over by a lorry' suffering severe lacerations and bruising during armistice celebrations.

Fortunately that was not the last reported about the triplets. In May 1929, an 'interesting occaccion' was reported on, the triplets had 'come-of-age'.
Again readers were reassured that all three were in 'good robust health'. Ivan was employed as a farm hand at Kaituna, Archie was running the Mahakipawa-Grovetown mail, while Olga was living at home with her mother.

Raising six children PLUS triplets, Mr and Mrs Jacobsen, we salute you!
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