Nurse and ukulele: grounds for divorce… (NZ, 1930)

The New Zealand Truth reported 18 September 1930 (page 8) that a woman wanted to divorce her husband for his alleged misbehaviour with a nurse who had been brought in for a week to help him recover from pneumonia. He says he never did, she says she always suspected him.

Here’s a snippet from the court proceedings:

Mr Shorland: You’ll admit to a trivial flirtation with Nurse Gibbard?

— No. I’ll not admit that.

Did you ever kiss her? — No.

You just had musical evenings with her? — That’s all.

Did you have many of these evenings? — My wife invited her twice. I should say that she was there two or three times. She came one afternoon just when I was getting about. She came at my wife’s suggestion and brought her ukulele and music with her at her request.

You play some instrument? — I play the piano.

Your wife does not play or sing, so why should she have invited the Nurse Gibbard to the house? — She likes music.

His wife said that the nurse “seemed to be a bright, lively sort of girl … She had no friends, and my husband suggested that we invite her around to our house.” It was when the wife followed husband and nurse to the park that the trouble started, apparently.

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