David was born and raised in Eltham on a dairy farm. He grew up in a close-knit family, one of four children, with a strong Scottish and Christian heritage. In 1948 he witnessed his younger brother’s death. This was very traumatic and played on in his mind for a long time. Then in 1951 he lost his father and things began to change at home. David’s mother became very protective of her family and wouldn’t let her children socialise with anyone other than in the church. Every Sunday afternoon they would have Sunday School and his family would drive around picking up the other children for the 3pm class in Ngaere.
David was an adventurous teen who wanted to get out and meet other people and do things that were not permitted by his mother. He had been brought up with Christianity all his life and once school finished he decided he’d had enough of it...