she grew up in Hertfordshire County, England, Marie would not have imagined
where her life would lead. Born to a railwayman with a family of six,
she and the other five were to achieve County Scholarships at school.
Although her father played the piano and her mother sang, as did one
of her brothers in the St Albans Abbey Choir, Marie did not take an
active part in making music.
After World War II she wanted to travel and came to New Zealand, then
on to Australia. While in Australia, a girl friend she had met in New
Zealand was talking about people who were mutual acquaintances, Allan
Jones was mentioned and her friend said "No you haven't met
Although this was true Marie had a strong premonition that she would
marry this man. A little later she returned to New Zealand where she
was introduced to Allan and this premonition did become a reality.
From this time on, her interests have been with her family and the accordion
movement in New Zealand. Always providing a supportive home for the
musical activities of her husband and children (Harley,
Maurice and Heather),
she has carried many behind scenes responsibilities for the accordion
movement. Among these has been co-ordinating the results at National
Competitions, and recording and having them published in various newspapers.
Marie has been the Secretary of the NZAA (New
Zealand Accordion Association Inc) since its inception in 1971 and
over the years would have been aquainted with most of the accordionists
who toured and visited New Zealand. Many committee members would give
a strong vote of thanks for her unfailing hospitality at committee meetings
held at her home.
Written by Wallace Liggett
Author of The "History
of the Accordion in New Zealand"
30th October 1981 Marie's husband Allan
Jones was awarded posthumously, the CIA
Merit Award at the CIA Congress in Kansas City, USA, in "recognition
of outstanding services to the accordion movement".
In October 1998 the Jones Family of Allan and Marie Jones, and children
and Heather were honoured
for their international achievements and contribution to the New Zealand
entertainment industry. Scroll
In October 2003, Marie Jones was the first person awarded the CIA Honored
Friend of the Accordion Award at the CIA Congress in Hungary for
her many years of contribution to the accordion in New Zealand in her
role as Secretary of the NZAA since 1971 as well as for her work towards
national and international events held in New Zealand over many years.