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Oral history. Alison Robinson interviews Len and Elsie Symmans. Elsie (nee Burkitt ) moved to Finnerty Road in 1916 talks of her childhood and family life including her sister's wedding, baking cakes, school days, farming, card parties and social events
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district. Recorded 21st Sept 1991
Alison has transcribed parts of the interview and rearranged them to form typescript reminiscences. No abstract has been made
Accession No
ARC2002-376

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Dan and Pauline Todd on 16th August 1991. The Todds lived on the Hasting Road, Dan a farmer and Pauline a nurse. A poor quality recording with notes transcribed by Alison in 2002. Conversation covers 'Smoke Concerts', farming, concerts, and Finnerty Road School.
Part of a collection of interviews recoridng the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district.
Accession No
ARC2002-378

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Captain Peter Christianson about his involvement in the Salvation Army in the Eltham / Stratford district.
Part of a collection of interviews looking at the history of Salvation Army and the Eltham Boys' Home
No abstract or transcript is available
Accession No
ARC2002-398

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Helen Jenkins of Finnerty Road, 1991. Helen talks of arriving in Finnerty Road about 1935, of an April Fool's Day prank, Finnerty Road School daffodils, etc
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth districts. An edited transcript is available
Accession No
ARC2002-391

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Alf Willan who lived for many years in the Lowgarth district. At the time of the interview, 3 February 1992, Alf was living in 70 Messenger Terrace, Oakura.
Alf talks of dairy farming and Lowgarth Dairy Company which later amagamated with Ngaere.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road/Lowgarth district.
No transcript or abstract.
Accession No
ARC2002-377

Oral history.
Side One - Alison Robinson talks with Bruce and Jenny Clarke (nee Marx ) of Stuart Road, former Ngaere teacher February 6 1992. Topics covered include the Robinsons farm, Sunday School, farming swamp land, neighbours, Finnerty School etc
Side Two - Alison Robinson talks with Alf Benefield February 17 1992. Alf talks of buying a farm on the corner of Opunake and Hastings Road, making repairs to the house etc
Part of a collection of interviews looking at the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth area
Edited transcripts are available for both interviews.
Accession No
ARC2002-390

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with the Reverend Rob Ferguson about his involvement with the Eltham / Kaponga Co-operating Parish. He talks of Presbyertian and Methodist churches, local identities, the Parish Council, changing trends in worship, church music and ritual. He also briefly mentions taking part in an anti Springbok tour.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Eltham Co-operating Parish. An edited transcript is available.
Accession No
ARC2002-423

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Owen Henry of Matapu. Owen talks about the Presbyterian Church, the Eltham - Kaponga Co-operating Parish, and the church and the parish of Knox Church, Eltham. Part of a collection of interviews looking into the history of the Eltham Co-operating Parish. An edited transcription is available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-409

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Henry and Margaret Turner and George and Margaret Bugham. The recording opens with Margaret talking about her family history, in particular her grandfather Edward (Ned) Wright of Midhirst. George, Henry and Margaret join the conversation with information on various local identites and the Eltham Methodist Church.
Poor sound quality.
A collection of interviews looking at the history of the Eltham Co-operating Parish
A transcript has been made by Alison Robinson.
Date of interview: 4 September 1989
Accession No
ARC2002-411

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Ursula Symmans in early March 1990. Mrs Symmans died a few days later (16.April 1990). Originally from Christchurch, she talks of marrying Alf Symmans and coming to live on Finnerty Road. As a music teacher, she was active with choirs in the district and in particular, with the choirs before the 1913 union of Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Eltham Co-operating Parish. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-428

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Audrey Hamill (nee Walker ) January 9th 1992. Audrey tells a story of an accident in a horse and cart on the way to school and the Babington family. The family shifted to New Plymouth in 1923. Talks of neighbours in the Finnerty Road area.
Part of a collection of interviews in which Alison talks to residents of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth area. An edited transcript has been made
Accession No
ARC2002-392

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Reverend Doug and Jan Earp on the 22nd February 1990. Doug talks of his ministry in the Eltham Co-operating Parish. He was the second minister in the co-operating parish and he talks of interdenominational worship, the church in Kaponga and Manaia, Life in the Spirit Seminars and other evangelical work. Jan joins the conversation. They talk of various people within the parish and the chruch work done. Doug talks of the ritual of baptism, church music, family groups and the Parish Council
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Eltham Co-operating Parish. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-424

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Mrs Lois Wharton and her daughter Brenda, 30th January 1991. Lois was at one time the Central Taranaki Methodist parish steward.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. No abstract or transcription has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-457

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Oral history. Alison Robinson interviews Don McDowall, 13th August 1989. Don speaks of his experiences as a Christian pacifist during WWII. He describes his teenage years and how he became involved with the Methodist Bible Class while at Wharehuia where he confirmed his pacifist beliefs. He talks of being imprisoned during the war and the different denominations among the detainees and how this effected his faith. After the war, he returned to Stratford finding a home in the Stratford Methodist church and the Men's Fellowship Group.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-451

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Ruth Potts (nee Summerfield) 19th September 1990. Ruth talks of her grandparents John and Harriett Butcher who arrived in Stratford in 1900. She talks of the Butcher and Summerfield families and the Hopkins who were involved in the Primitive Methodist Church in Stratford.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. No abstract of transcript is available, but notes have been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-454

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An interview with Grace Mulcock of Stratford, as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Interview date: 8 April 2005
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Accession No
ARC2009-446

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An interview by Alison Robinson with Jean Parkes (nee Needham) at the Eventide Home, Eltham as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007. Jean talks about her childhood at the Douglas Boarding House, her marriage to Walter Parkes and her life at Tahora and Tatu.
Accession No
ARC2010-001

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An interview with Ollie French of Hawera, as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Interview date: 3 March 2007
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Accession No
ARC2009-447

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An interview with Dr Ross Gordon by Alison Robinson as research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ross talks about his parents Dr Bill and Dr Doris Gordon, living in a household dedicated to the medical practice, his own schooling and medical practice at Stratford.
Accession No
ARC2010-003

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An interview with Leo Zehnder by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Leo describes his childhood in Eltham, his father Joseph was a Swiss emmigrant from the Canton of Zug. He worked at the Ngaere and later the Eltham Cheese Factories. Spent time in the Army then went to Europe visiting Swiss relatives. returning to New Zealand he worked at the J C Hutton Freezing Works at Eltham for 33 years.
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ARC2010-006

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An interview with Ruth Liversedge by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ruth talks about growing up in Yorkshire, meeting her husband Roy and emigrating to New Zealand in 1961 as assisted immigrants. She describes living in Stratford, Roy's accident and going back to Britain to live for several years before returning to Stratford in 1968.
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ARC2010-008

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An interview with Ted Washer of Tokaora by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ted talks about his family origins, his childhood and schooling at Manaia School and Hawera High School, life in the Army during World War Two, running the family farm and the death of his wife Dell in a car accident.
Accession No
ARC2010-009

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An interview with Gwelfa Burgess of Stratford by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
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ARC2010-43

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Sid Bayliss of New Plymouth talks of dairy farming at Parkvale in the Wairarapa and contracting in the region. Moved to New Plymouth as a partner in 'Walkers Auto Services'. When he retired he moved to Matau to help his daughter on her farm. He later moved to Midhurst.
A excellent shot he describes shooting rabbits, deer, pigs and possums in Wairarapa and Taranaki.
He talks about farming activities, describing haymaking using a haybaling machine.
Accession No
ARC2010-232

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Sound recording. June Thomson talks about meeting her husband David Thomson in the Middle East during World War II and her life as a farmers wife on the Bird Road, Stratford.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 11 September 2001
Accession No
ARC2011-013
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