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Official programme for the opening of the refurbished TSB Showplace, New Plymouth 6 February 1999.
In 1997 the New Plymouth Opera House Trust, wo were struggling to sustain the venue as well as produce high quality shows, handed management of the theatre to the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC). With support from the NPDC and TSB Bank a refurbished and expanded theatre complex re-opened on 6 February 1999 with the addition of a new smaller black box theatre known as the Theatre Royal and function room (The Alexandra Room).
Now the TSB Showplace is a category A heritage building which continues to host numerous events from theatrical productions to weddings, conferences and expo’s and has become an iconic landmark within the Taranaki district known both locally and internationally.
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ARC2011-116

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Sound recording. Lindsay Drinkwater talks about his grandfather, when his parents converted to the church, his childhood stammer, his conversion to the church of the Salvation Army, travelling to Papua New Guinea to work as a missionary for two decades with his wife Fay, working as the principal of the Brugam Bible College and working towards his Licentiate of Theology.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 18 April 2011
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ARC2011-058

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Sound recording. Jack Valentine talks about his ancestor’s arrival in New Zealand, beginning his career working as a cinema projectionist in Hawera, Normanby and New Plymouth, managing the Civic Theatre in Eltham, working in Auckland and working on the Last Samurai.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 14 June 2003
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ARC2011-056

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Sound recording. Mervyn Thayer talks about his early life in Opunake and Whanganui, his apprenticeship as a watchmaker, his time working at Butcher's Jewellers in Stratford, looking after the Stratford town clock and working as a movie projectionist.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 5 February 2003
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ARC2011-025

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Sound recording. Roland Kennedy talks about his family farm in Tahora, his family heritage and his interest in bird breeding.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 6 March 2003
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ARC2011-021

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ARCAn interview with Warren Orr of New Plymouth, formerly 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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ARC2010-45

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An interview with Betty Field of Opunake by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
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ARC2010-44

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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.
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ARC2010-232

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An interview with Kate Mickelson by Alison Robinson as research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Kate talks about her childhood at Pihama and Opunake, her early adult years and marriage to John Mickelson. Married life in Collingwood, her children and social activities. in 1942 her family moved to Whakamara and then to Opunake, Kate recalls life in Opunake, her family activities and her association with the Opunake Players and writing her book 'The clearing : a history of Opunake' published in 1989.
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ARC2010-005

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An interview with Duncan Menzies by Alison Robinson as research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Duncan talks about his childhood at Rawhitiroa and Mangamingi, life at school, work as a stockman and farming the family farm. He recalls some of the local identities of the district including 'The Hermit' Jim Young and the development of the Rotokare Scenic Reserve.
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ARC2010-004

An interview with Leo [Deed] Stockwell of Stratford by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Deed talks about his life living on the Marco Road, his childhood memories, schooling, the roads, social events and farming the family property.
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ARC2010-002

An advertising poster for the Waitangi Day activities held at Puke Ariki Landing by the New Plymouth District Council and Ngati Te Whiti Marae 2008 Inc.
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ARC2008-062

Formed in 1921 to promote Scottish traditions, including music, literature, Highland Dancing and games. The collection includes minutes, accounts and correspondence of the New Plymouth Caledonian Society. 1921 - 2011. The New Plymouth Caledonian Society was placed in recess in April 2011 due to waning membership numbers.
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ARC2002-852

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The first edition of Taranaki Punch was published by the editor of the Taranaki Herald on October 31st 1860. A controversial publication, Taranaki Punch sarcastically reported current events 1860-61. A total of sixteen issues were published.
This collection has been digitised.
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ARC2002-538

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Garth and Gladys Bilkey of Bell Block, 26th August 1989. Both Gladys and Garth were previously members of the Central Taranaki Methodist church and they talk of their involvement in church families as they moved around the district. they also talk of ministers and mention the Christian Endeavour.
Also included is a short interview (on the second side) with Birdie and Ella Rowe.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has yet been made.
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ARC2002-458

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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.
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ARC2002-457

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Claude Marchant of Stratford 4th December 1990. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract or transcript has been made.
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ARC2002-455

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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.
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ARC2002-454

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Collie Hancock of Stratford, 22nd July 1990, about his ancestors who were Primitive Methodists. Part way through the first side of the tape, an interview with Annie Stewart (nee Petersen) starts. Both interviews relate to the history of the Central Taranaki Methodists.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. Notes have been written up on the interview with Collie Hancock and also contain extracts from Methodist church registers. There are no notes, abstract or transcript for the Annie Stewart's interview.
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ARC2002-453

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Martha Hosking of Midhirst about the Methodist Church, 5th September 1989.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. No abstract of transcription has been made.
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ARC2002-452

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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.
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ARC2002-451

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Noeline Butcher (nee Little) in Stratford on 3rd July 1989. Noeline talks of her Methodist ancestors who lived in Eltham. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project. No abstract or transcript has been made, but notes are available.
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ARC2002-450

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Ern Frank (formerly of Huiakama). Recorded in New Plymouth 4th April 1989. Ernie tells of his Wesleyan connections and recalls living at Huiakama (between Strathmore and Te Wera), in particular memories of church involvement. Mentions the Douglas Boarding House.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodist project
An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made
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ARC2002-449

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Myrtle Thomas, (nee Sorensen) formerly of Stratford. Recorded in New Plymouth 22nd March 1989. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract or transcript has been made.
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ARC2002-445
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