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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

A DVD containg photographs and video recordings of celebrations of Fijian culture held at Puke Ariki by the Puke Ariki Community Languages Programme in 2010.
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ARC2011-104

A recording and photographs of the celebrations held at Puke Ariki by the Puke Ariki Community Languages Programme for the 113th Philippine Independence Day on 12 June 2011. Dvd, 3 disks.
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ARC2011-103

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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

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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

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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

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Terry and Ailsa Tobeck former residents of Lowgarth, January 13th 1992. Terry talks of his family origins and how William and Edith Tobeck came to Taranaki in 1919. Also mentions numerous local identities, party line telephones, roading etc. Ailsa talks of Terry biking to rugby, local identities, grocery deliveries etc.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finerty Road / Lowgarth district.
Edited transcripts available.
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ARC2002-389

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks to Phil Martin regarding the Lowgarth District and Finnerty Road. January 8 1992. Phil talks of childhood memories, Home Guard and WWII, home made wine, metal for roading, quarries, the Lowgarth Dairy Co., Ernie Pawson ( water diviner ).
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district.
An edited transcription is available.
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ARC2002-388

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with John Sulzberger on January 4th 1992. John talks of the Sulzberger genealogy, Charlie Wilkinson, the Paynter and Burke families, the Bowling Club and stories of the dairy factory including disposal of waste water.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district.
An edited abstraction has been made.
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ARC2002-386

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Gordon Johnson 30th December 1991. Gordon talks of family history and how the family came to be farming in Taranaki. he continues with reminiscences of living on the farm including pipelines running through the property. He talks of playing bowls in Eltham and Lowgarth, using a Hutchinson vacuum pump etc
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district.
An edited transcript is available
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ARC2002-385

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks to Roy and June Schneller December 27th 1991. Topics covered include the Schneller family history, the accidental death of Christian Schneller, the Whiting family, farming, school days, families in the district, early memories of meeting with Maori, staff at the dairy factory, the Home Guard and the E.P.S. ( Emergency Precaution Scheme ), ragwort, manpower shortages.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district.
An edited transcript has been made. Sound quality variable.
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ARC2002-384

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks to Beth Julian (nee Pawson) 9th December 1991. Beth Julian talks of her childhood memories, recalling Louis Ehrler (Swiss migrant) making blackberry wine, the family farm, eeling at night, swimming, trout and a description of her father Ernie Pawson who was a water diviner.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finerty Road / Lowgarth district.
An edited transcript has been made
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ARC2002-383

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
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ARC2002-376

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Oral history. Alison Robinson interviews Jack Whiting who spent much of his childhood in the Finnerty Road/Lowgarth district. In his recording, Jack reminiscences on his childhood, schooling, mentioning local identities, etc. He also mentions a national convention of naturists (nudist).
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road/Lowgarth district.
Recorded on August 12 1991.
Extracts have been transcribed and rearranged by Alison. No abstract has been made.
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ARC2002-375

Poster. 'Would You Join A Club which provided all these opportunities for $1.98 a week?' Produced by Community Services Department, New Plymouth District Council.
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A59.708
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