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Original roll of Militia and Volunteers present at the Waireka engagement on 28th March, 1860. Capt. Brown in command with Capt. Stapp adjutant.
Accession No
A66.496

Name/Title
Alison Robinson has produced several local histories including: The Ngaere Story (1982), Central Taranaki Methodists (1991), Women and Children (1993), Stratford Hospital Memories (2001) and was also a co writer of Merle Crawford's autobiography titled Out of My System (1996). All publications are based on oral history interviews recorded by Alison Robinson.
The greater collection consists of copies of interviews (recorded on audio cassettes) and related papers, as well as other research papers.
For easy of access, all papers relating to this collection have been kept together, and the audio cassettes have been entered as 'parts of the collection" each having their own individual unique identifying number.
Indexing - Names - The names added to the names list are for written interviews only. All recorded interviews have been catalogued as individual items.
Accession No
ARC2002-374

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2002-375

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

Name/Title
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. 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

Name/Title
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
Accession No
ARC2002-383

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.
Accession No
ARC2002-384

Name/Title
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
Accession No
ARC2002-385

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2002-386

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2002-388

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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Accession No
ARC2002-389

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

Name/Title
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

Name/Title
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

Name/Title
Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Alf Towers 25 February 1993. Alf talks of his involvement with the Salvation Army, playing in the Salvation Army Band, Envoy Buick and other personalities.
Part of a collection of interviews looking at the history of Salvation Army and the Eltham Boys' Home
Edited transcript is available
Accession No
ARC2002-395

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Joan Cherry a former member of staff at the Eltham Boy's Home and Eventide Rest Home and with Mrs and Mrs Les Fawcett at the Maryann Residential Care Home. They talk of the memories and long involvement in the Salvation Army.

Part of a collection of interviews looking at the history of Salvation Army and the Eltham Boys' Home
Both interviews have an edited transcript.
Accession No
ARC2002-396

Name/Title
Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Captain Peter Roberts regarding his involvement in the Stratford / Eltham Salvation Army. 9th November 1993
Part of a collection of interviews looking at the history of Salvation Army and the Eltham Boys' Home.
Edited abstract available
Accession No
ARC2002-397

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

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Miss Pettigrew, Eventide Home, Eltham. Recorded 12th August 1981, Miss Pettigrew was about 92 years of age. She died on 29th Aug 1981
Miss Pettigrew, talked of her early memories, childhood, schooling and recollections of Parihaka. The first side of the tape finishes before the end. And the interview continues on the second side.
There is no abstract or transcript
Accession No
ARC2002-408

Name/Title
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

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Mrs Hetty Cathie and Angus and Janet of Matapu 18th January 1990. They reminise about the family, childhood memories and their involvement with the Eltham Co-operating Parish.
Part of a collection of interviews re Eltham Co-operating Parish
A edited transcript has been made. No abstract available
Accession No
ARC2002-413

Name/Title
Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Enid Hamlin 23rd January 1990 about her memories of the Eltham Church (Methodist). Enid was the first woman Circuit Steward and a lay minister. She talks of taking are children to church, mentioning many people including Rev John Churchill and the Rev Harkness and other ministers. She mentions the "Deeper Life Movement" describing the opposition in some quarters of the parish. She talks of healing services and other personal experiences
Part of a collection of interviews in which Alison talks with people about the Eltham Co-operating Parish
Edited transcript is availabel. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-415

Name/Title
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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