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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 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 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

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

Name/Title
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

Name/Title
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 Agnes Lash (nee Lamason) on the 23 October 1987. Agnes talks of changing trends within the church and congregation. There is an intermittent tapping noise throughout the recording.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists collection. An edited transcript of the recording has been made
Accession No
ARC2002-431

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Huddy and Doris Clemow at New Plymouth 30th November 1987. Towards the end of the interview, they are joined by Len and Gwen Jago. They talk of the Methodist Church in South Taranaki mentioning many people within the congregation.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. Edited transcript is available.
Accession No
ARC2002-432

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Percy and Beatrice Pinson (Cottam) of Stratford 4th May 1988. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project.No abstract or transcript available.
Accession No
ARC2002-433

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Reg and Ivy (nee Craig) Hosking of Wharehuia, 13th May 1988. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract or transcript available.
Farmers near Toko, Reg had also served as an army captain.
Accession No
ARC2002-434

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Doug West (former Parish Steward) of Stratford about the Mens Fellowship in the Methodist Church 12th September 1988. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract of transcript available.
Accession No
ARC2002-435

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Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Phyllis Carryer (nee Weston) of Stratford. She is later joined by Beatrice Pinson. Phyllis talks of her childhood and relates her memories of the Methodist church. She talks of Sunday School, kindergarten, playing church music (she was a music teacher and church organist) and mentions various people involved with the church and parish work. 8th October 1988
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-437

Oral history. Alison Robinson interviews Keith and Win Mackey of Stratford while researching the book 'Central Taranaki Methodists' published in 1991.
Accession No
ARC2002-438

Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Reverend Arch and Lesley McKay, 4th January 1989. The McKays talk of Stratford Methodist Church and a little about Tuamarina. Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. No abstract or transcript has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-440

Name/Title
Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Miriam Hollard, Mary Downs and a friend joins in towards the end of the interview. Recorded in the Methodist Market 17th January 1989.
Miriam talks of her connection with the Methodist Church including sewing church curtains, making produce for sale in the Market, the Hospital Day Care (also known as Theraputic Group), the Fellowship catering team and being part of the church family.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. An edited transcript is available. No abstract has been made
Accession No
ARC2002-441

Name/Title
Oral history. Alison Robinson talks with Emily Cook (nee Lamason) recorded 9th January 1989. Emily talks of her family background (gold mining in South Island and the hardships for women) and her early childhood. She speaks of the Seddon family of Kumara, of her schooling and time at Teachers Training College. She talks of teaching at New Plymouth Girls; High School and of her association with the Methodist church.
Part of the Central Taranaki Methodists project. Also used in the compiling of Women and Children First. Edited transcript available. No abstract has been made.
Accession No
ARC2002-444

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2002-445

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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
Accession No
ARC2002-449

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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.
Accession No
ARC2002-450

Name/Title
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

Name/Title
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.
Accession No
ARC2002-452
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