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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.
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

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

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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
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

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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
Accession No
ARC2002-385

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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.
Accession No
ARC2002-386

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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.
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

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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 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

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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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Oral history. Ian recalls his time with the Opunake Players.
Interview date: 21 August 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2008-304

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Interview with Kay about her experiences as a member of the Opunake Players.
Recorded: 2 September 2008
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2008-311

Name/Title
An interview with Alan Love who recalls his experiences as a set, sound and lighting technician with the Opunake Players.
Recorded: 05 September 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2008-312

Name/Title
Oral history. Molly talks to Heather Cormack about her involvement with the Opunake Players.
Interview date: 30 September 2008
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2008-324

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Jim has been a member of the Opunake Players since he was a young adult. He recounts how he joined the Players, some of the plays he performed in and the personalities associated with the group, his experiences as a director and member of the New Zealand Drama Federation.
Interview date: 17 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2009-100

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Jenny talks about joining the Opunake Players, working in wardrobe, costume making and acting. She relates anecdotes about the plays produced and personalities within the group.
Interview date: 20 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2009-101

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Peter joined the Opunake Players in the 1956, encouraged in part, by Mary Stronge who became his mother-in-law. He talks about learning the craft of acting, the actor's relationship with the audience and assisting with backstage tasks particularly set making and stage managment and the different venues used.
Interview date: 20 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2009-102

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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 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

Bob talks about joining the Opunake Players in 1955, initially assisting with the lighting and sound but working in a wide range of positions over the years, he was president for ten years and a director of plays. His wife Margaret began with the players in 1959 and reminiscences about her role with the Players, the plays and the players.
Interview date: 19 February 2009
Interviewer: Heather Cormack
Abstraction:
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2009-99

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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

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.
Accession No
ARC2010-002
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