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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 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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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

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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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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.
Accession No
ARC2010-004

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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.
Accession No
ARC2010-005

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An interview with Leo Zehnder by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Leo describes his childhood in Eltham, his father Joseph was a Swiss emmigrant from the Canton of Zug. He worked at the Ngaere and later the Eltham Cheese Factories. Spent time in the Army then went to Europe visiting Swiss relatives. returning to New Zealand he worked at the J C Hutton Freezing Works at Eltham for 33 years.
Accession No
ARC2010-006

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An interview with Ruth Liversedge by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ruth talks about growing up in Yorkshire, meeting her husband Roy and emigrating to New Zealand in 1961 as assisted immigrants. She describes living in Stratford, Roy's accident and going back to Britain to live for several years before returning to Stratford in 1968.
Accession No
ARC2010-008

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An interview with Ted Washer of Tokaora by Alison Robinson as part of research for 'More Taranaki talk' / stories collected & edited by Alison Robinson. Zenith Print, 2007.
Ted talks about his family origins, his childhood and schooling at Manaia School and Hawera High School, life in the Army during World War Two, running the family farm and the death of his wife Dell in a car accident.
Accession No
ARC2010-009

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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.
Accession No
ARC2010-43

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Sound recording. June Thomson talks about meeting her husband David Thomson in the Middle East during World War II and her life as a farmers wife on the Bird Road, Stratford.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 11 September 2001
Accession No
ARC2011-013

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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
Accession No
ARC2011-021

Sound recording. Anna Butler talk about her own and her husband - Len Butler's Swiss family history, her family farm and growing up in Kaponga, their Mangatoki family farm, her life with husband Len and their children. Recorded on two separate occasions.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: Part one and two 11 July 2002; Part three 17 February 2003
Accession No
ARC2011-051
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