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Oral history. Born 1927, Subotica, Hungary. Judith escaped from Hungary to Austria during the Second World War. She talks of life in the refugee camp. Came to New Zealand 1949 on the Dungar Bay. Judith describes the voyage. Met her husband Arnost at the Pahiatua Refugee Camp. Came to New Plymouth, raised family.
Recorded: 19 July 1993 Interviewer: Joy Peckham
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ARC2007-02

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Oral history. An interview with Dorothy Radford by Colin Radford [brother] talking about life farming up the Mokau River. Created as part of research towards a thesis Rural depopulation and resettlement for an MA in Sociology, Auckland University. 1982
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ARC2006-18

Written by Herbert Baxter, son of Richard Baxter, a settler on Otaroa Road, Tarata. In the form of a reminiscence, the essay describes the development of a farm in the 1890's from the selection of land to the clearing of bush. He gives a detailed description of pit sawing. This information was used by Sir James Elliott as background in his novel 'The Hundred Years' published in 1939.
Accession No
ARC2009-205

A copy of a reminiscence by Jessie Lancaster (nee Cassie) recalling the Cassie family at Braeside, Newall Road, Warea.
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ARC2009-208

A copy of a reminiscence written by May Cassie about her family experiences developing a farm known as Braeside on the Newall Road, Warea.
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ARC2009-207

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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

Name/Title
Local historian, Dorothy Waldegrave, nee Brooks, Hutchinson, compiled a collection of reminiscences and notes on the history of the Kapuni district from settlement to 1965.
A collection of reminiscences and notes on the history of the Kapuni district from settlement to 1965.
The papers include the diary of Mary Watkins in which she writes of the voyage of the Wanganui which sailed from London to New Zealand in 1870, correspondence with various local identities regarding genealogy and local history, and the history of the local dairy industry.
The papers were used by Arthur Harrison when he wrote the 1963 Kapuni School Jubilee publication.
The original order has been maintained and the inventory is the same as compiled by Dorothy Waldegrave.
Accession No
ARC2001-354

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Maria came to New Zealand in 1859 on the ship Eclipse as governess to the family of the Rev. H. H. Brown, a clergyman at Omata, New Plymouth. In 1860 she was evacuated to Nelson, and shortly afterwards dismissed from the Brown's service. Unable to pay her fare back to England, she reluctantly worked as governess to Lulu Eyes, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the province. Maria stayed with the Eyes family at Wairau for one year, she returned to England in February 1862.
In these copies of her letters addressed to her sister Elizabeth Hall she describes the voyage out on the Eclipse, 1858-1859, and her first impressions of New Plymouth and its inhabitants and her stay in Nelson. Her comments on colonial society are detailed and perceptive.
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ARC2002-142

Oral history. Born 1920 at Hastings, Sussex Tony talks of his war experiences in Burma and his work in an electrical repair unit. Came to New Zealand and settled in New Plymouth working for the New Plymouth City Council. Talks also of his hobbies.
Recorded: 10 January 1994 Interviewer: J Peckham
Abstraction: J Peckham
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2007-10

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Oral history. Corry was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1932. She describes her early life as a child during the Depression. Corry was eight years old when the Second World War began and describes life in Holland under German occupation. She travelled to New Zealand in 1954 on the ship Zyuderkruise to join her Dutch husband to be. Corry describes her arrival by bus in New Plymouth and her reunion with Fritz, and the family life that followed.
Recorded: 16 April 1993 Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Accession No
ARC2004-1767

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Oral history. Born in Utrecht, 1928, Frederikus (Fritz) talks of growing up in Holland and his experiences of the war years as a teenager, becoming the head of the household at 15 years of age. He emigrated out to New Zealand as part of the Assistant Emigrant Scheme, organised by the Dutch and New Zealand Governments, and worked at the Okato Cheese Factory. After recovering from an accident, he married Corry at St. Josephs Church, New Plymouth. Fritz discusses his family life, involvment in sport and the success of his children in soccer and Karate.
Recorded: 21 June 1993
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Restriction: none
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ARC2005-247

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

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Josiah Flight was born in Devonshire in 1800 and came to New Zealand on the Timandra in 1842 with his wife Sarah Anne and child Anne (Annie). His two younger daughters Sarah and Katie were born in New Plymouth. Josiah was one of the first Justices of the Peace and was appointed Resident Magistrate and Coroner of the district in 1852. He is recorded as having land in Weekstown (now known as Strandon) on the corner of Nobs Line and Devon Road and later they were one of the first families to settle in the Bell Block area, near the Mangaoraka Stream.
The Flight family are credited with introducing the first sheep and European fruit to the new settlement.
The papers include two of Anne Flight's journals, June-July 1838 and Oct 1841-Oct 1842, Sarah Flight's journal, April 1862-March 1863, correspondence between various members of the family and fellow settlers, and genealogical notes.
Accession No
ARC2002-135

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Joe Dravitski recalls his parents, Grandmother Kuklinski and other Polish families. Life and school at Ratapiko. The influenza epidemic, bush fires and life in the Home Guard. Bartering and trading for goods at Inglewood. Joe was a member of the War Memorial Hall Committee (Lake Mangamahoe).
Abstraction: Floss Lambert / Pam Murdock
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2004-232

Emily Harris, artist and teacher, arrived in New Plymouth in 1841 in the ship William Bryan with her parents, Edwin and Sarah (nee Hill), and brother and sister. The family ran schools in New Plymouth before moving to Nelson about 1860. In 1890 some of her paintings were issued in three parts of twelve plates each, 'New Zealand Flowers', 'New Zealand Berries' and 'New Zealand Ferns'.
The collection comprises letters to various members of the family (1860-1863), letters from her mother (1841) and Angus Dobson (1844) and a scrapbook with publications and original plant sketches. Her diaries (1885-1886) contain notes on social life and affairs in Nelson, on her work as an artist, and a visit to New Plymouth in 1890. A journal contains copies of correspondence for 1888.
Accession No
ARC2002-190
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