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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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A collection of papers and photographs relating to the Webb family history in England. Also a letter to 'My Dear Ellen' from Percy H Webb (of London) dated 27th Oct 1933
Accession No
ARC2001-15

Based on conversations with Doreen Devereux Pollard (nee Armstrong), topics covered include information on pa, a massacre on 'Maori Hill', Pungarehu, 'mysterious trenches' , urupa, a description of Pungarehu in the 1920s, family life, Parihaka, memories of the farm, family information, the tollgate, Maori/Pakeha relations and interaction, gardening, depression schemes, rock carvings etc. While primarily Doreen Pollard's memories, the notes also include comments contributed by others.
The research notes were compiled by Coral Beadle. The finished work illustrates the history of the Pungarehu area from the late 1880s to C1970.
Accession No
ARC2001-176

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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 talks with Dulcie and Colin Wilson, formerly of Lowgarth, 21/9/1991. Dulcie (nee Richardson) talks of life in the Lowgarth / Mahoe area, dairy factories, schooling, tradesmen and family life. Many local identies are named.
Part of a collection of interviews recording the history of the Finnerty Road / Lowgarth district. An edited transcript is available.
Accession No
ARC2002-380

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Written in Plymouth 28th October 1841, Mr J W Rendel sends best wishes to Capt William Hobson. The letter refers to a promise made by Hobson prior to his departure from England with regards to Mrs Rendel's brother Edwin Harris - introducing him and includes a testimonial.
Accession No
ARC2003-781

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Two letters from Samuel Scammell to members of his family. 1860-1861
Accession No
ARC2003-807

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Research notes created and memorabilia collected by Russell Prout gathered for his publication Omata Village written to commemorate the opening of the Omata Community and School Hall August 6 1994.
Accession No
ARC2004-1744

Oral history. Thomas William Verney was born in London in 1909. In this interview, he talks briefly of life in England. Verney came to New Zealand in 1925 on the S.S. Rotorua. He married Fanny Chapman Taylor in 1933 and raised a family. Verney describes taking up pottery as a hobby and speaks of other potters in the area.
Recorded: 2 September 1995
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Abstraction: Jan Wilks
Restriction: None
Accession No
ARC2005-263

Oral history. Allen Keith Lance Payne was born in Stratford in 1932. In this interview, Keith recounts his experiences working with the Transport Department. He also speaks of his education and early life and post school work. In 1957, Payne joined the Whangarei Transport Dept. (Ministry of Transport). He describes: life as a traffic officer in Northland, duties at Maungatoroto, Dargaville, court prosecutions, driving licenses and a bus accident during the Royal visit 1963. In 1973, Payne was promoted and transferred to Taranaki. He discusses changes in legislation and conditions, court procedures, pre trafic light days, police amalgamation, health and retirement
Recorded: 18 June 1996
Interviewer: Shirley Adams
Abstraction: Floss Lambert
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2005-296

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Oral history. Interview with Muriel Goldup (nee Fitness) about her childhood at Huiroa, Waitotara and Toko.
Date: 21 May 2008
Interviewer: Marilyn Armitstead
Abstract: none
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2008-256

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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
Accession No
ARC2007-02

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. The life of Nancy Robertshawe. Born in New Plymouth, Nancy's father F.E. Wilson was Mayor of New Plymouth (1920-1927). She describes her childhood, her early memories of St Marys Church, the shopkeepers frequented by the family, schooling at West End School and at Girls High School.
Gained a University Scholarship and attended Auckland University College. Married Noel Robertshawe, Vicar of Thames. Had six children. Spent 21 years at St Marks Parish, Wellington. Died aged 94 years in 1997.
Interviewer: Pamela Hart
Date: 13 November 1992
Accession No
ARC2003-632

Oral history. Born in 1904 Christopher Saxton was a surveyor and civil engineer in the New Plymouth area, he died in 1996. He recalls his early life on the family farm, schooling and training as a surveyor. Involved in the Vogeltown Home Guard. Describes his surveying work and mentions the clubs and social activities he was involved in.
Recorded: 14 June 1993
Accession No
ARC2003-1154

Sante (Gulabhbhai) was born in India in 1939 and describes her early life growing up in India. After an arranged marriage at 15 years of age she came to live in New Zealand with her husband (Singi) and describes her experiences of living in a different culture.
Singi (Gulabhbhai) was born in Marton, his parents having emigrated in the early 1920's. He moved to New Plymouth at the age of ten. They talk of working life and children, the Taranaki Indian Association, Auckland Fijian Indian Association and Surf Life Saving.
Recorded 25 May 1993
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2005-173

Oral history. Veronica Clare Hikaka (nee Conlon) was born in Timaru in 1927. In this interview, she details: her family background, schooling, Polish Camp, training in Wanganui, marriage and nursing at Hawera Hospital, and public health nursing.
Recorded: 18 March 1996
Interviewer: Margaret Fox
Abstraction: Floss Lambert
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2005-292

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Oral history. Ann Brough (nee Clarke) was born in in 1934. In this interview, she talks extensively about nursing. She discusses: her training, life in the nurses' home, Gisborne Hospital, first days in the ward, rosters and wages, matron, social life. She also speaks of: Polio epidemic, Typhoid and Tuberculosis epidemic. Brough outlines the daily nursing routine, including hygiene and patient care. Ann completed her maternity training in Hastings. In 1958, she became the Public Health Nurse for Opotiki. After further study in Wellington, she came to Hawera 1964 and married John in 1966. Brough talks of going back to work part time after her son started going to school. She discusses: changes in Public Nursing, the closure of the Hawera school of nursing and the changes in nurse training. She also talks of: major restructuring of the health system, the Calvery Hospital and comments on the current state of the health system.
Recorded: 11 December 1995
Interviewer: Margaret Fox
Abstraction: Mary Donald
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2005-283

Oral history. Nellie Wilson was born in Mangatainoka (near Woodville) in 1906. She talks of her early childhood at Makahu near Strathmore, domestic life, lighting and heating, socialising, schooling, etc. Wilson also discusses married life at Kohuatahi, teaching, raising a family and effects of the depression.
Recorded: 9/\ July 1996
Interviewer: Judith Walker
Abstraction:Mary Donald
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2005-297

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Oral history. Margaret Edwards was born in Eltham in 1936. She moved to Palmerston North and joined the Broadcasting Service for 8 years. She recounts details of her courtship with her husband John and moving to New Plymouth. Edwards talks of her pottery, exhibition of her work and involvement in the New Zealand Potter's Society and New Plymouth Potters. She also discusses other interests and family life.
Recorded: 27 october 1995
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Abstraction: Jan Wilks
Restrictions: None
Accession No
ARC2005-299

Sound recording. Maida Brosnan (nee Sparks) and Peggy Blair (nee Pennington) talk about Jimmy Beedie, the Pennington family store at Ngaere, attending Sunday School and local swagmen. Recorded as part of research for 'The Ngaere Story' published for the Ngaere School centennial 1882-1982. Transcript available.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: 14 October 1981
Accession No
ARC2009-41

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A collection of papers including family letters written while Susan and Alison Holdt were either at boarding school and/or university. They are illustrated with drawings and cartoons and depict family life in the late 20th century.
The collection also includes a selection of Alison's art work, school projects and exercise books.
Accession No
ARC2002-211

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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

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Oral history. Ray Close talks about growing up in a large family in the Stratford area during the Depression years. He talks of life on the farm and the social strata that existed at the time.
Accession No
ARC2003-1263

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A copy of a limited edition publication released in 1970 entitled "Early Days in Taranaki and After" by Lewis Watkins. He tells the story of his parents, Matthew Lewis Watkins and his wife Mary (nee Jones) who came to New Zealand on the Wanganui in 1879, settling in Okaiawa and later taking up land on the corner of Skeet and Palmer Roads. The third of four boys, Lewis describes his schooling and rural life in South Taranaki. Also included are copies of letters written by his Matthew Watkins to his sister Pollie in England. Later, Lewis and his wife Nellie moved to Arahiwi where they continued farming and the narration finishes in 1942 with the family near Tirau. A footnote states that the writer planned to continue, however after a brief illness, he passed away on his eightieth birthday.
Accession No
ARC2005-202
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