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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

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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

Name/Title
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

Name/Title
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

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

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Sarah came to New Zealand in 1919. She describes the culture shock coming to Inglewood and getting used to farming. She talks of farm life, the bacon factory, metal roads and shopping in Inglewood. She also describes her neighbours and the many activities of a farmer's wife
She left Inglewood in 1949 and moved to New Plymouth to live with her daughter.
Recorded: 1988
Abstractions: Joy Peckham / Carol Sampson
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2004-276

Personal papers for James Prestidge of Eltham. Includes a Post Office War Gratuity pass book, a certificate of enrolment for the General Reserve under National Service Emergency Regulations, 1940, a 1943 diary and notepad used as journals during active service in the Pacific.
Accession No
ARC2009-177

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.
Accession No
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.
Accession No
ARC2009-207

Name/Title
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
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

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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.
Accession No
ARC2002-142

Name/Title
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

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 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

Name/Title
Darcy Crone talks of his political career as a councillor and later as Mayor of Inglewood. Darcy Crone died in April 2004.
Date of Interview: 1988
Abstraction: Sampson, Carol
Restrictions: none
Accession No
ARC2004-273

Oral history. June was born near Arundel in Sussex, England in 1917and describes her early life growing up in England, experiences during the Second World War, West Africa, Singapore and emigration to New Zealand in 1961. For many years June was involved with Otaki Health Camp and describes her involvement. She was also involved with Save the Children and the Red Cross.
Recorded: 15 March 1993 Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Accession No
ARC2004-1762

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Oral history. Born in County Durham, England in 1919, Amy describes growing up in England, her early life nursing in Sheffield during the Second World War and meeting her husband, Peter. She emigrated to New Zealand to be with her husband in 1944 on the ship, Port Phillip. Before coming to New Zealand Amy did not realise Peter was a Maori and describes meeting her husband's family around Wanganui and Taranaki and settling into life in New Zealand. Amy speaks about her husband and his life running his own business as a hairdresser, and her work as a manageress at Bev Lynn. Amy was involved with the War Brides club and Manchester Unity.
Recorded: 29 March 1993 Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Accession No
ARC2004-1764

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Oral history. An interview with Irene Sutton, aged 95, who talks about her life as a trainee teacher and university student at Auckland during the early 1930's. Her family life as a farmer's wife in the Mokau region after her marriage in 1935 and life when the family returned to New Plymouth, including the clubs and activities she has participated in and a nine month world trip she undertook with her husband Don.
Interviewer: Kaddy Smale
Date: 3 October 2006
Accession No
ARC2006-117

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

Sound recording. Keith and Rita talk life on the Finnerty Road, Ngaere, the Dairy Company and local blacksmiths. Recorded as part of research for 'The Ngaere Story' published for the Ngaere School centennial 1882-1982.
Interviewer: Alison Robinson
Date: August 1981
Accession No
ARC2009-17

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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

Name/Title
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
Accession No
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.
Accession No
ARC2010-002
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