Marfell, Les

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Oral history. Les talks about farm life around the time of World War I, his family move to Toko and details of the farm and farming practice. After war service Les returned to farming and he describes his involvement in raising a family and community affairs. He moved to Oakura 1964 and retired to New Plymouth. He died 23 Sep 1995 aged 98 years
Recorded: 23 July 1992
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Abstraction: Jan Wilks
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  Part 1

Research tape.

Tape 011: Family history and back ground information. Family moved to Toko 1902. Describes farm and farmhouse. Talks of farming around turn of the century.

Tape 012: Talks of farming - ploughing, silage, haystacks, tractors, jersey cows, provisions, electric lights, holidays, milking and cropping.

Tape 013: Continues description of ploughing - using horses. Describes WWI service and return home. Leased farm. Raising a family. Describes community involvement - Farmers Union; Federated Farmers; Toko dairy Factory; Meat & Wool Board; Hall and tennis clubs: Huinga School Committee etc. Moved to Oakura 1964 - Okato Anglican vestry, NP Riding for Disabled; Historic Places Trust etc.

  Part 2

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