Oral history. Born 1899, Lowgarth, Taranaki, Freda was the daughter of William and Mary-Ann Black. A farmer's daughter and later a farmer's wife on Pembroke Road. Farming life in Taranaki early 1900's. Collection consists of two recordings, the first is a narrative prepared and spoken by Freda Frank in 1988. The second recording is an interview recorded with Freda at Tainui Home, New Plymouth by Joy Peckham on 29 June 1993.
Tape 1 Side B
Narrative. Talks of early childhood in Cardiff. Freda was the only one on their farm unaffected by the flu epidemic. Describes her teen years as a 'flapper'. Describes wedding dress. Farming on Pembroke Road. Describes state of house when they moved in. Transport - horse, motor bike and Model Ford. Raising a family and working on the farm. Married four years when they lost everything in the house through a fire. Describes terrible blow. Family and neighbours helped. Later sold farm and moved to Ngaruawhahia, stayed one year before moving back south to Bell Block. Outbreak of WW2 son to war, husband in the Bell Block Home Guard. Placed sharemilker on Bell Block Farm and purchased a home at 73 Clawton Street, New Plymouth.
There is no agreement for this recording. It was loaned to the Taranaki Museum for copying by Mrs Freda Frank.
Tape 2 Side A Recorded 29 June 1993 at Tainui Home.
022:Talks of her parents, how they came to NZ.
068: Living at Ngaere, parents marriage and family life.
115: Also bush fires, schooling, dairy farming.
192: Describes milking shed.
290: Moved to Cardiff district, describes the condition of roads, childhood pranks, curing bacon, doing washing, dances.
Tape 2 Side A
1.0: Talks of Charlie Saunders creator of Ngaere Gardens.
6.9: Seeing Hayley's comet through Mr Burrell's telescope.
7.7: Recalls Coates cutting ribbon opening Stratford Railway Line.
10.7: Came to New Plymouth 1955. Describes hobbies, CWI.
13.2: Talks of how she met her future husband. Children born at Stratford Hospital.
16.1: First house burnt down. Describes living in a little cottage.
22.6 Talks of childrens achievements
25.4: Talks of husbands achievements, a County Councillor and later City Councillor.
Recorded: 29 June 1993
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Abstraction: Mary Donald