Knuckey, Dallas

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Oral history. Born 1910 in Wellington, her father worked in the Post Office. She attended school at Masterton, Hastings, Shannon, Palmerston North, Levin. Trained as a commercial student at Palmerston North Commercial College, worked at the Shannon Dairy Co office, then in Eltham where her family lived. She was interested in sports such as swimming, tennis, golf, basketball, golf and cycled with her friend to Wellington. Married Darcy, a farmer on the family farm at Rawhitiroa, and they shared the house with Darcy's widowed father for the first couple of years. She talks about life on the farm, in the Eltham district, war work and so on. After leaving the farm they continued their interests such as golf, bowls and gardening. Her mother was Nga Puhi and her daughter-in-law, Betty, was Te Tuna.
Dallas's mother's parents had lived in Pompallier House which the family initially offered to the Catholic Church. After they refused, the house was then sold to the Government.
Life in Rawhitiroa and the Eltham District in the 1940's and 1950's.
Interviewer: Joy Peckham
Recorded: 2 June 1993

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Tape 1 Side 1:

001: Born in 1910 in Wellington.

007: Father worked in the Post Office.

014: Four in the family.

038: Sports interests include swimming, tennis, golf, basketball, netball.

117: Cycled with her friend to Wellington - took three days.

149: Met her future husband Darcy through dancing and they farmed at Rawhitiroa. Life on the farm and in the Eltham District described.

223: Two children: Meridee (b 1938) and Bruce (b 1943)

Tape 1 Side 2:

001: Describes family life on the farm and incidents occurring in the neighbourhood.

184: Talks of her wedding at St Mary's, New Plymouth, and their honeymoon.

201: Pompallier House had belonged to her mother's parents before it was sold to the Government.

303: Overseas trip with the Netball team 1970-71.

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