Saunders, Leslie (Tex)

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Oral history. Describes his childhood at the Masterton orphanage and then his working life as an adult in Taranaki as well as his love of country music.
Recorded: 23 July 1993
Interviewer: Denyse Bettridge

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Orphaned at an early age, Tex lived in an orphanage in Masterton from the age of two to fourteen. He describes school as an escape from a harsh environment. He had a passion for athletics. He describes an earthquake 1946-47. An aunt in Hawera found him a job on a farm in Matapu. From there he got work in the dairy industry and got his 2nd class boiler ticket. Talks of cheese and butter making - working at Edgecombe and Lepperton. Later worked as a boilerman at Ivon Watkins Dow, New Plymouth and then worked on the waterfront.

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Has a great love of country music. Used to sing soprano in Masterton Methodist church choir. Describes big 'country' shows in New Plymouth - the Mardi Gras at the Palladium and Sound Shell at Ngamotu Beach. Talks of talent contests - the fourth year of competing - won. Talks of various people involved with country music - Eddie McCutcheon, Max Childs, Leo Davis, Margaret Brown. Formed the Taranaki Country Music Club C1978. Describes how the club broke into factions.

Recorded: 23 July 1993

Interviewer: Denyse Bettridge

Abstraction: Mary Donald

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