Baker, G. Livingston

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Two interviews with Livingston Baker of Patea. The first interview talks about his farm, the discovery of artefacts at Waitore between the Whenuakura and Patea Rivers, the destruction of sites by farming and commercial development along the coastline and the beginnings of the Patea Historical Society and the South Taranaki Museum.
The second interview talks of Livingston Baker's maternal grandfather, James Livingston of Hawera and his contribution to the community.
Date: 14 January 2005 and 24 February 2005
Interviewer: Arthur Fryer
Abstraction: None
Restrictions: None

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  Part 1

Research copy

Number: 1 Side: 1

Discovery of the artefacts at Waitore, the deposit of these with the Patea Historical Society and their subsequent loan to Taranaki Museum/Puke Ariki.

Number: 1 Side: 2

The beginnings of the South Taranaki Museum, Patea, the involvement of the individuals and community organizations and local government in this process and the financial support from these sources.

CD-R 57.56 min.

Date: 24 January 2005

Interviewer: Arthur Fryer

Abstraction: nil

Restrictions: None.

  Part 2

Research copy. Number: 2 Side 1

Personal recollections of his grandfather limited as Livingston was only two years old. His mother and family were proud of James Livingston and his achievements.

Talks of the obituary of James Livingston in New Zealand newspapers. Mentions James Livingston Scottish birthplace, his brothers and sisters.

Recollects his grandfather's purchase of land in Hawera and his involvement in the land conflict in Taranaki 1870's. Mentions the Patea-Waitotara Loan Fund administered by Major Noake.

Number: 2 Side 2

Continues to talk about Waipapa. Talks of his contribution to the local community, including the Normanby Horticultural Society. Recalls macrocarpa trees planted in the region, polled shorthorn cattle bred by James Livingston and and Lincoln sheep.

Talks about the role of James Livingston and the Republic of Hawera. The testimonial dinner for Livingston shortly before his death.

Recalls the cars owned by James Livingston and the Baker family.

CD-R 60 minutes

  Part 3

Master copy. 1 C60 audio tape.

  Part 4

Master copy. 1 C60 audio tape.

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