Yarrow, Melva

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30 May 1993
Oral history. Born Opunake Cottage Hospital, daughter of Blanch and John Stevenson. Melva describes hre childhood in Pihama, bus to Opunake for Manual classes. Describes the Pihama store. Mentions Clarke brothers, both All Blacks. Went to Opunake High School. Only about 45 pupils at that time. WWII depleted staff on the farm. Mother was on the Patriotic Committee, describes her first contact with the Yarrow family. Talks about local dances and meeting future husband Noel Yarrow. Describes the impact of War on the community. Her Father was in the Homeguard. Married Noel 1948 and has lived in Manaia ever since. Describes life there as being different from living in the country. Cows used to roam the town's grass vergs. And there used to be three maternity hospitals in Manaia.
Recorded: 30 May 1993
Interviewer: Margaret Fox
Abstraction: Mary Donald
Restrictions: None

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