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Oral Interview - Frida Larsen, Part 1

Oral Interview - Frida Larsen, Part 1

The first of two interviews with Frida Evelyn Larsen on being a war bride during World War II and then settling in New Zealand. Frida Larsen was born in 1920 in Carlisle in Cumbria, England. She was a nurse and later obtained her BA (Hons) at Massey University. She had two children. Summary of interview: Part 1 of 2. War bride, husband a fighter pilot from NZ. To NZ in 1946. Overseas Ladies Club started by Jill Cook for war brides and then immigrants. Adjustment hardest for those from large towns going to the country. Husband on the railway. Club activities. Racism, anti-Catholic feeling. Became a Quaker. Some war brides from Italy. Back to England – everything seemed small. Other differences. Work. Family background. Class issues in the UK. Civic honour, P. North (1997). Interviewed by Stuart Birks at the Brightwater Home in Palmerston North. Interview is 26 minutes and 48 seconds long. The interview was recorded for a series of talks played on Access Radio Manawatu, now called Manawatu People's Radio.

 
Oral Interview - Frida Larsen, Part 2

Oral Interview - Frida Larsen, Part 2

The second of two interviews with Frida Evelyn Larsen on being a war bride during World War II and then settling in New Zealand. Frida Larsen was born in 1920 in Carlisle in Cumbria, England. She was a nurse and later obtained her BA (Hons) at Massey University. She had two children. Summary of interview: Part 2 of 2. Family background, great-grandfather was a Chartist. Grandparents were unionists. Grandmother was a Suffragist. Father was a Fabian. Other grandmother was a Tory. Attitudes to war in UK in early 1900s. Her son wanting to be a conscientious objector (1960s?). NZ politics, trade unions. Britain and the EU. Citizenship issues. Husband not allowed a British passport. Interviewed by Stuart Birks at the Brightwater Home in Palmerston North. Interview is 23 minutes and 29 seconds long. The interview was recorded for a series of talks played on Access Radio Manawatu, now called Manawatu People's Radio.

 
Oral Interview - Grant Smith

Oral Interview - Grant Smith

Grant Smith was elected mayor of Palmerston North in 2015. This interview covers his early years living in Palmerston North and Masterton. Interview of Grant Smith, Mayor of Palmerston North, conducted by Maria Shiva on 28 February 2018. Interview length: 33 minutes and 50 seconds.

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Date
February 28, 2018
 
Oral Interview - Alan Crews

Oral Interview - Alan Crews

Oral interview regarding the life and experiences of Alan Crews as a boy in the family's grocery on Featherston Street, Palmerston North in the 1950's.

Place
Palmerston North
 
Oral Interview - Brian Elwood

Oral Interview - Brian Elwood

Sir Brian George Conway Elwood, CBE, JP, (born 5 April 1933) is a former New Zealand lawyer, politician, and public servant. He served as mayor of Palmerston North from 1971 to 1985, and was the Chief Ombudsman of New Zealand from December 1994 to June 2003. In the latter role, he was responsible for investigating complaints against central and local government agencies, including Ministers of the Crown. Interview of Brian Elwood as Mayor of Palmerston North, conducted by Ian Matheson on 2 May 1985. Interview length: 1 hour, 36 minutes and 55 seconds.

 
Oral Interview - Ray Carter

Oral Interview - Ray Carter

Ray Martin Carter, QSM, retired from the New Zealand Police force as a Senior Constable. Born in Napier in 1928, he received his education in Palmerston North, and spent his thirty year career in the police force there. In his retirement he managed the police archives of Palmerston North, and wrote the book 'Beyond the Call of Duty: a history of the Palmerston North police district', published in 1988. Interview includes life story, family history, Napier Earthquake, police career. Interviewer is Ian Johnston. Interview originally recorded on three cassette tapes. 212 minutes.

 
Tony Evans and Savage Crescent - oral interview

Tony Evans and Savage Crescent - oral interview

Margaret Tate interviews Tony Evans. Tony's parents, Jack and Betty, were married in 1936 and had a family of four boys. They were early and long term residents of the Savage Crescent state housing precinct, living at 5 Mansford Place. The interview talks about the Evans family and life in the Savage Crescent area.

Creator
Date
June 9, 2010
 
Alison Quigan - oral interview

Alison Quigan - oral interview

Interview with Alison Quigan. Interviewer Ian Johnston, in Palmerston North. Alison Marie Quigan is a New Zealand actor, director and playwright. Quigan was the artistic director of Centrepoint Theatre in Palmerston North for 18 years from 1986 to 2004 where she directed over 60 plays.  In the 2001 Birthday Honours, Quigan received a Queens Service Medal for "public services to theatre".

Creator
Date
2004
 
Pataka Ipurangi Launch Night speakers: Dr Jock Phillips, Lesley Courtney, Philippa Elphick – Talk part 2/2

Pataka Ipurangi Launch Night speakers: Dr Jock Phillips, Lesley Courtney, Philippa Elphick – Talk part 2/2

To launch Pataka Ipurangi (Digital Library) the Palmerston North City Library held an evening event in the Sound and Vision Zone. The guest speaker was Dr Jock Phillips the General Editor of Te Ara the 'Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand'. In the second part of the evening Lesley Courtney and Philippa Elphick both from the City Library introduce Pataka Ipurangi and give a brief overview of it's features and content. Duration 42 minute mp3 file. Part 2/2 of the recording.

 
Teen years - oral interview

Teen years - oral interview

Interview with Vallis Peet and Dennis Quinn about their teenage years, including dances at the Newbury Hall near Palmerston North in the 1950s. Summary of interview  0.00 - Recording details and introductions 0.18 – Vallis dressed to be different 0.35 – Bodgies and Widgies 1.57 – Newbury Hall 2.18 - mention of Centrepoint production (Alison Quigan’s play “The Newbury Hall dances” set in 1965) 2.30 – musicians 3.37 – drinking and smoking? 4.10 – beer in the boot of the car 4.35 – Red Band beer 4.51 – drink driving 5.27 – asking girls to dance (and being turned down) 5.55 – the supper dance 6.32 – the last dance 6.48 – what the girls wore (dresses with hoops!)

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Date
February 13, 2012
 
Local Musical Duet - Josephine and Mary Newman

Local Musical Duet - Josephine and Mary Newman

This audio recording was made in Palmerston North in the 1960s by Josephine (Nina) and Mary (Meg) Newman, who were both living in the city at the time. Josephine was Nina's mother. Mary is her daughter whom we called Meg. The Newman family was a very musical one - Josephine’s mother Margot Hibbard was a singer in Auckland around 1910 and her sister Violet Sumerset tutored tenors at the Academy of Music in Melbourne. Music and singing were well ingrained into their upbringing. Meg was studying piano at the time of this recording and Nina was also talented in singing they decided it would be great to record them singing and playing the piano together to send to their mother in Melbourne for Christmas. The date of this recording is not exact, but it would have been around 1960 as it was just before Meg left Palmerston North moving to Melbourne to teach and continue studying piano. Meg did so well at piano she became one of Australia’s acclaimed teachers. Meg is now retired. This record consists of four tracks: Greetings, The Muses Gift, Arioso Primo Duet and Arise of Sun.

 
Country Dances - oral interview

Country Dances - oral interview

Interview with Vallis Peet, Dennis Quinn and Bruce Withell, about dances at Newbury Hall near Palmerston North, in the 1950s. Summary of interview 0.00 - Recording details and introductions 0.35 – What sort of dances did they have? (Bruce, then Dennis) 2.37 – Vallis describing who went, who ran them, refreshments, etc., how many attended. 4.44 – Bruce on behaviour of boys and girls, the “supper waltz” 7.45 – “courting in those days” 9.13 – paying for entry 9.44 - alcohol, none within 3 miles of a dance, but… 12.12 – smoking 12.37 – clothes 13.57 – hairstyles 15.00 – type of dances and music 16.32 – Johnny Devlin 18.52 – waltzes, etc., learning in primary school 20.07 – “Ladies’ choice”, “excuse me” dances 20.38 – difference between country and city dances 21.35 – religious sensitivities 22.18 – lighting 23.35 – were they chaperoned?

Creator
Date
February 21, 2012
 
Pataka Ipurangi Launch Night speakers: Dr Jock Phillips, Lesley Courtney, Philippa Elphick – Talk part 1/2

Pataka Ipurangi Launch Night speakers: Dr Jock Phillips, Lesley Courtney, Philippa Elphick – Talk part 1/2

To launch Pataka Ipurangi (Digital Library) the Palmerston North City Library held an evening event in the Sound and Vision Zone. The guest speaker was Dr Jock Phillips the General Editor of Te Ara the 'Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand'. Dr Phillips gives an overview of Te Ara and explored in detail some of the features of the new theme 'The Bush'. Duration 47 minute mp3 file. (part 1/2 of the recording)

 
The City and the River 1941-2006 – Talk

The City and the River 1941-2006 – Talk

In this talk Jill White discusses the Manawatu River and how its relationship with Palmerston North and its people is changing. Duration 1 hour mp3 file. At the speakers request users of this talk are asked to please note the following CORRECTIONS. [minutes:seconds] 8:45 Mention of 'Waikato' should be Hamilton. 14:30 Mention of 'May 27th' should be May 4th. 15:10 mention of 'World War I' should be World War II. 30:50 mention of the 'Marine Division of the Department of Labour' should be Marine Division of the Ministry of Transport. 37:20 mention of Manawatu Ashphalts in early 1990's should be 1989.

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