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Interview with Barbara Bridewell, Reg Bridewell and Vallis Peet, talking about beach holidays, mainly at Foxton Beach in the 1950s as children and teenagers. Summary of interview: 0.00 Background noise sample plus recording details 0.40 Start of general discussion block, what was Foxton like in the 1950s? 2.26 What sort of holidays then? (mainly Reg, also Vallis 6.26 - start of a short clip describing the changes in the river since then 8.13 – describing the rollerskating rink 9.32 - describing the beach front (along the river) 10.43 – old yachting clubhouse now miles away from the water 11.09 – speedboat races 11.44 – activities at campsites 13.19 – organized groups 14.20 – safe to swim in the river 15.00 – children’s life on the farm 15.29 – tadpoling 16.15 – birdnesting (collecting eggs) 16.29 – back to Foxton holidays 17.14 – Vallis’s grandfather’s bike 20.26 – Reg’s final holiday at the beach in 1953 (caught polio) 21.59 – sunburn 23.36 – food 24.07 – thermettes 26.33 – Vallis’s father would go fishing, then the rest of the family had a holiday 27.34 – house with paua shells in the walls 28.29 – later talking children for holidays 30.39 – Reg and Barbara sold the beach house and built a swimming pool (big mistake) 30.58 – Reg and Barbara family caravan holidays in Bay of Islands in 1970s 31.50 – Why Foxton no longer as good by 70s 32.48 – Vallis month-long caravan holidays in S Island in 1970s 33.04 – importance of babyboom period (large families, cost…) 34.40 – no holiday camps like Butlins, etc., in NZ 35.30 – Kaiteriteri for S Island holidays 35.48 – dances? 36.31 - Start of second (more focused) block Who went with you to Foxton Beach? 37.27 – What activities did you do? 39.33 – drinking? smoking? 40.20 – playing in the river and in boats 41.25 – yachts at weekends in the estuary (silted up since then) 42.20 – food 43.35 – fire station callouts 44.37 – BBQs? 45.02 – canned food (because no way to refrigerate) 45.47 – summers longer and hotter then 47.00 – what did you drink? 47.23 – ice cream 47.42 – fruit? 48.32 – lighting? 49.51 – evenings (cards, songs – Reg singing) 51.15 – what if raining? 52.01 – describing tents 56.24 – caravans 57.53 – Reg, holidays later 58.26 – Vallis’s grandfather’s caravan 59.38 - Vallis’s grandfather’s beachhouse 1.00.13 – children amusing themselves (water, not good swimmers…) 1.01.24 – surf patrols 1.01.38 – sleeping arrangements (stretchers/camp beds) 1.03.05 – washing, showers, toilets, solar water heating 1.05.27 – sun screen, sun hats… 1.06.46 – entertainment 1.07.15 – radio 1.07.35 – what the adults were doing (didn’t notice) 1.08.03 – Reg’s father (a baker) working at night 1.08.36 – fishing (Reg’s children fishing at Foxton) 1.09.35 – Vallis’s dad fishing with a kontiki or a crawler

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2016BD_DigitalMaster-Audio_013295
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Beach Holidays - oral interview
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February 27, 2012

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