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

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