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Manawatu Conversations

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Manawatu Conversations-07-07-2020 - Episode 115( 0:30:26)       
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Peter MacGillivray Part 3 of 6 (parts 1 and 2 recorded 3 months earlier). Married and returned to New Zealand, Lincoln College teaching farm management. Taking students on farm tours round NZ. Job with South Taranaki Farm Improvement Club, then at Massey in 1958. Hostels senior warden, coal fired boiler. Exchange students from India. Extramural teaching. Female students.
Published: 7/7/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations- 30-06-2020 - Episode 114( 0:29:2)       
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Tom Romley Part 5 of 5. Buying Ashhurst Engineering. Colleen in the office, children in a caravan. Running the business. Early issues. Hardware shop also. Switch to metric measures from Imperial. Advantages of having a shop, packaging. Garden furniture. Sold business after 15 years due to health problems. Working for Hugh Akers for 17 more years, machinery maintenance, etc., then in the Akers family museum (private). Description of the museum. Problem with a farmer’s well.
Published: 6/30/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-23-06-2020 - Episode 113( 0:27:53)       
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Tom Romley Part 4 of 5. Working on the Upper Yarra Dam, living in a camp. Sleeping bags, dead snake inside. Shift work. 2 “lives” and you were out. How got to Australia. Workers from many countries. A stay in Melbourne, Chloe painting in Young and Jackson’s Hotel. Motorbike for touring. Back to NZ after 7 months for 21st birthday. Met Colleen, future wife so stayed in NZ. Engineering in Ashhurst. Working where had been an apprentice. Business growing, designing and erecting woolsheds, etc.. Working away from home on construction in early years of marriage. Old cottage. Earthquake standards. Workplace safety (1950s). Staircase in the Art Gallery, steel framed house. Bought the business in 1973.
Published: 6/23/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-16-06-2020 - Episode 112( 0:28:40)       
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Tom Romley Part 3 of 5. Apprenticeship as a fitter-welder in early 1950s. Making horse shoes. Wagon wheels, forge welding. Training at PN Tech. Driving test. 5 year apprenticeship. Building structures, woolsheds, etc.. Going to Australia, Melbourne working in the docks (unions, strike), then glass manufacturers, having a tradesman’s assistant (foreigners). Snowy River dam scheme working underground, living in a camp, shift work (dinner at 7am).
Published: 6/15/2020 12:39:46 PM
Manawatu Conversations 09-06-2020 - Episode 111( 0:29:56)       
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Tom Romley Part 2. Leisure activities. Soccer. Learning to swim in the river. Diving off the bridge. Dentists. Sunday School. Pocket money as a boarder. Cinema. Scouts. Military training at Waiouru, Valentine tanks. Cycling between PN and Ashhurst. Radio – why Colleen was called “Compost”. Few books. Weekly dances, letting a mouse loose. Flower shows. Range of stores in Ashhurst in 1940s and 50s. Brethren community. Many English assisted immigrants. Poms and English.
Published: 6/8/2020 12:00:28 PM
Manawatu Conversations-02-06-2020 - Episode 110( 0:28:6)       
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Tom Romley, Part 1. Born 1934. Only child. 1938 moved to Ashhurst. Other family in the area. Wood range in the kitchen, open fire in the lounge. Outdoor toilets. Started school in 1940. There by Shetland pony. Discipline in school, the strap. Palmerston North Boys High, 1 year by bus, then a boarder. Went for an apprenticeship as an engine smith at 15 so could leave school.
Published: 6/2/2020 11:20:25 AM
Manawatu Conversations-26-05-2020 - Episode 109( 0:30:51)       
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Don Esslemont, John Ward, Alison Mildon, Stuart Birks. In 6th week of Covid-19 lockdown, describing the experience. Don had falls and was taken by ambulance for treatment twice. Distancing and use of protective gear. Flu vaccinations. John occupied with his radio station and his music project. John’s cook. Alison’s experiences, life in the country, colourising old photographs. Long-playing records (LPs) versus digitized music.
Published: 5/26/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-19-05-2020 - Episode 108( 0:28:46)       
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Joe Hollander, Part 2 of 2. Palmerston North Defence Heritage Advisory Group activities. Anniversaries and commemorations. Military history presentations. Recordings of talks at https://www.nzsappers.org.nz. Charter partners. 5 year programme looking forward. Service graves. Awapuni Medical Memorial. Linton Camp established 1942. Memorial Park redevelopment. The Showgrounds and Cuba Street (Soldiers’ Club, etc..). Poppy Places Trust. Maori Battalion Hall. Cycleway/walkway to Linton Camp. Evening public lectures. Online resources. 14 books published for the WWI Centenary. Conferences. Engineer Museum at Linton Camp.
Published: 5/19/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-12-05-2020 - Episode 107( 0:28:44)       
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Joe Hollander, Part 1 of 2. Defence Heritage work since 2015. Coordinating defence heritage activities, ANZAC Day, Military Tattoo, etc.. Participants in the Heritage group. Attendance on ANZAC Day. Battle of the Bridges. Pre: 2015 organisation. 2019 Dawn Service had at least 10,000 people in the Square. ANZAC Day Civic Service. Military Tattoo planned for 2019, postponed to 2020 (Mosque attack), now cancelled (Covid-19). Future events. Battle of the Bridges details.
Published: 5/12/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-05-05-2020 - Episode 106( 0:28:13)       
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John Thornley: Workers Education Association in NZ from 1915, but died away. UK origins. Revived in Palmerston North by Merv Hancock. John active mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Funding. Objectives, topics and approach. Attendance. Membership. Quarterly brochures. Trade Union Education Authority. Bicultural coverage, Mason Durie. Margaret Tate and a film on local history. Other local history films. Others who contributed to WEA. Break up of adult education into different fields (WEA had covered everything). Book Clubs. Supported by wife, a maths lecturer, while a house-husband and then worked part-time. African student surprised to find a female academic. John in the Community Services Council. Interest in music. Problems getting people to volunteer. Anthony Lewis in the City Library.
Published: 5/5/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-21-04-2020 - Episode 104( 0:27:44)       
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Garry O'Neill, Part 1 of 2. Why writing local history? Gestetners. Palmerston North Historical Society booklets. Early research on NZ tour of Gemini space capsule. School histories. Parish history. Brian Mather’s history group publishing 5 books. Family histories. Ian Matheson and Barbara Olssen(sp?) the City Archives. 3 suburb histories, Terrace End, Hokowhitu, West End. Resources available. Focus on people’s lives. Scandinavians in West End in the 1870s. Early schools.
Published: 4/21/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-14-04-2020 - Episode 103( 0:33:45)       
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Peter McGillivray Part 2 of 2. Travel to Scotland via America. Oregon sheep farming. 6 months in US, travelling in a 1942 Plymouth car. Delivering cars, mail. Canada, various jobs, powder packer, poultry farm egg candler, shearer. Currency exchange. Illegal immigrant. Shearing on the prairie. Travel to Scotland, train and ship. Family in Scotland. 90th birthday addressing the haggis. Glasgow policeman. “Mary’s Meals”. Autistic grandson and bi-polar friend. Met wife in Edinburgh. Back in Palmerston North bought small farm in Longburn. Wife died.
Published: 4/14/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-07-04-2020 - Episode 102( 0:30:22)       
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Peter McGillivray Part 1 of 2. Student at Massey Agricultural College in 1949. Milk testing. Student life, hostels, returned servicemen. Female students, C J Monro’s house. Hostel raids. Capping week. About 300 students. Hiwi Tauroa (later Race Relations Conciliator). Few Maori students. Dentist student’s skull. 4 years for a BAgSci. Limited research material in 1930s, but produced quality researchers. Malcolm McGregor Cooper. DSIR. Dairy Research Institute. Research undertaken.
Published: 4/7/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-31-03-2020 - Episode 101( 0:27:5)       
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Barbara Ingram. Friends of the Regent set up in 1995, volunteers to support the renovation and running of the Regent Theatre. Raised $1.7m in just over a year. Earlier use of the theatre. Authenticity in the restoration - the mural, carpet, linoleum. Barbara’s role in Friends of the Regent (Founding President). Uniforms, logo. Training for the ushers. Restored theatre opened 3rd May 1998. Experiences with events. “Loop” for hearing aids. Regent’s paid staff. Types of events. Midge Ure, 1st March 2020. Interest in ballet, opera, etc. (not just older people).
Published: 3/31/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-24-03-2020 - Episode 100( 0:29:23)       
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Arnie Evans part 3 of 3
Published: 3/24/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-17-03-2020 - Episode 99( 0:31:48)       
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Published: 3/17/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-03-03-2020 - Episode 98( 0:31:50)       
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Arnie Evans Part 1 of 3
Published: 3/3/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-25-02-2020 - Episode 97( 0:27:53)       
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Palmerstion North floods, 1941 and 1953
Published: 2/25/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-18-02-2020 - Episode 96( 0:28:55)       
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Don and Fran Bird - Part 2 of 2
Published: 2/18/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-11-02-2020 - Episode 95( 0:27:43)       
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Don and Fran Bird - Part 1 of 2
Published: 2/11/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-04-02-2020 - Episode 94( 0:33:40)       
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Jenny Olsson - Part 2 of 2
Published: 2/4/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-28-01-2020 - Episode 93( 0:27:8)       
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Jenny Olsson - Pt 1 of 2
Published: 1/28/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-21-01-2020 - Episode 92( 0:28:12)       
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Pam Hansen 2 of 2
Published: 1/21/2020 1:15:00 PM
Manawatu Conversations-14-01-2020 - Episode 91( 0:28:33)       
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Pam Hansen, Part 1 of 2: Came to Palmerston North in 1960. Dentist husband, Mike. Grew up in Wellington, University, then trained as a teacher. In Waiouru before bought dental practice in Palmerston North. Lived in Albert Street. To London for 2 years in 1965. No car when first married. Dentists had to buy own tools. Helped for husband to be army dentist at first. Mike joined Terrace End Rotary Club in 1960. Social life. Exercise, cooked breakfasts.
Published: 1/14/2020 1:15:00 PM