HAMILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

ORAL HISTORY PROGRAMME

 

YOUTH ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

 

OH0231

 

 

Notes Supplied by Ray Parkinson

High School Teachers

Mr Tait - Headmaster nicknamed "Grub" because of short stature.

Mr Gudex

Mr Barlow - English & Grammar (killed in North Africa while I was still at school)

Mr Senior - 5th Form Maths, French.

Mr Malcolm - 4th Form Maths & Agriculture

Mr Morton - 4th Form History and Geography

Mr Mason - Science

Mr Prestley - 3rd Form Maths - taught with the strap

Mr Sayers - 3rd Form English & Grammar

I think the Headmistress was Miss Campbell

 

Primary School Teachers

Miss de Renzie - Infant Mistress

Mr Cliffe - Headmaster

Mr Batty

Mr Baker

 

Vehicles

1935-36

Model T Ford pickup - mainly because my Uncle - Len Cate had the necessary knowledge to keep it operating.

 

1938

Then Model A Ford where everyone could sit in comfort inside. I learnt to drive this car.

 

1940

Ford Prefect - knowing we would be leaving the farm.

Curnow - farms opposite Parry i.e. between Campbell & Meyer.

 

About 1935

- Road changed - straightened

- The older hand pick and shovel made road was straightened by Caterpillar bulldozer and carry-all

- The old bend opposite our farm entrance was very sharp and once a Tuck & Watkins truck with a single pine log (full load) went over the bank.

- Sand made walking or biking on the road very difficult. The prevailing wind carried the sand to the east side of the road, so we mostly tried to walk on the drain side i.e. west

- There was little motor traffic so it wasn't a problem then

- Mr Chayne Murry - opposite Temple site used to dam the drain at his property and used the water to drive a water wheel and operate the milking machines

- Removal of Hill in Garden Place by Gooseman

 

Work

- Ford Motors

- FAC - saddlery

- Grocery

 

Peat

- Fires - smoke - fog

- Drainage

 

Cocksfoot

- Seed for bush burn farm at Kawhia - collected from along roadside

- Using old fashioned flails

 

Haymaking

- All by hand (manpower) except sweeps. Horse drawn mowers

- Collecting

- Rakes gathered for sweeps

 

Airforce

Call up 18½

Levin - basic

Seagrove - ADU (Aerodrome Defence Unit). (Seagrove is on south side of Manukau Harbour)

Rotorua - aircrew selection & ITW (Initial Training Wing) Wellington -

 

19th birthday - SS Lurline to San Diego (USA)

- San Francisco (USA)

- Vancouver (Canada) - no. 3 Wireleas School

- Winnepeg (Ontario) - Leave to Minneapolis

- Mossbark (Moosejaw) - Gunnery

- Toronto Niagra Falls - New York

- Montreal

- St John

- New Amsterdam - Troop ship

- Obon (UK)

- Brighton

- Wigtown

20th birthday - Aylesbury

- Spilsbury

- Westcott

- Lanbar

 

21st birthday - Mepal (75 Sqdn)

- Bari (South Italy)

 

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