Preliminary Interview With Bill Pope
Family lived at Tauwhare - farming
Went to Technical College, travelled.
Came to work in Hamilton at 16
-part-time as chain-man for S.B. Syms, surveyor - filling in for employee absent at war.
- full-time in 1944, a cadetship as draughtsman and quantity surveyor with D.C. Street Ltd
Mentions patriotic hut in Garden Place where anyone in a service uniform was given a cup of tea and fed. Trenches in Garden Place for air-raid protection.
Americans camped at showgrounds.
Winter show buildings used for the repair of aircraft
Te Rapa base built during the war.
Rovers canoe club, camping - river levels fluctuating, floods much more than today
Saturday night was party night, playing guitar, singing
Public dance halls - Pearsons in Hamilton East and the Regent Ball room.
Went to Whangamata, Christmas 1949
Talked about apprentice wages, clothing (men generally dressed the same - baggy trousers, hats,)
Elections, remembers crowds outside the Commercial hotel, politicians, results being read out.
V.E. day, V.J. day celebrations. Only other time pubs stayed open into the night was when Waikato won the Ranfurly shield.
Policeman were known to the community and generally knew many by sight. Remembers illegal gambling being overlooked because it was raising money for war-funds