Oral History - MASON Pat; 21-26

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Oral History - MASON Pat

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MASON Pat Tape 1 Side 1
Date: 28 March 2006

00.00 Discussion on removal of skin lesion.
00.10 Initial chat. About ? Who married a teacher who went to Canada came back to NZ but died young. Wife WYNN on her own now.
Looking at photos?
FARMING: DEREK still farming. SID?  farming in Nelson.
Chat about family,
01:50 DEREK has no children.
02.00 Chat about pheasants.
02:45 Activities in Community. PAT’S husband ERIC MASON on Village Hall committee, PAT in WOMENS INSTITUTE and on CHURCH COMMITTEE and involved in family sports.
03.10 TENNIS on HAKARU TENNIS COURTS.
03.20 Saturdays SPORTS in winter. DEREK at RUGBY. WYNN to NETBALL. ERIC took children to RUGBY.
04.05 Talk about CHURCH and HALL work. Difficulty getting there until PAT MASON had a driving licence.
04.40 FEDERATED FARMERS ASSOCIATION mentioned.
04.50 SPORTS interests through their children.
05.15 PAT MASON played INDOOR BOWLS.
05.25 Family HOLIDAYS in May after cows dry. Sometimes by TRAIN to AUCKLAND. Description of TRAIN advantages over bus.
07.35 Friendships with other WOMEN’S INSTITUTE members, Mrs MAY COOPER a neighbour looked after children if ERIC and PAT MASON went to a dance. MAY COOPER’S husband and son had died.
08.40 ERIC’S nephew MATT STEWART married PAT FOOTE.
09.00 PAT MASON kept in touch with school and college friends.
09.15 TELEPHONE PARTY LINE discussed. Different telephone rings.
10.00 TELEPHONE EXCHANGE arrived. PAT MASON rang newcomers to welcome to the district and encourage women to go out. ( Chat from interviewer about her grandmother).
11.25 Garden mentioned, flowers, vegetables and rabbits.
12.50 PAT MASON grew up in ST HELIERS, used to go into NEWMARKET. Shopping by TRAM. Building of AUCKLAND WATERFRONT ROAD. Views of RANGITOTO.
14.25 Learning to cook. Taught by sister-in-law.
14.50 RURAL DELIVERY started three times a week.
15.20 After WW2 “REHAB FARMERS” arrived, around TARA and other areas. MCCABE farm was a “REHAB FARM”. Also MARY AND MORRIS WHITEMAN.
17.10 Modernisation on farm discussed. TANKER MILK was the biggest change instead of doing own separating.
17.55 DAIRY FACTORY closed ( HAKARU?, name not mentioned).
18.10 WASHING MACHINEs described. Previously had COPPER with MANGLE and TUBS.
18.55 WOOD RANGE for cooking and small electric stove.
19.55 Memory of smoke and FIRES on the ranges (hills). Changing views.

MASON Pat Tape 1 Side 2

00.00 Chat, Discussion re? who, name unclear.
00.45 FARMING, family history. (Poor sound) General chat.
02.50 COMMUNITY involvement. HALL COMMITTEE, WOMEN’S INSTITUTE. Saturdays in winter NETBALL, RUGBY.
04.05 CHURCH and HALL involvement. PAT MASON had no driving licence so difficult to travel.
05.25 HOLIDAYS when cows dry by RAIL? from KAIWAKA. TRAIN TRAVEL discussed.
07.35 Friends and neighbours. LETTERS to relatives.
09.10 TELEPHONE PARTY LINE noises and use.
11.20 GARDENING chat. RABBITS.
12.30 Life in ST HELIERS, travel to NEWMARKET, AUCKLAND HARBOUR and RANGITOTO.
14.30 COOKERY. Learning, taught by sister-in-law.
15.20 Post WW2 rehabilitation. FARMLAND development. (discussion re ? farm). WISEMAN’S had farm on LAWRENCE RD. Population increased.
17.10 Modernisation on FARM. DAIRY FACTORY closed down.
18.10 WASHING MACHINE talk. MANGLE. WOOD RANGE and small ELECTRIC STOVE.
19.35 FIRE on HILL RANGE? Changing views.



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