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Esler, Lloyd


Interviewer with the Southland Oral History Project

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

DALZELL, Reginald (Reg) interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 4
Identifier: H0037
Overview Reg is from a farming family and describes his background in Southland, the depression, education, social life and transport services. Reg has spent his whole life involved in farming, promoting animal health and participating extensively in the Colombo Plan. Reg won a Dominion Farmers Traveling Scholarship.
Dates: 2008

EVANS, Lenard Hugh interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 26
Identifier: H0122
Overview Len was born in Riverton and describes his early life growing up at Pourakino Valley. He looks at his education, the railway and timber milling, and his employment in saw mills and meat works. He goes onto talk about the Chemical Works i.e. construction of, and father’s employment there. Len has a series of family photos and photos of the various aspects of the area that he talks about e.g. Tecofsky Track, Buchanan Mill, chemical works, and his mother with supplies and bullock. He continues on...
Dates: 2008

EVANS, Valmai Ella Sophia interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 26
Identifier: H0123
Overview Val talks of her early life being part of a Conscientious Objectors family during WW2. Her parent’s dairy farmed at Waimatua. Val describes and details life on the farm and the kindness of neighbours when her father was taken to Detention Camp. She explains her father’s reasons and what he did during his 2.5 years in the camp. She goes onto describe the living conditions and routines of the family at home during this time. When her father returned home, he became a rabitter. She recalls her own...
Dates: 2008

HARGEST, Kenneth James Wilkie interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 10
Identifier: H0026
Overview This interview covers the history and stories around Ken’s family property at Rakahook; his growing up there, his education which included attending Lincoln and subsequent running of the property when his father went to World wWr II. Ken and his mother went to see his father off on the ‘Empress of Britain’ and met the Maori Battalion. Ken discusses the depression and farming practices he adopted and his views on farming. He looks at farming in the earlier days and now in his son James time.
Dates: 2009

HARRINGTON, Henry interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 10
Identifier: H0027
Overview This interview covers Henry’s retirement to Ohai and the attractions of the area e.g. good trout fishing. It also covers his passion for saving seeds where he saves ‘anything at all’. Plus the storage of these, Maori potatoes, crop rotation and pest remedies. Henry describes carrot varieties and flavours and how to grow them.
Dates: 2006

McQUARRIE, Walter William Donald interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 20
Identifier: H0142
Overview In this interview Walter recalls early memories of South Invercargill, grandparents, the history of his Dalrymple Street home, boat sheds on Tweed Street, dredging at Stead Street bridge and the naming of McQuarrie Street after his great-great grandfather. He also talks about his education, employment and that of his grandfather’s and father’s in the family engineering business. He also discusses wartime, trams, and the Invercargill Airport. Walter also tells of his enjoyment of cars and he...
Dates: 2007

METZGER, Nicholas Graham (Tiny) interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 5
Identifier: H0143
Overview Tiny tells of his education from primary through to night class, where he did a carpentry apprenticeship. This lead to employment building Government houses - commercial buildings - country jobs. He goes on to talk in detail about the Mutton Bird Islands, the requirements needed to participate in the mutton bird season e.g. the processing, storage, making of the kelp storage bags, and the cooking of them. He describes in detail the islands, the management and laws relating to them,...
Dates: 2008

SMITH, Charlotte Anne Lindsay (Nan) interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 8
Identifier: H0156
Overview Nan discusses and describes her family history: her father and grandfather settling in NZ and making a life here; her education first at Spar Bush school then at Southland Girls High. She talks of her memories of the depression and farm conditions at this time. When she left school she qualified as a nurse in 1936. Nan recalls and mentions wartime Invercargill e.g. ration books, petrol rationing, Park Hospital and the purchase of her Vauxhall 12 car for £300.00. Nan worked for ten years at Park...
Dates: 2007

WILSON Alan Murray (Mick) interviewed by Lloyd Esler

 Record Group — Box: 7
Identifier: H0022
Overview This interview covers Mick’s many and varied life and work experiences as well as history of family business – George Wilson and Bros which his father started. Mick speaks of farming types in Southland i.e. sheep, crop, deer, and dairy. He also talks about Gold mining, oil exploration, wind turbines and the early stages of the Manapouri Hydro Project as well as discussing Apprenticeship schemes.
Dates: 2009