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Abstract of William Sampson Charles (Sam), 2006

 Item — Box: 18
Identifier: H01520002



Interviewer: Lee Wadds

Abstracter; Jean Hawkes


00:00 Interview identification

01:05 Born in NEW PLYMOUTH – Moved to WAIROA – WAIPUKURAU – TAUMARUNUI – LOWER HUTT. Schooling and university in LOWER HUIT

01:32 Move south – Outdoor Education Centre at TAUTUKU, CATLINS STEWART ISLAND – Mentioned 01:48 Visit for Forestry Summer Nature Programme

02:08 Job opportunity for wife LINDA – Move to STEWART ISLAND.

02:21 Island initially used as a base – 1980

02:42 SAM and “BILLY THE BUS” synonymous with STEWART ISLAND Group trip 'overseas' – Described by interviewer. SOUTHLAND – OTAGO – Mentioned

03:32 [JOURNALISM]: S I N (Stewart Island News) – Involvement – Described. Started 1986-1987

04:32 Own computer – Access to COMMUNITY COLLEGE (now Southland Institute of Technology) – ALLISON BROAD with REAP (Rural Education Activities Programme)

05:13 Early copies complete in INVERCARGILL – Own internet dreams for STEWART ISLAND

06:02 Influence of uncles – Journalist with AUCKLAND HERALD – Photo engraver in WELLINGTON – Opportunities to learn – Described. TRUTH (tabloid) – Mentioned

07:11 [PRINTING]: Used father's pre-GESTETNER

07:18 Running OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTRES – Spirit copiers (Probably Banda) – Hand cranked Gestetner – Long interest in publishing.

07:41 Plans for first copy of S I N – Described About 40 clubs on 'The Island' Island population about 600

08:18 Interest of others – Explained. ALLISON BROAD – Mentioned

08:29 MARGARET HOPKINS – Museum Curator – Involved with financial details.

08:51 MIKE TE AU – Policeman – Regular contributor.

09:04 Time involved collecting and collating articles – Described. Interfacing computers – Mentioned.

10:08 Intention to publish bi-monthly – Mention of Novanuary issue. Self working full-time while putting together SIN

10:57 Assistance from a small team – Layout done by self.

11:13 Articles in Issue 2, July 1987 – Transfer of KAKAPO recalled – POWER SCHEME CODFISH and MAUDE ISLANDS, TIN RANGE – Mentioned

13:14 HARRY SUMMERSBY – County Clerk – Power Scheme SEWAGE SCHEME – HARRY'S note-taking – Described.


14:37 Last period of major change on The Island – Lost WAIRUA – FERRY and AIRLINE SERVICES going. TELEPHONE – POWER – Mentioned

15:29 Services changed social life – ROADS – INTERNET Self accessed Computer Bulletin Boards – Return of messages – Described.

16:27 Interviewer's experiment with internet at school – Described.

16:56 JOE CAVE first on the island with internet – DUNEDIN toll calls Self second on the Island – INVERCARGILL accessible

17:17 Means of communicating information on the Island – Described. Few local observations regarding SIN – 'CRIBBIES' [Crib owners] comments

18:38 Large Print editions – Mrs JENKINS' and her son's reactions 19:13 Little feedback for SIN

19:27 Earlier publication/s – Single edition in 1920s published by 'Cribbies'

20:02 Last copy of SIN by self about 1990 – Three editors since then. Time and effort involved – Much easier now.

20:48 Changes made to editions – Described

21:39 Sketches by self and RICHARD SQUIRES – Self started sketching as a child. Biological illustration at varsity

22:20 Production methods – Described BIG GLORY SALMON – Just Cafe – Old butcher's shop 'FOX' [LLOYD WILCOX] – computer – Described Use of facilities at night – Described

23:44 Printers – Described. Software packages – PAUL BRAINERD'S PageMaker programme 24:55 FORD [Bruce] and Extension Cord across road – Described

25:41 Problems when 'FOX' arced welder – Described.

26:24 Article for 'Bits and Bytes' – 'Computing by Candlelight' – Described

27:10 BIG GLORY moved office to barge....

27:23 End of Track 1


00:10 … BIG GLORY moved to barge at SALMON FARM. Self typed copy on own machine – Layouts etc done at BIG GLORY.

00:43 SCHOOL – Apple LC2 Computers – Further use of extension cord at night. Self still living 'up the hill'

01:35 Change of computer did not compare with IBM – Change of software

02:08 Disasters at SALMON FARM – Newspaper produced on barge

02:32 Apple 2 at School – Limitations and problems – Described.

03:24 Self got own IBM – BRUCE and CILLA [Pub] Production and size of pages – Described.

04:05 Purchase of ink jet printer enable production at home. Original photocopied in INVERCARGILL – Later copies done by STEWART ISLAND TRAVEL

05:07 [FUNDING]: Never out-ran funds – Self paid per issue 06:27 Masthead design – Described. DAWN BARRY – Mentioned

06:59 Self hoped MOLLYMAWK would become Island logo

07:22 Selling price of SIN 1987 compared with 2006 – Value for money Size of 1987 edition – Described.

08:09 Research of articles – Explained

08:48 Advertising – Paid – Kept to a minimum – Explained.

09:32 Delivery of copies – Mostly sold at shop by 'ARKWRIGHT' (Neil Conner) and ROSE Copies sent around the world – About 100 copies went from the Island. AUSTRALIA – UK – Mentioned NOELINE FIFE'S phone call to MAUI (son) in AUSTRALIA – Described. Most copies to Ex-Pats and 'Cribbies'

10:44 Interviewer unaware of current circulation details. PEGGY WILSON – Successful contributor – Historian


12:32 No publications of SIN for a number of years when self no longer involved. Self carried on with life – No major projects

13:02 Built own website – Produced LION'S CLUB bulletin

14:02 Thanks to those presently involved – Different styles of presentation Digital Cameras and Scanners – Mentioned

15:03 End of Track 2


  • 2006

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  • From the Record Group: Wadds, Lee (Interviewer, Person)

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