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Ohariu Valley Oral History : Tom Horrobin & Heni Gordon

Tom Horrobin and Heni Gordon talk about living and farming in Ohariu Valley. Recorded at the Malvina Major Retirement Home, Johnsonville. Note this is a digitisation of an analogue tape recording with some extraneous noise present.

Interviewer: Ann Reweti (daughter of Heni Gordon)
Recorded: 26th May 2008

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Part 1 (14'45")

Time marker: Summary:
00'00" Tom discusses his mother's family connections to the valley.
01'45" Tom talks about his father and uncle, who were farmers in the valley.
03'42" Tom discusses his childhood and school days in the Ohariu Valley.
10'34" After finishing primary school, Tom begins to work on the family farm. He also describes working for other farmers in the valley by taking their animals to stock sales.
11'38" Tom describes recreation in the valley. Many men belonged to the Johnsonville Rugby Club, and part of Tom's property has been used as a camping ground by Scouts and Girl Guides.
14'12" Tom briefly talks about his siblings and life in the valley.

Part 2 (14'59")

Time marker: Summary:
01'19" Tom and Heni talk about transport difficulties in the area, particularly for women, and the introduction of buses.
07'18" Tom talks about the Young Farmers Club which existed in the Ohariu area.
8'45" Discussion of the Women's Division of Federated Farmers, who were also active in the area, and Tom's mother's participation in the community.
10'50" General discussion on the simplicity and isolation of the community, and how the school played a central role in the community.

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