Madge Morris and Rona Fletcher Interview 1991 A4

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An Interview with Mrs Madge Morris and Miss Rona Fletcher,  13 November 1991.

Madge Morris and Rona Fletcher are both descendants of Reverend Henry James Fletcher.

Listen to Tape 1 Side A Part 4. Go to Tape 1 Side B Part 1.

 

As young people, how did you entertain yourselves. Was there any
social life at all?

Oh, yes, mother was a marvellous pianist and singer and there were the people who had the post office, policeman, they weren’t singers , but of course at that time Darby Ryan was here, you know and there was a priest. I can only remember the Ryans - I think there was someone before in Rona’s time, there may have been someone, cause Tommy Ryan and I...

Was he the same age as you?

Yes, somewhere about that, so they were later, but we used to have the most marvellous musical evenings up at the Manse.

It was all centred round the Manse? 

All centred round the Manse, or the post office people. We used to go to various places to sing - whoever had a piano.

Did you ever move from Taupo, except to go to school?

Only for holidays. Dad did dedication work and we went down and stayed down at Plimmerton. Mother's father had a place down there and we were sent down there or to her eldest sister who was married to a farmer out of Hunterville itself. We used to go down there. They never left us in Taupo, or one of the school teachers would look after us.

How about sporting activities?

They had a golf course up at the baths, you know the AC baths. That was gradually established and people used to play golf on that.

Did you people play golf?

No, we were too young. We used to hit a ball around with a manuka stick with a curve on it. That’s all, we were just in a paddock. But we did a lot of walking. It was nothing for us to walk from the Manse up to the top of Tauhara and back. Dad was a great walker and so was Mum - we used to do a lot of walking and of course the lake itself in summer was a marvellous playground for us.

Very few people here, except visitors?

Yes, there wouldn’t be.

 

Madge Morris and Rona Fletcher Interview 1991 A4


Interviewer:Dr. AR (Tangi) Martin
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