Madge Morris and Rona Fletcher Interview 1991 B1

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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 B Part 1. Go to Tape 1 Side B Part 2.

 

Did you enjoy the time here?

Young ones these days say they’re bored. We didn’t know the meaning of the word.

How about the Winter time? 

Oh, well, we had our books. We were all great readers and don’t think we ever wondered what to do in the evenings. We had kerosene lamps to start with and then had the wicker light run by gas, not gas,....mantel.

And cooking was done on an open stove?

We had fire places in all the living rooms that would be the dining room, kitchen and the study room and sitting room as the called it in those days. They were double fire places.

Plenty of wood?

Plenty of wood and the two main bedrooms, four altogether, counting the stove in the kitchen and of course, no bathroom, all our baths were taken in front of the fire or up to the AC baths.

What was there Rona at that stage?

There were two dressing rooms and a platform in front, and then the bath. (Rona explained off tape later - there were two baths alongside each other. The main bath was square-shaped with a wooden division, a low wall between it and a smaller rectangular cold sulphur pool.)

Good and hot?

Oh well, not to hot, no ,no, it was just good.

Not to far away from your place either?

About a mile.

Where did you meet your husband Mrs Morris?

Oh, actually we got engaged before he went overseas. He went to the new Hebrides during the war. He was sent over by the Lands & Survey  from here and he was sent on a survey.

How about Hine, where did she spend most of her working life? She was a teacher wasn’t she? 

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Madge Morris and Rona Fletcher Interview 1991 B1


Interviewer:Dr. AR (Tangi) Martin
Sources:Heritage 2000 Project
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