- 2 May 1984 - 02 May 1984
- Craig, Alexander, 1894-1989
Alexander Craig born Waipu, Northland 1894. Outlines family background - maternal grandparents came from Nova Scotia to New Zealand in the sailing vessel `Margaret', one of five ships built from trees especially felled. Childhood memories of Waipu include: home attached to post office where father was postmaster; Christmas dinner under arch of grapes; gumdiggers known as `Austrians' although they were Dalmatians; family move from Waipu to Mataura involving ten days by the intercolonial steamer, `Moura', via Napier, Wellington, Lyttelton and Dunedin, and then by train. Describes town of Mataura in 1902 and childhood activities including, birdnesting and rabbiting etc. Describes Compulsory Military Training 1911.
Recalls joining Customs Department, Oamaru 1911. Refers to H W S Ruffell. Describes Customs building in Oamaru; Marine Department work which included registering fishing boats etc; importers; World War I service which included time in Egypt and return to Customs in Auckland 1919. Discusses Auckland Waterfront Strike. Refers to Gordon McBeath. Talks about World War II service with Expeditionary Force in Pacific ending with rank of Major. Recalls retirement 1951 and describes work with National Mutual Insurance.
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Interviewer(s) - Judith Fyfe
Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-000496-000498a
Quantity: 3 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 1 interview(s). 2.30 Hours and minutes Duration.
Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete OHA-0090.
2 b&w photographs: (i) Alexander Craig (1983); Lieutenant Alexander Craig, World War I, 1914-1918
Search dates: 1894 - 1984
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Alternative form available: Listening copies available OHLC-005712 - OHC-005714
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- 3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 1 interview(s), 2.30 Hours and minutes Duration, Oral histories, Illustration: 2 b&w photographs: (i) Alexander Craig (1983); Lieutenant Alexander Craig, World War I, 1914-1918
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