Interview with Vic MacLennan

Date
16 Jun 1986
By
MacLennan, Victor George, 1925-2008
Ref
OHInt-0001/18
Description

Vic MacLenan born in Auckland 1925. Outlines family background. Recalls childhood memories; mother's disseminated sclerosis (Multiple Sclerosis) and her death when he was nine years; father's re-marriage; religion; contact with Maori; depression 1930s; schools - won Trust Bank Savings Scholarship to New Plymouth Boys' High School. Refers to Bill Moyles (Headmaster); C G Bottrill, Charlie Brenstrom; George Bertrand, later in command of the Maori Battalion (World War II); John Hatherley.

Joined Audit Department as cadet in 1943 - Refers to Bill Edwards; Selwyn Perry, Charlie Gair, Tim Trehy, C G Collins (Controler and Auditor General). Moved to ICI (1946-1948), then joined J G Ward & Co as accountant. Refers to Gordon Corbett (Managing Director). Backgrounds Wards eventual takeover of Carswell & Co. Refers to Black Budget (1958) and its effect on other small companies. Wards merged with NMA. Levin & Co, Murray Roberts, Matsons, Vercoes, Alfred Buckland & Sons Ltd simialary merged within 2 years. Explains competition and rivarly with Dalgety & Co. New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Co, Wright Stephenson & Co, NMA, Southland Farmers, Carswell & Co, Henderson & Co. and J R Mills & Sons in Southland. Mentions Bob Curry of Mossburn, Gordon Corbett. Backgrounds formation of Awarua Lime Works Ltd (ca 1952); merger of J G Ward with NMA. Talks about involvement in company pension fund, organisation and amalgamation. Gives history of Vasasour Company who tried to take over NMA. Backgrounds mergers leading to establishment of Fletcher Challenge Ltd in 1981. Vic retired as Company Secretary of Fletcher Challenge in 1985 and is currently a trustee of Fletcher Challenge Ltd Pension Fund.

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Venue - Wellington

Interviewer(s) - Hugo Manson

Venue - 126 Nile Street, Nelson

Accompanying material - Newspaper cutting farewelling Company Secretary

Quantity: 3 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 2.30 Hours and minutes Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB 0148.

Additional description

Alternative form available: Digital copies of the recording and abstract are also available in the Library's Reading Room

Copy available at Fletcher Challenge Ltd Archives

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Format
3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 2.30 Hours and minutes Duration, Oral histories, Equipment used: Sony WM-D6C: Shure SM58 microphones
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Date: 16 Jun 1986 From: NZOHA Fletcher Challenge Ltd Oral History Project Ref: OHA-0148 Description: Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s).
Date: 16 June 1986 From: NZOHA Fletcher Challenge Ltd Oral History Project Ref: OHC-001228 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 16 June 1986 From: NZOHA Fletcher Challenge Ltd Oral History Project Ref: OHC-001227 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 16 June 1986 From: NZOHA Fletcher Challenge Ltd Oral History Project Ref: OHC-001229 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).