Interview with Pat Magill

Date
2 Feb 1993 - 02 Feb 1993
By
Magill, Robert Patrick, 1926-
Ref
OHInt-0126-04
Description

Robert Patrick (Pat) Magill born Napier and has lived there all of his life. Gives some family background - father came from Ireland in 1860 and started drapery business called Magill and Campbell - mother, Jessie Manins was first Plunket nurse in Napier.

Recalls attending Napier Boys High to 5th Form and taking a sheep farming diploma at Massey University. Recalls being brought up a Brethren and attending Gospel Hall in Carlyle St. Describes Sunday School. Talks about Depression.

Gives a brief history of YMCA which was formed in Napier 1890 but did not re-start until after the Napier earthquake. Describes how in 1963, George Briggs came to Napier and negotiated for the YMCA to take over the Police Youth Club which police could no longer run. Was involved with the Police Club since 1958. Refers to Colin Coates who was first Executive Director. Explains how the need for funding dominated the way in which the YMCA was organised. Refers to American fund raiser. Describes the Coates Report. Refers to T-shirts worn by children with the words YMCA Police Youth Club and the request to withdraw the t-shirts. Refers to Paul Reeves who was a good supporter of Napier YMCA. Mentions Mayor of Napier, Alan Dick. Describes drop-in-centre, Down-Town Y which closed down and the recognition of the need for a more permanent base. Notes the YMCA built the `Pub with no Beer'. Backgrounds the history and philosophy behind it and gives reasons for its failure. Talks about the state of Napier's finances to-day and the support from Hastings YMCA. Refers to John Wilkinson.

Other topics discussed include: widening the appeal of camping; gymnastics / aerobics and the walk for Unity. Gives a detailed description of George Briggs and Peter Darracott and compares their approach to the YMCA. Believes that one of the strengths of the YMCA is that it can accommodate people of diverse views. Gives views on American trained YMCA people and observations on the influence of Dennis Oliver. Mentions some of the major issues dealt with by National Council during time as president; work based training and the involvement of Maori and women in the YMCA. Feels boards should have a bi-cultural approach and the success of this in Hastings.

Access Contact - see oral history librarian

Venue - Napier

Other - biographical information sheet not available at time of editing

Interviewer(s) - Nicholas Boyack

Venue - Napier

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-006416-006418

Quantity: 3 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 1 interview(s). 3 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-1497.

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Original recordings not available for playback. Surrogate copies will be provided.

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No public use without written permission of donor Copyright: Copyright held by Nicholas Boyack
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Format
3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 1 interview(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories, Sound quality: two small gaps on tape two
There are 4 items in total.
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Date: 2 February 1993 From: YMCA Oral History Project Ref: OHA-1497 Description: Recorded by - Nicholas Boyack Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s). 3 Hours Duration.
Date: 2 February 1993 From: YMCA Oral History Project Ref: OHC-006416 Description: Recorded by - Nicholas Boyack Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 1 of 3 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 2 February 1993 From: YMCA Oral History Project Ref: OHC-006417 Description: Recorded by - Nicholas Boyack Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 2 of 3 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 2 February 1993 From: YMCA Oral History Project Ref: OHC-006418 Description: Recorded by - Nicholas Boyack Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 3 of 3 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.