Interview with Michael Muschamp

Date
9 Feb 1998 - 09 Feb 1998
By
Muschamp, Michael Richard George, 1932-
Ref
OHInt-0636/5
Description

Michael Muschamp was born in Hampshire, England in 1932. His father, Evelyn George Muschamp was an Anglican priest, chaplain in the RNZAF during World War II and became Bishop of Kalgoorlie and Dean of Brisbane. Discusses Anglicanism and his father's attitude to various religions. Recalls attending Cashmere Primary School, Cathedral Grammar and Christ's College in Christchurch. Discusses the masters at Christ's. Comments on the experience of being a cleric's son and his own attitude to religion.

Explains why he went into the Navy in 1938. Gives details about his extensive training experience at Dartmouth Naval College. Mentions the Mediterranean, West Indies and action during the Korean War. Gives details about his naval career. Backgrounds his appointment as an aide de camp to the Governor-General who was Sir Willoughby Norrie. Talks about Norrie's distinguished military career and links with the New Zealand Army during the Desert War. Mentions the other aide de camp was John Trotter. Describes meeting and marrying his wife Stella Wood, whose father was also a bishop. Comments on the role of the wife of the Governor-General and his relationship with her. Gives impressions of Government House and the staff. Discusses dealing with diplomats. Mentions Alister McIntosh, the 1956 Colombo Plan Conference and the visits of Prince Philip and Lord Louis Mountbatten. Recalls escorting Lord Mountbatten to Australia. Comments on his role in India and Pakistan. Talks about Dave Fouhy, the Official Secretary and Mike Trasenter, the Comptroller. Discusses how previously aides de camp had their own private wealth. Comments on the public perception of aides de camp. Notes that he was the first New Zealand aide de camp. Talks about their social life and his daily routine. Describes large cocktail parties, drinks, changing for dinner, English parlour games, playing bridge and going to the races and going ski-ing with the Governor-General.

Discusses politicians Sid Holland, Tom McDonald, Eric Halstead, Dean Eyre and Keith Holyoake. Mentions the 1951 waterfront strike and the 1956 Springbok tour. Comments on the popularity of the Norries. Talks about leaving the position, working for Fisher and Paykel and becoming an expert on wine.

Interviewer(s) - Hugo Manson

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

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete OHA-3399.

Additional description

Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-004988 - OHLC-004990

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3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 1 interview(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories
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Date: 9 Feb 1998 From: Government House oral history project Stage I Ref: OHC-010164 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Physical Description: Physical Characteristics - gamma ferric oxide. Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete.
From: Government House oral history project Stage I Ref: OHA-3399 Description: Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s).
Date: 9 Feb 1998 From: Government House oral history project Stage I Ref: OHC-010166 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Physical Description: Physical Characteristics - gamma ferric oxide. Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete.
Date: 9 Feb 1998 From: Government House oral history project Stage I Ref: OHC-010165 Description: Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Physical Description: Physical Characteristics - gamma ferric oxide. Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete.