Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes

Date
22 May 1991
By
Newton-Howes, Valerie Hawthorne, 1917-2003; Northcroft, Margaret, 1940?-
Ref
OHColl-0278-1
Description

Valerie Newton-Howes (nee Pope) describes family background - grandfather, Henry James Pope was inspector of Maori Schools - maternal grandfather, Isadore (Rothy) Rothschild came from Bristol to dig for gold in the West Coast. Recalls childhood, including detailed description of life in Parnell in the 1920s. Describes education, matriculation and decision to be a kindergarten teacher. Recalls kindergartens and life as a kindergarten teacher in the 1930s in Auckland and Wellington. Talks about experiences and work as a VAD worker during World War II, her wedding in 1942, subsequent stay in London during the `Little Blitz' of 1943, and life in London during the war. Recalls return in 1945 to New Zealand, and return to Kindergarten teaching, various kindergartens in Wellington, work sessions, discipline, uniforms worn at some schools, behaviour of parents and recalls kindergarten anecdotes. People mentioned include: Sir Peter Buck who was a great friend of father; Guy Lawrence; Tony Le May and brother Ken Le May; Constance Colgrove; Margaret Archer and Phylis Grey. Mentions the polio epidemic.

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Venue - Masterton

Interviewer(s) - Margaret Northcroft

Venue - Masterton

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-004280-004284

Quantity: 5 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s). 5 Hours Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-0688.

Provenance: Donor/Lender/Vendor - Donated by Margaret Northcroft, Wellington, 1992

Transfers: To Photographic Archive - Two photographs of Valerie Newton-Howes transferred to Photographic Archive PAColl-2560 (PH-92-119).

Photocopies of two b&w photographs of Valerie Newton-Howes.

Additional description

Alternative form available: Listening copies OHLC-006654 - OHLC-006658

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Format
5 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 5 Hours Duration, Oral histories, Illustration: Photocopies of two b&w photographs of Valerie Newton-Howes., Equipment used: Sony TCM 5000 EV
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Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHA-0688 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Northcroft Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s).
Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHC-004284 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Northcroft Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 5 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHC-004280 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Northcroft Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 1 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHC-004282 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Norhtcroft Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 3 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHC-004283 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Northcroft Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 4 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 22 May 1991 From: Interview with Valerie Newton-Howes Ref: OHC-004281 Description: Interviewer(s) - Margaret Holcroft Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 2 of 5 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting co...