Interview with Ruth Wix Wilson

Date
17 October 1989, 11 February 1990 - 17 Oct 1989 - 11 Feb 1990
By
Wilson, Margaret Alice Ruth, 1898-1993
Ref
OHInt-0087/2
Description

Ruth Wix Wilson born Richmond, Nelson. Outlines family background - father born (1853) on an estate in England, and in 1873 was encouraged by land owner, Col. Poral to emigrate to Dunedin where he set up a butcher shop and 10 years later met and married Elizabeth Ings (mother). Family moved to Blenheim where father bought orchard and Ruth describes life outside the home which consisted of swimming, boating, picnics, Guy Fawkes celebrations and a family tradition of an annual camp for the family between red currant and black currant harvest. Other topics covered include: mother's state of health which prevented any noise or music within the home; father's death when Ruth was 15 years; attendance at Wellington Teachers' College which was interupted when tuberculosis was diagnosed; relieving teaching at Strath Taieri (1919) and a position at Kaikorai, Dunedin; reversal of TB diagnosis and in 1939 at the age of 40 Ruth set off by sea for Vancouver. On realising the likelihood of war returns to London and describes how her time was occupied while waiting for a passage to New Zealand. Continues to describe her teaching career which consisted of time at Miramar South, Island Bay and Reikorangi near Waikanae before appointment to Clifton Terrace Junior Class Model School, Wellington. Talks about children at Clifton Tce .

Interview ends with a story by Ruth `What the Child has to teach us' and a `Poem to Miss Wix' written by Louis Johnson, then a trainee at Wellington Teachers' Training College, at the time of her retirement as a Teachers' College Lecturer in 1953. [Both of the above read by the interviewer, Esme Jenkin]

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Venue - Lower Hutt

Other - Interview carried out in several sessions

Interviewer(s) - Esme Jenkin

Venue - Woburn Presbyterian Home, Lower Hutt

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-004548-OHC-004550

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

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete AB-0792.

Additional description

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

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No public use without permission of copyright holder Copyright: Copyright held by Esme Jenkin
Access restrictions
Partly restricted material
Part of
Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project.
Format
3 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s), 3 Hours Duration, Oral histories
There are 4 items in total.
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Date: 17 October, 1989, 11 February 1990 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHA-0792 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Quantity: 1 printed abstract(s). 3 Hours Duration.
Date: 17 October 1989 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004549 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 2 of 3 Quantity: 1 Hours Duration. 1 C60 cassette(s).
Date: 11 February 1990 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004550 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 3 of 3 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.
Date: 17 October 1989 From: Woburn Presbyterian Home Oral History Project. Ref: OHC-004548 Description: Recorded by - Esme Jenkin Arrangement: Tape sequence - tape 1 of 2 Quantity: 1 C60 cassette(s). 1 Hours Duration.