- 20 Sep 2003
- Stone, Harold Walton, 1923-2007; Wishart, Megan Louise, 1966-
Interviw with Harold Stone, born in 1923. Talks about how the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) started and his personal involvement. Mentions the Old Time Transport Preservation League collecting trams, horse-drawn vehicles and stationary engines at Matakohe and the group realising they had taken on too big a project. Refers to a meeting in Auckland in 1959 chaired by D.M. Robinson that led to the formation of MOTAT, and the allocation of the old pump house and five acres of land at Western Springs to the Museum Society. Mentions people on the first committee including Rodney Keir, John Hogan and Barry Roberts.
Talks about working at MOTAT from 1963 and early fund-raising. Refers to cleaning out the pump house and setting it up as an exhibition hall. Discusses developing the land using machinery they had. Comments on the derelict buildings already on the site, new buildings erected, and bringing in heritage buildings including pioneer cottages. Talks about the first aviation hangar, and the building used to house the fire engines which was originally built in a military camp during World War I. Discusses the arrival of aircraft including the Arvo Lancaster bomber, the Solent and Sunderland flying boats, a Grumman Avenger bomber and the P40 Kittyhawk fighter. Describes how the aircraft, trams and locomotives were moved to the site. Comments on getting a bus from Rangitoto and a fire engine from Hawera as well as other vintage vehicles, a steam traction engine, and a triple expansion marine engine. Refers to a tram ticket box that became the tramway control box and a [railway] signal box. Mentions difficulties when documentation for donationed artefacts was not handled well. Discusses the groups of volunteers who worked on restoration of exhibits including the Vintage Car Club people and the Model Railway Club. Refers to the printing section being very active, using a printing press from Hokianga to prints the Museum's newsletters.
Talks about first opening to the public at the end of 1964 when there were few exhibits, and the first live weekend. Mentions that trams started running at MOTAT in 1967. Refers to special exhibitions including one to mark the opening of Auckland International Airport in 1967, and another about Edmund Hillary and Peter Mulgrew's journey to the South Pole [1957-1958]. Recalls a live day when the Vintage Car Club took over the speedway stadium.
Interviewer(s) - Megan Wishart
Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-019907 - OHC-019909
Quantity: 2 Electronic document(s) - abstract, selective transcript. 1 printed abstract(s). 3 C60 cassette(s). 1 interview(s). 3.05 Hours and minutes Duration.
Physical Description: Textual file - Microsoft Word
Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete OHA-6909, OHDL-000437, accompanied by selective transcript (5 p.).
Search dates: 1923 - 1959 - 2003
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- 2 Electronic document(s) - abstract, selective transcript, 1 printed abstract(s), 3 C60 cassette(s), 1 interview(s), 3.05 Hours and minutes Duration, Oral histories, Electronic records (Digital records), Electronic documents, Textual file - Microsoft Word
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