Runa Claasen

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Runa Claasen

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Runa Claasen (nee Huffan) was born in Nelson (New Zealand) in 1895, her parent were Jane (nee Jacobsen) and Blake Huffan (also written as Houghman). Runa's maternal grandfather was Captain Henry Jacobsen, who ran a ketch transporting gold-diggers and European settlers between Nelson and Westport.

Points of Interest

  1. Huria Matenga
  2. The Nelson School of Music
  3. The Templemore area of Richmond
  4. Spanish Influenza Epidemic
  5. West Coast Settlement and Gold-digging
  6. Captain Henry Jacobsen

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:        November 1983 - February 1984
  • Interviewer:                 D. J. Runnacles
  • Length of Transcript:    19 Pages
  • Notes:                         Pages 10-13 is a copy of a letter written by her Grandfather and concerns the      European settlement of the West Coast of the South Island. (New Zealand)
  • Pages 14-17, being an extract from 'The Dickensian' on the paternal ancestry and their relationship to Charles Dickens has not been included in the transcript due to poor quality of the original copy.
  • Pages 19-22 is a biography on Runa which was written by Nick Tierney

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