Lori Francois

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Loris (Lori) Gordon Francois

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Lori Francois was the son of Gordon and Isobel Francois (nee Bate). His Grandfather Henry Bate farmed at Upper Takaka and ran the Hotel there. As a boy Lori had a keen interest in early amateur radio, which led to his working in shipping and later with RDF Stations in the Pacific during World War Two. He worked for Bobby Ellis and the Waimea Electric Supply Company. He married Marie Wearing. 

Points of Interest

  1. Robert (Bobby) Ellis
  2. Electric power supply
  3. William Street, Richmond
  4. Brightwater Flour Mill
  5. Radio 'Spark' transmitters  - amateur radio
  6. Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Stations in the Pacific during World War two.
  7. Early dentistry in Richmond

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:              September 1984
  • Interviewer:                       D. J. Runnacles
  • Length of Transcript:          25 Pages
  • Notes:                              Mr Francois is the author of 'From Turbine to Grid: a history of electric supply in the Waimea Electric Power Board's area, comprising the Waimea, Motueka, and Murchison districts'.

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