Hall, Ruth

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Ruth Hall

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Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Ruth Hall

Ruth was born in Richmond in 1898. 


Her mother was one of the Win family (Bertha Win), her father (Joshua Papps) was a coach builder and with the assistance of his sons and wife he ran a blacksmithing, painting and coach building shop. Ruth’s siblings and half siblings included Donald, Roly (Roland), Arthur, Mary, and Emma, Harry (Henry) and Charlie Papps.

Ruth attended Richmond School and was a pupil at Nelson College for Girls at the start of World War 1. She became a pupil-teacher (untrained teacher) after leaving college and worked at small country schools including Upper Stanley Brook.

Her husband’s mother was a Sixtus.  

Points of Interest

  1. Schools   Richmond School,  Upper Stanley Brook School;
  2. Travelling to Wellington on tug boats just after World War One;
  3. Richmond School Blackberry Picnics;
  4. Recreation and sport in the early 1900s;
  5. Early libraries in Richmond;
  6. The First World War – fundraising, peace celebrations;
  7. Influenza epidemic; 
  8. The Richmond jetty, swimming baths.

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:      21 November 1983
  • Interviewer:               D. J. Runnacles? Transcribed by Les Slater
  • Length of Transcript: 16 Pages            

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