Ammundsen, Frank and Pat

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Frank and Pat Ammundsen.

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Frank Ammundsen and Pat Ammundsen (nee Wilkes) recall life in Richmond in the 1930s and 1940s. 

Pat Ammundsen is the granddaughter of W. E. Wilkes who ran a timber and building business, and who was also a mayor of Richmond. Her mother was Hazel Wilkes. Pat ran a hairdressing salon from 1945 until 1948 when she married Frank.

Points of Interest

  • School days – corporal punishment
  • Taking the train to college in Nelson
  • ‘Manpowering’ during World War Two
  • Salisbury School
  • Tobacco harvesting in Motueka
  • Chapman’s Confectionery Shop
  • Starting a hairdresser’s salon in Richmond in 1945

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:      13 August 1984
  • Interviewer:               Les Slater
  • Length of Transcript:  20 Pages 

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