Philip Kearns

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Philip Kearns

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Philip Kearns was the son of Robert Lionel Kearns. Philip was born in Reefton in 1906. His mother died in 1914 when he was eight.  He had two brothers George and Neil and two sisters Annie Isabel and Eva Margaret.

The family moved to Richmond in 1921 when Robert Kearns married the widow Mrs Scrimgeor. Philip stayed at school until 1923 and went on to work as a carpenter and joiner.  He was in the building trade for 45 years.

He married Rosa Marie White in 1928.

Points of Interest

  1. Reefton coal mines
  2. Billy the pit pony
  3. Star and Garter
  4. Race horses
  5. Willie E. Wilkes (W.E. Wilkes)
  6. State houses
  7. Murchison Earthquake in 1929
  8. Coffin making
  9. May’s store

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:      30 August 1984
  • Interviewer:               Les Slater
  • Length of Transcript: 18 Pages

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