Les Kerr

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Les Kerr

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Les Kerr was born in Granity on the West Coast in 1896. He came from a family of twelve, and started work at the Stockton Coal Mine at fourteen. His family left the West Coast for Takaka in 1919 and Les later worked in Richmond until his retirement in 1965.  He recalls Richmond of the late 1920s and 1930s including the depression.  He was a member of the Fire Brigade for 33 years.

Points of Interest

  1. Travelling by horse from the West Coast to Takaka
  2. Traction Engines, chaff-cutters and threshing machines
  3. W. E. Wilkes
  4. Week-on-week-off work in the depression
  5. The Fire Brigade

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:      1 December 1983
  • Interviewer:               Les Slater
  • Length of Transcript: 6 Pages

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