Denis May

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Denis May

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Denis May is the brother of Muriel Josephine Canton of Motueka, and Elizabeth Cara. They spent their early years in Richmond, where their parents and grandparents owned May’s Store. Denis’ mother was a Sadd, and her father was R. T Sadd, Commissioner of Crown Lands in Nelson.

Mr May recalls his experiences of the family business.

Points of Interest

  1. May’s Store – butter factory, dressmaking department, piggeries, machinery, granaries, stables, gas plant
  2. Butter making
  3. Waimea Dairy Company, Brightwater Waimea Co-op
  4. Christmas window displays
  5. Decline of Richmond in the 1920s and 1930s
  6. The Depression of the 1930s
  7. Diphtheria epidemic
  8. Drills with wooden rifles during World War I
  9. Taking the train to Nelson College
  10. The Institute Library, Miss Fittall
  11. Murchison Earthquake

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:    1 June 1984
  • Interviewer:             Les Slater
  • Typist:                              Louise Charters
  • Length of Transcript: 19 Pages


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