Roderick O'Connor

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Roderick John O’Connor

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Abstract

Mr O’Connor was born in Westport in 1915.  He moved to Richmond as an infant.

His Grandfather John O’Connor and John’s brother Patrick came out from Ireland in 1849. His father was Roderick O’Connor and his mother was Winifred McFadden. He had an elder brother called Miles, and an elder sister called Sheila, and five younger brothers (Brendon, Eamon, Fergus, John, Kerry).  He also lost a brother and a sister, Kevin and Marie, in infancy.  Roderick married Teresa O’Brien in 1950.

In this transcript he recalls growing up in Appleby, and his association with Richmond.

Points of Interest

  1. Mr Gapper
  2. Marmie Rogers
  3. The Diptheria Epidemic in 1921
  4. Hammond Family
  5. Nelson Railway
  6. Stationmaster Jack Henderson
  7. Nelson College
  8. Dairy farming
  9. Waimea Dairy Company
  10. May’s Store deliveries
  11. Variety Shows – Fuller’s Show
  12. A & P Shows
  13. Murchison Earthquake - Nelson College
  14. Dr Washbourn and ‘Napoleonette’s Golden Oxford’ Jersey bull

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:    28 August 1984
  • Interviewer:             Louise Charters
  • Length of Transcript: 21 Pages

Copyright Statement

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