Max Wilkes

Transcript of the oral history interview with Mr Max Wilkes

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Max Wilkes was born in Richmond to Jesse Wilkes (father) and mother (unknown?). His father died when he was three years old so Max was brought up by his grandparents, George Edward and Mary Ann Wilkes. His mother, after training and qualifying as a midwife, remarried to Bob Fanselow.

Max was educated at Richmond School, Nelson College and Canterbury University, where he studied for a science degree. He then took up a cadetship with the RNZAF at Wigram and was called up during World War II, where he was involved with training squadrons 30 and 31 at Gisborne.

Max became involved with the initiating milk to schools programme during the 1930s, which was later taken over by the Education Board, and he later farmed in Richmond until his retirement in 1972.

Points of Interest

  1. Wilkes family - Max, W.E. Wilkes, Jesse, George Edward, Mary Ann.
  2. Richmond School
  3. Dr H.O. Washbourn
  4. Murchison Earthquake (1929)
  5. RNZAF
  6. Milk for school children
  7. Nelson train service (Richmond to Bishopdale)
  8. Private maternity hospital (nursing home) / Nurse Fanselow - Edward Street, Richmond
  9. Ernest Rutherford
  10. Star & Garter Hotel, Richmond
  11. The Great Depression of the 1930s

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:          21/09/84
  • Interviewer:                    Les Slater
  • Length of transcript:      19 pages

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