Grace Papps

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Grace Papps (nee Wendleborn)

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Abstract

Mrs Grace Papps (nee Wendelborn) lived in and around Richmond during her school years. Her father John Wendelborn was born in Neudorf in 1856. He was originally an orchardist, then became a sexton at the Richmond Cemetery. He also used to look after the stockyard in Richmond. Grace's mother was Lois (nee Swann) she was born in 1858 in Kaiteriteri.  Grace had two brothers, Lawrence Vincent and Darkie (Hyam John Melvine) and a sister, Doll (Lois).

During World War I the Wendelborn family changed the spelling of their name to Windleborn to make it  less German and more English. Grace's father's father was born in Hamburg in what was then Prussia.  Grace's brother Laurence died during the Influenza Epidemic at Featherston Camp.

Grace was the wife of Roly Papps, author of “Growing up in old Richmond”.  

Points of Interest

  1. World War I
  2. Lawrence Vincent Windelborn died of pneumonia at Featherston Camp
  3. Influenza Epidemic.
  4. Hllcrest Hosiptal
  5. Alexandra Home

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:    22 November 1983, and possibly early 1984,
  • Interviewer:             Les Slater
  • Length of Transcript: 17 Pages

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