Mona and Bob Pugh

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Mona Pugh nee Holland)and Bob Pugh.

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Mrs Mona Pugh and her husband relate some experiences of their early days in and around Richmond. 

Mrs Pugh’s maiden name was Holland. Her father worked at Croucher’s Flourmill in Queen Street and later at the Freezing works.  She had an elder brother called Charlie, an elder sister called Olive Hall (nee Holland) and a younger brother. She met her husband Bob when she was 18. They had two sons, one of whom was called Trevor and a daughter.

Bob was born in Upper Moutere in about 1914. In 1921 his family moved to Hope. His father was a veterinarian. Bob worked driving trucks for the Power Board.

Points of Interest

  1. Fowler Family of Oxford Street
  2. Gladstone Road
  3. Diphtheria Epidemic
  4. Richmond School
  5. Taking the train to Nelson College for Girls
  6. Red Horse Inn on the Appleby Straight
  7. Bells Island / Bob Fellows Island / Best Island
  8. Carbine Lamps
  9. Fishing and eeling
  10. Being paid to collect bird eggs
  11. Worth’s Circus from Australia
  12. Dances at Landsdowne Hall
  13. Horse races
  14. Cadets training at Birch Hall (A & P Showground)
  15. Hillcrest Hospital and the Kidd sisters

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:    22 August 1984
  • Interviewer:             Lisa Van Wessel
  • Typist:                              Louise Charters
  • Length of Transcript: 28 Pages

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