Hazel Williams

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Hazel Williams (nee Tuffnell)

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Hazel Williams (nee Tuffnell) was the daughter of Albert Tuffnell, who was Mayor of Richmond in the 1930s. Her mother was from the Kidson family.  Hazel had a brother Jeff, and two sisters, one of whom married Eric Wilkes. 

In this oral history Hazel recalls aspects of her childhood in Richmond and Motueka during the 1930s and 1940s.

She was employed at the Waimea Electric Power Board as a clerk during the 1940s. During World War Two she left the Power Board to attend nurse aid training at Motueka Hospital.

Points of Interest

  1. Tuffnell Family
  2. Richmond Fire Brigade
  3. Dr Currie
  4. Murchison Earthquake
  5. The Depression, Spooner’s camp strike
  6. A & P Showday
  7. May’s Store
  8. ‘Manpowering’ women during world war two
  9. Motueka Hospital
  10. Mrs Crabtree
  11. Second World War – Governor General’s visit to Richmond

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:    14 March 1984
  • Interviewer:             Les Slater
  • Typist:                              Louise Charters
  • Length of Transcript: 22 Pages

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