John Sutton

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with John Sutton

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John Sutton was born in Hill Street, Richmond in 1904. His parents were Oliver Sutton and May Constance Sutton, nee Tunnicliffe, from Wai-iti. John had two brothers and two sisters, including Vic, and Yelvie who was the youngest.

His great grandfather was George F. Sutton. His father used to help farm on Muntz's land, where Waimea College is now.

The Sutton family farmed in the area in the 1920's, growing peas and potatoes on the Richmond Hills. The family also owned dairy stud farms, including the Sellbourne Stud. In 1932 they bought land 'on the flat' in Richmond and Stoke. Two Pedigree Jersey cows were included as part payment.

John married Miss Benseman during the 1920's Depression, her great aunt was married to Johann Heine.  

Points of Interest

  1. The Webby Family
  2. The Muntz/Smallbone Family
  3. Wheat Growing in Richmond
  4. Stud Farms - Sellbourne, Mayroyd, Dellside, Tillingdown and Arthingworth Studs  
  5. Dairy Farming  - Henderson 'pop-pop' two stroke motor

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview:       June 1984 and August 1984
  • Interviewer:                 D. J. Runnacles
  • Length of Transcript: 19 Pages
  • Notes:                         Pages 1-18 were recorded in June. Page 19 was recorded in  August

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