Les Wells

Transcript of the Oral History Interview with Les Wills

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Les was born in 1905. His father worked for Crouchers, ploughing and carting grain from the Railway Station.
After Les finished school he went to work for the Post Office for two years before going to work at May's Store. He used to deliver groceries around Waimea. In about 1946 he purchased the store with Joe Hill as his business partner. He sold his share in the store in 1963.

Points of Interest

  1. Families of Lower Queen Street  -  Alfred and Mary Priestley, Hammond Family, Papps Family
  2. Dairy Farming
  3. Richmond Orchards - Cherries, Lemons, Apples
  4. May's Store in Queen Street, Richmond
  5. Fishing for flounders
  6. Employers in Richmond - Freezing works, Wilkes, Crouchers and the Richmond Borough Council
  7. Richmond Businesses  - Clarry Sutton's Barber Shop, Wearing Bros. Store, Jack Warrings cycle shop and petrol station

Interview Information

  • Date of Interview: November 1983
  • Interviewer:          D. J. Runnacles
  • Typed by:            Louise Charters
  • Length of transcript: 11 pages

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