Smither, Mary Ellen

Production date
02 Jun 1999
Oral history. Talks of early life in Central Otago, schooling at McRae's, Kingsford Smith landing in a paddock, nannying, parlour maid for Sir Lando and Lady Fergusson at 'Wychwood', and working in a boarding house at Queenstown. Accepted as a trainee at Timaru hospital. Married Bill Smither from Patea hospital and gives impressions of the hospital. Husband Bill worked for the Taranaki Daily News in Hawera, and built a silk screen printing machine in his retirement. Describes son Michael's childhood as being musical and bookish at their Doralto St home.
Interviewer: Ian Robertson
Abstraction: Floss Lambert
Recorded: 25 February 1999
Restrictions: None

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02 Jun 1999
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