Oral History - STEWART Desmond; 21-35
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STEWART Desmond Tape 1 Side 1
Date: 29 May 2002
00.00 Introduction. DESMOND STEWART’s father VIVIAN STEWART, son of Malcolm STEWART, who owned FAIRBURN FARM, married 1894. Moved original homestead (HULL’S) by BULLOCK.
Description of FARM.
02.20 “SKYE TO TIMBER MOUNTAIN“ mentioned.
03.00 CHARLES STEWART lived on ANGUS STEWART’S FARM bought 1860. ANGUS and wife MARGARET (nee STEWART) came from PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.
03.40 Story of MAORI WAR PARTY in RAMARAMA. FARM work offered in RAMARAMA.
05.10 ANGUS STEWART walked from MANGAWAI to HAKARU. Met other STEWART family, possible connection from ISLE OF SKYE.
06.20 WILLIAM MCMILLAN surveyed HAKARU to KAIWAKA. Marker above FRED BOWMAR’s house. ANGUS STEWART walked to CHARLTON’S house (later CLARK’S and BERT and STAN MILLS.)
07.40 LAND BLOCK GRANT story for PUKEKARORO. Signed for 3 blocks, 120 acres. ANGUS STEWART died 1925. 1920 letter detailing land blocks.
11.40 COATES block, HAYES and COOK block. Discussion on acreage. STEWART FAMILY holdings history.
13.25 GREENWAYS FARM discussion of ownership. Authentication of “SKYE to TIMBER MOUNTAIN”.
14.30 HULL, LESLIE farm names.
15.20 GLEN STEWART (ANGUS GLENALON STEWART) was VIVAN STEWART’s brother. Family involved in EXCLUSIVE BRETHREN CHURCH.
18.00 FLORA STEWART married TOM JUDD from THAMES. History of JUDD family. Story of niece meeting MALCOLM STEWART. EXCLUSIVE BRETHREN story.
21.20 DESMOND STEWART’S mother (MARJORIE STEWART, nee ROBERTSON) born in VANCOUVER. Long BRETHREN discussion.
27.00 In 1968 DES STEWART family moved to WELLSFORD. Left BRETHREN. HECTOR STEWART mentioned.
28.05 MALCOLM STEWART worked for ? DOWSON. MALCOLM STEWART married MARY JUDD, moved to FAIRBURN. GLEN STEWART mentioned. House site discussed.
29.25 HECTOR and VIVAN STEWART both got married in 1931, MALCOLM STEWART split old homestead. DIviding wall around HOT WATER CYLINDER.
30.25 VIVIAN STEWART moved in 1936 to KAIWAKA, to TED MILL’s house.
31.00 1942 told to move, JAPANESE coming. RAILWAY importance, uncoded message received.
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00.00 WW2 Continued discussion re JAPANESE invasion plans to come into MANGAWAI and KAIPARA HARBOURS. prior to attacking SYDNEY and MELBOURNE. Family went to AUCKLAND. CORAL SEA BATTLE.
02.25 DESMOND’s father (VIVAN STEWART) built house in 1952. Situation of house. FARM BLOCKS and owners described.
04.25 Family left BRETHREN in 1956.
06.00 ANGUS STEWART was PRESBYTERIAN. Landed PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. Life described. Importance of CHURCH discussed.
08.00 Photos produced. House situation till 1968, burnt possibly by ROSS DUNN. House situation described. FAIRBURN house? History of FAIRBURN HOUSE, moving and alterations. ANGUS STEWART'S house on MANGAWAI FARM. Long story.
14.00 ANGUS STEWART died age 92. Moved house.
15.10 More photos discussed. Family member photos.
16.20 DESMOND STEWART’s relation BERYL JUDD married AMERICAN SERVICEMAN. ARNOLD JUDD’s daughter. Visit described to PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. Family likeness.
17. 30 Mention of photos found at VIVIAN STEWART’s sister (LEONORA STEWART) who married CHARLES JUDD. Photos of six boys and wedding found.
18.55 Letters shown. ANGUS STEWART’s daughter (MARY ANNE STEWART) died in HUNTLY in 1893, left six boys.
Letter re ANGUS STEWART’s death. Daughter lived in DANNEVIRKE. Mrs ALLEN helped at death. Question of which ALLEN family discussed.
22.45 BRETHREN CHURCH and UNCLE SANDY STEWART story. SANDY bought cowshed story.
25.00 Letters about JUDD homestead. Cousin of DESMOND STEWART’s father VIVIAN. Car story. Letters inherited from daughter of ANGUS STEWART found. FLORA’s “Gossip Book” dated 1921, ARNOLD’s second son born?
Confusing mention of family members.
30.05 ELEANOR MARGARET STEWART mentioned, and (AUDREY) GLADYS STEWART was POSTMISTRESS Her husband HOPKINS was engineer for hydro scheme. Went back to UK. ELEANOR MARGARET married TREVOR DIBBLE.
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00.00 Discussion continued re (ALEXANDER) SANDY STEWART. (ELEANOR) MARGARET second daughter and marriage to TREVOR DIBBLE. Daughter SHIRLEY DIBBLE (GILPIN) and son MARTIN DIBBLE. ELEANOR MARGARET STEWART divorced TREVOR DIBBLE. then married MR GILPIN.
01.46 MARTIN DIBBLE stayed with SANDY STEWART (his grandfather).
02.30 SHIRLEY HARMER? SANDY STEWART’s granddaughter? Looking at school photos?, died 1992. Mother died 1989.
ELEANOR MARGARET STEWART. Wrote family story? TE ARAI school mentioned. Boarded with BARCLAY family. House description? which house?
06.30 House from PUKEKARORO. MANGAWAI SCHOOL, horse paddock. TENNIS on Saturdays.
MARINOVICH had WINERY.
08.00 COAL HILL history. Lived at TE ARAI. STORE at MANGAWAI VILLAGE goods came by “KAWAU”. WHARF mentioned. POST OFFICE and RAILWAY mentioned. MAIL brought by JOHN RYAN. ?1930. Poor ROADS. TAXI run by FRED JACKSON, FRANK MCLENNAN had SMITHY, WALTER LAWRENCE built boats. SPORT by HOTEL. CHURCH interdenominational.
MATERIAL bought from WELLSFORD. ELECTRICTY, POWER came in 1930’s.
FAMILY sold Te ARAI in 1909. JOE MAYES story driving with BILL WHYNN.
13.50 FLOODING at MANGAWAI described. TE ARAI changed, SAND moved. QUARRY. Description of TRAFFIC.
15.00 FLU EPIDEMIC. TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, RADIO 1920’s,TV in 1950’s. TIDAL WAVE in
16.00 “SKY to TIMBER MOUNTAIN” and FAMILY TREE.
17.10 Uncle GLEN (ANGUS GLENALON STEWART) felled trees with ANDREW REDDY, who lost legs in accident.
18.40 DESMOND STEWART researched family history from COUNCIL RECORDS and AUCKLAND NEWS.
21.10. (JOHN BULL speaking?) HULL and STEWART families. HULLS came on “BLUEJACKET”
JUDD family from Hertfordshire. HULLS from IRELAND. Cleared land.
23.00 LINNELL family, MARY/ CISSIE LINNELL (nee HULL) married at FAIRBURN, GEORGE FREDERICK LINNELL.
24.00 HULL family occupations discussed. COATES family mentioned. Land clearing.
26.00 ANGUS MALCOLM STEWART may have bought land at LEIGH. Story of walk from KAIWAKA and land clearing. Sold to MR KIRKBRIDGE. MATHESON family mentioned.
29.25 Description of ANGUS MALCOLM STEWART. Wedding presents to daughters, sons MALCOLM, CHARLIE (CHARLES) and SANDY (ALEXANDER) given FARMS. 1919-25 LETTERS. 700 acre FARM to SANDY STEWART. TRAM line through property. LOGS down TRAM LINE.
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