Oral History - TOMAS Ivan; 21-37

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Oral History - TOMAS Ivan

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TOMAS Ivan Tape 1 Side 1

Interviewed by: Helen Curreen
Date: 29 November 2005
Place: Tomas Rd, Wellsford

00.00 Introduction, Parents arrival in TE ARAI. Father born 1893 in ?TU, Jugoslavia, now Croatia. Did not want to be conscripted into Austrian army. Left home age 16 in 1902.
01.40 Sailed to AMERICA. 3 years in RAILWAYS and quarries, long description of work.
02.50 Friend suggested New Zealand. Sailed to Sydney on the ”GONOMA” then to Auckland on the “MAHENO” in 1913. Mention of “MAHENO”.
04.15. DALMATIANS mostly became GUMDIGGER. in HOUHORA. Then to WAIKATO, CANAL digging.
05.45 With TONY JAKICH came to MANGAWAI. By boat, landed MANGAWAI. Walked to Te ARAI.
06.50 Back to AUCKLAND via WELLSFORD and TRAIN. 1916? Bought FARM
07.50 SWAMP drained. Description of breaking in FARM.
08.30 1933 New House built. Mother arrived 1920 age 20 Stayed with uncle, FRANK TOMICH of TOMARATA. Married in PUHOI.
09.40 FARM by SLIPPER LAKE next to DOREEN farm.
10.25 Father was GARDENER, had ORCHARD and VEGETABLES. Mother PRESERVED FRUIT.
11.00 Description of TONY JAKICH. No road to beach. YATES house at EYRES POINT.
12.25. Visited GUMDIGGERS at BLACK SWAMP.
13.20 SCHOOL at TE ARAI, closed 1943, then TOMARATA SCHOOL. Walked home at weekends past FISHLOCKS and O’MALLEYS.
15.05 Family had CAR. First TELEPHONE in the district. DOREEN FAMILY white SHEET hung for message via phone. Two SHEETS for urgency. PARTY LINE.
16.50 DOREEN house moved closer to LAKE ROAD by 28 BULLOCKS. IVAN DOREEN planted MARRAM GRASS. IVAN DOREEN buried in CASERTA CEMETERY In ITALY.
19.00 FISHING by CAUSEWAY described. Visited JOHN MARINOVICH.
21.15 Neighbours: DOREEN, GERRY RICH, HAYWARDS, RORY MOORE, NICK PAVLOVICH who’s brother JOHN PAVLOVICH died during WW2.
22.05 MARRAM GRASS and SAND DUNES discussion. FORESTRY in 1950’s.
24. 25 Story of Mr RIDGE and TUNG OIL PLANTATION.
25.20 Description of WELLSFORD, RAIL built in 1909, then to TE HANA. ROADS improved.
27.00 WHARF described. SPORTS DAY by MANGAWAI HOTEL. More FISHING, CATAPULT.
EELING, BIRD NESTING.
28.45 IVAN late after school, age 5, in the cow field.
29.30 IVAN’s mother cooked EUROPEAN meals, described. Cooked on WOOD STOVE. IRONING. BREAD MAKING, WASHING in COPPER, no ELECTRICITY. Never had ELECTRIC POWER.
33.25 Description of SPORTS DAY. Caught SHARK. SCHOOL SPORTS in WELLSFORD. Story of ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINK and CHOCOLATE.
36.45 No regular CATHOLIC CHURCH, visiting PRIEST. CHURCH built 1945 in WELLSFORD.
38.20 BOATING mentioned. WATER TRANSPORT. WAGON TRANSPORT from WHARF.
40.15 TROLLEY home made. Own repairs to BICYCLES. Not many TOYS.
41. 00 Mother died OCTOBER 1935, IVAN age 11. Moved to WELLSFORD in 1946. Hated WELLSFORD HIGH SCHOOL. Then boarded in SACRED HEART COLLEGE in AUCKLAND.
43.45 IVAN’S mother died suddenly ?pneumonia. FOREST RESERVE SCHOOL. IVAN stayed with TOMICH family.

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00.00 Story of DOREEN house move continued. IVAN at school in AUCKLAND. Did not like college, subjects discussed.
00.55 AUTOELECTRICAL trade after school. Worked in FISH SHOP, described. BUTTER ROLLING in shop.
02.20 RODNEY MORGAN and his father, FISHING on KAIPARA HARBOUR. FISH SHOP work continued.
03.15 Other occupations. Story of beginning AUTOELECTRICAL trade. APPRENTICE in AUCKLAND age 18. Driver’s licence.
04.40 Worked on FISHING BOATS with other DALMATIANS. LANGUAGE.
05.20 Worked for DAVE ANDREWS. Set up AUTOELECTRICAL business.
06.30 Volunteered for RSA and MUSEUM in MANGAWAI. HOBBIES described.
07.30 Brother TONY TOMAS, born 1926. Sister DRINA LETICA (nee TOMAS). DRINA looked after family when mother died, also community help. MATTY UNKOVICH helped father. HAYMAKING meal time described. Father made WINE, and illegal spirits described. Grew GRAPES. Some from RADICH family.
12.50 FISH caught, TONY TOMAS went FISHING with MONDO LUPUS, who lived in GUMDIGGER’S WHARE in BLACK SWAMP ROAD. OCTOPUS cooking. COD from AUCKLAND, Long description of DALMATIAN COOKING.
16.15 Parents never went back to CROATIA. Social with other DALMATIANS.
17.00 PREJUDICE against DALMATIANS. GUMDIGGING methods annoyed BRITISH.
GUM still at TE ARAI. GUM price fell 1930?. GUM sacks retrieved from HOUHORS property.
20.05 TE ARAI FARM development described. Some BUSH left. COWS.
21.20 HOSPITALITY at FARM described. GUM BUYERS and COMMERCIAL TRAVELLERS.
22.40 WW2, listened to BBC NEWS. JAPANESE worries, SCHOOL EXERCISES. AMERICAN SOLDIERS helped wth hay in TOMARATA. WELLSFORD FISH SHOP.
25.00 Long story of AMERICAN CAMP and training at TAPORA. Other AMERICAN CAMPS.
27.15 DESCRIPTION of father. Lived in WELLSFORD on retirement. WELLSFORD BOWLING CLUB, occupations described, TONY TOMAS’ philosophy.
29.40 GOCERIES bought from DAIRY at TE HANA, TE HANA STORES and WELLSFORD BEE HIVE STORES. FARMER’S TRADING COMPANY. MEAT from WINTLES BUTCHERY at TARA. No refrigeration, had MEAT SAFE. FRUIT PRESERVING.
33.20 Mother was friends with MRS CLEMENTS, ran POST OFFICE on MANGAWAI ROAD. Also TOM DALE the POLICEMAN’S, wife. HIGHWAY TEAROOMS described.
34.45 Activities, not many. No transport. Petrol rationing in WW2. Illegal meat killing.
36.20 HAYMAKING and CATERING described. STATIONARY HAY BAILER, then PICKUP BAILER. Family had HORSE and TRACTOR. MANURE used.
40.00 KAURI LOGS on farm. Thoughts on modern farming methods.

Tape ends abruptly.

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