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8:09 Today in New Zealand History 8’37”

HMS Calliope on 16 March 1889 escapes from Apia harbour during a violent storm.

Through Train to Napier, 9 March 1891       

8:24 Song: Opo 2’22”

Artist: Pat McMinn and Bill Langford
Composer: Crombie Murdoch
Album: Kiwi Nostalgia
Label: BMG  74321 392832                            

On this day in 1956 Opo the dolphin was found dead at Opononi – on the very day on which this song about him was first played on the air. (The bubble sound was made by the backing group the Stargazers blowing through straws into a water-filled jug).

8:29 Cricket – New Zealand win the test against England at Wellington in 1978 3’13”

Commentary as Richard Hadlee takes the last wicket by Iain Gallaway and Don Mosey.      

8:35 Song: The Glass on the Bar 3’10”

Artist: Tex Morton
Composer: Morton
Album: 20 Golden Greats
Label: Festival D 254364                       

8:40 Opening Lyttelton Road Tunnel 27 February 1964.

Engineers describe methods used in the building of the tunnel. Speakers at the ceremony include:

  • Mr R.A. Witbrock, Chairman of the Tunnel Authority welcomes the Governor-General and introduces the Prime Minister Keith Holyoake.
  • Prime Minister Keith Holyoake pays tribute to those who have worked on the tunnel project.
  • The Bishop of Christchurch, The Right Reverend A.K. Warren dedicates the tunnel.
  • Speech by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson who declares the tunnel open.

9:08 Song: Ah Sweet Mystery of Life

 Artist: Gladys Moncrieff
Composer: Herbert
Album: Our Glad                                
Label: Columbia 33MSX 7626

9:12 As I Remember 3’25”

My First Lecture by Jerry Mushin of Wellington       

9:18 Homework – Mystery voice and question

In 1920 which was New Zealand’s fifth largest town: Hamilton, Wanganui or Invercargill?

9:20 The 150th anniversary of the crossing of the Southern Alps 5’39”

Next weekend the 150th anniversary of the crossing of the Southern Alps by Arthur Dobson through the pass named after him will be marked at the Arthur’s Pass Village. Resident and historian John Wilson gives the background.

9:26 Recollections from Bill Frasier and Jack Brake 12’51

Tales of the Otira Tunnel from a 1950 documentary recorded at Arthur’s Pass.

9:38 Book of the Week: Reconstructing Faces. The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem 20’21”

Author Murray Meikle discusses the book and there are BBC items on the work of Archibald McIndoe and Harold Gillies. ISBN 978 1 87758 39 7  Otago University Press