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8:10 Today in New Zealand History - 15 February 1882

First cargo of frozen meat on the Dunedin from Port Chalmers. 4'20"

8:16 Artist: Paul Gilmore

Song: The Floral Dance
Composer: Moss
Album: Promotional card-based record
Label: produced by Mobil on a cardboard-based giveaway
Paul Gilmore was winner of the second Mobil Song Quest - 1957 3'17"

8:20 Fresh Up

In 1962 the New Zealand Apple and Pear Board released their first product, Fresh Up, and this was the promotional jingle which went with it. The brand was sold by the board in 1998.

8:24 The Hawkes Bay Highland Games at Hastings

The games are held at Easter each year so no doubt preparations are already under way. Tonight we visit the games of 1973 with Jack Perkins of Spectrum. 14'58"

8:38 Artist: John Robertson (trumpet)

Song: The Bullfight
Album: John Robertson and his multi trumpets
Label: RCA 45 20316 2'12"

8:42 A 1950s gardening session from 3ZB with David Combridge

8:49 Artist: Phil Garland

Song: The Shearing's Coming Round
Composer: McKee Wright/Jessett
Album: Hunger in the Air
Label: Kiwi CD 273 2'02'

8:53 War Report 23 15 February 2015

Until now there had been few New Zealand war deaths - about a dozen men had died from illness while in the army and had been given military funerals - their graves are cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. For older men overseas service could take its toll on their health - as with 45-year-old Christchurch man Captain James Bell of the Medical Corps who died from a brain hemorrhage in Egypt on 29th December 1914. He had served in the South African War where he served as a civil surgeon. He was buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery. Such is the way of things that his medals were auctioned last year for $1700.

The first casualty in action was William Ham on 5 February 1915 and his sister-in-law Violet Ham of Dunedin tells the effect on the family.

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9:05 As I Remember - The River by Cliff Couch of Paraparaumu

9:09 Artist: Les Baxter Orchestra

Song: The Poor People of Paris
Composer: Monnot/Rouzand
Album: Original Hits 1956
Label: n/s 2'24"

9:12 Entertainer Ronnie Ronalde died last month at the age of 91

A star of British variety as a singer and whistler he experienced the decline of the music hall before running a successful hotel in the Channel Islands. He later moved to Australia and made a popular return tour of the UK in 2003. He was a great fan of New Zealand and lived here for several years before going back to the UK. During his time here I caught up with him.


9:27 Artist: Royal Marine Band of HMS Newfoundland (1945)

Song: Long Ago and far Away

Composer: Kern/Gershwin

Album: n/a

Label: n/a 2'51"

"Long Ago (and Far Away)" is a popular song from the 1944 Technicolor film musical Cover Girl starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly and released by Columbia Pictures. The music was written by Jerome Kern, and the lyrics were written by Ira Gershwin. The song was published in 1944 and sold over 600,000 copies in sheet music in a year.



H.M.S. Newfoundland, a cruiser of the British Pacific Fleet, commanded by Captain A. A. C. Allen, R.N., arrived at Wellington this morning. There was a small crowd gathered at Aotea Quay to greet her, and as she drew alongside the ship's Royal Marine band played a rousing march. Many of the cruiser's complement were with her when she visited Auckland last May. Since then she has made a return trip to New Zealand, and has visited Bluff. Dunedin, and Lyttelton. On her way to Bluff the cruiser called at Milford Sound, where the ship's company got a fine view of the scenery- She left Lyttelton yesterday and made a comparatively slow passage up the coast, averaging only about 10 or 11 knots.

The crew is enthusiastic about New Zealand hospitality, and many of them intend to return to New Zealand soon. After their strenuous service in the Pacific the trip has been a holiday break for them and New Zealanders have been able to see a British cruiser and her crew and to realise that the younger Briton is not very different from his New Zealand contemporaries. The men have had a wonderful time, and have made many friends. Much as they enjoyed the parties and dances to which they have so often been invited, however, they best enjoyed invitations into private homes, where they could enjoy common fireside comforts.

Captain Allen, who was recently appointed to the ship, succeeded Captain W. Raveahill, C.8.E., R.N., who had been in command since February, 1944. The executive officer is Lieutenant- Commander M. Craif Waller, R.N. The ship's company totals about 70 officers and 765 ratings. There are two New Zealand midshipmen aboard, and until recently the Newfoundland carried six New Zealand ratings.

Evening Post, 10 November 1945,

9:31 James Ellery of Te Aroha

James Ellery tells of his grandparents arrival in Auckland in 1843 and their subsequent experiences, including relationship with Māori, land wars and tattooing. An example of the early oral history type of interview from the Mobil Unit collection from 1947. 8:35

9:42 Bookshelf: Postcards of Hawke's Bay New Zealand, edited by John Paston.

ISBN 978 047 285401 P.O.Box 93 Bay View, Napier.

9:43 Book of the Week: Kitchens: the New Zealand kitchen in the 20th century by Helen Leach.

Otago University Press. ISBN 978 1 877578 37 3 15'35"

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