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8:09 Today in New Zealand History 4’01"

First Rhodes Scholar chosen: James Allan Thomson of Otago University, 7 June 1904

8:14 Artist: Addington Workshops Band (Drum major R L Troon gives the ‘Quick March’ conducted by Mervyn Waters) 3’20”

Song: Colonel Bogey
Composer: Alford
Album: Marching Along
Label: Fidelity FR 114                            

Founded in 1883 and funded by a levy on all employees and made up of workshop employees, the band was formed to feature at picnics and other social events. Surviving a recess, two world wars and several name changes, Addington Brass is still an integral part of the Christchurch community. With the addition of a junior brass academy the future of the band is now looking better than ever.

8:18 I Hope They Never Put the Road In 15’16”

Extracts from a 1973 Spectrum documentary in  which Peter Kingston talks to landholders in Pelorous Sound about their way of life.

8:34 Artist: Uncle Tom’s Friendly Road Children’s Choir (1962) 1’59”

Song: The Lord’s Prayer
Composer: Tom Garland
Album: Thanks Be to God
Label: Kiwi EA 71                              

8:37 The Antony Wilding Story – Updated 11’05”

In the last two episodes of Sounds Historical we’ve listened to a1960 documentary about the life of New Zealand’s most famous tennis player, Antony Wilding who was killed in action in May 1915. Since then his story has been told several times and even today his life continues to be researched. His great-niece, actress Anna Wilding, discusses today’s efforts to have his life story told.       

8:49 Artist: Dunstan Trio (Roy Harbour, Graeme Anderson and Stewart Clark) 2’25”

Song: Winter in Central Otago
Composer: Words of David McKee Wright/Dunstan Trio
Album: Dunstan Trio
Label: Broadway (Dunedin)  


Wild winter on the frozen hills,
The rocky peaks, the ice-bound rills,
The lowering red of early morning,
The even with its misty chills.
The feathery snowflakes earthward flying,
The wintry sunbeams faintly dying,
The icy fingers in the gorges,
The harsh-voiced birds on low wing crying.
Below, the mist-enshrouded plain,
The winds that wail like men in pain;
Beyond, the everlasting mountains,
The glacier and the wild moraine.
Aspiring’s peak that cleaves the sky,
The western range where sunsets die,
The distant Clutha's shadowy valley,
The eastward Taieri winding nigh.
Without, the stormy winter night;
Within, the peat-fire leaping bright,
Tobacco incense softly curling,
The play of wit and fancy light.
Ah, who would give such joys as these
for sunny summer’s dusty breeze?
While loud and long the tempest thunders,
And every pleasure knows to please.

David McKee Wright
Puketoi, 15 June 1895 – The Bulletin  27 June 1895

8:52 War Report 39 6’54"

By the end of May about 230 New Zealanders had lost their lives at Gallipoli and 40 or so men were reported missing. The armistice near the end of May had been the only opportunity to deal with the bodies in no man’s land. Memories of Bill East from Havelock and Russell Weir of the Wellington Regiment who were there and at Quinn’s Post in early June. An extract from a documentary “Voices of Gallipoli” by Maurice Shadbolt.


Artist: John McCormack
Song: There’s a Long Long Trail A Winding
Composer: King/Elliott
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 2
Label: CD41 486309            

9:04 As I Remember 5’37”

In Service at Ngaiotonga by Robin Shepherd of Kaitaia. Read by Phil Smith.                                        

9:11 Artist: Tim Finn and the Herbs 4’08”

Song: Parihaka
Album: Parihaka
Label: EMI 870                               

"Parihaka'" is a single by New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn featuring Herbs, released in 1989. The song tells the story of the Taranaki Parihaka peaceful protests. Finn was given a book on the topic (Dick Scott's Ask That Mountain) by his sister and asked to write a song about it.

9:16 Where are they now? Milk Delivery boys 1’47”

Home milk delivery seems to have stopped in the mid-1990s. Is it finished entirely? Home deliveries began again in part of Invercargill in 2009 but have they lasted?

From April 1989 Dunedin milk delivery boy, Simon Barr talks to Janice Rodenburg about the results of award talks for the delivery workers. He says the young people who have taken part in the talks are pleased with the results and that it has been an interesting experience for them.                             

9:20 Artist: Standard Four Pupils at Mt Roskill Primary School, Auckland (with teacher John Tremewan) 3’31”

Song: Puff
Album: n/s
Label: Kiwi SA 35 (1963)                          

A group of children from Mount Roskill Primary School trained by John Tremewan. Monte Hine plays the guitar accompaniment. "Little Folksingers" were founded in 1961 by John Tremewan and in 1966 the group, 32 school girls aged between 10 and 13, landed a five-year contract with recording company HMV.

9:24 The Weka Pass Railway 18’22"

Jim Sullivan spends an afternoon with Les Dew and Harry Henderson of the steam railway in Weka Pass in North Canterbury in 2001.

9:43 Artist: Walter Sinton (xylophone), Margaret Gardiner (piano) 2’10”

Song: Now is the Hour
Composer: Clement Scott (music) and Maewa Kaihau & Dorothy Stewart (arrangement and lyrics).
Album: Xylophone Frolics
Label Viking VE 177 (1965)                       

9:47 Book of the Week 10’50”

Before Hobson by Tony Simpson. Tony Simpson discusses his new book which examines pre-Waitangi New    Zealand history. Blythswood Press, ISBN 978 0 473 31284 8