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8:09 Today in New Zealand History 4’29”

On 28 June 1870 Julius Vogel’s public works policy introduced as part of his Budget.                      

8:16 Artist: Toni Williams 2’38”

Song: Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Composer: Trad
Album: Best of Toni Williams
Label: Zodiac                                   

8:22 The Hermitage 23’04"

The second Hermitage opened in 1914, controlled and promoted by the then Department of Tourist and Health Resorts. The Mount Cook Motor Company was keen to help extend it as a visitor numbers drew on the company's services and also to keep the Hermitage open throughout winter. Eventually the company applied to lease the property, taking it over in 1921. The Hermitage was extended, camping facilities developed and package tours offered - for perhaps the first time in New Zealand. Further extensions came in 1924. In 1944 the lease expired and the Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Company, as it become known, returned the Hermitage to the Government. Disaster struck in 1957 when the second Hermitage was razed to the ground in a spectacular fire. The Government moved quickly to design and build a new hotel on the present site. It was operational by May 1958 and has since been extended several times.

Haven by Aorangi. A 1958 programme about the building and opening of the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook. Includes interviews with Humphrey Hall, John Fletcher, Frank Love and the hotel manager and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The announcer gives detailed descriptions of the furnishings, rooms and kitchen area.         

8:46 Hello My Dearie 7’06”

Broadcaster Peter Downes, in a 1996 interview, laments the absence from the Sound Archives collection of Hello My Dearie, one of the first records broadcast on radio in New Zealand by Professor Robert Jack at the University of Otago in November 1921. Since then both Peter and Sound Archives have found a copy and we play it tonight.

Artist: Cecily Debenham and Bertram Wallis

Song: Hello My Dearie
Composer: Stamper/Buck
Album: 78
Label: Columbia                                  

Zig-Zag! was a revue staged at the London Hippodrome, London in January 1917 starring George Robey, Daphne Pollard, Cicely Debenham, Shirley Kellogg, Marie Spink and Bertram Wallis. It ran for 648 performances.

8:53 War Report 42 7’09”

Anonymous memories from Gallipoli: a nurse recalls a man brought to hospital after seeing his brother killed, and veterans describe the humour of Gallipoli. Cecil Malthus’s diary mentions action in the trenches and from the Otago Daily Times the report of the wounding of rugby player Charles Pollock of Poverty Bay. Pollock survived the war, not returning home until August 1919.

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     

Artist: Murray Johnson
Song: Pack Up Your Troubles
Composer: Powell
Album: Oh, It’s a Lovely War Vol 1
Label: CD41 486286                                    

9:06 As I Remember 5’48”

The Coal Cellar written by Edward Jamieson who was a New Zealand surgeon based in London. The story is read by his son Ross Jamieson.

9:13 Artist: Rod Derrett 3’00”

Song: Rugby, Racing and Beer
Composer: Derrett
Album: Rugby, Racing and Beer
Label: EMI SREG 30202                        

9:18 Christchurch Fire Service history 10’09”

An interview recorded in 1985 in which Eileen Cook talks to Tony Philips about his book which covers the 125 years of history of the Christchurch Fire Brigade called Always Ready. He talks about the volunteers, the water supply and the station locations.                    

9:29 Artist: Maria Winder and David Wood with Dayle Anderson (piano) 3’29”

Song: A Maori Canoe
Composer: Alfred Hill
Album: n/a
Label: n/a RNZ recording                             

9:33 Tui Elms 11’20”

Tui Elms – hotel keeper and tourism pioneer talks about his life in a 1980s interview with Jim Sullivan. Tui Elms was a popular figure in the hotel and tourism industry in Dunedin, Queenstown, Mount Cook and the Chateau Tongariro. He was “mine host” at Dunedin's City Hotel for many years and died in 1988 at age of 86.            

9:45 Song: Moonglow 2’47”

Artist: Paul Lestre Group Paul Lestre, violin, sax, clarinet), Lyall Laurent (piano), Bob Ofsoki (bass) and Ray Gunter (guitar)
Composer: Hudson
Album: A Nite at the Hi Diddle Griddle
Label: Stebbing 1003 CD, Recorded 1959     

9:48 Two tales from December 1956 10’03”  

George Speed chats to Peter Mander who won gold in yachting at the Melbourne Olympics and there’s a report on an air hostess training course in Christchurch with interviews with Louise Kaye, Miss Woodford, Miss Phillips and Anne Kelly. This was the first time air hostess were employed by NAC.