Richmond History Uncovered

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Did you know Wilkes' timber yard was shelled during World War II? Or that the Council once paid children for dead birds?  Did you know that Jubilee Park was named to commemorate King George’s Silver Jubilee in 1935?

If you’re interested in the history of Richmond, you’ll find the answers to these questions and much more in the Richmond Oral Histories on Tasman District Libraries' Kete Tasman.

In the early 1980s Richmond Borough Council undertook a project to record the early history of Richmond. Part of the project involved interviewing elderly residents about their recollections of life in Richmond before 1950. In these interviews, or oral histories, they recall Richmond’s early years - the shops, the schools, the families, the gossip. 

For the past 30 years, the written transcripts of these oral histories have been safe, but relatively inaccessible, in the Tasman District Council archives. Recently Library staff have been digitizing these transcripts and making them available through the Kete Tasman website. More transcripts are being added every week. All of the transcripts will be freely available within the coming months.   

"These interviews provide an informative and often entertaining insight into the lives of Richmond residents during the first half of the twentieth century," says Local History and Genealogy Librarian Karen Dickerson. "The oral histories are a treasure trove of information and anecdotes."

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 Browse the  Richmond Oral Histories.